By OTS Sports reporter: Chris Gill
Snooker results for last week, we are now into week 6 for the 1st & 2nd divisions, and week 7 in the 3rd division.
Mere Brow A made a huge statement in trying to retain the 1st division title this week when handing out a 6-0 thrashing to fellow title rivals Fleetwood Hesketh A. Danny Jassi, who seems to be in a rich vein of form at the moment, made yet another impression in the break chart when making a 36 break against Ste Crane. This follows on from the 42 & 35 breaks he has made in his previous two matches and has him sitting on 5 wins out of 6 for the season. Martin Brown ended Gareth Hibbotts unbeaten run so far in the season when he beat him 66-36, and with John Greenwood beating Mike Reeder it see’s these three players sit in the top 10 of the players chart on 5 wins from 6 games. This defeat is yet another set back to the team from Marshside, who have now lost 4 of their opening 6 matches, and see’s them already 12 points behind Mere Brow.
In the other big clash of the week, Tarleton A beat Birkdale Cons 4-2 in a match that saw plenty of good snooker with no less than 5 breaks of 36 and over. Chris Hoare got the potting spree going for the night when making back to back 46 breaks against John Melvin. John, who had taken a 28-0 lead at the start of the frame, could only watch as Chris took ball after ball to take a quick fire opening frame. Phil Fitzgerald managed to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory when seeing a 30 point lead evaporate and lose his frame to Andy Bolton on a re-spot black. He did have first chance of winning the frame but missed a tricky black off its spot, only to serve up a chance to Andy, of which he took. The breaks continued when Chris Gill made his first break of over 30 in the season, a 36, to only go on and beat that mark with a superb 55 against the watching Mike Wardle. Rob Iddon handed out the same treatment to Ronnie Brooks making a fine 43 beating him 92-2. Birkdale were now staring down the barrel of a heavy defeat but Ricky Webb and Les Sullivan fought well to claim the last two frames on the night to claim two good points.
Banks A beat Tarleton B 4-2 in a match that saw a new target set for the highest break of the season when Andy Bridge compiled a wonderful 67 break against Andy Gautrey. A possible draw was avoided when Andrew Bintcliffe beat John Gautrey in the last frame of the night on the black. This gave Banks their first win of the season, and left Tarleton searching for their first away win of the season.
Argyle LTC stay unbeaten in the league this year when defeating the bottom side Mere Brow B 4-2. Jon Holmes & Paddy Tyndall continue to keep winning, both players have won 5 of their opening 6 matches. The win see’s Argyle keep their 100% home record of played three won three, and still in touch at the top of the league table sitting level with Tarleton A in second place. Harvey Webster & Paul Crabtree jnr providing the points for Mere Brow in a season which has yet to get going for the promoted side this year.
Tarleton C suffered their second 5-1 away defeat of the season when losing at Waddington Cons this week. The win see’s the Waddy move to 5th in the table, within 2 points of second spot, and with most of the teams above them all to play yet. Tarleton will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they play Argyle next.
Churchtown Cons drew 3-3 with S & B cc but it could have been much better had they not lost the last two matches. Down 3-1 on the night Dave Palmer & Tony Milner, who both made a 25 break in their matches, beat Mick Coxon & Colin Boston to snatch a possible team victory away from their hosts. The defeat of Colin Boston meant that his unbeaten run to the season had finished, and so see’s him join a list of 11 other players all on a played 6, won 5 record.
In the clash of 1st v 2nd in the 2nd Division, St. Teresa’s A sent out a big message to league leaders Banks C, when the handed out a 5-1 thumping last week. John Cromwell producing the best win of his season so far when beating the previously unbeaten Alan Johnson 71-15, and help his side race to a 4-0 lead. Martin Sephton managed to get a point on the board for the visiting Banks side when he defeated Stephen Cromwell in the last frame, but it was too little too late in the end for them. This win for Teresa’s see’s them sitting joint top of the division with Banks on 23 points a piece, both with identical records.
