Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
The second and third placed teams clashed horns as Belmont A hosted Ivanhoe A. Wayne Brewin started the night taking both frames from Ant Moore aided by a break of 33 in the second. Ian Archer & Ian Rennocks shared the spoils with a good battle. Andy Marriot took no time at all in taking both frames off young Josh Gebbie knocking in 3 30 plus breaks along the way. Fran McInulty gave Belmont the win with some excellent potting, finishing the last frame with a shot of a lifetime pink to take the black off the cushion earning both frames against Mick Kirk.
Champions Burton Cons A won 7-1 away at Rileys A. First up Tom Elliott played Matt Milnes. The Cons player was in fine form as he knocked in breaks of 83 and 32 to take both frames. Ade Harper played Stuart Roberts on the other table. Roberts also potted well and won the frames aided by a 30 break. Kyle Boyler had no answer to John Shilton as the visitors found themselves six frames up. Mark Stirling halted the whitewash as he won the second frame against Owen Jones. Stirling was in the balls on 37 and was disappointed not to have scored more but it proved to be enough to win the frame.
Struggling Alrewas A found Belmont B too strong on the night. Will Sherratt was the only home player to win a frame as he drew with Miffa Smith. Arron Vaughan, Rich Goldby and Zaheer Hussain won all the frames to give the visitors a comprehensive victory.
Ivanhoe B hosted Stapenhill A and it was the visitors who left with the spoils. Steve Ford won the decisive two frames against John Skellett. All other matches were drawn as Jason Pickering drew with Chris Sheldrake, Ivan Birkin drew with Carl Jeffcoate and Stuart Tagg shared the frames with Mark Waldron.
Willington A played out a hard fought draw with Alrewas B. Bill Stewart was first up against Adam Walton and the Willington captain played well to take both frames. Ian Hiley responded for the visitors as he won both frames against Wayne Pereira. Daz Lester drew with Colin Kinsella and Dean Johnston finally drew with Carl Poulton to complete the match.
Tony Coleman Reporting on the David Wain Insurance Division 1
The current league leaders Burton Cons B whitewashed the basement team Willington D 8-0. The Cons boys were in superb form ably led by their skipper Dave Plunkett who took both frames fairly easily against Adam Holloway who was given very little opportunity to shine. Dave Shipton piled on more woe as he beat Adi Millington with a mixture of good safety and potting although Adi played his part in making it two entertaining frames. This put the Cons 4-0 ahead at the turn and they never took their foot of the accelerator in the second half. Jason Anguish was back to something like his best form in beating Steve Williams with plenty to spare in both frames. Simon Smith finished off a bad night for the Power Boys as he beat Bill Davidson whose normal tactical game was not able to stop Simon from shining through. This impressive win increases their lead at the top to 14 points and making them a great bet for promotion.
Burton Cons C got back to winning ways as they beat Woodville S&S A 5-3 at the Woodville triangle. On first was Jim Marcer against Craig Finch. Gentleman Jim took the first frame with some nice pots which included a 22 break and probably should have been a few more. Craig won the second frame as he got himself into the potting groove to earn a well deserved share of the spoils. On table two we had the best two frames of the night with Alan Orpwood and the wily old fox Jim Jennings who deservedly shared the frames. Alan started the frame well and built up a bit of a lead before Jim got to grips with the frame. Alan needed only one of the last two colours to take the frame but Jim produced a superb pot on the pink which left him a difficult long black into the green pocket but Jim stroked the ball in like the master Ray Reardon. The second frame was just as close with Jim in control up to the colours being 26 points in the lead. Alan made an excellent 14 break to keep him in the frame but after potting a good blue was not able to get on the pink. A little bit of a safety battle ensued with Jim leaving Alan a slight chance on the pink which he took and then a difficult long cut into the left corner black pocket which went in clean as a whistle – a great two frames which left the frame scores 2-2 at the turn. Mike Buckland won both frames against Pat Ryan. The first frame Mike was always in control thanks to a lovely 24 break. There is not too many weeks go by when the master break builder fails to make a twenty plus break. The second frame was a close affair with Pat starting to pot well until we got down to the last few colours with Mike potting a lovely blue and then doubling the frame winning pink into the middle bag. Tony Coleman and Ian Shrieve shared a couple of scruffy frames with Ian getting the vital frame for a Cons win – an enjoyable night of snooker.
Swad Cons A moved into the top six thanks to a fine home win against a revived Willington B winning 5-3. Andy Grainger the Cons Master Cueman had to settle for a draw in two close frames with Jon Hardy with both players in fine potting form. Lee Wood made some great pots in both frames as he drew with Tony Clements and by all accounts a shade unlucky not to win both. Mark Hadley the Cons magician on the night hardly missed a ball all evening with a great display of potting in both frames as he beat Trevor Heath fairly comfortably. Paul Slater managed to grind out a share of the spoils with Steve Gaunt with neither player being able to take their chances to win both frames. The Cons win keeps them nicely placed for a promotion place.
