2018-19: Week 13

By Mick Buckland

In the space of two weeks, it’s been all change at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division. Last week the top two met in Ashby, where Ivanhoe A beat Burton Cons A 5-3 in a high quality match. First up Mick Simpkins for the Cons drew with Ian Rennocks whilst on the other table Andy Marriott was in imperious form, knocking in runs of 77, 53, 39 and 31 as he put Jon Swift to the sword. Jon Fletcher then potted very well for the Cons to square the match up, including a nice run of 35 against Ant Moore. It was all down to Dan Blunn versus Mike Buckland. Mike knocked in a cracking long red but then missed a half ball black and from there Dan smashed in a superb 80 and if it hadn’t been for not quite getting on the green, it would have been the season’s first century. In the second, Mike got in front mainly thanks to a good 32 and kept in front all the way down to the brown, which he should have knocked in but didn’t and Daniel cleared with the aid of a very accurate positional shot to get on the blue and complete the win for the home side.

Belmont A kept their challenge going with a 7-1 home win over Spot On A. John Chambers kept up his record of break building with another effort of 44 as he dispatched Nige Tomlinson 2-0. Andy Speirs, for the Spots, kept the visitors interest as he drew with Rich Goldby but there were wins for both Rob Chambers and Mark Sherratt in the second half to secure the win, with Mark having two runs of 33. Belmont since have gone on to win their re-arranged match in hand against Tutbury B 6-2 to now lead the table by a point at Christmas and remain the only unbeaten side.

Belmont B went to Swad Cons and came away with four points as all 4 matches were drawn. Paul Slater and Graham Bailey shared theirs with Graham for Belmont having the evening’s highest contribution of 35. Andy Grainger and Arron Vaughan, making a rare appearance also shared before half time. In the second half Simon Orpwood had a nice 30 as he drew with Josh Gebbie before the scoring was completed with another half between Ant Rushton and Mark Satchwell.

The season’s first 8-0 whitewash came from a perhaps unlikely source in SDSC A., as they destroyed Tutbury B without reply. Top scoring for them yet again was Harry Farrell who included a lovely 46 on the way to beating Andy Thompson in a match that could have gone either way. Adam Harrison simply out-potted Bill Stewart as did Ben Davies against Daz Lester, also making a rare appearance. Alan Davies for the Tutters had no luck in running and also went down to Henry Tomas.

Burton Cons B showed that they will be in the shake up after Christmas after beating Tutbury C 6-2. There were wins for John Shilton, who had a nice 41, Darren Coady and Troy Randle, whilst a rusty Dave Shipton was beaten by Steve Butler , for the Tutters, who had an evening’s high run of 52. Tutbury A pulled themselves away from the relegation zone after triumphing over Newhall A 6-2 at home. John Brentnall and Carl Glover halved in the first half before Steve Mabbutt included a 32 on the way to beating Nick Walker to put the home side 3-1 up. In the second half , Martin Hicks for Newhall had a run of 34 but was only able to draw with Dave Mabbutt and the scoring was completed by Chris Mabbutt who defeated Martin Hurdman 2-0.

Ivanhoe C lead the way at Christmas in the PJM Fascias Division One. Wins for Gaz Dolman and Mick Kirk saw them on their way against Stapenhill A , away at The Institute. The fifth frame and thereby winning the extra winners’ point was scored by Steve Cockeram in his draw with the home side’s Andy Gretton. Chris Sheldrake, for the Institute won his against Graham Measures for a 5-3 scoreline to the visitors.

The C team came out on top in the Alrewas derby in what was an edgy but high quality match. Loz Kennerson was always ahead of Alrewas B’s Adam Walton in both frames. Kennerson winning both at a relative canter. Carl Poulton for the B team shared the frames with Steve Butterworth. He took the first with an excellent 52 break and looked like he was going to take the second too but Butterworth potted tough long brown, blue and pink to take the draw.Simon Tarrant was in excellent form against Micky Morris not giving his B team opponent any real opportunities. He took a lot of excellent pots with good position and sealed both frames with a bit to spare .Alrewas B’s Ian Hiley took both frames against Steve Lane. The first at a canter but Lane fought back in the second to take it close but Hiley took it at the death.

Spot On B went to Swad Snooker Centre and came away 5-3 winners, beating the club’s C team. Tony Clements was the visitors’ star man as he put in assured show to beat Andy Bloor. The other three matches were halved-David Wain with John Hardy, Brian Bloor with Trevor Heath and Garton Bloor with Steve Gaunt.

Rolleston A find themselves in one of the promotion places at Christmas, partly due to the 7-1 thumping they handed out last week to Ivanhoe B. There were wins for Bobby Cliff, Joe Docksey and Mark Press whilst in form Tom Bassett was held to a 1-1 draw by Stu Tagg.

Burton Cons C kept themselves in with a chance of making a promotion challenge in January after beating Rolleston B 6-2. Greg Read, with a 32 and Ian Shrive a 29, were in fine form as they both secured comfortable victories whilst another win for Simon Shilton over Rob Tubey saw the home side through. In return. it was Rob Sanders who kept the score respectable by beating Vince Draper.

Matt Tewkesbury and Dave Watson won their games comfortably for Ivanhoe D , who avoided defeat for only the third time this season against Stapenhill B. Nathan Blood was well in the first frame against The Institute’s Rob Kent, although Rob ran away with the second, whilst Greg Britton had too much class on the night for the home side’s Tom Freeman.

It is promising to be a tremendous tussle for promotion in the Newton Fallowell Division Two after Christmas as four teams appear to have pulled clear of the others. Swad Cons C lead the way but were held 4-4 by Spot On E who remain unbeaten themselves but currently outside the top three. The Cons’ Sean Fern and Jordan Watts both halved before half time in their matches against James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith of the Spots. Jared Cronje had the division’s high break for the week with a lovely 46 as he was in charge against Marvin Walker to put the Cons in with a chance of the win but Luke Allsopp rolled in a nice 28 to defeat the home side’s Colin Cope and to leave things all square.

There was another of those rare draws where all four matches were halved in the game between Tutbury D and Belmont C. Colin Bell, Dave Brady ,Paul Atterbury and Ian Day all won one of two against Terry Bosworth, Graeme Drayton, Brain Cutting and Dave Press respectively.

Stapenhill C won for only the second time this term as Tim Knopik starred by having a nice 30 in his win over Colin Wood of Rolleston C. The other three matches were shared-Neil Bourne with Aaron Doyle, Colin Britton with Neil Cheadle and Paul Stewart with Steve Atkin.

Nick Harcombe was man of the match for SDSC D as he rolled a good 32 in during his win over Billy Bob Brooks of Woodville A. Also winning were Bob McInulty over Daz “The Potter” Scott and Ray Bancroft over Tony “The Snail” Coleman. It was Pat “The Model” Ryan who kept Woodville’s spirits high as he defeated Chris Craddock.

Woodville B and Swad Cons B drew 4-4 in a match that could have gone either way. In the first half, there were wins for Gaz Ward for The Cons and Jim Marcer for Woodville. After the break, it was much tighter as both games were drawn-Denis Moore with Bob Birch and Mark Gallagher with Jon Petcher.

Charlie Groves had the night off for Belmont D as Burton Cons C were only able to field three players. Jim Jennings was in fine form to get the match back all square for The Cons as he included a good 25 on the way to defeating Ian Gibson. Tom Holland and Al Munnien were not to be separated and neither were Matty Groves and Greg Hall as the match was tied at 4-4.

2018-19: Week 12

By Mick Buckland

There was a change at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division as previous leaders Burton Cons A were beaten 5-3 at home by Belmont A. John Chambers got the visitors off to the perfect start and he included a 43 in his victory over Jon Fletcher. Mick Simpkins responded for The Cons as he beat Rob Chambers who didn’t have the best of run-Mick fluked a green to win a frame going on to make a decisive 30 clearance. Jon Swift, for the Cons, kept Owen Jones at bay to win the first but was pegged back by Jones in the second, who had a 39 to leave the match finely balanced at 3-3.

