Owen Jones writes for the David Wain Insurance Premier Division
The penultimate week of the season saw Belmont B and Chimneys A end honours even. Graham Bailey and Bill Stewart battled to win a frame each. Bailey took the first frame after forcing a re-spotted black, after knocking in a cracking pot. The subsequent black was also dispatched by Bailey to take it. The second was a tight affair but Stewart took it after potting an outrageous fluke. Arron Vaughan played Daz Lester on the other table and it was the Belmont man who won the first frame with some steady snooker. Lester reciprocated to win the second frame. Martin Smith was the star player for the hosts as he potted some great balls to beat Wayne Pereira. Zaheer Hussain needed just one frame to earn the victory for his side. However, Alan Davies was having none of it. He potted well to take both frames and earn a draw for the visitors.
Burton Cons B fought hard to earn the victory against Alrewas A. Ryan Gibbs was hoping to build on his string of good results but unfortunately Carl Poulton had other ideas as the Alrewas man won both frames with some good potting. Dave Plunkett, another player potting well, continued his good form by beating Dave Trueman. Mike Buckland then knocked in a string of 20+ breaks and a 35 in defeating Adam Walton. Dave Shipton and Colin Kinsella finished off the match in style as Shipton knocked in a 41 in winning his frame and Kinsella made a 40 break in taking the other frame. This left the final score at 5-3 to the hosts.
Chimneys B and Belmont A ended all square. Steve Lane, Tim Hodgkinson, Steve Butterworth and Loz Kennerson all drew with Ian Archer, Josh Gebbie, Fran McInulty (who made a 53 break) and Shaun Gebbie respectively.
Ivanhoe B won 6-2 at home against Tutbury A. Ivan Birkin made a nice 33 break as he defeated Dave Mabbott. Brendon Mattley also played well as he beat Chris Mabbott with some good potting. Jason pickering and Steve mabbott won a frame each and finally, Stu Tagg shared the frames with Dave Powell.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A were on the receiving end of a 6-2 defeat as they hosted Spot On A. Mark Stachwell was the only shining light for the home side, as he knocked in a lovely 49 break in defeating Andy Speirs. Tom Elliott, Ade Harper and Mark Stirling inflicted the damage as they won all of their frames to earn the victory.
Ascrappy encounter ensued at Stapenhill as they hosted champions Burton Cons A. Steve Ford and John Shilton won a frame each in a match where both players had plenty of chances to win both frames. Andy Gretton will be disappointed that he didn’t win both frames as a similar encounter took place on the other table as he played Owen Jones. After winning the first frame with some nice potting, Gretton had the second frame at his mercy as he took on a tricky cut on the final black. He rattled it, which gave the frame to Jones. Andy Tomlinson knocked in a 34 as he drew with Mick Simpkins and finally, Graham Stevens showed a bit of form as he made a 40 break in winning both frames against Carl Jeffcoate.
Swad Cons A and Ivanhoe A shared the match as neither side could be separated. Andy Grainger made breaks of 31 and 38 but could only earn a draw with Michael Kirk. Simon Orpwood drew with Daniel Blunn, Lee Wood and Ant Moore won a frame each and finally, Paul Slater shared the frames with Steve Butler.
Mike Buckland writes for Division 1
Chimneys C secured promotion back to the Premier Division and in the process all but won the Division One title as they thumped Stapenhill B 7-1.John Hardy, Tony Clements and Steve Gaunt were all in fine form as they brushed aside Greg Britton, John Sherriff and Tim Knopik respectively. Only Jon Swift offered any resistance as he fought out our draw with Trevor Heath. The four Chimneys men have all averaged over 63% for the season and will play out of Spot On Burton next season. They have only lost three times all season with everyone else having at least 7 defeats and are fully deserving of their place at the top of tree.Stapenhill are safe in mid table and can look to a derby against their A team who are returning to the division after two seasons in the top tier.
