2018-19: Week 5

By Mick Buckland

The big winners last week in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division were defending champions Ivanhoe A who dispatched SDSC A by a 7-1 scoreline. Ian Rennocks played Rich Hinks with Rich potting well to begin with and looking like taking the frame until Ian dug deep and stole it on the last four colours. Ian then ran away with the second comfortably. Andy Marriott rolled in efforts of 43 and 35 to take his first against Henry Tomas. The second frame was level going into the colours with both players missing chances before Andy knocked in some great pots to make the score 4-0 at half time. Dan Blunn played Harry Farrell in a high quality encounter. Dan knocked in some good balls in the first before Harry rolled in a 51 to take control. This spurred Dan on though to take the frame with a 35 clearance. The second frame started in a similar way but this time Harry reached 67 before breaking down, which was enough to take the frame for an honourable half . Ant Moore played Pete Maguire with both players struggling for form-Ant took the first on the black and the second down on the colours in a game and overall match that was a lot closer than the score suggests.

Still on top after 5 straight wins are Burton Cons A who beat Belmont B 5-3. Mike Buckland drew personally for the fifth straight match as he won the first against Graham Bailey but lost the second on the pink after missing a brown he should have potted. Graham knocked in some nice balls and was deserving of the draw after struggling at the start. On the other table Mark Satchwell knocked in a nice 34 as he won his first against Jon Swift, returning from a hip operation. The second was a protracted affair with both players missing chances down on the colours until Jon cracked in a good pink. Zaheer Hussein played some lovely pots as he took one off the home side’s Jon Fletcher , whose best effort was a thirty. The match then went down to the last game between The Cons’ Graham Stevens and Belmont’s Michael Lomas. In the end the Graham had too much experience and came away winning both for the overall winning point for The Cons as the clock rolled past 10 o’clock.

The Tutbury derby went the way of the C team as they eat the B 5-3. Wayne Pereira was the main man for the B as he beat The C’s Steve Burrows with the aid of a 35. At halfway though it was 2-2 as Tom Lucas beat Bill Stewart. In the second half Steve Butler had too much for Jan Pawlazyck whilst the winning point was secured by Wayne Smith who drew with Alan Davies.
Spot On A and Swad Cons A were not to be separated as they drew 4 across at the old Rileys. Paul Slater showed some lovely control for The Cons as he knocked in a 30 on the way to beating Andy Speirs. Mark Stirling did similar for the Spots and included a 31 as he beat Simon Orpwood. Ade Harper played well to take a frame of one of the league’s form men in Andy Grainger, whilst Nige Tomlinson and Simon Mansfield also played out a half.

Belmont A and Tutbury A also drew as The Tutters’ Steve Mabbutt played nicely to get past Mark Sherratt . Owen Jones was on form for The Servicemen as he beat John Brentnall comfortably. The other two fixtures were halved as Rich Goldby drew with Dave Mabbutt and Brett Bailey shared with Chris Mabbutt.

Alrewas A showed they will be a side to be reckoned with this year as they scored a nice 5-3 win away at Newhall. Callum Coleman, Martin Hurdman and Nick Walker all halved for the home side with John Richardson, Lee Louch and Tom Smith respectively. Karl Hancox was the man to make the difference as he knocked in a 30 on the way to beating Newhall’s Martin Hicks.

In the PJM Facias Division One, a closely fought match was played out at the Alrewas Royal British Legion by their B team and Rolleston A. The match didn’t get off to a very fluent start with a 90 minute gruel-athon between legionnaire Dave Trueman and Bobby Cliff. The match ended all square, Trueman with the first on the black and Cliff the second with a brown to pink clearance. Carl Poulton was lucky to get away with a draw against Tom “Tony” Bassett. Poulton potted a stunning long final black to snatch the first and Bassett had a fabulous 40 in the second to make it all square. Ian Hiley went down to Mark Press in the match of the day but it wasn’t straightforward. In fact Press’s fluke in the first on the green gave him the opening to seal it and then in the second another crucial fluke on the yellow late on got him over the line there too. That left Adam Walton to seal the draw for Alrewas dispatching an under par Rich O’Dell comfortably and delivering his first win of the season.

The Ivanhoe derby went the way of the C team over the D by 6 games to two. Steve Cockeram was the star man for the C as he knocked in a lovely 34 on the way to defeating Nathan Blood. Graham Measures and Mick Kirk also scored doubles whilst Tony Tredger held the D team’s heads up by winning two frames against Daz Wilson.

Burton Cons C had a narrow 5-3 win over SDSC C. At halfway, it was all square after draws in the matches between Simon Shilton and Brain Bloor and then Greg Read with Andy Bloor. In the second half the man to make the difference was Cons’ captain Ian Shrive as he beat Garton Bloor in a good potting contest, as Vince Draper’s match with The Snooker Centre’s David Wain was also halved.

There was a thumping 7-1 win for the men of Spot On B against Ashby Ivanhoe B. Stu Tagg was the only Ashby man to show any resistance as he squeezed a draw out of Dave Mahwinney. Trevor Heath, Steve Gaunt and Tony Clements all showed their experience to score doubles each for The Spots.

Rolleston B won for the first time since opening day with a 5-3 triumph over Stapenhill B. It ws the turn of Lionel Lewis to make the difference as he secured a victory over Rob Kent with the other three matches halved between The Rollers’ Rob Tubey, Kev Norris and Rob Sanders against The Institutes’ Grag Britton, Simon Piechovicz and John Sherriff.

Alrewas C are the team to beat at the moment as they won away at SDSC B by an impressive 7-1. Both of these sides were relegated last term but Alrewas, who formerly played out of Spot On showed they are the more likely to make a return to the Premier with a good display of potting. Andy Goldingay was the only man on the scoresheet for The Snooker Centre in his draw with Steve Butterworth, whilst there were wins for Loz Kennerson, Steve Lane and Lee Cooke

In the Newton Fallowell Division Two, it’s SDSC D who lead the way after five straight wins. In a tight match at home to Belmont D they won 5-3 with Ray Bancroft the star man as he beat Andy Biggadike with the other three matches drawn;Ray Streeon with Matty Groves, Bob McInulty with Charlie Groves and Roy Lunn with Ian Gibson.
Spot On E laid down a marker at the top end of the division with a good 6-2 win over Burton Cons D , who had started the season well. Luke Allsop was man of the match as he knocked in a nice 31 on the way to defeating Tom Egginton and there were also wins for James Bailey and Dave Goldsmith. Greg Read was the only man to hold his head up for the Cons after beating Marvin Walker.

Gaz Ward knocked in a lovely 42 in his game against Billy Bob Brooks Thornton as his Swad Cons B team rolled their way to a 6-2 success over Woodville A. Andy Boam was also in winning form for the Cons as he swept past Daz “The Magician” Scott. Pat Ryan and Tony Coleman were able to stem the tide for The Woodvillians by scoring draws with Bob Birch and Chris Stone.
Woodville B rolled over Stapenhill C 6-2. Colin Britton was the man to score The Institutes’ two whilst elsewhere there wins for Wayne Allen, Mark Gallagher and Denis Moore for Woodville.

The Snookerettes of Spot On D narrowly lost out to Rolleston C 5-3. Steve Atkin and Mark Storr were in winning form for The Rollers, whilst Colin Wood drew with Kate Stirling. Marie Bridges was in fine form for The Ladies as she beat Neil Cheadle.

Brad Williams produced the division’s high break of the week with a cracking 43 in his win for Swad Cons c over Tutbury D’s Paul Atterbury. Ian day responded for The Tutters with a win of his own against Jordan Watts. John Peto, the Tutbury captain, making a rare start, scored a well fought draw against The Cons’ talisman Jared Cronje and there was another half between Dave Brady for Tutbury against Colin Cope.

2018-19: Nicholas Humphreys Presidents Handicap Round 1

Both Burton Cons side in the Premier Division‘s Nicholas Humphreys Cup were involved in the dreaded doubles. Mark Sherratt produced the performance of the evening for Belmont A with a 30 odd first visit in their doubles decider against Cons A, partnering John Chambers. This was then followed by a 50 to seal the tie before Graham Stevens or Jon Fletcher could do anything at all about it. Earlier Stevens had beaten Sherratt whilst Chambers included a 40 and a 60 odd in his victory over Mike Buckland. Rich Goldby and Mick Simpkins shared theirs as did Fletcher with Belmont’s Owen Jones.

