The President’s Cup Final took place this week, which saw the divisional winners play each other in a round robin final. The finalists were Ivanhoe A from the premier division, Newhall B from the first division and Ivanhoe D from the second division.
Congratulations go to Ivanhoe A as they added to their great season by winning the Cup overall.
Owen Jones writes for the Premier Division
Ivanhoe A firmly cemented the runners up position in the Burton and District Snooker League as they defeated third placed Belmont A by 6-2. Andy Marriott was first up against Graham Bailey and he played well to take both frames with breaks of 35 and 44. Ian Rennocks then drew with Ian Archer in what looked a great tie on paper. Mick Kirk also drew with Mark Press before Ant Moore, aided by a 30 break, defeated Fran McInulty and then also did a spot of amateur hair dressing in the process!
Rileys A have given themselves a great chance of avoiding the drop as they won at home against Willington A by 5-3. Tom Elliott opened the match against Jan Pawlazych and gained a creditable draw. Andy Spiers and Ade Harper then did the damage as they beat Dean Johnston and Wayne Pereira respectively to put the home side in the driving seat. Evergreen Alan Davies gave the scorecard some credibility for the visitors as he won the final two frames of the night against Mark Stirling.
Belmont B and Alrewas B shared the frames on the night in a basement battle. Mick Morris picked up both frames as the visitors could only field three players. Phil Marklew got the vital win against Arron Vaughan to even the scores. Mark Vaughan and Brett Craddock then picked up a frame each against John Sharpe and Alan Wilson respectively to leave the scores tied.
Alrewas A picked up a 5-3 home victory against Ivanhoe B to virtually guarantee themselves a mid-table finish. Colin Kinsella knocked in a 31 on the way to picking up the decisive two frames against Gaz Dolman in the only win on the night. All other games were tied, although Jerry Cook scored a 30 break in taking a frame from Dave Trueman.
Willington B could only manage a draw against Tutbury A as they are desperate for points to beat the drop. John Hardy won the first two frames by default as he didn’t have an opponent. Dave Mahwinney made a draw against Dave Powell and Steve Gaunt followed suit by sharing the frames with Dave Mabbott. Steve Mabbott took the two frames needed for the draw as he beat Tony Clements.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre B hosted the champions Burton Cons A and it was the visitors who left with a 7-1 victory. Adam Harrison had no answer to John Shilton’s decisive potting as he took both frames aided by a 47 break. Henry Thomas then shared the frames with Darren Coady. Young Harry Farrell then had the chance of taking a big scalp in his early career as he played Jonathan Fletcher. Unfortunately for the young starlet, Fletcher won both frames aided by a 36 break. Matt Milnes took both frames from Pete Maguire to close out the match.
A combined Burton and Swadlincote snooker league team went up to Bridlington for a challenge match over the weekend and came away 11-5 winners, the team were Owen Jones, Matt Milnes, Mark Vaughan, Arron Vaughan, Kev Elkin, Tom Holland and Josh Gebbie.
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2
With only two weeks left of the season Willington D despite losing at home to Swad Cons D 6-2 are almost certain to be crowned Champions as they have got an eight point lead over second placed Woodville. Simon Malpass shared two rather scrappy frames with Andy Boam with neither player being able to stamp their authority on the game. Both players did get some good pots. Match of the night was between two off the best potters in the division Trevor Heath and Gaz Ward with both players in the top six of the averages. Gaz Ward for the Cons was the better potter on the night making the most of the chances when they arose. This included a smart 25 break. Next on was Brian Alford and Bob Birch who between them have many years of experience in the game and this showed by the quality of the potting and safety play. For the Cons Bob managed to take the frames eventually. The last two frames of the night was shared between Bill Davidson and Scott
Gee with both players making some valuable contributions to an entertaining match with a surprise ending for the Cons.
