By Mick Buckland
Ivanhoe A stamped a massive marker on the race for this year’s David Wain Insurance Premier Division title with a thumping 8-0 win away at SDSC B. James Hastie played Harry Farrell in two good frames. The first could have gone either way before Harry missed the brown and James cleared for the frame. James started with a 39 in the second before Harry answered with a 41 of his own-Harry again missing a crucial ball for James to clear to the pink. Dan Blunn ran away with his first against Adam Harrison after knocking in a lovely 48. The second looked like going the same way with Dan rolling a good 31 in. Adam then started potting and took the frame down to the black but in the end it was Dan who knocked a good one in for 4-0 at the break. Andy Marriott and Rich Hinks had a scrappy first frame – Rich missing the blue and leaving Andy to tidy up. Andy then produced a trademark 67 clearance to win the second. Ant Moore took his first comfortably against Henry Tomas with the aid of a nice 30. He also knocked in 28 in the second to take control of that one as well leaving the leaders with a maximum.
Belmont A were surprisingly held 4-4 at home by Spot On B. Ian Archer and John Chambers won for The Servicemen whilst the breaks of the evening were knocked in by Loz Kennerson who had a 35 in his win over Josh Gebbie and then Simon Tarrant who was in blistering form rolling in efforts of 40,34 and 30 on the way to beating Arron Vaughan. Burton Cons A were without a fixture and Burton Cons B were handed a 8-0 triumph courtesy of SDSC A not showing for their match.
Another side gaining a maximum 9 points was Tutbury A who demolished Rolleston A 8-0 in their own backyard.Steve Mabbutt top scored with a nice 30 during his win, whilst there were also victories for Dave Mabbutt, John Brentnall and Chris Mabbutt. This result has been coming as Tutbury have been playing well with little to show for it…it also drags them out of the bottom three.
Tutbury’s B side however were undone by Alrewas A by a 5-3 scoreline. Tom Smith was in great form as he rolled in a 67 but this was only enough to win him one frame versus a dogged Alan Davies. At half time it was 2 across as Wayne Pereira and Lee Louch also shared their two frames. Karl Hancox made the difference after the break, including a good 36 in his win over Bill Stewart. On the other table Daz Lester halved with John Richardson.
Spot On A beat Swad Cons A 5-3 with wins for both Mark Stirling and Tom Elliott. Andy Grainger replied for The Cons, including a nice 46 along the way whilst the game between Ade Harper and Lee Wood was halved. Things are very tight at the bottom end of the division with one heavy win/defeat capable of changing positions totally .
In the PJM Fascias Division One, it is beginning to look like Tutbury C are home and hosed. Last week they came away from Alrewas with a 6-2 with only Ian Hiley, who had a 32, and Carl Poulton able to take frames from Steve Burrows and Wayne Smith respectively. Tom Lucas and Steve Butler were winners on the night leaving The Tutters 22 points clear.
Ivanhoe B, in second, won 5-3 against Stapenhill B with wins for Jason Pickering(with a nice 31) and Mick Kirk. Andy Gretton rolled in a good 36 on the way to his win over Bren Mattley whilst Greg Gallop and Steve Ford shared their two frames.
Woodville A made it 5 league wins on the bounce and are really in contention for promotion after going to Tutbury D and coming away 6-2 winners. This was courtesy of victories for Fran McInulty, Mark Satchwell and Wayne Brewin, whilst Jeff Siddalls kept the score respectable as he defeated John Chambers.
In fourth and hanging on in there are Spot On C but they were held to a 4-4 draw by SDSC C. Andy Jenkins, Trevor Heath, John Hardy and Tony Clements all drew their matches with Nick Harcombe, Chris Craddock, Ray Stretton and Ray Bancroft. John Hardy top scored on the night with a good 29.
Also still in with a good chance of promotion are Newhall A. Adam McInulty was in tremendous form as he beat Cons’ captain Ian Shrive with a 42 in the first and a 57 in the second. Martin Hurdman won both against Bill Davidson with Martin having a decent slice of the run and Bill a little unfortunate not to take a frame. Carl Glover took two off Tom Egginton, who was a little unlucky with a succession of in-offs in the first whilst Carl produced a good colours clearance in the second. Greg Read played well for The Cons including a nice clearance in his first versus John Finch and despite John potting well in the second, Greg hung on for the win.
Adam McInulty’s 57 is now the break to beat in the division whilst Wayne Brewin is set fair for the Averages table having only lost two frames all season.
Stapenhill B became the first side to get to 100 points in the Newton Fallowell Division Two after thumping Swad Cons C 7-1 and thereby effectively ending their opponent’s promotion push.Only Bob Birch for The Cons was able to offer any resistance as he took a frame off Greg Britton. Bryan Sharratt, Andy Tomlinson and Simon Piechowicz were all too strong for their opponents leaving The Institute 12 points clear.
Spot On E won 5-3 away at Woodville B with wins for Jared Cronje and Ben Menzies. Tony Coleman returned the compliment for Woodville whilst the match of the evening was the draw between Alan Orpwood and James Foy-Alan having a nice 25 clearance and James a good 32. The Spots are in second with a game in hand whilst Woodville are probably too far behind third spot now.
In third are SDSC D who drew 4-4 at Rolleston C in yet another match where all individual matches were also drawn. Mark Storr, Graham Fisher, Aaron Doyle and Ateve Atkin for Rolleston with Andy Rice, Garton Bloor, Brain Bloor and David Wain all winning a frame apiece for Swad Snooker Centre.
In a battle of the D teams, it was Ivanhoe D who dealt out an 8-0 humbling to Belmont D. Adam Briggs, Tony Tredger, Brian Lowrie and Ross Tredger were all on form for the Ashby side.
Spot On D, AKA The Snookerettes were beaten 7-1 away by Belmont C. Only Clare Peaty was able to stop the rot as she took a frame off Graeme Drayton. Terry Bosworth, Matt Keay and Brain Cutting were all winners on the night for The Servicemen.
Woodville C had a good 5-3 win away at Burton Cons D, with wins for Denis Moore and Mark Gallagher. Al Munnien was on form for The Cons with a win over Wayne Allen whilst wily Jim Jennings drew his encounter with Gentleman Jim Marcer.
Andy Tomlinson from Stapenhill is out on his own at the top of the Averages whilst Andy Bloor of Swad Snooker Centre leads the Breaks Table with a lovely 53.