2019-20 Arthur Edwards Doubles final

J Fletcher / O Jones  3   v   M Press / B Cliffe  0

by Mark Satchwell

After sizing each other up a week ago in the Presidents Final, on paper, this looked to be a tasty final with four classy players on display.  Fletcher and Jones showed their premiership class taking the first two frames with a string of 20+ breaks and solid safety, limiting their opponents to minimal chances.

Press responded in frame three with an early 20+ break, which should of been more, however it set up the pairing with an early 30 point lead.  Jonathan Fletcher was quick to surpress the counter attack, with a classy 54 break, which looked destined to be much more, had it not been for an horrendous kick, which compromised position on the next ball.  Despite an excellent recovery pot, Fletcher was left with too much to do to regain position.  This set the frame up for an exciting finish and the frame was nip and tuck, right down to the colours.  Bobby Cliffe had the first opportunity to keep the match alive, however couldn’t close the frame out, leaving Jones to pull out two excellent pressure pots on the Blue and Pink to seal the win.

A great match, played in good spirit, with two deserving winners in Fletcher and Jones.

2019-20: Week 8

In the PJM Fascias Premier Division, the big game was played at Ashby, where Ivanhoe A drew four across against Burton Cons A. Dan Blunn and Owen Jones drew theirs, whilst Graham Stevens included runs of 38 and 43 in defeating Guy Fraser in the first half. After the break, Jon Fletcher also had a 43 but was only able to draw with Ant Moore. Ian Rennocks beat an out of sorts Mick Simpkins as Ivanhoe fought back to claim the draw.

A struggling Alrewas C were well beaten by Burton Cons C on a soaking night at the Royal British Legion. Ian Hiley couldn’t recover his form in time and lost both frames to a solid performance by Lee Wood. The second frame was lost going in-off on the final black. Dave Trueman battled manfully against Andy Grainger but in both frames Andy just did enough to take them both on the final few colours. Carl Poulton potted a fine long final black to take the first against Mark Hadley and should have taken the second only to see the white spin away into the middle bag after potting the final blue from which Hadley cleared up to win. Micky Morris never got going against a competent Ant Rushton. Rushton took the first after some good potting but kindly run, however, the second was a stroll.

Reigning champions Belmont were surprisingly held to a draw by a resurgent Ivanhoe B, without a win all season.Brett Bailey had the match’s high break with a cracking 60 but Gaz Dolman of Ashby hung in for a half. Belmont’s only winner was Mark Sherratt, who had runs of 43 and 35 in defeating Graham Measures. Steve Cockeram was on form and included a 36 in his win over the home side’s Rich Goldby to level things up. Fran McInulty and Daz Wilson were not to be separated as they drew meaning the overall score was 4-4. There was another draw at Tutbury where the A side drew with Alrewas A.

In the winners’ enclosure were Dave Mabbutt for Tutbury and Karl hancox for The Legionnaires. Top breaks of the evening were 33 from John Richardson and 32 from Lee Louch but they were only sufficient for draws with Chris Mabbutt and John Brentnall respectively. The games between Burton Cons B and Tutbury as well as SDSC A and Spot On A were postponed.

There was a surprise in the Newton Fallowell Division One, where leaders Belmont B were beaten 5-3 away at Burton Cons D. Greg Read was the man to make the difference as he scored a double over Mark Pickering. The other three games were halved-Simon Shilton with Arron Vaughan,Vince Draper with Josh Gebbie and Ian Shrive with Jay Pickering.

Belmont C drew four all with Ivanhoe C-Kyle Cope winning for Belmont and Bren Mattley for the Ashby side. Highest contribution was a good 42 by Belmont’s Brad Williams but this only got him a draw with Josh Wright. Jordan Watts and Nick Sewell also halved.

There was another draw at Rolleston where the A side halved with SDSC B. There were two wins apiece-Tom Bassett and Rich O’Dell for The Rollers and Matt Keay and Gary Holmes for The Snooker Centre.

SDSC C beat Stapenhill A 5-3 with Nick Harcombe making the difference by scoring a double, with the other 3 games halved.

Stapenhill B halved with Woodville A. Greg Britton for Stapenhill top scoring with a lovely 38 but this was enough for a draw with Steve Gaunt. There was another draw between Simon Piechowicz and Trevor Heath whilst John Sherriff won his for The Institute and Andy Jenkins for Woodville.

Ivanhoe D had a good 6-2 win in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two against Woodville C.dave Watson played two convincing frames to defeat Billy Bob Brooks. Adam Briggs had two battles with Tony Coleman, taking the first on the black and the second by clearing the last four colours. Frank Briggs was outplayed by Alan Orpwood before Brian Lowrie somehow won his first after giving 27 away in fouls. He then went on to clear the last 4 to win both his against a flabbergasted Rich Marcer. Stablemates

Ivanhoe E also won 6-2 against Stapenhill D. Jacob Moore and Warner Collins were both victorious, whilst for the Snookerettes,Gilda Horvath and Yvonne Lawrence managed a frame apiece versus Jeff Whetton and Andy Wilson. Rolleston D had a cracking 6-2 win as well-against SDSC E. Dale Prime was man of the match as he rolled in a lovely 32 as he beat Wallace Webb. Also winning for The Rollers were Rob McMeechan and Colin Wood. Nathan Callton provided the only resistance for The Snooker Centre.

Another 6-2 win was handed out by SDSC D to Rolleston C. They showed they will be in the mix for an immediate return to Division One. Andy Bloor had a cracking 46 as he beat The Rollers’ Steve Atkin. Garton Bloor also won whilst they were halves between David Wain and Mark Storr and then Brian Bloor and Neil Cheadle.

Stapenhill C were beaten 5-3 at home by Belmont D, who are having a vastly improved season. Andy Biggadike and Brett Craddock were the men in form, both scoring doubles. Tim Knopik replied for The Institute whilst Derek Jackson and Graeme Drayton shared theirs. Swad Cons a drew four all with Spot On C-the first time they have been stopped from winning this term. Gaz Ward had 42 and 25 in his win for The Cons with Bob Birch also doubling up. In reply Mick O’Mahoney and Adam Bridges brought the scores level.

