2018-19: Week 22

By Mick Buckland

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In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, Spot On A made it four wins on the bounce by beating Tutbury B 5-3 away. Nigel Tomlinson and Mark Stirling were the men in form, both scoring doubles. Andy Thompson replied for the Tutters defeating Ade Harper whilst the game between Jan Pawlazcyk and Tom Elliott was halved. Both sides have probably done enough to stay in the division for another season although they have played a game more than those around them. Swad Cons A had a good 6-2 win at home to SDSC A.Ant Rushton beat Henry Tomas and Mark Hadley, making a rare appearance, drew with Ben Davies to leave it 3-1 at the interval.

Evershed finalists Andy Grainger and Harry Farrell perhaps unsurprisingly played out a draw after the break and Paul Slater scored a welcome brace as he beat the away team captain Pete Maguire.

Belmont A had an 8-0 whitewash as their opponents Tutbury C failed to show for their own home fixture, whilst the game between Alrewas A and Burton Cons A was postponed.

Belmont B did their chances of staying up no harm by taking four points off leaders Ashby Ivanhoe A in a well contested draw. Shaun Gebbie took both off Craig Siviter for The Servicemen whilst Dan Blunn did similar for Ivanhoe by beating ring rusty Fran McInulty. The other two encounters were halved- Zaheer Hussein with Ian Rennocks and Mark Satchwell with Ant Moore.This leaves Ivanhoe top with a game in hand and Belmont four points above the drop zone.

Burton Cons A beat Tutbury A 5-3, who are in freefall and in danger of relegation after many seasons in the top flight.Darren Coady had a fantastic 79 on the way to his victory over Chris Mabbutt, whilst John Shilton also had a comfortable 2-0 success over Steve Hathaway. Dave Mabbutt had a good win over part time player David Smith whilst Simon Smith for The Cons drew with Dan Mabbutt.

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Headlines this week in the PJM Fascias Division One go to Ivanhoe D who scored their first victory of the season in beating SDSC C 5-3 at home. Brian Bloor got the visitors off to a good start as he beat Matt Tewkesbury , who couldn’t get going making loads of mistakes. Nathan Blood on the other hand played brilliantly with lots of good safety and snookers to get past David Wain. Adam Briggs and Andy Bloor’s match went the distance with the first frame taking 70 minutes and in the end a draw was about right. dave Marriott sealed the win with a victory over Garton Bloor-the first frame a tight affair and Garton just not able to get the snookers required in the second. Well played to the Ashby lads….

Stapenhill B ended a run of four straight defeats by squeezing past Burton Cons C 5-3 at home. It was 3-1 to the away side though at the break, with Greg Read beating Greg Britton and Simon Shilton taking a frame off Rob Kent, despite Rob having the evening’s high contribution of 36. After the break though it was all The institute with wins for in form John Sherriff and Bryan Sharratt. Stapenhill A are looking over their shoulders at the drop zone as they went down 5-3 to Ivanhoe B. Greg Gallop and Josh Wright both knocked in 27s as they both won whilst Steve Ford had the Institute’s best knock of 31 in his win over Bren Mattley. Richard Wright and Jason Spibey shared their two.

Spot On B had a cracking 5-3 home victory over league leaders Ivanhoe C 5-3. Trevor Heath and John Hardy were the men on song as they both won two whilst Gaz Dolman replied for the visitors having a nice 32 along the way. Tony Clements and Mick Kirk drew their pair of frames. This leaves the Ashby side just one point off the top and well placed for promotion whilst The Spots will need to win a few more frames before the end of the season to ensure their stay in Division One lasts another year.

Alrewas C took advantage of Ashby’s slip up recording a 6-2 success over Rolleston B. Loz Kennerson was again the star man as he had a lovely 35 on the way to winning his two against Rob Sanders. Lee Cooke scored a good double over Rob Tubey and the Alrewas lads remained unbeaten on the night as Tim Hodgkinson and Steve Lane both took frames off Lionel Lewis and Kev Norris in honourable draws. This leaves Alrewas top by a point and set fair for promotion whilst The Rollers will need to score a couple of wins over the last few weeks.

Alrewas B kept up their push for promotion with a good 5-3 away win at SDSC B. Ian Hiley and Adam Walton continued their good form with victories whilst the home side’s Andy Goldingay beat league secretary Carl Poulton to keep the Snooker Centre in it. Jim Edwards’ draw with home captain Steve Ayre meant the Legionnaires went away with the extra winners’ point.

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2018-19: Week 21

By Mick Buckland

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In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division last week, defending champions, Ivanhoe A took on Swad cons A Andy Marriott played Simon Orpwood and it started slowly with both players missing chance after chance. Then at the end of the frame Andy got going and had a 46 to take it. The second was a different story as Andy took his first chance and made a fantastic 97. It looked like he would clear but rattled the last red. Ian Rennocks played Ant Rushton and it was Ant that looked in good form and took both frames with a 37 along the way. Ant Moore played Paul Slater. It was Ant that started well with a good 30 but it was Paul that got stronger as the frame went on but it was Ant that took the frame on the pink with a good bit of run. Second frame was a similar frame until Ant had a 27 to take control and eventually took the frame. Dan Blunn played Andy Grainger last and it was Dan that was in good form taking the first frame with a 30 break and never looking in trouble,Andy not even getting on the scoreboard. Second frame Andy found some rhythm and started to run away before missing frame ball. Dan took his chance and cleared with a 32 to leave the Ivanhoe with a 6-2 win.

A result that shook the bottom end of the table up occurred at Spot On where the A team thrashed Newhall by a whitewash 8-0 easing their own relegation fears whilst leaving their opponents in need of some good snooker over the last few weeks of the season to stay up. There were wins for Nige Tomlinson, Mark Stirling and Tom Elliott whilst man of the match was Ade Harper who had runs of 30 and 28 in defeating the Newhall talisman Martin Hicks 2-0.

Alrewas A had a good 5-3 win over Tutbury A at The Tutbury Club. Karl Hancox top scored for the visitors with a nice 46 but this only gained him a share of the spoils with Steve Mabbutt who dug in for a half. Tom Smith put the Legionnaires 3-1 up at the interval with a solid 2-0 win over Steve Hathaway including a run of 34. Dave Mabbutt was the Tutbury main man as he beat in form Lee Louch with the aid of a thirty, whilst John Richardson sealed the win for Alrewas by getting past Chris Mabbutt.

Burton Cons B, who have been struggling all season to raise a side, went down 6-2 at Swad Snooker Centre.Only John Shilton was able to offer anything for the Cons as he came away with his usual two frames against Pete Maguire. Elsewhere there were wins for Henry Tomas, Ben Davies, and Harry Farrell, who beat the Cons’ Troy Randle.

The Belmont derby went the way of the A by a 6-2 scoreline keeping the pressure on at the top. It was two of the B team though who were top scorers on the night as Zaheer Hussein and Mark Satchwell had runs of 32 and 36 in their draws against John Chambers and Mark Sherratt respectively. Seeing the A team home though were Owen Jones and Rich Goldby who both scored doubles over Arron Vaughan and Shaun Gebbie.

Burton Cons A ‘s challenge for honours weakened with a damaging 4-4 draw at home to three man Tutbury B. The Tutters’ chances increased as the home side’s top player Graham Stevens was the man to miss out by not having a game. Jan Pawlazcyk comfortably out potted Jon Swift before Mike Buckland just about beat Alan Davies. After a prolonged bout of snooker attempts from Alan, being successful with 4 of them, with the colours all ending up in the same two square feet, in the end Mike fell over the line. In the second Mike potted a good pink from distance to put the Cons 4-2 up. The final game saw Wayne Pereira just about do enough against an out of sorts Jon Fletcher for the draw.

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In the PJM Fascias Division One, Ivanhoe C are three points clear after beating SDSC B 6-2. Star man was Steve Cockeram as he rolled in efforts of 34 and 31 against Chris Dewey. There were also wins for Mick Kirk and Gaz Dolman for Ivanhoe whilst Andy Goldingay replied with two for the Snooker Centre.

