In the PJM Fascias Premier Division, Ivanhoe A recorded a hard fought win over Alrewas C. Micky Morris got the Legionnaires off to a flyer despatching Ian Rennocks comfortably with some great snooker. James Hastie did the same for Ivanhoe, keeping Carl Poulton always at arms length with some tremendous safety play. Daniel Blunn did just about enough to beat James Edwards but was far from convincing. That left Ant Moore to seal the win after a draw with Ian Hiley. Hiley took the first with ease and was on the way to securing the draw for Alrewas when Moore had a round the table fluke that gave him the advantage.
Burton Cons A saw off their stablemates the B team by a 5-3 scoreline. Jon Fletcher looked in prime position to win both frames against John Shilton but Shilly hung in there after Jon’s contribution of 38 and eventually won on the black. Fletch had a 31 in the second as well but Shilton got the snooker he required down on the yellow and cleared to come out the victor. Graham Stevens beat Mike Buckland 2-0 with Graham laying some tough snookers towards the end of the first and just sneak over the line. The 2nd included a 45 from Graham for a deserved victory for the A. Darren Coady won his frame of the season for the B against A team new boy Colin Hamer but not until Darren sportingly pointed out that Colin was about to foul by taking a colour after a free ball when it should have been the yellow….Colin had a chance then to nick the frame but perhaps appropriately Darren just hung on to win. In the second Colin hardly missed a ball with efforts of 52 and 47. Owen Jones beat Jon Swift in a scrappy affair, to leave the A top with three wins out of three.
Spot On A went down 5-3 at home to Tutbury B. Jan Pawlazcyk, making his first start was the man to make the difference beating Mark Stirling with the other 3 games all halved. Alrewas A moved into second place behind Burton Cons A after beating Ivanhoe B 6-2. Karl Hancox found some form with a lovely 44 as well as a 32 in beating Graham Measures. Lee Louch also had his potting boots on with a 41 as he saw off Matt Dawson. Tom Smith and Gaz Dolman drew one across as did John Richardson with Daz Wilson.
Tutbury A recorded their first victory of the season against Alrewas B. In the battle of the Steves, it was Mabbutt who came out on top against Lane and that made the difference as the other three ties were halved. Belmont A showed they are not easily going to relinquish their crown after a convincing 7-1 win at SDSC A. Wayne Brewin, Mark Satchwell and Mark Sherratt all scored doubles for The Servicemen-Rich Goldby had a nice 40 but it was only enough for a half against Harry Farrell.
In the Newton Fallowell Division One, Belmont B made it two wins from two in a great match against Woodville A. Jay Pickering opened up with a hard fought win over Steve Gaunt in two close frames. Arron Vaughan played brilliantly to take the first off Mike Smith and was 20 up in the second before Mike produced one of the best clearances Belmont has seen in years to snatch a draw. Shaun Gebbie lost his first versus Andy Jenkins but not before Andy played some lovely shots to bet two snookers required and steal his frame on the black. Tony Clements didn’t miss a ball in the first against Mark Vaughan – Mark then went behind down on the blue and then knocked the black in…Tony missed the blue which Mark took followed by a pink and a black down the rail . Shaun took his second against Andy for an unlikely home win.
Ivanhoe C had a thumping 7-1 home win against Tutbury C. Only Colin Bell registered for The Tutters as he drew with Bren Mattley. The other three matches were taken by Matt Grey, Nick Sewell and Josh Wright. There was another 7-1 at The Snooker Centre where Rolleston A destroyed the C team. Ray Stretton scored the home side’s only point in a half with James Rowland as wins for Tom Bassett, who had a nice 31, Bobby Cliff and Rich O’Dell saw the Rollers home.
The Stapenhill derby ended, perhaps unsurprisingly, all square at four each. Rob Kent, for the B, had the high break of the evening with a nice 32 but that only gained him one frame as he drew with Chris Sheldrake. There was another half between Andy Gretton and Simon Piechowicz and wins for the A’s Steve Ford and the B’s John Sherriff. Burton Cons D squeezed past Spot On B 5-3 in a hard fought match played in good spirit. Simon Shilton and Marvin Walker played out a scrappy half on one table whilst Greg Read steadily wore down Ant Tomlinson for a win and 3-1. Dave Goldsmith ,for The Spots won both down on the colours against Vince Draper for 3-3. Performance of the night came from veteran Bill Davidson, who need a snooker against Luke Allsopp and got it before making the clearance and winning the other for a 5-3 scoreline to the home team.
Newhall A are sitting pretty at the top of the table after three straight wins. Martin Hicks and Martin Hurdman both scored victories for the Social Club whilst Nick Walker’s half in a good quality match against Kyle Cope, who had a 32 and a 31 saw them over the line. Paul Bradford beat Carl Glover in the other match.
Two sides have three from three in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two. Spot On C are one as they maintained their perfect start with a 6-2 win at home to Woodville C. Jason Spiby and Adam Edwards were both on target with doubles whilst there were two draws in the games between Michael O’Mahoney and Rich Marcer and then in a good quality match between Adam Bridges and Tony Coleman, both of whom had 20 plus contributions.
SDSC D are the other side riding high with Andy Bloor knocking in a season’s division high break of 39 in his win over Brian Alford of Rolleston D. Andy Rice also scored twice for the home side. Brian Bloor and Dale Prime exchanged several 20 plus breaks in their match with Dale having the highest of 31. The match ended all square as did the one between Garton Bloor and Colin Wood to leave the Snooker Centre 6-2 winners and second in the table.
In an Ashby Ivanhoe derby the E lost out 5-3 to the D. Keith Bale , for the E was out of form to leave Brian Lowrie the victor for 2-0. Frank Briggs and Warner Collins fought out a draw with Frank just winning the first and Warner running away with the second to secure a half. Jacob Moore and Adam Briggs had two close games with another draw being the most appropriate outcome. Ross Tredger potted beautifully to win his first against Nathan Blood only for Nathan to fight back but leave the D with their first win of the season. Brett Craddock showed his Premier Division experience for Belmont D as he rolled in a 31 on the way to beating Rolleston C’s Steve Atkin. Aaron Doyle replied for the Rollers with a win of his own to square things up. John Ward, for the Rollers, and Andy Biggadike shared their two as did Graham Fisher and Matt Groves for a well earned draw overall.
In another Stapenhill derby the C thumped the D 7-1. Only Kate Stirling was on the scoresheet for The Snookerettes in her draw with Neil Bourne. Paul Stewart, Derek Jones and Tim Knopik all won their encounters to leave the C with the bragging rights. Woodville B’s match with Swad Cons A ended 4-4 with two wins either side. Gentleman Jim Marcer was yet again in the winners enclosure alongside Mark Gallagher for Woodville- Bob Birch and Gaz Ward doing similarly for The Cons.
Rolleston B put SDSC E to the sword with a rousing 7-1 win. Mark Press, Kev Norris and Rob Sanders were the men in form scoring two apiece with The Snooker centre’s solitary point coming from Nathan Kinson in his draw with the home side’s Rob Tubey.