2013-14: Week 26

Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
The Burton and District Snooker season came to a close in the Just Wood Premier division and the top two met to end the season in style. Ashby Ivanhoe A were the hosts and Andy Marriott got them off to a great start with clinical potting against the always dangerous Matt Milnes. Marriott knocked in breaks of 75 and 55 to keep his opponent at arms length and put the home side in front. Ian Rennocks also took the first frame against John Shilton but the latter came back strongly in the second frame, knocking in a 36 to seal it and earn a draw. Antony Moore then went up against Jonathan Fletcher. Moore lost the first frame with Fletcher knocked in a 49 break. However, he battled back to claim a draw in a tight second frame. The final game saw Daniel Blunn play Owen Jones. The first frame was close up to the colours when Jones knocked in green to pink with some good long potting to clinch it. The second frame was a similar story with Jones knocking in blue and pink to seal the draw for the visitors and left Cons undefeated in the league for the entire season.
Rileys A closed out the season with another great win as they won 5-3 against Swadlincote Snooker Centre B. Ade Harper drew with Ben Davies with both players potting well. Mark Stirling knocked in breaks of 33 and 32 on the way to defeating Adam Harrison and Andy Spiers also played very well to take both frames against Henry Thomas. Pete Maguire gave the score some credibility by defeating Nigel Tomlinson.
Belmont A ended the season with a bang as they won 8-0 away to Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Chris Dewey opened proceedings against Ian Archer. Archer proved to be too strong for Dewey on the night as he put the visitors in front. Josh Gebbie then played very well to beat John Davis and double the advantage. Mark Press then knocked in a 30 to beat Steve Ayre and finally Fran McInulty showed what he can do by knocking in a 39 on the way to completing the rout against Carl White.
Willington B were playing for pride against Alrewas A and they came away with a 6-2 victory. Andy Jenkins won the first two frames against the unfortunate Colin Kinsella and Steve Gaunt potted well to take both frames against Carl Poulton. John Hardy drew with Ian Hiley and Tony Clements closed out the match by sharing the frames with Adam Walton.
Belmont B drew their final match of the season against Willington A. Arron Vaughan lost the first frame to Dean Johnston who knocked in a long black with the rest to take it. Vaughan responded well to level the scores up. Mick Morris won the first frame easily against Jan Pawlazych, but his opponent turned the tables in the second frame as he won with plenty left on the table. Rich Goldby won two close, but good quality, frames against Bill Stewart. Brett Craddock finished the match against Daz Lester. Craddock fell well behind in the first frame but battled back to force a black ball game. Lester fluked it to take it but then played very well in the second frame to force the draw.
Alrewas B gained a convincing 7-1 victory at home to Ivanhoe B. Will Sherratt and Gaz Dolman shared their frames and that was as good as it got for the visitors. Alan Wilson and John Sharpe defeated Jerry Cook and Darren Wilson respectively to put the hosts in command. Phil Marklew closed out the match by defeating Graham Measures, aided by a 30 break.
Phil Marklew also claimed the Evershed Singles title as he defeated Adam McInulty 3-1 in the final. It has been a great first season in the top division for Marklew, who has played very well in both individual tournaments and for his team. Congratulations Phil.
Mark Vaughan writes for the David Wain Division One
Congratulations in what has been a close contest right up until the end must go to SDSC D who defeated Alrewas C 6-2 away to take the title by a clear margin, the team of Lee Sherratt, Wayne Brewin, David Wain, Ryan Gilmore, Mark Satchwell, Andy Rice, Rob Press and Danny Collins have played well all season and can look forward to premier league action next season.
Runners up are Ivanhoe C who have turned in some great performances and also make the leap to the premier league, the third promotion place was a 3 way tussle between third placed Newhall Social A, Swad Cons A and Stapenhill A. 
Swad Con had a tricky fixture away at SDSC C, Mark Hadley drew with Swad Snookers Simon Orpwood and then Swad cons Andy Grainger got the better of Garton Bloor to give Swad Cons a 3-1 lead, Andrew Bloor won his first frame against Cons Simon Mansfield with the help of a 30 break, Simon coming back to take the second frame leaving Cons Paul Slater to face floating player Mark Satchwell, this game also ended in a draw to give Swad Cons a 5-3 win and move them into the promotion spot at least for a short time.
The game of the night though was always going to be at Stapenhill where the A team lying in fourth place were playing third placed Newhall B with Newhall needing a draw to gain promotion, Newhall got two of the frames they required immediately as Adam McInulty with the help of a 31 and 32 break defeated Chris Sheldrake who never scored a point in the second frame. Stapenhill’s John Richardson levelled the match winning two hard fought frames against Mark Anslow. Carl Glover then got Newhall back on track winning his first frame against Carl Jeffcote with Carl coming back to take the second with some great potting, this left the match tied at 3-3 with two frames to play, Newhall needing one for promotion and Stapenhill wanting both, both teams had experienced players for this last game and the first frame went To Stapenhill’s Steve Ford to leave promotion hanging on the last frame, Newhall’s Martin Hicks took control of the frame leading by 22 points with 22 left on the table, Steve Ford then got a chance on the brown which he took and cleared to the black to force a re-spot to keep them in the promotion hunt, a safety battle ensued with both players keeping the black safe until Martin Hicks got the first chance of a pot and attempted it only to see the white ball go in to the pocket to give the frame, match and promotion to Stapenhill in what was the final frame of an enthralling season.
Willington C collected 9 points as opponents relegated Stapenhill B failed to show up for the fixture.Swad Cons B faced Burton Cons C, Swads Paul Hollis drawing against Jim Jennings and Bob McInulty defeating Steve Castledine to give the Swad side a half time lead, Things changed in the second half as Burton captain Ian Shrive defeated Colin Cope and Mick Buckland defeated Matt Newbold for a 5-3 Burton away win
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2
Congratulations to Willington D who have been Crowned the Divisions Champions after Woodville S&S A could only draw with Belmont C.  Willington won it by three points with a number of teams fighting for the promotion places.  In a very well contested and a most entertaining match between Belmont and Woodville which ended in a well deserved draw for both teams.  For Belmont Terry Bosworth and Tony Coleman shared their frames in two close games with safety play being the main part of the match.  The frame Terry dropped ruined his chance of winning the Divisional averages.  Glenn Mathews and Jim Marcer also shared the spoils in another two close frames with Glenn taking the first with some good pots and Jim winning the second.  Woodville’s Alan Orpwood his sides most consistent player had to settle for a share of the spoils with Dougie Lees.  Alan was in superb form in the first frame missing very little which included an excellent 34 break which left Dougie conceding very early on in the colours but Dougie deserved a lot of credit for coming back well to take the second frame.  The final match was also shared between Brian Cutting and Pat Ryan.  Brian’s safety play in the first frame was top notch but in the second frame Pat’s potting was at another level.  Great match, great bunch of lads.
SDSC E maintained their excellent form right to the end as they beat the wooden spoonists Swad Cons C 7-1 at the Cons.  This win ensures that SDSC get the remaining promotional slot.  Nick Harcombe has as he has so often done this season got them of to a good start winning both frames against Alan Jowett with a solid display of potting.  Ray Stretton settled SDSC’s nerves if they had any by comfortably beating Pete Fearn which included a fine 28 break.  The Cons John Griffin played very well to draw with Andy Jefferies and in the process knocked in his highest break of the season a nicely thought out 29 break.  By taking this frame he prevented the Cons from a whitewash.  Ray Bancroft who has been a model of consistency all season took both frames off Jon Petcher in a match where both players made some valuable contributions to a highly entertaining match.
Swad Cons D finished the season on a high note as they thrashed Burton Cons D 7-1 away.  Gaz Ward was back to his potting best as he easily won both frames against the never say die attitude of Paul Davis.  Andy Boam then took his two frames against Paul Brooks in a workman like fashion to put Swad 4-0 ahead at the turn.  Burton Cons most consistent player this season has been Al Munnien who got their only frame of the evening as he deservedly drew with Kieron Dadley.  Scott Gee rounded off an excellent night for Swad Cons by taking both frames against Nathan Brooks in two highly competitive frames.  How the Cons have finished off the end of season they probably wish it was just starting.
SDSC F finished the season off on a high as they beat the experienced Alrewas D 5-3.  I am sure that if the young lads at SDSC stick together for next season they will be a stronger team now that they have gained some experience from this season.  Alex Glover played some solid snooker to draw against Tony Trueman who plays a very tight safety game.  Alex Read then drew with Brian Eccleston who has not had the best of running all season.  Both players showed what good potters they can be.  Leo Worsley who looks like the find of the season for SDSC for his keen eye and potting ability that he showed when taking both frames off Dave Riley.  Matt Hazard earned his side the win as he drew with Brian Aldridge in two highly competitive frames but with neither player taking full advantage when the opportunities arose.
In a season that showed so much promise for both teams it was Rolleston C who finished higher than Tutbury B with both teams thinking they should have finished even higher.  Rolleston had a fine win at Tutbury B winning 5-3.  Rolleston finished fourth.  Lionel Lewis was back to his best for the Rolleston side taking both frames in a solid performance in beating John Peto.  John potted some good reds but was not always on a colour.  In a quality match between two of the divisions talented players Paul Atterbury of Tutbury and Joe Docksey.  This was a most entertaining two frames with both players going for the pots and most of the time they went in.  Paul just had the edge in both frames to level the half time score.  Rolleston’s most consistent player Kev Norris was again in good form as he beat Colin Bell in both frames which has not happened too often to Colin this season.  It was left to Richard O’Dell to take the winning frame for Rolleston as he drew with Jeff Siddalls in two quality frames.
Ivanhoe’s Mr Dance aka Warner Collins missed his teams final game of the season as he was trying out a new dance routine in preparation for the forth coming Presentation evening this Friday.  I have it on good authority it will be a show stopper – Bruce beware!