Biggest winners of the week were Rolleston B as they thumped a Woodville B side that just couldn’t get going. Only Mark Gallagher offered any resistance for Woodville, whilst Rob Tubey, Mark Press and Bobby Cliff romped to victories for The Rollers.

2019-20: Week 5

Burton Cons A failed to win for the first time this season in the PJM Fascias Premier Division as Alrewas B staged a stirring comeback to take a share of the spoils. Steve Butterworth played nicely for The Legionnaires to take both off an out of sorts Owen Jones. Mick Simpkins levelled things up with a comfortable victory over Steve Lane, including a nice run of 32. Jon Fletcher was held by Tony Wills before the game of the night between Graham Stevens and Loz Kennerson. Graham had a lovely 40 to win the first and was comfortably in front in the second before Loz completed an excellent colours clearance to snatch the frame from Graham’s grasp and seal a 4-4 draw.

Guy Fraser had his potting boots on for Ivanhoe A as he included runs of 36 and 44 in his win over SDSC A’s Adam Harrison. Also not missing much was Dan Blunn as he rolled in 46 and 31 to defeat Henry Tomas. Two matches were halved-Home captain Ant Moore with Harry Farrell and James Hastie and Phil Dayton.

Burton Cons B went over the road to Spot On A and were delighted to come away 5-3 winners in a match that was very evenly contested. John Shilton fell over the line in his match with Ade Harper with neither player getting going.Darren Coady won his first on return from illness against Mark Stirling with the aid of a fluked blue. Mark hung on in to gain a deserved draw. Two more scrappy matches took place after this with both being halved-Jon Swift with Andy Speirs and Troy Randle with Tom Elliott-Tom taking the man of the match award for actually knocking in 6 balls in in succession.

In the battle of the Legion, the spoils were shared. Carl ,with a C shared the spoils with Karl, with a K. Poulton for the C team took the first with some nice potting and was looking odds on to take the second by Hancox made a great clearance to take it on the final black. Micky Morris made short work of the A team’s Lee Louch in the first but roles reversed in the second to take a half. John Richardson got put to the sword easily by Dave Trueman who was very clinical but Thom Smith for the A team ensured the draw with some nice long potting to easily beat an under par Ian Hiley.

At the Tutbury Club, the A team gained a well deserved half off in form Belmont A. The Servicemen were 3-1 up at the break thanks to good play from Fran McInulty, who had a lovely 44 and Mark Sherratt, who defeated Steve Mabbutt. In the second half, there was a draw in the match between Dave Mabbutt and Mark Satchwell, whilst Chris Mabbutt rolled in a cracking 38 as he beat Brett Bailey. The Tuesday night fixture took place at Burton Cons, where the C team were beaten 5-3 by Tutbury B. Wayne Pereira and Bill Stewart were the men on song as they both claimed doubles. Jan Pawlazcyk played well to take one off the home side’s Andy Grainger whilst the Cons only win was provided by Lee Wood.

In the Newton Fallowell Division One, Belmont B made it four out of four with a whitewash of Stapenhill B. Arron Vaughan led the charge, potting some great balls and blasted Rob Kent 2-0.Jay Pickering played solidly against Bryan Sharratt, who played his part but Jay saw it through for 4-0 at the turn. Mark Vaughan and Greg Britton had a tight game that was nip and tuck. Mark fluked the blue but had a massive kick on the pink leaving Greg a chance but he was unable to take it- Mark then going on to win the second, again with the aid of the odd fluke.Mark Pickering played well to take his first versus John Sherriff but looked dead and buried in the second, 23 behind with one red left. He then produced a magical 33 to clearance and complete the rout.

Hanging on to top spot though are Newhall A,looking for a quick return to the Premier.Last week, they defeated Stapenhill A 6-2 away to make if 5 from 5. Only Andy Gretton offered any resistance to the Social Club as he included a cracking 39 in his win over Martin Hurdman. The other three matches though were claimed by in form Callum Coleman, Nick Walker and Carl Glover.

Completing the top three at this early stage are Ivanhoe C. Last week they beat Rolleston A with the aid of wins for Nick Sewell and Josh Wright. Bren Mattley top scored with a 29 but this was only enough for a half with The Rollers’captain Rich O’Dell. There was another draw in the game between Stu Tagg and James Wilkinson.

Belmont C returned to winning ways with a thumping 7-1 victory over Spot On B, who are finding things tougher after their promotion last term. Jordan Watts, Kyle Coope and Paul Bradford were all in the winners’ enclosure whilst The Spots only point was scored by Luke Allsopp in his draw with Colin Cope.

Swad Snooker Centre B sneaked past Woodville A by a 5-3 scoreline.Chris Dewy was the man to make the difference as he claimed a double over Andy Jenkins. The other three games were drawn with the highlight a magnificent 40 by Andy Goldingay in his half with Trevor “The Hit man” Heath. Home captain Steve Ayre shared his two with Jono Hardy as did Matt Keay and Steve Gaunt.

SDSC C drew 4 across with Burton Cons D. Nick Harcombe won for the Snooker Centre, whilst Greg Read did similar for The Cons. Jez White, Vince Draper, Chris Craddock and Ian Shrive all won a frame apiece in their encounters.

Spot On C are riding high with five out of five and are six points clear in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two. Last week, they provided another dominant performance as they swept aside SDSC E 7-1. Adam Edwards, Qasim Mohammed and Mick O’Mahoney all struck twice and the Snooker Centre’s only point came courtesy of Sam Peacock’s draw with Adam Bridges.

In second spot are SDSC D, who last week went to Ivanhoe E and came away 6-2 victors. It was three wins to one with Brian Bloor, David Wain and Andy Bloor on target for the visitors and Jacob Moore for the Ashby side who beat Garton Bloor. Rolleston B are in third after last week’s stalemate with Ivanhoe D. Kev Norris and Tony Tredger exchanged high twenties contributions but it was Kev who came out on top in a high quality match. Dave Marriott won two for the Ashby outfit whilst there were draws in the games between Mark Press and Adam Briggs and Rob Tubey and Frank Briggs.

