By: Chris Gill

1st Division

Mere Brow A kept up the pressure on the now chasing Tarleton side by winning 4-2 at Birkdale Cons to maintain their two point advantage at the top of the league. Phil Fitzgerald continued his great home form beating Andy O’Hara 71-35 helped along with a good 32 break as the returning Danny Jassi beat Tony Roberts 76-25. The middle frames went the way of the visitors with Alan Wareing making the break of the week, a 48, in his 77-8 victory over Ricky Webb as Les Sullivan lost out to Martin Brown 63-25. John Melvin saw off the challenge of Mere Brow’s top stick this year John Greenwood, beating him 83-23 making breaks of 20 and 23 in doing so with Andy Booth gaining the win for the team after beating Ronnie Brooks 75-29. The title is there in reach now for Mere Brow, and any slip up now might prove fatal. But with only three games left to play they are within sight of their third consecutive league title.

Tarleton BC A stayed two points behind leaders Mere Brow after gaining a 4-2 win over Churchtown Cons, coming back from 2-0 down at the start of the night. Craig Rice played impressively for his 70-27 win over John Nelson with Les Prescott snatching victory from the jaws of defeat after clearing up all the colours to beat Andy Bolton 61-58. Les was struggling to keep up with Andy and needed all those years of experience he has to take the black into the middle bag off the black spot to get his 9th win of the season. The battle of the team Captains went the way of Rob Iddon who beat Mick Coxon  63-21 with Chris Hoare getting the home side back to 2 apiece. Chris Gill took no time at all to beat Gus Thackery with Marcus Jackson seeing off Colin Boston with some goo all round snooker. This result leaves the title challenge still on but games are now running out.

Fleetwood Hesketh beat Waddington Cons 4-2. The score card is not to hand yet.

Banks A won 5-1 at the expense of Tarleton C, the Bowling club’s sides 7th consecutive defeat in as many games in the league this year. Alan Sutton won a close battle with Peter Haslam, winning 53-42 as Andy Hardisty out potted Shaun Fisher for a 60-16 win. Roy Cookson secured his victory over Dean Bond with a 27 break as Mark Rollins eventually got his side a point on the board after beating Andy Bridge. It was a little fortunate for Mark in his win after fluking the brown to finish good on the blue to take the final three colours and a 63-41 win. Jimmy Jones fought hard against Matthew Wetton but came up short, literally when leaving the black on for Matthew to take as Phil Keep lost out on the final colours to Andy Bintcliffe who laid a superb snooker on the pink behind the black to take the last frame and a 5-1 victory for the visitors.

Mere Brow B look like a team who just want the season to end after going down 6-0 to the B team from Tarleton Bowling club, their 4th such white-wash result this year. Neil Rigden and Ian Gautrey got things off to a flier for Tarleton beating Matthew Greenwood and Dale Roberts, both with a bit to spare. With Tarletons third away win of the season guaranteed when Ray Forshaw beat Paul Crabtree snr 75-18 and Ste Gautrey got the better of David Forshaw 54-45. With the Brew one man down it was left to Jason Swarbrick, last week’s heroic winner over Phil Fitzgerald, to get his side their first 6-0 win in living memory. This he managed when beating Harvey Webster on the final black 39-33.

Nothing could split the cricket bat or tennis racket last week as S & B and Argyle LTC played out a 3-3 draw in the battle of the ‘One-Table’ sides. Argyle went 2-0 up after good wins for Brain Jarrett and Ste Forshaw over Paul Parker and Barney Newton respectively, with Dave Palmer getting one back for the cricketers when beating Ryan Curry 63-42. Tony Milner then levelled up the frames with a 57-24 win over Colin Coffey only for Paddy Tyndall to gain the third win for the tennis club after beating Russ Thornley 64-21. The sixth frame was a dot ball for the home side as Argyle came a man light, thus leaving it level pegging 3-3 on the night.


2nd Division

Waddington Cons B kept a firm grip on their potential promotion back to the 1st division after beating 4th placed St.Teresa’s A 4-2 last week. Andy Linaker brought up his 10th win of the season when beating Trevor Ford 54-43 with John Cromwell replying for Teresa’s with a 30 break and a 67-27 victory over Phil Kitchen. Unfortunately for Teresa’s the Cromwell pair of Stephen and Lee, they couldn’t follow in ‘Big John’s’ shoes, both losing to the Waddy’s Keith Percival and Ste Cobb. Keith’s win over Lee Cromwell his 10th for the season as Ste moved to 14 wins and 3rd in the ‘Players Aggregate’ table. But it is Martin Jones who sits atop of the Players chart with 18 wins, after beating Phil Gaskell 54-39, with Craig Jones failing to get the better of Denis Woodward, going down 58-22 to the home player. The Waddy go to 2nd placed Banks C next as Teresa’s host bottom side British Rail.

Banks C will be looking forward to playing the leaders next up after giving 3rd placed Les Dodd’s B a 5-1 thumping. Rennie Culshaw scored a surprise 4th league win of his season when beating Andy Reynolds 68-57 to give the visitors a real boost of confidence as Arthur Wareing lost out to Lee Holmes 56-16. But that was as good as it got for the home side as Alan Johnson beat Peter Parkinson 78-50 and Martin Sephton getting to 15 wins for the season when beating Joe Wade 68-17. Banks completed the win after John Prescott beat Paul Rogers 54-26 as Dave Martindale beat David Brown on the final colours 54-43. Banks must enjoy themselves at Doddy’s as they also beat the A team by the same 5-1 score line, a victory which gives them a little bit of breathing space in trying to hang on to 2nd place in the division.

