Owen Jones writes for the David Wain Insurance Premier Division
Burton Cons A failed to win for the first time this season as they were held to a hard fought draw at Spot On A. Nigel Tomlinson played well to take a frame from Matt Milnes, as did Mark Stirling as he halted Graham Stevens fine string of recent wins. Andy Speirs took both frames against an unlucky Stuart Roberts to give the hosts the advantage. John Shilton then stepped up for the champions and duly won both frames against Ady Harper which included two 35 breaks.
The battle for second place took another twist as Belmont A hosted Ivanhoe A. Shaun Gebbie and Daniel Blunn both potted well to take a frame each. Ian Archer then also drew against Ant Moore, who knocked in a 31 to win his frame. A good quality encounter then ensued as Josh Gebbie compiled a lovely 51 break in taking the first against Ian Rennocks. His opponent responded well in the second, winning it with a steady 32 break. Finally, Wayne Brewin played Mick Kirk with the winner earning the victory for their team. The spoils went to Brewin as he played well to win the frames.
Alrewas A drew their match with Swad Cons A. Carl Poulton was in fine form as he defeated Simon Orpwood with some decisive potting. Andy Grainger levelled things up as he knocked in a 43 break on the way to beating Colin Kinsella. Adam Walton found Simon Mansfield too good on the night and finally, Ian Hiley won both frames against Paul Slater to level the match, aided by a 30 break.
Burton Cons B earned a hard fought victory at home against Belmont B. Simon Smith made a 36 break as he shared the frames with Zaheer Hussain. Dave Plunkett also drew on the night as he played Martin Smith. David Shipton kept up the trend as he drew with Graham Bailey. The deciding factor proved to be Mike Buckland as he made a 30 break in defeating Arron Vaughan to earn the victory for his side.
Another tight result on the night saw Ivanhoe B win 5-3 at home against Stapenhill A. Mark Muir won both frames against Chris Sheldrake and Stuart Tagg drew with Baz Dowson to give the hosts a 3-1 lead at the break. Adam Pickering started the second half of the match off by taking a frame against Carl Jeffcoate. Finally, Jason Pickering battled with Steve Ford and both players came away with a frame each.
Tutbury A welcomed Chimneys A to the Institute and yet another close match saw the frames shared. Steve Hathaway, Steve, Chris and Dave Mabbott all drew with Dean Johnston, Alan Davies, Daz Lester and Bill Stewart respectively.
Mike Buckland writes for Division 1
In this topsy turvy league that is Division One this year, after 140 matches played so far there has yet to be a 8-0 scoreline.Only 11 matches have finished 7-1 and there have been thirty two 6-2 wins. This means 70% of games have finished either 4-4 or 5-3 one way or the other-a testament to how close it all is and of course means that literally anyone can beat anyone else. Rather like The Championship in football, the division is increasingly difficult to get out of and with it looking like there will be promotion for some strong teams from Division Two and the relegation of three strong ones from The Premier, this will never be truer than for next season.
Last week was typical for the year ….six 5-3 scorelines and one draw. Alrewas C having hit the front a couple of weeks ago have had a stumble. Captain Karl Hancox got his team off to a good start in their match away at Rolleston A by including a lovely 38 on his way to beating James Wilkinson but then John Richardson suffered only his second league loss of the season as he was beaten by the home captain Joe Docksey. Joe himself is still unbeaten after 19 league matches played and would be right in the mix for the averages award if he hadn’t drawn as many as 13 of these games.In the second half Rich O’Dell drew with Rob McMeecham but Alrewas’ Colin Wood was defeated by Bobby Cliff to leave The Rollers promotion push on track. Bobby is unbeaten for seven matches himself.
Chimneys C have taken advantage to go to the top with a 5-3 win against Rolleston B.Andy Jenkins included a couple of twenty something breaks in his win over Lionel Lewis but then Trevor Heath was held to a draw by Kev Norris-Trevor has drawn half of his matches this season whilst Kev is unbeaten in 5. The surprise result of the evening was produced by Rolleston’s John Harvey as he knocked in a good 25 on his way to defeating the Chimneys’ talisman Tony Clements who had won his previous 8.Steve Gaunt though stepped up to the plate to defeat Rob Sanders to leave Chimneys unbeaten for seven matches and looking good for one of the promotion places.
Ivanhoe C kept in touch with the leading group with a 5-3 win over Belmont C.Mark Press, top of the averages, was held for the second week in a row-this time by Ivanhoe’s Gaz Dolman.The games between Steve Cockeram and Terry Bosworth and then Graham Measures and Brian Cutting were played out to draws before Jerry Cook beat Doug Lees to earn the Ashby side the extra winning point. The defeat for Belmont leaves them rock bottom of the division.
