1st Division

Back to back 6-0 wins for the Tarleton BC A team, this time against the visiting Waddington Con B team, sees them stay top of the 1st division table and keep up the pressure on the chasing pack. Tarletons Colin Boston set the tone early on when beating Phil Kitchen 67-35, which included a break of 35, with John Nelson beating Andy Linaker 55-15. With the leaders now 2-0 up, they pushed forward their title charge taking the next 4 frames with relative ease.  Rob Iddon continued with his recent good form making a 41 break against Mike Stokeld as Chris Gill, Andy Bolton & Marcus Jackson saw off their opponents to give Tarleton their 4th 6-0 win this season. It doesn’t get any easier for the Waddy B team who now face their A team next week in the Waddy Derby, as Tarleton go to play Churchtown Cons A.

Mere Brow A kept their eyes on retaining their 1st division crown fully in view as they matched the score of Tarleton A, thumping Churchtown Cons A also to a 6-0 score line. Last year’s champions were soon into their stride as Andy O’Hara made his best break of the year so far, a 62, to run out an impressive 104 points to 6 winner over Dan Matthews. Martin Brown secured his victory over Les Prescott with a nicely made break of 39 as Andy Booth & Alan Waring made it 4-0 after the middle pairings. Both players found their form quickly as Andy made breaks of 38 & 30 against Dave Harwood, with Alan bettering those efforts with a good break of 46 against Jamie Campbell. The 6-0 was finally wrapped up when Danny Jassi beat Craig Rice 77-25 with John Greenwood winning the only tight frame on the night taking the final pink & black against Mick Coxon to beat him 63-60.

Fleetwood Hesketh v Banks A – No score card received yet

Waddington Cons A lost a bit of ground to the top teams last week as they could only manage a 3-3 draw to the lowly Tarleton BC C team. The opening frames were shared as Billy Evans brought up win number 8 for the season when beating Jimmy Jones 58-42 with Phil Keep getting the better of Gary Flynn 53-26. Waddy’s Paul Wilson beat Russ Rigby with a bit to spare 65-14 but Tarletons Shaun Fisher managed to come out on top of a tight tussle with Ali Iddon 56-63. Tarleton might have started to dream of that first win of the season as Dean Bond beat Paul Taylor 68-31. But Alan Tomlin beat Mark Rollins 52-39 to secure the Waddy’s second 3-3 draw on the trot. It’s the Waddy Derby next week for them as Tarleton face Tarleton B in their second Derby match of the reverse fixtures.

Tarleton BC B go into that Derby match on the back of a bit of a pasting by the Birkdale Cons A team who got whacked 5-1 with most of the Cons players hitting form. Birkdale’s Phil Fitzgerald made top billing as he outplayed Ian Gautrey to win 89-9, making an impressive 41 break along with the customary 20+ break along the way. He was ably supported by Ricky Webb who beat Ray Forshaw 72-45 to see the Con club go 2-0 up. John Melvin potted solidly all frame to secure a 62-40 win over John Gautrey as Tarletons Neil Rigden put a dent in to Paul Shawcross’ good season beating him on the final colours 46-24. But the Birkdale pair of Les Sullivan & Ronnie Brooks both won to give the Con club side their biggest away win of the season so far after seeing off the challenges of Andy Marsden & Jason Swarbrick.

Argyle LTC v Les Dodd’s B – No score card received yet

2nd Division

Banks C have piled on the pressure for the top spot in the 2nd division after thumping Scarisbrick A 6-0, meaning they have taken all 12 points available between the two sides this season. The opening pair for Banks of Martin Sephton & Alan Johnson opened up with solid wins over Chris Starkie & Paul Horner to set their team up towards this ‘Scarisbrick whitewash’. Steve Harris & John Prescott continued the good work as they beat Ian Tinsley & Norman Hallsworth respectively to make it a 4-0 score line. With final frames going the way of the home side as Cliff Arnold beat Ron Calder 58-37 & Billy Cummings edged out Peter Fenwick on the final black ball 59-58. Scarisbrick’s will be glad to see the back of this Banks C team and will be hoping to get back to winning ways very soon, though they are up against Banks B next week.

Banks B go into that match with Scarisbrick at Bullens Lane on the back of a 3-3 draw with Our Lady’s, to slip some 9 points behind Banks C. Mike Marsh once again starred for Banks as he produced breaks of 35 & 20 in his match against Tommy Tickle, though Formby’s Michael Houghton didn’t disappoint much in the other frame when beating Harry Caunce 73-11 in his match. John E Gearie top scored on the night when beating Paul Heery 81-16 as Keith Turner squared the frames up when beating Dave Turner 64-14. Andy Griffiths managed to get the better of Alan Parker when beating him 62-29 but the points were shared when Luke Marshall gained a comfortable 70-19 win over Bob Ashcroft.