2013-14: Week 25

Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Riley’s A gained a valuable draw against high flying Ashby Ivanhoe A in the Just Wood Premier Division of the Burton and District Snooker League. Andy Marriott picked up his customary two frames at the expense of Tom Elliott, with Marriott also knocking in a 40 break. Ade Harper and Daniel Blunn drew their game and Andy Spiers followed suit by drawing with Ant Moore. Mark Stirling won the all important two frames for Riley’s as he defeated Mick Kirk to leave the scores tied.
Willington B hosted Belmont A in a must win game. Unfortunately it was the visitors who came away with the points in a 6-2 win. The talented Josh Gebbie knocked in a 35 on the way to defeating Andy Jenkins. Ian Archer then won both frames against John Hardy. Mark Press also won by the same scoreline leaving Tony Clements to save the blushes as he won both frames against Fran McInulty.
Ivanhoe B faced Tutbury A in a big match for them as they battle for survival. Gaz Dolman and Daz Wilson did the damage as they beat Dave Powell and Chris Mabbott respectively. Steve Cockerham drew with Dave Mabbott to get the five frames needed for victory. Steve Mabbott defeated Jerry Cook in the final match of the night but it wasn’t enough.
Belmont B did their survival chances no harm as they won 6-2 at home to Swadlincote Snooker Centre A. Mick Morris put in a brilliant performance to beat Adam Harrison. Brett Craddock also played very well to take two frames from young starlet Harry Farrell. Ben Davies halted the surge by beating Mark Vaughan. Arron Vaughan closed out the match by beating Henry Thomas.
Alrewas B claimed a 5-3 victory over Willington A without talisman Phil Marklew. It was John Sharpe and Alan Wilson’s turn to grab the lime light as they won all of their frames against Bill Stewart and Dean Johnston respectively. Will Sherratt drew with Daz Lester and finally Roy Sherratt lost to Jan Pawlazych.
SDSC A won the game against Alrewas A but it was closer than the score suggests. Chris Dewey fought back magnificently in the first frame against Jim Edwards. 20 down on the colours he kept his nerve and took the frame and then the second more comfortably. Steve Ayre built up a strong lead in the first frame against Carl Poulton but Poulton produced a 25 clearance to take the frame. Steve fought back excellently though in the second to take the draw. Andy Goldingay make short work of Hot Shot Hiley who couldn’t get into the game after solid potting from Goldingay. John Davis took the first against Colin Kinsella with a superb 33 clearance but Kinsella hung in there and somehow managed to take the second after some fantastic potting on the colours.

Mark Vaughan Writes for David Wain Insurance Division One
SDSC D are within touching distance of clinching the David Wain Insurance Division one title after brushing aside and relegating Swad Cons B away from home 7-1, they are currently lying in second position to Ivanhoe C by a single point but Ivanhoe have finished their fixtures so 2 points this week will see them crowned champions leaving Ivanhoe promoted in second place after they recorded a great win away against SDSC C 6-2, Simon Orpwood the only winner for the Swadlincote side.
Newhall B have put themselves in pole position for the final promotion spot and all but ended Burton cons B promotion push beating them 6-2 at home, Martin Hicks had a 30 break against Jason Anguish who also had a 27 in the two frames he lost, Adam McInulty kept this going by defeating Tom Egginton with the help of a 37 break, this was backed up by Carl Glover and Mark Anslow who both drew with Dave Plunkett and Dave Shipton.
Willington C hosted Burton Cons C in a mid table clash which ended in a draw.
Alrewas C and Stapenhill A had a great match, Alrewas getting off on a flyer with Karl Hancox beating Steve Ford and Jim Chambers defeating John Richardson to dent Stapenhills title push, the away team though were not finished and came back strongly with Carl Jeffcote making breaks of 27 and 32 to defeat Rob Mcmeechan and Chris Sheldrake taking two off Colin Wood to earn his team a draw, which keeps them in fourth place with a chance of promotion as they host Newhall B in the last match of the season with only two points separating the teams. Swad Cons A lying in fifth place will be hoping for a small Stapenhill win next week in order to give themselves a chance to leapfrog both teams to gain the remaining promotion slot, if they can get a big win against SDSC C.
The relegation places have all sadly been filled by Stapenhill B, Swad Cons B with Rolleston A bottom of the table, which is surprising as all three teams have some great players in their ranks, which just shows how tight this division has been.
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2

As the season draws to a close Willington D played their final match needing a good win as they have a rest week next week.  They managed a 5-3 win away to Burton Cons D.  The night started well for the away side with Dave Budworth taking his first frame against Nathan Brooks fairly easily.  In the second frame Nathan played really well only to lose the frame to Dave on the black.  Ian Protheroe for the Cons shared his frames with Bill Davidson in two rather tactical games with excellent safety play by both players.  Trevor “hot shot” Heath was again in superb potting form as he gave Paul Brooks very little opportunity in two one sided frames thus putting Willington in the lead 5-1.  Al Munnien took his first frame against Brian Alford in a low scoring frame.  The second frame looked to be going Brian’s way as he was 20 points ahead with only 18 points on the table.  Al potted the blue then played safe but Brian played an impossible in-off to give the Cons a lifeline.  Al potted the pink and shortly afterwards the black.  Willington’s narrow victory leaves Woodville with an outside chance of stealing the title.
Woodville S&S A have regained their spot back in the First Division after being relegated the previous season.  Whether they will be going up as champions or runners-up to Willington D is still in the melting pot after beating Alrewas D 6-2.  Woodville were given the ideal start thanks firstly to Alan “O’Sullivan” Orpwood who was unplayable in his two frame victory against Brian Eccleston.  His potting was superb and very rarely giving Brian any opportunity to have a pot and when required his safety play was top notch.  Alan also knocked in a 22 break.  On the other table Jim Marcer while not so fluent as Alan managed to win both of his frames with something to spare against Brian Aldridge.  Brian potted some lovely reds but had some difficulties getting a colour afterwards.  Pat Ryan played steady snooker in both frames against an out of sorts John Hill.  Pat potted some nice pots in both frames.  Dave Riley for Alrewas added some respectability to the score with a solid performance in taking both frames off Tony Coleman the first being decided on the pink but the second Dave won at a canter with some good pots from distance.
It looks like the battle for third place is going down to the wire with SDSC E having a very good away win at Ivanhoe D who have slipped out of the promotion battle after SDSC won 5-3.  Jason Collins the Ivanhoe captain who has been in very good form all season got his team off to the right start taking both frames against Tony Mitchell.  Jason played made some cracking pots in both frames but despite Tony getting some pots it was not enough to stop Jason.  Nick Harcombe got SDSC back on level terms with two steady frames of snooker against Eric Avins.  Two rather long frames between Tim Bale and Ray Bancroft ended with honours even and bouts of safety play was the theme of the night.  Rather surprisingly the owner of the top hat and tails aka Warner Collins dropped both frames in a very tight match with Andy Jefferies with both players in a potting mood.  Andy won one of his frames with 20 break.  The committee have it from a reliable source that old twinkle toes will be tripping the light fantastic on Presentation night !!!
A fine home win for Rolleston C still keeps their promotion ambitions alive and dampens Belmont C slightly with only four points separating third to fifth with probably SDSC E having the easier last match.  Rolleston winning 5-3 were given a good start thanks to Joe Docksey beating Dougie Lees with a fine display of potting in both frames.  On the other table Lionel Lewis continued his run of good form in sharing the honours with Brian Cutting in two close frames with some good safety play by both players.  Glen Mathews was again in good form for Belmont as he beat Richard O’Dell in a match that saw both players getting some fine pots.  Kev Norris the Rolleston stalwart again helped the team to victory by winning both frames against the impressive David Press.
Swad Cons D seem to be ending the season in style after the previous weeks win against the Willington boys.  This week it was the turn of SDSC F who got a hammering at home losing 7-1.  Alex Read for SDSC played very well to take a frame off Gaz Ward who has seen his form dip a little of late. Bob Birch then put the Cons in a good position as he took both frames off Ashley Beard in a rather one sided match with Bob making some cracking pots.  Dave Bodie has just found some form as we go into the final week of the season in beating Matt Hazzard in two most entertaining frames with both players making some good pots.  To round off an excellent nights work Marc Egan showed off some of his many talents with a well balanced display in beating Alex Glover.

