Owen Jones writes for the Premier Division.
The top two sides in the league clashed horns as champions Burton Cons A hosted Ivanhoe A. It proved to be another very close encounter with the visitors coming out on top to complete a rare double. John Shilton was first up against Andy Marriott. Shilton potted well in the first frame to take it. His opponent responded in the second to square things up. On the other table, Mick Kirk was having all the luck as he won the first frame against Matt Milnes. The league’s top player responded by knocking in a 42 in the second to level the scores. Stuart Roberts then shared the frames with Daniel Blunn, with both players having chances to win both frames. Finally, Owen Jones played Ian Rennocks. The first frame was littered with missed opportunities until Rennocks clinched it with some tidy potting. The second frame went down to a re-spotted black, which Rennocks potted into the middle bag to confirm the victory for the Ashby side.
Ivanhoe B drew at home against Willington A. Ivan Birkin was first up against Bill Stewart. Both players potted well to take a frame each. Jason Pickering then played well to win both frames against Gaz Barker. Brian Lowrie and Daz Lester took a frame each. Wayne Pereira rescued the draw for the visitors as he won both frames against Stu Tagg.
Rileys A picked up a good 6-2 victory against in-form Tutbury A. Tom Elliott, Ade Harper and Andy Speirs were all on top form as they defeated Dave Mabbott, Steve Mabbott and Steve Hathaway respectively. Chris Mabbott halted the whitewash as he won both frames against Mark Stirling, aided by a well constructed 56 break.
The Belmont derby ended with the A team claiming the bragging rights with a 6-2 victory. Brett Craddock lost both frames against Shaun Gebbie, but Miffa Smith responded by taking both frames against Josh Gebbie. Arron Vaughan then lost to Fran McInulty and finally, Ian Archer won both frames against Zaheer Hussain, aided by a 32 break.
Alrewas A went down 8-0 to Swadlincote Snooker Centre. Mark Satchwell, Andy Goldingay, Chris Dewey and John Davis were all too good on the day for their opponents as the hosts were whitewashed at home for the third time this season.
Tony Coleman Reporting on the David Wain Insurance Division 1
Burton Cons B the Divisions Champions suffered their second consecutive defeat of the season as they lost 5-3 away to SDSC E who have had a great first season in this division. Nick Harcombe got the home team off to a great start as he took both frames against the Cons skipper Dave Plunkett who does not drop both frames very often throughout a season but Nick was in very good form in both the potting and safety department. Recently acquired Mick Staley showed what a good signing he has been as he drew with the talented Jason Anguish with both players getting some nice pots with a draw being the fairest result. Andy Jefferies drew with Tom Egginton the talented snooker pensioner after Jim Jennings. Tom was in good potting form to win his frame with a number of well executed snookers which Andy failed to negotiate. Andy took his frame with a mixture of good potting and a little bit of good running. Steady Ray Bancroft has had a great season taking frames off the top players in the division and that night was no exception as he drew with Simon Smith whose trademark long potting was a little off on the night.
Willington C just scrapped home as they struggled to beat SDSC D at the Arena by winning 5-3. This was Willington’s final match of the season as next week is a rest week and they will have to wait nervously to see whether they are promoted as runners up or in third place as Swad Cons play their final match against Newhall A which will not be easy. Willington C have done very well to get promoted in only their third or fourth season in the division. Tim Hodgkinson was in cracking form as he probably ruined Andrew Bloor’s chances of winning the Averages Competition with a sparkling display of potting to beat Andrew as he made a number of small breaks. Steve Butterworth drew with Brian Bloor in two highly entertaining and competitive frames with both players making a number of fine pots. Steve Lane was also playing well as he beat Garton Bloor fairly easily in both frames to give the home team the win before Jonathan Smith who was making his debut for the home side lost both frames to David Wain who is the Division’s Sponsor. David was playing well within himself to win both frames with a polished display of potting.
Willington B have an outside chance of stealing third place if Swad Cons slip up. Willington continued their late push as they beat Burton Cons C in a very close match by winning 5-3. It was not so long ago that Burton Cons C were looking to occupy a promotional slot but their form has slipped of late. Perhaps they are missing pensioner Jim Jennings!! For Willington Jonno Hardy drew with Lee Louch in two tight frames with both players in good form. Smokin’ Trevor Heath and the Master Break Builder Mick Buckland shared the frames in two cracking games where the order of the day seemed to be potting and we were certainly given a treat by both players with some terrific pots. Tony Clements the home side skipper was the difference between the two sides as he won both frames against Steve Castledine who has been in reasonable form of late. Tony made a lovely 27 clearance to win his second frame. Steve Gaunt got Willington over the line as he drew with Ian Shrieve in a couple of scrappy frames with neither player being able to assert their authority on the game.
Ivanhoe C finished their home fixtures by winning 5-3 against a Newhall side that has been struggling of late and leaving them near the relegation places.
Gaz Dolman and Sam Hicks shared a couple of entertaining frames with both players in the potting zone. Steve Cockeram was the main difference between the two sides as he took both frames off Martin Hicks with a solid performance with Martin missing a few chances. In the battle of the two skippers Graham Measures and Carl Glover the frames ended all square with both players in good form. Jerry Cook got the winning frame for the Ivanhoe as he drew with Mark Anslow as both players struggled somewhat to put any meaningful breaks together.
