2016-17: Week 26

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David Wain Insurance Premier League by Owen Jones

Burton Cons A have sealed a historic tenth Premier league title in a row. The team, Graham Stevens, John Shilton, Matt Milnes, Owen Jones, Stuart Roberts, Darren Coady and captain Mick Simpkins, also won the President’s Cup and the Orme Shield to complete the treble for team competitions. They defeated Swad Cons A 5-3 on the final match night of the season. John Shilton found the going tough against Paul Slater, who potted some great balls throughout. Slater took the first frame and Shilton took the second. On the other table, Owen Jones and Lee Wood played two quick fire frames with Jones coming out on top. Graham Stevens then made breaks of 52 and 49 to beat Mark Hadley. Finally, Andy Grainger put in a strong performance to take both frames from Matt Milnes, who had some bad luck on the night.

Runners-up Ivanhoe A won 8-0 in their derby match with Ivanhoe B. Ant Moore beat Stuart Tagg and Ian Rennocks beat Bren Mattley. The other table saw Andy Marriott made a 37 break as he beat Jason Pickering and Daniel Blunn made a 34 break to defeated Dave Marriott to complete the scoring.

Belmont A went down 5-3 at home against Spot On B. Arron Vaughan lost to Mick Hathaway and Loz Kennerson made a 36 break to beat Ian Archer to put the visitors in control. Returning Michael Lomas made a 39 break as he beat Steve Lane and finally, Graham Bailey drew with Steve Butterworth to close out the match.

Alrewas A won 5-3 away at Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Karl Hancox made breaks of 39 and 31 to beat Chris Dewey. Steve Ayre and John Richardson won a frame each. Matt Keay lost 2-0 to Tom Smith. Andy Goldingay won both frames against Colin Wood but the result went to the visitors.

Spot On A won 7-1 against Belmont B. Ade Harper, Nigel Tomlinson and Mark Stirling beat Mick Morris, Mark Vaughan and Brett Craddock respectively. Stirling made a 30 break in his win. Andy Spiers knocked in a 31 as he drew with Zaheer Hussain.

Tutbury A won 5-3 at home against Burton Cons B. Dave Mabbott won both frames against Mike Buckland. All other games were drawn as Steve, Chris and Daniel Mabbott drew with Simon Swift, Jon Swift and Dave Smith.

Rolleston A won 7-1 at home against Spot On C. Mark Press made a 33 break to beat Conrad Thomas. Tony Rushton also beat Trev Heath and Joe Docksey beat Tony Clements. Rich O’Dell drew with Steve Gaunt to complete the scoring.

The curtain closed with the annual Ken Shipton Memorial Trophy, which is all played on the day. After a great day of snooker, Graham Stevens defeated Matt Milnes 3-1 in the final. Congratulations to Graham! Well played to all who took part this season.

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PJM Fascias Division 1 by Mick Buckland

As expected the PJM Fascias Division One title went the way of Tutbury B making it an immediate return having been relegated as Chimneys A last season. In the end they won by 6 points after drawing their last fixture 4-4 with Stapenhill A. This was sufficient for Stapenhill to claim the final promotion spot from Alrewas B who lost their last fixture 5-3 to SDSC B who were also promoted after an excellent season of their own. At the bottom, two of the relegated sides already knew their fate before the last week. Woodville A finished the season in a high with a 5-3 win over Ivanhoe C  whilst Rolleston B lost 6-2 to SDSC D. This was sufficient to retain division one status for the Swad Snooker Centre side as it tipped Stapenhill B over the edge on the last day as they themselves lost to Swad Cons B. In mid table Burton Cons C and Rolleston C have both struggled to get a consistent side out this term-on the final day Rolleston ran out 6-2 winners whilst a draw was fought out between two other mid table sides as Newhall A halved with SDSC  C.

Wayne Pereira had a fantastic season and was instrumental in the promotion push for Tutbury B as he only lost 4 of 42 frames played, topping the Averages Table with 90.48%. In second was Nick Harcombe who was very consistent again and without whose frame wins would have lead to a tricky season for SDSC C. He finished with 84.09%. Adam Harrison for SDSC B played every league frame of the season for a 78.85% record and Wayne Smith of Rolleston C played well to score 73.91%.

In the division, there were 65 breaks of over 30, seven of which were over 50. Tom Lucas of Rolleston C had  a cracking 77 but top of the pile was Lee Louch of Burton Cons C with a lovely 81

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Newton Fallowell Division 2 by Mike Buckland

Woodville C duly completed their excellent season with a 6-2 win at Ivanhoe D to avenge their only league defeat of the season. Mark Satchwell, Fran McInulty and Wayne Brewin were once again all on good form as they have been all season as the side won the division by a clear 32 points. Tutbury C made it an immediate return to Division One with a 5-3 win away at The Snookerettes, Spot On D. Clare Peaty made it awkward for the Tutters though with a win over Dave Brady and Gilda Horvath took a frame off of John Peto. Colin Bell and Jeff Siddalls saw the runners up home. The final promotion spot went the way of Alrewas C with John Sharpe completing an excellent season making the diffence as he scored in win in the match against Swad Cons D. Woodville B lost their last fixture against the improving Belmont D side. Tom Holland and Andy Biggadike scored wins with Simon Deakin grabbing a half against Terry Eiley. Charlie Groves will have his days but this time came up short against Wayne Allen. Burton Cons D completed their season with a 6-2 win away at Rolleston D. there were a number of 20 plus breaks-Neil Cheadle with a 24 and Nathan Brooks with 23 and 28 in his win-Al Munnien was also a winner on the night.

Wayne Brewin of Woodville won both the Averages -only losing 4 frames all season and with a top knock of 56. Wayne knocked in 4 50 plus breaks in the division and there was a total of 36 breaks over 30. Mark Satchwell was second and there were good seasons for John Sharpe  and Alan Wilson of Alrewas C to help their promotion push.
The Ken Shipton Memorial Tournament was held on Sunday competed for by those who finished top of the averages across the 3 divisions. Andy Marriott kicked the day off in fine style rolling in an 85 and a 50 versus Mark Stirling. All 4 quarter finals went to a deciding frame and in the end Matt Milnes beat Ian Archer in one semi final as Graham Stevens bidding to retain his title, beat Andy Marriott in the semis. Graham duly completed his back to back titles beating Matt 3-1 in the final. Massive thanks to Arron Vaughan and Fiona at Belmont Services Club for allowing us to take over the snooker room for a day. Also to all those who refereed-in particular Mark Stirling and Wayne Brewin who carried on doing so after they had been knocked out.
A reminder that the end of season presentation is at Belmont on Friday 5th May at 7-30pm. £5 entry payable on the door to include entertainment and a buffet.