In a close match to finish, Mark Sherratt was always in control against Mike Buckland producing a cross double to win the first and included runs of 35 and 31 which Buckland was just short of being able to recover from as Sherratt made the most of the chances left him. Andy Marriott continued his fine form, rolling in a lovely 59 for Ivanhoe A in his match versus Wayne Pereira as the Ashby side took advantage to now lead the division after going to Tutbury B and coming away 6-2 victors. Dan Blunn and Ant Moore were also able to win both against Bill Stewart and Alan Davies respectively. Jan Pawlazycyk kept the scoreline respectable with a good win over Ian Rennocks. This leaves Ivanhoe 4 points clear of Burton Cons A before the two sides meet this week.

Burton Cons B are still well up there as they went to Belmont B coming away winners 5-3. Match of the evening was Josh Gebbie versus John Shilton with both players potting well- Josh with a 41 and John with a 51 as they shared their two frames. There were also draws in the games between Graham Bailey and Darren Coady as well was Zaheer Hussein and Simon Smith. Making the difference on the night was Troy Randle as he beat Mark Satchwell for a 2-0 win and an overall 5-3 scoreline to the visitors.

Alrewas A , who are having an excellent season after the previous one’s disappointment, were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Swad Cons A. Karl Hancox was man of the match as he included runs of 56 and 32 as he beat Andy Grainger. Simon Mansfield produced an assured performance to beat an out of sorts John Richardson for 2-2 at half time. Simon Orpwood had a 30 as he beat the home side’s Lee lOuch whilst Tom Smith had a 31 in reply as he beat Ant Rushton for the overall draw.

There was another draw as Newhall A and SDSC A shared the spoils pulling both sides slightly away from the bottom of the division.Winning for Newhall was Nick Walker who had a lovely 41 as he got past Adam Harrison and also Martin Hicks who beat Pete Maguire. In return for the Snooker Centre harry Farrell continued his break building prowess knocking in efforts of 40 and 32 to beat Callum Coleman and Henry Tomas beat Carl Glover.

The match between Tutbury ‘s A and C teams was postponed.

On of the performances of the week came in the PJM Fascias Division One with Tom Bassett of Rolleston A cracking in runs of 48 and 52. against Stapenhill A’s Greg Britton. Britton though hung in there are managed to eek out a draw when a Rolleston win seemed inevitable. John Sherriff for the Institute was also in fine form as he beat the in form Mark Press to put the home side in front. There was good play in both other matches from all players with both ending drawn-Rob Kent with Bobby Cliff and Simon Piechowicz with Rich O’Dell.

SDSC B have put themselves within touching distance of a possible immediate return to the Premier after a comfortable 6-2 home win over their own club’s C team. Only Andy Bloor was able to stem the flow for the C as he beat Keith Tomlinson. Elsewhere there were wins for the B’s Chris Dewey, Steve Ayre and Andy Goldingay, with Goldingay only losing 4 of the 20 frames he’s played so far.

Burton Cons C had a good 5-3 away win at Spot On B, who had won their previous two. Greg Read and Simon Shilton were in good form to score doubles over trevor Heath and Dave Mawhinney. Steve Gaunt for the home side had a nice 30 but Steve Castledine hung on for the draw and the overall win for the Cons. Tony Clements , for the Spots, had a win over Ian Shrive to bring the score closer.

At the top, Ivanhoe C lost for the first time this season as they went down 5-3 at home to Alrewas B who are now right in contention in the promotion race. Mick Morris was the star man as he had a 27 on the way to the only individual win of the night in his game against Gaz Dolman. Steve Cockeram top scored on the night with a 31 against Carl Poulton who did well to hang on for the draw. Graham Measure , for Ashby, drew with Adam Walton and there was another half in the heavyweight contest between the home sides Mick Kirk and Alrewas’ Ian Hiley.

Alrewas C claimed an 8-0 victory against Ivanhoe D, who got their dates wrong.

Rolleston B had a good 5-3 win against a makeshift Stapenhill A side without some regulars. Rob Sanders and Lionel Lewis took advantage to both score doubles for The Rollers whilst Kev Norris and Andy Gretton shared theirs. Chris Sheldrake kept the scoreline respectable for The Institute with a win over the home side’s Rob Tubey.

Things are all very tight at the top of the Newton Fallowell Division Two with the promotion places looking likely to go to 3 of 4 sides. SDSC D look like they might be one of them as long as top of the averages Nick Harcombe keeps winning. He scored his customary two last week including a 27 along the way beating Rolleston C’s Aaron Doyle. It was the turn of Bob McInulty to provide lead support with another double and the extra winning point was provided by Ray Stretton in his draw with Steve Atkin. Mark Storr won for the Rollers as SDSC D came away 5-3 winners.

Despite the whitewash scoreline between Woodville A and Spot On D, the match was much closer more like a 6-2 or 5-3. There was a scrappy match between Billy Bob Brooks and Gilda Horvath with neither player able to string many pots together leaving Billy a fairly comfortable winner in the end. Daz “The Potter” Scott was in excellent form against Marie Bridges in their first frame with Marie conceding on the colours. Marie had no running in the balls though -this allowing Daz to take the second on the blue, after an evenly contested second frame. Kate Stirling played really well including a good 24 as she forged her way into a 33 point lead on the colours against Tony “The Snail” Coleman- she was still 21 up on the pink only for Tony to get the required snookers and the victory. The second was also close with Tony needing top pot blue and pink to win. Pat “The Model” Ryan won two close frames against Yvonne “The Launcher” Lawrence-the forst on the black after both players had a few goes at it and the second on the pink with both players on good form.

Spot On E maintained their push for promotion with a narrow 5-3 home win over Tutbury D who are just above them in the table. Luke Allsopp and Dave Goldsmith were the men to the damage for The Spots with another frame coming from James Bailey as he drew with The Tutters’ Paul Atterbury. Ian day was on form for the visitors notching a win over The Spots’ Marvin Walker.

The Swad Cons derby between the club’s B and C sides went the way of the C who went “away” and won 5-3. Colin Cope was the man to make the difference as he scored the only win of the night over Jon Petcher. the other three ties were all halved – Gaz Ward with Kyle Cope, Andy Boam with Jordan Watts and Bob Birch with Paul Bradford.This leaves the C top of the pile and the B mid-table.

Woodville B scored a good 5-3 away win at Burton Cons D. Things looked to be going well for the home side with Al Munnien beating “gentleman” Jim Marcer and the draw for “Wily” Jim Jennings with Wayne Allen. But in the second half there were wins for both Denis Moore and Mark Gallagher over Greg hall and Tom Egginton leaving the away side victors.

2018-19: Week 11

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division last week,  Belmont B got their second win and  look like are really going to make ,a fight of staying in the league.  Graham Bailey has really hit a bit of form dispatching Steve Hathaway with some ease including a 37 break.Mark Satchwell is getting his season going and again won two frames against Steve Mabbutt this out Belmont into a 4-0 lead . Shaun Gebbie played the young Dan Mabbutt and it was the Tutbury man who started off well with a 27 break only to see Shaun use all his years of experience to tighten the game up and clear the colours when needed making it 5-0 and securing the win. Young Dan replied well in the second and potted a vital blue and pink to get the frame. Chris Mabbutt played really well in his first against Josh Gebbie and won comfortably, though the second was a different story as it was close all the way to the brown which Chris potted to make the score line 5-3.

There was a high quality match at Burton Cons where the club’s B team were undone 5-3 by Swad Cons A. Andy Grainger included runs of 46 and 30 in beating Darren Coady and Ant Rushton got past Troy Randle despite the home player knocking in a 40. Ant himself having a nice 37. John Shilton was not at his best but had too much for a fighting Lee Wood-with Simon Smith and Simon Orpwood sharing two scrappy frames.

Alrewas A kept up their tremendous start to the season by going to Spot On and coming away 6-2 victors. Karl Hancox again led the way with a nice 34 in his win over Andy Speirs. Also winning two points was Smith over Elliott in a battle of the Toms. Mark Stirling for the home team had a nice 29 but this only won one frame against a battling Lee Louch and it was a similar story as Ade Harper drew with John Richardson.

