2011-12: Week 30

In the Just Wood Premier Division, the league champions, Burton Cons signed off in great style, beating Willington A 8-0, which is a tremendous result because Willington are a team in fifth place in the division. Stuart Roberts was in very good form, taking both frames off Gaz Barker who, incidentally, knocked in a 30 break and lost! Stuart did well as Gaz has only lost twice this season. Mat Milnes, the Cons master break builder of the season, was at it again, knocking in four breaks of 52, 43, 36 and 35. In winning both frames, Mat’s opponent, Bill Stewart had plenty of time to enjoy Mat’s superb potting. Not to be out done, Jonathan Fletcher knocked in a 46 break in beating Wayne Pieria. Owen Jones played some excellent snooker in beating Jan Pawlazych.

A draw for Ivanhoe B at home to runners-up Newhall A helped to keep them in the Premier division for another season. Ivanhoe got off to a great start, thanks to Jason Pickering taking two well deserved frames off Mark Satchwell. James Dean, the new boy for Ivanhoe, lost the first frame to Fran McInulty where, with a bit of luck, he could have won it. James won the next frame to put Ivanhoe 3-1 up at the turn. He also made a 25 break in the frame he won. Newhall’s Wayne Brewin won two battling frames against Brendon Mattley. Wayne made two breaks of 41 and 39. The ‘in form’ John Skellett secured an impressive draw for the team, by taking both frames off Adam McInulty, which was an outstanding performance. John also made a very good 42 break.

Belmont A finished on a high after beating middle of the table SDSC A 7-1. Not for the first time this season did Sturmy Archer and Graham Bailey get them off to a perfect start. Graham, playing some good steady snooker, beat John Davis. Sturmy Archer, Belmont’s player of the year, has been in outstanding form all season, and has only been beaten once this season which takes some doing. Sturmy won both frames against Andy Goldingay, another player who does not lose many, knocked in a creditable 34 break. Shaun Gebbie had two tough frames against Steve Ayre, with honours being shared – the right result. It was good to see Mark Press back in the team after not being available for some weeks due to an eye problem, he was back in the groove taking both frames off Chris Dewey.

SDSC B are relegated after losing to Belmont B 6-2. SDSC’s Mr Reliable, Simon Orpwood drew with Miffa Smith, which included a 31 break by Simon. Belmont’s Rich Goldby put them 3-1 up at the turn, by beating Brian Bloor and also knocking in a 31 break. A draw between two experienced players, Andy Bloor and Mark Vaughan. Arron Vaughan played very well to beat Garton Bloor, Arron has made the step up from the lower divisions to Premier division, with very few problems.

Relegated Stapenhill A lost 6-2 at home to the resurgent Tutbury A. Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson, made short work of beating Dave ‘Silver Fox’ Powell. After that it was a great night for the Tutters. Steve Hathaway easily took the first frame off Tim Knopik, it was very close in the second frame, with Steve winning it on the black. To make it 2-2 at the turn. Chris Mabbott and Steve Ford battled it out in both frames, only for Chris to win both frames, and knocked in a 27 break in each frame. Dave Mabbott saw off Carlos Jeffcoate in some style.

A good draw for Rileys A away to Willington B. Rileys A’s form over the last few weeks has been quite good, enabling them to pull away from the relegation zone. Martin Riddell of Rileys was in good form, taking both frames against Dave McWhinney. John Hardy and Michael Lomas drew two scrappy frames. Steve Gaunt and Zaheer also drew, but their match was a lot more entertaining with some good potting. Tony Clements earned Willington the draw by beating the luckless Michael Dewsbury.

In the David Wain Insurance Division, congratulations to Rileys D for winning their third consecutive promotion, with their thrashing of Rolleston A 7-1 away. Mike Flanagan was in terrific form, taking both frames fairly easily against Bob Tubey. Mark Stirling’s win against Bob Sanders gave Rileys a 4-0 lead at the turn. This continued as Mickey Tonks took both frames off Tony Rushton. Rolleston’s Kev Norris took their only frame against Rich Foster, when sharing the spoils. This defeat ended Rolleston’s hopes of promotion into the Premier Division.

The runners up slot goes to Ivanhoe C, who have only lost three games all season, and they finished with a defeat against Rileys B, who won 6-2 despite a late surge, they failed to get the third promotion slot. For Rileys, Adam Bridges played exceptionally well to take a frame off Gaz Dolman. Gaz made a 22 break in the frame he won. Ade Harper made a 33 break in one of his frames, as he defeated Jerry Cook. Andy Speirs got the two frames for Rileys victory, beating Darren Wilson. The irrepressible Mark King enjoyed two great frames of snooker against Steve Cockerham. Steve made a 42 break in winning his frame, then Mark knocked in a quick fire 22 break to take his frame.

A home defeat for Ivanhoe D against Burton Cons B 7-1 condemns them to a relegation spot along with Drakelow and Burton Cons C. The Cons have left their promotion push a little too late, but Simon Smith was in a bit of a hurry in beating George Cawkwell fairly comfortably. Jason Anguish played some very good snooker against Alan Richardson to win both frames. Acting captain, Tom Egginton did not let the team down by beating Jason Collins in some style. Ivanhoe’s Barry Fieldsend won the frame to prevent the whitewash, but could not stop Dave Shipton knocking in a 27 break, and winning a frame.

An excellent draw away from home for Woodville A as they staved off the threat of relegation against Stapenhill B. John Richardson and Andy Grainger had two close frames with honours shared. Colin Britton and Simon Mansfield shared two scrappy frames. Woodville’s Lee Wood was in very good form, taking both frames off Greg Britton. Stapenhill’s Stan Piechowczi was again their saviour this week, beating Paul Slater to earn them all a well deserved draw.

Belmont C showed Drakelow no mercy, beating them 6-2. Belmont’s Lee Turner was always the most likely of the two to win both frames, beating Mark Baxter. Alan Orpwood and Dickie Davis had two quick frames of snooker, with neither player deserving to win both. Tony Coleman and Paul Eaton also drew, with Tony needing to pot pink and black to win. In the second frame, Paul was always in control of the frame. Kevin Ramsell played some amazing pots in the first frame in beating Pat Ryan. Kevin gave away around thirty points in fouls in the second frame, but was still good enough to win the frame.

SDSC D ended their season on a high, by beating Burton Cons D 6-2. Adey McDonnell won two tight frames against Steve Castledine. Carl White and Mick Buckland had a really close match with honours even. Skipper, David Wain and Paul Davies had two long a scrappy frames, but David was happy as he won both of them. Lee Sherratt and Ian Shrive drew two entertaining frames with some very good potting by both players.

In the Rileys Division Two, the current form team in this division is yet another team from Alrewas. The C team have just put paid to Newhall B’s hopes of getting the promotion slot, by beating them 7-1 at Newhall. Alrewas have just won their tenth consecutive match – if they had shown this form all season, they would have been chasing their A and D teams. Karl Hancox kept Callum Gray under control, winning both frames. Karl is more than a useful player in this division. Nigel Edwards and Colin Wood won both of their matches fairly comfortably against Ricki Higgs and Jonny Howlett respectively. The match of the night was between Carl Glover and Rob McMeecham. Carl won the first frame to prevent the whitewash in some style, with two breaks of 20 and 25. Rob retaliated with a break of 22, and winning it on the black.

Willington C were again in fine form, beating Woodville C 6-2. For Willington, Steve Lane was again in good form, taking two good frames off Richard Thornewell. Alan Parry, the snooker player, not the commentator, won two scrappy and drawn out frames against Eric Thornewell. For the second week running, Woodville’s Alan Shuttleworth has had very little good running, this time against Steve Butterworth. Well done to Woodville’s golfing expert, Terry Eyley, who potted very well to beat Darren Harris.

Tutbury C lost at home to Rolleston B 3-5. For Rolleston, Aaron Doyle took both frames off Mark Storr, apparently Aaron’s favourite colour on the night was yellow, where he made a break of 12, which included four yellows. This was rather unusual, as he turned down far easier pots on the pink and black to pot the more difficult yellows. Lee Cooke beat Graham Fisher to put them 4-0 up at the turn. Tutbury’s Graham Smith made the score a lot better by beating John Ward. Neil Cheadle for Rolleston, drew with John Peto to give Rolleston victory.

SDSC E finished on a high note, beating wooden spoon holder’s, Swad Cons B 6-2 away. Andy Jefferies has found his form too late in the season, beating Pete Fearn. Ray Stretton played well in beating Jon Petcher. Jon’s son Dan was in good form, taking both frames off the seasoned campaigner, Tony Mitchell. Phil Maddocks took both frames off John Griffin in two close and entertaining frames.

Woodville B, despite losing 6-2 away to Belmont D, managed to keep hold of the third promotional place, after Swad Cons C could only draw away to runners-up Alrewas A. Belmont got off to a great start, thanks to Terry Bosworth, who was giving very little away, taking both frames off Martin Ganley with ease. Josh Gebbie then showed what a talented player he can be by making breaks of 31 and 29 to beat Trevor Heath. Woodville’s captain, David Budworth got their only frames against Dougie Lees. Brian Cutting got Belmont over the line by beating fellow veteran crown green bowler, Brian Alford.

Hard luck to Swad Cons, who failed by two points in getting promotion. The Cons started off well with Vince Draper taking both frames off Will Sherratt. John Sharpe then returned the favour on Craig Wilson. Roy Sherratt lost two close frames to Mat Newbold. Alan Wilson beat Bob Birch for the draw. In the first frame Alan won it on the black ball.

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2011-12: Week 29

In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, Rileys D are back on form and very close to being crowned champions of this division after beating Ivanhoe D away 6-2, which leaves Ivanhoe D battling to stay in the division. Rileys got off to an ideal start, with Mike Flanagan taking both frames off Jason Collins, with some very good potting and safety play then Mark Stirling, who also played well beating Tim Bale to put Rileys 4-0 up at the turn. Mick Tonks drew with the experienced Warner Collins to give Rileys the victory, and Richie Foster also drew with Barry Fieldsend. The third relegation position is down to Ivanhoe D or Woodville A, as we come to the final matches of the season.

Stapenhill B have ensured that they are staying in this division next season by beating Burton Cons D 6-2. John Richardson gave Stapenhill a good start by taking both frames off the wily Jim Jennings. Bryan Sharratt and Paul Davies drew in two rather messy frames. By all accounts, the star player for Stapenhill was Stan Piechowicz, who was back to something like his old form, potting anything that moved, in taking both frames off Ian Shrive. Colin Britton and Mick Buckland shared two entertaining frames.

Burton Cons B dented Rolleston A’s promotion hopes by beating them 5-3. Thanks to Dave Shipton, who was in excellent form, taking both frames off Andy Sharples. Simon Smith and |Bob Tubey drew, leaving the Cons 3-1 up at the turn. Captain, Dave Plunkett, drew with Bob Sanders, and so it was left to Jason Anguish to get the one frame for victory, by drawing with the talented Tony Rushton. I think that they missed the experienced Kev Norris.

Congratulations to Burton Cons C player, Nathan Brooks who won his first two frames of the season against Mark Baxter, who played quite well but Nathan, who is only 14 years of age, played that little bit better on the pressure shots. Burton Cons C lost at home to Drakelow 5-3. Ian Protheroe was again finding a bit of form, drawing with Alan Orpwood. Geoff Wood lost both frames to Tony Coleman on the pink and black respectively. Pat Ryan, for Drakelow, was again playing well, and took both close frames against Paul Brooks.

