2017-18: Week 3

Reports by Mick Buckland

David Wain Insurance Premier League

Belmont A kept up their fine start to the season in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division with a good 6-2 win over Swad Cons a at home. Rob Chambers and Ian Archer both scored wins for the home side. John Chambers and Andy Grainger shared the spoils in a heavyweight contest as did Arron Vaughan and Jimmy Wright.

Burton Cons A also have a 100% start and they won at SDSC B by a similar 6-2 scoreline. Henry Tomas did have one or two chances against John Shilton but was unable to make the most of them and Shilton ran out a comfortable winner in the end. On the other table, in a turgid 50 minute frame, it was Adam Harrison who came out on top against Graham Stevens in the first only for Stevens to bounce back in the second with the aid of a nice 36. Stuart Roberts shared his two frames with the home team’s Rich Hinks. Ben Davies found himself 30 points in front in both frames against Mike Buckland of the Cons but Buckland potted well at the important times and managed to get past Davies in both, who can count himself a little unlucky to come away with nothing.

Burton Cons B won their first home game of the season by an impressive 7-1 scoreline against Rolleston A. Simon Smith was on good form as he beat Mark Press and Owen Jones brushed past Ant Rushton. Jon Swift beat Rich O’Dell and there was a return to league snooker for Jon Fletcher but he could only muster a draw with Joe Docksey.

In fourth spot are Ivanhoe A. They were held 4-4 at home by a rejuvenated Tutbury A side. Andy Marriott had too much for Dan Mabbutt, whilst Ian Rennocks knocked in a good 33 against Steve Hathaway but was unable to seal a win with Steve playing well in the other frame. Daniel Blunn then drew with a “floating” John Brentnall before Dave Mabbutt scored an excellent win against Ant Moore to seal the half.

After being hammered in their first fixture, it was the turn of Alrewas B to hand out a drubbing of their own. They beat Spot On A on their own tables by a thumping 7-1 score line, a rare feat.
Lee Louch rolled a good 36 in during his win over Aiden Janus. There were also wins for Karl Hancox and John Richardson whilst the game between Tom Smith and Mark Stirling was halved.

PJM Fascias Division One

Tutbury C have opened up a five point gap at the top of the PJM Fascias Division One table. Last week they beat Newhall A 6-2 away and are already putting a marker down for promotion.Wayne Smith beat John Finch in a tactical battle- in the second knocking a lovely pink and then a good black down the rail. Graham Bailey played well to win the first against Tom Lucas, who recovered to play well in the second for a draw which seemed a fair result. Steve Butler scored a succession of 20+ breaks in his match against Martin Hicks who won the first from 30 odd behind. Steve battling to again square up the match. Steve Burrows won against Martin Hurdman with something to spare.

In second are Spot On C but they were beaten at home by Ivanhoe B. Bren Mattley and Mick Kirk were on target for the Ashby side with Trevor Heath replying for Spot On. The game between Conrad Thomas and Stu Tagg was halved.

Alrewas B got back to winning ways with a hard fought win over Ivanhoe C. Adam Walton kept up his 100% start to the season winning his first against Darren Wilson on the black and then the second far more convincingly. Carl Poulton returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Jerry Cook. Ian Hiley dispatched Graham Measures but not without a fright. Steve Cockeram responded for Ivanhoe with a good 2-0 win over John Sharpe including a nice 30 which really could have been a lot more.

Having lost their first two fixtures there was a nice turn round for Tutbury D with a good 6-2 win over SDSC C. John Peto, Colin Bell and Dave Brady were all on fine form for The Tutters. Nick Harcombe scored a couple of 20+ contributions in his win over Paul Atterbury.

Burton Cons C also scored their fist win of the season with a 5-3 victory over Stapenhill A. Greg Read and Tom Egginton played steady snooker to put the home side 4-0 up at the break. Bryan Huckerby was a little unlucky against a consistent Chris Sheldrake with Bryan going in off the blue with the line at his mercy. Cons captain Ian Shrive and the Institute’s talisman Steve Ford shared their two frames with Ian finishing off on the pink to secure the extra winning point.


Newton Fallowell Division Two

Ivanhoe D moved to the top of the early season Newton Fallowell Division Two table with a comprehensive win over Swad Cons D.Dave Watson and Jeff Whetton played their debut matches for the team. Dave showing some good crisp potting in winning his two frames and Jeff also playing well but winning the second in a very tight fashion. Adam took both of his frames as well , the second a black ball decider, whilst Colin Cope took Swad’s only frame of the night against Brian Lowrie in another tight match.

In the match between Woodville B and Spot On D,Woodville were only able to field 3 so a draw was a good result for them. Bob “Baby Face” Brooks was the Old Warriors star man taking both off Gilda Horvath in two tight tactical battles and Gilda can count herself unlucky not to come away with a share of the spoils. Tony Coleman and Kate Stirling shared their two with Tony potting pink and black in the first only to realise he had been 14 behind-not bad for A Level Maths, this….Despite having a number of breaks in the teens, Kate lost the second on the black with Tony either playing or praying for some speculative efforts. Pat Ryan won the first on the low clours and then rattled the pink in the second for Marie Bridges to mop up for a half. The unfortunate player was Vonnie who missed out on the night but at least has two frames towards her average.

Elsewhere Burton Cons D kick started their season with a 5-3 win over Rollseton C away with Jim Jennings making the difference with a win with all three other matches halved.

In the inter-club derby between Belmont’s C and D team, it was the C who have the bragging rights after a comfortable 7-1 win. Graham Drayton, Terry Bosworth and Dave Press were all on target winning both frame whilst Matt Keay and Andy Biggadike shared theirs.

Rollseton B hit top form as they whitewashed Woodville C. Rob Sanders was the star man as he rolled in a lovely 32 during his match. There were also wins for Kev Norris, Lionel Lewis and Rob Tubey.

Stapenhill B maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-4 draw against SDSC D. Greg Britton won again as did Phil Killen for the Swad side. The other matches were drawn between Colin Britton and Garton Bloor and then Barry Waller and Andy Rice.