The match between SDSC A and Tutbury C saw two wins for either side. Harry Farrell scored the top break of the night as he had a 65 in his victory over Tom Lucas. Teammate Henry Tomas also scored a double over Wayne Smith. Replying for the Tutters though were Steve Butler, who rolled in a nice 31 in his win over Ben Davies and Steve Burrows who overcame Rich Hinks. This result however leaves both sides in the bottom three as we approach Christmas.

With leaders Burton Cons A having their rest week, the chasing pack had opportunity to close the gap. Ivanhoe A did just that although not as convincingly as they would have liked as they beat  Newhall A 5-3. Top scoring on the night with runs of 30 and 28 was Ant Moore who beat Callum Coleman. Andy Marriott won his customary two against Martin Hurdman. For the visitors Martin Hicks was in good nick as he beat in form Ian Rennocks, whilst the frames were shared in the game between Dan Blunn and Nick Walker.

The match between Belmont A and Tutbury B was postponed whilst we now know the Premier Divisional Final of the Presidents Cup will be between Burton Cons B, who thrashed Belmont B in the semi and Ivanhoe A who squeezed past Belmont A by virtue of winning the dreaded doubles decider.


In the PJM Fascias Division One, Alrewas B made it three 6-2 wins out of four with a hard fought victory over Rolleston B. Carl Poulton took only his second 2-0 of the season against Rob Tubey. A close first frame followed by a more comfortable second. Mick Morris and Lionel Lewis both played some excellent snooker with an honourable draw the fairest result although the first went to the final black with Morris jawing it and leaving it for Lewis. Ian Hiley took the second against Kev Norris in a scrappy encounter with Norris deservedly taking the first on a final pink after some great potting. Adam Walton ensured the legionnaires got their win against Rob Sanders. In a fast paced match Walton got ahead in both and never let it go.

Ivanhoe B kept up their challenge for honours as they defeated SDSC C 6-2 on their own tables. There were wins for Stu Tagg and Matt Grey, whilst Ivanhoe’s Bren Mattley and Greg Gallup notched a point each in their draws with David Wain and Andy Bloor respectively.

Andy Jenkins top scored for Spot On B with runs of 32 and 25 in his draw with Stapenhill A’s Steve Ford. Andy Gretton scored a double for the Institute but wins for John Hardy and Trevor Heat saw the Spots home with a 5-3 victory.

Rolleston A produced one of the most dominant displays of the season as they took out Ivanhoe D by a whitewash. Tom Bassett had knocks of 41,38  and 30. Mark Press a 54. Bobby Cliff a 26 as the Ashby boys had no answer-Rich O’Dell completed the rout.

The two top sides played out perhaps a predictable draw. Mick Kirk had a 29 in his win for Ivanhoe C over Steve Lane of Alrewas C. Loz Kennerson replied for Alrewas with a 2-0 success over Daz Wilson, with the other two games halved-Gaz Dolman with Steve Butterworth and Graham Measures with Lee Cooke. Both sides have 65 points at the top although Ivanhoe remain unbeaten and have a game in hand.

Burton Cons C went down 5-3 at home to SDSC B. Andy Goldingay was in fine form as he rolled in a 43 in defeating the home team’s captain Ian Shrive. Clint Sherratt also scored a double for the Snooker Centre, whilst Steve Castledine responded with a brace for the Cons. Grag Read could only mange a half in the last game with Steve Ayre leaving the visitors the victors.

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Paul Bradford provided the highlight as he produced a fine knock of 47 as he won two for Swad Cons C over Tom Egginton of Burton Cons D.Jordan Watts won both versus Al Munnien whilst face was saved for the visitors as Greg Hall and Jim Jennings won one apiece against Colin Cope and Sean Fearn.

Tutbury D kept their challenge at the top going with a good 6-2 win over Swad Cons B. There were wins for Dave Brady and Ian Day and two draws for Colin Bell and Jeff Siddalls with Gaz Ward and Paul Hollis.

Spot On E maintained their unbeaten record but were only able to halve their match with Stapenhill C. Marvin Walker was a winner on the night for the Spots as was Paul Stewart for the Institute. Barry Waller and Reece Wagstaff shared theirs as did Tim Knopik and James Bailey.

Rolleston C scored a welcome win as they overcame Woodville A 5-3. It was all square at the break after draws in the games between Colin Wood and Rich Marcer and then Mark Storr with Pat Ryan. Graham Fisher though made all the difference in the second half with a win over Bob Brooks whilst there was a third draw in the match between John Ward and Daz Scott.

Swad Snooker Centre D got past Belmont C by a 5-3 scoreline after wins for Nick Harcombe and Ray Bancroft. Bob McInulty scored the all important 5th point in his draw with Graeme Drayton whilst scoring a double for The Servicemen was Terry Bosworth.

Belmont D versus Spot On D was postponed.

2018-19: Week 10

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, Ivanhoe A won the season’s Tuesday fixture for them, going to Tutbury C and coming away 7-1 winners and putting down a marker at the top. Andy Marriott continued his excellent form by making runs of 50 and 33 as he dispatched Tom Lucas with no difficulty. Steve Burrows provided the Tutters’ evening’s highlight as he rolled in a nice 32 to earn himself the home side’s only point in his draw with Ian Rennocks. Ian, for his part though, knocked in the season’s highest break so far-a fantastic effort of 80. Daniel Blunn got in on the potting act, knocking in a lovely 38 in his win over Steve Butler, whilst Ant Moore completed the scoring with a 2-0 success over Wayne Smith. The result brings the Ashby side within 6 of the top, whilst Tutbury are 5 points from safety.

The previous week Alrewas A had been unlucky not to have come away with more than a draw away at Burton Cons A. Last week though they were undone 7-1 on their own tables by The Cons B team. The Legionnaires were always in trouble after their talisman Karl Hancox was beaten by a resurgent John Shilton who included a 37 along the way. Darren Coady, for The Cons, was also too good on the night for John Richardson. The only respite for the home side was the point Lee Louch secured in his draw with Simon Smith. Troy Randle completed the away team’s scoring with a comfortable success over Thom Smith. The result means Burton Cons B leapfrog Alrewas and put themselves within 12 points of the top with a game in hand.

Belmont A kept themselves in contention at the top with a hard fought 5-3 win away at Newhall A. With the Chambers brothers away on international pool duties, Brett Bailey stepped in and notched a nice 33 in his victory over the home sides Carl Glover. Newhall’s Martin Hurdman fought well to earn a half in his encounter with Rich Goldby. After the break Callum Coleman scored a nice run of 30 but this only earned him a draw with Mark Sherratt, whilst Nick Walker and Owen Jones also shared the spoils, leaving Newhall three points above the drop-zone and Belmont 7 points from the summit.

Burton Cons A won 5-3 for the 7th time this season as they scraped past a battling Spot On A side. Mike Buckland had a nice 30 before mis-cueing when trying to split the pack off the black in his first against Ade Harper. Ade battled well and after some poor run looked like he would take the second but Buckland knocked in a difficult long green and cleared up for a 2-0 victory. Jon Swift and James Foy had a ding-dong battle with both players missing chances until Swift fluked the blue and couldn’t miss the pink to take the first. the second was also tight but Foy snatched it to keep the Spots in the match. Graham Stevens ran away from Andy Speirs in both frames with an imperious display of potting-knocking in efforts of 65 and 54 to seal the match for the home side. Nige Tomlinson had the surprise result of the night as he beat the Cons’ Jon Fletcher who was off form. Nige rolled in a nice 34 along the way and cued really nicely to be deserving of the victory..
Zaheer Hussein was man of the match for Belmont B as they won for the first time this season with a 5-3 triumph over SDSC A. He gained the evening’s only win against one of the players of the season so far, Harry Farrell, with both players cracking in breaks of 38. Graham Bailey had three runs in the 20s as he drew his clash with Henry Tomas. Mark Satchwell for Belmont and Rich Hinks also traded thirties as they halved their match-mark just pipping Rich with a 32 to a 31. Josh Gebbie also had a 31 but this was only enough for a share with Ben Davies. Both sides are in the bottom three but there are a lot of frames between now and the end of the season.

Swad Cons A were held 4-4 at home by Tutbury A. It was 2-2 at half time as both matches were drawn-Lee Wood for the Cons with Chris Mabbutt and a surprise half between Andy Grainger and Daniel Mabbutt, making a rare appearance. In the second half Simon Orpwood overcame John Brentnall whilst Dave Mabbutt for the Tutters had the highlight of the evening with a 36 in his win over Simon Mansfield.