Woodville A are doing their best to fight off relegation with a hard fought win against middle of the table opposition, SDSC D 5-3. Andy Grainger and Lee Sherratt drew two evenly matched frames with some good pots by both players. For Woodville, Chris Brown played very well to take a well deserved frame off Ady McDonnell. Lee Wood played very well in the first frame to win it against Ryan Gilmore. In their second frame, Ryan stepped up a gear, and showed what a talented player he can be. Paul Slater was Woodville’s star player, winning both frames against Rob Press, with some good potting and excellent safety play for a Woodville victory.

A drawn match between SDSC C and Belmont C was the last result either team wanted if they are going to get the third promotion slot. All the frames in this match were drawn. Adam Harrison again played well, but the draw with Paul Eaton was a fair outcome. Peter Maguire was in excellent form in the second frame, potting some superb balls after Kev Ramsell had taken the first frame. Lee Wright and Richard Davies shared two particularly scrappy frames. It was left to either Henry Tomas and Lee Turner to win both frames for their sides winner, but they drew an honourable draw.

In the Rileys Division 2, champions Alrewas D , nicknamed the ‘Raptors,’ again showed their ruthlessness, hammering Rolleston B 1-7 away. Rolleston got off to a reasonable start with Neil Cheadle taking a well earned frame of Colin Kinsella. After that it was one way traffic. Dave ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman took both frames off Lee Cooke. One of the winning frames including a 24 break. Colin ‘The Potinator’ was again in excellent form with some very good pots, which included a 22 break against Aaron Doyle. Apparently, Aaron tried out four different cues to try and help his cause, but failed. Ian Hiley was very lucky to win his first frame against John Ward, who did not have the best of running, but Ian made no mistake in the second frame.

Alrewas A have confirmed the runners up position by beating Belmont D away 3-5. Alrewas got off to quite a good start, thanks to Will Sherratt, taking both frames off the out of sorts Josh Gebbie, then John Sharpe, playing well, drew with Terry Bosworth. Belmont’s Brian Cutting, was in superb form, taking a frame off the very talented Phil Marklew. For Alrewas, Roy Sherratt got the frame they required for victory, drawing with Dave Press.

A rather surprising result was Newhall B defeated to SDSC E 3-5. The defeat will have put any hopes that Newhall had of getting a final promotional slot in grave doubt. For SDSC E, Any Jefferies was in cracking form, taking both frames off Jay Haywood. Ray Stretton then took both frames off Jonny Howlett, to give SDSC the perfect start. Callum Gray started Newhall’s fightback by taking two comfortable frames off Ray Bancroft. Phil Maddocks got the frame for victory against Carl Glover.

Another good win for one of the form teams in the Rileys division, it is another Alrewas team, in fact it is Alrewas C who thrashed Swad Cons B 8-0. Alrewas’ cause was made easier by Swad Cons turning up with only three players. Karl Hancox was again in good form, taking both frames off Dan Petcher. Nigel Edwards was also playing some good snooker, beating John Griffin, which included a 26 break. Colin Wood won two scrappy frames against Pete Fearn.

Swad Cons D did well beating Woodville C 6-2, thanks to skipper Dave Bodie beating Jim Gardner. Dave, after a rather shaky start, potted some very good balls. Scott Gee and Bob McInulty, a name from the past, drew two close frames. Marc Egan and Ben Woodward had a great first frame. Marc at one time, was forty behind, but clawed his way back into the match, only to lose on the black. Marc played well in the second frame, to win it. Apparently, Marc has a liking for Jeff Bourne’s meat pies! Gaz Ward won both frames against Alan Shuttleworth, playing very well in the first. Poor Alan, for Woodville, could do nothing right in the second frame, going in off the black three times. Gaz finished off the frame with a superb 28 break.

Swad Cons C have put a bit of a dent in Woodville B’s promotion hopes, beating them 5-3 at Woodville. Trevor Heath surprisingly lost both frames to Vince Draper, as Trevor had made a 36 break in one of the frames. Bill Davidson pulled the scores level by easily beating Craig Wilson. Two very close frames were shared between Dave Budworth and Bob Birch. Unfortunately for Woodville, Brian Alford could not save the day, as he has on numerous occasions, he lost both frames to Matt Newbold.

Alrewas B drew with Willington C. Brian Aldridge and Tony Trueman drew their matches against Steve Lane and Darren Harris respectively. For Alrewas, Tom Smith was on top form against Taylor Richardson, winning both frames. Steve Butterworth then took both frames off Brian Eccelston for a draw.

In the Just Wood Premier Division, Ivanhoe A have finished their season, beating SDSC A 5-3 away. Ivanhoe have had an extremely good second half of the season. If they had played like that all season, they would have given Burton Cons and Newhall A a good run for their money. In this match, they just got the better of SDSC in a tight match. Steve Ayre got SDSC off to a flying start, taking both frames off the ‘in form’ Andy Marriott. Ian Rennocks and Andy Goldingay drew in a very high quality match with some excellent safety play and pots. Ivanhoe’s captain, Michael Kirk, overcame late substitute Mick Carnell, with some steady play. In their final match of the season, Antony Moore, stealing a gruelling match, by beating Chris Dewey.

A good win for Tutbury A against a top six team, Willington A, 6-2. Craig Keen, acting captain, got the team off to a good start, punishing Jan’s early mistakes and taking both frames. Craig made a 37 break, which helped his cause. Paul Atterbury and Bill Stewart shared their frames, leaving Tutbury 3-1 up at the turn. Daz Lester and Gary Barker shared the honours in two edgy frames, with Daz having the befit of some good pots in the first frame. A late rally by Gary in the second frame, earned him a draw. Tutbury’s star man was Joe Docksey playing in the Premier Division for the first time, he showed great maturity and skill for somebody with little or no exposure at this level. Winning both frames against Wayne Piera and also making a 25 break, he is obviously one for the future.

Rileys A 5-3 win against relegated Stapenhill A, just about secures their future in the Premier Division for next season. Michael Lomas and Tim Knopik shared two good frames of snooker. Martin Riddell has found some form of late, and it continued as he defeated Chris Gould fairly easily. Stapenhill’s Steve Ford, got them back into the match by beating Michael Dewsbury, with the help of a good 34 break. Rileys captain, Zaheer, earned them victory by taking both frames off Andy Tomlinson in two close frames.

A very good win for Ivanhoe B 5-3 against Belmont B keep their relegation hopes alive. The match was very close with the final result difficult to call. Jason Pickering was in excellent form in the first frame, knocking in an impressive 31 break. In the second frame, Mick Morris came close to pinching it, but Jason hung on. Belmont’s Arron Vaughan played very well in both frames to easily beat Stuart Tagg, so at the halfway stage, the score was 2-2. John Skellett’s rich vein of good form continued, this time taking both frames off Miffa Smith. John has won fourteen out of his last sixteen frames – where was he at the beginning of the season? He also, made a 34 break. Brendon Mattley and Mark Vaughan battled it out for a well earned draw, which gave Ivanhoe victory, and keeps alive their hopes of staying in the Premier Division.

An impressive win for Tutbury B away to Willington B 5-3. Dave McWhinney and Dave Powell shared their match. Tutters Chris Mabbott was the top man, taking both frames off John Hardy, which included a 37 break. Steve Gaunt and Steve Hathaway drew two scrappy frames. Tony Clements and Dave Mabbott also drew with Dave making a 31 break.

2011-12: Week 28

In the Just Wood Premier Division, congratulations to Burton Cons on retaining the Premier league title as they beat Tutbury A 5-3. Mat Milnes, for the Cons, should have won both frames against Daz Lester, but Daz produced a wonder shot on the pink to steal it. Poor Colin Bell for Tutbury, making his debut for the team, had to face Jonathan Fletcher who was in awesome form, and who did not give Colin any chances. Owen Jones, again should have won both frames against Craig Keen, but miscued a shot letting Craig in, to take a frame. By all accounts, Alan Davies of Tutbury, had his fair share of good running against Stuart Roberts, but it ended up honours even. Rumour has it that if Carlsberg had a snooker team, it would probably be the best team in this league!

A good win in the relegation battle for SDSC B 5-3 against Ivanhoe B. The reliable Simon Orpwood again played well in taking both frames fairly comfortably off Stuart Tagg. Brian Bloor and Jason Pickering had two fairly entertaining frames with honours shared. Jason did make a 35 break to win his frame. Andrew Bloor for SDSC took both frames off Brendon Mattley, with some good snooker pots and safety. John Skellet for Ivanhoe, again won both frames, as he appears to be doing this a lot lately, this time beating Garton Bloor.

Rather a shock result when high flying Ivanhoe A turned over Belmont A who are fourth, 7-1. The shock being that Ivanhoe’s captain Kirk beat Mr Consistency, Sturmy Archer. I believe this is the first time this season that Sturmy has lost both frames, although Mick graciously said that Sturmy was “out of sorts.” Belmont’s Graham Bailey won his first game against Ian Rennocks, which prevented the whitewash, but Ian came back well to win the second frame. Andy Marriott was again in cracking form, this time against Shaun Gebbie, winning both frames in style, with breaks of 49, 39 and 36. Antony Moore again came up with the goods, by beating Brett Craddock.

In a hard fought match, Stapenhill A could only draw with Willington B. Tim Knopik and Andy Jenkins drew in two scrappy frames. Chris Gould, who had very little luck lost both frames to John Hardy. Andy Tomlinson and Tony Clements shared two very good frames of snooker, with the highlight being Tony’s 38 break. Steve Ford for Stapenhill, rolled back the years against Steve Gaunt, with a great display of snooker potting, winning both frames.

Newhall got over their disapointment of last week, losing to the new league champions Burton Cons, by thumping Belmont B 8-0 away. Unfortunately for Belmont, the Vaughan family, Mark and Arron, had no answer to Mark Satchwell and Fran McInulty’s potting skills on the night respectively. Martin Hicks was slightly fortunate to take both frames of Rich Goldby. Wayne Brewin was again in good form, by beating Miffa Smith.

A very good result for Rileys A against Tutbury B, when they won 6-2. The Tutters are still not certain which division they will be playing in next season. For Rileys, Michael Lomas was playing some good snooker in beating Dave Mabbott. The Tutters came back to be level at the turn, thanks to Steve Mabbott beating Michael Dewsbury. Martin Riddell was in superb firm, taking both frames off Chris Mabbott, which included a very good 64 break. Captain, Zaheer, finished off a good evening for Rileys, by comfortably taking both frames off Dave Powell.

In the David Wain Insurance Division One, Burton Cons D, the joint highest draw specialist with eleven, managed a rare victory against relegation threatened Woodville A, beating them 6-2. Paul Davies and Paul Slater shared two scrappy frames. Steve Castledine and Lee Wood both played some really good snooker, with neither of them deserving to lose. It was all downhill after this for Woodville, as Ian Shrive was in excellent form to take both frames off Andy Grainger, who very rarely drops both frames. Mick Buckland has, for most of the season, been the Cons most consistent player, and he again proved it by taking both frames off Simon Mansfield.

Just like most of the season, Drakelow lost at home, this time to SDSC C 3-5, who are coming up on the rails for the third promotional spot. SDSC got off to a good start with Adam Harrison taking both frames in a close encounter with Mark Baxter. Alan Orpwood and Pete Maguire shared two good frames of snooker. The silky skills of veteran, Pat Ryan were a joy to watch as he took both close frames against Ben Davies, who missed one or two match winning opportunities. Henry Tomas then took two good frames of snooker off Tony Coleman.

Nothing seems to be going right at the moment for Rileys C, as they lost to their club rivals Rileys B 8-0. Again, they failed to turn up with a full team – well done for persevering.

