By Mick Buckland
Ivanhoe A strengthened their grip on this year’s David Wain Insurance Premier Division title by virtue of a closely fought 5-3 win over Tutbury B. Jan Pawlazcyk played James Hastie and It was James that started strongly with a good 62 to take the first. Jan then dug in and potted well on the colours to take the second. Alan Davies took on Andy Marriott in a tight first frame, which Andy took it on the colours. Normal service in the second frame with a good 73 which could of been more. Andy then finished with a 32. Daz Lester payed Ant Moore in a tight first frame that went to a respotted black which Ant potted. Daz then potted very well in the second to take it with some to spare. Dan Blunn played Andy Thompson last and it was Andy that potted well to take the first. The second look like going the same way before Andy missed a black. Dan then knocked a good 41 to take control. Andy got the snookers he required but then missed a red. Dan then potted the ball he needed for a 5-3 win.
For the second time this season, the derby between Burton Cons A and B was drawn four across. Mike Buckland played nicely to get past Owen Jones, including a 52 in the second which Owen managed to still take down to the black . Graham Stevens missed very little as he got past Simon Smith with the aid of a 34 to put the A 4-0 up at the break. In a change of fortunes, Matt Milnes and Darren Coady exchanged thirty plus efforts with it looking for all the world like Darren would force a draw before Matt finished nicely. Despite John Shilton having a 42 for the A, Jon Fletcher dug in to win the first and then force a respot in the second ,which having been put back in , he then duly doubled the black into the yellow bag for the win.
Alrewas A lost 5-3 at home to Tutbury A, despite captain Karl Hancox’s best efforts of a nice 40 in his win over Chris Mabbutt. Steve and Dave Mabbutt though were on form as they secured wins as the match between Tom Smith and Steve Hathaway was drawn..
Mark Press and Tony Rushton were the men on form as Rolleston A defeated Spot On B 5-3. Loz Kennerson included a 41 on his way to beating Rich O’Dell in return with the game between Bobby Cliff and Steve Butterworth halved.
Swad Cons A showed there is still hope for them to escape relegation by beating SDSC A 6-2. Runs of 31 and 33 saw Simon Orpwood home to a win over Chris Dewey with Paul Slater knocking in a 32 in his win. Only Steve Ayre could respond for the snooker club as he beat Mark Hadley as Andy Grainger also scored his customary win for The Cons.
Spot On A beat SDSC B 5-3 with the match of the night the Mark Stirling versus Harry Farrell game. Mark had a 37 and Harry a 40 but it was the Spot On man who won both frames which made all the difference with the other three games all halved. Andy Speirs was welcomed back to the side as he rolled a nice 32 in during his draw with Rich Hinks. Ivanhoe A look to have the title at their mercy after being the most consistent side this term-the top four will be filled by Burton Cons A and B and Belmont A.
Behind these there is a 29 point gap(plus a game in hand) to Alrewas A and then only twelve points separating them from bottom side Swad Cons A so anything can happen with all these sides playing each other over the coming weeks.