Owen Jones writes for the David Wain Insurance Premier Division
Belmont B welcomed Tutbury A and it turned out to be a nail biting encounter. Graham Bailey was first up against Dave Powell, who was making a rare outing. Bailey was too strong for his opponent on the night and he duly won both frames with some good potting. Arron Vaughan looked to increase the lead as he took on Dave Mabbott. The Tutbury man had other ideas however as he won both frames to level things up. Zaheer Hussain was next up against Chris Mabbott. Hussain potted well and deservedly won the first frame. Back came Mabbott, knocking in a 47 break to take the second frame. Finally, Martin Smith played Steve Mabbott. Both players knew that if they took both frames then they would earn the victory for their sides. Smith started well and looked to be in control as he won the first frame. Tutbury were not left empty handed though as Mabbott knocked in a 34 break to square the match and leave the final score at 4-4.
Burton Cons A looked to carry on their unbeaten run this season as they faced Ivanhoe B. John Shilton played Brendon Mattley and the Ashby man looked to take an immediate foot hold in the game against his talented opponent. Shilton built up a 20 point lead however and looked to be in control. Mattley then had a chance to take the frame as the colours were at his mercy. He cleared up to the blue, where he was left with a tough positional decision as the pink was hampered by the black. Deciding to play a run through shot with top spin, Mattley half ball snookered himself, which let Shilton in to snatch the frame. The second frame had a similar outcome but this time the frame was decided on the final black. Mattley knocked in a full-length table pot to deservedly win the frame and level things up. On the other table, Mick Simpkins played good match snooker to win both frames against Stuart Tagg. Graham Stevens was next up against John Skellett. Stevens continued his impressive form by winning both frames, potting confidently and constructing breaks of 36 and 30 in the process. Finally, Owen Jones played Jason Pickering in what was always going to be a quick match. The first frame began with some good safety exchanges. Reds were scattered across the table and the only safe place for the white was behind the black. Pickering left Jones a half chance at a red in the middle which he over cut. This let Pickering in with a good chance, which he capitalised on with a great 77 break. He unfortunately broke down when potting a red and following it in with the white but it was more than enough to win the frame. The second frame saw Jones make a 30 break and pot well to take it which left the final score at 6-2 to the hosts.
Chimneys A won 5-3 at home against Alrewas A. Daz Lester, Jan Pawlazych and Bill Stewart all drew with Dave Trueman, Ian Hiley and Adam Walton respectively. Dean Johnston proved to be the difference as he won both frames against James Edwards.
Ivanhoe A hosted Burton Cons B and it was the visitors who dented the host’s chances of a top two finish. Daniel Blunn found Ryan Gibbs potting too good on the night as the Cons’ man won both frames. Ian Rennocks also struggled as he was beaten by Simon Smith. Mick Kirk halted the surge as he won the frames against Mike Buckland. Finally, Dave Shipton sealed the victory by winning both frames against Steve Butler which left the final score at 6-2 to the visitors.
Belmont A looked to capitalise on Ivanhoe’s slip up as they faced Spot On. Fran McInulty and Ian Archer did the damage as they won their frames against Tom Elliott and Ade Harper in a 5-3 victory. Mark Stirling played well to take both frames from Shaun Gebbie and finally, Nigel Tomlinson shared the frames with Josh Gebbie.
Stapenhill A played Swadlincote Snooker Centre A and the visitors left with a victory. Mark Satchwell returned to form as he knocked in a 43 break in winning both frames against Andy Tomlinson. Andy Goldingay also potted well as he won both frames against Andy Gretton. Chris Sheldrake drew with Steve Ayre and Steve Ford drew with Chris Dewey to complete a 6-2 for the Swadlincote side.
Swad Cons A won 6-2 at home against Chimneys B. Andy Grainger and Simon Orpwood won the frames against Steve Butterworth and Steve Lane to put the hosts in control. Lee Wood drew with Tim Hodgkinson and Paul Slater drew with Lee Cooke to complete the scoring.