Belmont C came very close to becoming Burton Cons C’s first unbeaten match of the season, but they just edged it 5-3, thanks to a 31 break by Mark Sherrett in winning both frames. Well done to Ian Protheroe of the Cons, for winning both frames against Paul Eaton, who rarely drops both frames.

Another win for SDSC D against Stapenhill B 5-3, leaves Stapenhill still around the relegation area. Star player for SDSC was Adey McDonnell, taking both frames in some style against John Richardson. Lee Sherrett and Bryan Sharratt shared both frames, where both players both showed their potting skills. Ryan Gilmore and Colin Britton shared two steady frames, with plenty of good safety play. It was left to SDSC’s skipper, David Wain to win a frame yet again, for victory against Greg Britton, who won the second frame.

In the Rileys Division Two, what a good week For Alrewas D. Last Monday, they won the final of the President’s Cup against Newhall A and Rileys D in some style. This week they are crowned champions of this division. Although a newly entered team, they have a very talented squad. This week they beat Tutbury C 6-2. Colin Kinsella, one of the stars of the previous night, was again in good form, beating Mark Storr with a bit to spare. Dave ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman won both frames against a determined Graham Fisher. Carl ‘The Potinator’ Poulton and Graham Smith drew which was a fair result. Stand-in Jimmy Edwards, gave John Peto a bit of a caneing in the first frame which included a 31 break. John came back well to win the second frame.

Alrewas C continued their good run with a good away win at SDSC E 3-5. Yet again, man of the match for Alrewas was Karl Hancox, by taking both frames off Ray Stretton. Ray controlled the first frame with some solid potting – he was 22 points ahead on the colours when Karl clicked into gear by potting a superb pink, and a pressure black to give Alrewas at least a draw. Karl comfortably won the second, but Ray never recovered from losing his first frame. All of the other three matches were drawn.

Alrewas B also had a good win against Woodville C, beating them 5-3. For Alrewas, Tom Smith was in good form, making a 29 break, and beating Luke Hudson. Both Alan Shuttleworth and Brian Eccleston played out two entertaining frames, which were shared with Brian making a career best break of 21. For Woodville, Terry Eyley was in cracking form, making a 25 break, a taking both frames off Brian Aldridge. John Hill got the two frames required by Alrewas for victory by some outstanding potting against a young James Gardner.

In the battle for runners up position, it looks like it is going to be Alrewas A, after they beat third placed Woodville B 5-3, in a rather tight match. The first two sets of matches ended all square. Will Sherratt had two close frames with Dave Budworth, then Alrewas’ potting sensation Phil Marklew drew with Trevor ‘Hit Man’ Heath, and Phil making a 30 break to win his frame. John Sharpe also drew with the wily campaigner, Brian Alford, in two rather scrappy frames. The deciding match was between Alan Wilson and Bill Davidson, Alan with some inspired potting and good safety play, took both frames off Bill to give Alrewas victory.

Willington C continued their good season by beating Swad Cons D 5-3. The Cons got off to a good start, thanks to Nig Duggins taking both frames off Darren Bradley in some style. The Power boys fought back well with Steve Lane playing some very good snooker to beat Marc Egan. Steve Butterworth continued the charge with the beating of Gaz Ward, with some quality snooker. Darren Harris got the one frame required for victory, by drawing with Scott Gee.

Another win for Swad Cons C 5-3 against Belmont D – this sounded like a good match. Craig Wilson and Josh Gebbie shared both frames. Josh knocked in a 31 break. Vince Draper won both frames against Dougie Lees and was the difference between the two teams. Two old campaigners, Bob Birch and Terry Bosworth, who over the years have played each other on numerous occasions. Nothing has changed, they drew, and they both made a break of 29 to win their frame. Matt Newbold and Dave Press also drew their match too.

Newhall B beat basement club, Swad Cons B 5-3, but not without being given a fright. For the Cons, Dan Petcher played exceptionally well to take both frames off Joe McInulty. In the second frame, Joe conceded with 3 reds still on the table. Newhall’s captain Carl Glover, again played well, this time against the unlucky Pete Fearn. Callum Gray was also a little bit lucky to win both frames against John Griffiths. Jonny Howlett got the frame required for victory, when he drew with John Petcher.

2011-12: Week 27

In the Just Wood Premier Division what a match between Burton Cons A and Newhall A, who are currently first and second respectively, who served up a real treat of a match with four breaks over 30 and two breaks over 70. This must have been a good match to watch. This match also shows that we have some real quality and excellent break builders within the league.

Jonathan Fletcher was in great form, after recently winning the Evershed Vase Final, he beat Fran McInulty and made a 72 break in quick fire time with some great potting. Another cracking match on the other table between Mat Milnes and Mark Satchwell. Mat made a 32 break to win the first frame, then back came Mark with the highest break of the night, a superbly constructed 77. Nothing could split John Shilton and Adam McInulty, they both won a frame, and also made a 31 break to win their frame. Owen Jones, with some steady snooker and good safety play to beat Martin Hicks to give the Cons victory.

Belmont A, for the second home match running, flew out of the blocks and going 4-0 up in no time against Rileys A. Graham Bailey again continued his up and down season by making light work of his opponent, the unlucky Tim Rushton. Graham also made a 31 break. Sturmy Archer has been Belmont’s most consistent and outstanding player of the season, showed young Michael Lomas how to play snooker with breaks of 31 and 37 respectively. Zaheer started Rileys fightback by winning both frames in some style against Brett Craddock. It was left to Belmont’s captain, Shaun Gebbie to get the one frame for victory against Michael Dewsbury, with an outstanding pot on the black to win the first frame. Michael battled back well to take the second frame on the colours.

Ivanhoe A kept up their rich vein of form by thrashing Willington B 8-0. Andy Marriott was again in good form, this time against Andy Jenkins, knocking in a very good 48 break. Ian Rennocks was also playing well to beat John Hardy with the help of a 30 break. Captain Kirk struggled to overcome the determined Tony Clements just managed it. In the second frame, Mick was 33 behind but gradually clawed the points back, and nicked it by fluking the pink and cross doubling the black. Antony Moore overcame the dogged resistance of Steve Gaunt to win both frames.

SDSC A and Tutbury B drew their match in a night of good breaks. For SDSC Andy Goldingay made a very good 43 break, but could only draw his match against Dave Mabbott. Two good frames of snooker was enjoyed between Steve Ayre and Steve Mabbott. In the first frame Steve Ayre knocked in a 40 break, and in the second frame Steve Mabbott made a 30 break to win it. For the Tutters, Chris Mabbott was in too good a form for Chris Dewey, taking both frames with the help of a 46 break in the first frame. John Davis earned SDSC a draw by beating the Tutters ‘Silver Fox’ Dave Powell, which included a 30 break.

A good draw away from home for relegation threatened Ivanhoe B against Tutbury A. Ivanhoe B’s find of the season Mark Muir, took both frames off seasoned campaigner Alan Davies, and in the second frame Mark was 36 points behind, but came back very well to win on the black ball. Joe Docksey beat Brendon Mattley to level the scores. Joe seems to be growing in confidence as the season progresses. Ivanhoe’s John Skellett used all of his years of experience to beat Paul Atterbury. It was left to Tutbury’s Daz Lester to take both frames off Mark Pickering in two entertaining frames for the draw.

Things are not looking too good for SDSC B who lost very heavily to Willington A 7-1. For the ‘Powermen’, Wayne Piera won both frames against Brian Bloor in two entertaining frames. Simon Orpwood of SDSC took the only frame against Gaz Barker, to prevent the whitewash. SDSC would certainly be in a bigger mess without Simon’s frame wins. Jan Pawlazych beat Andy Bloor with some steady snooker play. Bill Stewart then did a similar job on Garton Bloor.

In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, the promotion places are not as clear cut as they appeared to be a few weeks ago. With fourth placed SDSC C beating Rileys D 5-3, who appear to have hit a bit of a sticky patch. Adam Harrison was in good form in the first frame against Steve Brimley, making a 40 break, but Steve reacted well in the second frame by knocking in a 22 break to win the frame. Ben Davies and Rileys new boy James Foy, shared their frames with Ben making a 27 break, and James making a 25 break. Henry Tomas was the star player for SDSC by taking both frames off Micky Tonks. It was left to the young talents of Harry Farrell to get the one frame for victory, by drawing with Rich Foster.

Second placed Ivanhoe C struggled to beat SDSC D 5-3. Darren Wilson managed to share the spoils with Carl White, who can play a bit! Steve Cockerham and Lee Sherratt, two very talented potters, battled it out for a well earned draw. Captain Graham Measures, was the difference between the two teams on the night, taking both frames against the unlucky Rob Press. Jerry Cook for Ivanhoe, got the all important frame for victory, by drawing with David Wain.

Third placed Rileys C seem to be struggling not only for form, but for players. It amazes me that a team fighting for promotion can only raise two players, but credit to Paul Fox and Adam Farrington, for turning up and playing their matches – it shows that these guys are only interested in playing – well done. Unfortunately, they lost 7-1 at home to relegation threatened Stapenhill B.

A rather heavy defeat for relegated Drakelow, losing 0-8 at home to a rampant Rolleston team. Tony Rushton, in beating Jim Marcer, made a 31 break. Keiran Waddell won two scrappy frames against Mark Baxter. Bob Tubey was too good on the night for Pat Ryan. Kev Norris played very well to beat Alan Orpwood.

Burton Cons C lost to stablemates Burton Cons B. A special mention for Ian Polifco, who took both frames off former snooker reporter, Mick Hickebottom. For the B team, Simon Smith was in a bit of a hurry against Geoff Wood, as it took only 25 minutes to play both frames, with Simon knocking in breaks of 34, 34, 30 and also a 20 break as well – some match!

Rileys B had a good win against relegation threatened Woodville A 5-3. This was partly down to Ade Harper taking both frames against Paul Slater, in two very close matches. Mark King and Clint Sherratt shared two entertaining frames, with neither player deserving to win both frames. Kevin Chilton played well to take a frame off Andrew Grainger with some excellent potting. Tim Hodgkinson and Lee Wood shared two scrappy frames.

Belmont C beat Ivanhoe D 5-3. Belmont are still fighting for the final promotion spot. Lee Turner and Barry Fieldsend drew, with Barry making a 32 break to clinch his frame win. Kevin Ramsell and Tim Bale also shared two entertaining frames. Not for the first time this season, Mark Sherratt knocking in a substantial break, this time it was 67, which was started off with a massive fluke. Mark won both frames against Jack Bale. Dickie Davies was also in good form, taking both frames off the experienced George Cawkwell.

In the Rileys Division Two, Alrewas D aka the Raptors, confirmed they are champions by beating fifth in the table, Swad Cons C very convincingly. Colin Kinsella got them off to a great start by easily beating new boy Vince Draper. Carl ‘the Potinator’ Poulton had Matt Newbold sitting in his seat for most of his two frames. Carl knocked in a 24 break too. Ian Hiley was again in an aggressive snooker mood, by taking both frames off Bob Birch, with breaks of 28 and 41 in respective frames. For the Cons, Craig Wilson was the only player to win a frame, preventing a whitewash against John Edwards.

Alrewas A are still hanging on to the runners up slot by beating Tutbury C 8-0 away from home. Phil Marklew was again in astonishing form, beating Graham Fisher. Will Sherrett did not mess about either, beating Maurice Dawkins. Alan Wilson beat John Peto in two scrappy frames. John Sharpe was in fine form to do the double over Mark Storr.