Woodville S&S A kept up the pressure on the league leaders Willington with a win against Swad Cons C with a display that belies their lowly position. The Cons had the chances to get the draw with Woodville winning 6-2. First on was the ‘Master Cueman’ Jim Marcer who won both frames against Pete Fearn. In both frames Pete had Jim in a certain amount of difficulty with a number of snookers. Pat Ryan then played John Griffin in two close frames. In the first Pat managed to get himself back into the frame with some nice pots and snookers on the colours only to go for a fine cut on the pink and missed it leaving John needing just to pot the pink for the frame. The second frame followed a similar pattern to the first but in this frame Pat got ahead on the colours and stayed there to share the frames. Alan Orpwood who has been in superb form this season struggled in the first frame to get used to the table against Jon Petcher. Jon went into a
commanding lead only for Alan to fight his way back into the frame with a mixture of fine snookers and pots. Alan just required the black but unfortunately he missed leaving it on for Jon to take the frame. The second frame Alan was used to the table and knocked in a lovely 38 break which included four blacks and a blue showing excellent cue ball control around the black spot. Jon never recovered from this break and conceded on the green. The final match was between Tony Coleman and Barry Bentley although Barry should have won the first after he potted the frame ball pink only for the cue ball to follow on. Tony given the reprieve gratefully potted the pink. Tony took the second frame also. Alan’s 38 break is the highest in the division this week.
In the match of the week in this division between third placed SDSC E and fifth placed Rolleston C the match ended all square. The first match on was between Nick Harcombe and Richard O’Dell. Nick like he has been for most of the season was again in fine potting form. In one of the frames he won he made a quality 35 break. Nick also took the second frame but not without a battle with Richard who made a valuable contribution to an entertaining match. Joe Docksey was next up against Ray Stretton who was in fine potting form as he won both of his frames fairly comfortably. The two frames taken by Joe levelled the match score 2-2 at the turn. Andy Jefferies not for the first time season put SDSC in a very winnable position by taking both frames in a close match with the Rolleston skipper Kev Norris. Rolleston’s in-form Lionel Lewis earned his side a most valuable draw with a solid display of safety and potting against Ray Bancroft who
certainly went down fighting as Lionel took both frames.
Belmont C have slid very quietly into the final promotion slot with a fine home win against the talented but inconsistent SDSC F winning 6-2. This win puts them one point ahead of SDSC E who are in fourth place. Terry Bosworth was again at his masterful best with some superb potting and quality control of the cue ball as he beat Leo Worsley fairly comfortably in both frames. Dave Press lost both of his frames to Matt Hazard in two tight and well contested frames to put the frame score level at the turn. Belmont then bought out the artillery first in the shape of Brian Cutting who appears to be playing better snooker with age gave Ashley Beard very little chance to show his talents as he won both frames in some style. Dougie Lees not to be outdone then won his two frames with a bit of a struggle with Alex Read. Belmont have another tough match this week as they play fifth in the table Rolleston C who are just four points behind them.
Alrewas D headed down the A38 feeling happy with their nights work as they beat Burton Cons D 6-2 with a fine contribution by all of the players. Paul Brooks for the Cons shared his frames with John Hill with both players getting some good pots. Al Munnien and Shaun Tubbert shared their frames. Shaun did very well as this was his first league game of the season and to take a frame of Al he did well. After the break it was all down hill for the Cons as Alrewas turned on the style firstly with Tom Smith who missed very little in both frames against the unlucky Nathan Brooks. Tom knocked in a well constructed 37 break to win one of his games. By all accounts Brian Aldridge rolled back the years with the quality of his play as he took both frames in style off Ian Protheroe who can certainly pot a bit when given the chance.