Mike Buckland writes for Division 1
It was another week of tight matches in the BDCSL Division One with 3 draws, 3 5-3 wins and only one 6-2 scoreline. Ivanhoe C were on the wrong end of it and this has meant they have slipped a little in the promotion chase. John Harvey and Kev Norris were in fine form for Rolleston B, defeating Steve Cockeram and Daz Wilson respectively. At half time everything was all square, with draws between Lionel Lewis and Gaz Dolman and then Rob Sanders and Jerry Cook.Ivanhoe are now 6 points off a promotion spot.
The match between the top 2 sides perhaps predictably ended in 4 across.John Richardson played solidly to beat Trevor Heath, who does not lose both very often. On the other table Steve Gaunt was too strong for Tom Wright. Karl Hancox then brushed aside John Hardy before Tony Clements produced another solid display to beat the home team’s Colin Wood.
SDSC C won 5-3 at Alrewas B to join Chimneys-just 6 off the lead. Henry Tomas was in fine form as he knocked in a lovely 38 on his way to beating S Gair. Carl Hyde was too strong for Roy Sherratt and the game between Will Sherratt and Ben Davies was drawn. John Sharpe brought the scoreline back to a fairer reflection of the match as a whole by beating the Swad side’s captain Pete Maguire.
Rolleston A were without Tony Rushton but were able to get a draw away at Swad Snooker Centre B.Nick Harcombe for the home side won his customary 2 frames in beating Luke Speed. Gareth Fearn and James Wilkinson and then Andy Jeffries and Bobby Cliff all won a frame apiece. Joe Docksey, the Rolleston captain then came to the rescue by beating Ray Bancroft.
All of the bottom 4 were on the wrong end of a 5-3 scoreline to leave the table at that end as it was.Belmont D were just a little too strong for Tutbury B. Mark Vaughan should probably have won the first versus Colin Bell but Colin took it with a tremendous pot on the black. This gave him the confidence to storm into a 30 point lead in the second. Mark though fought hard and potted well to come back and win the frame quite comfortably in the end. Dave Brady was playing through the pain and this was not eased by Micky Morris as the Belmont man won both easily. Jeff Siddalls had a battle with the ever improving Tom Holland with some excellent safety from both men – Jeff just nicking the second on the black. Paul Atterbury potted well in his match against Brett Craddock but found the Belmont man near to his best allowing the Servicemen to come away with the victory.
Belmont C could only raise 3 players in their game against Stapenhill B. Jon Swift for the away side knocked a cracking 40 in to defeat Doug Lees.Mark Press played nicely without any heroics as he returned the compliment for Belmont beating Greg Britton,John Sheriff was in fine break building form as he rolled in a 27 and 21 versus Brian Cutting. Brian was able to hang on tight though to earn a share of the spoils for his side. Tim Knopik was the man prepared with cue at the ready but no opponent-this made the difference and keeps Stapenhill mid table.
Two other mid table sides drew as Newhall took on Burton Cons C. The Cons have made it to the finals of both the Presidents Cup and the Orme Shield and the extra pressure on their fixture list meant a first outing for Paul Davies this season.Paul played well and was perhaps unlucky to lose the first on the pink. He also got 20 in front in the second before opponent Martin Hicks rolled in a lovely 50. Earlier Martin Hurdman and Tom Egginton had a really hard fought draw. Martin was 27 behind in the first but in the end Tom was grateful to win by virtue of potting the black.The second saw Tom race into a 25 point lead but Martin fought back well to win -again on the black.Lee Louch played well to easily win the first versus Mark Anslow. Mark showing some resiliance in the second to just lose on the blue.Carl Glover and Ian Shrive struggled in the first with it being taken in the end by Ian on the blue.Carl managed to win the second on the green to leave both sides just a couple of wins from safety.