Burton Cons B though came out on the right side of the doubles in their closely fought encounter with Spot On A. Darren Coady and Try Randle won their singles and then combined to get past Mark Stirling and Tom Elliott who earlier beaten the Shiltons, John and Simon, who was floating.
Steve Butler was unlucky to come away on the losing side for Tutbury C as they went down 5-3 to Belmont B. Steve rolled in efforts of 31 and 61 as he beat Zaheer Hussein with something to spare. There were wins though in the second half for Mark Satchwell and Shaun Gebbie whilst the game between Josh Gebbie and Wayne Smith was halved.
Swad Cons A had a cracking win away at Alrewas A. Andy Grainger produced a great fightback to beat John Richardson in their first and rolled in some nice balls in the second to see out the win Simon Orpwood played some good stuff to beat Tom Smith. Lee Louch kept Alrewas in it with a good win over Ant Rushton potting consistently well. Karl Hancox played nicely to beat Simon Mansfield in their first before Simon knuckled down and proved to be the man of the match by taking the second. There were three efforts of 31 during the evening-Lee Louch, Andy Grainger and Karl Hancox.
The Tutbury B v Newhall match was re-arranged whilst there were byes for Ivanhoe A. SDSC A and Tutbury A.
In the Nicholas Humphreys Division One President’s Cup, Ivanhoe C had a cracking 6-2 win over Rolleston A. Steve Cockeram was man of the match including a lovely 41 in during his win over Mark Press. Daz Wilson was also in winning form as he beat Rich O’Dell. The matches between Gaz Dolman and Bobby Cliff and then Mick Kirk and Tom Bassett were halved.
Chris Dewey was in fine form for SDSC B as he made the difference in their match against Burton Cons C. Chris rolled in 36 and 30 to breeze past Bill Davidson-there was a draw between the two Steves, Ayre and Castledine. Andy Goldingay and Greg Read also shared their two as did John Davis and Ian Shrive.
Stu Tagg was the man to make the difference for Ivanhoe B as they went to SDSC C and came away 5-3 winners. He beat Garton Bloor with the other three matches all halved.
Stapenhill A are in the next round but only after needing the doubles decider to get past Rolleston B. Steve Ford for Stapenhill was a winner in the singles as was Kev Norris for The Rollers. The doubles was played out between The Institute’s Andy Gretton and Chris Sheldrake, and they just managed to beat Norris and partner Rob Sanders.
They are joined in the quarter finals by stablemates, Stapenhill B as they won 6-2 at Ivanhoe D. Simon Piechovicz had the evening’s highest contribution as he knocked in a nice 31 during his win over Tom Freeman. John Sherriff was also in good potting form for The Institute but he was held to a half by Keith Bell. Rob Kent was Stapenhill’s other winner whilst Greg Britton was held by Ross Tredger.
The Nicholas Humphreys President’s Cup for Division Two saw two matches go to the decider. Belmont D saw wins for Tom Holland and Andy Biggadike in their match against Rolleston C, with victories for Aaron Doyle and Neil Cheadle forcing the doubles. Graham Fisher joined up with Cheadle to see the Rollers into the next round defeating Biggadike and Holland.
Two sides relegated last season from Division One met at Tutbury where the club’s D team played SDSC D. In a tight match, Nick Harcombe top scored with a 31 in his two frame win for the Snooker Centre whilst Paul Atterbury was the star man for the home team. In the doubles, Ian Day combined with Atterbury for The Tutters to squeeze past Harcombe partnered by Chris Craddock.
There also two big 7-1 wins,achieved by B and C teams of Swad Cons-The B over Woodville B and the C over The Snookerettes of Spot On D.
Burton Cons D are the other team through to the quarter finals after beating Stapenhill C 5-3 at home. Jim Jennings and Greg Hall were on form for the Cons whilst Tim Knopik scored a double for The Institute. The game between Al Munnien and Barry Waller was halved. They will be joined in the next round by the sides given a bye-namely Spot On E, Belmont C and Woodville A.

2018-19: Week 3

By Mick Buckland

Defending champions Ivanhoe A were given a stiff test away a Belmont A in last week’s stand out fixture of the David Wain Insurance Premier Division. The match began with John Chambers up against Steve Cockeram-after Cockeram had some decent run, eventually Chambers took the first frame on the pink. In the second Chambers cracked in a lovely 39 to seal the frame with some ease. Ant Moore knocked in some nice balls and played some decent safety to snatch his first frame against Rob Chambers who  had a kick in the balls when on 32. Chambers recovered with some excellent safety of his own and took the second comfortably. In the second half Andy Marriott played some Rolls Royce snooker  making breaks of 30 and 51 against Owen Jones. In the second though Andy missed at some crucial points and Owen was grateful to clear the colours for a half. Mark Sherratt won the first against Ian Rennocks after building a lead Rennocks just couldn’t claw back. Ian then had a lovely 53 in the final frame of the evening to leave the score at 5-3 to Belmont who look certain to put in a strong challenge at the top this term.

At Burton Cons it was Derby week and the was the A team who made it three wins from three after a narrow 5-3 victory against the B. Graham Stevens was in imperious form as he beat Simon Smith with runs of  50 and 33 along the way. Graham hardly missed a ball whilst it was Simon’s first time with a cue in his hand since last season. A heavyweight clash took place on Table One with a draw being the outcome between Jon Fletcher of the A and John Shilton of the B- a fair result as both players knocked in some good balls whilst coming to terms with the very reactive new cloth. In the second half Mike Buckland took on Troy Randle, making his league debut after a number of seasons away. In a tight first frame, Buckland squeezed 30 odd in front after making the most of an opportunity in a game of few good chances. He then took it with a good brown before Randle inadvertently potted both blue and pink to make the snookers required impossible. In the second Randle showed himself to be the class act he is by rolling in a lovely 50 to keep the B side in the match. The final encounter was a scrappy affair between Simon Shilton, floating again for the A team , and Darren Coady for the B. Coady just about out-potted Shilton to take the first before Simon had a very nice 34 at the start of the second. Darren clawed his way back and after a lengthy battle down on the colours, forced the frame to a respot. Darren was unable to take the chances given to him by Simon and in the end he rattled one along the baulk cushion for it to nestle over the opposite corner, allowing Simon the simplest of cherries to pick which he duly did.
Tutbury B finally got their season started at the third time of asking and they began with a good 5-3 win over Swad Cons A, who had won their first two fixtures. Bill Stewart and Lee Wood shared their two frames in the first half whilst Andy Grainger continued his good form for The Cons with a comfortable win over Wayne Pereira. It all went Tutbury’s way though after the break with a win for Andy Thompson over Simon Orpwood which included a lovely 36 by Andy. On the other table. Jan Pawlaczyk had too much for Paul Slater to complete the comeback for the Tutters.
Newhall won another close encounter in their match against Belmont B. The match went exactly the same way as the Tutbury v Swad Cons one. There was a half between Callum Coleman and Josh Gebbie before Mark Satchwell put Belmont in control after defeating Martin Hurdman. This game turned on its head as well after the break with victories for Newhall’s Martin Hicks and Nick Walker over Michael Lomas and Arron Vaughan respectively. Nick proving to  be the man of the match as he rolled in efforts of 32 and 31 during his win.
The fifth match of the night also went 5-3 to the home side as all the others had been. Spot On A  just about beating Tutbury A in another very close game. In the first half there were wins for the home side’s Nige Tomlinson and Dave Mabbutt for the Tutters to leave it all square at halfway. The Spots’ Tom Elliott and Steve Mabbutt then shared their two in the second half, leaving to Steve West to secure victory and the bonus winning point by beating John Brentnall.
The final fixture of the week was rearranged to the Friday and went the way of Alrewas A away at Tutbury C by a 6-2 scoreline. Steve Butler of Tutbury secured a half with Karl Hancox after Karl knocked in a nice 31, whilst The Legionnaires’ Lee Louch scored a 30 along the way to beating an out of sorts Wayne Smith. It was a similar story in the second half as Steve Burrows drew with Thom Smith and then John Richardson , for Alrewas, put in a nice display to get past Tom Lucas.

In the PJM Fascias Division One , there was a good 5-3 win for Spot On B over Ivanhoe D. John Hardy and Tony Clements were the men in for for The Spots whilst Matt Tewkesbury replied in similar fashion for the Ashby side. Trevor Heath and Tony Tredger shared theirs to maintain the unbeaten start for The Spots whilst Ivanhoe have started with three straight defeats.
Ivanhoe B were undone 5-3 at home by Alrewas C. Steve Lane continued his good start to the season for Alrewas and he was joined as a winner by Simon Tarrant. The home side’s Bren Mattley scored a good draw with Loz Kennerson whilst Nick Sewell popped in a nice 28 as he beat Steve Butterworth in return for Ashby.
It was Derby day at Rolleston where the A side came away comfortable 6-2 victors against the B. Only Lionel Lewis offered any resistance for the B as he beat Rich O’Dell. Elsewhere there were wins for Mark Press, Tom Bassett and Joe Docksey, with Tom providing the evening’s high contribution of 28. Mark has won all six frames played so far.
Swad Snooker Centre’s B team and Stapenhill B played out a perhaps predictable draw as both sides remain unbeaten at the start of the season. There was nothing to separate John Davis and John Sherriff, and another draw was had between Chris Dewey and Bryan Sharratt. Coming away with victories on the night were the home side’s Andy Goldingay and Greg Britton for the Institute to leave neither side with the extra winning point.
Alrewas B had the week’s outstanding result with a thumping 7-1 scoreline against SDSC C. Micky Morris had runs of 35 and 25 as he brushed past Brian Bloor and Carl Poulton made it 5 frames from 6 for himself personally as he eased by Garton Bloor. Andy Rice was the only name of the Snooker centre’s scoresheet as he drew with Adam Walton. The evening’s top contest went the way of Ian Hiley over Andy Bloor.
Stapenhill A came out on top after a 5-3 home win against Burton Cons C. Steve Ford and Chris Sheldrake were the men doing the damage for The Institute , both scoring wins whilst Ian Shrive played well to make it 5 from 6 for himself with a win over Jason Spibey. The draw between Andy Gretton and the Cons’ new boy Vince Draper meant the the Insitute came away with the bonus point.
Ivanhoe C were left without a fixture after the folding of Spot On C- will all captains now note that this will be a rest week, home and away.

