Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Burton Cons A clinched another title victory as they won 5-3 at Alrewas B. Matt Milnes began proceedings in sparkling form as he compiled breaks of 72, 36 and 33 in winning both frames against Adam Walton. On the other table Owen Jones won the first frame convincingly against Dave Trueman. The second frame was a different story as both players struggled to make the best of a scrappy frame. Jones pinched it on the final pink to put the Cons 4-0 up. Colin Kinsella began the second half of the match by winning both frames against John Shilton, which doesn’t happen too often. He potted well at key times, including a 30 break, to claw back some of the deficit. Carl Poulton then won the first frame against Mick Simpkins and an unlikely draw looked on the cards. The Cons captain pulled it out of the fire by potting well in the second to confirm a tight victory and seal the title win.
The same two sides had earlier in the week contested the Orme Shield Final. Burton Cons A came out on top with an 8-2 victory. The Cons are also in the Presidents Cup Final and are hoping to complete a treble of victories for the season which will be some achievement.
Likely runners-up Ivanhoe A won 6-2 at home to Belmont B. Andy Marriott proved to be the star man again for the hosts as he compiled a 46 break in winning both frames against Zaheer Hussain. Ant Moore then shared the frames with Rich Goldby, the latter knocking in a break of 34. Ian Rennocks and Michael Lomas could not be separated on the night as both players potted well. Daniel Blunn also won both frames against Arron Vaughan, who knocked in a 42 break but it wasn’t enough to pinch a frame.
Belmont A won a tight encounter against Ivanhoe B. Fran McInulty knocked in a 44 break against Bren Mattley, but somehow came away with nothing as the visiting player won both frames. Wayne Brewin then played Ivan Birkin in two good quality frames which were shared. Birkin knocked in a 40 in winning his frame. Ian Archer did just enough in both frames against Jason Pickering and Josh Gebbie won both frames against Brian Lowrie to complete the 5-3 victory.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A won 5-3 at home to Rileys. Chris Dewey and Mark Stirling won a frame each in a clash of the captains. John Davis soon followed suit as he drew with Ade Harper with both players potting well. Mark Satchwell and Andy Spiers also won a frame each. It was Andy Goldingay who proved to be the difference as he won both frames against Billy Newman, aided by a 39 break.
Stapenhill A were unlucky at home to Tutbury A as they went down 5-3. Steve Ford made a 38 in taking the first frame against Steve Hathaway, but his opponent responded with a 35 break to take the second frame. Chris Sheldrake was well beaten by Dave Mabbott in the first frame but came back well in the second frame by potting the final three colours to take it. Chris Mabbott shot into a 30 point lead in the first frame against Mark Waldron and went on to take it. Again, Waldron responded to win the second frame. He was 58 points up with the colours left and his opponent conceded. With the score at 3-3 and all to play for, Andy Gretton played Steve Mabbott. The visiting player was up to the task as he won both frames to complete the victory for the visitors.
Willington A won another tight match on the night as they recorded a 5-3 victory against Alrewas A. Wayne Pereira won both frames against Will Sherratt and Bill Stewart also won both frames to put the hosts in command. John Sharp halved the difference as he won both against Dean Johnston. Daz Lester and Alan Wilson won a frame each to complete the scoring.
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In the top of the table battle between the league leaders Burton Cons B and second placed Willington C it was the away side Willington C who went back down the A38 the happier as they won 6-2. It would appear from the score sheet that it was a fairly easy win. Loz Kennerson for the Power Boys took both frames in some style as he beat Dave Shipton fairly comfortably. Things only got better for Willington as Lee Cooke carried on his good form into this match to take both frames off the normally pretty consistent Simon Smith who very rarely drops two frames in a match. Lee’s potting was very solid with top notch safety play. This put Willington 4-0 ahead at the turn – a score line that not many would have predicted at this stage. Things got a little bit worse before they improved as Steve Lane for Willington took both frames in a highly entertaining match with Tom Egginton with both players making a number of good pots and Steve just having the edge in both. Dave Plunkett for the home side added some respectability to the score as he beat Steve Butterworth in typical Dave style with a little bit of geeing himself up. Despite the defeat congratulations is in order for the Burton Cons B team as they have been crowned league Champions with still two matches to go.
