By Mick Buckland
Things have tightened up at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division with now only 4 points separating the top four sides. Ivanhoe A had their fourth 7-1 win in the space of 5 weeks-and without their talisman Andy Marriott. Ant Moore took on Chris Dewey and came away with a 2-0 success. The first was close down to the colours before Ant took over. Ant then had a 37 in the second to win at a canter. John Davis played well to knock a 29 in against James Hastie and was 37 in front before he fouled the black-this let James in and he was able to nick the frame on the pink. James then ran away with the second. Ian Rennocks was held to a draw by Andy Goldingay. Andy won the first easily against an out of sorts Ian before Ian won the second on the pink. Dan Blunn and Steve Ayre had two close frames with Dan just about doing enough. The Ashby side are second now by virtue of Burton Cons A having more draws on their record.
The Cons A side though last week was held 4-4 by an inspired Alrewas A team. Lee Louch, for The Legion, was in great nick as he beat John Shilton whilst Graham Stevens hit back for The Cons with a comfortable victory over John Richardson with a nice 30 along the way. In the second half, Tom Smith fought off John Swift leaving The Legionnaires in front. Mike Buckland rolled a lovely 62 in during the first frame against the Alrewas captain Karl Hancox just missing the last red down the rail. The second ended up with 12 reds all near one corner and a tremendous bout of safety ensued before Buckland managed to get in front. He didn’t finish the frame off though and Hancox fought back to look favourite down on the brown before Buckland cleared the remainder and secured the draw for the league leaders.
With Burton Cons B having their rest week, there was an opportunity for Belmont A to get amongst it at the top, but they were surprisingly held 4-4 by Tutbury B. The Chambers brothers, Rob and John, were back in tandem they they saw off the challenges of Bill Stewart and Andy Thompson. But The Tutters fought back with wins for both Wayne Pereira and Daz Lester, respectively knocking in runs of 39 and 29 against their opponents, Ian Archer and Josh Gebbie.
Scoreline of the week was achieved by SDSC B with an incredible 8-0 away win at Rolleston A. Harry Farrell, Adam Harrison, Henry Tomas and a rare outing from captain Pete Maguire saw off a hapless Rolleston outfit that has now lost 3 on the bounce and are sliding down the table. The Swad Snooker Centre side however are up to 5th.
A bottom of the table clash took place between Spot On A and Tutbury A and in a nervy affair it was perhaps no surprise that things ended all square. Tom Elliott was star man for the Spots with a win over Dan Mabbutt whilst John Brentnall returned the compliment for Tutbury with a win over Ade Harper. Chris Mabbutt included a 32 in his draw with Mark Striling whilst Andy Speirs also drew with Steve Mabbutt.Both sides are 5 matches without a win in the league but are in touch with mid table so it will only take a couple of better results to move away from the relegation zone.
In a tight match at The Cons in Swadlincote, it was Spot On B who came away with a 5-3 win. Andy Grainger was his usual reliable self in rolling a 32 in on the way to beating Loz Kennerson and Mark Hadley shared his game with Steve Lane. For the Snooker Club though, there were wins for Steve Butterworth and Simon Tarrant as they moved above their opponents and out of the drop zone.
Tutbury C look to be favourites for promotion at the end of the season in the PJM Fascias Division One. They now lead at the top by a point with games in hand on those immediately below. Last week they beat Woodville A 5-3 with wins for both Wayne Smith and Tom Lucas. Steve Burrows scored the winning point with his draw with Mark Satchwell whilst Wayne Brewin showed his terrific form once again rolling in a 51 on the way to beating Steve Butler.
Previous leaders Ivanhoe B were undone at home 6-2 by Newhall A. Adam McInulty continued his good form, dominating Bren Mattley from the start including a nice 39. Martin Hicks beat Adam Pickering – the first on the blue and with the aid of a good run of 31. John Finch struggled in the first until Jason Pickering refused a ball over the bag for fear of playing with the “fishing tackle” -this let him in and he won a tight second frame as well having to dig in after he went behind in that as well. Mick Kirk saved the Ashby side’s blushes with a confident win over Carl Glover. Ivanhoe are now a point off the top whilst that’s 4 wins on the bounce for Newhall who have games in hand in fourth.