2013-14: Week 24

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.

Mark Vaughan writes for Division One
The division still looks to be going to the wire with six teams still in the hunt for promotion.
SDSC D entertained a promotion decider against Newhall B, Ryan Gilmore went on first and made a 45 break helping him defeat Callum Gray, Wayne Brewin knocked in a superb 58 helping him beat Adam McInulty,  SDSC Lee Sherratt then drew with Martin Hicks as did Andy Rice and Carl Glover leaving both teams in the hunt for promotion.
Ivanhoe C had a great win against Stapenhill B a team fighting relegation 6-2 to keep them at the top of the division, John Skellett took his two frames comfortably from John Sherriff and Bren Mattley drew with Greg Britton each taking a frame easily, Stu Tagg on his comeback took two close frames from Tim Knopik both men playing excellent snooker, the last match turned out to be the games of the night Ashby’s Jason Pickering playing Andy Tomlinson who is hitting some decent form at the moment, both men played some great snooker with the first going down to a respotted black which Andy took, the second frame was in the same vane great shots all around leaving Jason trailing by almost 30 points, Jason coming back to win the frame by clearing the table.
Burton Cons B lost to SDSC C to leave themselves 9 points from the top, Simon Orpwood and Andrew Bloor taking all 4 frames, Burtons Dave Shipton drew with Brian Bloor but man of the match went to Tom Egginton for winning two frames against SDSC Garton Bloor even though Garton had a 36 break.
Stapenhill A and Swad Cons A did each other no harm drawing there match, Steve Ford making a 36 in the two frames he won as did Andy Grainger, all other players drawing this result keeps them in fourth and third respectively.
Alrewas C took on Burton Cons C in what proved to be a good match Jim Chambers went on against Burtons Jim Jennings and on the other table Karl Hancox faced Burtons Steve Castledine, in four close frames all went to Alrewas to shock the Burton side, Mick Buckland for Burton got two frames back and made a good 34 break against Robert Mcmeechan and with Burton Captain Ian Shrive taking the first off Colin Wood to leave the match result on the last frame, Colin took control and won it to give the Alrewas side the win.
Swad Cons B look division 2 bound as they were defeated 6-2 at home by Willington C, Steve Butterworth and Loz Kennerson winning all there games, all other players drawing.

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.

2013-14: Week 23

Owen Jones writes about the Orme Shield Final
The final of the Orme Shield, the snooker league’s prestigious cup competition, took place this week. Fittingly, the leagues top two sides Burton Cons A and Ivanhoe A battled it out. Burton Cons A won it on the night 8 frames to 2 with John Shilton, Owen Jones and Darren Coady all winning two frames and Matt Milnes and Stuart Roberts picking up a frame each. Ian Rennocks and Daniel Blunn won the frames for Ivanhoe.
Owen Jones writes for the Premier Division.
Burton Cons A made it seven out of seven as they clinched a seventh successive title in the Premier Division of the Burton and District Snooker League. They whitewashed Rileys A 8-0 to reach an unassailable 155 points and end any hopes of anyone catching them. None of the frames went the distance on the night in an impressive display. Matt Milnes opened proceedings by taking both frames against Mark Stirling. Milnes played some great stuff, knocking in breaks of 45, 37 and 35 on his way to victory. On the other table Owen Jones played Nigel Tomlinson with a similar outcome. Jones knocked in a 40 and potted well at key times to put the champions 4-0 up at the break. Jonathan Fletcher made a return to league action and took both frames against Ade Harper, which included a 49 break. The victory was completed by Darren Coady, as he knocked in a 32 on the way to winning both frames against Mickey Tonks.
Ashby Ivanhoe A picked up a 6-2 victory away at Alrewas B and put themselves in a strong position to clinch the runners up spot. Andy Marriott dished out more of the usual as he knocked in breaks of 40 and 30 to defeat Alan Wilson. The classy Ian Rennocks then put the visitors 4-0 up by taking both frames from the unlucky Roy Sherratt. Phil Marklew halted the onslaught as he took both frames against Daniel Blunn. Ant Moore closed out the match by taking both frames from Will Sherratt.
A closely fought match was played out at Belmont with the A team just edging out Alrewas A on the night. Shaun Gebbie made short work of James Edwards with some solid potting and nice breaks. Fran McInulty and Adam Walton shared their game. The first frame saw Fran make an excellent 43 that could easily have been a lot more. Adam played well to stay ahead in the second frame and took it on the pink. Carl Poulton beat Josh Gebbie, the first on a close black ball finish, but the second in comfortable fashion. Mark Press brought the win home against Colin Kinsella with a final black ball finish in the first frame and won the second on the colours.
Willington A picked up a 6-2 victory over Swadlincote Snooker Centre B. Jan Pawlazych opened up against Adam Harrison. Both players potted well to take a frame each with Harrison knocking in a 35 break when taking his frame. Wayne Pereira put in a good performance to beat the unlucky Pete Maguire. However, he did fluke the blue in the first frame to take it. Dean Johnston shared the frames with Henry Thomas and finally Gaz Barker closed out the match defeating Ben Davies.
Tutbury A gave Belmont B a spanking as they won 7-1. Micky Morris was the only visiting player to pick up a frame as he drew with Dave Powell. Chris Mabbott benefitted from the absence of a fourth Belmont player as he claimed the two frames. Mark Vaughan started off strongly against Steve Mabbott as he knocked in a 45 break. Mabbott replied with a 42 and fluked the black to take the first frame and then also won the second frame. Dave Mabbott knocked in a 29 on the way to taking both frames from the unlucky Arron Vaughan who also played well.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A picked up a 5-3 win against Willington B. Chris Dewey, John Davis and Steve Ayre drew with John Hardy, Tony Clements and Steve Gaunt respectively. It was Andy Goldingay who did the damage by defeating Rich Turner to claim the victory for his team.
Mark Vaughan writes for Division one
5 points separate the top six teams in the race for promotion in the David Wain Division One.
Burton Cons C hosted title contenders SDSC D, Jim Jennings took on the divisions sponsor David Wain, Jim went well in front in the first game, getting to the point where David needed a snooker, Jim in trying to finish the frame went in off giving David the foul and points he needed and a lifeline in the game and a chance which he duly took clearing up to take the frame, the second was a close affair but David took it as well, Burtons Mick Buckland did well for the home team against Ryan Gilmore to come back in the first frame from 30 points behind to take it on the black and then with the help of some great long potting take the second to get his team level. Burton Captain Ian Shrive normally the stalwart of his team was well beaten by Wayne Brewin who had a number of 20+ breaks, to give the visitors the advantage and leaving Steve Castledine to save the game for his team against Lee Sherratt, Lee had absolutely no run or luck in both frames leaving Steve to make the most of his good fortune to win both with some steady potting.
Newhall B had a great home win against Alrewas C, Adam McNulty won at a canter against Rob Mcmeechan, Carl Glover won his first frame against Alrewas’s Jordan Watts who potted the black only to unluckily go in off and lose the frame, the second was easier to give Newhall a 4-0 lead, Martin Hicks continued the trend and won the first with a 33 clearance and made a excellent 49 in the second, the only joy for Alrewas was the two frames Karl Hancox took off Callum Gray on the colours in both games for a 6-2 Newhall victory.
The Division’s top two teams went head to head with Swad Cons Andy Grainger playing brilliantly making a 68 break in the two frames he took off Tony Tredger, Mark Hadley easily won the first with Ashby’s Brendon Mattley fighting back to take the second to give the home team a 3-1 lead at the break. Ashby’s John Skellett and Jason Pickering then put on a great display winning the last 4 frames to take the match 5-3 which has not hindered either team, leaving both in the title hunt for another week.
Willington C took to be safe after denting Stapenhill A’s chances of promotion by holding them to a draw coming back from 4-0 down, Loz Kennerson and Daz Harris defeating Carl Jeffcote and mark Waldron.
Stapenhill B hosted Burton cons B and Burtons Tom Egginton got off to a flyer by defeating Colin Britton this was matched by David Plunkett who earned a draw from Stapenhill’s John Sherriff with the help of a good 37 break. Simon Smith then beat Tim Knopik and this was followed up by Jason Anguish drawing with Andy Townsend to give the Burton team a 6-2 win.
 