Alrewas C continued their good form by beating Willington C who have been getting some good results of late. For Alrewas, Karl Hancox was again in good form, this time against Darren Harris. In the first frame, Karl won it in some style, helped by a break of 29. The second frame was more difficult for Karl, although Darren fought well, but could not break down Karl’s resolve. Nigel Edwards took both frames off Matt Rowley fairly comfortably, so at the turn they were 4-0 up. Alrewas captain, Colin Wood took the first frame against Steve Butterworth on the black, to give Alrewas victory. Steve beat Colin on the black in the second frame. Steve Lane for Willington, added a bit more respectability to the score line, by beating Nick Swash in two very close frames.

In the Swad Cons inter club derby, it was the D team who came out victors against the B team 7-1. It was unfortunate that the B team could not build on last weeks victory. Scott Gee had little trouble in beating Pete Fearn. Mark Egan had two very close frames against John Griffin, which was only decided on the last few colours in both frames. Gaz Ward won both frames against Reg Shorthouse. According to the steward, Reg is destined for higher things. The B team captain, Jon Petcher staved off the whitewash by drawing with Carl Pitchers.

A welcome draw for Woodville C against SDSC E, with all the players drawing.

A good away win for Newhall B 6-2 against Alrewas B, keeps them on the edge of the promotion race. Newhall’s captain, Carl Glover again did the business, this time against Tony Trueman in two very competitive frames. Callum Gray also played well to beat Brian Aldridge. Newhall’s inspirational player Joe McInulty, beat Tom Smith with the help of a 31 break. Alrewas’ John Hill, beat Mick Stubbs to put a little bit of respectability to the score.

Woodville B are still hanging on to the third promotional place after a very good win away to Rolleston B 7-1. Woodville’s Trevor ‘The Hit Man’ Heath was in complete control of his match against Lee Cooke, who did not have a look-in. Trevor also made a 33 break as well. Bill Davidson was playing some very steady snooker to beat the experienced John Ward. What an interesting frame it was when Tim James won against the very experienced Brian Alford. With only the colours from green onwards left, the green was hanging over the green pocket, and the brown over the middle pocket, and Tim plays a shot, and the cue ball goes into the pocket. Brian places the cue ball in baulk, goes to have a drink of water, dries his hands and pots the brown – foul! He had forgotten the green had to be potted first – that’s experience for you. David Budworth won his first frame with a 35 break, but only just won the second on a re-spotted black with Neil going in off.

2011-12: Week 25

In the Just Wood Premier Division, Ivanhoe A’s good run of form continues, this time against Tutbury B, winning 7-1. Andy Marriott again won both frames with breaks of 31 and 32 in respective frames against Chris Mabbott. Ian Rennocks winning against Steve Mabbott put Ivanhoe in a very good position, and Ian knocked in a 39 break also. Ivanhoe’s captain, Mick Kirk and Steve Hathaway both drew with Steve by winning the second frame on the black. Antony Moore won two comfortable frames against the Tutter’s Dave ‘Silver Fox’ Powell.

Burton Cons A had a fine win at home to Belmont B, winning 6-2. Solid performances by Cons players Mat Milnes and Jonathan Fletcher, against the respective opponents of Arron Vaughan and Mark Vaughan. Jonathan was in good form making a magnificent 66 clearance against Mark, who thought he was in with a chance of winning the frame. The ex professional, John Shilton had two close frames against Miffa Smith in fact, in the second frame, Miffa had chances to win the frame. Rich Goldby was Belmont’s player of the night with a great display against an out of sorts Owen Jones. Rich got a little bit of running at the right times, and took full advantage of it to win both frames which included a 38 break in the first.

Belmont A beat relegation threatened Stapenhill A 6-2. Belmont got back to winning ways with Ian Archer leading the way by easily beating Tim Knopik in both frames. Graham Bailey found a little bit of form against Steve Ford, knocking in a well made 54 break which is the highest in this division this week in the first frame, and Graham also won the second to give Belmont a 4-0 lead at the turn. Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson and Carlos Jeffcoate tried to start a fightback by winning their first frames against Shaun Gebbie and Brett Craddock respectively. The second frames were different. Shaun won his frame to ensure victory for Belmont. A special mention for Brett Craddock, who is just starting to play again after a 15 year absence and just getting back into the groove,won his second also.

A good win away from home for Willington B against SDSC A 2-6. For SDSC, John Davis and Dave Mawhwinney shared the opening two frames. Willington’s Lionel Lewis got into gear with some really good pots, including a 24 break to beat Mark Pauley. Tony Clements then beat Chris Dewey, which included a 28 break. Steve Ayre and Steve Gaunt then played two evenly contested frames with a share of the spoils which was a fair outcome. SDSC certainly miss Andy Goldingay when he is not available.

Willington A did relegation threatened Ivanhoe B no favours, as they beat them 6-2. Ivanhoe’s John Skellett got them off to a good start by taking both frames off Bill Stewart, but that was it. Wayne Peira beat Ivanhoe’s floating player, Jason Collins with a bit to spare. Gaz Barker got back to winning ways? by beating Brendon Mattley in two entertaining frames which included a 35 break by Barker. Jan Pawlazych did not give Jason Pickering much of a look-in as he won both frames fairly easily. This win keeps Willington in the top five in the division.

In the David Wain Insurance Division One, there was a bit of a shock for league leaders Rileys D, who lost away to Belmont C, who are gradually getting themselves well positioned for the third promotional spot. Rileys actually got off to a good start thanks to Mark Stirling taking both frames off Dickie Davis, with some good pots, then Micky Tonks took a frame off Lee Turner. Things looked good for Rileys, but they did expect Mike Flanagan to drop two frames against Mark Sherratt. Mark did this with the help of a 42 break. Belmont are a very strong team when Mark is playing. Paul Eaton, Belmont’s captain, got both frames against Rich Foster for a Belmont victory.

Rileys C dropped vital points against SDSC D as they lost at home 2-6. Lee Sherratt got SDSC off to a good start, by beating Jerry Hall in some style thanks to some excellent long pots. Ryan Gilmore then drew with Adam Farrington in two rather scrappy frames. For Rileys, even their stalwart, Paul Fox could only take a frame against Rob Press. For SDSC, Andy Rice played some very good snooker to beat Ryan Gibbs.

Rolleston had a good game away against Burton Cons C, winning 7-1.

Rileys B, the draw specialists, had a good home win, beating Burton Cons D 7-1. Thanks to Adam Bridges taking both frames against an out of sorts Paul Davies. Ade Harper and Steve Castledine then drew the match, with Steve preventing the whitewash. Andy Speirs had to be at his best to take both frames off the determined Mick Buckland. The irrepressible Mark King enjoyed himself, by beating ex team colleague, Ian Shrive.

Drakelow lost to Burton Cons B, but not without putting up a fight, losing 2-6. Mark Baxter lost the first frame to Dave Shipton fair and square, but in the second, he deserved to win it, by making an excellent 30 break, and losing it on the black. Alan ‘Big O’ Orpwood found some of his missing form of this season, to beat Tom Egginton on the pink and black balls respectively. Pat Ryan and Dave Plunkett had two evenly contested frames, with Dave just about deserving to win both frames. Stand-in Jason Anguish, was too good on the night for Tony Coleman.

Another good win for second placed Ivanhoe C at home to Stapenhill B 6-2. Ivanhoe’s Gaz Dolman was in very good form beating John Richardson, who rarely loses both frames. Jerry Cook then helped their cause even more by drawing with Greg Britton. Two scrappy frames between Graham Measures and Barry Waller resulted in a draw. As has happened a few times this season, Darren Wilson has had to win a frame or frames to give Ivanhoe victory, this again happened, and Darren did not let them down, by beating Colin Britton with style.

SDSC D have kept up their late promotion push, by beating relegation threatened Ivanhoe D 6-2. Once again this season, Adam Harrison was in good form, beating George Cawkwell with the help of a 30 break. Adam did not appear to miss a pot. The young talent of Harry Farrell was at it again, drawing with the experienced Barry Fieldsend. Henry Tomas and Jack Bale shared their frames with some good safety play. Peter Maguire was too strong, and potting well on the night against Warner Collins.

In the Rileys Division Two, Alrewas D, the league leaders, have shown in the last two weeks, how good a team they are. Last week, they beat the team that is second in the division, then they thrashed Woodville B 7-1 which is the team who are third, By all accounts, it was a classic match between Carl ‘ The Pottinator’ Poulton and Trevor ‘The Hitman’ Heath, and a fair result was a draw, with good safety play and very good pots. Dave ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman apparently, said that his was the performance of the night against Woodville’s captain, Dave Budworth, by winning both frames. Colin Kinsella was too good for Martin Ganley on the night, which included a 38 break. Ian Hiley had little trouble in dispatching Bill Davidson to defeat, with a little gem of a 24 break.

What a 79th Birthday present for Belmont’s Doug Lees. Water all round on the night! It was a solid performance from Doug, with him winning both frames against John Peto, and Belmont winning 3-5 away. Tutbury’s Graham Smith used his vast experience to out gun Belmont’s up and coming talent, Josh Gebbie. Belmont’s experienced Terry Bosworth pulled him through, as his snooker was not up to his normal standard, as he took both frames off Mark Storr. The match between Dave Press and Graham Fisher was a classic, but unfortunately, for the wrong reasons.

After their win the previous week, Woodville C could not maintain their momentum, as they lost at home to Newhall B 3-5. Newhall’s Callum Gray played a steady frame to take one off Alan Shuttleworth. Joe McInulty took both frames off the wily old campaigner, Eric Thorniwell. Newhall leading 3-1 at the turn, lost the next two frames thanks to Ben Woodward beating Jonny Howlett in two very close frames. Newhall’s captain, Carl Glover, again pulled them through, first by winning the first frame, and winning the match for victory, by potting the final black of the match.

Alrewas C seem to be finding a little bit of form of late, this time beating Swad Cons D away 2-6. Alrewas got off to a great start, thanks to Colin Wood and Rob McMeecham, putting them 4-0 up at the turn. Colin Wood had just the edge over Malc Smith, whilst Rob won two very entertaining frames against Dave Bodie. Both Karl Hancox and Gary Bower won their respective first frames against Marc Egan and Scott Gee, but Mark and Scott won their second frames to put the Cons on the board.

Alrewas B beat SDSC E 5-3 in the middle of the table clash. Alrewas’ Brian Eccleston lost both frames to Ray Stretton in a scrappy affair. Tony Trueman and Tony Mitchell drew in a competitive match. Tom Smith, playing with some confidence, beat Ray Bancroft. John Hill then beat Phil Maddocks in the best two frames of the evening.

Another win for Willington C 5-3 against Swad Cons B, who played with great spirit and not much luck. Loz Kenerson took both frames off Dan Petcher. Steve Lane was also in good form, taking both frames off Pete Fearn. The Cons did put in a fight back. Jon Petcher won his frame with a 23 break against Steve Butterworth. John Griffin got a rare two frames against Darren Harris.

2011-12: Week 24

Another good win for the league leaders in the Just Wood Premier Division when Burton Cons A beat relegation threatened SDSC B 6-2 away. The Cons got off to a dream start with Mat Milnes taking both frames off an out of sorts Andy Bloor. Cons skipper, Mick Simpkins also had two winning frames against Brian Bloor. To make things even worse for the Bloor family, Owen Jones, who is starting to play well, beat Garton Bloor with some ease. The only good side for SDSC was in the form of Simon Orpwood, who was in cracking form to beat Stuart Roberts, who has not dropped many frames of late.

A good win at home by Willington B beating Belmont A 5-3. Belmont got off to a good start with Sturmy Archer winning both frames in style against John Hardy. Andy Jenkins then levelled the score by taking both frames off Belmont’s new player, Brett Craddock. Tony Clements was in excellent form, taking both frames off Graham Bailey, who did not have a great deal of good running. Willington got the one frame they needed for victory thanks to Steve Gaunt drawing with Shaun Gebbie.