Owen Jones writes for Just Wood Premier Division
Burton Cons A took another giant step towards winning a seventh successive title in the Premier division of the Burton and District Snooker league by defeating Willington A 7-1. Alan Davies was first up against John Shilton, and it wasShilton who potted decisively to take both frames to put the visitors in front. Dean Johnson played Matt Milnes on the other table with a similar outcome. Milnes didn’t really give his opponent a chance as he took both frames aided by a 38 break. Wayne Pereira then played Owen Jones. Jones potted well to take the first but the second went down to the last black. Pereira attempted a double, which hit the jaw of the middle pocket and rolled the black over the corner pocket for Jones to clinch the frame. This prompted a poor reaction from Pereira as he struck the wall in frustration. The final match of the night saw Darren Coady take the first frame against GazBarker, aided by breaks of 33 and 35. Barker spared the whitewash by winning the second on a black ball game to complete the match.
Tutbury A picked up an impressive 7-1 victory when defeating Alrewas A. The Mabbotts did the damage as Steve, Chris and Dave defeated James Edwards, Carl Poulton and Adam Walton respectively. Colin Kinsella halted the whitewash with the frame he won against Steve Hathaway.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre B were dealt a blow as they lost at home to Willington B. Adam Harrison began the match well for the Swadlincote side by taking both frames against Rich Turner. Ben Davies then won the first frame against Andy Jenkins, aided by a 43 break. Back came Jenkins though to pot a great pink and black to earn himself a draw. Young starlet Harry Farrell lost his way on the night against John Hardy as Hardy took the first frame comfortably and then came from a snooker behind to take the second frame. Henry Thomas closed out the match against Tony Clements, and it was Clements who potted well to take both frames and the match finished 5-3 to the visitors.
A tight match between Ashby Ivanhoe B and SwadlincoteSnooker Centre A ended with the home side claiming a much needed victory. Gaz Dolman drew with Andy Goldingay and Darren Wilson also made a draw with Chris Dewey. Graham Measures and Carl White continued the second half of the match where the first half left off as they also shared the frames. Jerry Cook was the star performer on the night as he won both frames against John Davis and earned a 5-3 win for his side.
Alrewas B hosted Rileys A in what turned out to be another vital win for Rileys. John Sharpe drew with Ryan Farmer in the first match. Alan Wilson then also shared the frames with Tim Hodgkinson, who made a rare appearance for the visitors.Mick Tonks claimed both of his frames as Alrewas could only field 3 players. The final match of the night saw the talented Phil Marklew host the equally talented John Chambers, who also made a rare appearance on the night. Both players cancelled each other out to share the frames and the match finished 5-3 to the visitors.
Ashby Ivanhoe A won 7-1 away at Belmont B. Belmont captain Mark Vaughan was first up against Mick Kirk and it was Vaughan who won the first frame on the colours. He was also in with a shout in the second until Kirk potted brown to pink to seal it. Michael Lomas then played Daniel Blunn.Blunn potted well at key times to take the frames. MickyMorris was up against it right from the off as he had to use a borrowed cue against averages leader Andy Marriott. The outcome was inevitable as Marriott won at a canter. ArronVaughan struggled to get going against Ian Rennocks and subsequently lost the first frame. There was no denying the winner of the second frame however as Rennocks knocked in a lovely 59 break to take it.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Insurance Division One
Division one is just too close to pick the champions from, all teams are taking points from each other. This was best demonstrated this week by the team in eighth position Burton Cons C taking on the team in fifth Newhall B with a massive 25 points separating the teams. Veteran Burton Cons man Jim Jennings took on Adam McInulty , the first went down to a black game and ended with Adam missing the black altogether to give the game to Jim, Adam coming back to win the second. Adam’s miss was a surprise him being no stranger to the Burton tables after his heroics in the Evershed Vase semi-final victory he had over Owen Jones 3 days earlier, Burton’s Mick Buckland had the first frame taken off him by Carl Glover before Mick came back with 3 twenty plus breaks to take the second, Burton’s Steve Castledine who has struggled for form this season took the first off Martin Hicks with great play, the Newhall man winning the second leaving the match balanced on the last pairing of Burton Captain Ian Shrive and Martin Anslow. Ian won the first comfortably but had to dig deep to win the second to give his team a well-earned victory.
