By Mick Buckland
The big match in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division was played at Ashby where the champions elect Ivanhoe A drew 4-4 with second placed Burton Cons B. Two of the top local players over the past few years clashed and fittingly the match ended halved with Andy Marriott having a 57 in his draw with Jon Fletcher. Ian Rennocks scores a good win against Matt Milnes for a 3-1 lead for Ivanhoe at the break. In the second half though there was a spirited performance from Owen Jones to beat Ant Moore whilst Simon Smith got a half against James Hastie despite James having runs of 36 and 31.
Burton Cons A lost a 4-0 half time lead for the second week running as Rolleston A came away with an all important 4 points from the Cons. Mick Simpkins making a rare appearance beat Rich O’Dell whilst captain Graham Stevens beat Tom Bassett on debut with the aid of a 46 and a 73. Ant Rushton then played well to beat Mike Buckland with the help of a 53 with Mark Press overturning Jon Swift.
At the bottom, Swad Cons A lost 5-3 at home to Alrewas A. Colin Kinsella starred for Alrewas rolling in a 43 as he inflicted a rare defeat on Andy Grainger. whilst Lee Louch was in fine form with runs of 35 and 40 to defeat Mark Hadley. The Cons responded after the break with Simon Orpwood having a 46 in his win over Karl Hancox but the defeat of Simon Mansfield to Tom Smith meant the Legionnaires travelling home with the extra winning point.
In a relegation tussle at Spot On, it was SDSC A who were victors as they beat the home club’s B team 5-3. Chris Dewey and Andy Goldingay were the men to do the damage as they both scored doubles, with Simon Tarrant doing likewise for the Spots. Loz Kennerson and Syeve Ayre drew their encounter-both sides still need more points to stay up though.
SDSC B went down 5-3 at home to a good Tutbury B side. Bill Stewart and Andy Thompson were on form for the Tutters with wins whilst Adam Harrison responded for the Snooker Centre. The match between Harry Farrell and Daz Lester was halved.
Clearing up a couple of games postponed due to weather Burton Cons B beat Spot On B 6-2 away whilst the club’s A team beat Tutbury B 5-3.
Belmont A’s challenge for the title looks to have faded as they were only able to draw at Tutbury A 4-4. In fact all matches were drawn with Rob Chambers providing the highlight as he knocked in a nice 47 in his draw with Steve Mabbott.
Tutbury C are on course to be champoins in the PJM Fascias Division One but they only managed to draw for the second week running. It was 4-4 between themselves and another promotion contender Ivanhoe B. Steve Butler was their only winner on the night whilst Bren Mattley returned the compliment for Ivanhoe. Wayne Smith and Jason Pickering drew as did Steve Burros with Nick Sewell, leaving the Ashby side in third although others have a game in hand behind them.
Belmont B and Woodville A who are both in contention for promotion drew four across at The Servicemen’s Club. Yet again Wayne Brewin was man of the match as he rolled in a nice 53 as well as a 27 in his win over Shaun Gebbie. Graham Bailey responded though to beat Bob McInulty with two draws in the games between Mick Morris and Mark Satchwell and then Brett Craddock and Fran McInulty. Woodville are now second whilst Belmont have still only lost once this season.
Spot On C’s challenge for promotion looks to have faded as they failed to win for the 5th match running. Last week.they went down 5-3 to relegation threatened Burton Cons C. Greg Read and Simon Shilton were winners for the Cons with Tony Clements, for The Spots, having a cracking 52 on his way to beating Ian Shrive. Bill Davidson and Dave Mawhinney drew theirs.
The Newhall A boys had their potting boots on as they brushed past Tutbury D 6-2. Adam McInulty’s 40 helped him to a win on the night but Nick Walker’s 35 only one him one frame as he drew with a spirited Ian Day.Martin Hurdman scored a double for Newhall with carl Glover and Colin Bell sharing their two frames.
SDSC C stopped their losing streak as they held Ivanhoe C 4-4. Nick Harcombe won for the Snooker Cntre whilst Graham Measure was on form for the Ashby side. George Cawkwell and Ray Stretton halved as did Steve Cockeram and Ray Bancroft. Ivanhoe still have games in hand on those around them but SDSC C looked destined for Division Two next season.
Swad Cons C won 5-3 away at Belmont D with the aid of victories for Bob Birch and Andy Boam. Tom Holland continued his good form with a win over Jon Petcher whilst Andy Biggadike and Gaz Ward drew.