Another draw was played out at Rolleston Club where the C team halved with Stapenhill C. Again both sides had one winner-Mark Storr for The Rollers and Tim Knopik for The Institute. Neil Cheadle and Derek Jackson were not to be separated and nor were Graham Fisher and Paul Stewart.

Swad Cons A made it three draws on the bounce as they were held by Stapenhill Institute D-The Snookerettes. Marie Bridges and Yvonne Lawrence both played nicely to earn a share of the spoils with Andy Boam and Bob Birch respectively. Head girl for the night though was Clare Peaty as she won both versus Paul Hollis. Gaz Ward, for The Institute, levelled things up with his victory over Tia Spendlove.

Woodville C-The Worriers-had a fine 6-2 win over Belmont D. They were given the perfect start by Billy Bob Brooks and Alan Orpwood who won all their frames for 4-0 at the break. In Alan’s first against Brett Craddock , it was very tight before Alan took brown, blue and pink to snatch it. Despite losing the second as well, Brett plyed one of the shots of the season, escaping from an impossible looking snooker. Billy Bob played some of his best snooker of the season in getting past Graeme Drayton – the first on the pink and second on the black. Tony Coleman and Tom Holland had an error strewn first frame which Tom eventually took, whilst TC produced a nice 25 clearance to take the second. Rich Marcer and Matt Groves shared theirs as well with both players playing some good snooker. Matt won the first on the pink and Rich produced a nice 25 clearance to win the second.

Woodville B made it back to back wins and are still unbeaten after beating Rolleston D 5-3. Jim Marcer and Mark Gallagher were both winners for Woodville, with Dale Prime replying for The Rollers. Gary Green and Dennis Eyden halved their match.

2019-20: Week 4

In the PJM Fascias Premier Division, Burton Cons A announced that they will be attempting to regain their crown of ten straight years until three seasons ago with an 8-0 demolition of Alrewas C. The last time Brian Eccleston played a match was in 2015-16 ending the season with a crushing 2-0 win over Billy Ashton. Well the octogenarian cueist dusted off his Dennis Taylor glasses and trusty cue to turn out for Alrewas C in their hour of need after a last minute team member drop-out. Eccleston put up a great fight against Jonathan Fletcher with the first frame going to the final few balls and the second in doubt until Fletcher cleared with a great 46. Well done Brian and welcome back!. That set the tone for the rest of the match with Micky Morris falling 2-0 to Owen Jones in a very tight game, with a top effort of 32 from Owen. Adam Walton was dispatched by Graham Stevens 2-0 with the aid of runs of 38 and 32.and Carl Poulton managed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory twice against Colin Hamer – fluffing an easy final black in the first and allowing Hamer back in the second for the same result.

Burton Cons B kept in touch at the top of the table with a 5-3 home win against Alrewas A, which was their first defeat of the season. Mike Buckland found some form to ease past John Richardson 2-0 in under 25 minutes. On the other table, Lee Louch was in great form handing John Shilton his first frame loss of the season but Shilly fought back to claim a half and leave the score 3-1 to the Cons at halfway. After the break the Alrewas captain,Karl Hancox, beat Jon Swift comfortably in the end although he did have more than a fair share of the run. Troy Randle and Tom Smith had a dour match dominated by safety and in the end it was a higher quality of safety from Troy that saw him over the line and to an overall match win for the Cons.

Ivanhoe A will be in the mix at the end of the season and last week they saw off Alrewas B 7-1 on their own turf. In the first match Dan Blunn had several runs of high twenties plus and a top effort of 38 as he beat the home side’s Steve Butterworth. James Hastie was in similar potting form with contributions of 31 and 41 as he beat Mick Hathaway. Guy Fraser had the highest break of the night with a 52 as he defeated Simon Tarrant whilst the Alrewas point was gained by Tony Wills in his draw with Ant Moore.

Mark Sherratt was the man to make the difference for Belmont A as they attempt to retain their crown from last season. He beat Simon Mansfield of Burton Cons C with the other three matches halved. Andy Grainger had the only notable mark of the night as he had a lovely 40 but this only gained him one frame as Brett Bailey took the other. Mark Satchwell versus Lee Wood ended one across as did Rich Goldby versus Ant Rushton.

Spot On A scored their first victory of the season as they squeezed past Ivanhoe B 5-3 at the Ashby Arena. The home side were 3-1 up at the break with Steve Cockeram including a 38 as he beat Nige Tomlinson and Gaz Dolman took one off Tom Elliott. From there though it was all The Spots with wins for Ade Harper and Andy Speirs defeating Graham Measures and Daz Wilson respectively.

There was a mid table clash at Swad Snooker Centre where their A side, perhaps predictably, drew with Tutbury A. Dave Mabbutt had the highest effort of the evening with a 30 but this was to no avail as he went down 2-0 to Adam Harrison.Chris Mabbutt was the man to square things up for The Tutters as he beat the home side’s Ben Davies. The other two encounters were halved as Henry Tomas drew with Dan Mabbutt and Rich Hinks was all square with John Brentnall.

Newhall A are the pace setters in the Newton Fallowell Division One with four wins from four. Last week though they were made to battle hard as they scraped past SDSC C 5-3. Carl Glover and Nick Walker put the Social Club 4-0 up at half time with wins over the two Rays, Stretton and Bancroft. The Fightback was started by Nick Harcombe as he took both off Martin Hicks so it was the frame gained by Callum Coleman in his half with Bob McInulty that saw Newhall over the line.

Also with a 100% record but only having played three are Belmont B. Last week they went to Tutbury C and came away 5-3 winners in a match that had a few twist and turns. Belmont’s Shaun Gebbie opened up a lead in his first against Ian Day of the Tutters only for Ian to fight back and steal it on the pink. Shaun showed an excellent array of potting in the second to seal a half for the Servicemen. Arron Vaughan took both off Dave Brady who can count himself unlucky as nothing went his way. Mark Pickering and Colin Bell had a drawn out match where both players would probably have settled for a draw but it was Colin who came away with both in the end. Mark Vaughan and Paul Atterbury had a very tight first frame and it was Paul who had an awkward but gettable black in the middle first but he missed it and Mark tucked it away before Mark ran away with the second to seal Belmont’s win.

