The title race was blown right up last week as Tarleton BC A went down 4-2 losers to an Argyle LTC side who recorded their first victory over Tarleton A since way back in December 2011. Jon Holmes managed to pull back a 28 point deficit to beat John Nelson on the black 56-53 but Ryan out did that when pulling back 46 points against Chris Gill to beat him on the final pink 70-46, much to the amusement of Argyles resident 7th man Colin Coffey. Thanks Col, I hope your chickens choke…..!! Only joking pal… Rob Iddon managed to get Tarleton up and running eventually when beating Ste Cooper 72-20 but the two frame advantage was restored when Ste Forshaw beat Andy Bolton 56-20. Argyles top stick Paddy Tyndall made short work of Colin Boston, which included a fine break of 54 as Marcus Jackson beat Brian Jarrett 61-12 to give the visitors some respite in their quest to win the 1st division title.
Mere Brow A sounded out their title charge aspirations by thumping Banks A 5-1 to bring the gap to leaders Tarleton down to just 2 points now. The opening pair for the Brew Martin Brown & Andy O’Hara made a perfect start when defeating Roy Cookson & Trevor Wetton to set up the middle pairings with a 2-0 start. Danny Jassi fell just 2 points short of the century mark when he beat Andy Hardisty 98-20 with Andy Booth scoring just as heavily in his 74-18 victory over Alan Sutton. With all four frames under their belt it was down to Alan Waring & John Greenwood to provide their potential third full house 6-0 win but Andy Bintcliffe managed to beat John 59-37 after Alan had beaten Andy Bridge 64-44. This all sets up next week’s clash perfectly as the two top sides go head to head in a potential title decider.
Fleetwood Hesketh A moved to within a point of Banks after they came away from playing Waddington Cons B with a 4-2 victory. It wasn’t the best of starts for the Waddy B side after Graham Wragg & Ray Highton both lost their frames against Mike Roberts & Neil Rimmer, but the home side squared things up in the middle frames. Phil Gaskell managed to beat Ste Crane on the final black ball 58-54 as Denis Woodward beat an out of sorts Dean Oliver 63-29. But it was the team from Marshside who came away with the win when Stuart Evans rolled back the years to beat Andy Linaker 73-19 making a 44 break in doing so along with Mike Reeder beating Ste Cobb 67-27.
The Tarleton BC C side nearly broke their duck for the season when drawing 3-3 with Birkdale Cons A, as the Con club won all three of their frames on the final black ball. Tarletons Shaun Fisher produced his best frame of the season to beat Phil Fitzgerald 71-39 as Dean Bond lost 45-55 to Saul Kemp, Deans third black ball defeat at home on the trot now. Jimmy Jones beat Mick Wardle to gain only his 2nd win of the season, go get ‘em Jimmy, but once again Birkdale took a frame on the final black when Les Sullivan beat John Moore 50-42. The drama continued into the last pairings as Phil Keep produced his best ever break in the league when compiling a wonderful 68 break against Paul Shawcross to run out a 80-6 winner. But Birkdale went on to share the points with their hosts when John Melvin took the honours against Mark Rollins beating him 57-50.
Churchtown Cons A played hosts to Tarleton BC B looking to do the win double over them this season after the beating them 4-2 in the first fixture. Kevin Woodfull got the Con club off to a winning start when he beat Andy Marsden 52-40 as John Gautrey replied for the visitors when beating David Matthews 59-18. The middle frames saw Dave Harwood see off the challenge of Neil Rigden by beating him 42-15 as Ste Harrison made it three wins on the bounce to beat Craig Rice 61-14. Two apiece going into the last two frames as Mick Coxon beat Ray Forshaw 66-37 but Les Prescott could not get past Tarletons top stick Ian Gautrey eventually losing 88 point to 16.
Les Dodd’s B v Waddington Cons A – Postponed
Top of the table Banks C thumped 2nd placed Southport Cons A 5-1 to see them move into pole position now to return to the 2st division after three years now in the 2nd division. Martin Sephton & Steve Harris both won to give the home side a great start beating Lee Cromwell & Matty Pollock to go 2-3 up. John Cromwell got the Con club side on the board when he beat John Prescott 51-39 but Cliff Arnold beat Mike Langford 56-31 to maintain their 2 frame advantage. The star player for the team and division, Alan Johnson made it win number 14 out of the 14 played as he beat Nobby lee 65-46 as Billy Cummings completed the 5-1 rout when he beat Ste Cromwell 40-22. Banks now sit 8 points clear of S & B at the top of the table and still have a game in hand over their pursuers.
The Southport & Birkdale cricket club moved into 2nd place in the table after they completed a 4-2 victory over Mere Brow B to keep them in with a chance of bouncing back into the 1st division after just the one season out. It was Mere Brow who struck first after Paul Crabtree jnr beat Paul Parker 70-46 but S&B soon levelled things up when Russell Thornley beat Kyle Prescott 47-18. Tony Milner & Dave Palmer then took the next two frames to move them into a 3-1 lead after beating Matthew Greenwood & Paul Crabtree snr. Three one down Dale Roberts took on Barney Newton hoping to earn his side a chance of getting the draw but came up short as the veteran of the side beat him 47-33 leaving David Forshaw against Tom Palmer in the last frame where David came out a 52-42 winner.
