By Mick Buckland
There was a Tuesday night fixture in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division with Tutbury C going down 5-3 at home to Spot On A. Three matches were tied at 1-1 with the highlight being Billy Ashton’s lovely 45 in his draw with Andy Speirs. Chris Widman and Mark Stirling also halved as did the home team captain Wayne Smith with Tom Elliott. The man making the difference on the night was Spot On’s Ade Harper who scored a double over Steve Burrows to take the extra winning point for the Spots.
With the match between Burton Cons B and league leaders Ivanhoe A being postponed, this set the tone for the rest of the matches in the division, which all finished 5-3 to the away side.
Undoubtedly the highlight of the season so far was the magnificent 100 break knocked in by Harry Farrell of SDSC A in his match versus Chris Mabbutt, who had a 36 of his own to come away with a share of the spoils. The Snooker Centre were 4-0 up at the turn after victories for Henry Tomas and Adam Harrison over Steve Mabbutt and John Brentnall respectively. The second half saw the ton up exploits of young Harry and also a win for Dave Mabbutt against Pete Maguire.
Burton Cons A went to Newhall and came away 5-3 victors. Graham Stevens was the man of the night as he rolled in efforts of 58 and 34 in brushing aside Martin Hurdman who could do little about it. Jon Fletcher also won for the Cons against Nick Walker to make it 4-0. In the second half Martin Hicks cleared from the brown when 21 behind to nick the first against Mike Buckland and then also took the second, playing some solid snooker. Jon Swift, for the Cons, and Carl Glover shared two scrappy frames to leave the Cons hanging on for the win.
Another leading side won 5-3 in Belmont A who overcame Swad Cons A. Mark Sherratt was man of the match as he included a lovely 73 in his win over Paul Slater. On the other table John Chambers had a good 43 but this was only enough for a half against a fighting Ant Rushton. After the break there was a win for the home side’s Andy Grainger over Owen Jones and then Rich Goldby for the visitors over Simon Orpwood to leave it 5-3 to the away side again.
Alrewas A were surprisingly beaten 5-3 on their own tables by Tutbury B. Only Lee Louch for the home side showed any real resistance and indeed he was on top form, rolling in runs of 51,34 and 30 as he demolished Jan Pawlazcyk, who had been in good form himself. Karl Hancox was held to a 1-1 draw by The Tutters’ Alan Davies leaving Wayne Pereira and Bill Stewart to bring home the winners’ point by beating Tom Smith and John Richardson.
In the PJM Fascias Division One, Alrewas C are riding high and are looking good for an immediate return to the top flight.They were in cracking break building form last week as they shared four thirty plus breaks in their 5-3 win over Spot On B. Star man was Loz Kennerson as he efforts of 41 and 30 in beating Dave Mawhinney. Simon Tarrant won two, including a 36, as he got past Steve Gaunt. Steve Lane also had a 36 but this was only enough for a half with veteran Trevor Heath. Making the score respectable for the Spots was Tony Clements who had a good 2-0 win over Steve Butterworth.
Ivanhoe C kept up the pressure in second place with a thumping 7-1 victory over stablemates Ivanhoe B. Richard Wright was The B’s only scorer in his draw with Steve Cockeram. There were wins for the C’s Gaz Dolman, Daz Wilson and Graham Measures to seal the win, leaving them 4 points behind the leaders with a game in hand.
In third, Alrewas B made it six league wins on the bounce as they beat Stapenhill B 5-3 away. Ian Hiley beat Simon Piechovicz and Adan Walton drew with the Institute’s Grag Britton before the break. Afterwards there was a win each with the best game of the night being Rob Kent’s win over Dave Trueman which included a 27 from Dave but a trumping 37 from Rob. Mick Morris defeated the home side’s John Sherriff to seal the win.
Rolleston A secured a hard fought 4-4 draw with Burton Cons C. There were wins for The Rollers’ Tom Bassett and Greg Read for The Cons whilst the games between Mark Storr and Ian Shrive and then Bobby Cliff and Steve Castledine were halved.
Ivanhoe D avoided defeat for only the fourth time this season but it was a good 4-4 draw with a strong Stapenhill A side. Matt Tewkesbury rather stole the first of his frames with Mick O’Mahoney but won the second more convincingly. To even things up Tony Tredger was well beaten by the Insitute’s Jason Spiby, before there was a great tussle between Adam Briggs and Steve Ford, which ended up all square. Dave Watson won his first frame easily against Andy Gretton and then in a true sportsmanlike manner owned up to a foul on the pink in the second, which no-one had seen, to hand the second to Andy and an overall half.
There was another draw in the match between SDSC B and Rolleston B. Andy Goldingay was in his usual good form for the Snooker Centre scoring a double whilst Lionel Lewis did likewise for the visitors. Steve Ayre and Rob Tubey shared their two as did Chris Dewey and Kev Norris.
In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Woodville A ended the last remaining unbeaten record across the three divisions as they overcame Spot On E. The Worriers had a great start courtesy of Alan Orpwood, who rolled back the years with a great display of potting and safety. Marvin Walker played his part in what was an entertaining game between the two. Bob Brooks and Luke Allsopp shared their two with Bob winning the first fairly comfortable and Luke the second on the black after a number of fouls on the blue and pink. Daz Scott was well behind in his fist against Dave Goldsmith but came back with some excellent pots and safety to win it on the pink. Dave returned the favour in a very similar second frame, also taking it on the pink. Tony Coleman drew with James Bailey after taking the first to give the Worriers the win and James the second in an excellent match played in good spirit.
Swad Cons C followed up their win the previous night in the President’s Handicap Grand Final with a cracking 7-1 triumph over Woodville B. Kyle Cope was the top scorer as he rolled in a lovely 39 on the way to winning his two frames, with doubles also scored by Colin Cope and Brad Williams. Woodville’s only point was scored by Gary Green who halved with Jordan Watts.
Burton Cons D scored a fine 6-2 victory over Rolleston C. Greg Hall and Al Munnien were the men in form as they won their two encounters versus Colin Wood and Steve Atkin respectively. There were draws in the other two matches between the Cons’ Paul Brooks and Tom Egginton against the Rollers’ Neil Cheadle and Aaron Doyle.
Swad Cons B and Belmont C fought out a 4-4 draw with wins from The Cons’ Andy Boam and Belmont’s Graeme Drayton. Terry Bosworth scored a 32 for the Servicemen but that only won him one frame in his draw with Gaz Ward. The game between Jon Petcher and Dave Press also ended all square.
Tutbury D kept up their challenge for promotion as they went to Belmont D and came away 5-3 victors. Ian Day was the star man for the visitors as he rolled in a 30 on the way to defeating Tom Holland. Paul Atterbury also won for the Tutters and the point for Dave Brady against Andy Biggadike saw the visitors into the winners’ enclosure with Brett Craddock winning two for the home side.
The ladies from Spot On D are now playing out of Swad Snooker Centre but the change of venue has not meant a change of luck as again they played well but came away with little to show for it. Yvonne Lawrence was their only scorer in her half with Stapenhill C’s Paul Stewart. The 7-1 win for the Institute was sealed by Neil Bourne, Barry Waller and Tim Knopik who all scored two frames apiece.