The only side with three wins from three in the Newton Fallowell Division Two is SDSC D. Last week they rolled to a comfortable 6-2 win over Swad Cons C. Kyle Cope’s knock of 28 was trumped by the home side’s talisman Nick Harcombe as he put down a 29 and went on to win 2-0. Joining him on the winner’s podium was Chris Craddock whilst the other two ties were halved between The Snooker Centre’s Ray Stretton and Andy Jeffries with Jordan Watts and Ben Menzies respectively.
The Spot On derby between the club’s newly formed E team and The Snookerettes of the D went the way of the E after three drawn games and a solitary victory on the night for the E team’s James Bailey over Gilda Horvath. There were deserved halves for Marie Bridges, Kate Stirling and Yvonne Lawrence in their matches against Luke Allsopp, Dave Goldsmith and Marvin Walker.
Tutbury D put down a marker for promotion as they smashed 7 past Stapenhill C away from home. Neil Bourne provided the home side’s only relief as he snatched a draw with Colin Bell. Ian Day knocked in a lovely 33 on the way to beating Colin Belcher and there were also wins for Jeff Siddalls and Dave Brady.
Burton Cons D scored an impressive 6-2 win over Woodville A. Al Munnien and Tom Egginton were both on form scoring doubles whilst there were draws in the matches between Greg Hall and Pat Ryan and then Jim Jennings and Tony Coleman.
The Woodville B side fared a little better as they won 5-3 away at Rolleston C. Mark Gallagher and Gary Green had their potting boots on as they eased to victories whilst Denis Moore got The Woodvillains over the line by securing a draw with Aaron Doyle. Steve Atkin was the Rollers’ only victor as he beat Wayne Allen.
The Belmont derby between the club’s C and D teams went the way of the D in an emphatic 6-2 fashion. Brian Cutting and Graeme Drayton were able to stem the tide with draws against Andy Biggadike and Charlie Groves. But the men doing the damage were Matt Groves and Tom Holland, both of whom have enjoyed a great start to the season.

2018-19: Week 2

By Mick Buckland

The David Wain Insurance Premier Division had some very tight matches last week which indicates how close the league might be this year. Belmont A opened up their campaign with a narrow 5-3 success away at Alrewas British Legion. Rob Chambers was the man to make the difference as he secured a win against Tom Smith with the other three matches halved-Karl Hancox, the Alrewas captain, shared two with Owen Jones, signed over the summer from Burton Cons. The home team’s John Richardson drew with John Chambers and Lee Louch drew with Mark Sherratt.

Burton Cons A won 5-3 away at The Tutbury Club in a match were all 8 frames could have gone either way. Simon Shilton, as a floater, was the main man for The Cons as he beat Steve Hathaway in two drawn out frames. Steve Mabbutt kept Graham Stevens at bay and produced a 30 as he won his frame in a 1-1 draw. Dave Mabbutt was unlucky to go in off in the middle from a tight angle against Mike Buckland, who duly cleared from the brown to snatch the frame. Dave played the better snooker in the second making Mike consistently play from underneath the baulk cushion and deserved the draw. Jon Fletcher stole a march in the first only to be pegged right back by Chris Mabbutt on the colours but he was unable to pot the all important black which Jon did from distance- the second Chris won for another deserved draw, The Cons leaving very happy to have come away with the win.
It was even tighter at Swad Snooker Centre as the A team drew 4-4 with Spot On A. There were wins for Henry Tomas for Swad and Tom Elliott for The Spots. Harry Farrell continued his break-building form with a nice 35 but this only won him one frame in his draw with Mark Stirling. Adam Harrison shared with Ade Harper in the other rubber for a fair draw.
Another draw was played out at Belmont where the B team were not to be separated from Tutbury C. Mark Satchwell beat Tom Lucas in the first half whilst Michael Lomas drew with Steve Burrow for a 3-1 half time lead for The Servicemen. In the second half Steve Butler had a thirty as he beat Shaun Gebbie whilst Josh Gebbie and The Tutters’ Wayne Smith drew with Josh having a 31 along the way.
Swad Cons A made it two wins from two as they scraped past Newhall A 5-3. Simon Orpwood and Callum Coleman drew in the first half as did Andy Grainger with Nick Walker-Andy having a nice 32.
After half time Paul Slater halved with Martin Hurdman, who made a good 25 contribution before Ant Rushton became the Cons’ star man as he beat Martin Hicks.
The fixture between Burton Cons B and Tutbury was re-arranged whilst it was the turn of Ivanhoe A to have their rest week


The PJM Fascias Division One has had both weeks of fixtures fulfilled without any cancellations-and there are only two sides with 2 from 2 wins. Ivanhoe C are riding high at the top after beating SDSC C 6-2 on their own patch. Gaz Dolman had too much for David Wain as did Mick Kirk for Garton Bloor, with Mick having the evening’s high break of 43. Brian Bloor and Daz Wilson shared their two as did Andrew Bloor and George Cawkwell.
SDSC B are the other side with a 2 from 2 record- perhaps unsurprisingly as they were relegated last term from the Premier. Andy Goldingay rolled in a nice 38 on the way to defeating Brian Lowrie of Ivanhoe D and Steve Ayre was also in fine potting form as be beat Dave Watson. Adam Briggs was able to steal one off Chris Dewey for the Ashby side as did Matt Tewkesbury off Keith Tomlinson.
Alrewas C had a terrific result in beating Stapenhill A 6-2. Again it was the recent Premier division experience that won over the day as Steve Lane and Simon Tarrant both scored doubles for The Legionnaires , who played out of Spot On last season. Lee Cooke for Alrewas and Chris Sheldrake shared their two whilst the match of the night was fought out between Loz Kennerson and Steve Ford. Steve had a cracking 32 but this was trumped by Loz with a 37 for the match to end up in a deserved draw.
Stapenhill B came out on top in a very tight affair with Ivanhoe B. Greg Britton and Bren Mattley halved their encounter at the start whilst Jason Pickering beat John Sherriff to put the Ashby side in control at halfway. The match turned after the break though with wins for Stapenhill’s Simon Piechowicz and Rob Kent over Stu Tagg and Adam Pickering respectively leaving the Institute winners on the night.
Rolleston B scored an impressive 5-3 away win at Spot On C. Rob Sanders was the man to make the difference as he completed a 2-0 win over Saj Mahmood. The other three ties were all halved-The Spots Jared Cronje with Lionel Lewis, Matt Keay with Rob Tubey and Tim Horvath with Mark Storr.
Spot On B drew for the second week on the bounce-this time with Rolleston A, another relegated side. Trevor Heath had the high break of the evening with a 32 as he beat Rich O’Dell. Mark Press for Rolleston returned the favour with runs of 29 and 25 in his win over Steve Gaunt. The Roller’s Bobby Cliff drew with John Hardy as did Tom Bassett with Tony Clements.
Burton Cons C ran out worthy winners against Alrewas B despite Ian Hiley’s excellent 54 against Simon Shilton in a well fought draw. Greg Read and Micky Morris played out two close frames but Greg got in on the final three colours and made Morris pay. Ian Shrive played excellently with some superb single ball potting to see off an under par Dave Trueman. Carl Poulton sealed two consolation frames against Bill Davidson but only after Davidson saw some bad run turn the frames Carl’s way.

