By Mick Buckland
Leaders Ivanhoe A had a rest week in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, so it was an opportunity for the chasing pack to close the gap. Burton Cons A took on Belmont A, who had already beaten them twice this season but this time it was the turn of The Cons to come away with the victory. John Chambers had a lovely 57 in his first frame against Mike Buckland but Buckland hung in there in the second potting a good pink and black to secure a draw. On the other table Graham Sevens rolled back the years with an imperious display, including runs of 67 and 57 in his win over Ian Archer. In the second half, Darren Coady and Rob Chambers ad two god frames with a dominant amount of really good safety but it was Coady who handed out a first defeat of the season to the Belmont man. Jon Swift and Mark Sherratt drew on the other table to leave the Cons 6-2 winners.
Alrewas A handed out only a third league defeat of the season to Burton Cons B. It was 2-2 at halfway with the battle of the Smiths going the way of the Cons’ Simon has he included a nice 33 on the way to defeating Tom. Karl Hancox knocked in 31 whilst he beat The Cons’ Jon Fletcher. After the break John Richardson made the difference as he beat Owen Jones whilst Lee Louch and Matt Milnes shared two good frames with Lee having the highest contribution of the evening with a good 51.
SDSC B lost for the third straight week as they went down 5-3 to a resurgent Tutbury A side. Dave Mabbutt made the difference on the night as he beat Harry Farrell whilst the other three games were drawn.
This was a second straight win for The Tutters and pulls them out of the relegation zone whilst the Snooker Centre remain in fifth but now some 32 points behind fourth.
Swad Cons A have enlisted former player Simon Orpwood, with some players working shifts, to help their relegation battle and he made an instant impact beating Daz Lester of Tutbury B whilst Andy Grainger scored his customary win in a match of no high breaks. Lee Wood drew with Bill Stewart whilst Jan Pawlazcyk was on target for the Tutters in his win over Paul Slater as the Cons ran out 5-3 winners.
Rolleston A are another side who kicked into gear having been at the wrong end of the table for most of the season. They beat SDSC A 6-2 on their own patch to get within a point of safety whilst leaving their opponents one off the bottom. Joe Docksey and Mark Press were the men to do the damage by both winning. Rich O’Dell scored a good half with Chris Dewey, whilst Bobby Cliff did similar with John Davis.
In a battle of the two Spot On sides , it was the B who came away victors with a 5-3 win. Loz Kennerson was man of the match knocking in a 64 as well as a 32 in his win over Ade Harper, who could do little about it. Simon Tarrant beat Nigel Tomlinson to leave the B in control. Tom Elliott, for the A kept the A in it but the draw between Steve Butterworth and Mart Stirling meant the B came away with the spoils.
Only 10 points separate 5th from top and second from bottom so it will be an interesting end to the season and both top and bottom.
In the PJM Fascias Division One, Tutbury C at the top were without a fixture so Ivanhoe B took some advantage by beating Swad Snooker Centre C 5-3. Jason Pickering and Bren Mattley both picked up wins for the Ashby boys whilst Nick Harcombe returned the compliment for SDSC with a 31 in his win over Mick Kirk. Chris Craddock and Stu Tagg drew their encounter to leave Ivanhoe 16 points behind in second.
Newhall A kept up their challenge with a 6-2 win away at Stapenhill A. A 40 from Nick Walker and a 30 from Martin Hicks saw them victorious against Chris Sheldrake and Jason Spiby. Adam McInulty had efforts of 30 and 33 but was only able to score a draw against Dave Shenton who kept in touch with a 25 of his own. Carl Glover and Andy Gretton also drew to leave Newhall just two points from the promotion spots.
Woodville A occupy third position currently after they beat another promotion rival in Spot On C 5-3 at home. Wayne Brewin and Fran McInulty were winners for Woodville whilst Andy Jenkins was on form for The Spots as he beat Mark Satchwell. John Chambers and John Hardy shared their two to leave Woodville in third after 5 straight wins.
Belmont B are unbeaten in four and with games in hand could yet make a push for promotion themselves after a 6-2 win against Tutbury D. Ian Day opened up like a hero for The Tutters with a nice 31 in his match against Belmont’s Micky Morris but Micky drew him back to win the first on the black and then the second more easily. Graham Bailey was on fire as he won his first by 40 odd against Colin Bell and then the second even more easily, having a good 31 as he went. Brett Craddock played steadily to beat Jeff Siddalls in the first to put Belmont 5 up and Zaheer Hussein the knocked a 37 in to leave the result comfortable. Jeff steadied to secure a draw versus Brett whilst Dave Brady rolled in the full set of colours to gain himself a draw against Zaheer.
Alrewas A lost their 6th league fixture on the bounce 5-3 at Burton Cons C, who were grateful for the victory themselves. Greg Read and Ian Shrive were victorious for the Cons with Ian Hiley beating Tom Egginton for The Legionnaires. Bill Davidson and Adam Walton halved leaving the two sides either side of the drop zone by just one point.
In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Stapenhill B cemented their place at the top with a 6-2 win away at Belmont D. Andy Tomlinson rolled in 35 and 32 in his win whilst another man on form was Bryan Sharratt with another win for the Institute. Tom Holland and Simon Deakin though both scored good halves for The Belmont boys against Greg Britton and Tim Knopik-Tim having a nice 29 along the way.
Rolleston B scored a fine 6-2 win over Woodville B. Lionel Lewis was star man as he had a 29 and a colours clearance in his win whilst there were also victories for Kev Norris and Rob Sanders for The Rollers. Only Alan Orpwood was on the scoresheet for the away side as the Woddvillians went down.
SDSC D beat Burton Cons D 5-3 to remain in contention at the top. Brain Bloor beat Paul Brooks whilst the other 3 matches were drawn to leave the Snooker Centre in third.
It was a badd day for The Snookerettes as they went down 8-0 at home to Ivanhoe D. Adam Briggs top scored with a 27 in his win whilst there were also victories for Brian Lowrie, Tony Tredger and Matt Tewkesbury to leave the Ashby side in fourth but with a game in hand.
Rolleston beat Swad Cons in a battle of the C teams. There were wins for Neil Cheadle and Aaron Doyle for The Rollers whilst Gaz Ward responded for The Cons with the game between Bob Birch and Mark Storr halved.
Spot On E won 7-1 against Belmont C. Jared Cronje scored the division’s high break of the week with a good 45 in beating Terry Bosworth. Adam Edwards had a couple of 20 plus contributions in his win as well. Also on target for the Spots was Ben Menzies whilst Brian Cutting spared the Belmont blushes as he drew with Jordan Watts. This leaves Spot On 11 points off the top but with a game in hand.