By: OTS Sports Reporter Chris Gill

In this week’s matches there were quite a few first’s for some of the players and teams this year.

1st Division

Mere Brow A continued to impress when beating Birkdale Cons A 4-2 this week where once again Danny Jassi kept knocking in those 30+ breaks. Andy O’Hara and Martin Brown put the home side 2-0 up where Martin made breaks of 39 and 34 in his match against Tony Roberts. Two nil quickly became 4-0 as Andy Booth, who made a 41 break, and Danny Jassi made smart work in beating their opposition in comfortable style. Danny made his 5th consecutive break of over 30 in the league when he compiled a 35 against Les Sullivan for a final frame score of 95-1. Although he is still short of matching Gareth Hibbott’s record of 9 consecutive breaks of 30 or more in the league. Birkdale’s Ronnie Brooks and Ricky Webb, took the last two frames on the card, where Ricky made a 38 against John Greenwood, to keep in touch near the top of the table.

A 5-1 victory for Banks A over Tarleton BC C meant that they have now won their last three league matches after going the first five of the season without a single win. Andy Bridge lost his first home game of the season after Jamie Wayne beat him 43-69 but the rest of his team took the remaining five frames on the night. With 11 points coming from their first five games Banks have now took 14 from their last three and see’s them move up to 6th in the table. For the Tarleton side it’s a good job they can win their home games as this was their third 5-1 defeat away from Sutton lane, and see’s them slip to 8th in the league.

The Waddington A team suffered their first home defeat of the season after going down 4-2 to Fleetwood Hesketh A. Gary Flynn continues to keep winning for the season, he has won 7 out of 8, when beating Gav Douglas 42-33, though Paul Taylor lost his first home match of the season after Neil Rimmer beat him 39-60. Gareth Hibbott saw off Paul Wilson and Billy Evans beat Dean Oliver to leave the frames level at 2-2. But the Hesketh side took the last two frames as Stuart Evans, who was making his first appearance of the season, beat Ally Iddon easily 61-8, and Ste Crane managed to get past Alan Tomlin 68-47. Fleetwood will be hoping to sort their home form out when Argyle come to visit them next, while the Waddy face a tough match away to 2nd placed Tarleton A.

Churchtown Cons A lost their first home match of the season when Tarleton A only just managed to turn them over 4-2. Star performance on the night came from Arnie Sothern who made a superb 40 break on his first appearance of the season beating Gus Thackery 76-11. Arnie’s victory coupled with John Nelsons win against Craig Rice saw Tarleton take a 2-0 lead over their hosts. In the middle frames Chris Gill narrowly beat Dave Harwood on the black and Colin Boston proved too strong for Chris Hoare as he beat him comfortably 60-14. After losing his last two matches Mick Coxon got back to winning ways by beating an out of sorts Andy Bolton 63-19 but Ste Harrison got the win for Tarleton when fluking the pink ball against Dan Matthews. Not the best of performances from Tarleton but it keeps them in touch with leaders Mere Brow.

The Tarleton BC B team beat Mere Brow B 4-2 in a match of mixed fortunes. After Tarleton went 2-0 up John Gautrey snatched a likely win away from Harvey Webster on the final black as Paul Crabtree senior beat Ray Forshaw 52-6 to get Mere Brow their first point of the night. In one of the final pairings something had to give as both Jason Swarbrick and Dale Roberts had yet to register a win between them out of 11 frames played. Jason looked to have gained his first win when just having to pot the blue but somehow managed to miss the ball completely letting Dale in to get his first win of the season. No doubt shouts of ‘Should have gone to Specsavers’ were called out but I am sure Jason took it all in his stride. Well he has to hasn’t he…!!! Ste Gautrey got the win for Tarleton when he beat Matthew Greenwood 47-37.

