2017-18: Week 7

Reports by Mick Buckland

David Wain Insurance Premier League

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division last week, leaders Burton Cons B strengthened their grip at the top with a resounding 7-1 win against Spot On B. Matt Milnes included a 32 in his win over Steve Butterworth. There were also wins for Jon Fletcher and Owen Jones. The game between Simon Smith and Lee Cooke was halved leaving them 7 points clear over their club rivals the A team, who have a game in hand. They won 6-2 away at Tutbury B in a match that could have gone either way. John Shilton and Wayne Pereira shared two very tight frames-both of which went to the pink, whilst on the other table Jon Swift got past Alan Davies 2-0, both frames going to the colours. Andy Thompson won the first versus Darren Coady but Coady fought back to win the second right at the death. Daz Lester can count himself very unfortunate to have lost the first against Mike Buckland, having had a lovely 41 but Lester jawed the black for it to roll over the other corner which Buckland couldn’t miss. This knocked the stuffing out of Lester and Buckland won the second comfortably for a good win for the Cons’ boys.

Belmont A have had a great start to the season but they came unstuck at home to a rejuvenated SDSC B side who had not won since the opening day. Without their talismen the Chambers brothers, Mark Sherratt stepped in but could not prevent a fine victory for Adam Harrison. Harry Farrell took one off of Ian Archer as did Rich Hinks from Arron Vaughan, with Josh Gebbie and Henry Tomas also sharing their frames.
Ivanhoe A, who have been runners up for the past several seasons, showed that they are in the mood to put together a serious challenge by going to Spot On A and coming away with a thumping 7-1 triumph.Scott West was drafted in but he was unable to prevent Andy Marriott rolling in his usual 30 plus break on the way to a comfortable win.J Hastie and Ian Rennocks were also on target for the Ashby boys with Mark Stirling providing the only bright spot for Spot On by getting a half with Ant Moore.
Alrewas A, despite playing some good snooker, are coming away on the wrong end of results and last week was no exception as they were beaten 6-2 at SDSC A. Karl Hancox had a nice 34 but could only draw with Andy Goldingay. Similarly Lee Louch drew with John Davis, whilst there were wins for Steve Ayre and Chris Dewey for a second straight win for The Snooker Centre.It’s four straight defeats for Alrewas who are now in the relegation zone.
Mark Press made the difference for Rolleston A in their match against Swad Cons A. He defeated Lee Wood whilst the other three ties were drawn. Luke Speed with Paul Slater, Rich O’Dell with Mark Hadley and Ant Rushton with Andy Grainger for a 5-3 win for the Rollers which puts them 5th having been unbeaten for 4 weeks. The Cons though are rooted to the bottom with 6 straight defeats.

PJM Fascias Division One

In the PJM Fascias Division One there was an inter club derby at Tutbury between the C and D teams. It was the C that came out on top in the end with an emphatic 6-2 scoreline. Dave Brady potted well in the first for the D against Steve Burrows, who fought back well with the aid of a good 21 in share the spoils. Wayne Smith struggled all evening but still managed to get past John Peto also knocking in a 21. Tom Lucas put in a solid performance to beat Jeff Siddalls. Colin Bell and Steve Butler both potted well with a draw being a fair result but not till after Steve produced the highlight of the evening with a lovely 38.
Woodville A managed to draw for the 3rd consecutive week-this time against SDSC C.Mark Satchwell drew with Nick Harcombe , who included a nice 30 along the way. Similarly Nick Craddock and Bob McInulty shared their two efforts. Winners on the night were Wayne Brewin for Woodville and Ray Bancroft for the Snooker Centre.
Alrewas B lost for the fourth week in a row-this time 5-3 at home to Stapenhill A. Andy Gretton and Steve Ford were the men in form for The Institute with Dave Trueman responding for The Legionnaires. The other match was drawn between Carl Poulton and Callum Coleman.

Newton Fallowell Division Two

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, honours were even in the Woodville derby between the B and C teams. Denis Moore won both of his for the C whilst Alan Orpwood did similar for the B, including a 25. Elsewhere Gary Green drew with Mark Gallagher and Pat Ryan drew with “Gentleman” Jim Marcer.
 There was a welcome win for Burton Cons D as Al Munnien made the difference scoring a 2-0 success over Charlie Groves in their match against Belmont D. Jim Jennings drew with Ian Gibson, Ian Protheroe halved with Tom Holland and Nathan Brooks and Andy Biggadike also shared.
Rolleston C and Spot On D had a tight match but in the end the boys just beat the girls 5-3 courtesy of Aaron Doyle’s victory over Gilda Horvath. Mark Storr and Clare Peaty shared their two frames as did John Ward and Kate Stirling and then Steve Atkin and Yvonne Spendlove.
There was another 5-3 scoreline at Swad Snooker Centre where the D team just scraped past Swad Cons C. The Bloors  Andrew and Brian won whilst Garton drew with Jon Petcher to claim the extra winning point. Mark Brooks beat David Wain to keep the scoreline close.
Spot On E lost for the first time the season and are replaced by the side that beat them Stapenhill B at the top. Andy Tomlinson was in fine form as he knocked in good runs of 37and 29 to beat Adam Edwards. Greg Britton also played well to beat Tim Horvath. The usually reliable Jared Cronje was held 1-1 by Tim Knopik despite having a couple of good contributions, the best being 37,whilst Mitch Hughes won for Spot On in his game versus Simon Piechovicz including a nice 40.
So after 7 weeks, 228 players have played league snooker with a total of 83 30+ breaks, the best of which is a 68 from Andy Marriott. John Chambers of Belmont A leads the Averages in the Premier Division. Bren Mattley leads them in Division One with Alan Orpwood having a 100% record after 10 frames in Division Two.