Ivanhoe C had a fine 6-2 away win at Stapenhill B. Nick Sewell won in the first half for the Ashby side and Josh Wright in the second. The Institute’s points came courtesy of Rob Kent’s half with Bren Mattley and Greg Britton’s draw with Matt Gray.

Rolleston A are the other side in contention at the top after they beat Stapenhill A 6-2. Last week there were wins for Tom Bassett, James Wilkinson and Rich O’Dell, who had a nice run of 25. Chris Mehick kept the score respectable for Stapenhill as he defeated The Rollers’ James Rowland.

Burton Cons C drew four all with Belmont C. The two winners on the night were Simon Shilton for The Cons and Josh Radford for Belmont. Cons’ captain Ian Shrive drew with Kyle Cope and Bill Davidson halved with Jordan Watts to leave neither side the the winners’ bonus point.

Spot On B suffered their fourth straight defeat of the season and last week they went down 6-2 at home to SDSC B. Their only points came from Ant Tomlinson and Marvin Walker as they drew with Matt Keay and Chris Dewey. Wins for Andy Goldingay and Steve Ayre saw the Snooker Centre home.

Spot On C have made the perfect start to the season with four wins from four in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two. Last week they went to Belmont D and came away 6-2 victors with a good effort of 35 from Adam Bridges in his win over Ian Gibson. Adam Edwards was also a winner for The Spots whilst there were draws in the games between Belmont’s Andy Biggadike and Qasim Mohammad and then Graeme Drayton and Jason Spiby.

The battle of the bottom two,SDSC D and Woodville C, went the way of the Worriers 5-3. Scott of the Antartic played with a plaster cast on his bridging hand but won the first against Brian Alford on the black after Brian had unluckily gone in off in the yellow bag. He missed very little in the second with Brian resigning himself to the loss early on. Billy Bob Brooks lost both to Rob McMeecham for the Rollers. The first was on the black and Rob played the more positive snooker to win the second. Alan “The Big O” Orpwood is getting back to his best form including a good 26 as he beat the home side’s Colin Wood. Tom Falkener and Tony Coleman fought out a draw in a match dominated by safety.

SDSC D suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 5-3 at home to Woodville B. Three of the matches were halved-David Wain with Gary Green, Brian Bloor with Jim Marcer and Andrew Bloor with Denis Moore. The man to make the difference on the night was Mark Gallagher as he took both frames off Garton Bloor.

SDSC E were undone 6-2 on their own patch by an inspired Rolleston C.Mark Storr and John Ward were both on the winners podium whilst there were two draws in the games between the home side’s Tom Peacock and Neil Cheadle and then Nathan Callton and Graham Fisher.

Stapenhill C were another side to lose at home-in fact no home side won in this division last week.They went down 5-3 to Rolleston B. It was all square at the break with wins for Derek Jackson of The Institute and Mark Press for The Rollers. Tim Knopik and Rob Sanders were not to be separated so it was down to Kev Norris to beat Dave Stewart to ensure the visitors left with the winners bonus point.

Swad Cons A and Ivanhoe E fought out a draw with one win each. Andy Boam for The Cons and Jacob Moore for Ashby. Gaz Ward and Nathan Blood drew their encounter as did Bob Birch and Jeff Whetton with Bob having the evening’s highest contribution of 27.

2019-20: Presidents Handicap Round 1

Burton Cons A, Belmont A and Spot On A all received byes into the quarter finals of the PJM Fascias Premier Division President’s Cup.
First to join them were Ivanhoe A who beat Burton Cons C away on Tuesday night. First up it was Mark Hadley for the home side versus James Hastie and both players struggled to start with before James took it at the end. James then broke down on 68 in the second with a ton looking likely but needless to say he won the frame.. Andy Grainger started well with a 61 of his own against Ant Moore, again this could have been bigger. The second frame was much closer with Ant knocking in the important balls at the end for a half time lead for the Ashby side. Ant Rushton played nicely to beat Craig Siviter in a one sided affair before Lee Wood played Dan Blunn. Dan won the first down on the colours but it looked like Lee would take the second until he missed the green and left Dan to steal the frame and the win for Ivanhoe.
Tutbury B defeated their club mates-the A- by a 5-3 margin. Doubles for Steve Butler and Jan Pawlazcyk for the B outgunned the double of Steve Mabbutt for the A.
John Shilton for Burton Cons A included a 40 on the way to brushing past Henry Tomas of SDSC A. Some hope for The Snooker Centre was given as Adam Harrison fluked the black round 3 cushions to snatch a draw with Mike Buckland. But by this time Troy Randle had squeezed past Pete Maguire in the first on the pink but then ran away with the second to secure a win for the Cons. Jon Swift and Ben Davies shared their in what was really a dead rubber.
Alrewas C won their place in the quarters defeating a spirited Ivanhoe B side and in doing so recording their first win of the season first win of the season. Carl Poulton and Micky Morris got Alrewas off to a flying 4-0 start beating Graham Measures and Darren Wilson. Poulton and Measures playing to excellent frames of snooker and Morris despatching WIlson easily. Ivanhoe B then fought back with Gaz Dolman and Steve Cockeram taking the next 3 against James Edwards and Dave Trueman. Dolman played excellently and Cockeram looked to be taking it to a doubles decider but Trueman took the draw with some excellent potting.
Somewhat of a shock took place at Alrewas Royal British Legion, where the B side defeated the A. Simon Tarrant was the man to make the difference on the night securing a victory in his match against Tom Smith with the other three matches halved.