Argyle LTC drew 3-3 with S&B cc in a match that saw the Cricket club record their third draw on the trot after losing their opening five matches. Dave Palmer continues to keep his winning momentum going after he beat Ste Forshaw, as did Jon Holmes who beat Barney Newton. Paul Parker beat Colin Coffey with the help of a 26 break though Paddy Tyndall beat that break with a 33 against Tom Palmer. Argyle have not won in their last two matches and it won’t be getting any easier with matches against Fleetwood, Tarleton A and Mere Brow A to come in the next three weeks.


2nd Division  

We have new leaders in the 2nd division after Waddington Cons B beat St. Teresa’s A 5-1 last week. This was the second 5-1 defeat on the bounce for Teresa’s and has seen them slip from first to fourth in just a couple of weeks. Martin Jones managed to gain the only point for Teresa’s as the Waddy players swept aside the rest of the players fairly comfortably. The Waddy will be buoyed by the fact that they are top of the league, have yet to taste defeat, and have a game in hand over all of the chasing teams. The home player’s minds might not have been on the snooker after the sad news about Danny Adams, so it’s understandable that they might suffer a result like this, but the season is a long one and they have plenty of time to get back to the top again. The Waddy face a trip to Banks next to face the C team while Teresa’s go to British Rail who are looking for their first home win of the season.

Les Dodd’s B won 4-2 against Banks C to inflict a second loss of the season and go above them in the table. Star man on the night Lee Holmes, maybe wondering why he left Banks for Les Dodd’s as in his last two visits to the club he has amassed an aggregate score of 194 points to only 33 against. His demolition job on Alan Johnson last week saw him compile breaks of 35 and 23 to easily beat him 104-14, he had previously beaten Ray Swailes 90-19 in the last round of the Rickerby Cup. With Billy Cummings beating Dave Mills and handing the man from Dodd’s his first loss of the season, it saw the opening frames shared. As were the next two frames where Andy Reynolds kept up his winning ways beating John Prescott 63-46, and Martin Sephton levelled the frames up with a 47-38 win over Joe Wade. Arthur Wareing and Cliff Arnold could not stop Peter Parkinson or Paul Rogers in the last two frames of the match and see’s them lose to both of their close rivals in recent weeks.

With Les Dodd’s A beating Churchtown Cons B 4-2 it meant this was the only home win in the division out of the five games played. Although Churchtown are still searching for that first win of the season, this defeat sees them only 2 points behind their victors and in a group of seven teams separated by only 3 points. After the opening frames were shared the difference on the night came in the middle pairings when both home players, Alan Harley and Graham Marshall beat Colin Tennant and Dave Pritchard. It put the home side 3-1 up and looking for their third win of the season. It duly came when Ken Dumican managed to defeated Lawrence Richards 56-38 and take the win for the home side. Churchtown’s Guy Hudson beat Mike Lount 60-19 to improve his record to 5 wins from 7 this year.

Banks B got their first away win of the season when beating Scarisbrick A 4-2 last week but it could have been a much bigger win. After Andy Griffiths and Bob Ashcroft had put Banks 2-0 up Scarisbrick where under real pressure to get back into the match. So when 2-0 became 4-0, after good wins for John E Gearie and Dave Turner, it was down to Paul Horner and Chris Starkie to try and get something out of the night’s match. Banks still had to play their star player Mike Marsh, but he was up against Scarisbrick’s top man this year Paul Horner and he wasn’t for letting his good record slip to the lad from Banks. When Paul eventually beat Mike 67-37 he improved his personal record to 5 wins from 6, and left Mike with his second defeat this year. Chris Starkie beat John Gearie to gain Scarisbrick the last two frames but the result had already gone to Banks.

British Rail A enjoyed their trip back in to town last week, as they came away from playing the Bretherton A team with a 4-2 win. The opening four frames all went to the players with the best records in each team as Dave Cottam and Jim Richards both won for Bretherton while Peter Robinson junior and John O’Malley won for the Railway men. Robinson junior kept up his impressive record of not losing on his travels yet this year, after he beat Kevin Wigley 57-34, with John O’Malley keeping up with him in the wins department after he defeated Gordon Russell 55-29. The last two pairings for the Railway men, Colin Peet and Steve Naylor, made sure of the win for their team after they beat Ron Dickinson and Harry Haslam respectfully, Steve only doing so after he sunk the final black.