One of the newly formed teams is leading the way at the top of The Newton Fallowell Division Two after the second consecutive 7-1 win for Swad Cons C, this time against Rolleston C. The Rollers’ Aaron Doyle had the evening’s best contribution of 27 but this was unable to win either frame against The Cons’ Brad Williams, who potted well himself. Jordan Watts brushed past Steve Atkin as did Kyle Cope past Graham Fisher. The Rollers only point came courtesy of Neil Cheadle as he drew with Colin Cope .
Also with two from two is SDSC D after a 5-3 success away at Tutbury D in a battle of two sides relegated last term. Nick Harcombe provided his customary victory for The Snooker Centre as he beat Colin Bell in what was otherwise a very tightly contested match. The three other fixtures were all halved. The home team’s Paul Atterbury with Ray Stretton, Jeff Siddalls with Bob McInulty and Ian Day with Ray Bancroft.
Woodville B had a good 5-3 win over Belmont C. There were wins for Gary Green and Denis Moore, with Terry Bosworth returning the favour for The Servicemen over Terry Eyley. Making the difference on the night though was Mark Gallagher who scored a very creditable half with Arron Vaughan, who no doubt will be playing some Premier Division snooker this season.
The A team from Woodville were held to a 4-4 draw at home by another new side in Stapenhill C. Pat Ryan was on form for the  Woodvillians whilst Tim Knopik scored a double for The Institute. Tony Coleman and Neil Bourne were not to be separated and Bob Brooks also halved with Paul Stewart.
Spot On E scored their first win of the season, having been newly formed at the start of the year, after going away to Belmont D and coming away 5-3 victors. It was all square at halfway after victories for the home side’s Matt Groves and The Spots’ Decca Wagstaff. The match between Andy Biggadike and Dave Goldsmith was halved so it was down to Luke Allsopp to score a double plus the extra bnus point by beating Ian Gibson.
The match between Swad Cons B and Spot On D was cancelled at very short notice- can we all be aware that there should be 48 hours notice given if for any reason a fixture cannot be fulfilled. It may be your opposition have made special arrangements themselves for the night but it is worse still for the clubs, who are all struggling after all, once they have organised food and staff accordingly to also lose out on the revenue.
Finally out of the 34 matches played so far, I have received just two match reports …so if you want your name up in lights, you need to put something on the back of the cards-hasn’t got to be much….flukes, great pots, good safety…anything will do to help the writing of the stuff that goes on the website and in the paper without it being a total fabrication.

2018-19: Week 1

By Mick Buckland

In the first round of matches in the David Wain Insurance Premier Division, defending champions Ivanhoe A resumed where they left off with a thumping 7-1 win away at Spot On A. Andy Marriott, Ant Moore and Daniel Blunn all scored victories with Daniel having the evening’s highest contribution of 36. Ade Harper knocked in a nice 32 but was unable to win either of his against Ant. Mark Stirling saved the home side’s blushes by taking a frame off Ian Rennocks, who himself had a run of 31.

Runners up last year, Burton Cons A also started with a win after it finished 5-3 against a spirited SDSC A side. Graham Stevens was in imperious form as he rolled the whole league’s high break for the week with a lovely 75 against Henry Tomas, who was unable to get into the match at all. The Cons were soon 4-0 up as Jon Fletcher beat Ben Davies with the help of a nice 34. Harry Farrell got The Snooker Centre back in the match with an assured display against Jon Swift, knocking a cracking 60 in as he did so- Jon really didn’t do much wrong but Harry took his chances. Mike Buckland and Adam Harrison played out the first frame with 10 reds ending up in one quarter of the table along with 5 of the 6 colours. Eventually Buckland had a half chance and ran in a nice 36 from it which effectively won the frame. The second was also a tight affair with Harrison getting his nose in front near the end. Buckland then knocked in a good blue and then cross doubled the pink but turned down the black in favour of a safety. Harrison took up the challenge of a difficult black and in it went for a 5-3 scoreline.

Newly promoted Belmont B were up against Alrewas A and it was The Legionnaires who came away with the spoils after a a good 5-3 win. Mark Satchwell had transferred from Woodville A but he went down to John Richardson. Michael Lomas, making a return to league snooker, squared the match up and included a 35 in his win over Tom Smith. Lee Louch put Alrewas in control after beating Shaun Gebbie before Josh Gebbie and Karl Hancox played out a draw with Josh having a nice 38 along the way, to leave Alrewas the victors.

The first match of the season was played at Tutbury Club on Tuesday, which will be a regular feature this year. Swad Cons A came away with the victory 6-2 . Steve Butler lost his first frame on a respot to Ant Rushton, signed over the summer from Rolleston, who then went on to fluke the black in the second to give the Cons a flying start. Wayne Smith was in excellent long potting form in particular to get past Paul Slater 2-0 to level the match. Jon Sully was no match for Simon Orpwood who was knocking in everything without looking like he was ever going to miss. Steve Burrows got himself in front against Andy Grainger before it came down to another black ball which Andy duly potted. He then knocked in a 32 in the second with an assured display to leave Swad Cons 6-2 winners.

Two of the Ivanhoe sides also made cracking starts in the PJM Fascias Division One. The B side thumped the D team 7-1 with wins for Greg Gallup, Bren Mattley and Matt Grey with a draw played out between Stu Tagg and Nathan Blood who registered the D team’s only point. And the C team dealt a similar score to Burton Cons C who had been reprieved from relegation last term after a reshuffling of the divisions. Gaz Dolman, Steve Cockeram and Mick Kirk were the men doing the damage whilst Graham Measures and The Cons’ captain Ian Shrive fought out a half.

Alrewas B were beaten 6-2 at home by Stapenhill A. Adam Walton and Carl Poulton both grabbed a frame each in their respective draws against Jason Spiby and Chris Sheldrake. Mick O’Mahoney and Andy Gretton both scored victories to ensure a winning start for The Institute.
Two of the promoted sides met at Rolleston with the club’s B team hosting SDSC C. It was the away team who put in a fine performance as they came away 5-3 winners. At half time it was 2 across as Brian Bloor and Kev Norris both secured wins. David Wain then beat Lionel Lewis whilst Andy Bloor and Rob Tubey shared their two frames.

SDSC B returned to winning ways as they beat fellow relegated side Rolleston A 5-3. Chris Dewey was the star man as he rolled in 29 and also 33 in his win over Bobby Cliff. John Davis was also on the scoresheet with a win over Rich O’Dell. Mark Press chipped in two for The Rollers but the draw between Steve Ayre and Tom Bassett meant a winning start for The Snooker Centre.

A derby took place at Spot On where the highly experienced B team drew 4 all with the younger C team. Trevor Heath and Matt Keay shared theirs as did Steve Gaunt and Jared Cronje. Mitch Hughes won for the C with John Hardy doing similar for the B and an overall half.

A high quality match was played out to a draw between newly promoted Stapenhill B and Alrewas C who had moved from Spot On. it was all square at halfway with draws between Greg Britton and Loz Kennerson-Loz having a nice 31- and then Bryan Sharratt and Steve Lane with Steve knocking in a good 32. Steve Butterworth had the best effort of the night as he rolled in a 38 on the way to beating Rob Kent, whilst John Sheriff beat Lee Cooke to even things up.

New side Spot On E provided the highlight of the week in the Newton Fallowell Division Two as James Bailey cracked in a lovely 37 in his win over Woodville B’s Gary Green. Denis Moore though provided parity as he beat Marvin Walker. Elsewhere Dave Goldsmith and Mark Gallagher shared as did Luke Allsop and Wayne Allen for an overall draw.
In a lively atmosphere at Burton Cons, the club’s D team beat The Snookerettes of Spot On D 6-2. Tom Egginton and Greg Hall were the men to the damage for the boys whilst Gilda Horvath and Marie Bridges both earned a point each for the ladies as they shared their games with Nathan Brooks and Al Munnien.
One of the league’s boing boing sides look like they be at it again as Tutbury D, newly relegated , returned to winning ways with a 5-3 win over Rolleston C. Ian Day was in fine potting form as he knocked in two twenty plus contributions in his win over Steve Atkin with Colin Bell also adding two frames for The Tutters. Aaron Doyle returned the twenty plus efforts favour for Rolleston in a win of his own over Paul Atterbury whilst Mark Storr and Jeff Siddalls played out a half.
SDSC D did just about enough to scrape past Stapenhill C -a newly formed team-by a 5-3 scoreline. Nick Harcombe and Ray Bancroft both scored doubles for the Snooker Centre whilst Tim Knopik used his experience to provide some solace for The Institute. Bob McInulty and Neil Bourne halved their match to see the Snooker Centre through.
Swad Cons B drew four across with Belmont D. Winners on the night were Gaz Ward and Chris Stone for the Cons and Matt Groves and Tom Holland for The Servicemen

2017-18: Season round-up from Presentation evening

By Mick Buckland

Friday night saw the league’s annual presentation night held at Belmont Services Club, Swadlincote. An enjoyable evening was had by a good turnout, with a tasty buffet and entertainment from the very talented Chrome Dome, who played covers from across the decades.

The league’s Division Two was sponsored by Simon Shilton of Newton Fallowell Estate Agents and during the season there were many topsy turvy results. Belmont D struggled all season but they turned out each week with a smile on their faces, despite probably expecting to lose- they’ll improve next season for sure. The Snookerettes of Spot On D played well in parts but could hardly ever gel on the same evening-they got close many times but just managed the one win with 5 draws and seven 5-3 defeats…… At the top end of the division, 6 sides scored over 100 points. Woodville B had another good year without being able to really challenge for promotion and the same could be said for Rolleston B. There were 4 sides near the top all year, with Ivanhoe D just falling away in the last few weeks. By virtue of drawing two and losing one of their last 3 matches the side that came third in the end was SDSC D but it’s a promotion back to Division One for them. The top two swapped places a few times during the course of the season and if were a football style league the second side would have won it….but runners up with an immediate return to Division One were Stapenhill B.There were clear favourites to win this division at the start…they faltered mid season, but in the end had too much for the rest so the winners, using 11 players during the course of the season are Spot On E. There were 32 breaks over 30 but there were only 2 over 50 …David Wain had a tremendous 52 but the winner of the high break prize with 53 was his team mate, Andy Bloor. In the Averages tables, showing the competitive nature of the division this year…there were only 4 players over 70% so notable mentions should go to Andy Bloor(who was shy of the number of frames required to play in the Ken Shipton this time), Gaz Ward, Ben Menzies, Bryan Sharratt, Matt Keay and Bob Birch. In second place only because he didn’t play the number of frames the winner did it was Andy Tomlinson. The winner losing only 8 of 48 frames with an average of 83.33% was Jared Cronje.