Draw for the quarter finals is as follows…
Spot On A v Burton Cons A
Belmont A v Alrewas B (T)
Ivanhoe A v Tutbury B
Alrewas C v Burton Cons B

In the Newton Fallowell Division One version, leaders Newhall A, Stapenhill A and SDSC B were the lucky sides with a bye.
Elsewhere Belmont B defeated Burton Cons D 5-3 with wins for Shaun Gebbie and Arron Vaughan whilst Ian Shrive, the Cons captain was on target for his side. Mark Pickering and Greg Read halved to see Belmont over the line.
Belmont C joined their clubmates in the hat for the quarters with a 7-1 demolition of Rolleston A. Tom Bassett had runs of 36 and 31 but only won one frame for Rolleston as Jordan Watts, Kieron Carr and Paul; Bradford saw the Servicemen home.
SDSC C won 6-2 versus Spot On B, with first half wins for both Bob McInulty and Nick Harcombe. The Spots got two back after the break from Luke Allsopp who had a nice 30 along the way but a win for Ray Bancroft saw the Snooker Centre home.
Tutbury C had an impressive 6-2 home win versus Stapenhill B. It was all square at the break after drawn games between Dave Brady and Bryan Sharratt and then Colin Bell and Rob Kent. The Tutters turned it on after the resumption with wins for both Ian Day and Paul Atterbury.
Woodville A went down at home in the cruelest fashion-the dreaded doubles decider- to Ivanhoe C. Tony Clements and Josh Wright were winners in normal time and then it was down to Bren Mattley to join Josh who lust squeezed past the home side’s Tony and John Hardy.

Draw for the quarter finals is as follows…
Stapenhill A v SDSC C (T)
Newhall A v Belmont B
Ivanhoe C v SDSC B
Tutbury C (T) v Belmont C (T)

In the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two Presidents Cup, the highlight was undoubtedly the break of 60 had by Andy Bloor of SDSC D in his win over Mick O’Mahoney of Spot On C. An earlier win for David Wain meant the win by Adam Edwards of the Spots was in vain and saw The Snooker Centre through to the quarter finals.
The Snookerettes went down on the doubles decider against Swad Cons A. Kate Stirling earlier had a fine win to match that of Gaz Ward but it was Gaz and Andy Boam who just managed to get past Kate and Yvonne Lawrence.
Despite Warner Collins rolling back the years with a lovely 31 in his match for Ivanhoe E against Rob Sanders of Rolleston B, it only won him one frame and the Rollers came away 6-2 winners thanks to wins for Kev Norris and Mark Press. Rob Tubey and Jacob Moore drew their encounter.
Rolleston C also went through courtesy of a victory for Steve Atkin as they defeated SDSC E 5-3 with the three other matches halved.
There will be three Rolleston sides in the quarter finals with the D having a fine 6-2 win away at Stapenhill C-their first of the season. Wins for Tom Faulkener, Dale Prime and Colin Wood for the Rollers and a victory in return for the Institute by Tim Knopik.

Draw for the quarter finals is as follows..
Woodville S&S B (T) v Woodville S&S C
Rolleston C (T) v Rolleston D (T)
Rolleston B v Swad Cons A (T)
Belmont D (T) v SDSC D

2019-20: Week 3

In the PJM Fascias Premier Division, Ivanhoe A recorded a hard fought win over Alrewas C. Micky Morris got the Legionnaires off to a flyer despatching Ian Rennocks comfortably with some great snooker. James Hastie did the same for Ivanhoe, keeping Carl Poulton always at arms length with some tremendous safety play. Daniel Blunn did just about enough to beat James Edwards but was far from convincing. That left Ant Moore to seal the win after a draw with Ian Hiley. Hiley took the first with ease and was on the way to securing the draw for Alrewas when Moore had a round the table fluke that gave him the advantage.
Burton Cons A saw off their stablemates the B team by a 5-3 scoreline. Jon Fletcher looked in prime position to win both frames against John Shilton but Shilly hung in there after Jon’s contribution of 38 and eventually won on the black. Fletch had a 31 in the second as well but Shilton got the snooker he required down on the yellow and cleared to come out the victor. Graham Stevens beat Mike Buckland 2-0 with Graham laying some tough snookers towards the end of the first and just sneak over the line. The 2nd included a 45 from Graham for a deserved victory for the A. Darren Coady won his frame of the season for the B against A team new boy Colin Hamer but not until Darren sportingly pointed out that Colin was about to foul by taking a colour after a free ball when it should have been the yellow….Colin had a chance then to nick the frame but perhaps appropriately Darren just hung on to win. In the second Colin hardly missed a ball with efforts of 52 and 47. Owen Jones beat Jon Swift in a scrappy affair, to leave the A top with three wins out of three.
Spot On A went down 5-3 at home to Tutbury B. Jan Pawlazcyk, making his first start was the man to make the difference beating Mark Stirling with the other 3 games all halved. Alrewas A moved into second place behind Burton Cons A after beating Ivanhoe B 6-2. Karl Hancox found some form with a lovely 44 as well as a 32 in beating Graham Measures. Lee Louch also had his potting boots on with a 41 as he saw off Matt Dawson. Tom Smith and Gaz Dolman drew one across as did John Richardson with Daz Wilson.
Tutbury A recorded their first victory of the season against Alrewas B. In the battle of the Steves, it was Mabbutt who came out on top against Lane and that made the difference as the other three ties were halved. Belmont A showed they are not easily going to relinquish their crown after a convincing 7-1 win at SDSC A. Wayne Brewin, Mark Satchwell and Mark Sherratt all scored doubles for The Servicemen-Rich Goldby had a nice 40 but it was only enough for a half against Harry Farrell.