Bretherton A gained their 10th team victory of the year when beating British Rail to leave the home side still searching for that first home victory of the season. The opening frames where shared with Paul Varney losing out to Ron Dickinson 59-39 with Colin Peet beating Gordon Russell on the final black 54-47. Bretherton took the middle frames after Dave Cottam beat Peter Robinson jnr 56-20 and Mick Powell getting the better over Colin Nuttall 58-26. John O’Malley fought off Jim Bradley in a high scoring 66-56 victory with Harry Haslam denying the home side a home draw beating Eddy Cracknell 49-26.

Banks B and Scarisbrick A fought out a 3-3 draw to leave both sides on the same 51 points for the season in the table. The opening frames where shared after Andy Griffiths beat Chris Starkie in a tight tussle 61-53 as Paul Horner beat John E Gearie 57-24 helped along with a fine 27 break. Mike Marsh got one over Graham Ball 65-36 as Ian Tinsley beat Ray Swailes 79-26, Ian himself making a 23 break in the match. Just like the opening four frames, shared for a 2 apiece score line, so it was with the last pairings as Scarisbrick’s Norman Hallsworth shut out John Gearie for a 56-3 win with Dave Turner doing a similar job on Peter Fenwick, beating Peter 71-17.

Churchtown Cons B moved above Les Dodd’s A in the table after securing a 4-2 win, only their second victory at home this season. Doddy’s could have gone 2-0 up had it not been for Paul Connor snatching the frame away from Alan Harley on the final black 57-55 as Graham Marshall had beaten Dave Pritchard 65-36 in the other opening frame. Colin Tennant produced his best snooker of the year so far when beating Martin Matthews 70-25 as Karl Bellman levelled up the black ball games for the night when beating Jamie Barton 50-43. But the Con Club had the last say on the night claiming both of the final frames with victories for Guy Hudson over Ken Dumican, 66-7, and a 51 points to 26 win for Lawrence Richards over Peter Jackson.


3rd Division

Southport Cons sit five points clear at the top of the 3rd division table after beating St.Teresa’s B 4-2 last week. John Blackhurst made it 10 wins for the season when beating Ted Weir in a close game 54-44 as Nobby Lee beat Larry Swindells 48-31 to level things up. Jeff Wainwright gave Anthony Adams the run around in his match, beating him 73-29 as Matty Pollock snatched a win away from John McGee when potting the final black in a 47-45 victory. With the visitors a man short, it was left to Mike Langford to try and avoid a crushing defeat, when he faced off against Ste Mawdsley. This he did, just, beating Ste on the final colours 53-41. The Con club play Les Dodd’s C next, in what could be the defining moment in the fight for the 3rd division title.

Bretherton beat Banks D 5-1 to close the gap on the leaders to five points, with one game in hand over their divisional rivals and just five more matches left to play. Both of the opening frames were very close fought out as Alan Wilson got a three point victory over Alan Venables 43-40 with Simon Moulton winning an epic contest 66-61 over his opponent Graham Melvin. Philip Iddon made his best effort of the season, a 35 break, in his 69-22 victory over Eric Hollin with Simon Moulton beating Gerry Stone 56-20. Ste Fiddle and Neville Marsden completed the rout when beating Barry Foster and Darren McDonnell respectively.

Les Dodd’s C made it 11 points out of their last 12 when gaining a 5-1 victory over Churchtown Cons D, giving them an outside chance of winning the 3rd division title this year. Anthony Dodd made it four on the bounce when beating Dave Quinn with Kevin Woodfull beating Mike Pickles 57-12 to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. The two top sticks clashed next with Al Graham coming out a 61 to 34 points winner over Martin Cusack as Kyle Woodfull produced his best effort this year, a 32 break, in defeating Russ Walsh 75-48. With the Con club a player short is was Danny Clegg who snatched the last frame on the black beating Tony Wakefield 47-44 to give Doddy’s a great win and some confidence going into the big clash with Southport Cons this week.

Birkdale Cons B got back-to-back 5-1 victories in the league, this time at the expense of the Churchtown Cons C team. Good wins for Peter Wilding and Reg Dobson got the Con club off to a flier putting them 2-0 up from the start. Peter Stringfellow beat Joe Perberdy 53-35 as John Warnick went down 66-37 to Churchtowns Roger Hughes. That would be the only highlight for the Con club as David Robinson and Geoff Tyas completed the rout when beating John McCabe and Peter Milford. Birkdale will still have some say in where the title will go this year, as they have both Southport Cons and Bretherton to play again yet.

Fleetwood Hesketh beat Birkdale Cons C 4-2, leaving the Con club still winless in their last 7 league matches despite taking a 2-0 lead. Phil Green and Graham Ward won the opening frames for the visitors but it was all downhill after that. Fleetwood’s Brian Kimberly and Mick More levelled things up after beating Ted Coghlan and Sean McDerby with Terry Gowland and Ian Brownhill completing the comeback in defeating Birkdale’s Eddie Tennant and Paul Rimmer.


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