Owen Jones writes for the David Wain Insurance Premier Divisionn
Burton Cons A welcomed Stapenhill A in the first match after the Christmas break. Owen Jones was first up against Carl Jeffcoate. Two scrappy frames were shared. Over on the other table Mick Simpkins found the going tough in the first frame but redeemed himself by taking the second. Graham Stevens then played Chris Sheldrake in a long, drawn out affair that was eventually won by Stevens. Finally, John Shilton was in fine form against Steve Ford as he won both frames, which included a 60 break. This left the final score at 6-2 to the hosts.
The long break with festive turkey and mince pies didn’t have an affect on the quality of the snooker at the Royal British Legion with Burton Cons B just coming out on top against Alrewas A in an entertaining encounter. Mike Buckland played solid match snooker to take both frames against Adam Walton. The first included an efficient 30 after a missed black off the spot and the second more workmanlike against an out of sorts Walton. Ian Hiley and Dave Plunkett played out a more attritional match to a draw. Hiley’s 30 in the first enough to stay ahead of the battling Plunkett to take it. Plunkett cleared brown to black in the second to give him a well earned draw. Colin Kinsella and Simon Smith played the match of the evening. Smith knocking in some great long pots on the way to a 38 in the first to take it comfortably. Kinsella responded with a superb 57 in the second frame to give him a deserved draw. Dave Shipton and Carl Poulton played out the third draw of the night. Poulton taking the first when 25 behind after slotting home the final green to pink. But Shipton got the Cons over the line in the second with some nice potting and safety to shut Poulton out in a scrappy frame.
Belmont A won 7-1 at home to Chimney’s B. Ian Archer knocked in a 39 break on the way to beating Lee Cooke. Wayne Brewin then made breaks of 46 and 33 to defeat Loz Kennerson. Josh Gebbie also potted well on the night as he won both frames against Steve Lane. Finally, Shaun Gebbie made a draw with Steve Butterworth to close out the match.
Chimney’s A won 6-2 at home against Belmont B. Arron Vaughan took a frame from Daz Lester but the home player knocked in a 27 in taking his frame in reply. Jan Pawlazych also drew his match with Rich Goldby. Bill Stewart and Dean Johnston did the damage for the hosts as they defeated Graham Bailey and Zaheer Hussain respectively.
Ivanhoe A hosted Swad Cons A in a hard fought draw. Daniel Blunn knocked in a 35 but it wasn’t enough to stop Andy Grainger who won both frames. Ian Rennocks knocked in a 30 as he beat Simon Mansfield in the first frame but his opponent potted well to draw the game. Mick Kirk and Paul Slater also drew which meant that Ant Moore had to win both frames to earn a draw. He subsequently obliged, knocking in a 27 break in the process.
Spot On A hosted Swadlincote Snooker Centre A and it was the visitors who left with the win. All games were tied as Rich Foster drew with Steve Ayre, Ade Harper drew with Chris Dewey and Mark Stirling drew with Mark Satchwell. The deciding game saw Andy Goldingay defeat Andy Spiers to earn the 5-3 victory.
Tutbury A went down 5-3 to Ivanhoe B. Jason Pickering defeated Dave Powell and Brendon Mattley won against Steve Mabbott. Chris Mabbott beat Stuart Tagg and John Skellett drew with Steve Hathaway to complete the scoring.
Mike Buckland writes for Division 1
The big winners of the week in Division One were Newhall A.The Hicks boys Martin and Sam brushed off the challenges of Will Sherratt and Alan Wilson, whilst Martin Hurdman and Mark Anslow drew with John Sharpe and Gary Green from bottom side Alrewas B respectively.
There are only 23 points between top and bottom in this division so a couple of big wins for any side could make a huge difference to their season. Top side at Christmas, Alrewas C managed to extend their lead at the top but by only drawing against another struggling side Tutbury B. John Richardson got the Legionnaires off to a good start by including breaks of 32 and 24 against Paul Atterbury. Rob McMeecham then did well to ensue a half time lead by securing a draw with the in-form Jeff Siddalls who knocked in a nice 29. The Alrewas captain Karl Hancox was then held to a draw by Colin Bell in a good match before Dave Brady beat Colin Wood for a share of the spoils.