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2
In the battle between the top two teams Woodville S&S A and Willington D the match ended all square with the result not being determined until the last frame. Not for the first time this season it shows what good players there are playing in this division. On table 2 Alan Orpwood was again playing with great fluency and went into a nice lead with the help of a 24 break against Aldridge Alford who was struggling to come to terms with his narrow miss on a 147 break. Brian got himself back into the frame with the aid of some excellent snookers but left Alan a good chance to win the frame and with him being in his current form only needs one opportunity. The second frame was a lot closer with Brian potting more reds but not with any colours. Again Brian started snookering Alan to get back in the game to such an extent that Brian needed the pink and black. Alan got his own back with a quality snooker on the pink putting the cue ball behind the black – frame over . Dave Budworth and Jim Marcer had two quality games of snooker but with Dave just being able to make the better pots and breaks. Dave knocking in a very good 33 break in the second frame and with a little kinder running he would have made the highest break of the season. It was 2-2 at the turn and then it be came 4-2 to Willington thanks to a great potting display by Trevor ‘hot shot’ Heath who missed very little in both frames despite Pat Ryans valed efforts to stop him. Pat potted some good balls when given the chance. The last game to be played was between Tony Coleman and Simon Malpass with Tony taking both frames fairly comfortably to earn his side a deserved draw. With this result Willington are favourites to be crowned Champions with only 3 games left and a lead of 13 points over Woodville.
SDSC E have moved back into third place this week as Rolleston C have a rest week. Thanks to a fine away win against Rolleston B winning 6-2 Dave Bentley for Rolleston did very well to take a well deserved frame off Nick Harcombe with both players making valuable contributions to a most entertaining match. Tony Mitchell was in very good form as he beat John Ward in both frames with some good potting allied with a solid safety game. Steve Atkin and Andy Jefferies shared their frames with both players missing some valuable chances to take both frames. SDSC’s player of the night was Ray Bancroft who ground out the two frames his side needed for a good win against Neil Cheadle which by his standard this season was no mean fete. Ray was solid in both his safety play and potting. SDSC E have got a very interesting game next week as they take on fellow promotion rivals Rolleston C.
The in- form Belmont C had a very good away win at Alrewas D winning 5-3. This win keeps them sandwiched between SDSC E and Ivanhoe with only four points separating the three teams. Tom Smith of Alrewas and Brian Cutting played out two very close frames with neither player being able to get the two frames with a draw being the fairest result. On the other table we had two stalwarts of the game Brian Aldridge and Dougie Lees who have a vast amount of experience between them battled it out with Brian winning the first frame thanks to a lovely pot on the black. Dougie came back well to take the second frame early on leaving his opponent requiring snookers. Terry Bosworth the Belmont maestro took on the in-form John Hill but after two good frames of snooker it was Terry who was the happier player winning both frames. It was left to the Belmont skipper Dave Press to get the necessary frame that was required for the win this he did by taking the first off Brian Eccleston. The second frame Brian got his potting arm going to take the last frame.
The improving SDSC F had a fine home win against fellow strugglers Burton Cons D winning 5-3. Leo Worsley did well to take a frame off the Cons experienced Paul Davies who never drops a frame without a fight. Alex Read was in cracking form as he displayed his potting talents in taking both frames against Ian Protheroe. The talents of Matt Hazard were again on show as he shared his frames with the Cons skipper Paul Brookes. It was left to Nathan Brooks to try and get the two frames the Cons required for the draw against Alex Glover. He certainly tried his best but Alex managed to hold him back to share the frames.
Competition for the two final promotion positions is extremely tight with only 11 points between second and fifth.
Ivanhoe D just managed to scrape home 5-3 against Swad Cons C who have certainly not had the best of luck this season which certainly gave the Ivanhoe boys a scare. Jason Collins was again in top form as he potted his way to easily win both frames against Barry Bentley. What a fine asset Jason has been to the team this season. Eric Avins is the top billiard player in the team but lost both frames of snooker to Alan Jowett who appears to be enjoying his return to the team with a solid display of potting. Ex Grease star Warner Collins was slipping about all over the place as he drew with Jon Petcher who has played pretty consistently all season. The highly rated Tim Bale is starting to find some very good form at the moment as he won both frames fairly comfortably in beating Pete Fearn to give the Ivanhoe boys the win.

2013-14: Week 22

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.

2013-14: Week 21

Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Belmont A kept up the pressure on Ivanhoe A in the Burton and District Snooker premier division as they claimed an impressive 7-1 victory over Ivanhoe B. Shaun Gebbie was up first against Darren Wilson. Gebbie had the edge in both frames to take the points and put the home side in front. Talisman Ian Archer then potted decisively to double the lead by defeating Steve Cockerham. Graham Bailey shared the frames with opponent Graham Measures and Fran McInulty completed the victory by beating Jerry Cook.
Ivanhoe A are now only a point in front of Belmont A in second place as they slipped to a 5-3 home defeat against South Derbyshire Snooker Centre B. Daniel Blunn pinched a frame from young starlet Harry Farrell and Ian Rennocks came out second best to Adam Harrison, as he knocked in a 37 break to put the visitors 3-1 up at the break. Ivan Birkin then drew with Henry Thomas, with Thomas knocking in a 33 break in taking his frame. Ant Moore seemed to be on good form as he knocked in breaks of 34 and 28 in taking the first frame against Ben Davies. However, Davies potted well in the second to win the all important frame that sealed the victory.
Burton Cons A had a game of two halves against Alrewas B. Matt Milnes was in no mood for messing around as he dispatched Will Sherratt with breaks of 30, 36, 38 and a lovely 69 clearance. Owen Jones then defeated Alan Wilson with a string of 20+ breaks and a 38 to put the champions 4-0 up in double quick time. The other table had only completed one frame by this stage, which was won by John Sharpe against Stuart Roberts. Roberts came back strongly in the second frame to take a draw. Darren Coady then went up against Phil Marklew and it was Marklew who took the frames with some excellent potting and positional play to leave the final score at 5-3 to the home side.
Rileys A picked up a vital 5-3 victory against Belmont B to aid their attempt to pull away from the relegation zone. Ade Harper was first up against Arron Vaughan with both players taking a frame each. Michael Lomas made a welcome return to the Belmont side and took both frames against an unfortunate Tom Elliott. The second half of the match was all Rileys as Andy Spiers defeated Rich Goldby, aided by a 32 break and Mark Stirling beat Brett Craddock to complete the much needed victory.
Alrewas A hosted Willington A and it was the visitors who took the victory by a 6-2 score line. Colin Kinsella and Carl Poulton drew with Daz Lester and Alan Davies respectively to leave the scores level at the break. Willington then took control as Wayne Pereira dispatched Ian Hiley and Gaz Barker defeated Adam Walton to claim the victory and keep alive their hopes of finishing in the runners up spot.
South Derbyshire Snooker Centre A pinched an impressive 5-3 victory against Tutbury A. John Davis took the frames against Dave Powell, but Tutbury responded immediately as Chris Mabbott out potted Chris Dewey to level the match. Andy Goldingay continued his fine season by beating Steve Hathaway and finally Steve Ayre drew with Dave Mabbott. Mabbott knocked in a 36 break to take his frame but it was to no avail as the win went to the home side.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Insurance Division One
Division’s dark horses defeat league leaders. Stapenhill A showed what a great side they are on their night by defeating league leaders SDSC D 6-2 and throwing the division wide open, Chris Sheldrake beat Swad’s Ryan Gilmore and was matched by John Richardson beating Dave Wain with the help of a 40 break.  Carl Jeffcote carried on the theme defeating Andy Rice in an even contest even though Andy knocked in a 31 break, Swad’s Lee Sherratt got some pride back for the Swad team outplaying Steve Ford to give his team something to cheer about. 
Swad Cons A had another good home result beating Stapenhill B who are now five points from safety. The home teams Mark Hadley and Lee Wood won all their frames as did Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson, Andy Grainger getting the winning frame.
Alrewas C did their survival hopes a world of good by defeating Swad Cons B moving themselves seven points clear of relegation, Jim Chambers made a welcome return to the Alrewas team and defeated Matt Newbold, Rob Mcmeechan drew two drawn out frames with Swads Vince Draper, Colin Wood went down to Swad’s ever improving Paul Hollis who has played well this season and again played solidly, the last match between Karl Hancox and Colin Cope showcased some great potting from both players, Karl taking the first comfortably. The second was a different affair  with Colin potting well to get himself into a 21 point lead with only 22 points on the table although Colin did nothing wrong  Karl got down and cleared the table to take the frame and win the match 5 – 3.
 
