Report by Chris Gill

1st Division

After their first defeat of the season last week, the Mere Brow A team got back to winning ways with a 6-0 whitewash of Argyle LTC. Andy O’Hara made short work of Brian Jarrett, beating him 68-6, while Danny Jassi had a bit of a tussle with Ste Forshaw before coming out on top 56-24. With the home side now 2-0 up, it was put to Argyle’s top player, Paddy Tyndall, to get a frame on the board for his side. He was paired up to play Mere Brow’s top stick Martin Brown but could not rise to the task as Martin ran out a 59-37 winner. Coupled with Jack Wilby beating Colin Coffey it made sure that Mere Brow took their unbeaten home record to 5 wins out of 5. With the added bonus of Argyle being a player short, it meant the full set of six was possible if John Greenwood could get past Ryan Curry. John proved too strong for the Argyle player, and so it completed the full sweep of six wins on the night. With this defeat, Argyle slipped to 7th in the table, while Mere Brow hold on to a 3 point advantage at the top of the table.

The main reason for not putting any further distance between themselves and the chasing Tarleton BC A team, is that the side from just down the road put 6 past Banks A also. Fearing that Mere Brow would get at least 5 winners against Argyle the Tarleton side set upon a startled Banks side with John Nelson and Chris Hoare providing the perfect start to the night to go 2-0 up. Both players played with freedom as John made breaks of 46 & 27 against Andy Hardisty, with Chris Hoare matching him making breaks of 34 & 42 in beating Roy Cookson. Andy Bolton saw off the challenge of Alan Sutton with Chris Gill beating Trevor Wetton 69-44. Trevor could count himself slightly unlucky not to fall on the last red when looking to take all of the remaining balls on the table, but he didn’t get the final red safe and Chris cleared up to the pink to put Tarleton 4-0 up. Ste Harrison proved too strong for Andy Bridge, beating him quite comfortably 46-3, as Marcus Jackson played solidly to beat an out of sorts Andrew Bintcliffe 67-16.

Fleetwood Hesketh stayed 3rd in the table after their 4-2 win over the Tarleton B team. Gavin Douglas and Gareth Hibbott got the Hesketh side off to a good start by winning both of their frames against Ray Forshaw and Andy Marsden respectively, with Gareth making yet another break, this time ‘only’ a 42. Gareth seems to be having his own ‘high break’ competition at the moment as in his last three league matches he has made breaks of 42, 78 and 81 just coming short of the 96 he made back in early November. The middle frames saw one Gautrey win, Ian against Dean Oliver 78-23, and John lose to Stuart Evans 55-28 to see the match score go to 3-1 in favour of the home side. Neil Rimmer lost his first match in six as Neil Rigden turned him over 67-24 as Ste Crane saw off Jason Swarbrick 72-15. Fleetwood have turned around their bad start to the season to get to within 10 points of Mere Brow, some 7 points off Tarleton A in second place as the Tarleton B team look to improve on their miserly away record in the New Year.

Waddington Cons carried on from last week’s big win against Mere Brow to inflict a 4-2 defeat on Churchtown Cons last week, though the result could have gone either way. Les Prescott lost his unbeaten home record for the year when Alan Tomlin beat him 72-38, as Colin Boston replied for Churchtown by only just beating Paul Wilson 58-50. Ally Iddon beat Dave Harwood 56-32 with Billy Evans snatching the frame away from Craig Rice on the black 56-53. With the Waddy now 3-1 up they looked to get only their 2nd away win for the season and were grateful for Gary Flynn providing it. With Mick Coxon in his way, Gary improved his record to 9 wins form 11 as he slotted home the final black to claim a narrow 60 points to 54 win for his team. For Churchtown it was left for Dan Matthews to make his best break of the season, a 32 against Paul Taylor, to provide their 2nd winner on the night. This defeat see’s Churchtown slip to second from bottom in the division, with the Waddy moving further up the table to 5th.   