In the PJM Fascias Division One, Stapenhill B scored one of the victories of the night as they demolished SDSC C 7-1. Greg Britton, Bryan Sharratt and Rob Kent were all in fine form to secure doubles whilst David Wain scored the Snooker Centre’s only point in his draw with Simon Piechowicz.There are only three points separating Stapenhill A in third and their B side in 8th.

Ivanhoe B kept themselves in with a promotion challenge but they were held 4-4 at home by Burton Cons C, who manged to secure halves in all four matches. Nick Sewell and Greg Gallup in the first half for the Ashby side with Bill Davidson and Greg Read. The second half pairings were also not to be separated as the games between Josh Wright and The Cons’ Vince Draper and then Bran Mattley and Ian Shrive also ended all square.

Rolleston A’s ninth fixture of the season now means they have a 3-3-3 record. This came courtesy of an impressive 6-2 away victory at Alrewas C-their first defeat of the season. Tom Bassett and Bobby Cliff were the men to the damage as they got past Steve Butterworth and Loz Kennerson. The home sides blushes were spared by Steve Lane and Lee Cooke, although both were only able to score draws with Mark press and Rich O’Dell.

Ivanhoe C cemented their position at the top with a thumping 7-1 win away at Rolleston B. Gaz Dolman and daz Wilson both had nice runs of 24 as they both secured victories. Also on the winner’s podium was Graham Measures as he beat Rob Sanders. Kev Norris scored the Rollers’ only point as he took one off Steve Cockeram.

Stapenhill A are in third after they drew with SDSC A 4-4 at The Snooker Centre. Both sides had two winners on the night-John Davis and Steve Ayre for the home side and Chris Sheldrake and Steve Ford for the Institute.

Spot On B secured their first win in four after they beat an in form Alrewas B. All four games were very scrappy with Tony Clements probably playing the best snooker of the night in what was ultimately the crucial game beating an out of sorts Dave Trueman. The other three ties were fairly drawn with all three seeing Spot On players taking the first with the Alrewas boys battling back to take the second. Andy Jenkins played well to beat Mick Morris in their first before Morris fought back. Trevor “The “Hit-Man” Heath potted superbly from distance to take his first against Carl Poulton before the League Secretary ground out the second. Finally John Hardy’s single ball potting meant he beat Ian Hiley at a canter in their first before Hiley did enough to keep Hardy at bay in the second.

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Belmont C had a fine 6-2 success over Rolleston C. Brian Cutting played nicely to get past Mark Storr, with Mark knocking in a 24 at one point-Dave Press was also a winner for The Servicemen. Terry Bosworth drew his two with Graham Fisher whilst Graeme Drayton and Steve Atkin also halved.
Tutbury D kept themselves on top and are already in a good position for another “boing-boing” season as they went away to Burton Cons D and came away 6-2 victors. Paul Atterbury and Colin Bell were the men in form as they both scored doubles with the other two matches halved. Tom Egginton, for the Cons, with Dave Brady and Greg Hall with Ian Day.
Spot On E made it four wins on the bounce as they dispatched hitherto unbeaten SDSC D 7-1. Luke Allsopp, James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith all rolled in 20+ efforts with the highlight being the win for James Bailey over Nick Harcombe, who lost his first frames of the season. The Snooker Centre’s only point was picked up by Ray Bancroft in his draw with Marvin Walker.
After a slow start to the season, Woodville A picked up their second win in three weeks as they beat Belmont D 5-3. Arron Vaughan’s Premier Division experience was enough to see him score two for the Belmont side as he beat Billy Bob Brooks. Daz Scott and Pat Ryan saw the Woodvillians into a commanding position , both winning nicely before Tony Coleman knocked in a lovely 28 to secure a draw in his encounter with Ian Gibson and the overall win.
The Spot On ladies are struggling this season-playing some nice snooker but not getting the results to show for it. Last week, they were undone 7-1 at home by Woodville B. Mark Gallagher, Denis Moore and Bill Hunt all had too much on the night, all scoring wins. Yvonne Lawrence saved the whitewash as she took one off Gary Green .
Swad Cons B made it three wins from four after they beat Stapenhill C 5-3. Gaz Ward’s 26 and Bob Birch’s 22 were enough to see them both win against Gordon Jennings and Neil Bourne respectively. Tim Knopik kept The Institute in the match with a win of his own whilst the game between Andy Boam and Paul Stewart was halved .

2018-19: Week 9

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, Spot On A scored a good 6-2 win at home to Tutbury B. Jan Pawlazyck was the only Tutters player on the scoresheet as he took both off Ade Harper. Mark Stirling beat Wayne Pereira. for the Spots and there were also victories for Tom Elliott and Andy Speirs over Alan Davies and Bill Stewart to complete the scoring.
Another Tutbury side put to the sword were the C as Belmont A ran out 7-1 winners. John Chambers was again Belmont’s star man as he rolled in efforts of 59 and 43 to dispatch Tom Lucas.Steve Butler for the Tutters managed to tale one off Rob Chambers but there were also wins for Owen Jones and Mark Sherratt over Steve Burrows and Wayne Smith respectively to push The Servicemen closer to the top.
The third Tutbury side to take a hammering were Tutbury A as they went down 6-2 at home against Burton Cons B. Steve Mabbutt , for The Tutters, had a nice 37 as he drew with a floating Simon Shilton who battled well for the half. And the match was all square at half time as John Brentnall and Simon Smith shared their two. It was all Cons after the break though with John Shilton having runs of 37 and 30 in his win overChris Mabbutt. Try Randle completed another double for the Cons as he got past Dave Mabbutt
Burton Cons A were only able to come out on parity with Alrewas A as they did not win for the first time this season. They managed to keep their unbeaten record in tact though as all four matches were drawn wit he Alrewas players winning the first frame in all of them. They were 2-0 down as Karl Hancox won his first against draw specialist Mike Buckland. he has a 32 in the frame he lost as well but Buckland had enough scoring visits to eek out the half. Graham Stevens lost only his second frame of the season to a John Richardson who was inspired in the first. Stevens though hung on in there for a share of the spoils. After half time, Alrewas went 4-2 up as Tom Smith and Lee Louch won their first frames versus Jon Fletcher and John Swift. Again though the Cons’ boys turned the two matches around and scored an overall half out of a match that for all the world looked like it was going to go the way of the Legionnaires.
This result gave Ivanhoe A the chance to close the gap at the top and this they did but only by two as they came out 5-3 winners against Belmont B in another match that could have gone either way. Andy Marriott beat Shaun Gebbie in a one sided affair, aided by a 50 and a 40 in the first frame and then a 33 in the second as Shaun knocked in a few of his own. Dan Blunn played Arron Vaughan in a great match. The first went the way of Arron down on the last few colours and the second looked like going the same way until Dan rolled in a nice 33 to take the frame and a half. Ant Moore and Mark Satchwell had two tight frames with Mark taking the first on the pink. He then had quite a bit of run in the second before Ant had a 27 at the end to steal it leaving Mark to wonder how he didn’t claim the victory. Graham Bailey potted nicely to take his first frame with some to spare for Belmont against Ian Rennocks. The second was closer with Ian knocking in a cracking 38 to level the match up and leave Ivanhoe overall winners courtesy of the win for Andy Marriott.
SDSC A scored their first victory of the season with a resounding 6-2 success over Swad Cons A. Harry Farrell was man of the match as he rolled in a 46 in his win against Simon Orpwood. Ben Davies was also in fine form for the Snooker Centre as he notched two against Lee Wood. The Cons talisman Andy Grainger was only able to score one point as he halved with Adam Harrison and there was another draw in the game between Henry Tomas and Paul Slater to pull SDSC A out of the bottom 3.

