Tony Coleman, Owen Jones and Mike Buckland write on this week’s Premier Blinds Orme Shield and Plate matches
Premier Blinds Orme Shield
Alrewas C welcomed Burton Cons C to the Legion and it was the visitors who clinched a nail biting win. John Richardson played Matt Hucker and it was the Cons’ man who took the frame with some good potting. Rob McMeecham was on the other table against Lee Louch who also was in good form as he put the visitors 2-0 in front. Karl Hancox and Colin Wood both had to win against Ian Shrive and Tom Eggington respectively to force a doubles decider. They did just that and both winning players from both sides went head to head. Hucker and Louch had just enough to win the frame and the match.
Burton Cons A ran out worthy winners 4-0 against Alrewas A in the end but a tense finish in two of the matches could have seen a closer result. John Shilton took on Colin Kinsella in a tightly fought match, both players trading points until Kinsella pulled ahead towards the end. That left Shilton needing to clear all the colours to the final pink to snatch the frame, which he did excellently. Mick Simpkins had no such trouble against Dave Trueman. Whilst Trueman could have been more fortunate Simpkins played very well to take it comfortably. Owen Jones and Carl Poulton played out a scrappy frame that was in the balance until the final red that Poulton snookered himself on and Jones cleared the final balls to win the frame with ease. That left Mat Milnes and Adam Walton to decide the match. Walton played excellently throughout staying with Milnes right down to the final pink. Walton missed it and Milnes then fluked it off two cushions to send Burton Cons through.
Belmont A ran out 4-0 winners against Burton Cons D. Fran McInulty beat Nathan Brooks with some good potting. Ian Archer then followed suit by disposing of Ian Protheroe. Josh Gebbie then went up against Jim Jennings and clinched the match for the hosts. Finally, Wayne Brewin defeated Paul Brooks to complete the scoring.
Swad Cons A and Belmont B also went the distance as Simon Orpwood and Andy Grainger won their frames against Zaheer Hussain and Arron Vaughan. Martin Smith and Rich Goldby pulled the scores level by beating Lee Wood and Paul Slater. Is was the hosts who got over the line as Grainger and Orpwood defeated Smith and Goldby.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A won 3-1 against Swad Cons B. Gerald White was the only frame winner for the visitors as he beat John Davis. Chris Dewey, Mark Satchwell and Andy Goldingay all potted well on the night to clinch the win for the South Derbyshire side.
High fliers in Division Two Spot On C continued their great season by beating Alrewas D in the deciding doubles. Some brilliant snooker was played with Jared Cronje and Sean Bates potting from everywhere. Shaun Tubbert was also in fine form as he and Dave Riley forced the match the distance. Dave potted a stunning yellow followed by green and brown as well as the blue but he missed the pink and left the frame at Spot On’s mercy and they needed no second invitation.
Premier division SDSC A just about had too much for Swad Cons B who can now concentrate on gaining a promotion back to Division One. Chris Dewey, Mark Satchwell and Andy Goldingay all scored wins for the Snooker Centre side whilst Gerald White stopped the whitewash by beating an out of sorts John Davis.
Premier Blinds Orme Plate
Ivanhoe A from the Premier Division showed the difference in divisions as they whitewashed SDSC D 4-0 who are currently in the promotion places in division 2. First match on was between the talented Ant Moore and Brian Bloor. This frame was over fairly quickly as Ant knocked in a quick fire 20 plus break. On the over table Ian Rennocks played out the tightest match of the evening in beating Andy Bloor. Ian knocked in a nice break which put him in control and leaving Andy requiring a snooker on the green. Ian helped Andy’s cause by unluckily knocking the pink in and putting Andy back in the match. Andy then cleared up to the pink but failed on a tricky pot on the black which fortunately went safe. After a bout of good safety play Andy miss-hit another safety shot leaving Ian an easy pot. Mick Kirk and David Wain’s match was a bit of a scrappy affair with neither player at their best and the match being decided on the pink with a win for Captain Kirk. Daniel Blunn completed the win with a solid display in beating Garton Bloor.