3rd Division

The Birkdale Cons B team got a taste of their own medicine last week as they were thumped 5-1 by a Bretherton B side who also replaced them at the top of the 3rd division. Bretherton had only dropped 5 points out of their four games at home this year with Birkdale only dropping 1 point out of a possible 18 frames away, so something had to give. In the end it was the home team who kept their record intact handing out the kind of beatings that Birkdale have handed out this year. William and Simon Moulton got the ball rolling for Bretherton as they dispatched Peter Wilding and John Stringfellow with a bit to spare in the opening frames. For Peter is was his first defeat of the year a fate that Reg Dobson and Geoff Tyas would feel after they both lost to Phil Iddon and Stephen Fiddler next on. With the home side now 4-0 up it was a matter of trying to get something out of the match and only when David Robinson had secured his win on the colours did the Birkdale team breathe a sigh of relief. The result see’s both teams sit at the top of the league on 32 points each, with Southport Cons only two points back, and means we could have a hell of a fight on our hands for the eventual winner of this division.

The reason that the Southport Cons A team are 2 points behind the two leaders is in the fact that they suffered a 4-2 home defeat to the Les Dodd’s C team. Steve Mawdsley got his first win of the season when he beat Damien Bloomfield while Marcus Jones waits for his first win after losing to Doddy’s Danny Clegg. Colin Paul beat Kyle Woodfull and so joined Matty Pollock on 6 wins for the season but Peter Yates could not beat Harry Wilby to leave a 2-2 score line. In yet another match that saw the frame scores level after four frames it was the away team who managed to come away with the victory after Kevin Woodfull and Martin Cusack beat both of their opponents.

The Birkdale Cons C team gave home debuts to Frank Murphy and Phil Horan and it paid off for them as they both won to help their team to a 4-2 victory over Churchtown Cons C. Phil won with something to spare over Mike Stuttard, beating him 51-5 but Frank had a first frame to remember in his battle with John McCabe. With the frame score sat at 43-21 in favour of Frank, he could only watch on as John potted a really good brown ball to leave the blue, pink and black at his mercy, and a chance to draw level on points. After coming up a bit short on the final black, John went for the ‘Higgins Double’ off the back cushion into the yellow pocket and got it to force a re-spot. Though Johns heart may have been racing after such a great shot it soon returned to normal after he went in-off the re-spotted black to hand the frame to Frank on a plate. Next on, Roger Hughes made short work of Sean McDerby while Martin Calvert beat Peter Milford. With Churchtown a player short it meant that Brian Sheil was under pressure to win and avoid a 5-1 score line. Brian eventually won on the black after a long battle with Paul Rimmer to gain Churchtown two frame wins and some consolation on the night.

Scarisbrick B’s season continues to go winless after another defeat this time 4-2 to the hands of St. Teresa’s B. John Brown had got the home side off to a good start when he beat Mike Langford 42-29 with the help of a 26 break, but Eric Stockley could not match his team mate as he lost to Nobby Lee 42-60. Colin Rimmer and Richard Pope had no answer to the Teresa’s pair of John McGee and Aiden Quinn as they both won to give Teresa’s a 3-1 lead, leaving Scarisbrick a battle to make the draw. Billy Wilson gave the home side hope when he defeated Ted Wier 68-55 but John Hardisty could do nothing at all when Stan Cullis sunk the final black to take the frame by four points 53-49.

Waddington Cons C beat Banks D 4-2 but where fortunate that the visiting team only came with three players. The opening pairings for Banks, Gerry Stone and Barry Foster, both won their frames to go 2-0 up, but you won’t get that first win of the season if you turn up short of players.

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