By Mick Buckland
The big winners last week in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division were defending champions Ivanhoe A who dispatched SDSC A by a 7-1 scoreline. Ian Rennocks played Rich Hinks with Rich potting well to begin with and looking like taking the frame until Ian dug deep and stole it on the last four colours. Ian then ran away with the second comfortably. Andy Marriott rolled in efforts of 43 and 35 to take his first against Henry Tomas. The second frame was level going into the colours with both players missing chances before Andy knocked in some great pots to make the score 4-0 at half time. Dan Blunn played Harry Farrell in a high quality encounter. Dan knocked in some good balls in the first before Harry rolled in a 51 to take control. This spurred Dan on though to take the frame with a 35 clearance. The second frame started in a similar way but this time Harry reached 67 before breaking down, which was enough to take the frame for an honourable half . Ant Moore played Pete Maguire with both players struggling for form-Ant took the first on the black and the second down on the colours in a game and overall match that was a lot closer than the score suggests.
Still on top after 5 straight wins are Burton Cons A who beat Belmont B 5-3. Mike Buckland drew personally for the fifth straight match as he won the first against Graham Bailey but lost the second on the pink after missing a brown he should have potted. Graham knocked in some nice balls and was deserving of the draw after struggling at the start. On the other table Mark Satchwell knocked in a nice 34 as he won his first against Jon Swift, returning from a hip operation. The second was a protracted affair with both players missing chances down on the colours until Jon cracked in a good pink. Zaheer Hussein played some lovely pots as he took one off the home side’s Jon Fletcher , whose best effort was a thirty. The match then went down to the last game between The Cons’ Graham Stevens and Belmont’s Michael Lomas. In the end the Graham had too much experience and came away winning both for the overall winning point for The Cons as the clock rolled past 10 o’clock.
The Tutbury derby went the way of the C team as they eat the B 5-3. Wayne Pereira was the main man for the B as he beat The C’s Steve Burrows with the aid of a 35. At halfway though it was 2-2 as Tom Lucas beat Bill Stewart. In the second half Steve Butler had too much for Jan Pawlazyck whilst the winning point was secured by Wayne Smith who drew with Alan Davies.
Spot On A and Swad Cons A were not to be separated as they drew 4 across at the old Rileys. Paul Slater showed some lovely control for The Cons as he knocked in a 30 on the way to beating Andy Speirs. Mark Stirling did similar for the Spots and included a 31 as he beat Simon Orpwood. Ade Harper played well to take a frame of one of the league’s form men in Andy Grainger, whilst Nige Tomlinson and Simon Mansfield also played out a half.
Belmont A and Tutbury A also drew as The Tutters’ Steve Mabbutt played nicely to get past Mark Sherratt . Owen Jones was on form for The Servicemen as he beat John Brentnall comfortably. The other two fixtures were halved as Rich Goldby drew with Dave Mabbutt and Brett Bailey shared with Chris Mabbutt.
Alrewas A showed they will be a side to be reckoned with this year as they scored a nice 5-3 win away at Newhall. Callum Coleman, Martin Hurdman and Nick Walker all halved for the home side with John Richardson, Lee Louch and Tom Smith respectively. Karl Hancox was the man to make the difference as he knocked in a 30 on the way to beating Newhall’s Martin Hicks.
In the PJM Facias Division One, a closely fought match was played out at the Alrewas Royal British Legion by their B team and Rolleston A. The match didn’t get off to a very fluent start with a 90 minute gruel-athon between legionnaire Dave Trueman and Bobby Cliff. The match ended all square, Trueman with the first on the black and Cliff the second with a brown to pink clearance. Carl Poulton was lucky to get away with a draw against Tom “Tony” Bassett. Poulton potted a stunning long final black to snatch the first and Bassett had a fabulous 40 in the second to make it all square. Ian Hiley went down to Mark Press in the match of the day but it wasn’t straightforward. In fact Press’s fluke in the first on the green gave him the opening to seal it and then in the second another crucial fluke on the yellow late on got him over the line there too. That left Adam Walton to seal the draw for Alrewas dispatching an under par Rich O’Dell comfortably and delivering his first win of the season.
The Ivanhoe derby went the way of the C team over the D by 6 games to two. Steve Cockeram was the star man for the C as he knocked in a lovely 34 on the way to defeating Nathan Blood. Graham Measures and Mick Kirk also scored doubles whilst Tony Tredger held the D team’s heads up by winning two frames against Daz Wilson.
Burton Cons C had a narrow 5-3 win over SDSC C. At halfway, it was all square after draws in the matches between Simon Shilton and Brain Bloor and then Greg Read with Andy Bloor. In the second half the man to make the difference was Cons’ captain Ian Shrive as he beat Garton Bloor in a good potting contest, as Vince Draper’s match with The Snooker Centre’s David Wain was also halved.
There was a thumping 7-1 win for the men of Spot On B against Ashby Ivanhoe B. Stu Tagg was the only Ashby man to show any resistance as he squeezed a draw out of Dave Mahwinney. Trevor Heath, Steve Gaunt and Tony Clements all showed their experience to score doubles each for The Spots.
Rolleston B won for the first time since opening day with a 5-3 triumph over Stapenhill B. It ws the turn of Lionel Lewis to make the difference as he secured a victory over Rob Kent with the other three matches halved between The Rollers’ Rob Tubey, Kev Norris and Rob Sanders against The Institutes’ Grag Britton, Simon Piechovicz and John Sherriff.
Alrewas C are the team to beat at the moment as they won away at SDSC B by an impressive 7-1. Both of these sides were relegated last term but Alrewas, who formerly played out of Spot On showed they are the more likely to make a return to the Premier with a good display of potting. Andy Goldingay was the only man on the scoresheet for The Snooker Centre in his draw with Steve Butterworth, whilst there were wins for Loz Kennerson, Steve Lane and Lee Cooke
Spot On E laid down a marker at the top end of the division with a good 6-2 win over Burton Cons D , who had started the season well. Luke Allsop was man of the match as he knocked in a nice 31 on the way to defeating Tom Egginton and there were also wins for James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith. Greg Read was the only man to hold his head up for the Cons after beating Marvin Walker.
Gaz Ward knocked in a lovely 42 in his game against Billy Bob Brooks Thornton as his Swad Cons B team rolled their way to a 6-2 success over Woodville A. Andy Boam was also in winning form for the Cons as he swept past Daz “The Magician” Scott. Pat Ryan and Tony Coleman were able to stem the tide for The Woodvillians by scoring draws with Bob Birch and Chris Stone.
Woodville B rolled over Stapenhill C 6-2. Colin Britton was the man to score The Institutes’ two whilst elsewhere there wins for Wayne Allen, Mark Gallagher and Denis Moore for Woodville.
The Snookerettes of Spot On D narrowly lost out to Rolleston C 5-3. Steve Atkin and Mark Storr were in winning form for The Rollers, whilst Colin Wood drew with Kate Stirling. Marie Bridges was in fine form for The Ladies as she beat Neil Cheadle.
Brad Williams produced the division’s high break of the week with a cracking 43 in his win for Swad Cons c over Tutbury D’s Paul Atterbury. Ian day responded for The Tutters with a win of his own against Jordan Watts. John Peto, the Tutbury captain, making a rare start, scored a well fought draw against The Cons’ talisman Jared Cronje and there was another half between Dave Brady for Tutbury against Colin Cope.