Swad Cons B hosted Stapenhill A with only Bob McNulty and Colin Cope earning frames for the Swad side with a bad 6-2 loss.
Stapenhill B had a close game against SDSC C, Bryan Sharratt defeating Swad’s Brian Bloor, brother Garton Bloor taking a frame from Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson, this was as good as it got with Swad’s Simon Orpwood and Andrew Bloor taking all the frames for a 5-3 away win.
Burton Cons B are a little off the pace and this week faced Swad Cons A who are in a strong position, Burton’s Jason Anguish had an open game with Andy Grainger ending in a draw while Dave Shipton took on Swad’s Simon Mansfield in a long drawn out safety battle, Simon taking both, Burton’s Simon Smith played solidly to defeat Lee Wood easily, and with Tom Egginton taking the first on the blue it was up to Paul Hollis to save his team, which he did clearing the colours to earn a draw.
Willington C had a great win at home to Alrewas C, Daz Harris and Lee Cooke drew against Rob Mcmeechan and Karl Hancox respectively this backed up by Loz Kennerson and Steve Lane for a 6-2 win.
Tony Coleman writes for Rileys Division 2
Willington D survived a difficult visit to Alrewas D winning 5-3 in what turned out to be a close match. Dave Riley was on first for the A38 boys and Trevor Heath for Willington. Trevor appeared to have the first frame well under control until Dave conjured up a magical 46 break with a number of superb pots to bring him back into the frame which he won on the black after a brief spell of safety. Dave’s 46 break is the highest in the division this season. The second frame was just as close as the first but with Trevor taking it. Dave Budworth Willington’sinspirational captain put his team in a good position as he won both frames fairly comfortably against Brian Aldridge with both Tony Trueman and Bill Davidson playing a similar tactical game it seemed that the frames were deemed to end all square. Willington’s Brian Alford with his silky touches was rather unlucky to drop a frame against John Hill. In the frame that John won he had a fair amount of flukes which included the final black. There was also a certain amount of anticipation when Brian looked as if he might make a 147 after he potted the first red but I think the nerves got to him as he missed the first black. This win keeps them well ahead of the chasing pack although next up is second placed Woodville.
Woodville S&S A had another fine win at home to Swad Cons D winning 6-2. The ‘Master Cueman’ Jim Marcerwas again in good form as he took both frames off the sun tanned Dave Bodie back again after yet another holiday. Jim’s cause was very much helped in the first frame by the 28 points given away in fouls by Dave. In the second frame Jim was always in control with some solid play. Dave managed to pot some good reds but missed some easy colours. On the other table Swad Cons top player Gaz Ward had a disappointing 50th birthday as he lost both frames to the ‘on fire’ Alan Orpwood. The first frame Alan played very well not giving Gaz any opportunities to shine and winning it fairly easily. The second frame was more of a contest but with Alan still taking it on the colours. Pat Ryan probably played his best two frames of the season against Kieron Dadley as he appeared to be potting the the balls from anywhere on the table and they seemed to be finding the middle of the pocket. In the second frame Pat was still doing the potting and looking favourite to win the second but Kieron mounted a spirited fight back to snatch it on the black. Tony Coleman and Andy Boam shared their frames in two close frames with Andy winning his on the black.
Rolleston C moved back into third place with a convincing away win at Swad Cons C winning 6-2. Joe Dockseygot Rolleston off to a solid start by taking both frames with a fine display of potting against Pete Fearn which included a good 29 break. Lionel Lewis who appears to be getting his game back on track just at the right time made a lovely 31 break as he easily won both frames with John Griffin who was never given a great deal of table time by Lionel. Kev Norris as usual played a captain’s role as he won the necessary two frames for the win with another solid display in beating Alan Jowett. Swad Cons captain Jon Petcher not for the first time this season had to take a frame to prevent the whitewash. On this occasion he went one better and won both frames with a sparkling display of potting against Richard O’Dell who despite knocking in a nice 24 break could still not win the frame.