The Southport & Birkdale cricket club extended their recent unbeaten run to six matches after they beat the basement club Mere Brow B 4-2. Paul Parker set things in motion by edging past Dale Roberts 48-42 as Matthew Greenwood replied with a victory over Barney Newton 54-39. Mere Brow then took a 2-1 lead as Paul Crabtree jnr beat Tony Milner 60-26 but the consistency shown by Dave Palmer and Russell Thornley recently took the match away from their visitors as they comfortably beat Crabtree snr and Dave Forshaw. With Mere Brow losing here it meant that they have gone the first half of the season without registering a single league win and will be hoping for their luck to change in the New Year. For the Cricket club, they might be upset the league now takes a break as they look to carry on this fine unbeaten run of theirs.

Tarleton BC C eventually drew 3-3 with Birkdale Cons after they went 3-1 down earlier on in the match. The Waddy’s Ricky Webb produced his best snooker against Jimmy Jones, beating him easily 76-2, helped in most to a wonderful break of 54. Ricky could have made a lot higher break, after missing what in terms to some of his previous shots was a bad miss on the black. Phil Fitzgerald could have beaten that break score had he managed to string together the two 20 breaks plus the 33 he made against Peter Haslam, but he had to be content with beating Peter Haslam so convincingly 79-29. Dean Bond beat Les Sullivan in a scrappy affair while John Melvin potted a super blue and pink to take a nervy frame off Shaun Fisher 48-39. With the home side 3-1 down it was backs to the wall stuff for Phil Keep and Mark Rollins as they tried to level the scores up for the draw. Ronnie Brooks made a mistake after getting a free ball on the yellow, he potted the black twice, which cost him the frame in the end against Phil. And Mark Rollins beat Mick Wardle 65-23 to level up the frame scores to 3 apiece. Birkdale sit 1 point behind Fleetwood in the table in 4th as Tarleton C lie 6th in the division.

2nd Division…         

Division 2 leaders Waddington Cons B saw off the challenge of Churchtown Cons B beating them 5-1 to increase their lead to three points at the top of the table. Keith Percival found some good form to make his best break of the year a 31 against Jamie Barton with Peter Lord beating Colin Tennant 48-18 to give the Waddy a 2-0 lead. With Ste Cobb matching Keith’s break of 31 in his frame against Dave Pritchard it was left to Paul Connor to get the opening point for the visitors. Andy Linaker and Phil Gaskell finished off the match by beating Lawrence Richards and Guy Hudson to see the Waddy take control of the division at the half way point of the season. Churchtown stay bottom of the division but sit only four points behind 6th placed Bretherton A.

The Les Dodd’s B team stayed in touch with Waddy after beating British Rail 4-2 on their travels last week. With the first four frames being played out to a 2-2 score line it didn’t tell the whole picture as all four of these frames were settled on the final colours. Peter Robinson jnr, beat Dave Mills by 9 points with Joe Wade getting a 10 point victory over Paul Varney. The middle frames were just as tight as Railway’s Eddy Cracknell beat the previously free scoring Lee Holmes 46-40 only for Peter Parkinson to get one back for Doddy’s when beating John O’Malley by 6 points 44-38. Unfortunately for the Rail the last two frames were not as close as the previous ones as Andy Reynolds kept his winning streak going by beating Colin Peet 53-26, and Paul Rogers beat Ste Naylor 57-23.

St. Teresa’s A left Banks B licking their wounds as they handed out a 5-1 drubbing to their hosts and so moved back in contention for the 2nd Division title. The two top sticks for Teresa’s this year, Trevor Ford & Martin Jones, went on first and didn’t let their side down getting them off to a flier. Trevor improved to 8 wins from 10 when beating Dave Turner 74-13, with Martin setting a division high of 9 wins from 10 in his 63-33 win over Andy Griffiths. John E Gearie managed to get Banks on the score sheet when beating Craig Jones but when John Cromwell beat Bob Ashcroft 50-42 it would be the only high point for the home side on the night. The Cromwell pair of Stephen & Lee secured the win for Teresa’s when beating Ray Swailes and John Gearie to see them record their second 5-1 score away from home this year.

Scarisbrick brought Our Lady’s back to earth with a bump as they saw their opponents off back to Formby a 5-1 loser on the night. The Formby side’s reversal from last week’s 5-1 to 1-5 will have come as a bit of a shock, but this sort of result seems the norm at the bottom of the division this year. Michael Houghton got Our Lady’s only point of the night when beating Ian Tinsley in one of the opening frames as Graham Ball edged past Keith Turner on the black 55-50. The middle frames provided no let up for Our Lady’s as Norman Hallsworth broke 70 points in the league for the third week on the trot beating Paul Heery 79-28, as Chris Starkie saw off the old war horse Tommy Tickle 42-25. The last two frames also went the way of the home side as Paul Horner beat Phil Fellows as David Wright fought out a tight battle with Alan Parker to win 34-13.