Spot On C returned to winning ways after 3 straight losses in third. The 6-2 result was a harsh reflection of the match on the night. Ian Hiley will be scratching his head to understand how he lost 2-0 to Andy Jenkins after being well in front in both frames. However some run plus good potting at the death in both saw Hiley off. Dave Trueman missed a simple brown in the first against John Hardy allowing Hardy to snatch it on the black. A similar second frame followed but this time Trueman potted the black and Hardy was unable to respond. Tony Clements dispatched James Edwards but not without some difficulty. Edwards was unable to take a gilt edged chance on the pink in the first before Clements played better in the second for the win. Steve Gaunt and Carl Poulton played out a poor final game. Poulton was 22 ahead with 25 on but somehow managed to gift Gaunt the frame on the black in the first before Poulton cleared a nice blue to finish in the second. This leaves Alrewas only 4 points off relegation after 4 defeats in 5 matches whilst Spot On have completed their pre Christmas league fixtures and are currently third with others having games in hand below them.
Belmont B remain the only unbeaten side in the division after securing their 7th draw from nine opening fixtures. Zaheer Hussein was again their man of the night as he beat Jerry Cook. Steve Cockeram replied for opponents Ivanhoe C with a win over Shaun Gebbie. Mick Morris drew with Gaz Dolman as did Graham Bailey with Darren Wilson. Ivanhoe have a 3-3-3 record and could go either way whilst Belmont put their unbeaten record on the line this week at leaders Tutbury C.
Burton Cons C made it 4 wins from 5 but remain just two points above the drop zone. Greg Read knocked in a terrific 38 against SDSC C’s Nick Harcombe but Harcombe secured a draw in a good match. Tom Egginton and Ray Bancroft also played out a draw. Winners on the night for The Cons were Bill Davidson and captain Ian Shrive. This leaves the Swad Snooker Centre side 14 points from safety and without a win so far.
The big winners in the Newton Fallowell Division Two last week were Woodville B with a 6-2 away triumph at Rolleston C.”Top Gun” Alan Orpwood, whilst not being at his fluent best , had just enough to get past The Rollers’ Neil Cheadle in a closely fought match. Mark Storr was completely in control of his match against Billy Bob Brooks in the first frame but Billy Bob hung on well in the second for a deserved draw. Steve Atkins and Tony Coleman played out a good quality mach with TC winning the first on the black and Steve the second on the pink with some good snooker from both players. John Ward started well against the Woodville Potting Machine Patio Ryan but true to the nickname Pat stormed back to take both frames comfortably.
At the top SDSC D made it 8 wins on the bounce after drawing their opening 3 matches with a 5-3 against Rolleston B. Lionel Lewis had a nice 29 but was unable to prevent David Wain coming away with the win for the Snooker Centre. Andy Bloor got past Rob Tubey 2-0 as well with Garton Bloor securing the win with is draw against Rob Sanders. Kev Norris scored a couple for The Rollers in his win over Andy Rice.
Stapenhill B are in second after a 5-3 win over Belmont C.Andy Tomlinson and Bryan Sherratt were in good form to record wins whilst Tim Knopik drew with Terry Bosworth. Greg Britton would have won on another day after knocking a nice 30 in against Matt Keay but Keay held on to win both for The Servicemen.
Having been clear at the top a few weeks ago Spot On E have now only won one in 5. Last week they drew against Swad Cons C with only Jordan Barrett recording a victory. For the Cons Gaz Ward played well to beat Jared Cronje. The games between Bob Birch and ben Menzies and then Colin Cope and Kyle Cope were both halved.
The Snookerettes of Spot On D ended a run of 7 straight losses with a 4-4 draw against Belmont D. Clare Peaty was Head Girl as she beat Matt Groves. Andy Biggadike replied for Belmont by outpotting Marie Bridges. Simon Deakin and Gilda Horvath halved as did Tom Holland and Kate Stirling in a result which leaves both sides still without a win this term.
Ivanhoe D beat Woodville C in a very tight match in Ashby. Leo Worsley made the difference on the night by scoring a win over Mark Gallagher. Matt Tewkesbury knocked in a lovely 30 but this was only enough for one frame against Dennis Moore. Elsewhere there were draws between Adam Briggs and Jim Marcer and also Jeff Whetton and Wayne Allen.