2016-17: Week 20

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David Wain Insurance Premier League by Owen Jones

Ivanhoe A kept up the pressure at the top with a 6-2 victory away at Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Andy Marriott made a 37 break but Steve Ayre wouldn’t lie down and they won a frame each. Ant Moore then won both frames against Chris Dewey, aided by breaks of 30 and 32. Mick Kirk made a 72 break at the expense of Andy Goldingay. Finally, Matt Keay and Daniel Blunn won a frame each to complete the scoring.

Spot On A won 6-2 at home against Tutbury A. Andy Spiers potted well to beat young Daniel Mabbott. Tom Elliott and Dave Mabbott won a frame each, as did Ade Harper and Chris Mabbott. Mark Stirling completed the victory as be beat Steve Mabbott with a 34 break.

Alrewas A and Spot On C ended in a draw. Andy Jenkins played well to beat John Richardson. Tom Smith responded by beating John Hardy. Karl Hancox put the hosts in front again as he won both frames against Steve Gaunt. Trevor Heath rescued the draw by beating Rob McMeecham.

Spot On B won 7-1 away at Belmont B. Lee Cooke, Loz Kennerson and Steve Lane did the damage against Mick Morris, Zaheer Hussain and Brett Craddock respectively. Mark Vaughan put a stop to the onslaught as he shared the frames with Steve Butterworth.

Champions Burton Cons A won 6-2 at home against Rolleston A. Matt Milnes had some tough run in the first frame and Mark Press took advantage to take it. Milnes responded well to take the second frame. Mick Simpkins made a rare appearance and duly won both frames against Bobby Cliff. Owen Jones first frame against Joe Docksey was similar to Milnes’ frame as a string of fouls against a player of Docksey’s ability proved to be his undoing. Jones played better in the second frame, making a 31 break to take it. Graham Stevens and Tony Rushton played out two entertaining frames where both players had chances. Ultimately, it was stevens who took them to complete the scoring on the night.

Swad Cons A and Burton Cons B drew their match. Andy Grainger made a 42 break to take the first frame against Jon Swift. His opponent responded well and made a 54 break to win the second. Lee Wood and Dave plunkett shared their frames, Plunkett made a 34. Mike Buckland put the visitors in front as he beat Simon Mansfield. Paul Slater earned the draw for the hosts as he beat Simon Smith.

Belmont A won 7-1 against Ivanhoe B. Adam McInulty and Bren Mattley played well in both. Adam taking the first with ease. The 2nd Bren came back with some great pots to share the frames.  Ian Archer struggled to get going against Jason Pickering but did what he does more often than not by taking both frames in the end. Arron Vaughan won 2 against Dave Marriott with the usual mixture of brilliant pots and stupid misses. This week’s star man, Graham Bailey put in his performance of the season so far beating Adam Pickering. Adam potted really well but the vast experience and a couple of good flicks paired with how graham was cueing on the night  meant Graham came home with 2 deserved frames.
Still missing Rich Goldby from the side and hoping he returns soon.

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PJM Fascias Division 1 by Mick Buckland

In the PJM Fascias Division One, the top two drew for the second week running. Their star man this year, Wayne Pereira, keeps churning out the wins and this time, it was Stapenhill B’s Greg Britton who was on the receiving end. However Tim Knopik put in an assured display to reply with a 2-0 win of his own against Alan Davies. The matches between Bill Stewart and John Sherriff and then Daz Lester and Neil Bourne were halved meaning no change at the top whilst giving the Institute hope in their battle against relegation.

SDSC B are still looking good for promotion but the run-in will happen without their captain Pete Maguire who has sadly broken his wrist. Adam Harrison stepped up last week though and knocked a cracking 54 in during his comfortable victory over Lionel Lewis of Rolleston B. The Rollers replied with their own potting magician Rob Sanders who returned the favour beating Ben Davies. Kev Norris and Simon Shilton shared their two as did John Harvey and Henry Tomas. Although this has reversed a run of several defeats for Rolleston they are now 16 points from safety whilst SDSC B are 15 inside of fourth placed Alrewas B.

The big match in the division was at Stapenhill between the club’s A side and Alrewas B. Alrewas were in need of a win to claw back some of the gap between themselves and their opponents but it wasn’t to be as The Institute ran out 6-2 winners with no personal battle winners for the Legionnaires. Only Carl Poulton, in drawing with Andy Tomlinson, and Dave Trueman in his half with Dave Shenton were to provide any joy for Alrewas and the gap mto a promotion spot is now 8 points. Carl Jeffcoate was in good form for Stapenhill as he beat Ian Hiley as the ever reliable Steve Ford was just that as he defeated Adam Walton.