Rolleston A suffered an unwelcome reverse against Belmont D but this did not stop them securing promotion in the process. Due to work commitments, Belmont had to turn to Simon Deakin as stand in again-he played well but in the end lost out to Bobby Cliff who has been very consistent this season.Mark Vaughan included a 27 on the way to beating Rolleston’s stand in Kevin Benton who never gave up. Micky Morris was miles behind in his first against Joe Docksey. With Joe only needing one ball Micky had a fluke, potted the last 3 reds and then laid a snooker to come back like Lazarus to win the frame. In the second Micky ran away with Joe probably still in shock. This was Joe’s first defeat of the season. Rich O’Dell and Tom Holland shared their two frames. Both men played well in the first with Rich winning it on the brown.In the second, it went down to the pink which Rich potted leaving a straight black into the green pocket-he missed left it on the cushion from where Tom then doubled it into the yellow pocket to leave Belmont with the win.Results elsewhere meant Rolleston had scored enough wins to guarantee promotion whilst Belmont moved into the top half and will fight another day.
On the Tuesday. Ivanhoe went to Burton Cons to play their C team knowing a win would put the pressure on Alrewas C in third having beaten them the week before. It did not go to plan though as The Cons ran out 5-3 winners.The first two games were drawn with Tom Egginton sharing with Darren Wilson and Lee Louch halving with George Cawkwell, playing only his 3rd match of the season.Cons’ captain Ian Shrive then drew with Graham Measures before the match was decided by a solid performance from Matt Hucker in defeating Jerry Cook.Ivanhoe will have to rely on a big win in the last matches with a defeat for Alrewas to claim the last promotion spot. Cons have drawn too many games to contend at the top end but have reached two finals so can call it a good season..
Alrewas took advantage of the Ashby slip up as they took on Tutbury on the Thursday. There were wins for John Richardson, Karl Hancox and Colin Wood with Colin knocking in a good 25. John survived Dave Brady having a 30 break in their match.Rob McMeecham finished the scoring with a hard fought draw with Jeff Siddalls. The 7-1 win means a draw in their final match will secure the final promotion position for Alrewas. In John and Karl they have two very good players who deserve to be playing at the higher level.Tutbury will need a miracle to survive in the division in the final fixture.
SDSC C, who led the division for the first 3 months of the season, returned to winning ways with a 6-2 derby win over the club’s B team.Simon Shilton and Nick Harcombe shared two high quality frames. Henry Tomas was too strong for Ray Stretton on the night. Ben Davies just about out-potted Andy Collins in the end of two close frames.Ray Bancroft played well to take the first off of Pete Maguire. In the second Pete had a lovely 27 clearance to take the frame including a stunning brown.The result leaves SDSC solidly in 5th place but leaves the B team looking over their shoulders and means they will need something from their last match to secure their status in the division for next season.
Belmont C, who had looked dead and buried two months ago, have given themselves a chance of survival on the last day with a 5-3 win over Rolleston B.Mark Press has one hand on the division’s averages title and he won again-this time over Rob Sanders.Terry Bosworth played nicely to defeat the R’s John Harvey.Brian Cutting drew with Lionel Lewis in the first game whilst man of the match really was Kev Norris as he included a nice 30 on the way to salvaging some respect with a good 2-0 win over Doug Lees. The Belmont D team will help decide the fate of the C team as they play SDSC B in the last match. Belmont C will need to win big and hope their D team can do them a favour.
Alrrewas B were all but relegated despite scoring a win over Newhall A.Alan Wilson and Will Sherratt were on form as they beat Martin Hurdman and Carl Glover.John Sharp and Mark Anslow shared their two frames whilst Martin Hicks won his customary two-this time against Stuart Gair. Newhall took until week 6 to win at the start of the season which was too far behind to come back from to make a promotion push. Alrewas have won seven matches but needed to eek out some draws from their list of 5-3 defeats.
