By Mick Buckland
There was a change at the top of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division as previous leaders Burton Cons A were beaten 5-3 at home by Belmont A. John Chambers got the visitors off to the perfect start and he included a 43 in his victory over Jon Fletcher. Mick Simpkins responded for The Cons as he beat Rob Chambers who didn’t have the best of run-Mick fluked a green to win a frame going on to make a decisive 30 clearance. Jon Swift, for the Cons, kept Owen Jones at bay to win the first but was pegged back by Jones in the second, who had a 39 to leave the match finely balanced at 3-3.
In a close match to finish, Mark Sherratt was always in control against Mike Buckland producing a cross double to win the first and included runs of 35 and 31 which Buckland was just short of being able to recover from as Sherratt made the most of the chances left him. Andy Marriott continued his fine form, rolling in a lovely 59 for Ivanhoe A in his match versus Wayne Pereira as the Ashby side took advantage to now lead the division after going to Tutbury B and coming away 6-2 victors. Dan Blunn and Ant Moore were also able to win both against Bill Stewart and Alan Davies respectively. Jan Pawlazycyk kept the scoreline respectable with a good win over Ian Rennocks. This leaves Ivanhoe 4 points clear of Burton Cons A before the two sides meet this week.
Burton Cons B are still well up there as they went to Belmont B coming away winners 5-3. Match of the evening was Josh Gebbie versus John Shilton with both players potting well- Josh with a 41 and John with a 51 as they shared their two frames. There were also draws in the games between Graham Bailey and Darren Coady as well was Zaheer Hussein and Simon Smith. Making the difference on the night was Troy Randle as he beat Mark Satchwell for a 2-0 win and an overall 5-3 scoreline to the visitors.
Alrewas A , who are having an excellent season after the previous one’s disappointment, were held to a 4-4 draw at home by Swad Cons A. Karl Hancox was man of the match as he included runs of 56 and 32 as he beat Andy Grainger. Simon Mansfield produced an assured performance to beat an out of sorts John Richardson for 2-2 at half time. Simon Orpwood had a 30 as he beat the home side’s Lee lOuch whilst Tom Smith had a 31 in reply as he beat Ant Rushton for the overall draw.
There was another draw as Newhall A and SDSC A shared the spoils pulling both sides slightly away from the bottom of the division.Winning for Newhall was Nick Walker who had a lovely 41 as he got past Adam Harrison and also Martin Hicks who beat Pete Maguire. In return for the Snooker Centre harry Farrell continued his break building prowess knocking in efforts of 40 and 32 to beat Callum Coleman and Henry Tomas beat Carl Glover.
The match between Tutbury ‘s A and C teams was postponed.
On of the performances of the week came in the PJM Fascias Division One with Tom Bassett of Rolleston A cracking in runs of 48 and 52. against Stapenhill A’s Greg Britton. Britton though hung in there are managed to eek out a draw when a Rolleston win seemed inevitable. John Sherriff for the Institute was also in fine form as he beat the in form Mark Press to put the home side in front. There was good play in both other matches from all players with both ending drawn-Rob Kent with Bobby Cliff and Simon Piechowicz with Rich O’Dell.
SDSC B have put themselves within touching distance of a possible immediate return to the Premier after a comfortable 6-2 home win over their own club’s C team. Only Andy Bloor was able to stem the flow for the C as he beat Keith Tomlinson. Elsewhere there were wins for the B’s Chris Dewey, Steve Ayre and Andy Goldingay, with Goldingay only losing 4 of the 20 frames he’s played so far.
Burton Cons C had a good 5-3 away win at Spot On B, who had won their previous two. Greg Read and Simon Shilton were in good form to score doubles over trevor Heath and Dave Mawhinney. Steve Gaunt for the home side had a nice 30 but Steve Castledine hung on for the draw and the overall win for the Cons. Tony Clements , for the Spots, had a win over Ian Shrive to bring the score closer.
At the top, Ivanhoe C lost for the first time this season as they went down 5-3 at home to Alrewas B who are now right in contention in the promotion race. Mick Morris was the star man as he had a 27 on the way to the only individual win of the night in his game against Gaz Dolman. Steve Cockeram top scored on the night with a 31 against Carl Poulton who did well to hang on for the draw. Graham Measure , for Ashby, drew with Adam Walton and there was another half in the heavyweight contest between the home sides Mick Kirk and Alrewas’ Ian Hiley.
Alrewas C claimed an 8-0 victory against Ivanhoe D, who got their dates wrong.
Rolleston B had a good 5-3 win against a makeshift Stapenhill A side without some regulars. Rob Sanders and Lionel Lewis took advantage to both score doubles for The Rollers whilst Kev Norris and Andy Gretton shared theirs. Chris Sheldrake kept the scoreline respectable for The Institute with a win over the home side’s Rob Tubey.
Things are all very tight at the top of the Newton Fallowell Division Two with the promotion places looking likely to go to 3 of 4 sides. SDSC D look like they might be one of them as long as top of the averages Nick Harcombe keeps winning. He scored his customary two last week including a 27 along the way beating Rolleston C’s Aaron Doyle. It was the turn of Bob McInulty to provide lead support with another double and the extra winning point was provided by Ray Stretton in his draw with Steve Atkin. Mark Storr won for the Rollers as SDSC D came away 5-3 winners.
Despite the whitewash scoreline between Woodville A and Spot On D, the match was much closer more like a 6-2 or 5-3. There was a scrappy match between Billy Bob Brooks and Gilda Horvath with neither player able to string many pots together leaving Billy a fairly comfortable winner in the end. Daz “The Potter” Scott was in excellent form against Marie Bridges in their first frame with Marie conceding on the colours. Marie had no running in the balls though -this allowing Daz to take the second on the blue, after an evenly contested second frame. Kate Stirling played really well including a good 24 as she forged her way into a 33 point lead on the colours against Tony “The Snail” Coleman- she was still 21 up on the pink only for Tony to get the required snookers and the victory. The second was also close with Tony needing top pot blue and pink to win. Pat “The Model” Ryan won two close frames against Yvonne “The Launcher” Lawrence-the forst on the black after both players had a few goes at it and the second on the pink with both players on good form.
Spot On E maintained their push for promotion with a narrow 5-3 home win over Tutbury D who are just above them in the table. Luke Allsopp and Dave Goldsmith were the men to the damage for The Spots with another frame coming from James Bailey as he drew with The Tutters’ Paul Atterbury. Ian day was on form for the visitors notching a win over The Spots’ Marvin Walker.
The Swad Cons derby between the club’s B and C sides went the way of the C who went “away” and won 5-3. Colin Cope was the man to make the difference as he scored the only win of the night over Jon Petcher. the other three ties were all halved – Gaz Ward with Kyle Cope, Andy Boam with Jordan Watts and Bob Birch with Paul Bradford.This leaves the C top of the pile and the B mid-table.
Woodville B scored a good 5-3 away win at Burton Cons D. Things looked to be going well for the home side with Al Munnien beating “gentleman” Jim Marcer and the draw for “Wily” Jim Jennings with Wayne Allen. But in the second half there were wins for both Denis Moore and Mark Gallagher over Greg hall and Tom Egginton leaving the away side victors.