It’s as you were at the top of the division as the top three sides all secured 5-1 victories over their opposition last week. League leaders Tarleton BC A beat 4th placed Fleetwood Hesketh A at home, with a few notable breaks being made on the night. John Nelson & Gareth Hibbott exchanged plenty of safety shots early on before Gareth managed to make one of his chances stick making a well taken 53 break, as Rob Iddon saw off the challenge of Neil Rimmer to run out a 78-18 winner. The middle pairings went the way of the home side as well as Chris Gill eventually found his potting boots to compile a break of 40 against Ste Crane with Colin Boston beating Stuart Evans helped along with a fine break of 33. With Fleetwood turning up a player short it meant Marcus Jackson took on Danny Murphy try to make it a 5-1 score line. This he did when proving to be just too strong for Danny, easing to a 69-4 victory.
Banks A stayed well in contention in second place after also gaining a 5-1 victory when they made the short trip to take on Churchtown Cons A last week. The opening frames went the way of the visitors as Andy Hardisty beat Kevin Woodfull 53-25 with Andy Bridge beating Craig Rice 59-17. Churchtowns Dan Matthews managed to beat Roy Cookson 58-35 to open the account for the Con club but Andy Bintcliffe made it 3-1 when he beat Dave Harwood 13-70. Unfortunately for the Con club that would be that for frame wins as the Banks pair of Trevor Wetton & Al Sutton both won to earn the visitors their 7th win of the season, two short of the 9 wins they managed in all of last year’s campaign.
Mere Brow A also kept the pressure up near the top after defeating Birkdale Cons A 5-1 with the Con club having their chances to get more than the 1 point on the night. Martin Brown brought up his 5th win of the season with a 51-36 win over John Melvin as Andy O’Hara brought the unbeaten start to the season for Paul Shawcross to an end when defeating him 66-45. Mere Brows Alan Waring lost out to the ole timer Ronnie Brooks on the final black 54-53, a memorable win for him I’m sure as Danny Jassi needed spectacular pots on the pink & black to take the frame win away from Phil Fitzgerald 52-46. Andy Booth beat Les Sullivan 60-20 as John Greenwood secured the 5th frame win on the night when beating Ricky Webb on the final black 66-59.
Waddington Cons A moved up a place to 5th in the table after Birkdale lost when they beat the visiting Tarleton BC B team 4-2, their first win for five weeks. Tarleton nearly got off to the perfect start after Ian Gautrey beat Gary Flynn 47-35 with John Gautrey falling short on the final black 40-43 to Waddy’s Paul Taylor. The middle frames were then shared as Ali Iddon made it 5 wins on the bounce at home when beating Andy Marsden 51-39 with Ste Harrison replying for Tarleton when beating Mark Tomlin 58-16. But that much needed win for the Waddy came after the team’s stalwarts Alan Tomlin & Billy Evans managed to get the better of Jason Swarbrick & Neil Rigden to see them register their 5th league win of the season.
Les Dodd’s B just came up short of claiming their 3rd win of the season after the Waddington Cons B team fought back to earn a good 3-3 draw after going 3-1 down. Dave Mills & Alan Harley yet again got Doddy’s off to a good start when they beat Denis Woodward & Andy Linaker both by 30 points each. Delial Brewster made a good start to his Doddy’s career when beating Phil Kitchen 59-39 as Phil Gaskell gave his side a much needed boost when beating Paul Rogers after snookering him on the final pink. The last two frames both went the way of the Waddy but not after Dave Brown nearly beat Ray Highton after needing snookers with Ste Cobb beating in form Andy Reynolds 54-24.
Inevitably the last two teams in the division to gain a win this year so far, Argyle LTC & Tarleton BC C, played out a predictable 3-3 draw last week. Argyle welcomed Jon Holms back off his travels but he might need some time to get back into the flow as Shaun Fisher beat him 56-40. Ryan Curry levelled things up with a 60-34 win over Mark Rollins only for John Moore to gain Tarleton their 2nd win when beating Brian Jarrett 50-35. But yet again the match was squared up when Paddy Tyndall made short work of beating Jimmy Jones 67-17 as Dean Bond beat Barry Brookfield 57-21 to leave the visitors in sight of gaining their first win of the year. But step forward chicken breeder and all round good egg Colin Coffey to spoil the party once more when he beat Phil Keep 51-31 to gain Argyle their 6th 3-3 draw of the season.
Banks C increased the points difference between themselves and Southport & Birkdale cc in the league table after gaining an important 4-2 victory over their visitors. The top 2 players in the division, Alan Johnson & Dave Palmer, locked horns in one of the opening frames with the Banks player coming out on top on the final colours 63-53, thus giving Dave his first loss of the season. Paul Parker replied for the Cricket club when he beat Martin Sephton narrowly 51-44 also. But Banks took the middle frames to move 3-1 up after John Prescott played well to beat Tony Milner 71-29 with Billy Cummings beating Barney Newton 48-36. Steve Harris saw off the challenge of Tom Palmer with a 66-19 win as Russell Thornley got his side their 2nd point of the night when he beat Cliff Arnold 68-12.
Southport Cons A moved up to 2nd place in the table, just the 1 point behind Banks C after thumping basement club Les Dodd’s A 6-0, their first full house 6-0 of the campaign. Mike Langford & Nobby Lee set the tone early on when beating Graham Marshall & Mike Lount in the opening frames as Matty Pollock & Lee Cromwell doubled up with wins against Jordan Scutt & Martin Matthews. Lee can be thankful for his win over Martin, coming as it did on the final black 47-40, to move the ex-Teresa’s player to 8 wins from his 9 played this year. The full complement of 6 frames for the home side was completed after the combination of John Cromwell & Steve Cromwell both beat Karl Bellman & Peter Parkinson, John only doing so on the final black ball 53-46.