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2018-19: Week 8

By Mick Buckland

The big winners of the week in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division were Belmont A who won their inter-club derby with the B team 7-1. Arron Vaughan was first up for the B against John Chambers. Vaughan took the game to his opponent and was unfortunate with one or two leaves to hand the first frame to Chambers. The second went down to the final pink, which Chambers fluked into the middle for the 2-0 victory. On the other table Mark Sherratt started well against Mark Satchwell but a missed pink handed Satchwell the frame for the B. Sherratt won the second down on the colours for a half. The first frame between Shaun Gebbie and Owen Jones was littered with errors until Jones made a telling clearance to the pink before Jones won the second more easily for another A team victory. The final tie was between Rich Goldby and Graham Bailey-both players had chances but it was Goldby who took them when it mattered most to complete the 7-1 scoreline to keep Belmont A well in the title race.

Alrewas A kept their challenge going with a good 6-2 home win over Tutbury A. Karl Hancox was in tremendous form as he rolled in efforts of 30, 33 and 30 again against Steve Hathaway, who could only stand and admire. John Richardson kept his good form going by beating Chris Mabbutt in both. Tom Smith and Steve Mabbutt drew their two as did Lee Louch with Dave Mabbutt to leave the Legionnaires 6-2 winners and sat in 3rd place.
The best snooker of the evening was played at Swad Cons where the A side narrowly went down 5-3 to Ivanhoe A. Andy Grainger , for the home side, was in great form as he included a lovely 51 on the way to defeating Ian Rennocks. This , however, was nothing like the form Andy Marriott was in as he smashed in runs of 73, 55 and 51 against Paul Slater, who just didn’t have a look in for 2-2 at half time. Ant Moore got in on the break building stakes as he knocked in a 25 and a 47 against Simon Orpwood who did well to dig in for a share of the spoils and a half. The win for Ivnahoe was effectively sealed by Dan Blunn who had an effort of 32 as he got past the home side’s Simon Mansfield.
At the top, Burton Cons A made it 8 wins from 8 matches but only after another close fought game-this time winning 5-3 away at Tutbury B. The match was won in the first encounter between the two players hitherto top of the averages. In a tight match, Andy Thompson, for The Tutters, knocked in some cracking balls and on another night could have won but it was the all round match experience of Graham Stevens that saw him over the line for the win. On the other table, the home side’s Bill Stewart kept in front right the way down to the colours with Mike Buckland struggling to hang in there. This he did though until Bill missed the pink by some way only for it to go round the table and drop in the far corner to put him one up, Buckland played a little better in the second to always be in control and to come out with a draw. The Cons’ Jon Swift won his first against Alan Davies but Davies struck back to also seal a half in the second. Jan Pawlazycyk potted some lovely balls against Jon Fletcher to claim a draw in a game Fletcher will feel he should have won for the third draw and the narrow win for The Cons.
Burton Cons B drew for the third time in four matches as they continue to struggle to get a side out. Darren Coady was their only winner last week as he beat Adam Harrison of SDSC A 2-0. In reply for The Snooker Centre was Harry Farrell who had a lovely 47 as he beat Simon Shilton.The other two games were halves -Troy Randle with Henry Tomas and Simon Smith with Ben Davies. A draw was probably fair with both sides feeling they could have won.
The final match was between Newhall A and Spot On A. Everything was very tight before halfway with draws between Martin Hurdman and Ade Harper and then Callum Coleman and Tom Elliott. It continued that way after the break with another draw between Carl Glover and Andy Speirs. The snooker of the night though was played by Martin Hicks as he had a 42 on the way to defeating Mark Stirling to secure the extra winning bonus point and a 5-3 win.

In the PJM Fascias Division One, Rolleston A scored a good 6-2 win over SDSC C. Mark Press stopped the main chance of the Snooker Centre grabbing a win as he beat their talisman Andrew Bloor 2-0. Also scoring a double for The Rollers was Bobby Cliff over main league sponsor David Wain. The two matches between Tom Bassett and Brian Bloor and then Rich O’Dell and Garton Bloor were halved.
Ivanhoe C maintained their status as league leaders by virtue of a 5-3 success over SDSC B away from home. Mick Kirk was the man to do the damage as he beat Steve Ayre in both frames including a nice 29 effort. All three other matches were halved with the highlight being the 30 Daz Wilson knocked in against John Davis. Andy Goldingay , for the home side, was unable to keep his run of wins going as he drew one across with Steve Cockeram. Keith Tomlinson also halved his two with Gaz Dolman, leaving the Ashby boys three points clear at the top.
Two of the sides in the bottom three met at Ashby where Ivanhoe D avoided defeat for only the second time this season by drawing four all with Burton Cons C. Steve Castledine and Ian Shrive, for The Cons,  both had twenty something breaks but both could only draw with the home side’s Keith Bale and Ross Tredger.  Winners on the night were Greg Read for The Cons and Adam Briggs for Ivanhoe leaving it all square and both sides still in the relegation zone.
Alrewas B recorded their second 6-2 away win of the season at Ivanhoe against their B team. Ivanhoe’s Stu Tagg and Adam Walton fought out a close affair with a draw the fairest result. Walton by a stunning final long black in the first and Tagg a little more easily for the second. Greg Gallup took the first against Carl Poulton on a re-spotted black. Gallup rode his luck throughout but Poulton couldn’t take his chances and Gallup struck a superb long black to win it. In the second Poulton got on top with a 29 and whilst Gallup fought back bravely couldn’t close the gap. An in form Ian Hiley made short work of Ivanhoe’s Nick Sewell. Sewell did pot excellently but was unable to string those pots together. Hiley did, with a 31 a couple of 20s and some other good breaks to ease to a 2-0 win. Dave Trueman was still looking for his first 2-0 of the season and it came as some surprise to do it against an in form Brendon Mattley. Trueman potted excellently in both frames and Mattley missed some balls he would take in an usual week. Whilst the second frame also went to a re-spotted black it was probably about right that Trueman took it – let’s hope that kick starts his season.
The Stapenhill Institute derby went the way of the A over the B by the narrowest 5-3 scoreline. Jason Spibey and Andy Gretton were the men to do the damage, both scoring wins against Greg Britton and John Sherriff respectively. Rob Kent did put two frames on the board for the B against Chris Sheldrake. The game between Simon Piechowicz and Steve Ford was shared , leaving Stapenhill A in third spot.
Spot On B lost for the third week on the trot-this time 6-2 at home to a rejuvenated Rolleston B outfit. Rob Tubey claimed a good draw against The Spots’ Trevor Heath whilst similar could be said for The Rollers’ Kev Norris against Tony Clements. The men to see Rolleston though were Rob Sanders and Lionel Lewis as they brushed aside John Hardy and Steve Gaunt.

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two,  Swad Cons B made it 5 without defeat as they triumphed over Rolleston C 6-2 at home. Gaz Ward and Aaron Doyle played out a very tactical match which Gaz just about got the better end of. Bob Birch and Mark Storr also had a very close game with a draw being about right. Kieran Dadley and Neil Cheadle also could not be separated leaving Andy Boam to continue his fine form with a good 2-0 win over Steve Atkin.
Burton Cons C went down 6-2 at home to SDSC D. Nick Harcombe maintained his 100% start to the season by beating the home side’s Jim Jennings 2-0-Nick had a 33 which could have been more as he turned down a straightforward pink in favour of a blue to get position on the next red, only to then miss. Bob McInulty was also on form as he beat Tom Egginton. Saving graces for the Cons were from Al Munnien and Greg Hall who both managed a point each in their encounters with the Two Rays, Stretton and Bancroft.
The Woodville derby was won 6-2 by The A over The B to provide the A with their first league win of the season. At the start though it was “Deadly” Denis Moore who got the B off to a cracking start beating Billy Bob Brooks in both although Billy did have a chance in the second frame. Dazzling Daz Scott played his best snooker of the season and claimed both against Mark Gallagher who was not able to play his normal attacking game. Scott’s safety play was excellent throughout and this, I’m told, should give the Worriers’ Academy players a great deal of confidence. Tony Coleman took both frames on the blue against an unlucky B team’s Gary Green to put the A 4-2 ahead.  the deciding match was between Pat “Silver Fox” Ryan and “Gentleman” Jim Marcer. The first Pat took quite comfortably but in the second Jim was 28 in front on the brown only to unluckily foul the black, leaving Pat to clear up for the win.
Belmont D provided one of the shocks of the week as they ran out 5-3 winners against Swad Cons C. Belmont’s Arron Vaughan, floating, played Jordan Watts and the Cons man played a couple of wrong shots at the wrong time, leaving enough chances for Arron to take full advantage and win both frames. Kyle Cope started the better against Andy Biggadike but Andy stayed with him to steal the first. In the second Andy frustrated his opponent to end up scoring the double. Jared Cronje got The Cons back in the match after flying out of the blocks against Ian Gibson with a couple of twenty plus efforts right at the start. Ian fought well but just couldn’t get back close enough. Colin Cope won the first against Tom Holland but Tom stuck at it and ground out a draw to leave the score perhaps fair, although a couple could have gone either way.
Spot On E had a cracking match against Belmont C and came out on top 6-2. Luke Allsopp ran away with his first against Terry Bosworth but the Belmont man countered and rolled in a nice 34 as he forced the draw.Marvin Walker found form at last and won his first double of the season against Graeme Drayton. The two Daves, Goldsmith and Press both played well but it was Goldsmith who came out on top helped by a 20 for The Spots. The match between James Bailey for The Spots and Belmont’s Brian Cutting could have gone either way. Brian’s long potting was unreal and James’ swerve round the black to pot the pink was deserving of winning any frame.
The Snookerettes had an off night as they went down by a whitewash for a rampant Tutbury D victory. Colin Bell, Dave Brady, Jeff Siddalls and Paul Atterbury all had too much for the ladies on this occasion, leaving The Tutters top after 8 games.

