2018-19: Premier Blinds OS R3/OP R2

t was a return to the Premier Blinds Orme Shield and Plate action last week as both competitions produced their eight quarter finalists.

Spot On A made it through in the Shield after a hard fought derby win over Spot On E from Division Two. 5-3 it was in the end, with James Bailey winning both of his for the E. Andy Speirs and Ade Harper also managed doubles to see the Premier outfit through.

Swad Cons A looked to be cruising through as they were 4-0 up at halfway away at Swad Snooker Centre B. Their only winner in the second half, thereby scoring two wins overall was Paul Slater as again the Premier division side crept through.

Brett Bailey had a lovely knock of 45 in a rare appearance for Belmont A as they cruised through 7-1 away at Spot On B. John Hardy beat John Chambers for a fine win for the hosts but Bailey and then Rich Goldby and Mark Sherratt did the rest of the damage.

Alrewas A scored a fine 6-1 thumping over an out of sorts Burton Cons side, who could just not get going. Lee Louch knocked in a lovely 41 as he beat Mike Buckland in both of the frames they were drawn together. Jon Fletcher, for the Cons, beat Karl Hancox after cracking two great pots on the blue and pink but Mick Simpkins went in off potting the black to lose to Tom Smith, who won twice. John Richardson was also on the scoresheet with Hancox winning his second as well.

A shock looked on the cards at Swad Snooker Centre , where the club’s C team was 3-1 up at the break versus the A. Andrew Bloor won twice for the C but a fightback ensued with Henry Tomas winning both of his to force the draw and the dreaded doubles play off. The A just about manages to get over the line in the end….

Alrewas B had the unenviable task of going away to Swad Cons C, top of Division Two. They came away with a fine 6-2 victory though but not before Paul Bradford showed what a fine player he is, rolling in efforts of 54 and 31 in overcoming Carl Poulton. Doubles for Ian Hiley, Adam Walton and Mick Morris saw the Legionnaires through.

There was a cup upset at Newhall where the Premier side were beaten 5-4 on the doubles by Stapenhill A. Andy Gretton and Jason Spiby had enough left in the locker to edge past Martin Hicks and Nick Walker after two wins for Walker and Gretton in the main match.

Tom Bassett won both for Rolleston A but they went down 5-3 at home to Division One leaders Alrewas C. It was Loz Kennerson who made the difference , winning both for the away side and having an evening’s high effort of 41 as he went.

The draw for the quarter finals is as follows, with matches needing to be arranged by the captains and played by 20 March.

Stapenhill A v SDSC A
Alrewas B v Swad Cons A
Belmont A v Alrewas C (T)
Alrewas A v Spot On A

In the Premier Blinds Orme Plate, Kate Stirling and Yvonne Spendlove both scored one each but that was as good as it got for Spot On D (who now play out of SDSC)-AKA The Snookerettes-as they went down 6-2 to Swad Cons B, for whom Gaz Ward and Andy Boam starred, winning twice.

There was somewhat of a surprise and Burton Cons , where the C took on the Division One’s favourites for promotion Ivanhoe C and came away 5-3 winners. Captain Ian Shrive won both of his as did Greg Read, who has been in fine form. But the hero was Bill Davidson. back playing after a recent operation, who beat Mick Kirk for a fine win for The Cons.

There was an all Premier match up in the Plate at Belmont where the club’s B team went down 5-4 , again on the doubles to Tutbury B. It was 2-2 in each half with doubles scored by the home side’s Shaun Gebbie and Andy Thompson for the visitors-Thompson having the week’s high break of 76. Wayne Pereira was also in fine form with a 44 and it was those two who won in the doubles having two more efforts of 35.

Ivanhoe A went out of the Shield in the first round and were matched against stablemates Ivanhoe B in the second round of the Shield. The Premier Division’s leading side were in imperious form as they stormed to a 7-1 victory. There were some tremendous breaks with Andy Marriott having runs of 76, 36 and 35, Ant Moore having a 60 and Dan Blunn having a 51-the only frame win for the B was from Josh Wright.

Woodville A are through to the last eight, beating Stapenhill C 5-3, with Rich Marcer  doing most of the damage, after the visitors had been let down to three players at the last minute. Tony Coleman won the match after a fine black into the yellow bag after two tight frames with Tim Knopik. Tim winning the first with a fine 25 clearance, including a great pink down the green cushion.

Tutbury C put the Premier league woes behind them with a 5-3 win over Division Two promotion hopefuls Tutbury D. Billy Ashton was man of the match, having runs of 49 and 30 in his two wins. Wayne Smith showed a return to form with a double for the C whilst Jeff Siddalls won both his for the D.

The line up for the Plate quarter finals is made up by Stapenhill B, who comfortable beat Belmont C 6-2 away, where Simon Piechovicz and Rob Kent were the men in form for the Institute.

The draw for the quarter finals is as follows, with matches needing to be arranged by the captains and played by 20 March.

Belmont D (T) v Tutbury C (T)
Swad Cons B (T) v Ivanhoe A
Burton Cons C (T) v Woodville S&S A
Tutbury B v Stapenhill B