There was a hard fought game at the Royal British Legion where the B team played Ivanhoe B that ended fairly with an all square result. The Alrewas warrior Micky Morris shared an interesting draw with excellent youngster Josh Wright. The first frame a real grind with 38pts on the board with just two reds down as both players tried to play, and miss, for a re-rack. In the end the wily fox Morris got over the line. Next frame though Wright opened his wings and a great 32 saw him easily home. Dave Trueman was looking for a return to winning ways but Greg Gallop provided stiff Ivanhovian opposition. Gallop took the first at a canter and really should have taken the second on a relatively straight forward final black but Dave Trueman got his rewards for some neat play in the second and sank it for the draw. Adam Walton was looking to build on his great season but Brendon Mattley, an experienced league player, proved too clever on the night. Mattley sank small breaks and kept sticking Walton on the bottom cushion who really had no answer even after some spirited long potting. That left Carl Poulton to salvage a draw and Alrewas’ unbeaten 2019 run against Matt Grey. Poulton played some great snooker and whilst Grey missed some pots he would have got on any other night both frames were done and dusted with a couple of reds left.

SDSC C gave their flagging chances of an escape from relegation a boost with an impressive 5-3 win over Rolleston A. Making the difference on the night was Brian Bloor who scored a double over Graham Fisher. The other three games were halved with the highlight being a 29 from The Rollers’ James Wilkinson in his draw with Garton Bloor. Andy Bloor drew with Rich O’Dell as did David Wain with Tom Bassett.

Burton Cons C scored a good 6-2 home win over bottom side Ivanhoe D. Nathan Blood tried his best for the visitors including a lovely 39 against Ian Shrive for the win but other than that it was all The Cons with wins for Greg Read, Vince Draper and Bill Davidson.

The Stapenhill derby went the way of the A over the B with 5-3 the final score. There were no notable contributions as often the case in these types of matches but the man making the difference was Chris Sheldrake who claimed a victory over Rob Kent with the other games halved- Steve Ford with John Sherriff, Jason Spiby with Greg Britton and Andy Gretton with Simon Piechowicz.

Rolleston B made it three of the bottom four scoring a rare win as they got past Spot On B. It was Kev Norris who was the Rollers’ star man as he beat Dave Mawhinney. Rob Tubey drew with Trevor Heath, Lionel Lewis with Tony Clements and Rob Sanders with Steve Gaunt to complete the scoring.

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In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, SDSC D beat Burton Cons D 5-3 with wins for the two Rays, Stretton and Bancoft, whilst Greg Hall replied for The Cons.

Spot On E’s push for promotion was put on hold as they could only manage a draw with Belmont C. All four matches were drawn. Terry Bosworth with Adam Edwards, Brian Cutting with Luke Allsop, Graeme Drayton with Dave Goldsmith and Dave Press with Marvin Walker.

Tutbury D made it three wins on the bounce as they trounced the Snookerettes by a whitewash thanks to wins for Colin Bell, Dave Brady, ian Day and Paul Atterbury.

Rolleston C went down 5-3 at home to Swad Cons B. Gaz Ward and Bob Birch were the men in form for the Cons with doubles whilst Neil Cheadle replied for the home side. The game between Colin Wood and Andy Boam was halved.

It was honours even in the Woodville derby as they B drew their home fixture with the A. There were two wins apiece- Jim Marcer and Mark Gallagher for the B and Tony Coleman and Rich Marcer for the A, meaning there was no need for a dust up on the car park.

2018-19: Week 20

By Mick Buckland

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There was a Tuesday night fixture in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division with Tutbury C going down 5-3 at home to Spot On A. Three matches were tied at 1-1 with the highlight being Billy Ashton’s lovely 45 in his draw with Andy Speirs. Chris Widman and Mark Stirling also halved as did the home team captain Wayne Smith with Tom Elliott. The man making the difference on the night was Spot On’s Ade Harper who scored a double over Steve Burrows to take the extra winning point for the Spots.

With the match between Burton Cons B and league leaders Ivanhoe A being postponed, this set the tone for the rest of the matches in the division, which all finished 5-3 to the away side.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the season so far was the magnificent 100 break knocked in by Harry Farrell of SDSC A in his match versus Chris Mabbutt, who had a 36 of his own to come away with a share of the spoils. The Snooker Centre were 4-0 up at the turn after victories for Henry Tomas and Adam Harrison over Steve Mabbutt and John Brentnall respectively. The second half saw the ton up exploits of young Harry and also a win for Dave Mabbutt against Pete Maguire.

Burton Cons A went to Newhall and came away 5-3 victors. Graham Stevens was the man of the night as he rolled in efforts of 58 and 34 in brushing aside Martin Hurdman who could do little about it. Jon Fletcher also won for the Cons against Nick Walker to make it 4-0. In the second half Martin Hicks cleared from the brown when 21 behind to nick the first against Mike Buckland and then also took the second, playing some solid snooker. Jon Swift, for the Cons, and Carl Glover shared two scrappy frames to leave the Cons hanging on for the win.

Another leading side won 5-3 in Belmont A who overcame Swad Cons A. Mark Sherratt was man of the match as he included a lovely 73 in his win over Paul Slater. On the other table John Chambers had a good 43 but this was only enough for a half against a fighting Ant Rushton. After the break there was a win for the home side’s Andy Grainger over Owen Jones and then Rich Goldby for the visitors over Simon Orpwood to leave it 5-3 to the away side again.

Alrewas A were surprisingly beaten 5-3 on their own tables by Tutbury B. Only Lee Louch for the home side showed any real resistance and indeed he was on top form, rolling in runs of 51,34 and 30 as he demolished Jan Pawlazcyk, who had been in good form himself. Karl Hancox was held to a 1-1 draw by The Tutters’ Alan Davies leaving Wayne Pereira and Bill Stewart to bring home the winners’ point by beating Tom Smith and John Richardson.

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In the PJM Fascias Division One, Alrewas C are riding high and are looking good for an immediate return to the top flight.They were in cracking break building form last week as they shared four thirty plus breaks in their 5-3 win over Spot On B. Star man was Loz Kennerson as he efforts of 41 and 30 in beating Dave Mawhinney. Simon Tarrant won two, including a 36, as he got past Steve Gaunt. Steve Lane also had a 36 but this was only enough for a half with veteran Trevor Heath. Making the score respectable for the Spots was Tony Clements who had a good 2-0 win over Steve Butterworth.

Ivanhoe C kept up the pressure in second place with a thumping 7-1 victory over stablemates Ivanhoe B. Richard Wright was The B’s only scorer in his draw with Steve Cockeram. There were wins for the C’s Gaz Dolman, Daz Wilson and Graham Measures to seal the win, leaving them 4 points behind the leaders with a game in hand.

In third, Alrewas B made it six league wins on the bounce as they beat Stapenhill B 5-3 away. Ian Hiley beat Simon Piechovicz and Adan Walton drew with the Institute’s Grag Britton before the break. Afterwards there was a win each with the best game of the night being Rob Kent’s win over Dave Trueman which included a 27 from Dave but a trumping 37 from Rob. Mick Morris defeated the home side’s John Sherriff to seal the win.

Rolleston A secured a hard fought 4-4 draw with Burton Cons C. There were wins for The Rollers’ Tom Bassett and Greg Read for The Cons whilst the games between Mark Storr and Ian Shrive and then Bobby Cliff and Steve Castledine were halved.

Ivanhoe D avoided defeat for only the fourth time this season but it was a good 4-4 draw with a strong Stapenhill A side. Matt Tewkesbury rather stole the first of his frames with Mick O’Mahoney but won the second more convincingly. To even things up Tony Tredger was well beaten by the Insitute’s Jason Spiby, before there was a great tussle between Adam Briggs and Steve Ford, which ended up all square. Dave Watson won his first frame easily against Andy Gretton and then in a true sportsmanlike manner owned up to a foul on the pink in the second, which no-one had seen, to hand the second to Andy and an overall half.