Fifth and sixth in the division played out the week’s only draw as SDSC C and Belmont D were not to be separated. Micky Morris showed some class but also rode his luck in his win for Belmont over Henry Tomas. Mark Vaughan and Ben Davies battled out a fair draw on the other table.Mark potted solidly to win the first but Ben drew away in the second only for Mark to peg him back slowly to force a black ball game. After a sustained bout of safety Ben knocked in a great black to leave it 3-1 to Belmont at the break. Simon Shilton then had a deal of run to defeat Tom Holland before Brett Craddock then took the first against Pete Maguire. Pete though fought back and knocked in a lovely blue and pink for a fair draw all round. Although not a winner on the night, Mark Vaughan beat Bill Stewart in a very tight Jack Dyche final last Monday so well done to to him.
Stapenhill B’s outside chances of promotion look to be over as they slipped to a 5-3 home defeat to Tutbury B who are rising like a phoenix in their efforts to remain in the division. Tutbury flew out of the traps and were 4-0 up at the interval with comfortable wins for Colin Bell and Paul Atterbury over Brian Sherratt and Stan Piechowicz respectively.Tim Knopik played well to beat Dave Brady to give the home side hope but the home team’s top player this season Jon Swift was only able to draw with Jeff Siddalls whose frame win was worth two for the Tutters who are now only two points from safety.
Newhall A won 5-3 away at SDSC B who are now looking over their shoulders.Carl Clover left Ray Stretton a number of chances in the first but Ray couldn’t take any of them before going in off the black to gift Carl the frame. Carl played better in the second to win it on the colours. Nick Harcombe had the division’s high break of the week with a lovely 42 against Sam Hicks in their first. Sam was a little unlucky in the second as Nick fluked the final red to win that as well. Andy Jeffries for the Swad side played well to beat Martin Hurdman in the first before Martin came back to win the second easily and earn a fair draw. Martin Hicks and Ray Bancroft were nip and tuck throughout their first before Martin won it on the blue. Martin then had a share of the run before winning the second on the brown to hand Newhall the win after two defeats. Newhall are now one of four sides on 85 points in mid table.
The fourth of the sides on 85 points is Burton Cons C whose minds must be on their upcoming Orme Shield and President’s Cup finals. They have had some great results to get where they are in these especially representing the division in the Orme but in the league have been very inconsistent. This week they were without Tom Egginton who had a prior engagement to watch his beloved Leicester City. Up stepped Cons’ stand in floater Kieron Harlow from behind the bar and despite playing well was unable to beat Alrewas B’s very own stand in Stuart Gair playing only his third match of the season. Lee Louch and Alan Wilson had a very good hard fought game with Alan having a lovely run of 38 and Lee fighting hard to earn the draw. The battle of the captains Ian Shrive and John Sharp also ended a draw as did the game between Matt Hucker and Will Sherratt. The win for Alrewas gives them some hope of avoiding the drop as they are now within 6 points of safety.
Tony Coleman your on the spot reporter reporting on the weekly events in Division 2
The Baulkline A have most certainly stepped up a gear over the the last few weeks as they whitewashed a strong Ivanhoe D 8-0. At this late stage in the the season i cannot see anybody capable of stopping them becoming Champions as they now have a lead of — over their nearest rivals Swad Cons B. Simon Seabridge was in superb form as he took both frames against Keith Bale. Simon’s potting was first rate as he knocked in breaks of 28,27,40 and for good measures a 20 break also. Keith did very well to take the second frame down to the pink which included a nice 20 break by Keith. On the other table Tom Lucas beat the the unlucky Tony Tredger. Tom in the first frame played some lovely snooker to win pretty easily but the second frame Tom stole it from Tony. Tony was 34 points ahead with only 35 points left on the table when Tony went in off the blue leaving Tom with the chance to take the last three colours to steal the frame which he duly did. The Baulkline was on fire 4-0 ahead at the interval and very little changed in the second half. Wayne Smith despite not being at his best was to good for the Master of the Saga dance floor aka Warner Collins. By all accounts Wayne did very well to play as he had his right arm in a sling caused by an injury at work and his left arm in a support bandage with an old injury that flared up. Apparently Warner looked smart in practice !!!! Jack Bale did his level best to prevent the whitewash as he lost two scrappy frames to the Baulkline pretty happy skipper Jon Sully by all accounts this frame that long that they missed out on the curry supper.