Division One was sponsored by Pete Maguire of PJM Fascias and many thanks to him for this. As ever the middle division was a keenly contested affair. At the start Spot On C were close to the top as they got a off to A flier…they however drifted away after Christmas. At the bottom SDSC C’s talisman of Nick Harcombe was unable to keep his side in the division single handed and they were the first side to be relegated. The promotion battle was between 6 sides although Stapenhill A were always just a little too far away. Ivanhoe B were up there for a while but the injury to Jason Pickering did not help their cause. As it was the final promotion and relegation positions were only decided on the Tuesday after the regular season finished due to the untimely funeral of former player Ray Plummer. The last fixture of the season saw Woodville A beat Newhall A to secure promotion leaving Belmont B needing a victory against Burton Cons C to pip Newhall to the third spot. This they duly did 7-1 and in the process relegated Cons C. Tutbury D had in the mean time fallen away to be demoted leaving the most unlikely of escapes from Alrewas B, who were dead and buried to win their last 3 fixtures and survive. So promoted were Belmont B, having lost only one all year, but the runners up were Woodville A. The winners, having risen to the top before Christmas and going 15 unbeaten towards the end of the season…and incredibly keeping the same four players in every fixture…Tutbury C…Wayne Smith, Steve Burrows, Steve Butler and Tom Lucas.

In this division, there were 91 breaks over 30 (last season, it was 65) of which 7 were over 50. Having scored two of these himself the winner with a 57 was Adam McInulty.

In the Averages table there were 9 players with an average over 70% so mentions go to Martin Hicks, Mark Satchwell, Jason Pickering, Steve Ford, Nick Harcombe, Steve Butler, Adam McInulty and Mick Kirk. But the winner, having won the Division Two averages last year and losing just 4 frames all year was Wayne Brewin.

Many thanks first of all to David Wain for his continued sponsorship of the Premier league. The division soon formed itself into two mini leagues, with Belmont A, the two Burton Cons sides and Ivanhoe A breaking away from the rest. At the bottom. Swad Cons A struggled and it was looking odds on they would be relegated with a month left-any one of nine sides could have gone down with only 23 points separating them at the finish. Towards the end there was some consistency shown by Tutbury A and Swad Snooker Centre B in particular. Despite losing their last 4, Alrewas A survived as did Tutbury B. Spot On A won 3 of their last 5 to retain their status and miraculously, Swad Cons survived after scoring at least 3 points in their defeats leaving SDSC A, Rolleston A and Spot On B to go down. At the top, the four teams beat each other but Belmont A were the first to slip away after not winning heavily enough. Burton Cons A and B fought for the runners up spot between them after both not being ruthless enough during the season-indeed they drew both derby games. In the end it was Cons A who held on to be runners up. The winners, having been runners up for the past four seasons and by virtue of some heavy victories inflicted during the season were Ivanhoe A.

There were 256 breaks of over 30, which is about 10 a week…45 of these were over 50….7 players got over 70…Harry Farrell had two 78s, John Chambers an 87 but with two of the top 3, 34 breaks of 30 plus and a best effort of 119, when he missed position on the brown for a 141, the prize went to Andy Marriott.

In the averages 9 players scored over 70% , having played 30 or more….6 got 75% plus, including John and Rob Chambers, Andy Grainge,Matt Milnes and Mike Buckland…but the winner, losing just 6 out of 44 was Andy Marriott.

The Divisional Final for Division 2 in the Nicholas Humphreys Estate Agents sponsored President’s Cup saw Spot On E just pip Rolleston B on the dreaded doubles. Division One was represented in the overall final by Spot On C after their narrow win over Woodville A also on the doubles. And The Premier League had seen Ivanhoe A get past a spirited performance from Belmont A 5-2. The final is a handicapped affair – the runners up were Spot On E and Spot On C with the match going right down the final game…and make it a league and cup double, the winners were Ivanhoe A.

There was an improved entry of 9 players into the Billiards Singles this year…John Sully and Steve Ford made it to the semi finals but the final was a battle of the Smiths. The runner up was Wayne Smith and the winner Tom Smith.

The Jack Dyche is a singles competition for the over 50s and this year was supported by 23 players. David Wain and Henry Tomas had good runs to the semi final. The final was contested by Martin Hicks and Jan Pawlaczyk….with Jan eventually runner up, and the winner from Newhall for the second year running was Martin Hicks.

The Geoff, Sheila and Graham Hinsley Handicap Doubles had an entry of 20 pairs. There were strong runs to the semi finals for Tony Coleman and Alan Orpwood as well as Mick Kirk and Ant Moore. The final was due to be played between Steve Cockeram and Jerry Cook against Rob and John Chambers ,before Jerry sadly passed away. In a fitting gesture of sportsmanship, Rob and John conceded the final so they were runners up….Karen from Ivanhoe and Roy Hickman from the club picked up the trophy on behalf of the winners Steve Cockeram and Jerry Cook,receiving a standing ovation.

The Handicapped singles named in the memory of Jason Hyde had 41 entries. Zaheer Hussein beat Arron Vaughan 2-1 in one semi-final whilst Andrew Thompson beat Karl Hancox in the other. In a final that was played off scratch. The runner up was Zaheer,and the winner Andrew Thompson.

The Scratch doubles known as The Arthur Edwards was sponsored by Ivanhoe Social Club and produced some surprise results throughout. Wayne Smith and Tom Lucas had a good run to the semis as did Mick Kirk and Ant Moore runners up in the end were Mark Press and Bobby Cliff. The winners 3-1 on the night and retaining their crown were Adam McInulty and Wayne Brewin.

Premier Blinds

Premier Blinds

The Premier Blinds Orme Shield kicked off in January with all 38 teams in the hat. The losers in the first round all went into the Plate.Having a great run to the semi final was Tutbury B but also The Snookerettes who lost out to Burton Cons A in the semi- particular mention to Marie Bridges, who took a frame against one of the Cons A boys. Winner of the other semi-final was Swad Cons A.

The final was played alongside the Shield final at Ivanhoe a couple of weeks ago and what a cracking night it was all round with two matches worthy of any finals. In the end despite Andy Grainger knocking in a 71 and Graham Stevens and Darren Coady getting past 50 along the way, it was Swad Cons who were runners up and Burton Cons A the winners.

8 good sides made it through to the quarters of the Shield itself with the semis contested by the A sides Newhall, Ivanhoe, Rolleston and Belmont. The final could not have been tighter with Mark Sherratt having a 56 but on this occasion it was Ivanhoe who were runners up. And after a great all round performance in a tremendous atmosphere, the highlight being the clearance worthy of being at the Crucible by John Chambers was Belmont A.

A couple of seasons ago after Karl Hancox had a hundred in a cup competition which would previously gone unrewarded, with the contribution of Trevor Heath at the time, the committee decided that any ton made would have a prize given. Andy Marriott’s had one in the league but he also repeated the feat in the Orme Shield semi final having a magnificent 124. Also this year Jon Fletcher compiled 110 in his Orme quarter final for Burton Cons B against Belmont.

The League’s Premier singles competition is The Evershed vase-this year sponsored by Bill Stewart of Crown Windows. 33 players lined up at the start.Narrowly losing in the semi finals both by a 2-1 scoreline were Wayne Brewin and Mark Stirling. In the final Trevor Heath, rolling back the years, took on Andy Grainger and it was Trevor who lost out on the night with Andy Grainger the winner .

The season’s end competition is the Ken Shipton Memorial Tournament. It’s held on one day with 16 of the top players from the averages across the season, with handicaps given and this year was a particularly high standard . Andy Marriott lost out to Jared Cronje, giving 21 in one semi final whilst Andy Grainger beat Graham Stevens in the other semi-Graham having won the past two trophies. In the final, it was not to be for Jared losing 3-1 so Jared Cronje was the runner up and the winner adding to his Evershed trophy was Andy Grainger.

Another great season and thank to all who have helped make it so.

In all 282 players played league snooker this year. In particular thanks to all of our sponsors especially David Wain Insurance, Pete Maguire of PJM Fascias, Simon Shilton of Newton Fallowell, Simon Smith of Nicholas Humpheys, Adam Walton of Premier Blinds, Bill Stewart of Crown Windows, Ivanhoe Social Club . Also to all of the referees, the clubs that provided venues for finals and those who gave their time up to make the league success…….the AGM will be on 26th July with a view to starting up again at the start of September.