Southport Cons v Bretherton B – – No score card received yet

Bretherton A clawed back some of the points difference in the league table after completing a 4-2 win over S & B cc last week. Bretherton’s Gordon Russell lost out to Paul Parker 29-40 as Ron Dickinson beat Mark Fletcher on the final colours 59-51. The middle pairings went the way of the home side as John Hart beat Tony Milner in a low scoring affair 38-29 as Dave Cottam made it win number 8 for the season when beating Barney Newton 65-11. Harry Haslam turned over S&B’s Russell Thornley 51-43 as Dave Palmer brought up win number 10 for the season when he beat Jim Holden 67-31. The Cricket club face Churchtown B next week as Bretherton play their B team in the ‘Th’edge o’ leet’ Derby match.

Churchtown Cons B beat Mere Brow B 4-2 to complete a league win double over their opponents and leap frog them in the table for good measure. In an extraordinary opening frame Jamie Barton beat Kyle Prescott 81-59, helped by Kyle’s generosity of giving his opponent some 39 points in fouls in the frame, as Colin Tennant beat Dale Roberts 62-33 to give the Con club the perfect 2-0 start to the night. Mere Brow however fought back to take the next two frames as Paul Crabtree jnr beat Paul Connor, just mind, 46-37 as Matthew Greenwood beat Dave Pritchard 53-20. But Churchtown made it win number three after Gary Hudson just managed to get passed Crabtree snr on the final black 54-50 with Lawrence Richards seeing off Dave Forshaw 67-36 to bring up their first win since these two teams played last, back in week two of the fixture list.

3rd Division

Les Dodd’s C pressed home their claim to the 3rd division title when swatting aside the Birkdale Cons C team 6-0 last week. The opening pair of Jim Bradley and Jamie O’Shaughnessy impressed from the start, especially Jamie who made a wonderful break of 53 in his frame against Geoff Wright, just falling short by 1 point of the leading break in the division. That lead was soon doubled after Gary Hardwick & Harry Wilby both beat their opposition leaving Martin Cusack & Kyle Woodfull to complete the whitewash 6-0 win when they beat Paul Rimmer & John McGee. This win made it 10 matches since they last tasted defeat against Formby Sports, who they face next week coincidently. For Birkdale they face their arch enemy Birkdale B next week for bragging rights within the Con club for a while.

Churchtown Cons D matched Doddy’s result when they too took all 6 points out of their fixture with the visiting Waddington Cons C team. Captain Mike Pickles lead from the front as he beat Guy Riley 63-25 supported by Trevor Ford who beat Bob Fairclough 62-26, Trevor’s 10th win of the season. The team welcomed Billy Pye back in to the team for the first time this season, as he ran out an impressive 82-37 winner over Max Riley, with Al Graham beating Stefan Whyte 66-10 to see them take the first four frames. It wasn’t to be the Waddy’s night as Russ Walsh & Steve Mentha completed the 6-0 rout when they beat Steve Whyte & Dave Brown respectively to see them stay 1 behind Les Dodd’s at the top but pull 6 points clear of 3rd placed Southport Cons B.

Third placed Southport Cons B needed a good win to stay in touch with the top two in the table and although they managed to gain an impressive 5-1 win away to Birkdale Cons B they have slipped to 6 points behind the Churchtown now. Bath streets Ian Higgins beat Reg Dobson 53-28 with Peter Yates beating David Robinson on the final black 56-51. Two nil became four nil as Colin Paul beat Geoff Tyas 47-36 with Larry Swindells getting the better of John Mullard 67-14. Birkdale avoided the dreaded 6-0 whitewash when John Stringfellow managed to come out on top of a high scoring match between himself and Jeff Wainwright 76-61. But the other frame went the way of the visitors when John Blackhurst beat John Warnick 51-24 to see them stay unbeaten on the road for the season so far in 6 away fixtures.

Scarisbrick B lost 4-2 to the visiting Formby Sports club 4-2, only their 2nd defeat at home so far this season in doing so. Scarisbrick’s Ian & Matt Lowery both had no answer to Mark Abbott & Alec Davies as they both lost out to their opponents only to square things up when winning the middle two frames. Wayne Cooper continued with his good form when beating Alex Fairley 62-17 making it win number 10 for the season, plus making his 6th break of 20 or better at home this year as well when making a break of 25 in the frame. John Brown completed the turnaround when he beat Mark Winkley 53-10 to set up the match nicely at 2 apiece. But the Formby pair of Adrian Morris & Steve McCluskey proved too good for the Scarisbrick pair of Eddie Stockley & John Hardisty to record their 7th win of season.

Fleetwood Hesketh B won 4-2 for the third time on the trot in the league, this time at the expense of the visiting British Rail A team. The opening frames were shared as Fleetwood’s Tom Gowland beat Liam Wright with Peter Robinson jnr squaring things up when beating Ian Brownhill 64-30. The same pattern continued in the middle pairings as Fleetwood’s Mark Beaver beat Nick Wright 54-40 with John O’Malley again tying the frames up when he defeated Daniel Beaver 46-8. But the Marshsider’s last pair had the last say on the night when Mick Orme & Brian Kimberley both won their frames against Colin Nuttall & Colin Peet respectively. 

Banks D v Churchtown Cons C – No score card received yet.

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