By Chris Gill

Week 9

1st Division

Mere Brow A continued on their quest to win yet another title with a 5-1 win over Churchtown Cons A. It see’s the champions elect with a home record of played five won five in which they have only dropped six points this season so far. Churchtown, who have yet to win away from home this season, started off well when Les Prescott beat Andy O’Hara 73-35 aided by a 35 break, but that was to be the only high point in the night for the Con club. Danny Jassi and Martin Brown both moved to 8 wins from 9 played for the season after beating Dan Matthews and Dave Harwood, with John Greenwood taking the final black in beating Craig Rice 45-38. With Churchtown 3-1 down and a player short, it was left to Mick Coxon to stop Jack Wilby getting Mere Brow five wins on the night. Mick ultimately fell short of his challenge as Jack slotted home the final pink to gain a 54-40 victory.

Second placed Tarleton A saw off Waddington Cons A 5-1 in what was a tight and competitive match. Both of the opening frames were settled on the final colours, John Nelson beating Billy Evans on the blue and Arnie Sothern beating Ali Iddon on the pink even though he raced to a 30+ lead at one point. Chris Gill saw off the efforts of Paul Taylor in the next, but was made to work hard for his win. Needing two snookers with the pink and black left on the table Paul never gave up trying and played the shot of the night in his attempts to get back into the frame. With the black on its spot, the pink tight to the top side cushion, he flicked the pink with loads of side spin to place the white directly at the back of the black. Unfortunately for him, Chris got out of the snooker and took the frame a couple of shots later. Chris Hoare made short work of Paul Wilson to win 81-14 and so it was left to Alan Tomlin to stop the whitewash. The 6-0 score line looked on after Marcus Jackson went nearly 30 points to the good with two reds left, but Alan gained control of the table with some well laid snooker’s and so took the last frame.

Fleetwood Hesketh A seemed to have found their ‘mojo’ again after completing a 5-1 win over Argyle LTC, and so move up to 4th in the table. This was Fleetwood’s third straight win, and see’s them go ahead of Argyle who in contrast have now gone three straight without a win. Wins for Ste Crane, Stuart Evans and Neil Rimmer saw the home side take a 3-1 lead, with Ste Forshaw the only winner for Argyle. But the match-up between Gareth Hibbott and Paddy Tyndall was all set for the spectators to sit back and hopefully enjoy. As always when the top players play each other it is sometimes down to who gets the first real opportunity, and Gareth did. He made a wonderful break of 78, eventually missing a fairly easy pink with one red left and yet another hundred at his mercy. Argyle’s winless streak will be tested again with Tarleton A visiting the tennis club this week, while Fleetwood will be looking for more big points when they make the short trip to Banks.

Birkdale Cons A stayed 3rd in the table and in touch near the top after a 4-2 win over Mere Brow B. The opening frames saw Phil Fitzgerald make his highest break of the season so far, a 40, in his win over David Forshaw, with Dale Roberts beating Tony Roberts 48-24 to level up the scores. Ricky Webb beat Paul Crabtree senior 74-24, but Mick Wardle failed to beat Paul Junior, losing 50-69, so levelling the frame scores 2-2. In the last pairings Mere Brow’s young guns of Harvey Webster and Matthew Greenwood could not do anything to stop the wily ole dogs of Les Sullivan and Ronnie Brooks beating them and so completing the 4-2 score line for the home side.

The Cricket Club gained their fourth straight 3-3 result when they entertained Banks A at home last week. Winning all of the opening three frames, they missed out on that first win of the season after Banks took the last three. Paul Parker made it three wins on the trot as he beat Andy Bridge 73-46 with Dave Palmer continuing his great form this year with a 52-21 victory over Andy Hardisty. This win for Dave see’s him sit 7th in the ‘Players Rankings’ and must be his best start to a season for many a year. Roy Cookson got Banks their first win on the night after beating Tony Milner, which was quickly followed by wins for Trevor Wetton and Andy Bintcliffe.