Early season leaders SDSC C were unable to win for the 5th match on the bounce. This time they were beaten 5-3 in a local derby with their B team. In a very tight affair Nick Harcombe of the B was held by Ben Davies with Ray Stretton also holding Henry Tomas.Ray Bancroft then played well in taking a frame off the C’s captain Pete Maguire It was down to Andy Jeffries on the night to make the difference for the win by defeating an out of sorts Simon Shilton.
The only other winners in the division were Rolleston A who beat Belmont D. The home side flew out of the traps with wins for James Wilkinson and Rich O’Dell over Simon Deakin and Tom Holland. Joe Docksey was able to secure the win for The Rollers with a hard fought draw against Mark Vaughan. Mickey Morris brought some respectability to the score with a win over Bobby Cliff.
Draw specialists Burton Cons C were at it again-this time over at Ivanhoe C. Gaz Dolman and Tom Egginton drew as did Jerry Cook and Matt Hucker. Steve Cockerham produced a season’s best break for the Division by including a 47 in his comfortable win over Cons’ captain Ian Shrive. Then came an extraordinary performance by Lee Louch…with the match slipping away he managed to claw back from 56 points behind including a nice cameo 22 finish to claim an unlikely 2-0 win over Darren Wilson.
Belmont C and Rolleston B also fought out a draw.Terry Bosworth and Lionel Lewis were one across before the dependable Mark Press knocked in 36 and 29 in his win over John Harvey.Brian Cutting and Rob Sanders also then drew before Kev Norris pushed the whole match all square by beating the home side’s dave Press.
Over at The Institute in Stapenhill, all 4 matches had a positive outcome but the overall score was also 4-4. John Sherriff beat Andy Jenkins of Chimneys C whilst John Hardy returned for Chimneys with a 2-0 win over Tim Knopik.John Swift pushed himself up to 2nd in the averages with a good win over Steve Gaunt. Finally Tony Clements beat Brian Sherratt of Stapenhill to claim half of the spoils.
Tony Coleman your on the spot reporter reporting on the weekly events in Division 2 this week and wishing everybody a potting good New Year.
Spot On C are the top team at the moment. Starting as a new team in the league they have acquitted themselves very well not only are they through to the final of the Divisions Final where they will play Ivanhoe D in what should be a cracker of a match. They are currently five points a head of their nearest rivals SDSC D and it would take a complete loss of form to see them not getting promotion at the very least. They have got a terrific bunch of aggressive potters who do not drop many frames as you can tell by looking at the divisions averages where they have two players in the top four in the form of Sean Bates and Jared Cronje. Ivanhoe D booked their place in the Divisions final by beating SDSC D 5-4 on the doubles play off.
SDSC D have shown their intent at getting back into Division 1 next season as they are currently second in the division just ahead of Baulkline A. SDSC have a most consistent player in the form of Andy Bloor who is just outside the top four in the averages and he is well backed up by the rest of his team mates and again this was evident as they beat Spot On B- The Snookerettes 6-2. As l have said on numerous occasions this season the scoreline does not always tell the full story especially for these ladies who really go out and play some great snooker and with a great attitude as well. John Chambers struggled to get over the line in both frames against the competitive Gilda Horvath. Brian Bloor put the home side in a good position with a controlled display of potting to beat Marie Bridges to put them 4-0 ahead at the turn. Andy Bloor was given a run for his money against the Snookerettes answer to Michaela Tabbs the recently qualified first lady snooker referee in the league Kate Stirling. Andy played some good snooker throughout but Kate kept him on his mettle in both games. Probably the Snookeretttes most consistent player Yvonne Spendlove before the break was able to carry this on as she took both frames against Garton Bloor who missed a number of potting opportunities. Yvonne whose trademark potting to the middle bag from a difficult angle was again on show.