There was another draw in the match between SDSC B and Rolleston B. Andy Goldingay was in his usual good form for the Snooker Centre scoring a double whilst Lionel Lewis did likewise for the visitors. Steve Ayre and Rob Tubey shared their two as did Chris Dewey and Kev Norris.

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In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Woodville A ended the last remaining unbeaten record across the three divisions as they overcame Spot On E. The Worriers had a great start courtesy of Alan Orpwood, who rolled back the years with a great display of potting and safety. Marvin Walker played his part in what was an entertaining game between the two. Bob Brooks and Luke Allsopp shared their two with Bob winning the first fairly comfortable and Luke the second on the black after a number of fouls on the blue and pink. Daz Scott was well behind in his fist against Dave Goldsmith but came back with some excellent pots and safety to win it on the pink. Dave returned the favour in a very similar second frame, also taking it on the pink. Tony Coleman drew with James Bailey after taking the first to give the Worriers the win and James the second in an excellent match played in good spirit.

Swad Cons C followed up their win the previous night in the President’s Handicap Grand Final with a cracking 7-1 triumph over Woodville B. Kyle Cope was the top scorer as he rolled in a lovely 39 on the way to winning his two frames, with doubles also scored by Colin Cope and Brad Williams. Woodville’s only point was scored by Gary Green who halved with Jordan Watts.

Burton Cons D scored a fine 6-2 victory over Rolleston C. Greg Hall and Al Munnien were the men in form as they won their two encounters versus Colin Wood and Steve Atkin respectively. There were draws in the other two matches between the Cons’ Paul Brooks and Tom Egginton against the Rollers’ Neil Cheadle and Aaron Doyle.

Swad Cons B and Belmont C fought out a 4-4 draw with wins from The Cons’ Andy Boam and Belmont’s Graeme Drayton. Terry Bosworth scored a 32 for the Servicemen but that only won him one frame in his draw with Gaz Ward. The game between Jon Petcher and Dave Press also ended all square.

Tutbury D kept up their challenge for promotion as they went to Belmont D and came away 5-3 victors. Ian Day was the star man for the visitors as he rolled in a 30 on the way to defeating Tom Holland. Paul Atterbury also won for the Tutters and the point for Dave Brady against Andy Biggadike saw the visitors into the winners’ enclosure with Brett Craddock winning two for the home side.

The ladies from Spot On D are now playing out of Swad Snooker Centre but the change of venue has not meant a change of luck as again they played well but came away with little to show for it. Yvonne Lawrence was their only scorer in her half with Stapenhill C’s Paul Stewart. The 7-1 win for the Institute was sealed by Neil Bourne, Barry Waller and Tim Knopik who all scored two frames apiece.

2018-19: Premier Blinds OS R3/OP R2

t was a return to the Premier Blinds Orme Shield and Plate action last week as both competitions produced their eight quarter finalists.

Spot On A made it through in the Shield after a hard fought derby win over Spot On E from Division Two. 5-3 it was in the end, with James Bailey winning both of his for the E. Andy Speirs and Ade Harper also managed doubles to see the Premier outfit through.

Swad Cons A looked to be cruising through as they were 4-0 up at halfway away at Swad Snooker Centre B. Their only winner in the second half, thereby scoring two wins overall was Paul Slater as again the Premier division side crept through.

Brett Bailey had a lovely knock of 45 in a rare appearance for Belmont A as they cruised through 7-1 away at Spot On B. John Hardy beat John Chambers for a fine win for the hosts but Bailey and then Rich Goldby and Mark Sherratt did the rest of the damage.

Alrewas A scored a fine 6-1 thumping over an out of sorts Burton Cons side, who could just not get going. Lee Louch knocked in a lovely 41 as he beat Mike Buckland in both of the frames they were drawn together. Jon Fletcher, for the Cons, beat Karl Hancox after cracking two great pots on the blue and pink but Mick Simpkins went in off potting the black to lose to Tom Smith, who won twice. John Richardson was also on the scoresheet with Hancox winning his second as well.

A shock looked on the cards at Swad Snooker Centre , where the club’s C team was 3-1 up at the break versus the A. Andrew Bloor won twice for the C but a fightback ensued with Henry Tomas winning both of his to force the draw and the dreaded doubles play off. The A just about manages to get over the line in the end….

Alrewas B had the unenviable task of going away to Swad Cons C, top of Division Two. They came away with a fine 6-2 victory though but not before Paul Bradford showed what a fine player he is, rolling in efforts of 54 and 31 in overcoming Carl Poulton. Doubles for Ian Hiley, Adam Walton and Mick Morris saw the Legionnaires through.

There was a cup upset at Newhall where the Premier side were beaten 5-4 on the doubles by Stapenhill A. Andy Gretton and Jason Spiby had enough left in the locker to edge past Martin Hicks and Nick Walker after two wins for Walker and Gretton in the main match.

Tom Bassett won both for Rolleston A but they went down 5-3 at home to Division One leaders Alrewas C. It was Loz Kennerson who made the difference , winning both for the away side and having an evening’s high effort of 41 as he went.

The draw for the quarter finals is as follows, with matches needing to be arranged by the captains and played by 20 March.

Stapenhill A v SDSC A
Alrewas B v Swad Cons A
Belmont A v Alrewas C (T)
Alrewas A v Spot On A

In the Premier Blinds Orme Plate, Kate Stirling and Yvonne Spendlove both scored one each but that was as good as it got for Spot On D (who now play out of SDSC)-AKA The Snookerettes-as they went down 6-2 to Swad Cons B, for whom Gaz Ward and Andy Boam starred, winning twice.

There was somewhat of a surprise and Burton Cons , where the C took on the Division One’s favourites for promotion Ivanhoe C and came away 5-3 winners. Captain Ian Shrive won both of his as did Greg Read, who has been in fine form. But the hero was Bill Davidson. back playing after a recent operation, who beat Mick Kirk for a fine win for The Cons.

There was an all Premier match up in the Plate at Belmont where the club’s B team went down 5-4 , again on the doubles to Tutbury B. It was 2-2 in each half with doubles scored by the home side’s Shaun Gebbie and Andy Thompson for the visitors-Thompson having the week’s high break of 76. Wayne Pereira was also in fine form with a 44 and it was those two who won in the doubles having two more efforts of 35.

Ivanhoe A went out of the Shield in the first round and were matched against stablemates Ivanhoe B in the second round of the Shield. The Premier Division’s leading side were in imperious form as they stormed to a 7-1 victory. There were some tremendous breaks with Andy Marriott having runs of 76, 36 and 35, Ant Moore having a 60 and Dan Blunn having a 51-the only frame win for the B was from Josh Wright.

Woodville A are through to the last eight, beating Stapenhill C 5-3, with Rich Marcer  doing most of the damage, after the visitors had been let down to three players at the last minute. Tony Coleman won the match after a fine black into the yellow bag after two tight frames with Tim Knopik. Tim winning the first with a fine 25 clearance, including a great pink down the green cushion.

Tutbury C put the Premier league woes behind them with a 5-3 win over Division Two promotion hopefuls Tutbury D. Billy Ashton was man of the match, having runs of 49 and 30 in his two wins. Wayne Smith showed a return to form with a double for the C whilst Jeff Siddalls won both his for the D.

The line up for the Plate quarter finals is made up by Stapenhill B, who comfortable beat Belmont C 6-2 away, where Simon Piechovicz and Rob Kent were the men in form for the Institute.

The draw for the quarter finals is as follows, with matches needing to be arranged by the captains and played by 20 March.

