Premier League By Owen Jones
Burton Cons B welcomed the talented Ashby Ivanhoe A side in week 2 of David Wain Insurance Premier Division. Mike Buckland and Andy Marriott exchanged a number of good pots and small breaks before Andy took the first frame on the colours. He egan the second frame strongly with a 40 break. Back came Buckland with a break of 38 to get within touching distance. A touch of misfortune from Marriott lead to his opponent having a chance to win it on the colours, which he did, to level the match. Ant Moore won the first against Dave Shipton, but needed a snooker in the second frame on the final pink and black. He managed to get it and clear to take the frame. Ryan Gibbs and Ian Rennocks shared two competitive frames. Finally, Jon Swift knocked in a superb black to win the first frame against Daniel Blunn. However, his opponent responded by taking the second frame to earn a 5-3 victory for the visitors.
Alrewas A were looking to bounce back after their opening day defeat but could only draw with Spot On A. Karl Hancox showed some good form as he compiled a 44 break in defeating Tom Elliott. Tom Smith and Ady Harper won a frame each. Mark Stirling made a 34 break as he shared the frames with John Richardson. Finally, Colin Wood found Andy Speirs to be too good on the night as the spoils were shared.
Belmont B were beaten at home by Tutbury A. Steve Mabbott and brother Dave did the damage as they won all the frames on offer against Brett Craddock and Zaheer Hussain respectively. Mark Vaughan made a nice 34 against Chris Mabbott as the frames were shared. Ant Shorthouse closed out the match as he drew with Steve Hathaway.
Ivanhoe B won 6-2 against Spot On C. Mick Kirk made a rare appearance for the B team and took both frames against John Hardy. Jason Pickering and Trevor Heath won a frame each. Bren Mattley also drew with Tony Clements. Stu Tagg proved to be the match winner as he defeated Steve Gaunt.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A went down 6-2 at home against reigning champions Burton Cons A. Graham Stevens looked a little shaky at first against Steve Ayre and his opponent took advantage by taking the first frame. Normal service resumed in the second frame as Stevens took it on the colours. Matt Milnes made his first start of the season and he looked like he had never been away as he knocked in breaks of 44 and 41 in beating Chris Dewey. Darren Coady showed his usual, composed snooker as he beat John Davis. Andy Goldingay played Owen Jones in the final game and the visiting player should have been put to the sword on a number of occasions but somehow escaped with a draw, which completed the scoring.
Spot On B won 6-2 at home against Rolleston A. Joe Docksey and Tony Rushton took frames for the visitors but Steve Lane and Lee Cooke won all the frames against Luke Speed and Bobby Cliff to secure the win for the hosts.
Swad Cons A drew with Belmont A. Simon Mansfield won both frames against Graham Bailey with some good potting. Ian Archer then showed the young pretender how it’s done as he beat Andy Grainger. Paul Slater made a draw with Arron Vaughan and Mark Hadley shared the frames with Josh Gebbie to complete the scoring.
Division 1 By Mick Buckland
The outstanding result of the week took place at Burton Cons but it was the visitors, SDSC B, who left with an incredible 8-0 victory.In the opening encounters Tom Egginton was out of form as he lost to Henry Tomas, whilst Adam Harrison included a good 29 on the way to defeating Lee Louch.The second half was no better for the Cons as Pete Maguire rolled in a 32 against Matt Hucker and Simon Shilton had a 31 in his defeat of Cons’ captain Ian Shrive.
Charlie proudly plays for Belmont services club and has been coached by Belmont’s very own
Mark Vaughan, he said of Charlie’s historic winning frame, “Charlie has been a joy to coach, he is very modest and owns up to foul strokes. He takes notice, and more importantly, he enjoys the game. I thought his first win was a month or two away—certainly not on his debut, I’m very proud of him, we all are!”. Charlie shared victory with his teammate Andy Biggadike [also making his debut] as he secured a two nil win- ensuring Belmont D stopped to a 5-3 victory over Rolleston.