Newhall A really turned on the style against a slightly understrength Tutbury A, beating them 7-1. It is certainly a long time since this team has lost so heavily. Fran McInulty, Newhall’s skipper, was in superb form against Daz Lester, making a 47 break in the first frame, and a 40 break in the second, giving Daz very little opportunity to get his cue arm going. Craig Keen got the only frame for Tutbury, preventing a whitewash against Mark Satchwell – two good frames of snooker played in the right spirit. Adam McInulty, who is currently playing some exceptional snooker, did not give the unlucky Joe Docksey any chances to show off his potting skills, with breaks of 31, 43 and 36 to easily win both frames and go home happy. Wayne Brewin than took both frames off Paul Atterbury, with some steady potting. Can Newhall catch Burton Cons? They are ten points behind, and both have four games left – could be a very tight finish, especially as they still have to play each other.

Belmont B and Willington A drew in a well contested match. Belmont’s Mick Morris got them off to a good start, by taking both frames off Gary Barker. Mick capitalised on Gary’s mistakes. Belmont’s skipper, Arron Vaughan lost his first frame to Jan Pawlazyck, who was in exceptional potting form, making a break of 33 to win it. Arron tightened his game to win the second frame. Willington’s Wayne Pieria made up for lost time after missing the bus. In the first frame, he made a 46 break against Rich Goldby, and in the second frame, Wayne could do nothing wrong. Who was going to win between Miffa Smith and Bill Stewart to give their team victory? Well neither, they drew, and the match was drawn.

Rileys A got a draw against middle of the table SDSC A. For Rileys, Martin Riddell was in very good form to beat Steve Ayre, who has been their ‘form’ player over the last few games. Chris Dewey for SDSC was in a potting mood against Michael Dewsbury, by winning both frames with a bit to spare. Zaheer, Rileys captain, felt he should have won both frames after missing frame ball, which gave John Davis the opportunity to win the frame. Michael Lomas and Andy Goldingay shared two scrappy frames.

Rileys C got a hard earned win against Woodville A in the David Wain Insurance Division 1, by winning away 3-5. Woodville’s most talented player, Andrew Grainger, drew with Paul Fox in two closely fought frames. Next on was the match of the captain’s. Simon Mansfield, for Woodville, and Adam Farrington of Rileys, both players had good opportunities to win both frames, but ended up all square. Paul Slater dominated the frame he won, but allowed Jerry Hall to take the second. Ged Mayne, for Rileys, was the star player, winning both frames in some style against the unfortunate Lee Wood.

One of the draw specialists in this division, Burton Cons D, are at it again, this time drawing with second placed Ivanhoe C. The wily old campaigner, Jim Jennings, was again in good form, taking a frame off Gaz Dolman, with some excellent safety play, and the odd bit of potting. Steve Castledine put the Cons 3-1 up at the turn by playing some steady snooker against Jerry Cook. Ivanhoe’s fight back started with Steve Cockerham taking a hard earned frame from Ian Shrive. Ian played extremely well to win his frame. The Ivanhoe fight back was completed by captain Graham Measures taking both frames against Mick Buckland.

An excellent home win for SDSC D against another draw specialist, Rileys B 7-1. Lee Sherratt had got his cueing arm in good form, by beating an out of touch Adie Harper. Captain, David Wain, led again by example, by beating Adam Bridges with some very good potting. Ryan Gilmore was back in the team, winning against Andy Speirs, with the help of a 31 break. Andy Rice let the side down by drawing with Mark King, preventing the whitewash for Rileys B.

Rileys D showed their class against a relegated Drakelow, by beating them 6-2. Mike Flanagan was in good form against Alan Orpwood, who appeared to have left his cue in Poland, to take the first frame, but Alan had other ideas in frame two, knocking in a very good 31 break, to win the frame on the pink. Steve Brimley won the first frame with something to spare, but in the second frame, it was quite a tussle with Mark Baxter who, with a little bit of favourable running on the blue, could have won it. Mark Stirling took the first frame against Pat Ryan. Pat tightened his game up and beat Mark on the black, to win the second frame. Micky Tonks was in determined mood, and comfortably won both frames against Tony Coleman, knocking in a 24 break in the second frame.

Ivanhoe D improved their chances of staying up by beating Burton Cons C 8-0.

Rolleston A and Belmont C drew in a middle of the table battle. Bob Sanders and Dickie Davies drew in two scrappy frames of snooker. Rolleston’s Bob Tubey was in good form, taking both frames off Kevin Ramsell, who had very little running of the balls. Kev Norris dropped both frames to Lee Turner, who was striking the balls very cleanly, and missed very little. Tony Rushton and Paul Eaton both needed to win both frames for victory, but neither of them could and so they shared the honours for a draw.

In the Rileys Division Two, in another inter club derby between Alrewas C and B teams, it was the C team who have the bragging rights. The pick of the matches of the night was between Karl Hancox and Tom Smith. Karl, for the C team, was in good form, although benefiting from some of Tom’s errors in the first frame, made a break of 20, and in the second, a well developed 45 break with some excellent positional pots. The B team got off to a good start, thanks to John Hills beating Nigel Edwards, who was in good form. Colin Wood played some good snooker to beat Brian Aldridge. Rob McMeecham did a similar job on the other Brian Eccleston.

Newhall B had a good home win against Swad Cons D 6-2. For Newhall, Callum Gray was again in good form, this time against Dave Bodie, winning both frames. Jonny Howlett and Gaz Ward both shared two entertaining frames where both players had opportunities to take both frames. Joe McInulty had to be on top form, to take both frames against Nig Duggins. The two Carls’, Glover and Pitcher, drew in two scrappy frames.

In the top of the table clash between the two Alrewas teams A and D, it was the league leaders who came away with a 6-2 victory. Match of the night was between A team’s young talent, in the shape of Phil Marklew and Colin Kinsella. In the first frame, Phil made a superb 72 break, with some superb potting and excellent cue ball control. By all accounts, a hundred plus break was on. In the second frame, Colin recovered after sitting out the first frame, by taking the second. Phil Marklew’s 72 break is the highest in this division so far, and I cannot see it being beaten. Dave ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman was at it again, by winning another two frames against Tom Sharp. Carl ‘The Potinator’ Poulton was also in good form, beating Tom’s father John, in two good frames of snooker. Alan Wilson and Ian Hiley battled it out, but ended up honours even. By the sound of it this match was good quality snooker, and both teams are worthy of their positions in the league.

In the match for the wooden spoon between Swad Cons B and Woodville C, it was Woodville who won 6-2 away. Woodville got off to a dream start, with Ben Woodward taking both frames off Peter Fearn, who is back in the team after an injury, which included a 21 break. Luke Hudson then took both frames off John Griffin to give them a 4-0 lead at the turn, which is a rather unusual position for them. Alan Shuttleworth then beat Reg Shorthouse 2-0, which was a good result for Alan, as Reg has been playing some decent snooker of late. Jon Petcher improved the scoreline for the Cons, by taking two frames off Terry Eyley.

Woodville B kept up the pressure on Alrewas A by beating Tutbury C 6-2. Bill Davidson and Mark Storr had two good frames of snooker, with honours shared. Trevor Heath dropped a frame to Graham Smith in two keenly contested frames. Dave Budworth was playing well to beat John Peto. Mick Ganley, of World Snooker, was making a rare appearance, he managed a 30 break in beating Graham Fisher.

Belmont D and Rolleston B drew, this certainly was a game of two halves. For Belmont, Josh Gebbie was potting most balls to win against Tim James, then the experienced campaigner, Terry Bosworth, took both frames off Steve Atkin, then the tide turned, and Rolleston’s Lee Cooke, with some very good potting, beat Brian Cutting. The comeback was complete, when Neil Cheadle beat Dougie Lees.

Another good win for Willington C, this time away to SDSC E 6-2. The Powermen had a good start, thanks to Steve Lane beating Andy Jefferies. Andy must be a bit disappointed to have lost as he made a 31 break. Ray Stretton, for SDSC then levelled the scores by taking both frames off Steve Butterworth in two rather scrappy frames. Willington’s Taylor Richardson had two close frames against Phil Maddocks, but managed to win them both. Darren Harris then completed a miserable night for SDSC, by beating Tony Mitchell.

2011-12: Week 23

In the Just Wood Premier Division, Newhall A kept up the pressure on Burton Cons with an excellent 6-2 win away to relegation threatened Stapenhill A. Fran McInulty, Newhall’s captain, had a good night against Steve Ford, by winning the first frame on the black after requiring two snookers on the pink, which is no mean achievement. In the second frame, he went to town by firstly knocking in a 54 break, which included some excellent pots, and finished off with a 31 break. Another Newhall player in good form was Mark Satchwell, who took both frames off Tim Knopik. Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson had two good frames of snooker, with Martin Hicks which ended with honours shared. Carlos Jeffcoate helped to put a bit of respectability on the score line, by drawing with Adam McInulty.

A good win for Willington B against SDSC B 5-3. Andy Bloor gave SDSC the ideal start by beating Andy Jenkins in two close frames, then Simon Orpwood took a frame off Tony Clements, with the help of a good 46 break. It was downhill then for SDSC, with John Hardy playing some good safety play to beat Garton Bloor, then the steady cuemanship of Steve Gaunt got him through two tight frames against Brian Bloor.

In the local derby between the two Tutbury teams, it was the A team that came out with the bragging rights, but only just. Apparently, it was nip and tuck all the way between two evenly matched teams. It was honours even between Dave Mabbott and Daz Lester. In the match between Steve Mabbott and Alan Davies, Steve was in good potting form to take the first frame, but Alan came back well to win the second frame. The odd man out was Craig Keen, who won both frames against Dave Powell in two closely contested frames. Tutbury A were looking at Paul Atterbury to get the winning frame against Chris Mabbott. Chris won the first frame and was winning the second, when the black ball got stuck in the jaws of the pocket, and got surrounded by about ten reds. Both players agreed to a re-rack, and that proved to be the turning point of the match, as Paul went on to win the frame and match, with some confident potting.

An excellent away win for Ivanhoe B against Rileys A 5-3. The win helps their relegation battle, and puts Rileys near the bottom of the table. Rileys got off to a great start with Michael Lomas potting extremely well to take both frames off premiership new boy, Mark Muir. Martin Riddell comfortably won his first frame against Brendan Mattley. In the second frame, Brendan dug deep to win the second frame on the brown. Jason Pickering, for Ivanhoe, won two very close frames against Zaheer, who can count himself very unlucky not to have taken a frame. Ivanhoe’s John Skellett, rolled back the years with some excellent potting, to get the two frames off Michael Dewsbury for a victory for Ivanhoe.

Burton Cons just about deserved their victory over Belmont A 3-5 away. The match between two of the leagues most talented players, Ian Archer for Belmont, and Jonathan Fletcher for the Cons, did not live up to expectations on the night. Ian made the most of his chances, while Jonathan did not, allowing Ian to win both frames. Steve Burton, for Belmont, took early leads in both frames, but could not hold onto them against Mick Simpkins, who came back at him with small breaks, and put Steve under pressure. Mick went on to win both frames, and he also managed a 33 break. Shaun Gebbie and Stuart Roberts shared the spoils. Shaun was in particularly good form in the first frame with good, solid match play snooker, but Stuart came back in the second frame with a well timed break to draw his match, which was thoroughly deserved. Snooker is about taking chances when they arise, but unfortunately, Graham Bailey missed his chances against the talented Owen Jones. Owen did just enough to win both frames, which included a 36 break.