Tony Coleman your on the spot reporter reporting on the weekly events in Division 2
Spot On C still head the division but their lead has been dramatically reduced over the last few weeks thanks to The Baulkline A having a couple of high wins. This lead is now down to only three points whereas not many weeks ago it was up to fifteen points. The Spots did not help themselves when they sent in a late card and had two points deducted. After last weeks draw with the Chimneys they got back to winning ways with a close away victory against Burton Cons D beating them 5-3. On table one we had Al Munnion taking on Billy Newman in what turned out to be a tight match with a number of good pots by both players and a draw being a fair result. On the other table Ben Menzies the Spots skipper led by example as he took both frames against Nathan Brooks with Nathan having few chances to display what a talented player he is becoming. Ben potted well but could not turn some of his small breaks into bigger ones. The Spots were leading 3-1 at the interval. Jared Cronje displayed his good potting ability in taking both frames with Ian Protheroe. Jared knocked in a nice 26 break in winning one of his frames but the other frame was only decided on the blue. The grinder on this occasion was the wily Jim Jennings who displayed all of Cliff Thorburn’s attributes without the moustache as he took two well deserved frames off Matt Keays in a slow match that had plenty of good safety play which was mainly displayed by Jim. My apologies to Jim he is a Bass man not Pedigree. Anyway he had a tipple after the game.
The Baulkline A had a whitewash win against the bottom side Swad Cons C. Who unfortunately could not build on last weeks terrific draw at the A38 Arena. Paul Griffin took on the divisions top player Wayne Smith and did alright as both players seemed to struggle at times but Wayne’s experience managed to pull him through both frames. Pete ‘the shorts’ Fearn in his attempt to keep Tom Lucas quiet and trying too hard but unfortunately he kept giving away too many penalty points which can be fatal against somebody like Tom who did just enough in both frames to win. Jon Petcher can feel a little unlucky to have lost the first frame to Jon Sully who needed to pot the blue and pink to take the first frame. Both players play at times was a little erratic in the first frame but not Jon in the second as he made a nice 33 break with one or two difficult pots to keep it going. Final match of the evening was between John Griffin and Mick Taylor which saw Mick potting pretty well in the first giving John few opportunities to get his long pots going. The second frame was rather nip and tuck at times with John going into a nice 20 point lead only for Mick to mount a comeback and win by 20 points. This is not the first time Mick has done this this season. The result has certainly made the title chase a bit more interesting. Could the Spots get caught?
Swad Cons B got back to winning ways this week after their blip last week to beat Woodville S&S B away winning 6-2. The evergreen Bob McNulty did well to share the frames with Woodville’s captain Mark Gallagher. Mark’s potting at times was very good whilst Bob’s safety play at times was excellent so the draw was the fair result. Vince Draper for the Cons played solid snooker to win both frames with Wayne Allen who struggled a little throughout the game at times with Vince’s safety play. Denis Moore played very well to draw with Ross Hollis with both players making some valuable contributions to an entertaining match with neither player deserving to lose. Paul Hollis got the Cons passed the winning post as he beat Terry Eley in a tight first frame which could have gone either way but for Paul being the more positive potter. The second frame Paul managed to get in front early on with a few small breaks and managed to control the game from the front. It would appear that the current top three teams are now starting to open up a gap between the fourth placed side SDSC D.
Well done to the Snookerettes who recovered well from the previous weeks whitewashing to earn a well deserved battling away draw against the team who are above them which is Rolleston C. Dave Bentley and Gilda Horvath shared their two entertaining frames. David as usual played a number of interesting shots which managed to pay dividends for him in the first frame but Gilda after potting one or two good points gained in confidence to take the second comfortably. In the other room Steve Atkin played Marie Bridges in two very close frames with neither being decided until the final few balls with a draw being the honourable result. John Ward played Kate Stirling and shared the match. Kate’s snooker play seems to be improving week by week as she again knocked in some nice pots. Not to be out done John also played a number of good long pots to take his frame. Aaron Doyle and Yvonne Spendlove drew two tight frames with both players knocking in reasonable breaks to win their frames. Aaron made a number of pots for his 20 break. Yvonne had to graft for her 18 break as she kept getting out of position to enable her to win her frame. This puts the Snookerettes eight points ahead of Swad Cons C.