In the Newton Fallowell Division One, Belmont B made it two wins from two in a great match against Woodville A. Jay Pickering opened up with a hard fought win over Steve Gaunt in two close frames. Arron Vaughan played brilliantly to take the first off Mike Smith and was 20 up in the second before Mike produced one of the best clearances Belmont has seen in years to snatch a draw. Shaun Gebbie lost his first versus Andy Jenkins but not before Andy played some lovely shots to bet two snookers required and steal his frame on the black. Tony Clements didn’t miss a ball in the first against Mark Vaughan – Mark then went behind down on the blue and then knocked the black in…Tony missed the blue which Mark took followed by a pink and a black down the rail . Shaun took his second against Andy for an unlikely home win.
Ivanhoe C had a thumping 7-1 home win against Tutbury C. Only Colin Bell registered for The Tutters as he drew with Bren Mattley. The other three matches were taken by Matt Grey, Nick Sewell and Josh Wright. There was another 7-1 at The Snooker Centre where Rolleston A destroyed the C team. Ray Stretton scored the home side’s only point in a half with James Rowland as wins for Tom Bassett, who had a nice 31, Bobby Cliff and Rich O’Dell saw the Rollers home.
The Stapenhill derby ended, perhaps unsurprisingly, all square at four each. Rob Kent, for the B, had the high break of the evening with a nice 32 but that only gained him one frame as he drew with Chris Sheldrake. There was another half between Andy Gretton and Simon Piechowicz and wins for the A’s Steve Ford and the B’s John Sherriff. Burton Cons D squeezed past Spot On B 5-3 in a hard fought match played in good spirit. Simon Shilton and Marvin Walker played out a scrappy half on one table whilst Greg Read steadily wore down Ant Tomlinson for a win and 3-1. Dave Goldsmith ,for The Spots won both down on the colours against Vince Draper for 3-3. Performance of the night came from veteran Bill Davidson, who need a snooker against Luke Allsopp and got it before making the clearance and winning the other for a 5-3 scoreline to the home team.
Newhall A are sitting pretty at the top of the table after three straight wins. Martin Hicks and Martin Hurdman both scored victories for the Social Club whilst Nick Walker’s half in a good quality match against Kyle Cope, who had a 32 and a 31 saw them over the line. Paul Bradford beat Carl Glover in the other match.

Two sides have three from three in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two. Spot On C are one as they maintained their perfect start with a 6-2 win at home to Woodville C. Jason Spiby and Adam Edwards were both on target with doubles whilst there were two draws in the games between Michael O’Mahoney and Rich Marcer and then in a good quality match between Adam Bridges and Tony Coleman, both of whom had 20 plus contributions.
SDSC D are the other side riding high with Andy Bloor knocking in a season’s division high break of 39 in his win over Brian Alford of Rolleston D. Andy Rice also scored twice for the home side. Brian Bloor and Dale Prime exchanged several 20 plus breaks in their match with Dale having the highest of 31. The match ended all square as did the one between Garton Bloor and Colin Wood to leave the Snooker Centre 6-2 winners and second in the table.
In an Ashby Ivanhoe derby the E lost out 5-3 to the D. Keith Bale , for the E was out of form to leave Brian Lowrie the victor for 2-0. Frank Briggs and Warner Collins fought out a draw with Frank just winning the first and Warner running away with the second to secure a half. Jacob Moore and Adam Briggs had two close games with another draw being the most appropriate outcome. Ross Tredger potted beautifully to win his first against Nathan Blood only for Nathan to fight back but leave the D with their first win of the season. Brett Craddock showed his Premier Division experience for Belmont D as he rolled in a 31 on the way to beating Rolleston C’s Steve Atkin. Aaron Doyle replied for the Rollers with a win of his own to square things up. John Ward, for the Rollers, and Andy Biggadike shared their two as did Graham Fisher and Matt Groves for a well earned draw overall.
In another Stapenhill derby the C thumped the D 7-1. Only Kate Stirling was on the scoresheet for The Snookerettes in her draw with Neil Bourne. Paul Stewart, Derek Jones and Tim Knopik all won their encounters to leave the C with the bragging rights. Woodville B’s match with Swad Cons A ended 4-4 with two wins either side. Gentleman Jim Marcer was yet again in the winners enclosure alongside Mark Gallagher for Woodville- Bob Birch and Gaz Ward doing similarly for The Cons.
Rolleston B put SDSC E to the sword with a rousing 7-1 win. Mark Press, Kev Norris and Rob Sanders were the men in form scoring two apiece with The Snooker centre’s solitary point coming from Nathan Kinson in his draw with the home side’s Rob Tubey.

2019-20: Week 2

Making a great start to the season in the PJM Fascias Premier Division are SDSC A who have begun with two wins. Last week Adam Harrison didn’t miss a ball in his first frame against Steve Butterworth of Alrewas B. Steve played some nice safety to get back to one across also helped by a nice contribution of 31. Harry Farrell, making his first appearance of the season, played beautifully and included runs of 33 and 40 as he dispatched the home side’s Steve Lane. Simon Tarrant and Henry Tomas shared two good frames, with a half each the fairest outcome.. Loz Kennerson, for Alrewas, had a nice 31 as he won the first against Pete Maguire, who fought well to play some good snooker in the second to ensure the win for the Snooker Centre.

Also starting with two wins are Burton Cons A. They needed Mark Hadley as a floater to fulfill the fixture and he was unlucky to lose both to Gaz Dolman of Ivanhoe B. Cons A came out 6-2 winners though with wins for Graham Stevens, Owen Jones and Jon Fletcher- Jon having a 32 on the way to beating Graham Measures and Graham a 40 in defeating Steve Cockeram. There was a heavyweight contest at Burton Cons where the B team announced their credentials by beating champions of two years ago Ivanhoe A 5-3. It was a match that could have gone either way with some excellent snooker all round. John Shilton took both off Ian Rennocks, including a 42 in the first but he required an excellent long final black to shake Ian off in the second. Mike Buckland played Ivanhoe new boy Guy Fraser and in a well contested affair it was 1-1 between the two. Guy outpotted Mike in the first, having a good 31, but Mike then had efforts of 37 and 38 to comfortably win the second. Troy Randle beat Ant Moore easily in their first before roles were reversed by Ant to run away with the second, including a good 33. Daniel Blunn, for Ivanhoe, won his first against Jon Swift down on the colours. In the second though, the reds went awkward before Jon picked odd ones off with colours and running Dan safe-the pressure of which eventually told for Jon to halve the game and thereby win the overall match for The Cons.

Alrewas C and Tutbury A fought out a tight 4-4 draw with Micky Morris in the winners enclosure for The Legionnaires and Chris Mabbutt for The Tutters. Two matches were drawn-Carl Poulton with Dave Mabbutt and the experienced Ian Hiley with young Dan Mabbutt.