Belmont D (T) v Tutbury C (T)
Swad Cons B (T) v Ivanhoe A
Burton Cons C (T) v Woodville S&S A
Tutbury B v Stapenhill B

2018-19: Week 19

By Mick Buckland

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Ivanhoe A made it 12 straight league wins at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division after defeating Tutbury A last week 6-2 at home. First up was Andy Marriott against Steve Mabbott. The first frame was scrappy with both players missing chances. Andy took a chance at the end with a 36 to take the frame. The second was different as and took an early chance with a good 72. Ian Rennocks played Dave Mabbott and it was Dave that potted well in the first to take it with some to spare. Second frame Dave missed a couple and Ian got his potting boots on and ran away to take the frame to leave Ivanhoe 3-1 at the break. Ant Moore played Steve Hathaway and it was Ant that started well to have a good lead but Steve cleared at the end up to the pink. He didn’t play position on the black as he thought he had won. This turned into a safety battle. Ant eventually potted a good long black to win it. Second frame was going the same way with Ant running away and looking like winning with ease, but again Steve made a fight of it and again it was ant that potted the pink to take it after Steve missed his chance. Last up was Dan Blunn against Chris Mabbott. Both players struggling to find a rhythm but Dan potted the balls he needed to take the first. Chris responded well in the second with a nice 30 break to take control and eventually taking the frame to leave it 6-2 to the league leaders.

Burton Cons A were handed a whitewash without a ball being potted as Tutbury C were unable to raise a side-the game being called off an hour before it was due to start.

The match between Belmont A and Burton Cons B ended all square after all four games were halved. Rich Goldby and Darren Coady drew where each man won the frame they looked more likely to lose. Rob Chambers and John Shilton had a well contested game before the break . Two more draws ensued between Owen Jones and Simon Smith and then Mark Sherrratt and Troy Randle. Both sides have slipped a further three points behind the leaders and will need to turn things around quickly if they are to make a challenge.

Spot On A did their chances of survival no harm at all as they beat Belmont B 5-3. Mark Stirling was the man to make the difference as he scored a double to beat Arron Vaughan. Andy Speirs was in good form to crack in a lovely 45 but this only saw him draw with Josh Gebbie. Nigel Tomlinson and Graham Bailey shared their two as did Tom Elliott and Mark Satchwell.

Alrewas A kept their fine season going with a 6-2 victory away at SDSC A. Karl Hancox and Lee Louch were both winners on the night with Lee top scoring with a 39 in his win over Henry Tomas. Adam Harrison of the Snooker Centre and Tom Smith were not to be separated and John Richardson played well to take a frame off Harry Farrell. Since beating Tutbury B by a whitewash, this is now five straight league defeats for The Snooker Centre, whilst Alrewas look certain to finish fifth.

Tutbury B are now five unbeaten in the league after a 4-4 draw with Newhall A. It was another match with all four encounters ended up all square. Martin Hicks was top scorer on the evening with a good 38 in his half with Alan Davies. There were also draws between Wayne Pereira and Carl Glover and then Bill Stewart and Callum Coleman before the break and Jan Pawlazcyk and Nick Walker after it. Newhall are just above the drop zone with the two sides below them having a game in hand.

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In the PJM Fascias Division One, leaders Alrewas C handed out a 7-1 thrashing away at SDSC C. Simon Tarrant knocked in the league’s high break of the week and the best in the first division all season with a lovely 77 in his win over Brian Bloor. Loz Kennerson had a good 30 as he brushed past David Wain. Steve Butterworth also scored a double for the leaders whilst the Snooker Centre’s only point came courtesy of Andy Bloor’s half with Steve Lane.

Ivanhoe C kept up the pressure in second place with a 6-2 home win over Stapenhill B. On target for the Ashby side were Graham Measures and Mick Kirk-both winning after the turnaround with two draws in the first two games. These were played out by Gaz Dolman and Simon Piechowicz and Steve Cockeram with The Institute’s Dave Shenton.

Alrewas B are looking good for a return to the Premier after thumping basement side Ivanhoe D by a whitewash. Carl Poulton, Mick Morris, Adam Walton and Ian Hiley were all in the winners’ enclosure, with Ivanhoe D resigned to a return to Division Two.

The match between Spot On B and SDSC B was decided by the good all round snooker of Trevor Heath of the Spots, who played well in both frames to beat Steve Ayre. The other three matches were all scrappy affairs with the away side ,SDSC, winning the first frames before being pegged back by the Spots. Firstly Andy Jenkins with Chris Dewey and then after the break, Tony Clements and Andy Goldingay and then Steve Gaunt and Clint Sherratt.

Ivanhoe B still have an outside chance of promotion after making it three straight wins with a 6-2 triumph away at Rolleston B. Stu Tagg and Nick Sewell were the men to do the damage both scoring doubles. There were draws in the games between the Rollers’ Kev Norris and Greg Gallup and Lionel Lewis and Bren Mattley. The Rollers are now just above the dropzone, just above Stapenhill A who were without a fixture.

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In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Graeme Drayton and Terry Bosworth were in good form for Belmont C as they beat Burton Cons D 5-3 at home . Nathan Brooks, making a rare appearance, took both off Dave Press for the visitors. The match between Brian Cutting and Greg hall of the Cons was halved.

Tutbury D got their promotion push back on track with a 6-2 home win against Woodville B. Colin Bell had a 25 as he beat Mark Gallagher. Jeff Siddalls was also in for two frames, whilst Woodville’s two points came via Wayne Allen and Denis Moore who drew with Dave Brady and Paul Atterbury respectively.

SDSC D just about did enough to get past The Snookerettes. Nick Harcombe scored his customary two frames but at half time it was two across as Kate Stirling beat Bob McInulty. Chris Craddock then drew with Yvonne Lawrence before the man to make the difference was Ray Bancroft, with his victory over Marie Bridges.

Swad Cons C made it six straight league wins at the top by beating Woodville A 5-3, leaving them 16 points clear at the top. Jordan Watts included a 25 in his two frame win over Bob Brooks and Kyle Cope was also in potting form, rolling in efforts of 27 and 32 to take two off Daz Scott. Replying for the Worriers was Tony Coleman who played nicely to get past Sean Fern in both. Paul Bradford and Alan Orpwood, continuing his return, shared their two.

Spot On E have a game in hand in fourth near the top and still look favourites for promotion as they are still unbeaten. Last week it was a hard fought draw though at home to Swad Cons B. Dave Goldsmith was the star break man with a lovely 34 for The Spots but Andy Boam hung on in for a half. Wins were traded between the two sides with Adam Edwards scoring two for The Spots and Dave Bodie returning the favour for The Cons. the other match was tied between Marvin Walker and Bob Birch.

The Division’s outstanding performance of the week came for Belmont D as they thumped Stapenhill C 7-1 on their own tables. Barry Waller was the only home player to register a mark on the scoresheet as he drew with Ian Gibson. Elsewhere it was an imperious display from Brett Craddock, Matt Groves and Andy Biggadike as they all won with ease.

2018-19: Week 18

By Mick Buckland

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Swad Cons A have surely done enough already to maintain their stay in the David Wain Insurance division after beating Spot On A 5-3 at home.Andy Grainger had a 31 on the way to beating Andy Speirs but the match was in the balance at halfway as Ade Harper beat Paul Slater for the Spots. Mark Stirling’s 35 for the Spots was only enough to win one frame in a tight match with in form Ant Rushton, so it was Simon Orpwood’s victory over Tom Elliott that brought the Cons the extra winner’s point. Spot on will require at least another couple of wins from their remaining fixtures to ensure their safety.

Alrewas A were surprisingly beaten 5-3 at home by a resurgent Newhall side. Tom Smith rolled in efforts of 38 and 32 but was only able to score a half with Martin Hurdman, who battled well. Similarly John Richardson was held 1-1 by Nick Walker, who had a nice 30 to win his. The Legionnaires’ captain was then also held one all by Callum Coleman before Martin Hicks provided the inspiration for the Newhall boys by beating Lee Louch. Alrewas look settled in fifth spot in the league and Newhall have given themselves real hope of survival.