Baulkline A have had a terrific start in their first season in the league and a most welcome addition to the division. Just to prove it they took on and beat the current league leaders Spot On C by beating them 6-2 to inflict only their second defeat of the season. Spot On have been there or there abouts in the top three places since the early part of the season and looked to be running away with the division. Simon Seabridge a new player to the league got both himself and the club off to a fine start by winning both frames against Jared Cronje who until this match was lying fourth in the divisions averages. Simon won a close match taking the first frame with a mixture of good safety play and some solid potting which included a nice 27 break. The second frame was just as close which hinged on a cross double miss by Jared which let in Simon to clear up the last few colours. On the other table Tom Lucas took on a rather out of sorts Ben Menzies but with Tom in a rather mean potting mood he was not able to play his normal game with Tom knocking in a couple of tidy breaks of 28 and 22 respectively. The Baulkline were on cloud nine leading the Spots 4-0 at the interval. Wayne Smith who is top of the averages showed why as he played Sean Bates who was in third place. Despite not being at his best Wayne’s valuable experience elsewhere in other leagues and his good safety play got him through to beat Sean. During the match Wayne made breaks of 32 and 25 but Sean made him battle for the second frame which he won on the black. Billy Newman got the Spots first frames of the night as he beat Mick Taylor. Billy edged the first frame with a good mix of fine potting and also a number of tricky plant pots which showed off his pool qualities. The second frame was a difficult one to predict the winner as the pink and black appeared to be stuck together in the jaws of the corner pocket and the possibility of a re-rack was on the cards until Mick fouled the black.
Rolleston C gave themselves a belated Christmas present with a rare win this season beating Chimneys D 5-3 at the Willington Bowl. Dave Budworth played Neil Cheadle in a very open match with both players making a number of good pots with Dave taking the first frame after despatching the pink into the middle bag. The second frame was played out in a similar manner to the first except with a bit of a twist for Neil. After potting the brown and blue Neil only needed the pink for the frame but unfortunately he missed the pot on the pink leaving it over the pocket and at the same time despatched the black ball over a baulk line pocket leaving Dave a couple of easy pots for his first two frames of the year. On the other table the match between Adi Millington and Dave Bentley saw two very entertaining frames played out with Dave playing his usual flamboyant game winning both on the last few colours. This levelled the match score at the interval. The next set of games saw Steve Williams up against a talented potter in the shape of Aaron Doyle. Aaron played some of the best snooker of the night to take his first frame. Steve had no answer to his consistent potting as he knocked in break after break which included a lovely 29. The second frame did not go the same way as the first with Steve getting amongst the balls and gradually building up a nice lead but Aaron managed to clawed his way back into the frame and win it by taking the last few colours. The last match on was a decider between Bill Davidson and Steve Atkin this proved to be a tight match throughout coming down to the black ball which after a short spell of good safety play Steve was given a chance to pot it and took it to win the frame and match for Rolleston and the drinks were on John Ward!! The second frame was played out in a similar vein to the first being decided on the black again but with a different winner which was Bill.
Burton Con’s D started the New Year well with a very good win at home to Ivanhoe D winning 5-3. Despite beating SDSC D to get into the Divisional League Final Ivanhoe do not seem to carry that cup form into the league on a consistent basis. Ian Protheroe got the home team off to a great start as he played solid snooker in both frames to beat Keith Bale. Ian kept his game tight and not leaving Keith many opportunities in either frame to get his cue arm going. Things just got better for the Con’s as Al Munnien played two nice frames of snooker to beat Jack Bale who despite dropping both frames made a number of fine pots. You can always rely on the Collins family to get your side back into the match and with a little more good luck they could have snatched an unlikely draw at the end. Jason Collins for the Ivanhoe was in majestic form as he took on and beat the Con’s talisman Jim Jennings. Sometimes some of Jason’s potting throughout the match was top draw and left Jim scratching his head for inspiration. King of the Dance Warner Collins tried his very best to get the two frames they needed but came up against a determined Paul Brooks who did what was necessary to get an honourable draw and a win for the Con’s.