Ivanhoe C have got themselves back into contention with another good win this time against Burton Cons C making them joint division leaders, the match started with Bren Mattley defeating Jim Jennings in two close frames while on the other table Ashby’s Stu Tagg was beaten by the talented Mick Buckland,  Ashby’s Jason Pickering drew with Burton Captain Ian Shrive to leave the match hanging on the last games between John Skellett and Burton’s Steve Castledine both games were close but it was the Ashby man who won both to win the match 5 -3.
Newhall B is another side capable of putting together a run in the chase for promotion and did themselves no harm by defeating Willington C 7-1 at home, Carl Glover started for Newhall against Loz Kennerson and after some excellent safety exchanges won the first on the pink then opened up a lead in the second taking it with a 25 break, Newhall’s Martin Hicks also won two from Daz Harris. Willington’s Steve Lane slowed Newhall’s charge down winning the first frame from Callum Gray who then came back to take the second with breaks of 30 and 28 this was backed up by Adam McInulty’s solid play coupled with excellent potting in beating Steve Butterworth.
Tony Coleman Reporting on Rileys Division 2
Willington D are still well placed at the top despite a well deserved draw for Belmont.  This result still keeps Belmont well in touch with the promotion pack.  Brian Alford and Dougie Lees shared their frames in a rather long drawn out match with both players failing to make the most of the opportunities when they arose.  Belmont’s Brian Cutting did very well to share the frames with Dave Budworth who has not dropped many frames this season.  In the frame that Brian won he missed very little and his safety play was top notch.  Dave stepped up a gear as he easily won his frame.  Match of the evening was between Trevor ‘hot shot’ Heath and Terry Bosworth with both players sitting high up in the averages.  A quality match was expected and they were not disappointed with both players showing off their talents with some superb potting and safety play with Trevor just having the edge on the night as he won both frames.  Glen Matthews certainly did his best for the team as he took two close frames off Bill Davidson to earn Belmont a well deserved draw.
Woodville S&S A had another good win at SDSC F winning 6-2 with the win just keeping them ahead of the chasing group.  Woodville were given the perfect start thanks firstly to Jim Marcer who won a tight first frame against Leo Worsley who made some nice pots and got some good snookers but Jim’s experience pulled him through.  The second frame the ‘Master Cueman’ won it a little more comfortably.  Alan Orpwood who is in tremendous form at the moment won both of his frames fairly comfortably against the unfortunate Ashley Beard.  Alan did not appear to miss anything on the night.  This cracking start continued in the next two frames.  Firstly Pat Ryan who was potting everything that was put in front of him as he was potting some great balls against Matt Hazzard.  Tony Coleman won his first frame against Alex Glover.  The last two frames went to the SDSC boys with Alex winning on the black with a nice pot to the black right hand pocket.  Matt came back well to win the final frame of the night by potting green to pink.  SDSC F have got a great bunch guys who appear to enjoy their snooker and with a little bit more experience will become fine snooker players in the future.
 
SDSC E had a very good away win at fellow promotion rivals Tutbury B where they won 5-3 keepng the pressure on second placed Woodville.  Nick Harcombe and Paul Atterbury had two very close frames with both players deservedly sharing the spoils.  Nick managed to knock in a tidy 26 break to win his frame.  Ray Stretton was SDSC’s star man as he managed to take both frames off the ex Premier League player Colin Bell who has a had a fine season so far.  Both frames were keenly contested with Ray just having the edge in the potting department.  John Peto had to settle for a draw in another close match with Ray Bancroft which ended with honours even.  Andy Jefferies got the one frame SDSC needed for victory as he drew with Jeff Siddalls in a very open two frames with both players playing some excellent safety as well as getting some fine pots.
Rolleston C got back to winning ways with an empathetic win against their B team as they won 7-1.  Joe Docksey got them off to a great start as he took both frames off Steve Atkin with a solid performance with both players knocking in some fine pots.  Things just got better for the Rollestonites as a resurgent Lionel Lewis won both frames fairly comfortably against David Bentley.  John Ward the B team captain was really pleased to take a frame off Richard O’Dell which prevented the whitewash.  John took the first frame with a good mix of safety play and potting but in the second frame Richard played very well to easily win it.  Kev Norris put the icing on the cake as he beat Neil Cheadle in probably the best two frames of the evening with both players in good form.  This excellent win keeps them well placed in the promotion battle.
The talented but inconsistent Burton Cons D had a very good home draw against one of the promotion seeking teams Ivanhoe D.  The Cons always seem to raise their game against the higher placed sides.  Al Munnien who was back in the team this week did well to take a frame off the highly talented Jason Collins who is pretty high in the divisions averages.  This side seems a lot stronger when Al is in the team.  Both players made some valuable contributions to a most entertaining match.  Another entertaining match was played out on the other table between Ian Protheroe and Tim Bale with a share of the spoils being a fair result.  Paul Brooks put the home side in front as he took both frames against Eric Avins in two very tight games.   There is no stopping ‘old twinkle toes’ Warner Collins as he once again came to Ivanhoe’s rescue as he won both frames with style in a quality match with the talented Nathan Brooks earning his side a hard fought draw. It has been another good week for Warner as he has just qualified for the area finals of the over 70’s dancing competition.
Alrewas D swapped places with Swad Cons D in the middle of the table battle winning 5-3 at the Cons.  The Cons ‘Mr Consistent’ and break builder Gaz Ward was again in fine form as he put his side in the lead with two cracking frames of snooker as he comfortably took both frames off Brian Aldridge with a lovely potting display which included the highest break of the week for the division which was 39.  Brian Eccleston then put the A38 boys level as he won both frames in two keenly contested frames with Dave Bodie.  Tony Trueman again showed off his potting and safety talents with a classy display to beat a frustrated Andy Boam.  Dave Riley and Bob Birch played some good snooker between them and the game finished honours even.  The one frame that Dave won was sufficient for the Alrewas win.

2013-14: Week 20

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.

2013-14: Week 19

Owen Jones writes for the Just Wood Premier Division.
Ivanhoe A kept up their challenge for second place as they defeated Alrewas A 7-1 at the Legion. Andy Marriott continued his fine form taking both frames, including a 46 break, against the unlucky Carl Poulton. Ian Rennocks then guaranteed at least a draw as he took the frames against Dave Trueman. Rennocks also made a 48 break on the way to victory. Ant Moore also took maximum points as he defeated Colin Kinsella. Ian Hiley avoided the whitewash as he won a frame with a re-spotted black. His opponent, Mick Kirk, had earlier won the first frame aided by a 35 break.
Ivanhoe B hosted Swadlincote Snooker Centre B in what turned out to be a hard fought draw. Gaz Dolman played well to take both frames against Adam Harrison, while Henry Thomas evened the scores, beating Graham Measures. Harry Farrell took the first frame against the evergreen George Cawkwell, who then responded well to shock the youngster and pinch a frame. Daz Wilson went up against Ben Davies in a match that would decide the outcome on the night. The frames were shared leaving both sides with a share of the spoils.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre A welcomed Belmont B and subsequently took the win in a close 5-3 victory. Rich Goldby came out of self-imposed exile to beat Steve Ayre to put the visitors in front. Chris Dewey defeated Brett Craddock to even things up. John Davis knocked in 53 to take the first frame against Micky Morris, but Morris came back well to take the second. The final game saw Andy Goldingay beat Arron Vaughan, aided by a 51 break to close out the match.
Tutbury A saw off Alrewas B in a 6-2 victory. Steve and Dave Mabbott defeated Will Sherratt and Alan Wilson respectively to put the Tutters in command. Dave Powell and John Sharpe shared two scrappy frames. The tie of the match saw the talented Chris Mabbott play the equally talented Phil Marklew. Mabbott played some superb safety to keep Marklew on a tight leash and comfortably win the first frame. Marklew responded to take the second frame on the colours to end the match and record the win.
Willington B hosted champions Burton Cons A in what turned out to be a close match. Mick Simpkins showed what he can do, knocking in breaks of 30 and 36 on the way to beating Rich Turner. John Hardy then played well in the first frame to take it on the colours against John Shilton. His opponent came back to win the second frame to leave the scores at 3-1 at the half way stage. Steve Gaunt then played Matt Milnes and it was latter that played the better of the two, taking both frames aided by a 40 break. Tony Clements closed out the match as he played Owen Jones. The first frame was very close all the way through until Clements cleared from brown to black from nowhere to pinch it. The second frame was a similar story but Clements rode his luck at key points to take the frame and leave the score at 5-3 to the visitors.
Belmont A hosted Rileys A in yet another close match on the night. Ian Archer won both frames comfortably against Tom Elliott, with a break of 61 in the first. Fran McInulty then had no answer for the great potting of Mark Sterling who took both frames. Josh Gebbie played some great snooker to take the first frame off Ade Harper, but with both players on 60 points plus in the second frame, it was Ade that took the frame on the black. Graham Bailey had to fight back in the first frame against Andy Spears taking it on the pink, but it was Andy who took the second frame when potting the final black. The match ended 4-4.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Division one
Burton Cons hosted a derby this week as the clubs B and C teams locked horns, the B teams Dave Shipton got off to a flyer and before his opponent Ian Shrive knew it he was 50 points behind, Dave missed very few pots in taking the frame. It was more of the same in the second frame and he went 22 in front with 25 points left on, but he conceded a foul going in-off on the green which gave Ian his chance which he took brilliantly clearing the colours to take the frame, on the other table Dave Plunkett made a couple of breaks to go in front but then let the C teams Mick Buckland in while levelling the scores he had an unlucky kick and Dave followed with a 24 to take the frame. In the second frame it was Mick who took the early initiative with a series of breaks and went well in front, he closed the frame out with the best break of the night a 36 to earn himself a deserved draw. The B teams in form player Simon Smith took on the talented Steve Castledine, the first was a one sided affair with Simon doing all the potting and not leaving Steve much to go at, Simon won by 50 points. The second frame was all Simon again going 40 in front and with the last red on the table Simon made a 32 clearance to take it 2-0. The last games were a tight affair between Tom Egginton and Jim Jennings, the first frame was nip and tuck to the colours, Tom taking it on the pink. The second was much better from both players and it was the C teams Jim Jennings who cleared the colours to win the frame which was not enough as the B team took the match 5-3.
Swad Snooker C had a cracking match against fellow Swadlincote side Swad Cons B, Simon Orpwood got his side off to a great start by defeating Cons Paul Hollis in two close frames while on the other table Cons fared better as Vince Draper defeated Brian Bloor to level the scores, Garton Bloor then went on against Bob McInulty and after two quality frames they could not be separated leaving the match balanced on the last game between Swad Snookers talented Andrew Bloor and Cons ever improving Matt Newbold the first frame was all Andrew and he won it with a 29 clearance, the final frame was nip and tuck until Matt made a series of breaks to win the frame and earn his team an excellent draw.
 