Tutbury A were on the wrong end of a 6-2 scoreline at home to Belmont A, who are still harbouring thoughts of the title themselves. It was 2-2 at halfway with draws in the matches between Steve Mabbutt and Owen Jones and then John Brentnall and Rich Goldby. It was one way traffic though after the break though as there were wins for Belmont’s Rob Chambers and Mark Sherratt over Dave and Daniel Mabbutt respectively. Tutbury are without a win in four and are now in the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand, whilst Belmont are 8 points behind the leaders with everything to play for.

In a Tutbury derby, it was the B that prevailed over the C by frames to three. Jan Pawlazcyk was the star man as he knocked in a lovely 40 on the way to beating the C’s Tom Lucas. Wayne Pereira was also in good form as he beat Steve Butler. Steve Burrows, for the C, took one off the B’s before the C team captain, Wayne Smith had a 29 as he beat Alan Davies. Tutbury B have pulled themselves eight points clear of the drop, whilst the C are in trouble at the base of the table but there are still many more points to play for.

Leaders Ivanhoe A maintained their grip at the top going to Swad Snooker Centre and coming away 6-2 victors. The home side were without Harry Farrell so it was down to Ben Davies and Adam Harrison to nick a frame each off Ian Rennocks and Ant Moore, with Ian having a week’s divisional high break of 48 to win his. Andy Marriott was as impressive as ever as he had efforts of 33 and 31 in defeating Henry Tomas. Dan Blunn continued his good form to take both off Pete Maguire. Ivanhoe are four points clear of Burton Cons A with a game in hand and 8 clear of Belmont off levels. Four straight defeats and now SDSC A are one off the bottom with a few frames to be won before they ensure safety.

Burton Cons A won 5-3 away at Belmont B. Three matches were drawn-John Swift with Josh Gebbie, with Swifty taking the first with an assured display of snooker-the second with Josh creating a good lead with a 38 before Swift countered with a 32 of his own, Josh then finishing off for a deserved half. Graham Stevens struggled for the Cons against Zaheer Hussein but did have a 32 as he just about got over the line with Zaheer missing some chances. Mike Buckland had 25 first visit to create a lead against Mark Satchwell before Mark, cueing over the yellow at the far end, produced a stunning pot to stay on the black and rolled in 38 from it to go one up. Mike then knocked in enough to win the second and another draw. Jon Fletcher, for the Cons, had a good 40 to go one up against Arron Vaughan but Arron battled well in a scrappy second frame before then fluking both blue and black to nick another important frame for the Servicemen. Belmont are now six points above the drop whilst Cons A will need to beat the sides around them to stand any chance of the title.

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In the battle for third place in PJM Fascias Division 1 Alrewas B came out on top in a tight affair against Rolleston A. FIrstly, league debutant Kevin Doherty made a good first match but Carl Poulton was much too strong on the night and took both frames. Tom Basset, for the Rollers, evened it up at 2-2 with fine breaks of 42 and 26 to leave Mick Morris frameless on the night. Alrewas’s star player Ian Hiley took on Rich O’Dell in a cat and mouse set of frames. Hiley taking the first near the end and O’Dell taking the second on the final pink. That left Dave Trueman to bring the win home for the Legionnaires against a spirited Evan O’Dell who was well short in the first but after a nice 16 in the second pushed Trueman to the final pink. Alrewas have had three straight wins to give themselves the advantage over Rolleston, who have had back to back defeats.

Ivanhoe B won for the second consecutive week with 6-2 success over Spot On B. Nick Sewll and Matt Gray were the men in form as they both scored doubles. John Hardy and Tony Clements scored the visitors’ only points as they both drew with Stu Tagg and Greg Gallup. The Ashby side are in fifth whilst Spot On just need to look over their shoulders after three defeats in four.

SDSC C made it three wins from four as their Great Escape attempt gathers momentum. Andrew and Brain Bloor did the damage as they beat Burton Cons C’s Greg Read and Steve Castledine respectively. Cons’ captain returned for the visitors with a win over Garton Bloor so it was David Wain’s frame off Bill Davidson that mad the difference on the night and saw the Snooker Centre home.

Rolleston B are another side near the bottom showing signs of resurgence.  Last week , they went to Stapenhill Institute and came away 7-1 winners over the B team. Rob Tubey, Lionel Lewis and Kev Norris were all victorious whilst the Institute’s only point came courtesy of Simon Piechowicz’s draw with Rob Sanders.

At the top, Alrewas C are marching on with another win as they beat SDSC B 5-3. Steve Butterwoth beat Clint Sherratt 2-0 and there was a draw in the game between Simon Tarrant and Steve Ayre before the halfway point to put the hosts 3-1 up. In the second half, Loz Kennerson showed his Premier division quality as he rolled in efforts of 54 and 33 to brush aside Mark Elliker. Andy Goldingay, for the Snooker Centre, returned the compliment with a comfortable win over Lee Cooke. This being a thirs straight defeat for SDSC B has weakened any chance of a return to the top flight whilst Alrewas remain 5 points clear at the top.

Ivanhoe C are  right in the hunt for promotion as they beat their clubmates ,the D 7-1. Gaz Dolman, Mick Kirk and Steve Cockeram were all on form to score both frames whilst the D’s only success was a half in the match between Adam Briggs and Daz Wilson. Ivanhoe C have a game in hand in second place whilst the D look resigned to a return to Division Two.

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The big match in the Newton Fallowell Division Two was between the top two sides but it was Swad Cons C who blew away Tutbury D to establish themselves as title favourites. It turned out to be a whitewash as Jared Cronje starred with a magnificent 58 with wins also for Jordan Watts, Kyle Cope and Paul Bradford. Tutbury remain in second and look good for promotion but Swad Cons now have it all to lose.

Swad Snooker Centre D kept up their challenge for promotion with a hard fought 5-3 away win at Belmont D. Nick Harcombe and Ray Stretton were on target for the visitors whilst the draw for Ray Bancroft with Mark “Mr. Chairman” Vaughan saw them over the line. The other two points for the Servicemen came from Andy Biggadike as he beat Bob McInulty.

The match between Woodville A and Swad Cons B was certainly a game of two halves. Billy Bob Brooks and Andy Boam had two long drawn out frames with Andy playing well to win his and Bob winning his on the black. Alan Orpwood made a welcome return to the Woodville side but was beaten by Chris Stone in both of the close frames won on the pink. Tony Coleman lost his first in a tight affair with Bob Birch down on the pink as well after Bob produced a number of fine pots. He continued in the same vein in the second to go 33 up with 1 red left. Tony then produced a fine cut on the last red and then potted the low colours in dribs and drabs before rolling the last three in for an 18 to secure the win and therefore a draw. The hero of the night for the Worriers was Daz “The Flying Scotsman” Scott. He won the first against Jon Petcher fairly comfortably but the second went right to the wire with Jon looking favourite but he left the black for Daz to pot -which he duly did to force the respot. Daz went for it into the green bag
but fluked it in the middle thereby securing the victory which forced the overall draw and honours even.

The other Woodville side-the B came out all square in one of those matches when all four games were halved. with Stapenhill C. Wayne Allen and Barry Waller shared theirs as did Denis Moore and Neil Bourne in the first half. Mark Gallagher and Tim Knopik and then Jack Gallagher and James Smith did similar after the break. Spot On E kept their unbeaten record in tact and are looking good for promotion after going to Burton Cons D and coming away 6-2 winners. Marvin Walker and Dave Goldsmith were both on target for the visitors coming away with doubles. The two points for the Cons came courtesy of Al Munnien and Greg hall in their draws with Adam Edwards and Luke Allsopp.

The Snookerettes keep getting close but coming away on the losing side. Last week was no exception as they went down 5-3 at home to Rolleston C. Gilda Horvath, Kate Stirling and Marie Bridges all won a frame apiece off Neil Cheadle, Mark Storr and Graham Fisher whilst The Rollers star man was Aaron Doyle whose victory meant an overall win for the Rolleston boys.