Good to see Woodville S&S B back to winning ways as they beat Swad Cons C 6-2 at the Cons. They were given a helping hand as the Cons could only raise three players and they were at home which obviously influenced the result and also spoilt the night for the Woodville player who had to kick his heels. Anyway Denis Moore got back to winning ways with a fine display of snooker as he beat Paul Griffin with a number of good pots which included a cracking 25 break. This put Woodville 4-0 ahead at the turn. Terry Eyley won both frames against Pete ‘the legs’ Fearn in a tight and entertaining match with both players making valuable contributions to an enjoyable game. It also gave them the win. Dan Petcher added some respectability to the scoreline with a well deserved win against Wayne Allen who before the Christmas break had been in fine form. Dan played a very solid match leaving Wayne few opportunities to show off his potting ability.
Swad Cons B the surprise team in the division continued as they dismantled Alrewas D winning 7-1. This was no mean achievement by the Cons because Alrewas have been in great form of late. The previous week they had drawn with Spot On C. Alrewas before the start of this match was only two points behind the Cons. Ross Hollis gave the home side a solid start by winning both frames against the experienced Tony Trueman who was not able to get his normal reliable safety game into play such was the quality of Ross’ potting. Bob McNulty was the only Cons player to drop a frame in this cracking win as he drew with Brian Eccleston in two well contested frames with both players playing well and deserving to take something from the game. Gerard White who is playing some inspirational snooker at the moment took both frames fairly comfortably against Brian Aldridge with both being decided on the early colours. Paul Hollis had the measure of Shaun Tubbert in both frames as he played his own style of attacking snooker. This win puts them only one point behind third placed Baulkline.
What a cracking match this was between Woodville S&S A and Swad Cons D at the Woodville Arena which ended in a well deserved draw for both teams. Gaz Ward for the Cons took the first frame against Jim Marcer by the scruff of the neck playing some of his best snooker of the season. Gaz was playing that well he seemed to have the cue ball on a piece of string such was the quality of his potting which ended with Jim conceding on the green. The second frame started in a similar vein to the first with Gaz missing very little then Jim started to gain in confidence and was helped by a solid 20 break to get him back into the game. Jim also benefited from a number of well laid snookers which Gaz failed to get out off with Jim potting the pink for a well deserved draw. On the other table Alan Orpwood took on the in-form Kieran Dadley in another superb match of quality potting by both players. Kieran’s potting early on was very good especially his long potting which was top draw but Alan was just about holding on to his coat tails when the run of play started to go against Kieran like potting the green and the cue ball at the same time and the same thing happened again on the blue. This brought Alan back into the game but he lost as Kieran went for the black into the corner black bag missed by a good few inches only for it run diagonally up the table and drop into the yellow pocket. The second frame Alan was more in control helped by a 27 break which eased the pressure on Alan as Kieran conceded on the blue. The sun tanned Dave Bodie made his annual visit to these shores before he jets off again to top up his tan shared the frames with his golfing buddy Pat Ryan. The Bodie man was a little rusty to start off with but gradually got himself into the game with one or two nice pots. Despite Pat not being at his best in this frame he did not have the best of good fortune especially after potting a most difficult blue to the green bag only to find himself snookered right behind the black. Unfortunately he missed the pink leaving Dave to take the first frame. In the second frame Pat was a little behind early on but thanks to some nice little breaks got himself into a comfortable lead and drew his match. There must be something in the Cons water as the Bodie man turned up in his shorts! The final two frames were shared between Tony Coleman and Bob Birch for the match to be a draw. This match was of high quality snooker by both players with a fine mixture of safety play and potting. It is hard to understand how this team Swad Cons are in the position they are in the league with the quality players they have in their team.