Stapenhill B took on current league leaders Swad Snooker Centre D, Tim Knopik for the home team faced Ryan Gilmore who has proved hard to beat this year and continued by winning both for the Swad team, this was matched by team mate Wayne Brewin also in fine form this season who defeated Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson with the help of breaks of 39 and 31. Swad’s Lee Sherratt and Andy Rice played John Sheriff and Stan Piechowicz both games ending in a draw and giving the Swad team a win which keeps them at the top.
 
Swad Cons A are a team who have got themselves into a promotion place and came up against a side who last week dented Ivanhoe C teams title bid, the game got off with two players who have both played well this season Swads Andy Grainger and Alrewas’s Karl Hancox and two close games ended in a draw, Swads Lee Wood potted well to take two frames off Colin Wood and team mate Craig Wilson took two off the unlucky Rob Mcmeechan, the game ended with Swads Paul Slater drawing with Jordan Watts, who made a 29 in the frame he took. 
Ivanhoe C bounced back this week against Stapenhill A with a convincing home win, John Skellett was back in the team and took two off Chris Sheldrake, Stu Tagg followed this up with the first frame, Carl Jeffcote hitting back taking the second. Jason Pickering has had a slow season but breezed past John Richardson to win the tie for his team ably supported by Bren Mattley who took the first off Steve Ford for a 6-2 win.
Tony Coleman reporting on Rileys Division 2
Willington D knew that they were in for a tough night as their opponents Tutbury B turned up with three players with Premier league experience. Although league leaders Willington seemed to cope with this fairly well as they drew in a game of two halves. Dave Budworth had to be at his best as Paul Atterbury got himself into a handy 30 point lead thanks to some fine potting and safety play. Dave got back into the frame thanks to a 20 and 15 break after that it was plain sailing in the frame and also in the second. Trevor “hot shot” Heath was again in excellent form with some terrific pots as he won both frames fairly comfortably against Colin Bell thus putting Willington 4-0 ahead at the turn and sensing another win but the remaining Tutbury boys had other ideas. Brian Alford struggled in the first frame as Jeff Siddalls got the fight back on track winning the frame with ease. The second frame was slightly tougher for Jeff as Brian used all of his experience to win the frame but failed on the black. John Peto played a captains roll as he won the two frames they required for the draw in beating Bill Davidson in two tight frames. The difference was that John made the most of the opportunities when they arose and also a little bit of kind running.
Woodville S&S A kept themselves in a good position as they beat joint third in the table Ivanhoe D 5-3. Ivanhoe put in a really fine display despite having a depleted team. For Woodville Alan Orpwood was not really at the races in the first frame against Tim Bale but managed to steal it. Tim was a little gutted to lose the frame but in the second frame Alan regained some of his sparkle to take it fairly comfortably although Tim had some terrible running in the frame. He would pot a good red and then not land on a colour. Jim Marcer was also a little out of sorts in the first frame probably too much training for his Triathlon as he lost the frame to Eric Avins who played solid snooker to take the frame. In the second frame Jim must have had a second wind as he missed very little which included a very nice 27 break. Star player for the home team was Pat Ryan who has been playing really well of late as he won the first frame on the black against Trevor Hinks who can think himself unlucky to lose the frame after potting a very good pink. In the next frame Pat was able to keep Trevor at a distance as he made steady pots throughout the frame. Trevor did exceptionally well as he was only drafted in to play at the last minute. In the last match it was the Reporter up against the Dancer and it was the dancer who waltzed off with the two frames. Tony Coleman and Warner Collins had a very tight first frame with plenty of quality safety play by both players. The highest break made by either player was “seven” which was made by Warner. After a bout of more safety play Warner won the frame by potting the blue and pink. The second frame was just as close with only a couple of reds left when Warner suddenly went from a slow foxtrot to a quick step with Tony conceding on the brown. These two frames brought more of a true reflection of the match.
SDSC E moved into third place with a fine win away to Swad Cons D winning 5-3. The reliable Gaz Ward for the Cons gave his side a good start by taking both frames fairly easily against Tony Mitchell with a solid potting performance. The score line was made level by Nick Harcombe with a battling performance to take his two frames off Marc Egan with Nick knocking in a nice 27 break to win one of his frames. Bob Birch and Ray Bancroft shared two close frames with both players playing some nice pots and good safety play. The match was decided in SDSC’s favour with a solid display by Andy Jefferies as he won both frames against Andy Boam.
Alrewas D got back to winning ways with a comfortable home win against the lowly Swad Cons C 6-2. John Hill found some form as he beat Andy Jowett in two entertaining games with both players playing some attacking snooker. Tom Smith put the A38 boys in a fine position as he took both frames with a cracking display of potting. Jon Petcher for the Cons did his best to get his team back into the match with a battling display in beating Brian Eccleston with some fine pots. Tony Trueman earned his side the victory with two well taken frames against Barry Bentley who despite losing both frames made some valuable contributions to the match. 