A good win for SDSC A against Belmont B 6-2. SDSC got off to a perfect start with Steve Ayre yet again in good form, taking both frames off Mick Morris. Andy Goldingay, SDSC’s most consistent player of the season, again won both frames, this time against the unlucky Rich Goldby. Arron Vaughan of Belmont, saved their blushes with some good snooker play in both frames, and beating Chris Dewey. John Davis took the frames they needed for victory, by beating Miffa Smith.

Ivanhoe A continued their good run of form, this time against fifth in the table, Willington A, who they beat 6-2. Andy Marriott was again in good form, by beating David Hayman fairly easily, and knocking in breaks of 37, 32 followed by another 32. Ian Rennocks overcame Bill Stewart, by winning the first frame on the black, but won the second a little easier. For Willington, Wayne Pierera beat Mick Kirk in two close frames. Antony Moore completed a good night for Ivanhoe by beating an out of sorts Jan Pawlazych.

In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, Rileys D played their stable mates, Rileys C. Rileys D are on top of the division, and Rileys C are third, so you would have expected a close game, but nobody told the D team, as they thrashed the C team 8-0. By all accounts, they were in awesome form. Mike Flanagan, as is his norm, took frames of a shell shocked Adam Farrington. Rich Foster played very well to take both frames off the usually consistent Paul Fox. Mark Stirling then took two frames off John Hall. Micky Tonks then took two frames off Rileys new player, Barry Wilcox. Rileys D must be favourite to go up as champions.

SDSC C drew their match with Burton Cons D. For the Cons, this was their tenth drawn match of the season. Adam Harrison and Ian Shrive had a share of the spoils. SDSC’s Lee Wright, although playing well, his opponent, Mick Buckland, was too strong for him on the night. Harry Farrell, SDSC’s young star, was again in good form, by taking both frames in some style against Steve Castledine, which is no mean feat, and also included a 25 break. Ben Davies lost his first frame to wily Jim Jennings, but came back well by clearing the colours to the pink for a draw.

An excellent away victory for SDSC D against Ivanhoe D 6-2. In the first frame, SDSC’s Carl White was in superb form by knocking in a 50 break, which included some excellent long pots. In the second frame, George Cawkwell came back well to take the second frame with some good pots. SDSC’s Rob Press’ rich vein of form continues with him beating Warner Collins. In two contrasting frames of snooker, Adey McDonnell ground out the first frame against Barry Fieldsend, but in the second frame, Barry found something to his liking in the beer, and was potting balls from all angles, even one off the lamp shade! Captain, David Wain, won both of his frames fairly comfortably against Jack Bale for victory.

A hard earned draw for Ivanhoe C away to Belmont C, with Dickie Davis for Belmont played at the top of his form to draw with Gaz Dolman. Paul Eaton had two cracking frames with Steve Cockerham, which ended all square. When Mark Sherratt plays for Belmont, he always seems to win, and in this match with Graham Measures there was no exception. Darren Wilson got the vital two frames for Ivanhoe, to draw by taking both frames off Lee Turner, with some excellent potting.

What a credit Burton Cons C are. They are bottom of the league, but they turn up every week, wanting to play snooker, even though they have not won a game this season. The same thing happened this week, as they lost at home to Rileys B 8-0. For Rileys, Mark King had a 32 break against Ian Protheroe.

In the Rileys Division 2, Alrewas A surprisingly drew away to Swad Cons D. Alan Wilson got Alrewas off to a good start by beating Scott Gee. For the Cons, Gaz Ward was their star player, by beating Roy Sherratt in two highly entertaining frames. Phil Marklew, of Alrewas, dropped only his third frame of the season, by drawing with Marc Egan, who played very well. It was left to Mike Smith and Alrewas’ Will Sherratt to see who could get the two frames for victory, both failed, as they both drew.

A slightly surprising result was Alrewas C beating Swad Cons C 5-3. This defeat has slightly hampered Swad Cons promotion bid. Karl Hancox beat Bob Birch in which the first frame was very close, and being decided on the black, but the second frame was dominated by Karl. Nigel Edwards had a fairly comfortable win against Errol Faulkner. Swad Cons got on the score sheet, thanks to Craig Wilson winning two scrappy frames against Rob McMeecham. Captain, Colin Wood, was Alrewas’ star player, after requiring snookers in the first frame against Matt Newbold, he got the necessary snookers, and by potting the black, the game was tied. Colin potted the re-spotted black, much to the delight of his team mates. Matt won the second frame, but by then, Alrewas had won the match.

Alrewas D, the divisions current leaders, had a convincing win away to Woodville C 7-1. Alrewas’ Colin Kinsella was in no mood to let Jim Gardner take a frame off him, a bit like Jim did to Phil Marklew, by knocking in a superb 45 break, and comfortably took the second. Terry Eyley, with the help of the odd double, took the first frame off Carl ‘The Potinator’ Poulton. Carl took the second frame with the help of a 24 break. David ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman was in outstanding form by winning both frames easily against Alan Shuttleworth. Luke Hudson had no answer to Ian Hiley’s devastating potting in both frames.

Swad Cons B’s performance against Woodville B belies their league position, after losing 3-5 on the final black of the match. John Griffin, for the Cons, was up against it playing Trevor ‘Hit Man’ Heath, who was in excellent potting form, not giving John many opportunities. Jon Petcher levelled the scores, by beating the inconsistent Bill Davidson. Dan Petcher and David Budworth were involved in two rather scrappy frames, and ending up with a share of the spoils. Reggie Shorthouse was very unlucky to lose both frames against the pocket dynamo, Brian Alford. Brian comfortably took the first frame, but the second frame could have gone either way, as it went down to the black after a few minutes of safety play. Brian had the chance to cut the black into the middle pocket, and after rolling round the rim of the pocket, it dropped in for a lucky victory for Woodville.

Willington C had a good win over Rolleston B 5-3. Loz Kenerson had the perfect evening beating John Wood, and also knocking in a 52 break, which is one of the highest in this division. Steve Butterworth and Lee Cooke had two shared frames, and the same can be said of Darren Harris, Tim James, Steve Lane and Neil Cheadle. Willington, seem to have acquitted themselves pretty well in their first season, after a bit of a dodgy start.

It was a very good home win for SDSC by beating Tutbury C 8-0. Andy Jefferies beat Mark Storr in some style. Ray Bancroft ground out two frames against Graham Smith. Ray Stretton was in good form to beat Graham Fisher, and Tony Mitchell won an entertaining match against John Peto.

2011-12: Week 22

In the Just Wood Premier Division, there was a cracking match played out at the Cons between Burton Cons A and Ivanhoe A. The match ended in a draw, which, by all accounts, was a fair result. Match of the night was between Jonathan Fletcher and Andy Marriott, when there was 5 breaks over 30 in two frames. Andy Marriott, for Ivanhoe, started the first frame with a solid break of 51, only for the Cons Jonathan Fletcher to knock in a 53 break, only for Andy Marriott to win it on the colours. In the second frame, Andy started off again well, with a 36 break, but this time Jonathan was even more determined to win the frame, by knocking in another superb 55 break, and then followed it up by making a 34 break to clinch and level the match. This must have been a very good match to watch. Stuart Roberts and Andy Moore had two shared frames, with Antony probably the happier of the players. In the match between Owen Jones and Michael Kirk, Owen, for the Cons, started off well in both frames against Michael, but missed vital balls in trying to finish off his opponent, and paid the penalty by losing both frames despite making a 43 break. The pressure was on Mat Milnes for the Cons, as he needed to win both frames against Ian Rennocks, which is no mean feat. Mat coped with the pressure excellently, despite a 36 break by Ian. I would say, that a good night of snooker was had by all.

A good home win for Tutbury A 7-1 against relegation threatened Stapenhill A. Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson started off like a train in his first frame against Alan Davies, but lost his way in the second for Tutbury’s captain Alan Davies to win easily. In what was expected to be a tight match between Craig Keen and Steve Ford, it was with Craig just edging it, which also included a 32 break. A rejuvenated Daz Lester took both frames off Carlos Jeffcoate in some style. Paul Atterbury got back to winning ways with two good frames of snooker against Tim Knopik.

It is going to be an interesting last few games for Ivanhoe B, as they try to stave off the threat of relegation, after losing at home to SDSC A 6-2. For SDSC, Andy Goldingay again, was in good form, this time beating Ivanhoe’s up and coming Mark Muir. Steve Ayre was in superb form, beating an out of sorts Jason Pickering. Steve, when left on, took full advantage of his opportunities. Chris Dewey was also playing well against Stuart Tagg, and was able to win both frames albeit, he won the second on the black. A good thing for Ivanhoe was the form of John Skellett, who beat John Davies.

The match between SDSC B and Rileys A ended in a draw, which was more beneficial to Rileys than SDSC. SDSC are second from the bottom, and Rileys are fourth from the bottom. Simon Orpwood got SDSC off to a flying start, by taking both frames off Michael Lomas. Rileys levelled the score thanks to Martin Riddell beating Brian Bloor, with some fine potting. Andy Bloor then drew with Rileys captain, Zaheer in a couple of scrappy frames. Garton Bloor and Michael Dewsbury also drew in two entertaining frames with some good pots by both players.

Newhall A kept up the pressure on Burton Cons, by beating Willington B 5-3, in a very tight match. The only difference between them was Fran McInulty beating Tony Clements, to give Newhall Victory. Adam McInulty, who played John Hardy, did not have it all his own way, as John played some good safety play, which enabled him to draw the match. Martin Hicks and Lionel Lewis had two close frames, which was deservedly shared. A similar situation occurred between Mark Satchwell and Steve Gaunt, who shared the match.

In the Belmont derby between the A and B teams, the result was a draw. The B team got off to a pretty good start. Rich Goldby won the first frame fairly easily despite Graham Bailey knocking in a 30 break. Mark Vaughan, who was playing Steve Burton, won both frames, the first frame he won fairly comfortably, and the second frame a lot closer, but Mark had some good luck. Belmont B were 3-0 up and hoping to make it four. Rich Goldby was in front, but ‘grinder’ Bailey fluked three out of the last four colours to win a frame. In the match between Shaun Gebbie, who fluked the first frame against Arron Vaughan by potting the green and coming off seven cushions to finish perfect on the brown to win the first frame, but Arron took the second. Mr ‘Consistent’ Sturmy Archer won two close frames against Miffa Smith.

In the David Wain Division 1, draw specialists Rileys B surprised everybody by beating high flying Belmont C 6-2. For Rileys, young Adam Bridges did well to take a frame off the consistent Paul Eaton. Mark King got back to winning ways by beating Lee Turner in two highly entertaining frames. Andy Speirs was also playing well to beat Dickie Davis. Ade Harper and Kev Ramsell shared two scrappy frames.

Ivanhoe C got their promotion campaign back on track with a 7-1 thrashing of Drakelow. For Ivanhoe, Gaz Dolman got them off to a great start, with two convincing frames against the unlucky Mark Baxter, which included a 32 break. Two entertaining frames between Steve Cockerham and Jim Marcer which went Steve’s way, but only after he knocked in a 30 break against Jim, who was playing his first league match for a number of years, played well. Pat Ryan saved Drakelow’s embarrassment by taking the only frame on the black against Graham Measures, after needing snookers. Darren Wilson won both frames against Tony Coleman, but he did have a little bit of good running.

SDSC C got back to winning ways with a very good away win against Stapenhill B 7-1. Stapenhill’s John Richardson got them off to a good start by making a 32 break against Adam Harrisdon, and winning the frame, but Adam took the next with a 25 break, and after that, it was all downhill for Stapenhill. Lee Wright was in good form to take both frames off Barry Waller. Greg Britton then lost both frames to Ben Davies, who played some good snooker at times. Greg has not dropped two frames very often this season. Captain, Pete Maguire, was back in the team, and they seem to be a strong team when he is playing. Pete did well, by beating Cliff Britton.

