By Mick Buckland
The first matches of 2018 saw the first round of the Premier Blinds Orme Shield-the league’s FA Cup style competition, where all the leagues’ sides are drawn out of one hat. The tie of the round saw two of the top three teams in the Premier Division drawn against each other and it was Belmont A who prevailed against Burton Cons A by the narrowest of margins-via the dreaded doubles decider. In a very tight match Belmont opened up a 4-2 lead only for The Cons to fight back to force the decider. It was John Chambers who made the difference with a lovely 54 right at the start alongside his partner, brother Rob. Mike Buckland and Graham Stevens got back into the frame but eventually lost on the blue.
Arguably the result of the round was provided by Tutbury C of Division One as they handed out a 7-1 thrashing to Premier Division Alrewas A. Only Lee Louch was on the scoresheet for Alrewas as the Tutters side all knocked in 20+ contributions to seal a stunning victory-well played to Steve Butler, Steve Burrows, Tom Lucas and Wayne Smith.
There were two 8-0 whitewashes-Ivanhoe A, who lead the Premier Division brushed past Woodville C and Spot On E, riding high in the Division Two table rolled past Belmont D.
Woodville A went away to SDSC A of the Premier Division and came away with a good 5-3 win over their higher ranked opponents. Fran McInulty and John Chambers both scored two wins for the away side with Wayne Brewin completing the scoring-Andy Goldingay had a nice 47 but it was to no avail as the Snooker Centre’s A side drop into the Plate.
Tutbury D were a side that needed a doubles decider to get past Woodville B. Bob Brooks won both for Woodville with Colin Bell doing likewise for Tutbury before Bell partnered Jeff Siddalls to squeeze past Tony Coleman and Alan Orpwood.
In an all Premier Division tie, Burton Cons B beat Swad Cons A 6-2 away. Paul Slater ans Simon Mansfield scored one each for the Swad side whilst Simon Smith and Jon Fletcher both scored twice for the Burton side.
Andy Jenkins was the only scorer for Spot On C as they went down 5-1 to Newhall A for whom Martin Hicks and Adam McInulty were in fine form winning twice with Carl Glover completing the scoring.
Burton Cons C went 3-1 up at half time against SDSC D and held on for a 5-3 win with Greg Read being their man of the match with two wins. Andy Bloor, David Wain and Brian Bloor were all on target but only with one frame each.
Rolleston A did just about enough to get past a spirited Stapenhill A side from the division below with a 5-3 win. Tony Rushton won twice with Rich O’Dell, Luke Speed and Bobby Cliff also each winning one as they booked a spot in the next round.
In another all Premier tie, Spot On B beat Tutbury B 6-2 away. Loz Kennerson, Lee Cooke and Simon Tarrant all scored doubles with Wayne Pereira and Daz Lester both getting frames for The Tutters.
Belmont C went down 6-2 at home to Ivanhoe C. Terry Bosworth’s 29 was to no avail as he lost to Gaz Dolman, who won both of his frames on the night as did Darren Wilson for the Ashby outfit. Matt Keay and Dave Press got one back apiece for the Servicemen.
Belmont B had a good 5-3 win away at SDSC C around the corner, whilst in a battle of the B sides, Ivanhoe went down 5-3 at home to SDSC B. The Snooker Centre won all 4 frames in the first half with only Henry Tomas scoring for them in the second but this was enough to seal the win.
Rolleston B put in a good performance away at Premier Division Spot On A but came up just short with a 5-3 defeat. Rob Sanders won both for The Rollers but Mark Stirling and Andy Speirs were both on target twice for The Spots as they advance to the next round.
Ian Hiley, Carl Poulton and Adam Walton were all on target twice for Alrewas B as they brushed past the Snookerettes of Spot On D 7-1-only Yvonne Spendlove was able to stem the tide.
Tutbury A went to Spot On C and came away with a 7-1 win-only Kieran Dadley scoring for the Cons as Steve Hathaway, John Brentnall and Dave Mabbutt all claimed braces.
Ivanhoe D had a comfortable 6-2 win away at Rolleston C with Ross Tredger and Matt Tewkesbury winning twice. John Ward won a black ball game versus Leo Worsley and Neil Cheadle also claimed a frame for Rolleston.
The match between Stapenhill B and Burton Cons D was postponed due to the untimely passing of Cons’ player Ian Protheroe. Ian played a lot of snooker at Repton before becoming a regular for the Cons’ D team a number of years ago with Al Munnien. His presence, enthusiasm for the game and good humour will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The Committee and all players would like to express their warmest best wishes to Ian’s family and friends at this sad time.