Reports by Mick Buckland
David Wain Insurance Premier League
In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, the big match was the derby between Burton Cons A and B, with both sides unbeaten till this point. As it was, this still remains the case after a very tight encounter which ended 4-4. First up Owen Jones produced a fantastic clearance to beat Mike Buckland in the first before Buckland rallied to take the second. On the other table there was a re-rack in the first between Matt Milnes and Graham Stevens before Milnes had an outrageous fluke escaping from a snooker resulting in him just nicking it. In a similar tight second frame Stevens potted pink and black for another draw. Jon Fletcher potted well in his first against Jon Swift including a nice 42 before Swift returned the compliment with his own 44 after some fortunate run in the second for a third straight drawn game. In the final game it was the turn of the A team’s Darren Coady to take the first against Simon Smith before Simon potted nicely to take the second meaning all 4 matches were halved and neither side was able to gain the extra winning point not take hold at the top of the division.
This gave the chasing pack an opportunity to close the gap to the Cons duo and Ivanhoe A took full advantage with a 7-1 triumph over Tutbury B. Andy Marriott played Bill Stewart and it was all one way with Andy rolling in 33 and 36 in the first and a 34 in the second.The first frame between Ian Rennocks and Jan Pawlazcyk could have gone either way before Ian took it on the black.The second was take rather more easily. Dan Blunn took both frames against an out of sorts Daz Lester with some ease. In the final match Andy Thompson potted everything in the first against Ant Moore before Ant responded nicely with a good 36 of his own to square their match. This leaves Ivanhoe 11 points off the top with a game in hand.
Spot On B drew 4-4 with Rolleston A with wins for Steve Butterworth of Spot On and Joe Docksey for Rolleston. Joe knocked in a nice 41 in his win over Steve Lane. Another man in form was Loz Kennerson who had two runs of 32 in his game against Mark Press but the Rolleston man was able to cling on for a half.Lee Cooke and Bobby Cliff also played out a stalemate.
Swad Snooker Centre B had a good 5-3 win at home to Spot On A. Adam Harrison was the man to make the difference as he defeated Ade Harper with the 3 other matches all drawn. Harry Farrell with Rich Foster, Rich Hinks with Mark Stirling and Henry Tomas with Nigel Tomlinson for a second straight win for the Swad boys.
Swad Cons A avoided defeat for the first time this season but were only able to draw with SDSC A. Winners on the night were Andy Grainger and Mark Hadley for The Cons whilst the men in form for the Snooker Centre were Chris Dewey and Andy Goldingay. This makes it 4 undefeated for SDSC A.
Alrewas A ended a run for 4 consecutive league defeats by beating Tutbury A 5-3 away. Lee Louch was the man to do the damage as he scored a win over Steve Mabbutt. The other 3 matches were drawn, with Dave Mabbutt providing the highlight for Tutbury with a 36 in his draw with Karl Hancox.
PJM Fascias Division One
In the PJM Fascias Division One, the top 2 clashed with Tutbury C now putting themselves 2 points behind their opponents Spot On C after beating them at The Institute by a 6-2 scoreline. Steve Burrows drew with Andy Jenkins as did Wayne Smith with John Hardy. Tom Lucas and Steve Butler then took over for the Tutters as they defeated Trevor Heath and Tony Clements respectively.
In third, and still unbeaten this season, are Ivanhoe B. Last week they had an entertaining draw with their club rivals from the C team. At half time the C were 3-1 up courtesy of Gaz Dolman’s draw with Mick Kirk including a 35 and a 27 along the way. Steve Cockeram was also on form as he beat Stu Tagg. Jason Pickering then beat Graham Measures whilst Darren Wilson and Bren Mattley halved leaving it all square.
Burton Cons C had a good 5-3 win over Tutbury in a Tuesday match. Greg Read and Ian Shrive both won for the Cons with Colin Bell replying for Tutbury. The match between Bill Davidson and Dave Brady was shared.The Cons have won three, lost three but still find themselves occupying one of the relegation positions-the Tutters have lost htree on the bounce and will need to keep an eye over their shoulders as well.
Woodville A won for the first time this season with a 5-3 away victory over Stapenhill A. Wayne Brewin showed no mercy as he knocked a lovely 40 in during his 2-0 win over Andy Gretton. John Chambers won as well with Mark Satchwell gaining a point in his draw with Dave Shenton. Steve Ford kept the score respectable as he beat Bob McInulty.
Belmont B kept up their unbeaten start to the season by thumping SDSC C 7-1. All 4 players had breaks of over 25 as Graham Bailey, Shaun Gebbie and Mark Vaughan all registered wins. Chris Craddock spared the Snooker Club’s blushes by taking a frame off Micky Morris.
Newton Fallowell Division Two
In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Colin Cope was in fine form for Swad Cons C as he won the first to zero with runs of 25 and 23 in his win over Woodville C’s Jim Marcer. That was as good as it got for The Cons though as Terry Eyley, Mark Gallagher and Wayne Allen all scored victories to leave it 6-2 to Woodville.
Al Munnien was the man to make the difference for Burton Cons D as they went to the The Snookerettes of Spot On D and came away with a 5-3 win. Al beat Marie Bridges and there were draws in the other 3 encounters-Jim Jennings with Kate Stirling, Paul Brooks with Gilda Horvath and Ian Protheroe with Yvonne Spendlove.
SDSC D made it 8 unbeaten from the start of the season and cemented themselves at the top with a crushing 8-0 triumph away at Belmont D. The Bloors of Andrew, Brian and Garton all won as did one of the league’s main sponsors David Wain to leave the youngsters of Belmont D pointless.
In another match where one man would make the difference it was the turn of Lionel Lewis of Rolleston B to do such in his win over Stapenhill B’s Greg Britton. Again there were three halved matches-Rob Sanders with Tim Knopik, Kev Norris and Bryan Sharratt and Rob Tubey with Andy Tomlinson.
Woodville B had a good 5-3 win over Belmont C. Winners for the Woodvillians were Alan Orpwood and Gary Green-Alan has won all 12 frames so far this term. Responding for Belmont was Matt Keay whilst Bob Brooks and Graeme Drayton halved.
Spot On E were held 4-4 at home by Rolleston C. Tim Horvath won for the Snooker Club whilst Steve Atkin had a tremendous win over the Spot On captain, Jared Cronje. Mitch Hughes drew with Graham Fisher as did Kyle Cope with Neil Cheadle, leaving Spot On in third but with a game in hand. Rolleston are now 3 without defeat.