2018-19: Week 7

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, there was one of those rare occasions when the match was drawn as a result of all four individual battles also being halved. This was the case as SDSC A took on Tutbury A. Ben Davies and Chris Mabbutt had two good frames with some cracking snooker all round. Harry Farrell and Dave Mabbutt also shared with Dave missing a blue which could have taken both for Tutbury. Henry Tomas potted a great pink to secure his draw in another good game between himself and John Brentnall. Adam Harrison and Steve Mabbutt also enjoyed two good frames with the draw a fair result all round.

Belmont A came out on top 5-3 in a tight battle with Swad Cons A. Rich Goldby ,for the hosts, played the Cons’ Simon Orpwood. Goldby was only left scraps in the first with Orpwood having just enough to get over the line with the better chances he was left. The second was even Stevens until Rich knocked in a lovely 49 to seal the frame before the colours to secure the draw. Rob Chambers started well to keep Ant Rushton at arms length and went away to win the first for Belmont. Rushton came back well to clear to the pink in the second with a nice 44 again to secure the half. Mark Sherratt was in complete control in his first for Belmont against Lee Wood, winning at a canter aided by a good 41 contribution. Wood then capitalised on a fluke to take control of the second, knocking in some cracking pots as he did so for the third draw of the evening. Finally Owen Jones played Andy Grainger with the first being taken by Jones on the final pink. The second saw Jones in front courtesy of a 29 and despite some valiant attempts at snookers near the end, Jones hung on for the win and a 5-3 victory.
Tutbury B held on for a good 5-3 win of their own against Alrewas A. By all accounts it was a brilliant match played out by two evenly matched teams. Andy Thompson continued his fine form winning both against John Richardson-this despite having to play with another cue after his tip came off. Wayne Pereira won his first for Tutbury against Lee Louch down on the green, with Lee bouncing back to be dominant in the second for a share of the spoils. The match of the evening saw Jan Pawlazyck go 40 in front of Karl Hancox in their first after Jan cracked in a good 33 only for Karl to have a 42 of his own in reply for the win. Karl went on to win the second with greater comfort. This left Alan Davies to roll back the years and beat Thom Smith to secure the extra winning point for The Tutters.
Burton Cons A made it seven wins from seven matches but not before they had another fright at home to Newhall A. Martin Hicks got Newhall off to a flying start with a comfortable win over Jon Swift, who  is still short of practice after a hip operation. Martin Hurdman, on the other table, took the first off Mike Buckland down on the pink after some good all round play. Buckland scrambled back to win the second for the Cons to keep the score down to 3-1 at half way. Then, in what surely has to be the display of the season so far, Jon Fletcher showed the old magic as he rolled in efforts of 50 and 40 in his first against Callum Coleman. Coleman then went in off as he attempted to split the pack off the blue in the second, for Fletcher to knock in a cracking 62, just missing the last red, which he wasn’t quite on. With this match taking less than 20 minutes, the score was at 3-3 so the result depended on the encounter between Graham Stevens and Nick Walker. Stevens did manage a 32 but in an otherwise dour affair, Stevens got over the line to complete the comeback and a 5-3 win for The Cons.
There was a heavyweight battle in Ashby between Ivanhoe A and Burton Cons B, which in the end The Cons won 5-3. Both teams were short of regular players but Andy Marriott won his customary two after defeating Mick Simpkins, drafted in at the last minute from Cons A, to put Ashby in front. Darren Coady replied for the Cons by including a lovely break of 70 in his win over Dan Blunn to square the match up. Simon Smith went one up versus Ant Moore only to be pegged back for a draw in the next game. Troy Randle had too much in his locker and won with some ease against C Siviter to complete an impressive win for the Cons which gets them into the title race.
There was another closely fought battle at Spot On, where the club’s A side went down 5-3 to visitors, Tutbury C. The battle of the Toms went the way of Tubury’s Lucas over Elliott from The Spots and Steve Butler also had a double over Ade Harper. Andy Speirs and Steve Burrows had a fair half before the home side’s captain Mark Stirling salvaged some pride with a 2-0 victory over Wayne Smith.
This all means of the 42 matches so far played in the Premier Division this season, 31 of them have ended up with score at 4-4 or 5-3 and there has yet to be a whitewash…there are many good players about and nothing can be taken for granted -all making for a good competition.

There are still two unbeaten sides in the PJM Fascias Division One. Alrewas C lead the way having won 6 and drawn one of their first seven fixtures. Loz Kennerson was the man to make the difference last week as he scored a double in a match where the other three ties were halved away at Spot On B. Steve Butterworth drew with Spot Ons’ John Hardy whilst Lee Cooke shared his two with Steve Gaunt of The Spots. Andy Jenkins knocked in a good 30 for the home side but this was only enough to take one against a battling Simon Tarrant.
Ivanhoe C are also unbeaten but last week the win was beyond them as they were held four across by their club rivals the B team. Steve Cockeram was the main man for the C, knocking in a nice 34 as he beat Greg Gallup. In reply, Stu Tagg stepped up with a double of his own for the C by defeating Graham Measures. The matches between Mick Kirk and Bren Mattley and Gaz Dolman with Matt Gray were halved-Daz top scoring on the night with a 36.
Stapenhill B pulled off an excellent 5-3 win at the home of Alrewas B. John Sherriff secured a 2-0 win against Carl Poulton. The first courtesy of a fluked final pink and the second taken at the death with a final good long pot. Simon Piechowicz played well to take a draw against an out of form Dave Trueman. Piechowicz securing the first comfortably but Trueman rallied and ground out the draw. Adam Walton was unlucky to lose the first against Bryan Sharratt rattling the final black and seeing it drift over the opposite pocket. The second Walton did open up a big lead over Sharratt that he couldn’t bridge. That left Micky Morris and Rob Kent to determine the final result. Excellent long potting first frame saw Kent win at a canter but Morris took the second just as easily but was not enough to get a draw for the Legionnaires.
Burton Cons C and Rolleston A came out all square at The High Street Burton arena. Greg Read was on form for the Cons winning two as did Tom Bassett for The Rollers.  Rob Sanders, floating, took one off Vince Draper of the home side and Simon Shilton and Mark Press were also not able to be separated.
Chris Sheldrake and Jason Spiby were on fine form for Stapenhill Institute as their wins secured a 6-2 victory against Ivanhoe D. Steve Ford and Andy Gretton, both for the Institute were only able to come away with halves in their matches against Matt Tewkesbury and Keith Bale respectively.
Rolleston B drew 4-4 with SDSC B. Match of the night was the draw between Kev Norris and John Davis as both players struck in efforts of 30. Rob Tubey won both his for The Rollers as did Andy Goldingay for The Snooker Centre. The game between Lionel Lewis and Steve Ayre was also halved.

