By Mick Buckland
With last week’s dreadful weather, may sides felt it unsafe to travel so dispensation was granted to allow these fixtures to be played at a later date.
No games at all were played in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division…
So the big result of last week’s round of matches was achieved by Belmont B by virtue of their 7-1 thumping of fellow promotion hopefuls Ivanhoe B in the PJM Fascias Division One. The match started with a minute’s silence for the former Ashby player Jerry Cook, who passed away recently. Brett Craddock flew out of the blocks for Belmont to go one up against Jason Pickering. Shaun Gebbie returned to the side and made light work of Nick Sewell in both frames. At 3-0 it could have been better for Belmont but Jay came back to pinch the second against Brett with a colours clearance. On came Graham Bailey with a strong performance to dispatch Bren Mattley before Micky Morris played the best snooker he has for years tolling a 40 and three 20 plus breaks as he brushed aside Stu Tagg. Belmont have the bit between their teeth at the moment and may yet force themselves into the top three. Only 8 points separate the following six sides after leaders Tutbury C.
They were able to defeat club rivals their D team but not without a fright as they ran out 5-3 winners. Tom Lucas had his potting boots on with a 32 and a 25 against Dave Brady but Ian Day beat an out of sorts Wayne Smith to level the match. Steve Butler played nicely to beat Colin Bell whilst Steve Burrows drew with Paul Atterbury. This keeps Tutbury C 17 points clear and leaves The D team above the relegation zone by virtue of one more draw than Alrewas B.
The Legionnaires suffered their 8th straight league defeat as they went down to Stapenhill A who still have an outside chance of promotion themselves. Ian Hiley tried his best for the visitors having a nice 45 in his win over Chris Sheldrake but there were wins for Andy Gretton, Barry Waller and Steve Ford-three of them on the black to keep the institute in with a shout.
Woodville A are another side with promotion in their sights and last week they kept on course with a 6-2 victory over bottom side SDSC C. fran McInulty had a lovely 39 on the way to defeating Nick Hacombe whilst there were also wins for Mark Satchwell and Wayne Brewin. Ray Stretton saw off the home side’s Bob McInulty to keep the score respectable.
In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, the big match was held at Spot On where the club’s E team thrashed leaders Stapenhill B to bring themselves within 2 points at the top and with a game in hand. Jared Cronje, Ben Menzies and Adam Edwards all scored doubles whilst Greg Britton spared the Institute’s blushes by sharing his two with Jordan Watts. With the bottom four all to be played in the last 6 games surely Spot On now have one hand on the title.
SDSC D kept up their challenge and remain in third after a 5-3 victory away at Swad Cons C. Man of the match was one of the league’s main sponsors, David Wain, who rolled back the years and rolled in a fantastic 52 during his win over Bob Birch. Andy Bloor won the battle of the Andys , seeing off Andy Boam for the Snooker Centre. John Griffin and Brian Bloor drew their match whilst Gaz Ward came out on top for the Cons against Andy Rice.
The Woodville derby went the way of the C over the B by a tight 5-3 scoreline. Making the difference on the night was Wayne Allen as he scored an impressive win over in form Alan Orpwood. The other three matches were all halved- Jim Marcer and Tony Coleman;Mark Gallagher and Bob Brooks; Denis Moore and Pat Ryan. Both sides look set to finish mid table.
Burton Cons D won for the first time in 11 as they squeezed past Belmont D 5-3. Al Munnien and Paul Brooks did the damage scoring doubles whilst Jim Jennings drew with Simon Deakin to seal the win. Tom Holland was on form for The Servicemen as he beat the Cons’ Dave Powell.
Another side near the bottom, the Snookerettes of Spot On D also came close but not quite enough as they went down 5-3 as well-this time to Rolleston C. Neil Cheadle was the man to make the difference as he scored the only win of the night. Clare Peaty had a lovely knock of 28 in her draw with Mark Storr. The games between Kate Stirling and John Ward and then Yvonne Spendlove and Aaron Doyle were also halved.
Leading the averages table for the David Wain Insurance Premier Division is Andy Marriott and he also hold the two highest breaks with efforts of 119 and 79. In the PJM Fascias Division One, leadingt he averages is Wayne Brewin whilst Adam McInulty holds the highest break with a 57. In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Andy Tomlinson leads the averages whilst Andy Bloor has the best run with a 53. Good luck to all teams as we enter the last few weeks of the season.