Spot On A’s fist fixture of the season was played on Tuesday at Burton Cons C. Mike Buckland popped up as a floater and took both off Tom Elliott, who can count himself unfortunate not to have taken at least one frame. The other three matches were all deservedly halved – Lee Wood with Nige Tomlinson, Mark Hadley with Andy Speirs and Paul Slater with Ade Harper.

Alrewas A had an excellent 6-2 victory away at Tutbury B. Tom Smith and Lee Louch were both winners on the night whilst the other two matches were halved- Tutbury’s Wayne Pereira with John Richardson and Dave Budworth with Karl Hancox.

The only side with two wins from two in the Newton Fallowell Division One are Newhall A, who are hoping for a quick return to the Premier Division. Last week they thumped an under strength Burton Cons D side 7-1. Only Greg read got on the scoresheet for The Cons taking one from Martin Hicks. There were wins for Martin Hurdman, Callum Coleman and Nick Walker to leave Newhall 4 points clear at the top already.

Belmont B look to have a strong side and last week they went to Swad Snooker Centre B and came away 7-1 winners. Jason Pickering played well on the night to take both off John Davis, who fought well but to no avail. Chris Dewey scored the home side’s only point by potting well to beat Arron Vaughan in their first-the second went down to the colours which Arron took for a 3-1 half time lead for Belmont. Match of the night was between Andy Goldingay and Wayen Brewin. Both players potted well but Wayne took control and in the end never looked like losing. Matt Keay, for the home side, played some excellent shots against Mark Vaughan but it was the former league chairman who came away with both frames – the second by over 50 points. This was Belmont’s first match after the rest week one so they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Stablemates Belmont C fielded a totally different line up to the week before and came away 5-3 winners from their trip to Rolleston A. James Foy was in excellent form as he rolled in efforts of 27 and 30 to beat James Rowland. It was 2-2 at the break though as the Rollers’ James Wilkinson beat Jordan Watts. In the second half Tom Bassett and Kyle Cope shared their two leaving Paul Bradford’s victory over Rich O’Dell to make the difference and score the extra winners point for Belmont.

Stapenhill B and SDSC C were not to be separated as they shared their evening’s eight frames. It was two wins apiece-Nick Harcombe and Bob McInulty putting The Snooker Centre 4 up at the break before The Institute’s Rob Kent and Bryan Sharratt turned the match upside down in the second half.

Another match that went from 4-0 to 4-4 was played at Tutbury where the C side halved with Stapenhill A. Andy Gretton and Steve Ford got the Institute off to a flier before Paul Atterbury and Ian Day had other ideas for Tutbury after the break scoring doubles of their own.

Woodville A were undone on their own turf 6-2 by a good Ivanhoe C side. Nick Sewell and Stu Tag were the men to do most of the damage, both scoring doubles. Matt Grey and Bren Mattley were also scores but had to settle for one apiece against Jono Hardy and Tony Clements respectively.

Leading the way in the Nicholas Humphreys Division Two are Spot On C who triumphed 6-2 last week at Rolleston D. Jason Spiby, Adam Edwards and Qasim Mohammed were the men in form for The Spots. D Prime responding for the home side to keep the score respectable.

Swad Snooker Centre D have similarly started with two wins, having been a bit of a boing, boing side over the last few seasons and maybe in line for another return to Division One. Garton Bloor, David Wain and Andy Bloor all won on the night against Swad Cons A with only Bob Birch offering any resistance in his half with Andy Rice.

Belmont D had a fine 5-3 home win over Rolleston B. They were three one down at the interval as Tom Holland drew with Rob Tubey and Matt Groves went down to The Rollers’ Rob Sanders. It was a different story in the second half though with wins for Brett Craddock and Andy Biggadike to keep the Servicemen unbeaten.

Woodville B were in good form as they overcame Ivanhoe D 6-2 at Ashby. Denis Moore had a nice 27 on the way to beating Tony Tredger whilst Bill Hunt for the visitors took one off Dean Marriott. It was another 3-1 score in the second half as well with Jack Gallagher beating the home side’s Brian Lowrie and Gentleman Jim Marcer taking one off Dave Watson-Dave having the high contribution of the night with a lovely 34.

For SDSC E, Sam Peacock and Nathan Kinson were held to draws by The Snookerettes of Stapenhill D in the form of Clare Peaty and Yvonne Lawrence respectively. Wallace Webb and Nathan Callton were on target with doubles to leave the scoreline 6-2 to The Snooker Centre.

Woodville Sports and Social Club C team drew four apiece with Rolleston C. Alan Orpwood scored the division’s high break of the season so far with a lovely 37 as he beat John Ward. Neal Cheadle responded for the visitors with a win of his own for The Rollers to leave it 2-2. Then in the second half two draws were played out between Rich Marcer and Aaron Doyle and then Daz Scott and Steve Atkin to leave it all square.

New side Ivanhoe E had their first win of the season with a resounding 6-2 victory away at Stapenhill C.Keith Bale and Jacob Moore were winners whilst Jason Collins and Nathan Blood scored one each against the home side’s Neil Bourne and Paul Stewart.

2019-20: Week 1

Defending champions Belmont A were first off the ranks with a win away at Alrewas B on a rare Tuesday night fixture in the newly sponsored PJM Fascias Premier Division. However they didn’t have it all their own way eventually winning 5-3.Only Mark Sherratt remains from the side that consistently played last year and he drew with Simon Tarrant of Alrewas. On form for the champions were Brett Bailey, who rolled in a lovely 45 on the way to defeating Loz Kennerson,and Mark Satchwell who had efforts of 40 and 36 in dispatching Steve Lane. Fran McInulty, making a welcome return to league snooker, showed a few signs of ring rustiness for Belmont as he was beaten by Steve Butterworth.

South Derbyshire Snooker Centre A started the season in excellent style with a 7-1 win over newly promoted Alrewas C. The scoreline doesn’t tell the full story with Pete Maguire taking a final black to win the first against Ian Hiley who showed his class to take the second. Ben Davies took both frames on the final black against Carl Poulton. Henry Tomas also took both against Micky Morris who should have had both but somehow let them get away – one after an in off on the final pink. Adam Harrison completed the rout taking both off Dave Trueman.