Les Dodd’s A continued to struggle at home this year after going down 4-2 to Bretherton A. After sharing the opening frames, with wins for Doddy’s Karl Bellman over Jim Richards, and Gordon Russell winning for Bretherton, the match turned when the visitors took both of the middle frames to gain the upper hand. Alan Harley lost for the first time in five as Dave Cottam beat him 63-35 with Mick Powell putting in a great performance to beat Brian Hardy 97-11. The remaining two frames were a bit closer in terms of scoring as Peter Jackson beat Jim Holden 66-52, with Harry Haslam scoring a 56-44 win over Graham Marshall. For Bretherton it means they keep their unbeaten away record intact, sitting with 4 wins from 4, as Les Dodd’s look for improvement on their one and only home victory this year.

3rd Division…

League Leaders Bretherton B lost at home for the first time this year, 4-2 to Churchtown Cons D, to give hope to the chasing pack behind them. With Churchtown gaining a little momentum at this present time, they have won their previous two games 5-1, they went to Bretherton in tip top form. As per the norm so far this year for Bretherton, William & Simon Moulton both continue to win, this time at the expense of Steve Mentha and Tony Wakefield, but the rest of their team mates could not follow suit. Dave Quinn snr beat Alan Venables 69-31 with Mick Pickles beating Stephen Fiddler 54-15. With the match set at 2 apiece it was left to Phil Iddon and John Gornall to fend off the attentions of Russ Walsh and Al Graham, something of which they could not do. John Gornall could do nothing to stop an in form Russ Walsh beating him by 50 points, 75-25, as Al Graham proved the better man on the night against Phil Iddon winning 54-38.  Churchtown host Waddy C next week as Bretherton face another tough match in their trip to Bath Street and Southport Cons.

And it was Southport Cons who where the real winners of last week’s results when they humbled the previously high flying Birkdale Cons 5-1 at Birkdale to move to second in the table. The opening frames showed nothing of what was to follow as both sides chalked up a close fought win. Steve Mawdsley continued his recent good form beating Reg Dobson 45-33 with Peter Wilding beating Peter Yates 55-43. But that would be it for Birkdale as the Bath street side outscored their opponents to easily claim the next four frames. Colin Paul made a 22 break in his win against Charlie Turner, with Matty Pollock scoring 76 points in his match against John Stringfellow. The 3-1 score line became 5 -1 when Jeff Wainwright and Larry Swindells took the frames away from David Robinson and Geoff Tyas. Birkdale have lost on three previous occasions this year, all to a 5-1 score line, and that must be a worry to Captain Reg Dobson.

Les Dodd’s C drew 3-3 with the Birkdale C, in a match that was only split by 3 points on the final aggregate score. Neither side could get their noses in front as the frames scores were shared all through the card. Kevin & Kyle Woodful both scored wins for Les Dodd’s, with Harry Wilby getting their third win on the night as Ted Coghlan, Phil Green and Sean McDerby all won the Con club. Phil Green top scored on the night as he won 72-38 over Martin Cusack, only Martins second home defeat this year. It also meant that Birkdale stayed unbeaten away from home in their five matches so far this year, though they have only won once drawing the other four. For Les Dodd’s it means they stay unbeaten in six, taking four wins out of them last six matches, but both sides will have to wait for their next fixture as they both sit out a Open Date in the fixture list.

Churchtown Cons C gained a valuable 4-2 win over Waddington Cons C to put a little daylight between the two teams in the table. John McCabe got the first frame on the board for Churchtown as he beat George Evans with Dave Brown gaining a win for the visitors when beating Pete Milford 48-33. The middle frames saw contrasting fortunes for the Riley pair from Waddy as Guy beat Richard Butterworth 55-4 but Max lost out to Roger Hughes 49-28. But unfortunately for the Whyte pair of the Waddy they could not trouble the scorer as Stefan lost to Brian Sheil 82-21 while Steve lost to Mike Stuttard on the final colours 50-39.

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