In the match between two teams still battling it out for promotion Ivanhoe D and Tutbury B with the game ending all square. Jason Collins the Ivanhoe star player was again living up to his position in the averages with a fine display against John Peto who has been in good form of late. There was some quality play by both players but with Jason having the edge. Gordon Fisher for Tutbury got his side back in the match by winning both frames in two close frames against Eric Avins who got off to rather slow start but was just unable to get to the winning post. Old Twinkle Toes aka Warner Collins appeared to lose his mojo in the first frame against Paul Atterbury who took full advantage with a string of fine pots and was possibly just shading the second frame when Warner heard his favourite piece of music from Dirty Dancing and he was inspired to win the frame in style. Tim Bale despite losing the first frame fairly easily to Jeff Siddalls came back to win the second frame with some excellent pots to secure a well deserved draw.
Belmont C kept themselves nicely in the promotion battle with another good home win against the inconsistent Burton Cons D winning 6-2. Mr Consistent Terry Bosworth again turned in another solid performance as he won both frames against Nathan Brooks who missed one or two chances to get the scoreboard moving. Brian Cutting was in fine form as he took two close frames off Al Munnien. Some of Brian’s safety play on the night was top draw. This win put Belmont in the driving seat at the turnaround leading 4-0. The good work continued first with Glen Mathews who appears to have settled down well since he came into the team and drew with Paul Brooks in two rather tense frames with neither player able to stamp his mark on the game. Ian Protheroe was in superb form in the frame he won making a very well constructed 35 break with some good pots from distance for the Cons. Dave Press came back well to win the final frame of the night with good pots and safety play.
Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Burton Cons A kept on their march towards another league title with a 6-2 victory away at Belmont B. Arron Vaughan was first up against Matt Milnes, with both players playing well at the right times to take a frame each. Brett Craddock had no answer against an in-form John Shilton as the Cons player knocked in breaks of 62 and 54 along the way to victory. Mick Morris also found Darren Coady too strong as he also took both frames. Mark Vaughan then knocked in a 32 break when closing out the match by sharing the frames with Owen Jones.
Alrewas B won tight match against Swadlincote Snooker Centre B, with Phil Marklew being the decisive factor yet again for the home side. He claimed both frames against Ben Davies with all other matches finishing all square. Alan Wilson, Will Sherratt and John Sharpe drawing with Adam Harrison, Harry Farrell and Henry Thomas respectively.
Ivanhoe B and Willington B shared the frames in an entertaining draw. Gaz Dolman won the first two frames, aided by a 30 break, against Dave Mawhinnie. Daz Wilson took the first frame against John Hardy with a nice 31 break. Hardy responded well to knock in a 34 in the second frame and the game was tied. Steve Cockerham then also shared the frames with Tony Clements. The visitors needed Steve Gaunt to take both frames to force a draw, which he duly did, to close out the match. Gaunt also knocked in a 30 break.
Willington A played host to Ivanhoe A in what looked a cracking match on paper. Wayne Pereira opened against Mick Kirk and took both frames to put the home side in the driving seat. Daz Lester then knocked in a 33 break, but he could only manage a draw as Daniel Blunn pinched the second frame. Gaz Barker then played Andy Marriott in the tie of the match. Marriott came away with the victory and a 43 break. Not many players take two frames from Barker, especially on his own table so it was a great victory. Dean Johnson then closed out the game against Anthony Moore, but it was Moore that took the frames and the game finished 5-3 to the visitors.