2017-18: Week 26

By Mick Buckland

The David Wain Insurance Premier Division for 2017/18 drew to a close with a 5-3 win for the new champions Ivanhoe A after they defeated Swad Cons A 5-3. Ian Rennocks had a nice 34 as he drew his two with Simon Orpwood whilst Andy Marriott scored a regulation win over Simon Mansfield to ensure he topped the end of season averages chart. One of the players of the season, Andy Grainger, knocked in runs of 30 and 48 as he beat Ant Moore to make the result look in doubt but Dan Blunn ensured the victory for Ivanhoe as he beat Mark Hadley. In the end Ivanhoe won the title by 14 clear points having had many thumping wins during the middle of the season in particular. They remained undefeated from 19th October to the end of the season in the league and used just 5 players-Andy Marriott, Daniel Blunn, Ian Rennocks, James Hastie and Ant Moore, all of whom averaged over 64%. The three points gained by Swad Cons in this match ensured they remained in the Premier for another season-something that highly unlikely two months from the end of the season.

Burton Cons A needed a good win to ensure they claimed the runners up spot. This they duly achieved with a 7-1 triumph over Spot On B, which ended the Spots run of a few seasons in the Premier. A shock looked on the cards as Steve Lane played nicely to take the first off John Shilton but Shilly fought back for the draw. On the other table Graham Stevens beat Lee Cooke but not before Lee had fought well to keep himself in the frames and with some run might have stolen one. Loz Kennerson and Mike Buckland had a very tight first frame that Mike won in the end, meaning relegation was confirmed for Spot On-Mike then finished the season off with a nice 50 to ensure the overall win. Jon Swift rounded the match off with a solid 2-0 win over Steve Butterworth.

Burton Cons B rounded their season off with a good 7-1 away at Spot On A, who were still in some relegation danger themselves, if results went the wrong way. Fortunately for them the sides below them were all playing the top 4. Cons raced into a 4-0 lead courtesy of wins for Jon Fletcher over Nige Tomlinson and Matt Milnes over Ade Harper-Jon including a nice 36 along the way. Owen Jones then rolled in a 46 as he beat Tom Elliott. In the last match Mark Stirling nicked the last frame against Simon Smith who had won the first to prevent the whitewash. In the end Cons B came third and Spot On survived for another season.

Belmont A finished fourth after beating Rolleston A 5-3- a result which condemned Rolleston to the drop. John Chambers and Mark Press halved their game whilst Dean Marriott beat Tom Bassett for a 3-1 halfway lead for Belmont. Mark Sherratt was in outstanding break building form as he rolled in efforts of 37, 38 and 35 in his win over Rich O’Dell who could only look on in admiration. Ant Rushton beat Arron Vaughan to keep the score respectable but it was a little too late for the Rollers-Belmont will look to strengthen their squad in the close season to get closer to challenge for the title next term.

Having looked in some danger at one point, Tutbury  A finished their season in a very respectable 5th spot. On the last day they won the Tutbury derby against the B team by a 5-3 scoreline with wins for Chris Mabbutt and John Brentnall. Chris was the division’s player of the week with runs of 69,46 and 31 which would ensue a victory at any level. Steve Hathaway drew with Wayne Pereira whilst Jan Pawlaczyk  provided the B’s highlight with a win over Dave Mabbutt, leaving them to finish 7th.

SDSC B finished the season on a high after beating Alrewas B 6-2. They managed to be the only side in the three divisions not to have a draw all season-a rare feat in 24 matches, whilst Alrewas will look to come back stronger next year after having a poor season. Henry Tomas played nicely to beat Karl Hancox, for whom the summer can’t come quick enough. Again Karl knocked in a 30 but Henry’s 36 meant he could come away with the victory. Ben Davies was too strong for John Richardson on the night in John’s first game since surgery whilst Lee Louch for Alrewas played well to beat Rich Hinks in return. Harry Farrell turned in another good performance as he rolled in a 56 to beat Tom Smith.

So Ivanhoe A are the new champions-well played to them with Burton Cons A runners up after 10 straight league wins. SDSC A, Spot On B and Rolleston A were relegated. There were 256 breaks of 30 plus, 45 of which were over 50 with a top effort of 119 from Andy Marriott, who also won the Averages table with only 6 frame losses all season.


Tutbury C celebrated their already confirmed winners spot in the PJM Fascias Division One by thumping Ivanhoe C 7-1. Despite Gaz Dolman having a 31, Steve Butler hung on for a win to start thing off for The Tutters. Wins for Steve Burrows and Tom Lucas ensured the win whilst Wayne Smith and George Cawkwell halved theirs. Tutbury also won the league by 14 points and will be a welcome addition to the Premier next season whilst Ivanhoe just about did enough in the end to stay in the division after a tough year all round.

The big match was a winner take all affair between Newhall A and Woodville A with the winners guaranteed promotion.In a tense and tight match with no significant breaks, it was Mark Satchwell who was the star man as he overcame Carl Glover. Fran and Adam McInulty drew theirs, perhaps predictably as did Nick Walker and John Chambers and Martin Hicks and Wayne Brewin. Woodville would claim the runners up spot whilst Newhall had to wait to find out the result of a rearranged match between Burton Cons C and Belmont B.

Ivanhoe B did not win in their last seven fixtures, having looked good for promotion at one point-not helped by an injury to talisman Jason Pickering.

Stapenhill A’s season finished with a whimper as they went down 5-3 at home to Tutbury D who were relegated already. Colin Bell and Jeff Siddalls were on target for The Tutters whilst the consistent Steve Ford scored a double for The Institute. Andy Gretton and Ian Day halved theirs for Stapenhill to finish 6th after not winning in their last four whilst Tutbury return to Division Two after just one season.

Spot On C looked one of the favourites fro promotion at the halfway point but only one win in 2018 meant a mid table finish for The Spots.

Alrewas B gave themselves some hope of avoiding the drop after beating SDSC C 5-3. In another tense match Ian Hiley and Adam Walton both scored wins for The Legionnaires against the already relegated SDSC C. Nick Harcombe scored his customary winner for The Snooker Centre but Carl Poulton’s draw against Ray Bancroft meant Alrewas picked up the extra winning point.

So the season for four sides went down to the fixture between Burton Cons C and Belmont B, which had been re-arranged due to the sad passing of former player Ray Plummer. Cons needed to win to stay up and relegate Alrewas B whilst a win for Belmont would give them promotion over Newhall A, who were hoping Belmont would manage no more than a draw. Mick Morris, for Belmont, took the first frame for Belmont with something to spare whilst Greg Read and Shaun Gebbie had a very tight first frame that saw Shaun just about come out on top. Simon Shilton then responded for The Cons by winning a scrappy frame to get the overall score back to 1-2. Shaun then won his second for 3-1 versus Greg, who could count himself unlucky to lose both. The match and promotion went the way of Belmont in the second half after Graham Bailey took two off Ian Shrive, although this was not without a scare as Bala handed Ian a lifeline fouling the black and giving a free ball having already  won the frame . It wasn’t straightforward though and Graham hung on for the win. This relegated Burton Cons C, despite them scoring 80 points and having 9 wins during the season, the same number as the side that beat them and got promoted. Rich Goldby confirmed the win for Belmont with a victory over Bill Davidson.


So congratulations to Tutbury C, up as champions-and also Woodville A and Belmont B, who in the end were only beaten once. Relegated were SDSC C, Tutbury D and Burton Cons C. Wayne Brewin won the Averages table for the second season in a row and will be back where he belongs in the Premier next term. Adam McInulty had the highest break with a 57. There were 91 breaks of over 30 with 7 over 50.

Spot On E were already guaranteed to be champions of the Newton Fallowell Division Two but they went out with a bang after beating The Snookerettes 7-1. Clare Peaty had the only highlight for the ladies as she took a frame off Adam Edwards. There were wins for Jared Cronje, Ben Menzies and Kyle Cope to ensure their fine season finished well – they will be welcomed into Division One, where they will give a lot of the more experienced players a run for their money. Spot On D have played the season again with a smile on their faces and are improving all the time- as the editor knows only too well with Marie Bridges scoring a win against him in the Orme Plate semi-final.

Stapenhill B returned to Division One after just one season finishing well clear in second after drawing 4 across with Woodville C. Bryan Sharratt top scored on the night with a 32 against Mark Gallagher whilst there was another draw between  Greg Britton and Wayne Allen. Andy Tomlinson rounded off his fine season with yet another win whilst Denis Moore did similar for Woodville. Woodville also beat The Snookerettes 5-3 with a win for Mark Gallagher with the other 3 games halved.

Swad Snooker Centre rounded their season off having achieved promotion with a 4-4 draw against Woodville B. The match saw a great comeback from The Worriers as they came from 4-0 down to gain the half. Andy Bloor was made to struggle by Billy Bob Brooks as Bob missed a straight pink for Andy to steal it, who then went on to win the second more easily. Brain Bloor won both against an out of sorts Alan Orpwood although he did appear to have the better of the run available. After the break Tony Coleman got the Worriers on the scoreboard taking both from Garton Bloor. David Wain, who has had a great season, needed a snooker to claw himself back into the frame against Pat Ryan, which he duly got only to fluff his lines on the blue and leave the first frame win for Pat. He then went on to play some of his beat snooker of the season to win the second more easily in a match played in a great spirit.

