Report (Chris Gill, OTSnews Sports Reporter Southport)
Frank Lodge cup results
Fleetwood Hesketh B of the 3rd division beat Banks A of the 1st division by the tightest of margins, a single point, as the final aggregate scores finished 361-360. Although Banks claimed all six frames on the night, they just fell short of beating the lower divisional team, even with their last two pairings winning by a combined 82 points. Banks kept up with the handicap in the opening pairings, with Andy Bridge and Alan Hardisty pulling back 56 of the 180 they were giving. But fell behind of the 30-a-man start when Roy Cookson could only beat Brian Kimberly by 16 points, 31-47, and Trevor Wetton only beat Mike Orme by 24 points. With the difference now standing at 124-220, Banks needed Alan Sutton and Andrew Bintcliffe to make 84 back on the handicap to go through. In their way were Lawrence Renshaw and Phil Marrow, who gamely clung on to their aggregate lead and go through by that single point.
In one of the two Preliminary fixtures in the Frank Lodge, Les Dodd’s B beat Churchtown Cons B by only 6 points on the aggregate scores. With the Con club team yet to win a game in the league this year, they played well to win three frames on the night, but the damage was done by the opening pair for Les Dodd’s. Dave Mills and Andy Reynolds comprehensively beat John Barton and Dave Pritchard by a combined total of 134, which wiped out the 108 point handicap the Con club received on the night, to put Doddy’s on to path of victory. But the Con club showed a bit of fighting spirit by claiming three of the next four frames, even outscoring their opponents by 10 points, with Lawrence Richards, Paul Connor and Guy Hudson all recording wins. But in the end it was a case of so near yet so far. Churchtown now go on to play Tarleton C in the 1st round proper.
Bretherton A sneaked past St. Teresa’s B by 10 points after Harry Haslam produced a fine display in the last frame to beat Tom Weir by 50 points and take the match away from Teresa’s. The night had started well for Bretherton when Mick Powell and Ron Dickinson put 38 points between them and their 3rd division opponents. Dave Cottam then increased the lead to 92 after beating Anthony Quinn 74-19, with Teresa’s player Ryan Watts only beating Gordon Russell on the black. This meant that the Teresa’s side had 28 points to play with going in to the last two frames, of which John McGee helped along when beating Jim Holden by 12 points. But Harry had a night to remember when producing his best frame score of the season, 75-25, and so pulling off this 10 point victory.
Southport Cons A of the 3rd division beat 1st division Tarleton BC A by just 16 points but were made to work for their win after Tarleton pushed them all the way. Tarleton were giving 210 on the handicap and so needed a good start but it didn’t turn out that way. Jeff Wainwright managed to beat Andy Bolton by 8 points, and Steve Mawdsley went down narrowly to John Nelson by 16 points, to see Tarleton only get back 8 points of the 210 needed. The middle frames provided a glint of hope for the 1st division side as Ste Harrison beat Colin Paul 58-14 and Chris Gill beat Peter Yates by 95-19 to leave the aggregate scores 134-262, a difference of 128. With both Chris Hoare and Arnie Sothern having to win by 82 points, it all seemed a possibility after Arnie raced away from Matty Pollock with breaks of 28 and 44. With both final frames approaching the colours it was in Tarleton’s hands if Chris and Arnie took the majority of the balls left on the table. Arnie took all but the green but Larry took the final brown, blue and pink and so left the margin too big to pull back.
Our Lady’s defeated the S & B Cricket club by 33 points in a match that ebbed and flowed for both sides. After an opening brace of wins for Paul Heery and Mike Houghton, the Formby side held an advantage of 67 points, only for the Cricket club to respond in kind in the middle frames. Paul Parker scored impressively to beat Luke Marshall 90-25, and when league stalwart Barney Newton beat Phil Fellows the lead had been turned around. The Cricketers held a 33 point advantage and still needed to get a further 75 points back in the last two pairings to progress in the cup. The players entrusted to do this were their two top players this season, Dave Palmer and Russell Thornley. But they came up against a pair of old stallions in Alan Parker and Tommy Tickle, who nudged and nurdled their way through their frames to limit the scoring of Russell and Dave to see Our Lady’s progress through to the 2nd round.