The side formerly known as Swad Cons A has relocated and become Burton Cons C and started their campaign with a hard fought 4-4 draw at Alrewas A. Top break on the night was made by Andy Grainger with a nice 45 but this only won him a half against a battling Tom Smith. Home team captain Karl Hancox won his customary two against Simon Mansfield including a well made 35. John Richardson knocked in a good 30 in his draw against Lee Wood, whilst Mark Hadley, for the visitors scored a double over Lee Louch to leave neither side with the extra winners’ point.

Burton Cons A started their season with a comfortable 6-2 victory over Tutbury B. Mick Simpkins, Jon Fletcher and Graham Stevens were all on
target respectively versus Dave Budworth, Alan Davies and Bill Stewart. Wayne Pereira played solidly to take both for the visitors against Owen Jones, who has returned to the club after a year at Belmont A.

Another Tutbury versus Burton Cons match took place at The Tutbury Club where Cons B were made to work hard for their 6-2 victory against Tutbury A. Mike Buckland took both against John Brentnall-both tight affairs in which Buckland ran away when down on the colours. Steve Mabbutt won his first in an hour and a half long match against Simon Smith who had look in position to take it before running out of position. The second was even tighter and went down to the pink and black which Steve took to force a respot. Simon eventually snicked in a thin cut after a bout of safety to snatch the half. Jon Swift won his first against an out of sorts Dave Mabbutt, who had been practising well but struggled on the night. Swifty was well in  front in the second but Dave doggedly kept at it to eventually steal a half.

Troy Randle began his season in fine style against Chris Mabbutt winning the first comfortably. Chris built up a healthy lead in the second but with two reds on, Troy cleared with a lovely 37 to leave the scoreline at 6-2 to the visitors.

Ivanhoe A put down a marker that they intend to have a good crack at regaining their title won two years ago by thumping their stablemates Ivanhoe B 7-1. Steve Cockeram was the only B player to register which he did against Ian Rennocks who had a lovely 42 in the frame he won. Making a return to the A was James Hastie and he had a 33 on the way to defeating George Cawkwell. Also in the winners enclosure were Dan Blunn and Ant Moore who saw off Gaz Dolman and Daz Wilson respectively.

Stapenhill B were one of two 7-1 winners on the opening day in the Newton Fallowell Division One. Greg Britton, Rob Kent and Simon Piechowicz were the men to the damage against Belmont C, who had been promoted from fifth spot the previous year in Div Two. Brian Cutting was the only Serviceman to score with a hard fought half versus John Sherriff.

Newhall A were the other side to start in rampant fashion and they clearly didn’t take too kindly to being relegated from the top flight last year. They strolled past newly promoted Spot On B 7-1 with wins for Nick Walker, Martin Hurdman and Martin Hicks. Top break of the evening was a lovely 33 by Callum Coleman but this only won him a share of the spoils with Luke Allsopp for the Spots.

Rolleston A scored an excellent 5-3 victory away at Burton Cons D. Tom Bassett showed he will be a danger man this term as he had three efforts over 21 with a top break of 46 in his match versus Bill Davidson. James Wilkinson also scored a double for The Rollers, whilst on target for the Cons was Greg Read who beat James Rowland. The battle of the captains was halved with Ian Shrive, for the Cons and Rich O’Dell both scoring a frame each.

Two sides that were both promoted at the end of last season, SDSC C and Tutbury C, played out perhaps unsurprisingly a 4-4 draw. It was the first match of the season where not only was the overall score a draw but so were all the individual battles. Nick Harcombe and Ian Day, Jezz White and Dave Brady, Ray Stretton and Jeff Siddalls and finally Ray Bancroft and Colin Bell were not to be separated.

The side that last year were Spot On B now turn out as Woodville A and they started with a 5-3 away win at Stapenhill A. Tony Clements was the man to make the difference on the night as he defeated Chris Meyrick. The other three matches were halved- Chris Sheldrake with Trevor Heath, Andy Gretton with John Hardy and Steve Brimely with Steve Gaunt, with a top contribution of 32 from Steve Brimely of the Institute.

Making a good start to this season’s campaign were SDSC B who went to Ivanhoe C and came away 6-2 victors. There were wins for Steve Ayre and Matt Keay whilst Chris Dewey halved with the home side’s Nick Sewell and Andy Goldingay drew with Josh Wright.

The Nicholas Humphreys Division Two season started with the season’s first whitewash – an 8-0 victory for the new Swad Cons A over newly formed Rolleston D. Gaz Ward, Andy Boam, Bob Birch and Jon Petcher all
had far too much in the tank for the Cons against the Rollers, who’ll want the season to start all over again this week.

A far tighter match took place in Ashby where Ivanhoe E, another new side drew four across with SDSC E., again new to the league. Both sides had one winner – Ross Tredger for Ivanhoe and Nathan Callton for the Snooker Centre, whilst there were draws in the games between Nathan Blood and Sam Peacock and then Jacob Moore and Wallace Webb.

Rolleston C didn’t really fare much better than the D going down 7-1 at home to Spot On C. Adam Edwards, Jared Cronje and Adam Bridges were the men to wreak havoc with only Neil Cheadle able to stem the tide by gaining a half with Jason Spiby.

David Wain was on form to score the only double of the night for SDSC D in their 5-3 victory over Ivanhoe D. Game of the evening was between Andy Bloor and Craig Siviter who both score high twenty contributions in their halved affair. There were two other draws between Andy Rice and Brain Lowrie and also Garton Bloor and Dean Marriott.

The Snookerettes have moved to Stapenhill D and started the season with a fine draw against Belmont D. Marie Bridges and Yvonne Lawrence were both in great form to score victories, especially Vonny having two 20 plus efforts. Andy Biggadike and Brett Craddock, in reply, were on the scoresheet for The Servicemen.

Another draw was played out at Woodville, where the B team drew with Stapenhill C. Jim Marcer and Paul Stewart shared theirs as did Terry Eyley and Neil Bourne. Tim Knopik was on form to score a double for the Institute whilst a reply was on hand from Denis Moore of Woodville who did likewise.

2018-19: Week 22

By Mick Buckland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2018-19: Week 15

By Mick Buckland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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