2018-19: Week 16

By Mick Buckland

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In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division last week the top four
all played each other and it was reigning champions Ivanhoe A who came
out smelling of roses.  Ian Rennocks of Ivanhoe played Belmont A’s Rob
Chambers in two very close frames but it was Ian that had a little bit
run of the balls and potted the last few balls in both frames to take
them both. Andy Marriott played Owen and it was Andy that potted well
in the  and won it with the aid of a 32 break. But Owen responded well
and took his chances to get the half. Ant Moore played John Chambers
with the first  close up to the final few balls which Ant potted and
took the frame. The second frame was of a high standard. Ant started
well with a 52 but John replied with a 40 of his own. It went all the
way to the last few balls. John cleared to the black and missed it
leaving Ant a chance which he took for the win. Dan Blunn played Mark
Sherratt in two close frames again. Mark took the first for Belmont to
close the gap to 5-2. The final frame was a battle on the green ball
which lasted half an hour. Mark needing a couple of snookers but it
was Dan who came out on top to leave the final score 6-2 to Ashby

It was the week for the Burton Cons derby between the A and the B and
perhaps unsurprisingly honours were shared by virtue of a 4-4 draw.
John Shilton, for the B,  had a 33 on the way to his draw with Mike
Buckland after winning the first and the Mike having a share of the
run to cement his lead in the second for the half. Jon Fletcher for
the A halved with Simon Smith who potted a cracking black for his
frame win after a respot. Graham Stevens was top scorer with a lovely
55 for the A against Darren Coady who had no answer on the night.
Squaring it all up for the B was Troy Randle who beat Jon Swift after
a long struggle..the B being 4-1 up at one point. Both sides could
really have done with the win as they chase Ivanhoe.

Swad Cons A and Tutbury B were also not to be separated with another
match ending four across. Simon Orpwood top scored for Swad Cons with
a nice 32 on the way to defeating the Tutters’ Alan Davies whilst on
the other table Andy Grainger of the Cons was held to a 1-1 draw by
Wayne Pereira. Jan Pawlazyck scored a good 2-0 win over Simon
Mansfield for Tutbury whilst Ant Rushton and Bill Stewart drew their
two for a half each.

Yet another draw was played out at Tutbury where the A side drew four
all with Spot On A. Dave Mabbutt scored a good win against Mark
Strirling for the home side whilst the Spots’ Andy Speirs returned the
favour with a victory over Steve Mabbutt. The other two ties were
halved – Chris Mabbutt with Nige Tomlinson and Steve Hathaway with Ade

With things very tight at the wrong end of the table there was a
potential relegation tussle at Belmont where the club’s B team came
out on top 5-3 against fellow strugglers Newhall A. Man of the match
was Mark Satchwell has he had runs of 35 and 29 in beating Nick
Walker, who had a 27 of his own. Josh Gebbie had a 29 on the way to
his win against Martin Hurdman whilst Callum Coleman rediscovered some
form for the visitors with runs of 31 and 27 as he got past Graham
Bailey. The game between Arron Vaughan and Carl Glover was all square
to leave the home side with the crucial extra winning point.

Karl Hancox again made the difference for Alrewas as they came away
from their home match with Tutbury C with the winners’ point after he
won with the other three matches halved. Karl had a nice 30 in beating
Tom Lucas to leave the Legionnaires six unbeaten. Lee Louch for
Alrewas was in fine potting form with efforts of 30 and 32 but this
only managed him one frame against Tutbury’s Jon Sully. John
Richardson rolled in a good 32 but similarly this only won one against
the visitors’ captain Wayne Smith. Tom Smith and Billy Ashton also
drew their game leaving Tutbury nine points from safety. There is
still hope for Tutbury though and the next six sides are separated by
just 6 points with everyone playing everyone else…so anything could

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In the PJM Fascias Division One, Spot On B scored a good 5-3 win away
at Ivanhoe D. Veteran league player Trevor Heath was the man to make
the difference as he scored a double over the home side’s Tom Freeman,
Jacob Moore, a youngster new to the scene, was in good form to take a
frame for Ivanhoe off the experienced Steve Gaunt. Nathan Blood drew
with John Hardy as did Adam Briggs with Andy Jenkins.

It was the Rolleston derby week as well and it turned out to be a good
week for promotion chasing A as they came out 7-1 victors. Rob Tubey
was the only point scorer for the B as he took one off Rich O’Dell
whilst there were wins for the A’s Bobby Cliff, Joe Docksey and Tom
Bassett. Rolleston A are third top and Rolleston B third bottom.

Alrewas B are chasing Rolleston A hard and kept pace in fourth
overcoming tough resistance from SDSC C to secure an excellent 7-1 win
of their own. David Wain missed nothing from distance against Ian
Hiley in both frames playing excellently throughout. Hiley had to dig
very deep in the second frame to take a deserved draw. Mick Morris
somehow clawed the first frame away from Brian Bloor with a blue to
black clearance – the only time Bloor was behind was at the end.
Morris wrapped up the second much more easily. Adam Walton took on a
spirited Phil Killen, playing his first game in the league for quite a
while. On the night though Killen was no match for Walton who took
both frames. Andy Rice was out of sorts in the first frame versus Carl
Poulton who took it at a canter. The second, though, went down to the
wire with Poulton taking pink and black to seal a win for the

At the top, Alrewas C keep winning and last week rolled over Ivanhoe B
7-1. On form last week were Steve Lane with an excellent 37 and Steve
Butterworth with a 30 as they both scored wins. Bren Mattley was
Ivanhoe’s only scorer as he drew with Lee Cooke. Loz Kennerson
provided his customary two frames defeating Nick Sewell.

Another 7-1 win came courtesy of Burton Cons C as they put Stapenhill
A to the sword. Greg Read, Simon Shilton and Vince Draper were all in
the winners’ enclosure- Greg winning two close frames  after a
cracking safety exchange with Chris Sheldrake. Cons’ captain Ian
Shrive won the first versus Andy Gretton but Andy dug in to snatch the
second knocking in some lovely balls as he went to save the
Institute’s blushes.

Stapenhill B remain with an outside chance of promotion as they snuck
past SDSC B 5-3. Greg Britton was the main man as he beat the Snooker
Centre’s John Davis. John Sherriff scored a very creditable draw with
Andy Goldingay, who has been in top form. There were also halves
between the institute’s Simon Piechowicz and Steve Ayre and then Rob
Kent and Clint Sherratt.

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In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, Tutbury D kept themselves well
in touch at the top after a 5-3 home victory against Stapenhill C. In
particularly good form was Ian Day who beat the Institute’s Barry
Waller. Elsewhere the other three matches were drawn- Dave Brady with
Paul Stewart, Colin Bell with Neil Bourne and Paul Atterbury with Tim

Mounting an every increasingly strong challenge though are Swad Cons
C. Last week they put a dent in the promotion hopes of SDSC D by
thumping them 7-1 to put down a real marker. Ben Pearson was the top
performer as he rolled in a nice 33 on the way to his win over Bob
McInulty, whilst Brad Williams scored an impressive win over the
league’s consistent players in Nick Harcombe. Another win came
courtesy of Colin Cope over Ray Bancroft whilst Ray Stretton scored
the Snooker Centre’s only point in his draw with Jordan Watts.

Woodville A(The Worriers) drew 4-4 with Burton Cons D despite leading
4-0 at the turn. Conditions on the evening were not helped by the
effect of Bass and Pedigree on some constitutions-resulting in doors
open and gas masks on. Daz Scott’s play was solid all through both
frames to take both off Al Munnien-in particular his safety. Billy Bob
Brooks deserved to take both from Jim Jennings on the pink as the
Worriers went 4 to the good. Tom Egginton beat Tony Coleman -the first
with the aid of a little run and the second comfortably playing some
great snooker. Greg Hall rolled in a nice 24 in the first against Pat
Ryan but Pat battled well to hang in there down to the pink before
Greg cracked in a beauty down the top rail then knocking in a
straightforward black for the win. Greg won the second more
comfortably for an overall half.