Newhall A are now closing on Alrewas as they won for the second week running this time beating Ivanhoe C away who had been on a great run themselves.Martin Hicks and John Finch both scored victories for Newhall whilst Martin Hurdman and Carl Glover also got on the scoresheet in draws with Graham Measures and Jerry Cook.

Rolleston C and SDSC D fought out a 4-4 draw at the Snooker Centre. Ryan Gilmore provided the highlight of the evening as he ran in a nice 36 in his win over Mick Taylor.Wayne Smith replied for Rolleston as he defeated Garton Bloor. David Wain and Tom Lucas halved as did Brian Bloor and John Brentnall. Three matches without a win now leaves SDSC D 6 points above the drop zone whilst Rolleston are comfortable in mid table.

Woodville A lost 5-3 at home to Swad Cons B. The Cons’ Nick Walker made the difference as he rolled a 37 in against Pat Ryan to secure the victory. The other three matches were all drawn-Tony Coleman versus Bob McNulty, Jim Marcer against Jake Mole and Alan Orpwood against Paul Hollis with Paul knocking in a nice 25 along the way. This has been the story of the Woodville season-they have picked up frames most weeks but have had too many 4-4s and 5-3 defeats. This result should see The Cons safe for another season in Division One.

Burton Cons C have been struggling to get a side out in the past few weeks and last week was no exception as they had to give SDSC C 2 frames at the start. Nick Harcombe was his usual self in comfortably beating Tom Egginton whilst Matt Tewkesbury did well to take a frame off of Lee Louch who knocked in a good 32 in his frame win. Ray Bancroft also took one off of the Cons’ captain Ian Shrive. This leaves The Cons slipping down the table but should be safe for next season whilst the Snooker Centre are now 12 points above the drop zone after 3 wins from their last 5 having looked doomed around Christmas.

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Newton Fallowell Division 2 by Mike Buckland

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two last week, there were three draws and two 5-3 scorelines. Woodville S & S C drew but are still runaway leaders as they have been all season. Wayne Brewin was in magnificent form as he rolled in breaks of 44 and 37 in his win over Paul Atterbury of Tutbury C. Fran McNulty though was beaten by an in form Colin Bell whilst Mark Satchwell replied for the Woodville boys beating John Peto. Jeff Siddalls secured the half for The Tutters in his win over John Chambers. This leaves Tutbury with a five point cushion for a quick return to Division One, whilst Woodville should wrap the title up in the next couple of weeks.

In second, Alrewas C mad it six wins on the bounce as they defeated Woodville B. The men in form were Alan Wilson and John Sharpe as they beat Terry Eiley and Wayne Allen. Dennis Moore replied for Woodville in his win over Roy Sherratt whilst the match between Gary Green and Mark Gallagher was drawn.

The Snookerettes, aka Spot On D, won for the fourth time this season and are becoming a force to reckoned with. These ladies are all international standard pool players and as they gain more experience of the larger table game, they will roll over more and more notable scalps. Last week it was Swad Cons C that were put to the sword. Clare Peaty and Kate Stirling scored terrific wins over Errol Faulkner and Ron Kendrick whilst Jon Petcher replied for The Cons with a win over Marie Bridges. Yvonne Spendlove won the all important 5th frame as she scored a draw with Dan Petcher, rolling in a lovely 27 as she went.

Rolleston D drew in a hard fought encounter with Ivanhoe D. Aaron Doyle won for Rolleston whilst Brian Lowrie did similar for the Ashby side. Neil Cheadle drew with Keith Bale whilst John Ward and Tony Tredger also halved leaving both sides in mid table.

Burton Cons D have now gone 12 games without a win in all competitions-last week scoring a 4-4 draw with Belmont C. Terry Bosworth drew with Al Munnien with Terry floating in a great 34 along the way. Paul Davies, in a rare appearance for Cons rolled back the years to score a good 2-0 win over Dave Press. Brian Cutting responded for The Servicemen by defeating the Cons’ captain Paul Brooks. The game between Graeme Drayton and Ian Protheroe was halved.

Sitting pretty at the top of the Averages table for Division Two is Alan Wilson, who has only lost three frames this season for a 90% average. John Sharpe and Wayne Brewin have identical records in second whilst the remaining Ken Shipton Memorial spot looks to be between Mark satchwell and Fran McNulty.
Wayne Brewin is holding both the top two breaks for the season with his best effort being a terrific 54.