Tarleton C managed to gain a draw out of the Tarleton B team but only after going 3-1 down earlier in the night. Neil Rigden, Andy Marsden and Ian Gautrey got the B team off to a good start but could do nothing in the latter frames as Phil Keep and Mark Rollins managed to get the last two frames of the night. Neil Rigden beat the winless Jimmy Jones and Ian Gautrey continued to move up the rankings with a scrappy win over Jamie Wane. Andy Marsden got the third win for the B team when defeating Shaun Fisher 71-39 but it was then the turn of the C team to start enjoying their snooker and gain the upper hand. Pete Haslam dispatched John Gautrey 75-43 with Mark Rollins and Phil Keep completing the comeback after beating Ray Forshaw and Ste Gautrey.

2nd Division

Waddington Cons B kept the top spot in the division after they earned a 4-2 victory over 3rd placed Banks C last week. They remain unbeaten at home this season and look favourites for the title come the end of the fixtures in April next year. The opening frames were shared between the sides with Ray Highton winning for the Con club and Martin Sephton replying for Banks. But the middle pairings both went the way of the home side as Steve Cobb continued his good form this season beating Arthur Wareing easily 63-19, and Phil Kitchen beating Cliff Arnold 50-40. The draw guaranteed it was left to Andy Linaker to secure the win when he beat Rennie Culshaw 76-32. For Banks, John Prescott got them their 2nd point on the night after he defeated Phil Gaskell 58-39, but it now see’s the C team go four matches without a league win, something they will try to amend when hosting British Rail this week. For the Waddy they take on 2nd placed Les Dodd’s B in what should be a good match.

Churchtown Cons B may be winless this year, but they are a tough nut to crack at home as they registered a 3-3 draw with 2nd placed Les Dodd’s B. It was the fourth 3-3 draw at home for the Con club, only Bretherton A have won there yet this year, as they shared the frames all the way through on the card. Paul Connor played well to defeat Dave Mills 75-35, but this was cancelled out when Peter Parkinson beat Dave Pritchard 58-20. One a piece became two apiece as Colin Tennant edged passed Dave Brown 45-35 with Paul Rogers replying for Doddy’s beating Jamie Barton and so levelling the scores up again. And in keeping with the previous four frames the last two where shared with Guy Hudson keeping his winning record going when defeating Joe Wade while Andy Reynolds got one back for Les Dodd’s when beating Lawrence Renshaw.

Banks B gained a 4-2 victory over Our Lady’s to drop the Formby side to the bottom of the 2nd division table. Only three point’s separate the bottom seven teams so it is not like the Formby side are cut adrift yet, but they must try and improve on their sole league win for the season soon. The Banks pair of Mike Marsh and Dave Turner got the home side of to a great start when beating Phil Fellows and Paul Heery, and so open up a 2-0 lead. When Andy Griffiths defeated Tommy Tickle 62-37 he improved his personal record to 7 wins and 1 defeat, and sees him sit 4th in the ‘Player Rankings’ so far this year. Our Lady’s gained their first point of the match when Michael Houghton beat Ray Swailes, leaving them to win the last two frames to gain a draw. Unfortunately this didn’t materialise as John E Gearie starred for Banks in the last frames beating Keith Turner 88-28, making a 25 break for good measure.

British Rail A narrowly missed out on their first home win of the season after they gained a 3-3 draw with St.Teresa’s A. After the opening frames were shared between the sides it was left for the middle pairings to provide the drama when the top sticks for each side played each other.  John O’Malley for the Railway played Martin Jones for Teresa’s, in a frame that went down to the last black and point as Martin came out victor 49 points to 48 to register his 7th win for the year so far. For John it meant he suffered his 3rd defeat of the campaign so far, and first defeat in his last four matches. With Teresa’s other player of the season so far Trevor Ford beating Peter Robinson junior 67-52, it was left to Eddie Cracknell and Ste Naylor to get the remaining two frames for the Railway side and so secure the draw. The Railway take on Banks C this week with Teresa’s sitting out due to an Open Date.