The Belmont derby was won by the C over the D by a 5-3 scoreline. It
was Terry Bosworth who made the difference scoring a double over the
D’s Ian Gibson. the other matches were halved-Brett Craddock with
Brian Cutting, Tom Holland with Dave Press and Matt Groves with Graeme

Woodville B lost 5-3 at home to Rolleston C. In the individual battles
it was 2-1 in wins to the away side- Mark Storr and Graham Fisher for
the Rollers were on target with a reply for the home team from Denis
Moore. The game between Mark Gallagher and Neil Cheadle was halved.
In the Spot On derby there was a tremendous battle between the club’s
E team and The Snookerettes of the D. In the end it was the E who came
out on top to keep themselves in the hunt for promotion.

James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith were the men to do the damage both
scoring wins but the fightback was well and truly on as Yvonne
Lawrence used all her experience to take both from Marvin Walker. Kate
Stirling was only able to take one from Luke Allsop leaving the E just
about winners on the night.

2018-19: Week 15

By Mick Buckland

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In the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, there was a potential relegation battle at Tubury Club, where the club’s C team went down 5-3 to Belmont B. It was a game of 2 halves. Arron Vaughan played against Steve Butler. In the 1st Steve took the frame on the pink. In the second game Steve didn’t let Arron see a lot running out comfortably. Mark Satchwell ,for Belmont,lost his first frame to Wayne Smith but then he started to show signs of his cueing getting back to his best in the second frame winning it giving the Tutbury side a 3-1 lead at half time. Gebbie Snr played solid snooker in both frames to take both his frames against Tom Lucas, cueing really well. He would of had the performance of the night if it wasn’t for Gebbie Jr against Steve Burrows. Josh potted everything in his game and put together a hard fought 30 break that if the balls had been kinder would have been a lot more. A great result for Belmont B coming into an important run of fixtures for them in their relegation battle.

Spot On A had a terrific 6-2 home win against SDSC A by virtue of wins for Ade Harper and Andy Speirs. Andy had a nice 30 on the way to beating Adam Harrison. Tom Elliott, for The Spots, had the evening’s highest contribution with a lovely 38 against Pete Maguire, who battled well himself for a share of the spoils. There was another draw in the game between Mark Stirling and Henry Tomas. There are just 5 points covering six teams near the foot of the table so every frame will really count towards the end of the season. 

Newhall A are another side for whom each frame is important and they managed to take three from a strong Swad Cons A outfit but eventually went down 5-3. Nick Walker had a good 31 in his match against Andy Grainger to take a frame with Andy knocking in a 43 in return. Carl Glover and Paul Slater fought out another draw to leave it all square at halfway. In the second half there was another draw between Martin Hicks of Newhall and Simon Orpwood so the result was decided by Ant Rushton’s victory over Callum Coleman. Ant had efforts of 25 and 36 along the way. This is now no wins in six for Newhall who are one off the bottom whilst Swad Cons have some breathing space in 6th place.

Leaders Ivanhoe were without a fixture so there was opportunity for the chasing pack to close the gap, however Belmont A suffered a surprise 6-2 home defeat by fifth placed Alrewas A. The damage was done in the first half as Lee Louch had runs of 36 and 31 in defeating the home side’s Owen Jones. On the other table, Tom Smith had a thirty six of his own to get past Belmont’s Rob Chambers, who rarely loses both. John Chambers had the best break of the night with a 51 against the Legionnaires’ captain Karl Hancox but Karl played well to take the other frame. In the final encounter there was another half between Mark Sherratt and John Richardson to leave Belmont in third, four points off the top and Alrewas fifth, only 11 points behind themselves, albeit having played a game more. 

Burton Cons A took their opportunity to get back in the hunt after two successive defeats before Xmas by thrashing Tutbury A 7-1. The scoreline does not tell the whole story though as on another night The Tutters could have come away winning the match if they had taken their chances. Graham Stevens, for The Cons, beat Dave Mabbutt but only after a real tussle in both frames. Mike Buckland missed an “unmissable” pink to take the first before knocking in a far more awkward black after some decent safety from both players against Chris Mabbutt. The second frame was littered with bad fortune, mostly against Chris, who went in off trying to lay a snooker to leave Mike an easy clearance for another 2-0 victory. Jon Fletcher, in his match against John Brentnall, knocked in a beauty of an opening red and went on with blacks to 33 before breaking down and was fortunate to hang on in the end after a tremendous fightback from John. Fletcher then needed to pot a thin pink to win the second but missed it altogether meaning it was Brentnall who just needed it and he duly snatched it to leave their encounter all square. In the final game Jon Swift won the first against Steve Mabbutt before a very drawn out last frame saw Steve go 30 up with only one red left. Swift fought  back with the aid of some cracking safety and eventually took it on the black for a 7-1 win for the Cons to leave them level at the top with Ivanhoe, having played a game more.

Burton Cons B have been struggling for players recently and last week lost ground at the top by going down 5-3 away at Tutbury B. Wayne Pereira took both off part time player David Smith whilst Bill Stewart turned in a good performance for Tutbury by taking one off Darren Coady for a 3-1 lead for the home side at halfway.  After the break there was a good win for Jan Pawlazyck, whom rolled in a nice 30 on the way to beating Simon Smith. John Shilton played with his usual class to include a 39 in defeating Alan Davies. This is back to back wins for Tutbury who are now 6 from bottom but still only one point above the relegation spots. Defeat for The Cons leaves them six points behind Ivanhoe, having played a game more.The title race will no doubt take another turn next week as the top four play each other.

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At the top of the PJM Fascias Division One, Alrewas C made it four straight wins to go  a point clear after going to Stapenhill Institute and coming away 5-3 winners. Loz Kennerson was man of the match as he rolled in a lovely 37 as he beat Chris Mehick with the other three matches halved-Chris Sheldrake with Lee Cooke, Andy Gretton with Steve Lane and Steve Ford with Steve Butterworth. 

In second are Ivanhoe C , after they suffered a surprise 5-3 home defeat to relegation threatened SDSC C. Despite knocking in a nice 32, Gaz Dolman, for Ivanhoe,  could only manage a half with part time player Andy Rice. The were tremendous battling halves for the Bloors, Brian and Garton who took frames off Mick Kirk and Graham Measures respectively whilst it was another Bloor, Andy, who made the difference on the night beating Daz Wilson.Rolleston A won 5-3 at Spot On B to position themselves in third. Tom Bassett had a 37 on the way to beating The Spots’ Steve Gaunt and also on the winners podium for The Rollers was Rich O’Dell. Returning a double for the home side was Tony Clements whilst the game between Trevor Heath and Bobby Cliff was halved.

Dave Trueman and Ian Hiley were the men in form scoring doubles for Alrewas B as they kept up their promotion push against Burton Cons C. Adam Walton and Carl Poulton had to settle for draws in their matches against Simon Shilton and Greg Read.

Ivanhoe B went down 6-2 at home to Stapenhill B with Simon Piechowicz and Rob Kent the men on fire to win both their matches. Bren Mattley and Nick Sewell kept the score down by both winning a frame each for the Ashby side against Greg Britton and Bryan Sharratt.

SDSC B made it eight unbeaten in all competitions by beating bottom side Ivanhoe D 6-2. Chris Dewey top scored on the night with a 36 but it was only enough to win one against Keith Bale, who fought well. Ivanhoe’s other point came courtesy of Tony Tredger as he took one off the home team’s captain Steve Ayre. John Davis and Andy Goldingay scored comfortable wins to see The Snooker Centre home with Andy having won 19 of the 24 frames he’s played this season.

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In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, there was another of those rare draws when all four matches were halved. This was the case as Stapenhill C drew with Woodville A as no players managed anything over 20. Barry Waller,Neil Bourne, Tim Knopik and Paul Stewart all won a point for The Institute and Pat Ryan, Daz Scott, Tony Coleman and Bob Brooks doing similar for The Worriers.