SDSC D drew with Burton Cons B, but feel rather disappointed in the score line, as they lost four black ball games, which was the difference between winning and drawing., and all four matches were drawn. Carl White, for SDSC, knocked in a well constructed 46 break against James Hart.

In the Rileys Division 2, competition for the third promotional place is hotting up, third placed Woodville B beat fifth placed Newhall B 5-3, but it was a close run thing. Newhall got off to an excellent start, with Callum Grey making easy work of Martin Ganley, and also making a 35 break. Carl Glover, also for Newhall, took his first frame off Brian Alford. Newhall were 3-0 up, and that was it for Newhall. Brian Alford got his act together, and won the second frame on the brown ball. Trevor Heath played two steady frames by gradually accumulating points, and not allowing John Laud any opportunity to get his cue arm going. In the second frame, with John needing a snooker on the pink, he unfortunately potted it. Woodville’s comeback was complete when captain David Budworth beat Joe McInulty on the black and pink respectively, despite breaks of 26 and 21 by Joe.

Fourth placed Swad Cons C beat their club rivals, Swad Cons D 6-2. Richard Brown, playing because Bob Birch is on holiday, may be difficult to drop after making a very good 59 break in beating the D team player Nig Duggins. Gaz Ward brought the scores level by beating Craig Wilson with the help of a 27 break. It was left to the C team’s Matt Newbold and Colin Cope to win all of their frames against Dave Bodie and Scott Gee respectively for victory.

Another good win for Tutbury C 7-1 against the basement team, Swad Cons B. Congratulations to Tutbury’s Mark Storr for his first 2-0 victory of the season against Steve Jones. Steve was rather unlucky with the run of the balls being against him in both frames. John Peto and John Griffin fought out two black ball games, with John Peto taking the first and John Griffin with a 22 clearance, which included doubling the black into the middle bag in the final frame of the evening. Graham Smith rolled back a few years with his snooker play against Pete Fearn.

A fair result between Rolleston B and SDSC E was a draw, with all the players making a draw. A special mention has to go to Andy Jefferies, who made a 32 break against Lee Cooke, after potting a very difficult red with all the other reds in the open.

A surprising result was Belmont C losing at home to Alrewas C 3-5. Belmont’s Josh Gebbie made a 36 break to draw with Colin Wood. Terry Bosworth and Nigel Edwards battled it out for a share of the spoils. Dougie Lees and Rob McMeecham drew in two scrappy frames. The Alrewas match winner was Karl Hancock, who won the match against Dave Press, for victory which included a 38 break.

Alrewas D tightened their grip at the top of the division by thrashing fellow club mates 7-1. Colin Kinsella, with the aid of a 35 break, was too good for Brian Aldridge. Dave ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman had to share the spoils with Tom Smith, in two very long, and drawn out games. Carl ‘The Pottinator’ Poulton, was in superb form tonight with some of his pots amazing his team mates against John Hill. Ian Hiley played well to beat Tony Trueman, but Dave Trueman will certainly have bragging rights in the Trueman household.

Alrewas A had another good win, this time against Woodville C 6-2. Will Sherratt was in particular good form, beating Ben Woodward. For Woodville, Richard Thornewill played well, taking a frame off Roy Sherratt. Alan Wilson was in top form against the unlucky Alan Shuttleworth, who lost both frames. Jim Gardner, for Woodville, was playing well, and he was unlucky to drop a frame to John Sharpe.

2011-12: Week 21

In the Just Wood Premier Division, relegation threatened Tutbury B did themselves a power of good by beating Willington A 6-2. Dave ‘the silver fox’ Powell, in his match against Willington skipper Bill Stewart, hardly potted a ball in the first frame, but in the second frame it was the complete opposite. Dave Mabbott came back well after losing the first frame to Jan Pawalych, with some steady potting and safety play. Steve Mabbott was in superb form against Wayne Piera, taking both frames, which does not happen very often, and it was left to Chris Mabbott to win both frames against Dave Hayman for a Tutters victory.

SDSC A thrashed fellow club mates SDSC B 7-1, with Simon Orpwood taking the only frame for the B team against John Davis. Andy Goldingay, who has been playing very well all season, won again against Brian Bloor. Steve Ayre then won two scrappy frames against Andy Bloor. Chris Dewey had little trouble in dispatching Garton Bloor.

Another good win for Ivanhoe A against Belmont B, winning 7-1. For Ivanhoe, Andy Marriott continued his good form against Mick Morris, making a well constructed 61 break in the first frame, and in the second, Mick had the chances to take the second frame, but failed to capitalise on his opportunities, which let Andy back in to take the second frame as well. Ian Rennocks was in good form against Mark Vaughan, by winning both frames, but not without a fright or two. Ian knocked in a 36 break. Michael Kirk was in good potting form against Miffa Smith, clearing up in both frames to win. Antony Moore won the first frame against Rich Goldby, but Rich came back well to take the second and prevent the whitewash.

Newhall A kept up the pressure against Rileys A 6-2. Michael Lomas, for Rileys, gave Martin Hicks a bit of a fright in his first frame, by knocking in a 61 break which included some excellent long pots. Martin took the second frame with some ease. The McInulty brothers, Fran and Adam, were in excellent form, by taking all four frames against Zaheer and Michael Dewsbury respectively. Martin Riddell and Wayne Brewin fought out two scrappy frames for a share of the spoils.

A good win for Willington B 5-3 against Tutbury A. John Hardy and Alan Davies shared two frames with neither player potting consistently. For Tutbury, Daz Lester could not build his win from the previous week, and drew with Lionel Lewis. For Willington, Tony Clements won the two frames against Paul Atterbury, for a Willington victory. Steve Gaunt had two close frames with Craig Keen. Craig won a frame, but he is not his normal, consistent self this season.

Congratulations to Burton Cons for retaining the Orme Sheild against Belmont 6-4. The Cons just had the edge in one or two areas. The highlight of the evening was a magnificent 99 clearance by John Shilton, which included some exceptional positional shots, and his potting was excellent.

In the David Wain Insurance Division 1, a good win for one of the ‘form’ teams, Belmont C, as they beat Burton Cons D 6-2. Dickie Davis played some excellent pots to take a frame off the colourful Jim Jennings. Lee Turner and Steve Castledine also had a share of the spoils. It was left to Paul Eaton and Mark Sherratt to win their frames respectively against Paul Davies and Ian Shrive to earn them victory.

Drakelow drew with Rileys B. Rileys are the draw specialists in the division, but after leading 1-4, they must have felt that they were going to win. Drakelow’s star player was Pat Ryan, who took both frames off Mark King. Pat’s first frame was a rather scrappy affair, but in the second he was in sparkling potting form by making a break of 24, and leaving Mark requiring snookers on the yellow. Mark Baxter lost his first frame on the colours, but won the second on the black after Adam went on off the pink. The two frames between Alan Orpwood and Ade Harper were very close, with Alan going in off the pink in both frames to give Ade the win. In the first frame, Alan gave away at least 30 points in fouls, and if he had not have done that, then he would have won the frame quite comfortably. Another close match between Tony Coleman and Andy Speirs, with Andy taking the first on the pink after about five minutes of safety play, and then Tony took the pink and black for the draw.

In the battle of the top two, it was Rileys D who came out the victors, by beating Ivanhoe C 5-3. Rileys got off to a good start with Mike Flanagan beating Jerry Cook fairly easily, with breaks of 33 in the first frame, and 43 in the second. Steve Brimley then did well to draw with Gaz Dolman, and Darren Wilson then pulled Ivanhoe level with two excellent frames of snooker against Mark Stirling, who does not drop two frames very often. Micky Tonks earned Rileys the win, by taking both frames off Steve Cockram.

Burton Cons B beat Woodville A 5-3, thanks to Dave Plunkett taking both frames off Paul Slater. Simon Smith, on his return to the snooker scene, seems to be enjoying it, as he drew with Woodville’s top player, Andrew Grainger. Andrew also made a 31 break in the frame he won. David Shipton and Lee Wood also drew, and the same happened to Tom Egginton and Chris Brown.

Stapenhill B won 7-1 away to Burton Cons C. Well done to Paul Brooks for taking a frame off Greg Britton.

There was a rather surprising scoreline with the home defeat of SDSC C to SDSC D 7-1. A closer game would have been expected. Henry Tomas took the only frame for the C team against Adey McDonnell. Lee Sherratt was on top form to take both frames off Lee Wright. Ben Davies surprisingly lost both frames in a scrappy affair with Rob Press. In the battle between two of the teams most experienced players, Ryan Gilmore beat Adam Harrison.

Ivanhoe D had a very good win against one of the fancied teams for promotion, Rileys C 5-3. At the moment, Rileys form is very inconsistent. Barry Fieldsend, playing good snooker, took both frames off Adam Farrington with a bit to spare. Jack Bale and Ryan Gibbs also had two good frames of snooker with honours even. Jack’s son Tim played his part by drawing with Gary Mayne. Wily old Warner Collins got the frame that Ivanhoe needed for victory off Paul Fox, even when Paul made a 37 break, it did not stop Warner.

In the Rileys Division 2, Newhall B had another good win at the expense of Tutbury C, in what was a close run match, with Newhall winning 5-3. Newhall got off to a good start with Joe McInulty winning two scrappy frames off Mark Storr. Carl Glover lost his first frame on the black to Graham Fisher, but more than made up for it in the second, by winning comfortably, and also knocking in a 22 break. Tutbury’s Graham Smith and John Peto played well to bring the match scores level at 3-3 against John Laud and Callum Gray respectively, but the two Newhall lads got their heads down and won the two frames required for victory. On the night, Tutbury were unlucky to lose.

A good draw for Alrewas C at home to promotion hopefuls, Woodville B. Rob McMeecham and Bill Davidson drew in two very close frames. Nigel Edwards had the best of the match against Trevor ‘hit man’ Heath, but still could only draw. Karl Hancox, when he is on form, is an extremely good potter, and tonight, against Brian Alford, it was one of those nights, with him beating Brian Alford, and making a 27 break also. Woodville’s captain, Dave Budworth, rescued them a draw in a scrappy match with Colin Wood, by winning both frames.

Swad Cons C had an excellent win 8-0 away to Woodville C. This win keeps them in the promotion mix. Colin Cope was in good form, by making a 28 break and beating Ben Woodward. Rich Brown won two scrappy frames against Alan Shuttleworth. Matt Newbold won two frames against the skillful and experienced potter, Eric Thornewill. Woodville’s Terry Eyley had no answer to Bob Birch’s potting and safety play, and lost both frames.

In yet another inter club derby match between two Alrewas teams, this one was between the B and A teams, and it was the A team that came out victors 6-2. The win keeps Alrewas A challenging their D team for top spot. Tony Trueman and Roy Sherratt had two competitive frames which ended a frame a piece. John Hill played well to take a frame off Alan Wilson, but after that, it was down hill all the way for the B team. Phil Marklew got back to form by winning both frames against Tom Smith, which included an excellent 54 break. Will Sherratt then took both frames off Brian Aldridge.

Honours even between Swad Cons D and Belmont D. Josh Gebbie for Belmont, took both frames off Nig Duggins, then Gaz Ward did the same for the Cons against Brian Cutting. Dave Bodie played well to take a frame off Terry Bosworth. Mark Egan drew with Doug Lees.