Tony Coleman your on the spot reporter reporting on the trials and tribulations of the penultimate week of the season
The match of the week was between third placed Spot On C and the current league leaders and soon to be crowned title winners Baulkline A who won 5-3 at Newhall. The first match on was between Billy Newman and Billy Ashton which ended in an honourable draw. Billy Ashton was a little slow off the mark in the first frame allowing Billy Newman in to make a number of fine pots to win the first fairly comfortably. In the second frame Billy Ashton started the second frame well and continued to dominant the second frame which included a nice 23 break and then closed out the frame by taking the last four colours. Keiran Carr could not stop the in-form Tom Lucas in either frame as he knocked in a number of high teen breaks in both frames which also included a quick fire 20 break. This put the Baulkline 3-1 ahead at the turn round. The master potter Wayne Smith as is normal for him this season took his customary two frames this time against Matt Newbold. Wayne won a rather scrappy first frame with neither player being anywhere near their best. Wayne Smith changed that rather dramatically in the next frame as he made a cracking 43 break which could possibly have been a few more. Some of Wayne’s positional play was spot on. Matt Keay made the scoreline a lot more respectable for the home team as he took both frames against Mick Taylor who seemed to be struggling with the heat in the snooker room which was a good one. Congratulations to the Baulkline on winning the title at the first attempt and let’s hope they can find a new home for next season. Baulkline are currently 12 points ahead of second placed Swad Cons B and cannot be overtaken.
Swad Cons B strengthened their hold on the runners up position as they won at the A38 Arena beating the home team Alrewas D 5-3 in a very close match. This leaves the Cons requiring a maximum of three points if the third placed team Spot On C win their final match 8-0. The evergreen Bob McNulty gave the Cons the perfect start with a solid performance in beating Brian Aldridge in two entertaining frames with both players in good nick but with Bob just having the edge on the colours. Tom Smith for the A38 boys got them back on level terms with a great display of potting in both frames with breaks of 35 and 24 in the game against Paul Hollis. Paul was really unable to get into either frame because of Tom’s dominance. Tom is currently lying third in the divisions averages but he will not be able to catch Wayne Smith. This put the scores level at the turn. Ross Hollis who is Paul’s brother made a big impact on the result by taking both frames to beat Tony Trueman. The first frame was a little tight with both players playing it a bit cagey with plenty of safety play and Ross potting the last few colours to win it. The second frame was a completely different affair with Ross taking control of the game early thanks to a well made 31 break. Gerald White shared the frames with Dave Reilly in a couple of entertaining frames with both players deserving to come away with something. Gerald’s frame ensured that the Cons came away with a hard earned victory.
SDSC D had a nice win away to the Snookerettes or Spot On B by winning 6-2. Brian Bloor put in another solid display in winning both frames against Gilda Horvath. Gilda made a number of good pots but was not able to stop Brian from winning as he made some small but significant breaks in both frames. Andy Rice one of SDSC’s floating players was in good form as he beat Marie Bridges in two close frames especially the first which went down to the high colours and with a little more luck she could have probably pinched it at the end. Well done to Kate Stirling as she prevented the whitewash with a solid all round display to beat Garton Bloor. David Wain one of the leagues main sponsors and long may it continue was in fine form in winning both frames with Claire Roulstone in what turned out to be two very entertaining games of snooker with both players knocking in some nice pots. This win means that they will finish at least fourth in the division after being relegated the previous season.
Woodville S&S B had a good win at home against the resurgent Swad Cons C as they won 6-2. The Cons win last week has certainly got the Snookerettes worried about who is going to claim the wooden spoon. Terry Eyley and Dan Petcher shared a couple of enjoyable frames with neither player being able to stamp their authority on the match which saw both players knocking in some good pots. Billy Hunt showed that he is a more than capable stand-in for Denis ‘the menace’ Moore as he drew his frames with Paul Griffin in two well contested games that saw both Billy and Paul get a number of nice pots. With the score line at the turn round being level the Woodville Warriors bought out the big guns firstly with Mark Gallagher taking on and beating John Griffin in some style especially in the second frame and missing very little. Wayne Allen managed to beat Pete ‘the shorts’ Fearn in two evenly contested frames which could have gone either way but with Wayne just more aggressive in his potting on the colours.