The chasing pack in the division includes Waddington Cons B who beat Our Lady’s 4-2 last week, and sit only 3 points behind the top 2 teams. Michael Houghton and Andrew Linaker both made 20 breaks in their frame, a 23 & 24 respectfully, with Andy coming out on top for the win. Our Lady’s might have been grateful that the Waddy only went with 5 players on the night as Paul Heery got their only played win beating Mick Hodge. This defeat see’s the side from Formby still searching for their opening win of the season, whilst the Waddy continue to stay unbeaten after playing 5 games so far this season.
Banks B recorded their first win of the season when they won 4-2 against the visiting Churchtown Cons B team. After sharing the opening frames of the night they were grateful for John E Gearie winning his frame against Dave Pritchard on the black 54-48, making it 3-1 at least a draw on the night for the home side. When Dave Turner defeated Jamie Barton, this meant that Banks would gain their first win of the season and leave Churchtown still in search of theirs.
Another team claiming a first last week was Scarisbrick A, recording their first home win of the season in beating British Rail 4-2. Star performance on the night went to Norman Hallsworth when he amassed 102 points in his victory over Ste Naylor and help put his side 3-1 up. This was on top of solid displays by Chris Starkie & Grahm Ball who also comfortably beat their opponents as well. And when Peter Fenwick beat Peter Robinson snr, he made sure of getting the vital 4th frame win for the home side. British Rail only sit 2 points behind their victors but they do have a game in hand of them in the league.
The match between Bretherton A & Les Dodd’s B was postponed, and is to be played in a weeks time.
We have new leaders at the top of the 3rd Division as Birkdale Cons B swept Banks D away with a comprehensive 6-0 beating. This was the second 6-0 thumping that Birkdale had dished out this year and see’s them take a 1 point lead over their nearest challengers. With Reg Dobson, Peter Wilding & Geoff Tyas yet to taste defeat in the league they are putting themselves in good order to be called favourites for the title this year. A long way to go we know, but with this sort of form they might take some beating. For the hapless Banks team, who only managed to score 78 points between them on the night, they can only hope for better days as they look upwards on the rest of the league sitting, as they do, bottom of the table.
Churchtown Cons D could only draw 3-3 with St. Teresa’s B and so moved level on points with Southport Cons, who sat out with an open date this week, into joint second in the table. The tightest of finishes came in the last two pairings on the night when both frames ended up being settled on the final black. Billy Pye beat John McGee by 2 points, with John McGee beating Steve Mentha by 3 points.
Not to be out done by their big brothers the Birkdale Cons C team kept their unbeaten away record going with a resounding 5-1 victory over Scarisbrick B. This after suffering two 6-0 defeats at home this year, to their A team and Southport Cons, means they will be hoping to keep their unbeaten away form going for a bit longer yet to counter their poor home record. Its very much a big team effort by Birkdale who have used no less than 10 different players so far this year, with Phil Green & Ted Coghlan the only players to play in each and every match so far this season. For Scarisbrick it looks like it might become a battle with Banks for the right to ‘win’ the Wooden Spoon at the moment. Having played 7 matches this season so far they have yet to register anything else other than defeat and will be hoping to correct that stat very soon.
Les Dodd’s C team matched the result of Birkdale C when they also won 5-1 at the expense of Waddington Cons C. After they had recorded 2 wins out of their first 3 matches, the Waddy C team will be hoping for that form to come back to them soon. Les Dodd’s on the other hand will be hoping for more of the same in the coming weeks as they face Churchtown Cons, 2nd & Southport Cons, 3rd in the table, next up.
Fleetwood Hesketh B drew with Churchtown Cons C but will be rueing the opportunity of a home victory after Churchtown won the last two frames on the night. After getting off to the perfect start, with Ian Brownhill & Mark Beaver winning the opening frames Phil Marrow beat Roger Hughes in a close game to go 3-1 up. But Churchtown managed to win the last two frames, with Peter Milford, who made a 24 break in his match, and Brian Shiel both winning to take the frames and sharing the spoils in a drawn game.
This week see’s a break in the league fixtures as we have the 1st Round proper of the Rickerby Cup.
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