With the Cricket club losing it meant that Banks B moved into 3rd spot in the table after gaining a 4-2 victory over Mere Brow B last week. Mike Marsh suffered only his 2nd defeat of the season so far when Paul Crabtree jnr beat him 59-33 as Dale Roberts went down a 55-35 loser to Harry Caunce. The middle frames were shared as Mere Brows Matthew Greenwood saw off Andy Griffiths 69-17 with John E Gearie beating Kyle Prescott by a similar score line 64-19. Banks secured the win when Bob Ashcroft potted the final black against David Forshaw for a 44-43 win with John Gearie beating Paul Crabtree snr 62-35.
Bretherton B stay one place above their A team after coming away from playing Scarisbrick A with a 3-3 draw last week. The opening frames could have gone either way with Chris Starkie losing to Edward Moulton 58-49 as Peter Fenwick beat Bretherton’s Nev Marsden on the final black 49-47. The visitors then won the next two pairings to move into a 3-1 lead as Simon Moulton beat Ian Tinsley 64-32 with Alan Venables edging passed Graham Ball 41-33. But Scarisbrick’s top two stick’s, Paul Horner & Norman Hallsworth, made it 3-3 on the night after they defeated Stephen Fiddler & Phil Iddon to give the home side only their first drawn match of the year.
Bretherton A got back to winning ways after beating Churchtown Cons B 4-2, their first win for a month. Mick Powell edged out Dave Pritchard in a low scoring frame 40-28 as Paul Connor levelled the frames up when beating Ron Dickinson 57-20. Bretherton then took control of the match when taking the next two frames with good wins for Gordon Russell over Colin Tennant, 75-21, and Dave Cottam a 78-25 winner over Jamie Barton. Churchtowns nearly fought back to claim the draw after Lawrence Richards beat Kevin Wigley 51-16 as Cons top stick this year so far, Gary Hudson, losing out narrowly to Jim Holden 54-41.
Les Dodd’s C let their title intentions be well known after a 6-0 thumping of the Banks D side, their first full house 6-0 of the season. Doddy’s Jamie O’Shaughnessy made yet another good break in his match, a 29, in his 54-6 defeat of Barry Holmes with Harry Wilby beating Barry Foster 57-15. The middle pairings saw Martin Cusack & Jim Bradley beat Graham Melvin & Gerry Stone respectively to see Doddy’s register their 6th away win out of their six matches with the possibility of more to come. This duly happened after Kyle Woodfull just managed to scrape past Darren McDonnell on the final black 44-43 with Gary Hardwick completing the rout when beating Alan Wilson 65-23. This result see’s Banks D slip down to the 9th in the table while Les Dodd’s sit on top of the pile on 42 points so far this year.
Sitting with Doddy’s on 42 points is the other form team in the division Churchtown Cons D as they beat the visiting Scarisbrick B team 5-1, their fourth such score line & result on the trot. Dave Quinn suffered his first defeat of the season, a black ball 41-39 loss to Scarisbrick’s Wayne Cooper as Trevor Ford beat Matt Lowery 86-21 helped along with a quick 24 break. Al Graham convincingly beat Eddie Stockley 82-9 as Steve Mentha secured a 42-30 victory over Ian Lowery to make it 3-1. Scarisbrick’s Mick Hodge, who went 6 for 6 from the start of the season, lost his third consecutive match when losing 51-31 to Mike Pickles as Tony Wakefield secured the 5th frame win when beating John Brown, just mind, 46-38.
Southport Cons B head the chasing pack on the top two in the division, some 5 points off the lead, as they beat the Churchtown Cons C team 4-2 last week. The Con clubs Peter Yates beat Louis Rothwell 68-35 with Ian Higgins getting the better of Adam Rothwell 53-31 to put the Bath street side 2-0 up. The middle frames were shared as Colin Paul just managed to beat Peter Milford 43-34 with John McCabe making a welcome return to the side with a 46-21 victory over John Barton. The last two frames were tight affairs with both sides having to share the spoils as Jeff Wainwright beat Mike Stuttard 55-43 with Churchtowns Roger Hughes edging out Larry Swindells 47-38.
British Rail A slip to 4th in the table after suffering their worst defeat of the season a 5-1 hammering by a Birkdale Cons C team who were thumped 5-1 themselves in the league by the Churchtown Cons D team last time out. Things didn’t start well for the hosts as both Colin Nuttall & Peter Robinson lost to Ted Coghlan & John McGee, Ted’s victory only coming on the final black against Colin 41-37. Things then went from bad to worse for the Railwaymen as John O’Malley could only watch on as Birkdale’s Phil Green produced a break of 37 with his first stick, Phil’s best effort in the league to date. Eddie Tennant made it 4-0 to the visitors after beating Nick Wright 53-34 to leave the Railwaymen fighting for scraps in the last two frames. The hosts did claim one of the last frames when Colin Peet beat Martin Calvert 70-44 but the 5-1 rout was completed when Paul Rimmer beat Eddy Cracknell on the final colours 44-32.
The Formby Sports & Social registered their first win in four when they handed out a 5-1 thumping to Fleetwood Hesketh B last week, which sees them move up to 5th in the table. Formby’s Alec Davies & Tony Brookfield put the visitors in control early on as they both won against Mark Beaver & Phil Marrow. The top two sticks for Formby, Alec Fairley & Steve McCluskey, proved too strong for the home pair of Terry Gowland & Brian Kimberley to increase the score line to 4-0 for the visitors with the last two to play. Fleetwood’s Ian Brownhill brought up his 5th win for the season when he beat Adrian Morris 65-49 as Mark Winkley secured the 5th point for Formby on the night when he beat Daniel Beaver 46-23.
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