2013-14: Week 18

Owen Jones writes for Just Wood Premier Division
Belmont B hosted Belmont A in the Burton and District Snooker League and it proved to be a very one sided affair, in the A team’s favour. Josh Gebbie continued his good season by defeating Micky Morris. Morris did however have a chance to pinch a frame but missed the final pink. Arron Vaughan and Fran McInulty shared a frame each to leave the scores at 3-1 at the halfway stage. Mark Press and Ian Archer then defeated Mark Vaughan and Brett Craddock respectively to clinch the victory and a 7-1 scoreline.
Rileys A picked up a much needed 6-2 victory at home to Alrewas A. Andy Spiers knocked in a 37 in defeating Colin Kinsella, while Tom Elliott also took maximum points against Carl Poulton. Ade Harper drew with Ian Hiley and Mark Stirling drew with Dave Trueman to close out the match and put pressure on the surrounding teams at the bottom of the division.
Burton Cons A bounced back from the previous week’s draw to clinch a 7-1 victory against an unfortunate Ivanhoe B side. Owen Jones opened against the dangerous Steve Cockerham. The game finished 2-0 to Jones who knocked in a 47, but that does not tell the whole story. The first frame could have gone either way and in the second frame Cockerham clawed back the snookers he required only to inexplicably miss a brown over the pocket when the colours were at his mercy. On the other table, Mick Simpkins lost the first frame to Jerry Cook, who had his fair share of fortune. Simpkins responded in the second frame and potted well to clinch it. John Shilton hosted Gaz Dolman and it was Shilton who came out on top to put the champions in command. Darren Coady then played Graham Measures to end the match. Coady played some great snooker, including a lovely 57, to sweep aside his opponent and rubber stamp a fine win.
Willington also hosted a derby on the night as the A team played the B team. Dean Johnson took the frames against an unlucky Andy Jenkins, who knocked in a 25 break, but could not capitalise. Daz Lester then scored a 30 break against John Hardy in taking his frame. Back came Hardy to take the second and Bill Stewart also drew with Steve Gaunt. Gaz Barker proved to be lethal yet again for the A team as he knocked in a 35 to beat Tony Clements and claim a 6-2 victory.
Swadlincote Snooker Centre B took a hard fought 5-3 victory over Tutbury A. Young Harry Farrell played well to beat Dave Mabbott and Henry Thomas also took both frames against Steve Mabbott, despite his opponent knocking in a 30 break. Ben Davies then made a draw with Steve Hathaway. Chris Mabbott gave the score some respectability by taking the final two frames against the unfortunate Adam Harrison.
Alrewas B hosted Swadlincote Snooker Centre A and it was the visitors who claimed the spoils in a 5-3 win. Andy Goldingay took the frames against Will Sherratt and Chris Dewey won a frame from Alan Wilson to put the away side in control. Steve Ayre then took two against John Sharpe to claim the 5 frames needed for victory. Phil Marklew closed out the game with a touch of class as he defeated Carl White with breaks of 40 and 41.
Mark Vaughan writes for David Wain Insurance Division One
Alrewas C are a team who have been threatening a big win all season and eventually got one by thrashing title hopefuls Ivanhoe C 7 -1 in an enthralling game.  Karl Hancox the division’s current highest break owner with 72 got the Alrewas team off to a great start by winning two frames against Brendan Mattley as did team mate Colin Wood who defeated Tony Tredger.  Jason Pickering for the Ashby side took a frame off Rob Mcmeechan but man of the match goes to Nigel Edwards who is showing some decent form now by grabbing two frames off Stu Tagg for a magnificent 7-1 win which dents Ivanhoe’s title challenge, but eases any Alrewas relegation fears.
Stapenhill A moved up the table to fourth thanks to a home win over third placed Burton Cons B, Chris Sheldrake played well to take 2 off Tom Egginton as did John Richardson when defeating Burton’s talented Simon Smith.  Burton’s Dave Plunkett pulled 2 frames back by beating Steve Ford.  Stapenhill’s Jason Anguish then pulled another frame back from Carl Jeffcote leaving the match balanced on the last frame and in a close game it was the Stapenhill’s Carl Jeffcote who came out on top to give his team a valuable 5-3 win.
Willington C hosted SDSC C and immediately took control of the fixture, Daz Harris taking two off Brian Bloor in 2 close fought frames, Steve Butterworth shared his frames with Andrew Bloor, Swad’s Simon Orpwood pulled another two frames back against Steve Lane but the comeback was halted by Loz Kennerson who won the first frame to give his team the lead and followed it up with the second frame to give his side the match.
Newhall B had a great win that moves them up the table at the expense of Stapenhill B, Adam McInulty had a decent 41 break when beating Greg Britton as did his team mate Callum Gray against Brian Sharratt, Martin Hicks took another two for Newhall against Tim Knopik and Carl Glover shared his frames with John Sherriff for a 7-1 win.
Swad Cons B put up a great fight against stable mates the A team, Colin Cope for the B team took the first frame with the help of a 31 break against in form Andy Grainger who in the second frame came back to win it with a 28 break. Bob McInulty followed this up by winning two good frames for the B team from Lee Wood, Paul Hollis then faced Simon Mansfield who in two close frames got the A team back into the match, this was how it ended for the B team as they could not field a last player gifting two frames to Paul Slater and giving the A team the victory.
Tony Coleman writes for Rileys Division 2
Willington D increased their lead at the top of the division with a fine away win against SDSC E who were third in the division winning 6-2.  For SDSC Ray Stretton did very well to share the frames with Dave Budworth who is high up in the divisions averages.  In this match both players were in good form potting-wise.  On the other table we had the maestro at work Trevor “hot shot” Heath was again in terrific form making some cracking pots as he took both frames fairly easily against the unlucky Ray Bancroft who was never allowed to get in the groove.  Andy Jefferies did his best to get his side back on level terms but had to settle for a share of the spoils with Bill Davidson in two close frames which included some very good safety play by both players.  Andy knocked in a 25 break to win his frame.  Brian Alford secured the win for the Powerboys with a win against Tony Mitchell.  Both players seemed to struggle a little to put any decent breaks together.  This win certainly makes Willington favourite to get one of the promotion places.
In the clash between the second placed side Rolleston C and the team in fourth place Woodville S&S A it was Woodville who came away the happier from Rolleston as they won 6-2.  Woodville got off to a pretty good start thanks to the ‘master cueman’ Jim Marcer taking his two frames off the talented Joe Docksey.  Jim won his first frame fairly comfortably but in the second frame it was nip and tuck all the way with Jim potting a straight forward pink for the match.  The good work continued with Tony Coleman and Lionel Lewis sharing the frames in what was two long drawn out frames with plenty of good safety play by both players.  This put Woodville 3-1 ahead at the turn a lead that they did not relinquish.  Pat Ryan probably played his best snooker of the season as he took both frames off Richard O’Dell.  The match featured some very good potting by both players with Pat just having the edge.  This game was played at a very quick tempo in comparison to the previous match.  Two cracking frames of snooker between Alan Orpwood and Kev Norris quite rightly ended all square as both players made some excellent pots.  In the first frame Alan made some good pots and raced into a substantial lead which included a 20 break but Kev clawed his way back into the frame only to see Alan pot the blue and then cross double the pink into the right hand black bag.  The second was just as interesting but with Kev being the more dominant potter he won the frame on the green.  The game was played in a great atmosphere.
Tutbury B have put themselves very nicely into the promotion race as they thrashed SDSC F winning 7-1.  Tutbury were given the perfect start thanks to skipper John Peto who played very well to beat Alex Read.  Both players got some very good pots.  Paul Atterbury continued the good start as he beat Matt Hazzard fairly comfortably with some steady snooker.  This put Tutbury 4-0 ahead at the turn and it only got better for them as Jeff Siddalls was again in fine form as he won both frames in an entertaining match with Ken White.  Ashley Beard prevented the whitewash as he deservedly shared the frames with Colin Hill.  Ashley played some good safety in both frames.   In the frame that Ashley won he came back from the dead to nick the frame by making two exceptional pots on the pink and black.
Ivanhoe D put themselves in a good position for a promotion place as they just beat Alrewas D 5-3.  This win puts them tied for third place with Rolleston C and SDSC E with Tutbury one point behind them.  Eric Avins for Ivanhoe did well to take a frame off Brian Aldridge as Brian has been in good form of  late.  Tim Bale shared the frames with Tony Trueman in a tight match.  Barry Fieldsend although not playing regularly this season never lets the team down when required as he drew with Brian Eccleston in a match that had some good pots by both players and a share of the spoils was a fair result.  Not for the first time this season Jason Collins won the two vital frames they needed for victory with a solid performance against Dave Riley who did not have the best of running.  On this performance Warner Collins who was away trying to get his dancing certificate could struggle to get back into the team.
Rolleston B got back to winning ways with a solid display in beating Burton Cons D 6-2.  Steve Atkin put them on the right path as he took both frames off Ian Protheroe in two entertaining frames with Steve making the most of the opportunities when they arose.  Neil Cheadle and Al Munnien shared their frames in two contrasting frames.  The first frame Neil potted everything in front of him but in the second frame it was Al’s turn to do the same.  This putting Rolleston 3-1 ahead at the turn.  Dave Bentley and Nathan Brookes’ match ended honours even with both players putting in a solid display.  It was then left to the pocket dynamo John Ward who has been playing well of late to secure the win for the Rollestonites with two good frames of snooker against Paul Brookes.  John was the first to admit that he had some favourable running in both frames but made the most of his opportunities.