Tutbury D are in second spot in the Newton Fallowell Division Two after a storming 7-1 victory at home to Belmont D who had been trundling along quite nicely themselves to that point.  The Servicemen’s only point came courtesy of Andy Biggadike’s draw with Ian Day. Scoring doubles for The Tutters were Dave Brady, Colin Bell and Paul Atterbury.
Stapenhill C just squeezed past Spot On D by a 5-3 scoreline. Marie Bridges was in fine form for The Snookerettes as she beat Neil Bourne and Yvonne Lawrence nicked another point from Gordon Jennings in a hard fought draw. Seeing the Institute home though were Tim Knopik and Paul Stewart.
Rolleston C were big winners as they dismantled Burton Cons D 7-1. Tom Egginton provided the only highlight for The Cons in his draw with Mark Storr. Aaron Doyle, Steve Atkin and Graham Fisher were all on target to see the victory through for The Rollers .
Swad Cons C lead the way in Division Two at the halfway point of the first half of the season and this is despite winning last week against Woodville B whilst only fielding three players. Mark Gallagher was given the night off and two frames towards his average with Denis Moore scoring the only other point in a draw with Jordan Watts. Colin Cope top scored with a 31 in his win over Gary Green, whilst Brad Williams was also in good form to record a double for The Cons.
The Cons B side also won courtesy of the two frames won by Jon Petcher in a good game with Graeme Drayton. Belmont C’s Terry Bosworth, Dave Press and Brian Cutting halved their three matches with Kieran Dadley, Bob Birch and Andy Boam respectively.
Spot On E remain unbeaten this season and tucked in just behind the leaders after a 5-3 success against Woodville A. Adam Edwards won his in the first half versus Daz Scott along with a draw in the game between Luke Allsopp and Bob Brooks to leave the Spots 3-1 up. The second half was shared with wins for Woodville’s Pat Ryan and The Spots’ Dave Goldsmith.

2018-19: Nicholas Humphreys Presidents Handicap Quarter Finals

Nicholas Humphreys Presidents Handicap Quarter Finals

It was the week for the quarter finals of the Nicholas Humphreys President’s Cup, and in the Premier Division, three of the big boys made it through unscathed as expected. Ivanhoe A thumped Newhall by winning every frame without reply for an 8-0 drubbing. Daniel Blunn was top scorer on the evening , rolling in a lovely 40 as he beatNick Walker. There were also wins for Andy Marriott, Ant Moore and Ian Rennocks over Martin Hicks, Carl Glover and Callum Coleman respectively.
Belmont A made it through but only after a scare at home to Swad Cons A. Andy Grainger took one for the Cons off Rob Chambers and Rich Goldby stormed to a 2-0 success over Lee Wood to put the Servicemen 3-1 up. Simon Orpwood, for the Cons though, beat Owen Jones to leave the outcome in the balance before Mark Sherratt dispatched Simon Mansfield to put the home side through.
Burton Cons B also made it through after a scare as they beat Tutbury A by a similar 5-3 scoreline. Chris Mabbutt had given the Tutters some hope by beating an out of sorts Darren Coady with Dave Mabbutt taking one off Troy Randle. Wins for Simon Smith over John Brentnall and John Shilton over Steve Mabbutt saw the Cons through with Shilly knocking in the evening’s high break of 48.
Belmont B make up the fourth spot in the next round by defeating SDSC A 5-3 on their own patch. Harry Farrell beat Mark Satchwell for the Snooker Centre with Adam Harrison halving with Shaun Gebbie. The Belmont boys were lifted into the semis with wins for Josh Gebbie and Michael Lomas over Ben Davies and Henry Tomas respectively.
The draw for the semi finals has pitted Belmont B at home to Burton Cons B and Belmont A at home to Ivanhoe A-would all captains note these fixtures will need arranging as there is no set date for them-and they need to be played by December 7th.

Spot On B played Ivanhoe B in the Nicholas Humphreys Presidents Cup for Division One.First up John Hardy, for the Spots, against Adam Pickering in two well contested frames. John got the upper hand in the first and did enough to see out the frame with Adam doing the same in the second. On the other table Andy Jenkins played Ashby’s Stuart Tagg. Andy took both with some good long pots, sound match play and the better run. Tony Clements, for the home team played Brendon Mattley. Both played well in the first with Tony getting the better chances and making them count to take the first. In the second Tony made a nice 49, only to miss a simple red with the 4 last,, reds nicely open around the black.to seal a comfortable victory. Last up Steve Gaunt played Nick Sewell. The first was a close game until Steve pulled away near the end of the frame. At 6-1 the last frame was a potting competition with no attempts at safety which Steve won sealing a 7-1 scoreline.
The scoreline at the Legion in Alrewas suggests a runaway win for SDSC B against the home club’s B team but it was a lot closer than that. John Davies won both frames against Mick Morris but not before Morris missed a regulation final black to take the first after laying some good snookers. Davies played well second but snatched it from Morris again with a good final pink. Adam Walton deserved both against Steve Ayre. Walton always ahead in the first kept Ayre at bay until the final colours. Ayre then had a lucky snooker in the second on the final green and whilst Walton made the hit, the green went easy and Ayre was able to take it to the final black which he duly potted. Carl Poulton and Chris Dewey played out an entertaining draw. Dewey was hot as they come first frame swept Poulton aside with ease; but the fire dimmed and Poulton scraped enough points second frame to earn a draw. That left Dave Trueman needing both against Andy Goldingay but in truth it wasn’t a contest. Goldingay had numerous breaks including a 33 and Trueman wasn’t given a look in. A good with for a strong South Derbys B team.
Steve Butterworth had the highest break across the matches last week with a fantastic 63 as his Alrewas C side played Stapenhill A. Despite that great effort , it only won him one against a battling Chris Sheldrake. Another draw was played out between Simon Tarrant and Steve Ford whilst the two victors on the night were Loz Kennerson for Alrewas and Andy Gretton for the Institute. This took the contest down to the dreaded doubles-Loz and Simon for the home team and Steve and Andy for the visitors and in the end it was Stapenhill who crawled over the line to secure a semifinal spot.
The line up will be completed by Ashby Ivanhoe C who crushed Stapenhill B 7-1 on their own tables. Steve Cockeram top scored with a 30 en route to his win and he was joined in the enclosure by Daz Wilson and Gaz Dolman. Mick Kirk dropped the only frame of the evening for Ashby in his draw with Simon Piechovicz.
In the semis, it’s SDSC B versus Ivanhoe C and Spot On B v Stapenhill A-again to be played by 7th December at a mutually acceptable time and date.

Woodville A won their first match of the season against Rolleston C in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two President’s Cup. Pat Ryan got the Worriers off to a good start taking two off Aaron Doyle. Star man for Woodville was Daz “The Man” Scott , who won his first of the season against Neil Cheadle, with the second going down to the final black, which Neil won with Daz having potted well to take the first . Tony Coleman won his two against Steve Atkin on the blue and Pink respectively. Colin Wood won both for The Rollers after a miscalculation by Billy Bob Brooks, which allowed Colin to take it on a respot. The second was won by Bob leaving a draw a fair result. NB.Note from editor I couldn’t really read the report so apologies if this is not accurate.
The inter-club tie between Swad Cons B and C went the way of the “visiting” C side by a comfortable 6-2 scoreline. Jordan Watts top scored with a nice 36 but he only got out with a draw against the B’s Andy Boam. There was another half in the match between Bob Birch and Brad Williams. The match was won for the C by victories for Kyle Cope and Jared Cronje as they defeated Kieran Dadley and Jon Petcher.
Spot On E were another side to get through 6-2 as they ended the interest of Tutbury D in the competition. James Bailey and Marvin Walker were the men to do the damage as they both scored doubles past Colin Bell and Dave Brady. There were draws in the game between Luke Allsopp and Ian Day and then later Dave Goldsmith and Paul Atterbury.
A strong Belmont C side went to Burton Cons D and came away with a place in the last four. Al Munnien got the Cons off to a good start with a nice win over Graeme Drayton. The damage for Belmont was done in the middle as Mark Vaughan beat Tom Egginton and Terry Bosworth defeated Jim Jennings before the draw for Brian Cutting with Greg Hall saw Belmont into the semis.
Spot On E will play Woodville A and Swad Cons C will play Belmont C for places in the Divisional final. Matches to be arranged by the captains before December 7th.