Belmont A claimed a great 6-2 away win at Tutbury A. Dave Powell played the talented Josh Gebbie, and it was Gebbie who took the first easily but needed the pink to take the second frame. Steve Mabbott then lost two close frames to Mark Press. Dave Mabbott then took the first frame comfortably against Graham Bailey, but Bailey fought back strongly with a lovely 46 break to take the second. Chris Mabbott lost the first frame against Ian Archer but came back well to win the second frame on the pink and knocked in some lovely balls on the way to doing so.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A hosted Rileys A and it was the visitors who claimed a priceless victory. Steve Ayre had no answer for Tom Elliott’s potting and Elliott took the opening frames. Chris Dewey, John Davis and Andy Goldingay then all drew with Mark Stirling, Ade Harper and Andy Spiers respectively to get the all important victory.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Insurance Division 1
Top of the table SDSC D visited Willington C who have proved to be tricky opponents, Willington’s Steve Butterworth took the first off Ryan Gilmore who came back to take the second, on the other table Swads Wayne Brewin was playing brilliantly and made a superb 61 break in the two frames he took off Lee Cooke, Willington’s Loz Kennerson evened things up making a 32 break in beating Rob Press, leaving the match on the last games between Steve Lane and Swad’s Lee Sherratt, two good frames ensued and it was the Swad man who took both to give his side the win to tighten their grip on the top spot.
Burton Cons B hosted the early season pace setters Ivanhoe C in what turned out to be an evenly contested match, Burton’s Dave Plunkett took on John Skellett in a riveting match with the first going down to the colours and the second to a black game, Dave winning both. The other table was the opposite with Burton’s Tom Egginton always chasing the game and eventually losing both to Brendan Mattley, The home teams Jason Anguish who has played well all season came up against Ashby’s Jason Pickering and in two open frames it was the Ashby man who came out on top earning the man of the match award and giving the away team the lead, Burton’s Dave Shipton played Stuart Tagg in the last match and both frames went down to the wire with Dave just shading both frames to earn his side a draw which keeps both teams in the hunt for promotion.
Swad Cons B played Newhall B in a feisty contest, Swads Bob McInulty played Callum Gray and in two close games that could’ve gone either way it was Callum who got the crucial balls to win the games, on the other table Ross Hollis was up against Newhall’s Adam McInulty with the latter making breaks of 34 and 37 to take both to give his team a 4-0 lead, Swad fared better in the second half of the contest with Colin Cope making a 32 break in the two frames he took off Martin Hicks, the last game saw Swad’s Paul Hollis play stylishly to take two frames against Carl Glover to earn his team a great comeback draw.
SDSC C team got themselves back to winning ways at home to Alrewas C with a 7-1 thumping, Brian Bloor took the first frame of the night but his opponent Jordan Watts came back to take the second, Simon Orpwood then gave the Swad team the lead making a 38 break in the two he took off Rob Mcmeechan, this was followed up by Andy Bloor who made a 26 break helping him to beat Karl Hancox but man of the match went to Garton Bloor who played solidly to defeat Colin Wood for a great 7-1 home win.
Burton Cons C had a drawn game with Stapenhill A.
Tony Coleman Reports on Rileys Division 2
SDSC F made the league leaders Willington D fight for their win with the Power Boys eventually winning 5-3. Leo Worsley playing league snooker for the first time did extremely well for SDSC as he shared the spoils with Simon Malpass in two well contested frames with Leo making a 19 break to take his frame. Matt Hazzard was also in good form as he took a well deserved frame off the high flying Trevor Heath who is well placed in the averages. Brian Alford was the Power Boys star turn as he won both frames in a tight match against Alex Read with both players getting some nice pots. Dave Budworth won the frame to give his team the win as he drew in a rather tense match with Alex Glover. This win leaves them with a comfortable lead at the top.
