By Mick Buckland
Ivanhoe A made it 12 straight league wins at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division after defeating Tutbury A last week 6-2 at home. First up was Andy Marriott against Steve Mabbott. The first frame was scrappy with both players missing chances. Andy took a chance at the end with a 36 to take the frame. The second was different as and took an early chance with a good 72. Ian Rennocks played Dave Mabbott and it was Dave that potted well in the first to take it with some to spare. Second frame Dave missed a couple and Ian got his potting boots on and ran away to take the frame to leave Ivanhoe 3-1 at the break. Ant Moore played Steve Hathaway and it was Ant that started well to have a good lead but Steve cleared at the end up to the pink. He didn’t play position on the black as he thought he had won. This turned into a safety battle. Ant eventually potted a good long black to win it. Second frame was going the same way with Ant running away and looking like winning with ease, but again Steve made a fight of it and again it was ant that potted the pink to take it after Steve missed his chance. Last up was Dan Blunn against Chris Mabbott. Both players struggling to find a rhythm but Dan potted the balls he needed to take the first. Chris responded well in the second with a nice 30 break to take control and eventually taking the frame to leave it 6-2 to the league leaders.
Burton Cons A were handed a whitewash without a ball being potted as Tutbury C were unable to raise a side-the game being called off an hour before it was due to start.
The match between Belmont A and Burton Cons B ended all square after all four games were halved. Rich Goldby and Darren Coady drew where each man won the frame they looked more likely to lose. Rob Chambers and John Shilton had a well contested game before the break . Two more draws ensued between Owen Jones and Simon Smith and then Mark Sherrratt and Troy Randle. Both sides have slipped a further three points behind the leaders and will need to turn things around quickly if they are to make a challenge.
Spot On A did their chances of survival no harm at all as they beat Belmont B 5-3. Mark Stirling was the man to make the difference as he scored a double to beat Arron Vaughan. Andy Speirs was in good form to crack in a lovely 45 but this only saw him draw with Josh Gebbie. Nigel Tomlinson and Graham Bailey shared their two as did Tom Elliott and Mark Satchwell.
Alrewas A kept their fine season going with a 6-2 victory away at SDSC A. Karl Hancox and Lee Louch were both winners on the night with Lee top scoring with a 39 in his win over Henry Tomas. Adam Harrison of the Snooker Centre and Tom Smith were not to be separated and John Richardson played well to take a frame off Harry Farrell. Since beating Tutbury B by a whitewash, this is now five straight league defeats for The Snooker Centre, whilst Alrewas look certain to finish fifth.
Tutbury B are now five unbeaten in the league after a 4-4 draw with Newhall A. It was another match with all four encounters ended up all square. Martin Hicks was top scorer on the evening with a good 38 in his half with Alan Davies. There were also draws between Wayne Pereira and Carl Glover and then Bill Stewart and Callum Coleman before the break and Jan Pawlazcyk and Nick Walker after it. Newhall are just above the drop zone with the two sides below them having a game in hand.
In the PJM Fascias Division One, leaders Alrewas C handed out a 7-1 thrashing away at SDSC C. Simon Tarrant knocked in the league’s high break of the week and the best in the first division all season with a lovely 77 in his win over Brian Bloor. Loz Kennerson had a good 30 as he brushed past David Wain. Steve Butterworth also scored a double for the leaders whilst the Snooker Centre’s only point came courtesy of Andy Bloor’s half with Steve Lane.
Ivanhoe C kept up the pressure in second place with a 6-2 home win over Stapenhill B. On target for the Ashby side were Graham Measures and Mick Kirk-both winning after the turnaround with two draws in the first two games. These were played out by Gaz Dolman and Simon Piechowicz and Steve Cockeram with The Institute’s Dave Shenton.
Alrewas B are looking good for a return to the Premier after thumping basement side Ivanhoe D by a whitewash. Carl Poulton, Mick Morris, Adam Walton and Ian Hiley were all in the winners’ enclosure, with Ivanhoe D resigned to a return to Division Two.
The match between Spot On B and SDSC B was decided by the good all round snooker of Trevor Heath of the Spots, who played well in both frames to beat Steve Ayre. The other three matches were all scrappy affairs with the away side ,SDSC, winning the first frames before being pegged back by the Spots. Firstly Andy Jenkins with Chris Dewey and then after the break, Tony Clements and Andy Goldingay and then Steve Gaunt and Clint Sherratt.
Ivanhoe B still have an outside chance of promotion after making it three straight wins with a 6-2 triumph away at Rolleston B. Stu Tagg and Nick Sewell were the men to do the damage both scoring doubles. There were draws in the games between the Rollers’ Kev Norris and Greg Gallup and Lionel Lewis and Bren Mattley. The Rollers are now just above the dropzone, just above Stapenhill A who were without a fixture.
In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Graeme Drayton and Terry Bosworth were in good form for Belmont C as they beat Burton Cons D 5-3 at home . Nathan Brooks, making a rare appearance, took both off Dave Press for the visitors. The match between Brian Cutting and Greg hall of the Cons was halved.
Tutbury D got their promotion push back on track with a 6-2 home win against Woodville B. Colin Bell had a 25 as he beat Mark Gallagher. Jeff Siddalls was also in for two frames, whilst Woodville’s two points came via Wayne Allen and Denis Moore who drew with Dave Brady and Paul Atterbury respectively.
SDSC D just about did enough to get past The Snookerettes. Nick Harcombe scored his customary two frames but at half time it was two across as Kate Stirling beat Bob McInulty. Chris Craddock then drew with Yvonne Lawrence before the man to make the difference was Ray Bancroft, with his victory over Marie Bridges.
Swad Cons C made it six straight league wins at the top by beating Woodville A 5-3, leaving them 16 points clear at the top. Jordan Watts included a 25 in his two frame win over Bob Brooks and Kyle Cope was also in potting form, rolling in efforts of 27 and 32 to take two off Daz Scott. Replying for the Worriers was Tony Coleman who played nicely to get past Sean Fern in both. Paul Bradford and Alan Orpwood, continuing his return, shared their two.
Spot On E have a game in hand in fourth near the top and still look favourites for promotion as they are still unbeaten. Last week it was a hard fought draw though at home to Swad Cons B. Dave Goldsmith was the star break man with a lovely 34 for The Spots but Andy Boam hung on in for a half. Wins were traded between the two sides with Adam Edwards scoring two for The Spots and Dave Bodie returning the favour for The Cons. the other match was tied between Marvin Walker and Bob Birch.
The Division’s outstanding performance of the week came for Belmont D as they thumped Stapenhill C 7-1 on their own tables. Barry Waller was the only home player to register a mark on the scoresheet as he drew with Ian Gibson. Elsewhere it was an imperious display from Brett Craddock, Matt Groves and Andy Biggadike as they all won with ease.