In the inter club derby between the Chimneys D and C it was the C team who whitewashed the D team fairly easily winning 4-0. Dave Budworth tried his best to get the upper hand against Trevor ‘hot shot’ Heath but failed as Trevor was very consistent in his potting game. Brian Alford back in the team after another fishing trip found Dave Mawhinney a little bit of a slippery character who made a number of good shots and also the better of the good running. Bill Davidson and John Hardy played out a close match with both players missing some good chances to win the frame but in the end John finally took it. Steve Gaunt for the C team played some cracking snooker as he beat Andy Holloway and the bragging rights.
Stapenhill B were in the zone as they beat the young ladies from Spot On B 4-0 at the Spot. Things started well for Stapenhill with their skipper Greg Britton leading from the front as he knocked in a well controlled 37 break against Marie Bridges who has been playing some good snooker of late. Jon Swift played Kate Stirling in a close match that was only decided on the high colours in Jon’s favour. Stan ‘the man’ Piecovizc played some very good tactical snooker allied with some good potting of the balls when the opportunity arose in beating Gilda Horvath. Tim Knopik finished off a fine night for Stapenhill as he just shaded a tight frame with Yvonne Spendlove who knocked in one or two nice pots.
Belmont C eased themselves into the quarter finals of the competition with a comfortable away win at Swad Cons C winning 3-1. Mr Consistent Terry Bosworth got them off to a solid start with a comfortable win against John Griffin. As usual Terry’s safety play was top notch leaving John in a difficult place at times leaving Terry to pot the balls left on. Pete ‘the shorts’ Fearn did his best to get the home team level at the interval against Brian Cutting with some solid play but Brian just had the edge in the potting department. Greg Mathews for Belmont got them the winning frame in beating Jon Petcher in a scrappy match with neither player playing at his best. Paul Griffin showed the more experienced players in the Cons team how it should be done with a nice display of potting to beat Dougie Lees.
One of the best matches of the round was between Rolleston B and Chimneys B of the Premier Division which went down to a play off doubles which was won by the Chimneys 3-2. Master break builder Loz Kennerson of the Chimneys was in superb form as he blew away his opponent Bob Tubey with an almost faultless display of potting with breaks of 46 and 44 respectively which had some lovely pots in both breaks. Lionel Lewis got the home side back on level terms at the interval with an encouraging performance in beating Steve Butterworth with something to spare. John Harvey then put Rolleston in the driving seat as he beat Lee Cooke in a rather scruffy frame with neither player being able to string much of a break together. Steve Lane got the Premier team back on level terms in a close frame with Kevin Norris and with both players going in front and then being caught with Steve winning the frame late on. The play off doubles was between Harvey and Norris versus Kennerson and Lane this was a rather tense affair with none of the players wanting to make too many errors to let the others in. Consequently there was very few breaks of note they just potted a few balls and then running safe. Eventually the A38 boys got their noses in front on the low colours and stayed there for a hard fought win
An all Premier League tie took place as Stapenhill A put their league woes behind them with a good 3-1 win over Ivanhoe B. Steve Ford beat Jason Pickering and Chris Sheldrake defeated Tom Freeman. Bren Mattley gave the Ashby boys some hope by beating Baz Dawson but Andy Gretton saw the Institute home beating Ross Tredger.
Woodville B caused a minor upset by beating Tutbury B from a division above on the deciding doubles. Colin Bell and John Peto scored wins for Tutbury in the singles but they were unable to recreate the magic in the doubles as they lost to Woodville’s Denis Moore and Wayne Allen. Billy Hunt and Denis had earlier score singles wins over Jeff Siddalls and Dave Brady.
Spot On A from the Premier Division also put their league troubles aside as they booked a place in the quarter finals by beating Ivanhoe D. Ade Harper, Nigel Tomlinson and Tom Elliot defeated Jack Bale, Tony Tredger and Keith Bale respectively whilst Warner Collins kept the score respectable in a good win over Micky Tonks.