Can all captains please let Carl know when the fixtures have been arranged please? Also the Committee would like to extend its best wishes to all those affected by the tragic events outside the King Power stadium last week, with a number of you being followers of Leicester City F.C.

2018-19: Week 6

By Mick Buckland

In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, it was Burton Cons A who stole a march on their rivals at the top by winning 7-1 away at Tutbury C in the week’s Tuesday fixture.Steve Butler took Tutbury’s only point in the first frame against Jon Swift, who recovered well to gain a draw by winning the second. On the other table both players missed chances as Graham Stevens beat Wayne Smith with the aid of a 30. Cons were 3-1 up at half time but really this could easily have been 3-1 the other way. In the second half Jon Fletcher had too much for Jon Sully and Mike Buckland beat Tom Lucas , Buckland needing a clearance to secure the second after some good safety from both players.
Ivanhoe A beat Tutbury A 5-3. First up, Ian Rennocks played Steve Mabbutt with Ian taking the first with a nice 32 and also winning the second fairly comfortably. Ant Moore went away with the first against Steve Hathaway with a good 31 before Steve potted nicely to take a lead in the second-Ant forced his way back in to the game only to miss the black which Steve gladly accepted for a draw. Andy Marriott and Steve Mabbutt both missed chances in their first frame which was a scrappy affair before Chris finally won it on the black.Andy knocked in a nice 42 to secure the second and a draw. Dave Mabbutt won the first against Dan Blunn with Dan missing some chances before roles were reversed in the second which Daniel won with Dave the one to miss the chances.
Alrewas A kept up their fine start to the season with a nice 6-2 win over SDSC A. Tom Smith top scored on the night with a 44 but this only won him one frame against Henry Tomas who fought well for a half. Also sharing their two were Lee Louch and The Snooker Centre’s Harry Farrell. Karl Hancox was in good potting form again as he included a 31 in his win over Rich Hinks, whilst John Richardson continued his good form in beating Pete Maguire.
Burton Cons B and Belmont A fought ot a tough 4-4 draw on the High Street. Man of the match was John Chambers who was in imperious form to include runs of 68 and 52 in his dispatching of Dave Shipton who did little wrong. Darren Coady was the Cons’ only winner on the night as he beat Rich Goldby. as The Cons came from 4-2 down to snatch the draw.The other two games were halved-Troy Randle with Owen Jones and Simon Smith with Mark Sherratt.
There was another draw in the game between Newhall and Tutbury B. Jan Pawlazyck knocked in a nice 31 as the highlight of the evening as he drew with Martin Hurdman, who had won the first with some ease only for Jan to come back….. Newhall’s Martin Hicks also drew with Alan Davies in two closely fought frames. The two winners on the night were Nick Walker for Newhall and Tutbury’s Andy Thompson-Andy having won all eight of his frames this term so far. Andy won the first against Carl Glover with plenty to spare whilst the second was won on the colours. Nick had too much on the evening for Tutbury’s Bill Stewart and played some good safety before taking the chances presented to him.
Belmont B drew four across with Spot On A. Winners were Ade Harper for the Spots and Josh Gebbie for The Servicemen whilst the games between Michael Lomas and Mark Stirling and then Shaun Gebbis and Andy Speirs were halved. Josh made light work of beating Nige Tomlinson in no time at all. Michael Lomas went in off the final black to lose his first to Mark before storming back in the second. Jason Pickering looked a little rusty as he made his first appearance for Belmont although Ade played some good match snooker to get over the line.

In the PJM Fascias Division One, Alrewas C made it 5 wins from 6 as they beat SDSC C 5-3 and are already looking good for a return to the Premier. The match was won in the first half as Simon Tarrant beat a floating Andy Rice in the only victory of the evening. lee Cooke and Andy Bloor drew before the break as well. Top break of the night was the 35 of Loz Kennerson but this only got him one against Brian Bloor with Steve Butterworth also halving in his match versus Garton Bloor.
Ivanhoe D suffered another defeat-this time going down 6-2 at home to Alrewas B. It was the turn of Adam Walton and Micky Morris to step up to the plate as they both scored good victories whilst for the home side, The Briggs boys,Adam and Frank, both scored creditable draws against Ian Hiley and Carl Poulton respectively.
Ivanhoe B stopped a run of four without victory as they put in a storming performance to brush aside Rolleston B 7-1. Greg Gallup, Matt Grey and Bren Mattley were all in fine form as they won their encounters whilst The Rollers’ only point came from Rob Sanders as he took one off Nick Sewell.
The Rollers’ A side didn’t fare much better as they went down 5-3 at home to Stapenhill A. The Institute’s Chris Sheldrake rolled back the years to take his match against a floating Mark Storr whilst Tom Bassett played nicely for Rolleston to get past Chris Mehick. Bobby Cliff and Andy Gretton drew theirs before the heavyweight contest between Mark Press and Steve Ford-both seasoned campaigners went the way of Steve for the victory.
SDSC B returned to winning ways-but only just as they beat Spot On B 5-3. Andy Goldingay showed his Premier division class as he made it 9 from 10 by beating Trevor Heath. whilst Chris Dewy was also too good on the night for Andy Jenkins. Tony Clements gave the Spots some hope with a win over Keith Tomlinson but the draw between John Davis and Mike Smith gave The Snooker Centre the win and the extra point.
Ivanhoe C made it 5 wins from 5 with a 7-1 thumping of Stapenhill B on their own patch. Gaz Dolman, Steve Cockeram and Mick Kirk were all worthy winners on the night for the Ashby side whilst the Institute’s only solace came from John Sherriff in his draw with Graham Measures.

Belmont D drew 4-4 with Stapenhill C in the Newton Fallowell Division Two. There were two wins apiece on either side. Andy Biggadike and Matt Groves for Belmont and Greg Britton and John Sherriff for Stapenhill. The Committee would like to extend our best wishes to Stapenhill’s Tim Knopik, who would normally have been a mainstay for The Institute, as he recovers from his recent travails.There was another half played out at Swad Cons where the club’s B team drew with Spot on E , who remain unbeaten. Bob Birch top scored with a 30 but this only gained him a share of the spoils with Marvin Walker, with Andy Boam and Luke Allsopp also halving. James Bailey continued his good form as he secured two points for The Spots whilst. returning the favour for The Cons was Gaz Ward as he beat Dave Goldsmith.
Burton Cons D went down 6-2 at home to a strong Belmont C side. Terry Bosworth and Mark Vaughan both scored wins for the Visitors whilst there were draws in the games between Al Munnien and Graeme Drayton and then Greg hall and Brian Cutting.
At the top, flying high with 6 wins from 6 are SDSC D. Their talisman Nick Harcombe scored a cracking 51 as he made it 10 from 10 and showing he should be playing Premier Division snooker let alone Division One as he beat Marie Bridges of the Snookerettes. Ray Bancroft was also in good form as he won two against Kate Stirling. The ladies of Spot On D though hung in there and took two points of the league leaders with draws for Tia Spendlove in her game versus Bob McInulty and Yvonne Lawrence in her tussle with Chris Craddock.
Woodville B and Tutbury D were not to be separated in another match where the extra winning point went to neither side. Colin Bell was a winner for The Tutters over Jim Marcer whilst for The Woodvillians, Mark gallagher was the main man as he got past Dave Brady. Gary Green and Ian Day halved theirs whilst it was a similar story between Denis Moore and Paul Atterbury.
At the time of writing there was no news on the Woodville A versus Swad Cons C fixture.
A reminder to those in the competitions that fixtures need to be completed by Nov 4th or you are running the risk of being excluded from the competition-it is both players’ responsibility to get these played-thank you.

2018-19: Week 5

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

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, it’s SDSC D who lead the way after five straight wins. In a tight match at home to Belmont D they won 5-3 with Ray Bancroft the star man as he beat Andy Biggadike with the other three matches drawn;Ray Streeon with Matty Groves, Bob McInulty with Charlie Groves and Roy Lunn with Ian Gibson.
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.