SDSC E had a very good home win as they beat joint second placed team Newhall A 6-2. The home side got off to the perfect start thanks firstly to Nick Harcombe who played solid snooker throughout his two frames with Callum Gray. Nick Walsh who played some of his best snooker of the season in beating Steady Eddie Glover. Nick did this with the help of a nice 24 break to take one of his frames. Carl played well in parts getting some good pots but failed to stop Nick’s onslaught. Sam Hicks got Newhall’s two frames of the night with a battling performance against a dour display from Ray Bancroft. Andy Jefferies got the necessary frames the home side required in beating Mark Anslow with a steady display of potting and safety. This win keeps SDSC nicely positioned just above half way.
Willington C made it seem like a long trip back home for Alrewas C as they travelled down the A38 after losing 5-3. This win keeps Willington nicely positioned in second place. Steve Butterworth played some quality snooker to take both frames off John Richardson who very rarely loses both frames. Steve put John under pressure very quickly into the match with some excellent safety play which on the night was probably the difference between the players. Excellent potting by Loz Kennerson as he won both frames fairly comfortably against Rob McMeecham putting the home team 4-0 ahead at the turn. Alrewas’ most consistent player Karl Hancox got some frames on the board with a very assured performance in beating Lee Cooke with something to spare. Despite putting in a solid performance Colin Wood had to settle for an honourable draw with Steve Lane with both players contributing to a highly entertaining match. With Steve winning a frame it meant a win for the home side.
SDSC D had a most welcome home win as they put a slight dent in Ivanhoe C promotional aspirations winning 5-3 and at the same time doing themselves a great deal of good in their battle to stave off relegation for the second successive year.
Mark Vaughan writes for the Forever Mobility Division Two.
Alrewas D this week hosted a team who have made many friends this season, Riley’s B are a team which consistency has been a issue, all of their games are close affairs but the results do not do them justice, Brian Eccleston got Alrewas off to a good start by defeating Gilda Horvath and Tom Smith took 2 frames off Claire Roulstone, the girls were not finished though, Marie Bridges and Yvonne Spendlove immediately won the next two frames, the last two frames were close, but it was Tony Trueman and Dave Riley who won them for a 6-2 scoreline.
Belmont D had a great match against Woodville S&S B, Micky Morris played well to defeat Wayne Allen while on the other table Belmont’s Tom Holland took a commanding lead against Mark Gallagher, it was Mark who came back strongly to take the first and then went 40 in front in the second frame, leaving Tom needing 4 snookers, which he got with the help of a little good run, but it was Mark who took the frame when Tom jawed a long blue leaving a comfortable blue and pink for Mark to level the match, Shaun Gebbie then went on for the home team and won two close frames against Johnny Clarke and captain Mark Vaughan secured the win with two tight frames against Terry Eyley. Burton Cons D faced Swad Cons B with all players drawing.
Ashby Ivanhoe D had another great win at home against Swad Cons C, Tony Tredger and Jack Bale took command of the tie and went 4-0 up, Keith Bale put the match beyond Swad’s reach by taking two frames off John Griffin, Swads Jon Petcher stopped the whitewash by taking a frame off Jason Collins to leave a 7-1 scoreline.
Belmont C had a promotion battle against second placed Rolleston C, Lionel Lewis played well to take a frame off Terry Bosworth and Rob Tubey did the same against Dougie Lees, Belmont have called on a floating player to help them out and Mark Press showed his worth against Kev Norris, Kev went miles in front in the first frame to the point where the Belmont man needed six snookers, he got them and cleared the colours to win it and then won the next frame, Mister consistency Brian Cutting showed Rolleston’s out of sorts Rob Sanders how to pot to take both frames for a 6-2 away win which leap frogs Belmont above Rolleston into second place.
Stapenhill B had a close encounter with Rolleston B Stand in captain Greg Britton had a great game against Rolleston’s versatile veteran Dave Bentley both players potting for fun and ending with a draw, Greg making a 27, Stapenhill’s John Sherriff then drew with Neil Cheadle as did Tim Knopik against Steve Atkin both players making 20 plus breaks, the difference in the teams was Andy Tomlinson who had a 33 break in the two frames he won against John Ward to win the match 5-3 keeping them at the top of the division, but the pack are chasing hard with the gap at the top now down to five points with a lot of snooker left to play.
Swad Cons D had a close game with Tutbury B, all players drawing up to the last match between Swad’s Dave Bodie and Jeff Siddalls, it was all Siddalls who took both frames to give his team a valuable 5-3 away victory.