2013-14: Week 17

Owen Jones writes for Just Wood Premier Division
Tutbury A battled back to earn a draw against reigning champions Burton Cons A in the Burton and District Snooker Premier Division. John Shilton made light work of Dave Powell to put the visitors 2-0 up. Cons captain Mick Simpkins then took the first against Steve Hathaway. Hathaway responded to take the second to leave the scores 3-1 at the half way stage. Chris Mabbott then hosted Owen Jones. Jones potted well at key times to take the first frame. Back came Mabbott though with some excellent long potting to take the second. The final match saw Dave Mabbott play Stuart Roberts. In two tight frames, Mabbott proved to just have the edge to take the points and earn a well respected draw.
Ivanhoe A visited Willington B looking to cement second place in the division. Andy Marriott proved to be the decisive player as he defeated Andy Jenkins aided by a cracking 73 break. All other matches finished all square including Tony Clements against Mick Kirk, John Hardy versus Daniel Blunn and Steve Gaunt who drew with Ian Rennocks who knocked in a 35 in winning his frame. This left the final score at 5-3 in the visitors favour.
Ivanhoe B hosted in-form Willington A and they came out second best. Alan Davies and Daz Lester beat Gaz Dolman and Darren Wilson respectively to put the away side in command. Graham Measures knocked in a 33 in taking his frame against Dean Johnston and Jerry Cook made a draw with Bill Stewart to leave the score at 6-2.
Belmont A hosted Alrewas B and the Belmont side took a 6-2 to aid their title hopes. Josh Gebbie put John Sharpe to the sword and Mark Press drew with Alan Wilson to make the scores 3-1 at half time. Ian Archer then defeated Will Sherratt aided by a 36 break but Sherratt also knocked in a 33 but could not capitalise. The match of the night was Fran McInulty against Phil Marklew. Fran taking an important frame for Belmont, but Marklew replied by knocking in a lovely 75 break. 
A close mid table game at the Legion as Alrewas A hosted Belmont B with honours even in the end. Dave Trueman took the first comfortably against Arron Vaughan, but Arron dug in and took the second on the final few colours. Mark Vaughan lost out narrowly to Colin Kinsella after two quality frames of snooker. Kinsella able to do enough in both to keep the legend Mark Vaughan at bay. Michael Lomas took the first against Ian Hiley on the black ball after a really tight frame but Michael potted excellently in the second to take it. It came down to Brett Craddock and Carl Poulton to try and win the match for either side but the spoils were shared with Craddock just about taking the first on the final blue and Poulton comfortably taking the second with reds left on the table.
The Swadlincote derby saw the A team beat the B team in a narrow encounter. Chris Dewey took a frame from the talented youngster Harry Farrell and John Davis drew with Adam Harrison to leave the scores all square at the half way stage. Steve Ayre then took two key frames, defeating Ben Davies aided by a lovely 64 break. Andy Goldingay closed out the match sharing the frames with Henry Thomas, who knocked in a 30 in taking his frame. 
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South Derbyshire Snooker Centre C hosted a Derby against the D team. The C team put the talented Simon Orpwood out first against another man who has put some decent results in this season, Ryan Gilmore and it proved to be a cracking game with Simon taking the first frame with a 35 break, the second frame was much the same with Ryan taking it on the colours, Brian Bloor for the C team also had two good frames against the d teams Lee Sherratt and in two open games it was Lee who came out on top. Andrew Bloor played well against Andy Rice with the latter winning two quick frames which was matched by the D teams Wayne Brewin who defeated Garton Bloor to strengthen the D teams grip on the top spot in the division.
Burton Cons B had a great match against Alrewas C which started with Burton’s consistent Simon smith against Karl Hancox. The game started slowly with a lot of respect shown from both players, Simon scored first but missed a black which lets Karl in who took full advantage by making a superb frame winning 51 break.The second frame again saw good safety play from both players neither giving anything away it came down to a long potting frame with both knocking excellent balls in eventually Karl winning the battle although Simon did very little wrong, Karl being named man of the match by the opposing team. Burton’s Dave Shipton is coming back to decent form and scored well in both games to defeat rob Mcmeechan. Burton’s Dave Plunkett played Karl Kent, both players started with some good safety but it was Dave who made a series of breaks eventually gaining a 30 point lead in both frames for the win. Tom Egginton then played Alrewas’s Nigel Edwards who has had more than his fair share of bad run this season but started well gaining a 30 point lead which looked like he was going to win the first frame but tom had different ideas closing the gap and to  fluking the pink to take the frame, the second was similar Nigel taking control but this time he manages to keep it and get a deserved draw and hopefully end his run of bad luck, but not for his team as Burton won the match 5-3.
Another side chasing promotion is Swad Cons A, who took on the much improved Willington C, Mark Hadley for Swad cons started playing well immediately and took the first frame, his opponent Lee Cooke was not finished and won the second frame the game on the other table also produced good snooker with Swads Lee Wood taking the first and Loz Kennerson winning the second, Swads Paul Slater had two good frames and potted brilliantly to take two off Daz Harris which left Swad’s Andy Grainger to play Steve Butterworth, this turned out to be the best match of the night with Andy making the divisions highest break of the week with a well-crafted 56 and then made a 33 in the second to give his side a great 6-2 victory which keeps them in third place.
Stapenhill B had a great match against Burton Cons C going in to a 4-0 lead in quick time, Colin Britton beating Steve Castledine and team mate John Sheriff beating the Burton captain Ian Shrive to leave them on the brink of a much needed home win Burton’s Mick Buckland had other ideas and with a brilliant calm demolition of Stapenhill’s Andy Tomlinson brought the Burton team back in to the match, leaving Stapenhill’s Tim Knopik to battle against chatty Jim Jennings, Jim went about his business and won the first frame and then played brilliantly to take the second and earn his team a draw
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In the local inter club derby between SDSC E & F teams it was the E team who came away with the bragging rites but only just winning 5-3.  The in-form F team with their new found confidence started well with Alex Read playing some solid snooker to take both frames off Phil Maddocks.  The E team levelled it at the the turn thanks to a stubborn display of determination by Ray Bancroft as he won both frames against Ken White who made him earn his win.  Alex Glover and Andy Jefferies had to settle for a share of the spoils as neither player could push home their advantage.  Tony Mitchell was the E teams star player as he took both frames off Henry Carlton in two very close frames.
Second in the table Rolleston C slipped up away to Alrewas D as they lost 5-3.  Tony Trueman and Richard O’Dell had to be content with a frame apiece with both players making some excellent pots especially Tony.  Brian Eccleston was in fine form as he drew with Lionel Lewis.  Brian Aldridge played an inspirational part in the win as he drew with the talented Joe Docksey who knocked in a very good 32 break to win his frame.  Both players made this a very open and entertaining match.  Tom Smith was in fine form as he took both frames against Kev Norris who has been in good form of late.  Tom and Kev played some good snooker between them with Tom just having the edge in the potting department.
Swad Cons D slipped up at home to a rejuvenated Ivanhoe D losing 5-3.  The Cons were given a good start thanks to some inspirational play by their break builder Gaz Ward who won both frames fairly comfortably against Alan Richardson and in the process making a 27 break.  The good work continued a little longer with Andy Boam sharing his frames with Tim Bale in a rather dour battle. After that it was the charge of the Collins family first with Jason again in fine form potting some good long pots as he beat Kieron Dadley in a couple of close frames.  It was then left to Warner Collins to complete the turn round with a superb performance both with safety play and potting against Marc Egan who despite making a 24 break could not win the frame.  I don’t think Warner has been the same since he met Bruce Forsyth of ‘Strictly’ fame recently but he is certainly tripping the light fantastic on the green baize.
Woodville S&S A were made to fight all the way against a very underrated Rolleston B team winning 5-3 in a match that could have gone either way.  The master cue man Jim Marcer while not at his best was able to get over the line against Steve Atkin who certainly did not have the run of the ball on a number of occasions.  He potted some good reds but was not able get on the colour easily. The first frame Jim won comfortably but the second was a lot tighter.  Alan Orpwood had to settle for a share of the spoils with John Ward.  In the first frame Alan was always in control.  The second frame appeared to be going the same way until the the colours when John stepped up a gear to take the last three colours with potting of the highest calibre especially the black into the middle bag after running out of position in potting the pink to the other middle bag.  Neil Cheadle bought Rolleston back into the game as he took both frames off Pat Ryan.  Neil played solid snooker in both frames with sensible potting and safety play.  Although Pat ran him close in the second frame losing on the black.  On the other table there was a couple of scrappy frames between Tony Coleman and Dave Bentley with Tony taking the first on the black and winning the second more easily.
A very entertaining draw between Belmont C and Tutbury B which turned out to be a fair result on the night.  The match started off with Tutbury putting out their young guns first.  But Belmont’s young gun in the form of Terry Bosworth was too much for the shell shocked Paul Atterbury who found Terry unplayable in both frames especially the second with breaks of 31 and 23.  On the other table the status quo was returned as Colin Bell played steady snooker to beat Brian Cutting.  The scores remained level as Jeff Siddalls and Dougie Lees shared their frames in two well played matches.  The last two frames were also shared between Glen Mathews who is doing well since his return and John Peto who made some telling pots.
 
Willington D increased their lead at the top of the Division to18 points as they had an emphatic win against Swad Cons C winning 7-1.  As usual this season the Power boys were given their normal impressive start thanks first to Dave Budworth taking his frames fairly comfortably against Barry Bentley with some stylish potting.  He was again ably backed-up by Trevor “hot shot” Heath who was again in good form especially in the first frame with Pete Fearn.  In the the second frame Pete got some nice pots but not enough to trouble Trev.  John Griffin for Swad Cons drew with Bill Davidson in two close frames with both players missing good opportunities to win the match with John taking a frame it prevented the whitewash for the Cons.  Brian Alford concluded a most enjoyable evening for his team as he took both frames off Jon Petcher in a match where neither player had their potting heads on.