Swad Cons B lost at home to Rolleston B 1-7. Well done to Reggie Shorthouse for taking the only frame for the Cons against Tim James, to prevent a whitewash. Rolleston’s Lee Cooke took both frames off Barry Bentley. Pete Fearn then lost two scrappy frames to Neil Cheadle. The old meastro John Ward, came and worked some of his snooker magic in beating John Griffin.

By all accounts, Alrewas D were very lucky to beat Willington C away 2-6, as they won two black ball games to scrape the win. Colin Kinsella, for the Raptors, beat Loz Kenerson in two very tight frames, which could have gone either way. Steve Lane played very well to take his frame off Carl Poulton. Steve Butterworth and Dave ‘Fiery Fred’ Trueman, had two excellent frames of snooker, and it was fair that the honours ended even. On the night, the Raptors had Ian Hiley to thank for getting them over the line by beating Darren Harris.

2011-12: Week 20

In the Just Wood Premier Division, last year’s champions, Burton Cons, are making it difficult for anybody to take their crown, just ask Tutbury B, who lost 6-2 having put up a great fight. Owen Jones, again in good form, with breaks of 33 in the first frame, and 48 in the second, gave Dave Mabbott very little opportunity to get his cue arm in action, but for the Tutters, Steve Mabbott made a superb 58 break in drawing his match with Stuart Roberts, who had been in good form recently. Chris Mabbott played very well to take a frame off one of the Cons top players, John Shilton. Jonathan Fletcher was also in the big break frame of mind with a 59 break in the first frame, and a 42 break in the second frame against Dave Powell, who spent quite a bit of time sitting and watching in admiration.

In the inter club derby between Ivanhoe A and B teams it was, as you would have expected, a win for the A team, 7-1. Andy Marriott, who is in a rich vein of form at the moment, beat Brendon Mattley fairly easily, with breaks of 33 and 31 in their respective frames. Ian Rennocks took both frames off John Skellett, but not without a fight. Ian won the first frame, after requiring two snookers on the colours, but in the second, wasted very little time in knocking in a well constructed 40 break. Mick Kirk cleared up well to take the first frame. In the second frame, there was a loud thud, and Jason Pickering had broken off, smashing the reds all over the table. Mick Kirk was so surprised that he missed a cut back on a black, and let Jason in with a 35 break, earning the B team a frame to prevent a whitewash. By all accounts, the B team have a rising star within their team, in the shape of Mark Muir, who gave Antony Moore two good frames of snooker, before losing them both.

In the relegation area battle between Tutbury A and Rileys A which ended in a draw, Rileys went 3-1 up thanks to Zaheer taking both frames off a complete out of sorts Craig Keen, while Tutbury’s Paul Atterbury took a good first frame off Michael Lomas, who came back to win well. It was left to the experience of skipper, Alan Davies, to grind out a draw against Martin Riddell. It was a long overdue win for Daz Lester against Michael Dewsbury, to earn Tutbury a draw.

Willington A had a full head of steam against Stapenhill A, who they beat 7-1 with a lot to spare. For Stapenhill, Andy Tomlinson got them off to a good start by taking the first frame off Bill Stewart, but after that it was all downhill. Bill won the second frame, then Jan Pawolych did a bit of a job over Carlos Jeffcoate with breaks of 28 and 25 in the respective frames to win. Dave Halmon was in good form taking both frames off Tim Knopik. Gary Barker was again in outstanding form, this time against Steve Ford, who put up a gallant fight, but on the night, Gary, with a 45 break, was too strong. Although Steve knocked in a 27 break, it was all to no avail.

Newhall A kept up the pressure on Burton Cons with a convincing win against SDSC A 7-1. Martin Hicks played some lovely snooker, and in doing so, he beat Chris Dewey. Adam McInulty wasted little time in beating Mark Pauly. Newhall’s Mr Consistent, Wayne Brewin, was playing superb snooker against Steve Ayre, which included a well constructed 43 break, as he took both frames off Steve Ayre. John Davis, for SDSC did very well to take a frame off Mark Satchwell to prevent the whitewash.

A good win for Belmont A against a depleted SDSC B 6-2 away. Graham Bailey was in impressive form, making light work of beating Andy Butler, and also making a 31 break. Sturmy Archer was his reliable self, by again winning both frames against Brian Bloor, and reliable stand-in, Steve ‘the speed’ Burton came back well to win the first frame, and should have won the second, but he missed a simple blue, which allowed Carl White to pot the last three colours for the frame. Shaun Gebbie won the first frame against Garton Bloor. Garton potted the last three colours for a re-spotted black, and won it with a superb black.

In the David Wain Insurance Division, a hard earned draw by Rileys B against the league leaders Rileys D. Ade Harper played very well to draw with Rileys best player, Mike Flanagan. Adam Bridges also drew with new player, Rich Foster. Rileys D Mark Stirling, got them on course for a win by beating Mark King, which does not happen too often. Mark Stirling knocked in a break of 49 also. It was left to Andy Speirs, the B team skipper, to take both frames off Micky Tonks, with some very good snooker to deny the D team victory.

As Private Fraser regularly said to Captain Mainwaring “we’re doomed”, and it looks like that for Drakelow as they lost 7-1 to Burton Cons D. The Cons got off to an excellent start 4-0 at the turn, thanks to Steve Castledine taking both frames off Mark Baxter. Steve won the first frame with a bit to spare, and in the second frame, Mark put up a good fight, and with a little bit of good running, could have won the frame but unfortunately, he lost on the pink. Jim Jennings and Pat Ryan had two slow frames, with Jim taking the first frame, with Pat requiring snookers on yellow. On the second frame, Jim did not have it all his own way, as Pat needing pink and black to win, failed on an attempted pot to leave the pink asking to be potted, and it was. Two extremely tight frames between Mick Buckland and Alan Orpwood where both frames were decided on the pink and black respectively. Tony Coleman took the only frame for Drakelow against Ian Shrive. In the first frame, Ian required pink and black, and potted them. In the second frame, Ian required snookers on the blue.

Belmont C are gradually moving up the table, with an excellent 3-5 result away to Stapenhill B. Stapenhill got off to a pretty good start, with Greg Britton winning two close frames against Dickie Davies. John Richardson then drew with Lee Turner, despite making 30 breaks in both frames. Stan Piechowicz of Stapenhill, lost to Paul Eaton fairly easily, as Paul made a 32 break in the first frame, and a 28 break in the second. Belmont’s Mark Sherratt beat Barry Sherratt to give Belmont a victory.

In the match between second placed Ivanhoe C and Rolleston A, who are in fourth place, unsurprisingly, ended in a draw. Ivanhoe started well with Gaz Dolman making a very well constructed break of 46, and taking both frames off Bob Sanders. Darren Wilson then chipped in with a frame against Kieran Waddell, who was playing his first ever league game tonight, did very well to win a frame with a 20 clearance. Graham Measures and Bob Tubey then drew. It was left to Rolleston captain, Tony Rushton to salvage a draw with some very good potting to win both frames.

A good win away from home for SDSC C against Woodville A 6-2. Adam Harrison started well for SDSC by winning both frames in a very entertaining match. Ben Davies also did well, making a 49 break against Andrew Grainger, but the talented Grainger came back well to take a frame. SDSC players Lee Wright and Henry Tomas did the damage to Woodville by winning all of their frames against Paul Slater and Lee Wood respectively.

SDSC D had a good win against Burton Cons C 7-1. For SDSC, Lee Sherratt knocked in breaks of 30 and 28 against the unlucky Neil Brookes. For the Cons, Ian Protheroe played some good snooker to take a frame off Andy Rice.

A little bit of a surprise result with Rileys C defeat at home to Burton Cons B 3-5. The Cons started off well with Simon Smith coming out of snooker retirement to beat Greg Mayne. With Simon making a great return to the game, it appeared that he was taking a colour every time he potted a red. In the second frame, he made breaks of 34 and 22 to win it fairly easily. Tom Egginton and Adam Farrington drew. In the first frame, Tom potted better than Adam, and lost mainly because he gave away 43 points in fouls for example, five times on the black and twice on the reds. Tom made up for it in the second frame, with some good pots. Ryan Gibbs and Dave Plunkett also drew, with Ryan potting well, he won the first frame, and in the second frame, Dave Plunkett felt a little bit lucky to win it after trailing Ryan, managed to clear up all the colours for a Cons victory. Dave Shipton lost the first frame to Paul Fox, but Dave Shipton made a great start in the second frame, establishing a 30 point lead, and never lost it.

In the Rileys Division Two, Alrewas D maintained their position at the top of the division by beating SDSC E 7-1 at home. The Raptors were in the pink after this win, with Colin Kinsella in very good form, beating Phil Maddocks, with Phil making a 24 break, but Colin did even better with a superb 53 break, which had the home team in Raptors! Ian Hiley, again in good form, to beat Ray Bancroft with Ian knocking in a 24 break. Dave ‘Fiery’ Trueman was also in good form on the table, and also his poetry on the result card, made a solid 32 break to beat Tony Mitchell. Ray Stretton for SDSC, took a frame off Carl Poulton to prevent a whitewash. Carl made a 21 break in the frame he won. The Raptors commented by saying that SDSC were a good set of sports.

In the middle of the table clash, Tutbury C drew with Alrewas C. Alrewas were given a good start by Robert McMeecham, by winning two black balls games against the unlucky Mark Storr. John Peto and Karl Hancox had two good frames of snooker, ending in a draw. Karl made a break of 29 in the first frame, and a 20 in the second. Graham Fisher was in fine form, taking both frames off Gary Bower in some style. The two frames between Graham Smith and Colin Wood ended all square although, Graham made a 22 break match result a draw.

Belmont D beat Woodville C 7-1. The score line flattered Belmont a little as there was a couple of close games. Terry Bosworth took both frames off Alan Shuttleworth in two scrappy frames. John Gebbie was in excellent form, taking both frames off the experienced Terry Eyley. Brian Cutting had two close frames against Jim Gardner, which could have gone either way, but went in the favour of Brian. Well done to Ben Woodward for taking a frame off Dave Press.

A good win for Swad Cons C against Alrewas B 5-3, keeps them in a useful position for promotion. The Cons did not get off to the best of starts, with Matt Newbold losing to John Hill, who was in good form. Richard Brown got the Cons level by beating Brian Eccleston in some style. Craig Wilson and Tony Trueman drew in a rather dour battle. As has happened a lot this season, Bob Birch came to the Cons rescue by taking both frames off wily Brian Aldridge, for a victory to Swad Cons.

Another good win for Newhall B away to Rolleston B 5-3, just about keeps them in the promotion hunt. Rolleston got off to a good start with Lee Cooke in good potting form to beat Callum Gray. Steve Atkins and Jonny Laud had a good tussle with honours even, with Jonny having a 24 break. After the turn round, it was all change, when Newhall got their act together with Joe McInulty beating Aaron Doyle. It was left to Carl Glover to beat Jim James for a Newhall victory. Carl made a break of 20 which, no doubt, helped his cause.

Alrewas A and Willington C fought out a tight match, which ended in a draw, which is to Willington’s benefit more than Alrewas’. All the players in the match won a frame, but for the second match running, Phil Marklew dropped a frame, this time to Steve Lane, whose confidence is increasing with every game.

A good win for Woodville B against Swad Cons D 6-2. This win keeps them well in the promotion hunt. Bill Davidson, for the second week running, won both of his frames against big Dave Bodie. Trevor ‘the hit-man’ Heath was not firing on all cylinders, and dropped a frame to Marc Egan. David Budworth and Nig Duggins had two extremely close frames, with both of them having a share of the spoils. Brian Alford was in excellent potting form, and comfortably winning both frames off Scott Gee.