Swad Cons A have kept the pressure on Willington C for second place with a most satisfactory win away at SDSC D where they won 6-2. There is an interesting battle developing between Swad Cons and Willington C as they both have only one match to play and only one point separates them in Willington’s favour. Ryan Gilmore and Mark Hadley shared two well played frames with neither player deserving to lose. Andy Grainger has certainly had one of his most productive seasons with a number of high breaks and frames won. Also he and Mark Hadley have done very well in both doubles competitions. Andy was in superb form as he won both frames fairly easily against John Chambers which included two nice breaks of 35 and 59. Garton Bloor then took on a rejuvenated Paul Slater who continued to play some great snooker to beat Garton with something to spare. Brian Bloor and Simon Mansfield shared their frames with neither player being able to dominate the match. SDSC are looking like they will be occupying one of the relegation places.
Burton Cons C’s chances of getting promoted this season seem to be diminishing somewhat over the last few weeks as they have now slipped to fifth position in the division after drawing with the in-form Alrewas C who if they had showed this consistent form earlier in the season they may well have been challenging for a promotion place. Lee Louch got the Cons off to a great start as he won both frames against Tom Wright. Lee won the first frame fairly comfortably which included a nice 40 break and he took the second also with more consistent potting. John Richardson got the A38 boys level at the turn by beating the ‘Master Break Builder’ Mick Buckland. In the first frame John apparently rode his luck to take the first frame but in the second frame he produced a number of outstanding safety shots which included four full ball snookers on several reds which eventually allowed John to knock in a solid 31 break and the frame. Steve Castledine for the Cons played really solid snooker to take the first frame against Karl Hancox. Karl came back well in the second frame to take it comfortably – Karl always seems to like playing at this venue as he always plays well. Ian Shrieve took the first frame against Colin Wood after a long safety battle which allowed Ian to make the most of it. In the second frame it was fairly nip and tuck down to the final few colours before Colin produced a superb pot on the pink to earn his side a well deserved draw.
Willington B are putting in a late effort to try and get into the third promotional slot as they thrashed their stable mates 7-1 at the Arena. Adi Millington and Jonno Hardy shared the frames in fact their only frame of the night. Jonno took the first frame fairly easily thanks to some quality long potting. Adi played a more tactical second frame to keep Jonno from potting many balls. Adi was potting better to get a well deserved honourable draw. Steve Williams took on Trevor ‘hot shot’ Heath in two quickly played out frames. Trevor most definitely lived up to his reputation in the first frame with a number of his trademark pots out classing his opponent in the first. The second frame was fairly tight until Trevor put in a late surge to win the frame. Bill Davidson played Tony Clements but unfortunately Bill was suffering rather badly with a bad back which was hampering him getting down to play his shot which resulted in a number of in-offs and this seemed to be an unwanted feature for the home side players tonight with Tony winning the first frame at a canter but Bill made the second frame a tighter affair before Tony finished it off on the colours. Andy Jenkins played Andy Holloway and put him under pressure early on with a good break of 25 this put Andy in control of the frame and to win easily. Andy Hollway upped his game in the second frame which turned into a scrappy affair but Andy Jenkins took it.
Despite putting in a late spurt Ivanhoe C look like they will have to settle for a place in the top six despite having a very good win at home to Rolleston A winning 7-1. Gaz Dolman got them off to a great start as he took both frames against James Wilkinson who was not at his potting best. Steve Cockeram made it an even better start in taking both frames against Richard O’Dell. Both players played their part in making it two entertaining frames with very little between them in both frames. In the battle of the two captains it was Graham Measure for the Ivanhoe who came out on top with Joe Docksey. Graham played a number of good long pots and also knocked in a number of small breaks in both frames. Tony Rushton prevented the whitewash as drew with Darren Wilson with both players playing solid snooker.