Birkdale Cons B bounced back from their 5-1 league mauling to Bretherton B last week to inflict a 40 point victory over Mere Brow B. The Con club went into the match with a 126 handicap, and got off to a good start by only losing the opening frames by 10 points, so Mere Brow had to respond well in the middle frames. Paul Crabtree junior helped get some of the handicap back when beating John Mullard 87-17, but Reg Dobson fought well to beat Dale Roberts 60-38 and so leave the aggregate difference at 58 points. It was now left to Matthew Greenwood and Harvey Webster to pull out all the stops and beat their 3rd division opponents, something they just could not do. Matthew did beat David Robinson by 47 points but Harvey Webster could do nothing to stop Geoff Tyas take the frame and match with a good potting display in his 56-37 victory.
Banks D made the short trip down the road to Tarleton to play the Tarleton BC B side in a match where sinking pints was more appealing than sinking balls. Captain Coakley seems to have instilled a happy go lucky style to his playing style and captaincy as he hobbled his way around his frame, laughing and joking with his opposition even when he was getting battered. It was probably the best way to deal with defeat as it started badly and got worse as the night went on. Ian Gautrey ran up a score of 108 points to 10 against Barry Foster to get most of the handicap back, and Gerry Stone lost 67-27 to Andy Marsden. The middle frames were a bit closer and so gave the 3rd division side a 43 point advantage, but that was with the handicap added on. Jason Swarbrick redeemed himself for last week’s debacle by beating his first opponent of the year, Dave McDonnell 59-34. But that 43 point advantage had already disappeared as John Gautrey beat ‘Laughing Captain Coakley’ 72-8.
Churchtown Cons D won all six frames on the night against a Scarisbrick B team who even with a 120 point advantage lost by 72 points. After the opening frame victories for Mick Pickles and Dave Quinn, Churchtown had clawed back 90 points of their handicap and must have thought it was going to be their night. Russ Walsh and Billy Pye beat Colin Rimmer and Eric Stockley by small margins, but it all added up to increase their advantage. And with the last two frames yet to be played the aggregate scores between the teams saw Scarisbrick already 122 points behind sitting at 254-132. Al Graham made sure of the victory when he comfortably beat John Hardisty 75-25 with Steve Mentha gaining a 20 point victory over Ian Lowry.
Banks C struggled to cope with Birkdale Cons C as they lost by 82 points. The 144 handicap proved too much for the 2nd division side even if they did take an early advantage of winning the opening frames. Their season seems to be stalling at the moment in the league and so it proved again here as the usually high scoring players from Banks struggled to put any distance between themselves and Birkdale. Phil Horan and Paul Rimmer both gained wins for their side as they eased into the next round with a bit to spare.
Argyle where knocked out by a Scarisbrick A by 99 points, but the story of the night was the on the unfortunate Colin Coffey in his match against Norman Hallsworth. Things couldn’t have started better for Argyle as Steve Forshaw found his form to beat Ian Tinsley 89-19, but the good form of John Holms eluded him and he eventually lost to Chris Starkie on the black 39-44. For Colin Coffey, laughing was probably the only thing he could do as things went from bad to worse when he gave Norman Hallsworth nearly 30 points in fouls in his 101-23 defeat. One bad touch to another for the Argyle player made him question if he had stood in anything before the match as everything went horribly wrong. In off’s, potting colours when just potting a red, flicking balls to snooker himself, he had a nightmare. Even with Paddy Tyndall, Ryan Curry and Brian Jarrett all wining well, they just found the gap between the sides too big to bridge.
Churchtown Cons A made very light work of Bretherton B beating them very easily 407-291. Even with the 108 handicap start Bretherton could not stop their visitors taking advantage of every missed pot to defeat them by twice the start they received. Colin Boston starred on the night beating Steve Fiddler 80-9, but to be fair to the Con club side they all played well on the night.
In the other preliminary match Churchtown Cons C beat an out of sorts British Rail side by 126 points on the aggregate score. Jim Bradley doing the most damage when beating Steve Naylor 112-29 to help his side go through. Only Colin Peet and Paul Varney won for the Railwaymen in a match where four of the frames were decided by just ten points. Churchtown now go on to play Waddington Cons B in the 1st round proper, where the Railway side just have to lick their wounds and look forward to getting their league form back on track.
Waddington Cons A beat St.Teresa’s A, I have not received the card yet.
Birkdale Cons A beat Les Dodd’s A, I have not received the card yet.
These games have yet to be played…
Churchtown Cons C v Waddington Cons B
Tarleton BC C v Churchtown Cons A
Waddington Cons C v Mere Brow A
Fleetwoood Hesketh A v Les Dodd’s C
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