Belmont C finished off with a 6-2 win over Burton Cons D. Greg Hall and Al Munnien notched a frame each for The Cons against Terry Bosworth and Dave Press respectively but wins for Graeme drayton and Brian Cutting ensured the win for The Servicemen.

Ivanhoe D were also 6-2 winners as they got past Rolleston C. Aaron Doyle and John Ward were the frame scorers for The Rollers against  Tom Freeman and Adam Briggs whilst there were wins for Tony Tredger and Matt Tewkesbury.

Belmont D were humbled by Rolleston B in their last fixture-Lionel Lewis, Rob Sanders, Kev Norris and Rob Tubey all scoring doubles as the lads were whitewashed.

So promoted will be Spot On E, Stapenhill B and SDSC D- with Andy Bloor picking up the High Break prize with a lovely 53. His team-mate David Wain came a creditable second in this with a 52-the division’s only other 50 plus break. A special note though goes to Jared Cronje, who had 7 of the top 15 breaks and who also won the Averages table, by the tightest of margins over Andy Tomlinson.

Well played  to all 283 players who played league snooker this season- with congratulations to all the winners, commiserations to those for whom the season did not go so well. Thank you to all the leagues sponsors without whom we could not survive and all the referees who give up their time to let all players enjoy their evenings, without having to pick the balls out as well. Don’t forget the League Presentation is on Friday 27th April at 7-30 at Belmont Services Club, with entry just a fiver to included entertainment, a raffle, food and the presentation-you don’t need to be a winner to come along. Every person who attends is helping the league move forward in a healthy condition. See you next season…

2017-18: Premier Blinds Orme Shield Final report

Premier Blinds

Premier Blinds

by Carl Poulton

The Premier Blinds Orme Shield final was played under the excellently prepared lights and tables of Ashby Ivanhoe. The teams, Ivanhoe A and Belmont A, completed the draw and match referees Mark Stirling and Carl Poulton got proceedings underway.

Ian Archer of Belmont took on Andy Marriott in the first round of four matches. Whilst the early stages were tight, as expected, the frame opened up and Marriott was able to pot enough balls towards the end to keep Archer at bay. On the other other table an attacking frame of snooker was played by John Chambers of Belmont and Ant Moore of Ivanhoe A. Moore looked to be cruising to a frame win with a nice 34 but a slightly misjudged safety late on gave Chambers a chance and he cleared a final long pink to snatch the frame.

Next up was Mark Sherratt of Belmont A versus Daniel Blunn of Ivanhoe A. Blunn broke off and left Sherratt a long red which he duly potted. A lovely break of 56 followed leaving Blunn with too much to do in the later stages with Sherratt cruising to the frame win.

A less open frame was played on the other table where Ian Rennocks of Ivanhoe A edged past Rob Chambers on the final colours.

So 2-2 half time…

In the second half first up was Andy Marriott versus John Chambers and a re-match between Mark Sherratt and Daniel Blunn. Marriott overcame Chambers comfortably with a nice 30 and a decent mini-clearance after a brief saftey bout. Unfortunately Blunn could not exact revenge on Sherratt with the Belmont man always in control and Blunn unable to recapture some excellent season form.

With the match poised at 3-3 the final games saw Ian Archer take on Ian Rennocks and Rob Chambers do battle with Ant Moore. Rennocks played some excellent match play against Archer chipping away teen sized breaks and then leaving Archer in trouble. After a number of close snookers Archer finally left Rennocks the killer chance and he took it to take the frame. Rob Chambers came out of the blocks quickly against Ant Moore and held a sizeable lead throughout keeping Moore at bay and whilst some good attempts at snookers followed to try and win the match for Ivanhoe Chambers comfortably held on to take the match to the doubles decider.

So at 4-4 the doubles got under way: Sherratt and John Chambers for Belmont and Rennocks and Marriott for Ivanhoe A. There was a significant crowd now watching and as expected a nervy and tentative opening to the frame ensued. Both teams missed what would ordinarily be stock balls during the frame and the cat and mouse continued with Ivanhoe edging ahead. An in-off on a long potted green by Ivanhoe got Belmont back in the frame and the frame edged to the final 3 colours. Belmont needing the three ball clearance to take the trophy.

And what a clearance it was from John Chambers. A smashed long blue, deep screwed pink with the extension the white careering back off the baulk cushion leaving a 10ft black down the right hand rail that he smashed in with both a roar from him and the crowd.

So a 5-4 win to Belmont – an excellent game played in excellent spirit and a worthy end to the league season.

Thanks to Ashby Ivanhoe Club, Karen and all her staff, for hosting the event in such excellent fashion alongside the Orme Plate.

2017-18: Week 25

By Mick Buckland

Ivanhoe A confirmed their status as champions of the 2017/18 David Wain Insurance Premier Division with a 5-3 win at Alrewas A. Daniel Blunn beat Colin Wood whilst James Hastie overcame Lee Louch despite Lee top scoring with a 32. Ian Rennocks had runs of 45 and 33 but Tom Smith hung in there for a half as the Alrewas captain, Karl Hancox,  had a good win over Ant Moore including a 30 to score valuable points for the home side. Ivanhoe thoroughly deserve the title having consistently dispatched the teams below them with some ease, notching some tremendous breaks along the way, notably by Andy Marriott. They had been runners up for the past four seasons so have proven to be one of the most consistent sides in the league with no weaker players. Well done to them.

Burton Cons A moved clear in second after beating Swad Cons A 5-3 away. John Shilton had visits of 38 and 35 as he got past Simon Orpwood with Mike Buckland beating Vince Draper on the other table with the aid of a 32-Vince having a 30 of his own, before mis-cueing and causing a push shot when right in the balls. Andy Grainger beat Graham Stevens with the aid of a 42 and a 31 and also some good run at the right times to keep Swad in the match. This was then followed by Paul Slater playing some excellent safety to beat Jon Swift in the first. In a drawn out second frame which could have gone either way, Jon got 27 in front on the brown only to foul the pink leaving Paul a chance. He couldn’t take it though and Jon pulled out a great snooker of his own to ease himself over the line.

Burton Cons B and Belmont A perhaps predictably played out a 4-4 draw in a good quality match. John Chambers top scored on the night with the second highest break of the season knocking in an 87 against Cons’ floater Mick Simpkins.  Owen Jones drew with Ian Archer on the other table for 3-1 to Belmont at half way. In the second half Jon Fletcher and Rob Chambers had a great match ending all square with Jon having a 55 and Rob a 34. Matt Milnes squared the match up with a victory over Josh Gebbie.

The Swad Snooker Centre derby went the way of the B team 6-2 and this has sent the A team into Division One, whilst securing the status of the B. Harry Farrell and Ben Davies were winners on the night whilst the games between Andy Goldingay and Henry Tomas and then Steve Ayre and Rich Hinks were halved.

Spot On B are in serious trouble after going down 6-2 at home to Tutbury A, who have moved up to 5th. The two Steves, Hathaway and Mabbutt, did the damage both scoring doubles. Steve Lane and Chris Mabbutt shared their two with a similar score between Simon Tarrant and Dave Mabbutt. Top break of the night was a thirty by Loz Kennerson.

Spot On A, who had been floundering, did their cause no harm with a 5-3 win away at Tutbury B, who are just about safe themselves barring a last week disaster. Andy Speirs was the man to make the difference as he scored a good win over Wayne Pereira with the other three games being drawn. The Spots need a draw in their final game to be sure of staying up.


Tutbury C confirmed themselves as worthy winners of the PJM Fascias Division One title with their 5th straight draw this time against the absolute draw specialists Belmont B who were having their 12th stalemate of the season. Tom Lucas had a good share of the run to beat Shaun Gebbie in the first with Brett Craddock knocking in his trademark long pots to take the first against Steve Butler. Steve then played nicely to win the second with Shaun knocking in runs of 38 and 29 to halve his game as well. Steve Burrows played solidly to win the frame that took the title, with the match pausing for Belmont to sportingly give a round of applause to the Tutbury boys. Graham Bailey went one up against Wayne Smith and with Micky Morris coming back for a half to put Belmont 4-3 up, Belmont only needed the last frame for the victory. Graham took a strong lead before Wayne got it down to the pink -only then to have an outrageous fluke to take a share of the spoils.
Woodville have put themselves in pole position to be promoted after a whitewash against Burton Cons C. Fran McInulty, Wayne Brewin, Mark Satchwell and Bob McInulty all had too much on the night for the Cons, who are now right back in the relegation dogfight.

Newhall are in third after a cracking 7-1 away at SDSC C, who are already relegated. Nick Harcombe scored the Snooker Centre’s only frame as he drew with Nick Walker. Elsewhere there were wins for Adam McInulty, Martin Hicks and Carl Glover-with Carl knocking in a good 27.