Les Dodd’s A got away with a 3-3 draw against Scarisbrick A after going 2-0 down in the early stages of the match. Norman Hallsworth and David Wright did the damage early on when beating Martin Matthews and Ken Dumican with a bit to spare in the opening frames, only for the home side to respond by winning the next two frames. Alan Harley, who made a 30 break on the night, beat Graham Ball 67-39, with Peter Jackson sneaking passed Peter Lathom on the final black, 49-42. After Ian Tinsley beat Mike Lount 59-20 it was left to Paul Horner to try and gain Scarisbrick their first away win of the year in his match against Graham Marshall. But Graham beat Paul in a close game 49-40 to snatch the win and possible victory away from their visitors.

3rd Division

Bretherton B stayed top of the division after they recorded a 4-2 away win against the Churchtown Cons C team. The Bretherton pair of Simon and William Moulton took the opening frames on the night with Simon continuing to stay unbeaten for the year with 8 wins from his 8 frames played. William Moulton stayed the one behind him with 7 wins, when beating Richard Butterworth 49-13. John Gornall and Phil Iddon gained the other frame wins for the visitors with Phil making a very handy 28 break against Roger Hughes. For Churchtown only Peter Milford and Jim Bradley could offer any resistance on the night as they beat Stephen Fiddler and Alan Venables. Churchtown sit out this week’s fixtures with Bretherton playing hosts to Waddington C.

Birkdale Cons B stayed level pegging with Bretherton at the top of the league after they beat Waddington Cons C 4-2. The home side could not have started any better after Reg Dobson and Peter Wilding both won their frames against Dave Brown and Mick Hodge, but could not keep up that momentum as the Waddy took both of the middle frames. Stefan Whyte beat John Warnick 63-20 and George Evans snatched the frame away from John Mullard on the black 52-59 to set up the last two frames evenly poised. But Birkdale are a good side at home and that made the difference in the end as both John Stringfellow and David Robinson won fairly easily to keep their unbeaten home record intact. Birkdale face a tricky match with the Churchtown D team while the Waddy face the other league leaders in Bretherton.

Les Dodd’s C stayed 4 points behind the leading pair after their 4-2 win over the luckless Scarisbrick B team. Scarisbrick did all they could on the night to register their first win after going 2-0 up with wins for Colin Rimmer and John Brown, even with John only managing to win on the black 48-44. Les Dodd’s took the middle frames with Martin Cusack playing well to beat Eric Stockley 69-21 making a 35 break in doing so with Damien Bloomfield levelled the frames up with a comfortable 69-20 win over Ian Lowery. The momentum fully with Les Dodd’s it was left to Kyle and Kevin Woodfull to gain the last two frames and so send Scarisbrick to their 9th straight loss.

Banks D will still have to wait for their first league win of the season after going down 5-1 to the Churchtown Cons D team last week. Churchtown took control very quickly in the match racing to a 2-0 lead after wins came for Dave Quinn and Mike Pickles, soon to be followed by wins for Al Graham and Russ Walsh. With Churchtown coming with only the five men it meant that Banks would avoid the 6-0 whitewash but the five players for the Con club all won when Steve Mentha completed the nap 5 of wins when beating Darren McDonnell 44-53. Next up for Churchtown is the harder challenge of Birkdale B while Banks will face more hardship with a trip to Bath street.

The Fleetwood Hesketh B team remain winless away from Marshside after losing 4-2 at St. Teresa’s B. After the side shared the opening four frames home advantage took over as the Hesketh side slipped to yet another away defeat. Fleetwood’s Lawrence Renshaw and Ian Brownhill gained two of the first four frames with Aiden Quinn and Peter McGee senior getting home victories for Teresa’s. But in the end the home pairings of John McGee and Dave Andrews had too much for Mick Orme and Phil Marrow to give the home side back to back 4-2 wins and move to 6th in the table.


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