Chimneys D are showing a great up turn in form of late as they beat the inconsistent Alrewas D 5-3 at the Willington Bowl. Is this down to the return to the team of the ‘old warhorse’/part time fisherman Brian Alford who has certainly lifted the teams spirits over the last few games. Brian gave Dave Riley very little chance in the first frame he was just like a potting machine missing very little. The second frame was a more closer affair going down to the last few colours before the ‘star man’ Brian closed out the frame. David Budworth was a little out of sorts in the first frame with Brian Eccleston with Brian not putting a pot wrong although by all accounts Brian had lady luck on his side to win the first on the pink. Dave upped his game in the second to get a well deserved draw with his safety play proving decisive. This put the match score at the half way stage 3-1 to the Chimneys a lead they managed to hang onto but only just. Andy Holloway played Tom Smith and being well aware of Tom’s potting ability but in the first frame Andy was not really able to get his cuing arm into too much action owing to Tom’s fine potting. The second frame was a lot closer with Andy slowly getting to grips with league snooker and he did well to share the spoils with Tom. Tony Trueman for the A38 boys won the first frame with Adi Millington by playing a solid frame on snooker. Adi came back well in the second frame having found his mojo to knock in a nice 31 break to draw his match and a deserved win for the team moving them nicely up the table.
SDSC D drew with Woodville S&S A on a cold night with none of the players playing anywhere near their best form of the season. SDSC started off the better of the two sides with Brian Bloor taking both frames off Pat Ryan who in the first struggled to get used to the speed of the table but this did not trouble Brian in the first frame. Second frame was a much closer affair with Brian taking it on the high colours. John Chambers and Gentleman Jim Marcer shared their frames with John taking the first frame on the black after a slight misjudgement of pace by Jim. This put SDSC 3-1 ahead but this was a game of two halves. Alan Orpwood took both frames with the first frame being decided on the black against Andy Rice. Andy started off playing very well and soon opened up a nice 24 point lead going down to the last few reds but with Alan managing to claw his way back into the frame and win it on the black. The second frame was another close game with Alan just staying in control to take it on the pink. The final two frames of the evening was a bit of a marathon between Garton Bloor and Tony Coleman there was a mixture of scrappy play and some good safety play and a number of fouls by Tony especially in the second frame. Garton was very unlucky to lose the first after giving away a foul on the pink. Garton played the better snooker on the night and probably deserved to win both. Garton earned his side a well earned draw by potting the final blue and pink.
Ivanhoe D are just hitting form at the right time as they play their Divisional final against Spot On C in a couple of weeks time. Ivanhoe managed to beat the draw specialists Swad Cons D 5-3. This win sees them move into the top six for the first time in a while. Jack Bale and Bob Birch a former player for Ivanhoe a few years ago drew in a well contested match with both players in good form which saw some quality potting by both players. Keith Bale was the main difference between the two teams being the only player on the night to win both frames as he beat Marc Egan in two close frames with Keith just shading both frames in the potting department. Dave ‘the bodie man’ aka Paul Dickinson played some of his best snooker of the season as he got a well deserved draw against the Ivanhoe talisman Jason Collins who for the last few weeks has not dropped a frame. Both frames were pretty close with the first being decided on the blue and the second on the black. A tired Warner Collins struggled to share his two frames against Kieron Dadley mainly due to his Danceathon the night before at Skegness- this man loves his dancing!!! Kieron looked at one time as if he was going to take both frames but Warner somehow managed to win it despite his highest break of the evening which was a paltry seven. Some of Kieron’s long potting at times was very good.