Scarisbrick A are if not successful very consistent at the moment as they drew their third consecutive match on the trot 3-3 this time with the visiting Bretherton A team. Chris Starkie got the better of Jim Holden to win 52-41 as Ron Dickinson saw off the challenge of Norman Hallsworth 71-40, Ron’s best performance of the season so far. Peter Fenwick beat Harry Haslam 63-22 only to see Gordon Russell reply for the visitors when he beat Ron Calder 55-17, helped along with a break of 24 as well. As with the opening four frames being shared so it was in the last two as Dave Cottam brought up win number 11 for the season when beating Graham Ball 66-49 only for Paul Horner to square things up again when he beat Kevin Wigley 58-40. Bretherton host the league leaders Banks C next up as Scarisbrick travelling to play Churchtown Cons B next week.
Bretherton B brought up their 5th win of the season when they beat the visiting Les Dodd’s A team 4-2 in a close fought match last week. Bretherton’s Nev Marsden edged out Karl Bellman on the final black 46-40 as Peter Parkinson squared things up with an equally close call when beating Ed Moulton 52-40. The middle frames saw another close call frame as Simon Moulton lost to Graham Marshall on the final black ball 44-43 only for Anal Venables to again level things up with a good sin over Martin Matthews. But Bretherton claimed both of the last two frames on the night as Phil Iddon beat Peter Jackson 65-33 and Ste Fiddler getting the better of Jordan Scutt 57-34 to keep Bretherton unbeaten in their last four matches.
Our Lady’s secured their 2nd home 5-1 victory of the year against Churchtown Cons B, and in doing so also won their first match back in 2016 for good measure. Keith Turner got the better of Jamie Barton 60-28 in one of the opening frames as Tommy Tickle went down a 62-22 loser to Churchtowns top stick Gary Hudson. But it was all one way traffic after that s the Formby side took the remaining four frames left on the night. Luke Marshall beat Dave Pritchard 61-25 helped along mostly by a good break of 28 with Michael Houghton beating Paul Connor 58-16. Alan Parker made it win number three on the bounce when seeing off Colin Tennant 60-37 with Paul Heery beating Lawrence Richards 62-40 to secure the 5th point on the night for the Formby lads.
Les Dodd’s C kept the pressure up on the following pack as they beat Churchtown Cons C 5-1 last week, opening up a _ point gap now. Jim Bradley returned to his old stomping ground to beat John McCabe 44-24 with Chris Rae beating Peter Milford 65-10 to give the visitors the perfect 2-0 start on the night. Churchtowns Brian Sheil got the better of the 3rd division break machine Jamie O’Shaughnessy 58-43 as Gary Hardwick beat Joe Perberdy on the final colours 48-40. The Doddy’s outfit went on to complete the 5-1 rout after Harry Wilby impressed against Adam Rothwell to win 70-2 with Kyle Woodfull staying top of his teams rankings with a 52-42 victory over Roger Hughes. This result see’s the Doddy’s outfit only drop only two points since the start of the year and are going to take some stopping in their hunt for the 3rd division title.
Southport Cons B v Churchtown Cons D – No scorecard received yet
Waddington Cons C v Formby Sports & Social – No scorecard received yet
British Rail A drew 3-3 with Scarisbrick B last week to leave the Railwaymen still searching for their first win in 2016. The opening frames were shared as Peter Robinson jnr lost out to Eddie Stockley 62-43 with Nick Wright replying for the home side when he beat Colin Rimmer 50-13. Scarisbrick then took control of the match as they won both of the middle frames as Ian Lowery beat Paul Varney on the final black 63-56 with Wayne Cooper continuing his good form beating the Railways top stick John O’Malley 53-20. But the visitors could not add to their 3- 1 advantage losing both of the last frames on the final colours to Eddy Cracknell & Colin Nuttall to earn the Railways a share of the points & 4th draw of the season but Scarisbrick’s 7thdrawn of the season.
Birkdale Cons B got revenge over Banks D reversing the 4-2 defeat they had back in October at Banks to beat them on their own turf 4-2 here. The opening frames were shared as Bob Burns got Banks their first point on the night when he beat Peter Wilding 64-15 but Reg Dobson beat Barry Foster 50-23 to level things up. The middle frames however belonged to the Con club side as both Johnny Mullard & Geoff Tyas won to make it a 3-1 score line and advantage to Birkdale. To be fair to the visitors they gave it a good go at squaring up the match as Graham Melvin beat John Stringfellow 74-42 but Darren McDonnell couldn’t get passed John Warnick, losing out to John on the final colours 54-43. Birkdale go to 2nd placed Churchtown D next week as Banks face their nearest rivals Fleetwood Hesketh B.
Fleetwood Hesketh B go into next week’s clash with Banks D on the back of a good 4-2 victory over the Birkdale Cons C team who have still to win a match in 2016.The Fleetwood pair of Ian Brownhill & Terry Gowland both won their opening encounters to give the Marshsider’s a 2-0 lead early on. Birkdale did win one of the middle frames when Ted Coghlan beat Brian Kimberley, but Mick Orme turned over Paul Rimmer 43-35 to leave it a 3-1 game. The last frames were also shared as Mark Beaver beat Geoff Wright by 20 points 62-42 with Birkdale’s Eddie Tennant beating Daniel Beaver 64-21 to keep Birkdale still searching for that team win in 2016.
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