Rolleston C drew with the in-form Chimneys D in a very close match with the final result being in doubt until the last few balls were potted. Aaron Doyle got the home team off to a great start with a very good display of potting to beat Adi Millington. The first frame was a little tight up to the colours with very little between Aaron and Adi until Aarron got into the potting groove then there was nothing that Adi could do to stop him from winning the first and taking the second pretty comfortably which included a solid 26 break. Dave Bentley also drew with the talented potter Adam Holloway. Dave took his frame with one or two good pots then some more in the Bentley style. Adam came back well in the second frame to take it fairly convincingly with a number of little breaks. Steve Atkin and Bill Davidson had a share of the spoils with quality safety play being the order of the match with a few quality pots thrown in for good measure. The Chimneys skipper Dave Budworth prevented the home side getting the win as he put in a workman-like performance to beat the Rolleston Terrier John Ward a player who always enjoys a good battle and he did so in both frames with Dave. John can feel a little unlucky not to have taken a frame because some of his potting was top draw. The draw was a fair reflection of the match which was enjoyed by both sides.
Woodville S&S A had a fine away win at the home of Swad Cons D winning 6-2 in a highly entertaining match which was played out in pretty quick time. On table one Gaz Ward took on and beat Pat Ryan. In the first frame Gaz started very quickly showing off his potting talents with a couple of mid teen breaks which saw Pat concede on the low colours. The second frame was a lot tighter but not at first as Gaz carried on where he left off in the first frame but gradually Pat came more into the game thanks to some nice points and safety play. It was then nip and tuck down to the blue which Pat then potted followed by a difficult pink. Pat then saw the chance of potting the black but just lost out leaving it hanging over the bag for Gaz. On the other table Jona Edwards played Tony Coleman who has been struggling of late but unluckily for Jona Tony managed to find some form in two good competitive frames of snooker especially in the first game which went down to the black. In this frame Jona who has got a very good cue arm opened up a nice lead going into the colours but Tony managed to pot most of the colours to win it by potting the pink with side leaving him perfect to pot the black. The second frame was pretty close early on until Tony had some good running with a couple of snookers which Jona failed to get out of. After a few more pots this left Jona requiring snookers on the low colours. Gentleman Jim Marcer probably played some of his best snooker of the season as he comfortably beat Kieran Dadley in both frames. Kieran knocked in one or two long pots but neither did not have the rub of the green by landing on a colour or he went in off. Jim played like his old self stroking the balls into the pockets with ease and also made a 23 break which should have been more after missing an easy blue. Alan Orpwood another player who has been playing good snooker of late carried this into his game with another man in shorts Paul Dickinson aka Dave Bodie you would have thought seeing Dave in his shorts would have put Alan off but it inspired him to get the game over pretty quickly which he did. Alan played some exceptional snooker in the first frame missing very little and giving Dave very little time at the table and conceding on the yellow. In the second frame Dave had all the bad running that was going. In the second frame Dave would be potting a lovely red or colour and the cue ball hitting something whether knocking in another ball or the cue ball going in the pocket. Dave had all of this. Although with any good running he would still have found it difficult to beat Alan who continued potting well with the odd little snooker thrown in.
Ivanhoe D beat a Burton Cons D team who turned up with only three players beating them 7-1. Keith Bale got Ivanhoe’s evening off to a great start by taking both frames against Nathan Brooks in a close match with both players making some good pots between them. Keith’s experience helped him just shade both games with both games going down to the last few balls. Tony Tredger was made to fight all the way in his match with Paul Brooks who deservedly got something out the game with a share of the spoils. Young Jack Bale rolled back the years with a very impressive display of snooker in beating wily James Jennings who was not able to play at his best because of Jack’s potting and safety play. A cracking 30 break by Jack also helped his cause to win one of his games and some of Jack’s points were scored in and around the pink spot. The injured Warner Collins was not too bothered that his opponent did not show as he is still recovering from his dancing injury – in the form of cracked ribs. This win leaves the Ivanhoe in mid-table not like Warner’s dance partner in mid-air!!!!!!