Ivanhoe B’s ship for promotion sailed some weeks ago, not helped by the injury to Jason Pickering. Last week they lost 6-2 to Alrewas who have given themselves a sporting chance of staying in the division. Ian Hiley and Adam Walton both scored victories for The Legionnaires with draws for Carl Poulton against Stu Tagg and Dave Trueman against Nick Sewell.

Two sides that will end mid table fought out a 4-4 draw in Stapenhill A and Ivanhoe C. In a match of rare quality the only winners were Gaz Dolman for the Ashby side and Andy Gretton for the Insitute.

Second and third play each other in the last week with Newhall A hosting Woodville A with the winners guaranteed promotion. Belmont in fourth have to play Burton Cons C in a match that has had to be re-arranged due to the funeral of former player Ray Plummer who has sadly passed away. The league would like to send its very best wishes to Ray’s family and friends at this sad time.

Spot On E have deservedly won the Newton Fallowell Division Two having been the most consistent team this season. They won last week without playing sadly but will be a welcome addition to next year’s Division One. From a massive squad, particular credit to Jared Cronje, Ben Menzies, Jordan Watts, Adam Edwards and Brad Williams.

Stapenhill B confirmed their runners up spot with a 6-2 win over Ivanhoe D, who will finish just outside the promotion spots. Bryan Sharratt and Andy Tomlinson were both winners on the night with draws for Greg and Colin Britton against Matt Tewkesbury and Tony Tredger.

In third are SDSC D, who had a rest week last week. Well done to The Bloors, Andy, Brian and Garton as well as David Wain and Andy Rice.

In other dead rubber matches Burton Cons D finished all square with Woodville B with all four games halved.

Rolleston C beat Belmont C with Graham Fisher making the difference as the only winner on the night.

Swad Cons C beat Rolleston B 6-2 with wins for Gaz Ward and Bob Birch with the other two games halved.

Anyone in or near the top 8 in the Premier Division averages or in or near the top 4 in Divisions One and Two-if you haven’t already, can you please let Mike Buckland know if you are available to play in the end of season Ken Shipton tournament in Swadlincote on Sunday-10-30 start. Thank you….

2017-18: Week 24

By Mick Buckland

Ivanhoe A moved another step closer to this year’s David Wain Insurance Premier Division title with a 6-2 home win against SDSC A. The score was tied at 2-2 at half time though as there was a surprise with Andy Marriott losing both frames to an inspired Chris Dewey. On the other table Ian Rennocks beat Andy Goldingay to provide the parity. In the second half James Hastie knocked in a 30 followed by a 32 to get past Steve Ayre whilst Ant Moore beat John Davis.

Burton Cons A drew level in second with their clubmates the B after beating Alrewas A 6-2. Mike Buckland was in fine potting form and didn’t really miss anything as he rolled in a 36 and a 42 to beat Rob McMeecham, making his first outing of the season. On the other table Graham Stevens won both against Lee Louch with neither player hitting top form. In the second half Darren Coady won both against Karl Hancox with Tom Smith keeping the score respectable with a win over Jon Swift in a dour match lasting nearly two hours.
In fourth are Belmont A after beating Tutbury B 5-3. Man of the match was Rob Chambers as he knocked in a good 49 during his win over Jan Pawlaczyk, with the other three matches halved- Josh Gebbie with Daz Lester, Mark Sherratt with Wayne Pereira and John Chambers with Bill Stewart-Bill having a nice 35 in his frame win.
At the bottom, Swad Cons A moved themselves out of the bottom 3 with a 5-3 win over Spot On B, who are now in the relegation zone instead. Simon Orpwood and Andy Grainger were the men to do the damage both with wins in the first half. Simon Mansfield scored an all important draw with Steve Lane to grab the extra winning point , whilst Simon Tarrant beat Paul Slater in the last rubber.
SDSC B scored a good 6-2 win over Rolleston A, who are in serious trouble as a result. Ben Davies notched a fine win over Mark Press with Henry Tomas also scoring a double. The other two matches were drawn with the Snooker Centre captain Pete Maguire making a rare appearance as he drew with Bobby Cliff and Harry Farrell sharing with Tom Bassett.
Spot On A v Tutbury A was rearranged and although the Spots are bottom they obviously have games in hand. Rolleston A and SDSC A only have one fixture left to rescue their seasons with Spot On B and Swad Cons A the other teams who still have work to do to retain the Premier Division status. At the top, Ivanhoe A only need a few more frames to secure the title after several seasons of being runner up whilst the battle for second could not be tighter between Burton Cons A and B.

Newhall A versus Ivanhoe B was the heavyweight contest at the top of the PJM Fascias Division One and perhaps unsurprisingly the match ended all square at 4 across. Carl Glover drew with Stu Tagg and Adam McInulty halved with Nick Sewell in the first half. Man of the match Nick Walker rolled in efforts of 42 and 44 as he beat Ivanhoe’s Bren Mattley before Adam Pickering restored the equilibrium with a hard fought 2-0 success over Martin Hurdman. Newhall are now in the promotion spots by virtue of more wins than Woodville A whilst Ivanhoe’s chance may have gone as they have played a game more than their rivals.
Woodville kept themselves in the hunt with a well fought 4-4 draw against runaway leaders Tutbury C. Steve Butler for the Tutters was in tremendous potting form as he knocked in efforts of 31 and 44 but Bob McInulty hung in their for a share of the spoils. Mark Satchwell scored a double over the home side’s Wayne Smith, whilst Steve Burrows did similar for the leaders. Tom Lucas and Fran McInulty halved in the final match for an all round draw. This is four straight draws for Tutbury but another one in their last two will see them crowned as champions. Woodville are level in fourth with Newhall so every frame is crucial in these last two weeks.
Belmont B are clear in second after a thumping 7-1 win away at Ivanhoe C. Micky Morris, Brett Craddock and Graham Bailey were all in fine form with Graham Measures the only bright spot for Ivanhoe securing a half against Zaheer Hussein. They play the league leaders this week in a match that may well determine their fate at the end of the season. Ivanhoe look to have done enough already to preserve their Division One status.
At the bottom, Burton Cons C had a home draw with SDSC C 4-4 with wins for Simon Shilton for the home team and Nick Harcombe for the away. Ian Shrive top scored with a nice 30 on the night but this only won him one frame with Ray Stretton with Greg Read easily winning his fist versus Ray Bancroft only for Ray to fight back to take the second.The result means that SDSC C are relegated to Division Two whilst Burton Cons’ recent change in form sees them probably having done enough to secure another term in Division One.
Alrewas B kept their fading hopes of staying in the division alive with a 5-3 win over early season leaders Spot On C. Ian Hiley was man of the match as he scored a win with draws in the other three, rolling in a nice 32 along the way. Adam Walton, Carl Poulton and Dave Trueman drew with John Hardy, Trevor heath and Tony Clements respectively.

The big match in Newton Fallowell Division Two was played out at Spot On where the club’s D team, AKA The Snookerettes, thrashed Belmont D 7-1. This was a first league win for the ladies with Belmont remaining winless. Gilda Horvath, Kate Stirling and Yvonne Spendlove were all inspired as they knocked in everything with Ian Gibson preventing the whitewash in his draw with Marie Bridges. The result is the perfect warm up for their upcoming Orme plate semi final clash with Burton Cons A – it also means they will not come bottom , having handed the wooden spoon to the Belmont boys. Both sides, having struggled with results for most of the season, could teach many other teams the value of playing for enjoyment every week with the result being secondary to having a decent night out.
For Woodville B, Billy Bob Brooks was in superb form as he won both frames fairly comfortably in his match against John Ward of Rolleston C-his potting being his best of the season, including a nice 24. Maurice Dawkins won both fairly lengthy frames against Daz Scott with both players producing some excellent safety. The master destroyer pat Ryan won both of his against Steve Atkin with a master class of potting and body movement, playing particularly well in the first. Tony Coleman came out on top in both frames against Neil Cheadle , winning both on the pink.
At the top Spot On E were gifted a win by confusion over the fixture with Swad Cons C. This has guaranteed promotion for the Spots. Stapenhill B won 7-1 away to Belmont C in second with wins for Greg Britton, Andy Tomlinson and Simon Piechowicz – Terry Bosworth stopping the rot with a half against Colin Britton. This result has also secured promotion for the Institute.
Looking to complete the promotion picture were SDSC D but they were held to a 4-4 draw by Rolleston B. David Wain continued his good form with another victory but Rob Tubey replied with a win of his own for The Rollers. The other two matches were halved with Kev Norris holding Andy Bloor and Lionel Lewis sharing with Brian Bloor. SDSC will have to wait to secure that last promotion spot.
Elsewhere Woodville C drew with Ivanhoe D, who would need two thumping wins to stand a chance of pipping SDSC D to the last promotion spot. Mark Gallagher for Woodville and Dave Watson were the men to score wins on the night with draws in the games between Wayne Allen ad Matt Tewkesbury and then Denis Moore and Tony Tredger.