Swad Cons B have moved nicely into second place with a narrow home win against stablemates Swad Cons C winning 5-3. Gerald White played solid snooker as he took both frames in a tight match with Pete ‘the shorts’ Fearn. In both frames Gerald and Pete knocked in one or two good pots but it was Gerald’s safety play that was the tighter of the two which helped him win the frames. The evergreen Bob McNulty whose photo in the the column didn’t do him justice? shared his frames with John Griffin. John played very well in the potting department to take his frame but Bob’s safety and potting was first rate as he won his frame. Jon Petcher the C team played a very attacking game as he took both frames against Ross Hollis who struggled a little at times. The final score depended on the final game on between Paul Hollis and Paul Griffin. Paul Hollis played solid snooker throughout the two frames as he beat Paul Griffin in both frames. Paul Hollis knocked in a nice 24 break to help his cause in winning the match for the B team. This win puts them two points clear of Spot On C.
I cannot believe what happened in the match between Spot On C and Woodville S&S B with Woodville winning 7-1. Rather bizarrely the Spots rang up Woodville to say they would be late turning up but they are the home team because they were playing pool. The Woodville team claimed the the first four frames because of they late arrival which they are perfectly entitled to do with in the rules and they even set up the tables. Fair credit to Jared Cronje who played his two frames against Mark Gallagher and it ended in a share of the spoils. Denis Moore played and beat Adam Edwards who was making his first appearance for the Spots. In my opinion this showed complete disrespect to Woodville and has no place in snooker.
Full credit to the Snookerettes aka Spot On B who pulled off quite a shock as they went to Swad Cons D and came away with a great result winning 5-3. Kieron Dadley and Gilda Horvath shared two entertaining frames with both players playing steady snooker through out their match. Marie Bridges was in great form as she won both frames against Jana Edwards. In the first frame Marie missed very few potting opportunities the second frame was a lot closer with Jana getting more into the game after one or two nice pots but Marie was able to close out the frame. This put the Snookerettes 3-1 at the interval but things changed rather quickly as Bob Birch got the home team back on level terms as he beat Kate Stirling. Bob had to use all of his experience to beat Kate who battled well. Some of Bob’s safety play was first class. Yvonne Spendlove was Snookerettes final star player on the night as she won both frames against Dave ‘the Bodie man’ Dickinson. Both frames where played in a great spirit and a number of cracking pots by both players. The first frame was a close one only being decided on the high colours. Spurred on by winning the first frame Yvonne won the second frame more comfortably. What a great example these girls are they turn up every week and enjoy their snooker irrespective of the result. Winning for the second time this season will hopefully encourage to finish the season on a high note.
Woodville S&S A drew with Burton Cons D in a drawn out match with the result not sorted until the final balls. Gentleman Jim Marcer managed to beat Al Munnion but it was very close with Jim not at his best to start off with and it looked like Al was going to take the first frame after potting a difficult pink but going fot the black into the yellow pocket it rattled in the jaws and stayed therr for an easy pot for Jim. The second frame was just as tight going down to the last few reds until Jim stepped up a gear to take it. The match between Alan Orpwood and Paul Brooks also ended in a draw. The first frame went down to a re-spotted black which Paul knocked in. Paul came back very well in the first after being well behind on the colours he potted a difficult pink to leave him perfect on the black for the re-spot. The second frame Alan was determined not to lose and won it fairly easily on the colours after knocking in a number of small breaks. This put Woodville 3-1 ahead at the interval and it soon become 4-1 as Pat Ryan took the first frame in rather clinical fashion against Ian Protheroe. This was probably Pat’s best potting display of the season as he missed very little. Ian cameback well to take the second withsome good pots but with Pat not being able to reproduce his first frame display. The final two and deciding frames saw the Cons claw there way back for a well deserved draw. Tony Coleman lost both frames to the wily old fox James Jennings the first frame was a very tight frame going down to the black which Jim potted. The second frame which was a bit of a marathon also went to Jim. Both players safety play was very good but Jim’s potting was the difference. This was a good back by the Con’s and well deserved.
Alrewas D got back to winning ways with a fine win at home to the Jekyl and Hyde team of the division Rolleston D winning 6-2. The win for the A38 boys stops the rot a little as they have struggled to refind the winning formula. Brian Eccleston and John Ward shared an entertaining draw with neither player being able to make the most of the chances when they arose. Tom Smith back in his shorts was in fine form as he took both frames off Steve Atkin with Tom being the dominant player making one or two nice pots in beating Steve which included a solid 27 break. Alrewas where 3-1 ahead at the turn and nothing really changed in the second half. Another solid display by Shaun Tubbert as he drew with Neil Cheadle in two close frames withsome good safety play by both players. Dave Riley was back to his potting best after recent hic-cups as he played well in beating John Cheadle who did well on his rare outings. When Alrewas are in this sort of form they are a match for any team in the division.