Nick Harcombe won his 23rd frame from 26 this term including runs of 31 and 28 as he won for SDSC D at home against fellow promotion hopefuls Tutbury D. It was a tight match though ending 5-3 to the Snooker Centre as Ray Bancroft continued his fine form with another win for the home side. Ian Day pulled two back for the Tutters but the draw for Wallace Webb with Paul Atterbury got SDSC D over the line.

Spot On E are right in the mix and remain unbeaten-last week they got past Belmont D 5-3. Marvin Walker and James Bailey were both on form with Marvin having a 23 and James a 32 as they both won. Mat Groves replied with a double for Belmont and the game between Dave Goldsmith and Brett Craddock was halved.

Belmont’s other Division Two side, the C, went down 5-3 at home to Woodville B. Jack and Mark Gallagher were the men to do the damage with another point coming from Denis Moore in his draw with Dave Press. Terry Bosworth won both for the Servicemen as he beat Gary Green.

The Snookerettes of Spot On D went down 6-2 at Swad Cons B but not without a fight as Kate Stirling scored an impressive victory over Bob Birch. There were wins though for the home side’s Gaz Ward, Andy Boam and Dave Bodie who were made to work hard for each frame won.It looks to be an exciting end to the season as the top four are only separated by two points.

2018-19: Week 14

By Mick Buckland

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The regular league season kicked back off after the winter break and previous week’s Orme Shield action with the David Wain Insurance Premier Division leaders Belmont A having their rest week. Ivanhoe A took advantage with a 6-2 victory at home to Spot On A. There were wins for Ant Moore, Andy Marriott and Ian Rennocks, whist The Spots’ Mark Stirling took two off part time player Dave Marriott to keep the score respectable. 

There was a derby at Tutbury between the club’s A and B teams and it was the B who came out on top by a 5-3 scoreline. Wayne Pereira and Jan Pawlazyck were on form for the B with Dave Mabbutt rolling in a nice 37 for a win for the A over Alan Davies. John Brentnall and Bill Stewart shared theirs as the B ran out winners to pull themselves out of the bottom three.Burton Cons A kept themselves in touch at the top after a very close 5-3 win away at Swad Snooker Centre A. Mike Buckland won a tight first frame against Rich Hinks down on the blue after all the reds went awkward but then knocked in runs of 39 and 40 to run away with the second. On the other table Jon Fletcher won the first for the Cons after firstly knocking in pink and black and then requiring a respotted black against Adam Harrison. Adam then played well in the second to force a draw which his overall play merited. Harry Farrell beat Graham Stevens in their first before a battling Stevens knocked in an excellent colours clearance under pressure to secure the draw. Henry Tomas beat Jon Swift to put the match down to the last frame-there was an excellent bout of safety from both players before Swift took on a risky double…it took an extra run across the table for the treble and secured a rather fortuitous win for the visitors.

Burton Cons B had a comfortable 6-2 win over visitors Newhall A with John Shilton having runs of 63 and 31 in his win over Carl Glover. Darren Coady was also in the winners enclosure whilst there were draws in the games between Simon Smith and Nick Walker and then Troy Randle with Martin Hicks-Martin being player of the evening for the visitors with efforts of 45 and 27. 

Swad Cons A and Tutbury C fought out a hard 4-4 draw. Andy Grainger, with a nice 44, beat Steve Butler, whilst Simon Orpwood also scored two for the Cons. Wayne Smith was the star man for the Tutters, including a nice 39 on the way to defeating Ant Rushton whilst Billy Ashton, drafted in for the visitors was also in good form as he ha

d a good run of 29 in his win over the Cons’ Paul Slater.Alrewas A kept their excellent season going with a 5-3 home win against Belmont B. John Richardson was the man to make the difference as he beat Graham Bailey with the other three game all halved. Tom Smith top scored for Alrewas with a 34 in his half with Mark Satchwell, whilst Josh Gebbie had a good 32 in his shared match against Karl Hancox. Lee Louch and Arron Vaughan were also not to be separated.

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In the PJM Fascias Division One, there was a derby at Ivanhoe as the D went down 5-3 at home to the B. Nick Sewell and Josh Wright were winners for the B whilst Dave Watson of the D beat the B’s Greg Gallup. The game between Matt Tewkesbury and Stu Tagg was halved.Rolleston A and SDSC B shared the spoils with a 4-4 draw. Steve Ayre, for the Snooker Centre,had his potting boots on with a nice 30 to get past the Rollers’ Rich O’Dell whilst returning the favour for the home side was Mark Press with a good win over Chris Dewey. Bobby Cliff and John Davis shared theirs as did Tom Bassett and Andy Goldingay.Ivanhoe C kept up their promotion challenge and are two ponts clear at the top after going to Burton Cons and coming away 6-2 winners over the C team. Gaz Dolman, Daz Wilson and Mick Kirk were the men to do the damage for the away side whilst Greg Read kept the score reasonable by beating the visitors’ Graham Measures.

Stapenhill A and Alrewas B had a tough  game ending four across with two wins on each side.Steve Ford was man of the match as he rolled an evening’s high of 42 in his win over Dave Trueman. Also winning two for the Institute was Andy Gretton. Bringing the match level though for The Legionnaires were Mick Morris and Ian Hiley with wins over Chris Sheldrake and Chris Mehick respectively.

Alrewas C have put themselves in with a great chance of promotion after defeating Stapenhill B by the thumping score of 7-1. Tim Hodgkinson, making a rare appearance had a nice 35 as he drew with with Simon Piechovicz, who had a good 31 of his own in a high class battle. Loz kennerson was man of th evening as he knocked a in a 45 in his victory over Rob Kent. Steve Lane and Rob Cooke was also winners for Alrewas, sitting pretty second in the table.

In a battle at the wrong end of the table, it was Rolleston B who came out on top against SDSC C. Victories for Kev Norris and Ron Tubey did the damage. David Wain and Rob Sanders halved theirs with Rob having a nice contribution of 28- and there was another shared game as Andy Bloor drew with Lionel Lewis. Both sides will look to an improved second half of the season.

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The Snookerettes of Spot On D take top billing in the Newton Fallowell Division Two after they defeated Burton Cons D 5-3. Marie Bridges beat an in form Greg Hall with another win coming courtesy of Yvonne Lawrence over Al Munnien. Jim Jennings held the Cons end up with a 2-0 success over Gilda Horvath and there was a hard fought draw between Kate Stirling and Tom Egginton. Watch out the rest of the division as the ladies are coming to get you…

Tutbury D kept up their promotion push by beating Rolleston D 6-2. there were wins for Paul Atterbury and Ian Day whilst the games between Colin Bell and Aaron Doyle and then Dave Brady and Mark Storr were halved.SDSC D remain top but only after being held to a draw by Stapenhill C. Paul Stewart played well for the Institute , taking one off Nick Harcombe, having a 32 along the way. There was another draw between Gord Jennings and Ray Stretton, whilst winners on the night were Tim Knopik for the Institute and Ray Bancroft for the Snooker Centre.

Man of the week in the Division Two was Paul Bradford as he had a 37 in his first frame for Swad Cons C against Belmont C’s floating player Arron Vaughan. He then followed this up with a 58 in the second to take over at the top of the high breaks chart in Division Two. Sean Fern also won for The Cons whilst there were draws between Jordan Watts and Brian Cutting and also Kyle Cope with Dave Press to leave the Cons in a good position for a promotion push.

Belmont D and Swad Cons B had a 4-4 draw with wins for Gaz Ward of The Cons and Andy Biggadike for The Servicemen. Scoring one each were Matt Groves with Andy Boam and Tom Holland with Bob Birch. 

Spot On E showed they will be in the mix after going to Woodville B and coming away 5-3 winners. Dave Goldsmith and Marvin Walker were in fine form to notch victories whilst the extra winning point was provided by Adam Edwards in his draw with Gary Green. Mark Gallagher held the Woodvillians heads high with a win over Jack Gallagher.

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.