Both Burton Cons side in the Premier Division‘s Nicholas Humphreys Cup were involved in the dreaded doubles. Mark Sherratt produced the performance of the evening for Belmont A with a 30 odd first visit in their doubles decider against Cons A, partnering John Chambers. This was then followed by a 50 to seal the tie before Graham Stevens or Jon Fletcher could do anything at all about it. Earlier Stevens had beaten Sherratt whilst Chambers included a 40 and a 60 odd in his victory over Mike Buckland. Rich Goldby and Mick Simpkins shared theirs as did Fletcher with Belmont’s Owen Jones.
Burton Cons B though came out on the right side of the doubles in their closely fought encounter with Spot On A. Darren Coady and Try Randle won their singles and then combined to get past Mark Stirling and Tom Elliott who earlier beaten the Shiltons, John and Simon, who was floating.
Steve Butler was unlucky to come away on the losing side for Tutbury C as they went down 5-3 to Belmont B. Steve rolled in efforts of 31 and 61 as he beat Zaheer Hussein with something to spare. There were wins though in the second half for Mark Satchwell and Shaun Gebbie whilst the game between Josh Gebbie and Wayne Smith was halved.
Swad Cons A had a cracking win away at Alrewas A. Andy Grainger produced a great fightback to beat John Richardson in their first and rolled in some nice balls in the second to see out the win Simon Orpwood played some good stuff to beat Tom Smith. Lee Louch kept Alrewas in it with a good win over Ant Rushton potting consistently well. Karl Hancox played nicely to beat Simon Mansfield in their first before Simon knuckled down and proved to be the man of the match by taking the second. There were three efforts of 31 during the evening-Lee Louch, Andy Grainger and Karl Hancox.
The Tutbury B v Newhall match was re-arranged whilst there were byes for Ivanhoe A. SDSC A and Tutbury A.
In the Nicholas Humphreys Division One President’s Cup, Ivanhoe C had a cracking 6-2 win over Rolleston A. Steve Cockeram was man of the match including a lovely 41 in during his win over Mark Press. Daz Wilson was also in winning form as he beat Rich O’Dell. The matches between Gaz Dolman and Bobby Cliff and then Mick Kirk and Tom Bassett were halved.
Chris Dewey was in fine form for SDSC B as he made the difference in their match against Burton Cons C. Chris rolled in 36 and 30 to breeze past Bill Davidson-there was a draw between the two Steves, Ayre and Castledine. Andy Goldingay and Greg Read also shared their two as did John Davis and Ian Shrive.
Stu Tagg was the man to make the difference for Ivanhoe B as they went to SDSC C and came away 5-3 winners. He beat Garton Bloor with the other three matches all halved.
Stapenhill A are in the next round but only after needing the doubles decider to get past Rolleston B. Steve Ford for Stapenhill was a winner in the singles as was Kev Norris for The Rollers. The doubles was played out between The Institute’s Andy Gretton and Chris Sheldrake, and they just managed to beat Norris and partner Rob Sanders.
They are joined in the quarter finals by stablemates, Stapenhill B as they won 6-2 at Ivanhoe D. Simon Piechovicz had the evening’s highest contribution as he knocked in a nice 31 during his win over Tom Freeman. John Sherriff was also in good potting form for The Institute but he was held to a half by Keith Bell. Rob Kent was Stapenhill’s other winner whilst Greg Britton was held by Ross Tredger.
The Nicholas Humphreys President’s Cup for Division Two saw two matches go to the decider. Belmont D saw wins for Tom Holland and Andy Biggadike in their match against Rolleston C, with victories for Aaron Doyle and Neil Cheadle forcing the doubles. Graham Fisher joined up with Cheadle to see the Rollers into the next round defeating Biggadike and Holland.
Two sides relegated last season from Division One met at Tutbury where the club’s D team played SDSC D. In a tight match, Nick Harcombe top scored with a 31 in his two frame win for the Snooker Centre whilst Paul Atterbury was the star man for the home team. In the doubles, Ian Day combined with Atterbury for The Tutters to squeeze past Harcombe partnered by Chris Craddock.
There also two big 7-1 wins,achieved by B and C teams of Swad Cons-The B over Woodville B and the C over The Snookerettes of Spot On D.
Burton Cons D are the other team through to the quarter finals after beating Stapenhill C 5-3 at home. Jim Jennings and Greg Hall were on form for the Cons whilst Tim Knopik scored a double for The Institute. The game between Al Munnien and Barry Waller was halved. They will be joined in the next round by the sides given a bye-namely Spot On E, Belmont C and Woodville A.