Both sides needed a win to ensure that they would be staying in the division between Woodville S&S A and SDSC E at the Triangle but it was the Snooker Club who came away the happier as they thrashed the home side 7-1. Woodville got off to a fine start as Jim Marcer took the first frame by an excess of fifty points against Andy Jefferies who conceded on the yellow. Andy had some terrible luck in this frame by getting himself snookered after potting a good red or unluckily going in-off. Andy came back well in the second frame to earn himself a well deserved draw. It was downhill after that for Woodville. Nick Harcombe despite not being at his best did enough to beat Alan Orpwood. Nick made a nice 29 break to take the second frame. Pat Ryan lost both frames to Ray Stretton who was playing some of his best snooker of the season with a number of good pots. Ray Bancroft deservedly won both frames of snooker against Tony Coleman with some very good safety play. Ray won both frames on the black. This defeat looks like Woodville’s stay in this division was a short one.
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Swad Cons D managed to do what most other teams have struggled to do this season by defeating league leaders Stapenhill B convincingly with a great 6-2 win which has allowed the chasing pack to gain ground, Swad captain Gaz Ward got his team off the mark in just 30 minutes with great play to beat Bryan Sharratt 2-0, this was matched by the ever capable Bob Birch who destroyed John Sherriff in a tactical battle to put the home team on the verge of victory, this brought Dave Bodie to the table who has not always found his form this season but against Stapenhill captain Greg Britton Dave earned man of the match plaudits and saw him play his best snooker of the season to win the match for the Swad team, the only consolation for Stapenhill was for the performance of Andy Tomlinson who had the edge winning both against the unlucky Andy Boam.
Second placed Rolleston C hosted fourth placed Belmont D in a great spirited encounter, John Harvey got Rolleston off to a great start with superb potting to beat Tom Holland while team mate Rob Sanders who is getting back to his best took on Belmont’s Brett Craddock, after some great play the frames were shared bringing the two captains to the table, Rolleston’s Kev Norris played solidly, but Mark Vaughan got the last two balls to take the first and then potted brilliantly to take the second aided by some unlucky in offs for Kev, Micky Morris wrapped up the comeback for Belmont with two good frames against Lionel Lewis for a 5-3 away win which still put Rolleston closer to the league leaders.
Belmont C further tightened their grip on the promotion place by winning 7-1 at home to Rolleston B, Brian Cutting defeated Neil Cheadle comfortably in the first and then had to come from behind in the second to win it, this was echoed by a below par Terry Bosworth who failed to hit his normal high standard but managed to just beat John Ward who deserved a frame at least, Doug Lees then shared his frames with Steve Atkin which left Belmont captain Dave Press to wrap up the win by taking two off Dave Bentley the first easily but the second after a long winded safety battle which means the top three teams are separated by only 5 points.
Tutbury B got back to winning ways with a fine 7-1 win at home to Swad Cons C, for Tutbury Jeff Siddalls, Paul Atterbury and John Peto won all there frames, Dave Brady drawing with Swad’s John Griffin which keeps them in fifth but too far behind to hope for promotion.
Swad Cons B hosted Ashby Ivanhoe D, Swad’s captain Paul Hollis drew with the wily Jack Bale while on the other table two league veterans battled it out, Swad’s Bob McInulty getting the better of Warner Collins with the help of a 25 break, Jake Mole ensured the home team draw by taking a frame off Jason Collins leaving Vince Draper to wrap up a 6-2 win with his two frame victory against Ashby’s Tim Bale.
Riley’s B went down at home to a great performance by Woodville S&S B, Mark Gallagher, Wayne Allen and Terry Eyley scraped all there frames for a 6-2 scoreline, Yvonne Spendlove playing brilliantly to take two frames for Riley’s.
Alrewas D had a close game against Burton Cons D with the Burton team coming out 5-3 away winners the difference being the two frames Nathan Brooks took with all other players drawing.