Another win at home by second placed Woodville S&S A as they beat the talented but inconsistent Burton Cons D 6-2. Jim Marcer and the promising talents of Nathan Brooks shared their frames in two fine games of snooker with Nathan taking the first with some good pots but ‘Master Cueman’ Jim played well to take the the second. For the second week running ‘Master Locksmith’ Alan Orpwood picked the lock to get out of jail especially in the second frame against Ian Protheroe. In the first frame everything was going to plan for Alan who had built up a substantial lead going into the colours which was ideally placed for snookers that Ian took advantage of to get himself back into the frame but Alan managed to pot the blue and pink for the frame. In the second frame Ian was the dominant player and only needed the last red and a colour to be safe but let his opponent back into the match and it rested on the final black. Unfortunately Ian went in-off in trying to cut it into the yellow pocket. This put Woodville 3-1 ahead at the turn a lead they never relinquished. Tony Coleman won two fairly straight forward frames although his opponent Paul Davies never gave up trying to get snookers even on the pink. Probably the best two frames of the night was between Pat Ryan and Paul Brooks the match finished honours even with both players making some nice pots and extremely good safety play. The Cons can feel a little hard done by as they did not take anything from the match.
SDSC E are keeping the pressure on the second placed team as they had a very good away win at Alrewas D winning 6-2. They were given a very good start by Nick Harcombe who won both frames fairly comfortably against Brian Aldridge as he made breaks of 30 and 31 in his first and second frame respectively. Some of Nick potting was of the highest quality. Brian Eccleston got the home team on the scoreboard with a determined performance against Ray Bancroft as it finished honours even. Tom Smith did his best to try and get the home team back to level pegging but he could only draw with Ray Stretton who played solidly throughout. Andy Jeffries was once again in good nick with both his safety play and potting with his opponent John Hill contributing to a fine match with Andy won both frames.
Swad Cons C made promotion chasing Tutbury B work very hard to win their game scraping through by winning 5-3. Tutbury were given the perfect start by their opening players. Colin Bell who is currently playing some very good snooker who won both frames against John Griffin who despite losing went down fighting. Paul Atterbury was on next against Pete Fearn. Despite Pete getting some nice pots he was not able to hold back Paul who made some nice pots and a number of little breaks to enable him to win both frames. The Cons fight back started with Jon Petcher who has not had the best of running this season but took both frames in a entertaining match against John Peto by winning both frames on the black. The match got more tense when the Cons Alan Jowett took the first frame off Jeff Siddalls in another close frame. The second frame and winning frame went to Jeff who had to use all of his experience to get over the line. This match was played in a very good spirit and the Cons could possibly feel they deserved the draw.
In the battle for promotion between Ivanhoe D and Rolleston C it was the home team who ran out the victors in a very tight match winning 5-3. Eric Avins who has been playing very well since he came into the team again didn’t let the side down as he drew with one of Rolleston’s top players Joe Docksey. Joe won the first frame on the black with both players getting some good pots. The second frame could have gone either way until Eric cleared from brown to black for the frame. Jason Collins back in the team had two quick frames against Andy Winson with both players taking a deserved share of the spoils. Tim Bale and Lionel Lewis had to settle for a frame each with plenty of safety play on show by both players in a rather cagey match. For the second week running Warner Collins again strut his stuff on the green baize like Fred Astaire as he won both frames against Kev Norris who made some
valuable contributions in a most entertaining match. Warner won his first frame on the black but took the second fairly comfortably. This victory keeps them well placed in joint third position with Rolleston just two points behind.
Belmont C entertained their local neighbours Swad Cons D by winning 6-2. The first match was between Terry Bosworth and the Cons ‘potting machine’ Gaz Ward. This was always going to be a tight match but Bozzie turned on the style to win both frames with a combination of excellent potting and safety play to which Gaz had no answer. Dave Press and Bob Birch played on the other table. Bob took the first frame with some quality potting and also looked the favourite to win the second but Dave managed to claw his way back into the frame with good safety play to win it on the black. Belmont’s Brian Cutting was once again in fine form as he comfortably won both frames against an increasingly frustrated Andy Boam. Dougie Lees had to settle for a deserved share of the spoils with Kieron Dadley.