Rolleston A had a fairly easy night against a relegated Willington D winning 7-1. It was a little unfair for the slimline figure of Richard O’Dell as he did not even get a game as the away side could only muster three players and he was the unlucky player to miss out. Joe Docksey and Dave Budworth shared the frames. The first frame saw Joe in fine potting form as he won it fairly comfortably and the second frame was a bit of a nail biter with both players missing good opportunities but finally Dave took the chance to win it on the black and as it turned out their only frame of the evening. Tony Rushton’s rich vein of good form continues as he won both frames against Adi Millington. Adi potted well but struggled to make any telling breaks. Bobby Cliff despite winning both frames against Steve Williams was made to work extremely hard for them with both players knocking in some good pots. Rolleston have had a good season on their return to this division after a year’s absence.
Alrewas C drew with relegation threatened Woodville S&S A who can still mathematically stay up at the moment. This was an enjoyable match from start to finish. Colin Wood and Tony Coleman shared the frames in two black ball games. In the first frame Colin got a snooker on the pink to win it. Jim Marcer can feel a little unlucky not to have won both frames against John Richardson in a very tight frame which went down to the black with Jim having a few chances to pot it. In the second frame Jim potted very well leaving John needing snookers on the brown. Alan Orpwood was back to his early season best with a quality performance in beating Tom Wright. In both frames Alan missed very few potting opportunities to keep Tom under the cosh. Karl Hancox will have done his chances of winning the averages no harm at all with a solid display in beating Pat Ryan fairly comfortably in both frames. Karl’s potting at times in both frames was very good with excellent control of the cue ball. Karl knocked in a tidy 33 break clearing up to the pink.
Mark Vaughan writes for Forever Mobility Division 2
The battle for promotion to the first division is over but the league winner has yet to be decided with three teams separated by 2 points after this week’s play, current leaders Stapenhill B were at home to Ashby Ivanhoe D, Stapenhill B captain Greg Britton lead from the front with a nice 36 break to take a frame off the talented Jack Bale this was echoed by Andy Tomlinson who also drew with Keith Bale, the second half continued in the same vein with Stapenhill’s John Sherriff and Bryan Sharratt also drawing against Tim Bale and Jason Collins for a draw which wasn’t what Stapenhill were looking for.
Second placed Rolleston C faced a tricky encounter away to Burton cons D who are no pushovers, Ian Protheroe and Nathan Brooks put the home side in front but were pegged back by Lionel Lewis and John Harvey, Burton’s Simon Malpass then played Bob Sanders who is beginning to show some decent form and continued by taking both frames, this left Paul Brooks against Rolleston’s Kev Norris, Paul won the first but the Rolleston man played excellently to take the last frame to give his side a great win which moves them within a point of the league leaders with a home fixture to come next week.
Third Placed Belmont C were away at Swad Cons C in an entertaining friendly game, Dave Press got Belmont off to a good start by taking a frame off Dan Petcher, Glen Mathews put Belmont further in front and was too much for Pete Fearn, Terry Bosworth started slowly but showed his consistency by taking two frames against Swad captain Jon Petcher to put Belmont over the winning line, last on for Belmont was Dougie Lees against the improving Paul Griffin who took the first frame, Paul played well in the second frame building a lead and with only the last three colours on Hurricane Lees potted them all drawing gasps from the onlookers to take the frame and give Belmont a 6-2 win which moves them to within 2 points of the top spot in the division.
Belmont D faced Swad Cons D and immediately went behind as Gaz Ward played Belmont stand in John Straw who made a welcome return to league snooker after a 5 year absence, the games were close but Gaz won both, Belmont’s Tom Holland then faced Andy Boam, in a close encounter Andy potted some brilliant balls throughout the match which ended in a draw to leave the home team 3-1 down, Belmont’s Micky Morris then played Kieran Dadley who never got to grips with the speed of the tables and lost them both to keep Micky on top of the division’s averages, while on the other table Mark Vaughan had two good games against Dave Bodie which both went to the Belmont man to give his team a 5-3 victory.
Tutbury B who were right in the mix for promotion earlier in the season played Swad Cons B, the away team took a 4-0 lead thanks to Jake Mole and Bob McInulty, the win was secured by Swad captain Paul Hollis in the frame he took against Jeff Siddalls, Tutbury’s Paul Atterbury won two frames to leave a 5-3 away win for the Swad team.
Woodville S&S B played Alrewas D, Mark Gallagher put the home team in front beating Brian Aldridge, with Alrewas’s Tom Smith winning two against Bill Hunt, all other players could not be separated to leave a drawn match.
Rolleston B had a good game against the ladies of Riley’s B; Neil Cheadle had all the luck in his 2 frames against Gilda Horvath. On the other table John Ward was having a much harder time with 2 tight frames against Marie Bridges. With a four nil lead Rolleston only needed 1 more for the win, Kate Stirling kept the game open winning her first frame and then went on to take the second with a steady potting performance. On the other table Dave Bentley had 2 frames where he had all the luck against Yvonne Spendlove winning his first and then taking the second with Dave being behind, Yvonne went in off the pink a twice and then potted the black only to see the white go in off to give Dave the second frame for a 6-2 win.