The league leaders Tarleton BC A recorded their 4th straight 6-0 result last week against Les Dodd’s B to make it a remarkable start to the reverse fixtures this year. Tarleton C, Waddington Cons B & Churchtown Cons have all fallen to the first team at Tarleton as they move to a 5 point lead over the chasing Mere Brow A side. John Nelson fell 25 points behind Alan Harley early on only to snatch the frame on final pink 53-45, with Andy Bolton also winning on the pink against Dave Brown, with all of the other frames going the way of the home side with a bit to spare. Les Dodd’s Andy Reynolds did however play the shot of the night when getting out of a very tricky snooker against Marcus Jackson, having to swerve the white around three balls, then three cushions to hit the final red ball. It was a wonderful escape shot and rightly got the applause from the watching players in the room. Tarleton go to play Argyle next week looking to maintain this rich vein of form going as Doddy’s face Waddington Cons A at home.
Mere Brow v Argyle LTC – Mere Brow won 4-2
The match between Banks A & Birkdale Cons A ended up as 3-3 draw as the frame scores stayed level all the way through the match. Alan Sutton beat Phil Fitzgerald 71-23 for Banks with Les Sullivan replying for Birkdale when beating Andy Hardisty 69-27. The middle frames were also shared with both frames being very much one sided as Banks’ Trevor Wetton made breaks of 41 & 23 to demolish Mick Wardle 78-6, with Birkdale’s Ricky Webb doing exactly the same to Andy Bridge running out an impressive 76-8 winner. The theme of sharing continued into the last pairings as Andy Bintcliffe got the better of John Melvin 68-33 with Paul Shawcross returning to winning ways when beating Matthew Wetton to square the match up once again.
Waddington Cons A ran out 5-1 winners over the visiting Churchtown Cons A team to stretch their unbeaten run to 6 matches in the league now. The Waddy’s Billy Evans & Ally Iddon made a great start for their team when beating Craig Rice & David Matthews in the opening frames, Ally making a 36 break in his frame as well. The Waddy had Paul Wilson to thank for keeping their side on track as he edged passed Jamie Campbell on the final black 50-44 as Dave Harwood brought up Churchtowns only win of the night when he beat Mark Tomlin 68-8. But the stalwarts of the side Paul Taylor & Alan Tomlin made sure of the win when beating the top two sticks of the visitors Les Prescott & Mick Coxon to equal their biggest home win of the season.
Fleetwood Hesketh A v Tarleton BC C – Fleetwood won 5-1
The Waddington Cons B team returned to Tarleton to play the B team there hoping for better fortunes than they did when playing the A team a couple of weeks ago, and could be forgiven in thinking it’s just not their club for getting any run or luck at. The opening frame between John Gautrey & Phil Gaskell was eventually settled after Phil won on the final pink with Ian Gautrey having a right ‘ole scrap with Graham Wragg eventually beating him 70-67 after fluking the pink to finish on the final black ball. Ste Harrison impressed against Andy Linaker winning 79-16 as Ste Cobb squared things up when beating Ray Forshaw 57-20. But Tarleton went on to win both of the last two frames to record only their 2nd home win of the season so far as Andy Marsden beat Phil Kitchen 68-14 with Neil Rigden winning his frame on the final black 46-43 against Denis Woodward.
A feeling of status-quo appeared in the 2nd division as all bar one result was a drawn 3-3 result with divisional leaders Banks C being one of them in their ‘Derby Match’ against the Banks B team. The opening frames saw John E Gearie beat Billy Cummings 51-40 with Alan Johnson beating Andy Griffiths 58-10, his 13th win of the season. The B teams Mike Marsh made it win number 5 on the bounce when beating Cliff Arnold 57-19 as the C teams Steve Harris saw off John Gearie 61-38. The last two frames were a tight affair with both games going down to the wire, no more than in the frames between Bob Ashcroft & Martin Sephton where Bob took all of the last four colours to take the frame away from Martin 62-50, with Harry Caunce just failing to get the one snooker required to turn over John Prescott and a 4-2 win for the B team.
Second placed Southport Cons A drew 3-3 with the visiting Scarisbrick A team to stay 5 points off top spot in the table. Norman Lee played well against Chris Starkie to run out a 73-22 winner with Ian Tinsley replying for the visitors when beating Mike Langford 51-26. The middle frames saw the Cromwell pair of John & Lee take centre stage with John losing 51-41 to Graham Ball as Lee faired a bit better when beating Ron Calder 61-24. The Con club are unbeaten at home so far this year and it stayed that way after Matty Pollock beat Paul Horner 63-28 but fell short of gaining their 9th win of the season when Norman Hallsworth edged out Stephen Cromwell 44-34 to gain Scarisbrick 3 points on the night.
The only team to win in the division were the S & B lads when they came away from playing the Les Dodd’s A team 4-2 winners. Doddy’s however got off to a flyer when both Martin Matthews & Karl Bellman won to put the visitors under real pressure. But the reply was swift from the Cricket Club side as they ran out winners in the next four frames with wins for Paul Parker, who made a 32 break in his frames against Graham Marshall, Tony Milner, Dave Palmer & Russell Thornley. Russ starring on the night making breaks of 37 & 22 in his 80-11 victory over Mike Lount.
Our Lady’s remain unbeaten on their two visits to play Bretherton, drawing 3-3 as they did with the B team back in November so they did again last week with the A team. After beating their B team last week 5-1 confidence must have been good for the lads from the Bretherton A team but the Formby lads put up a good show on the night. Paul Heery nicked a 49-46 win over Mick Powell in one of the opening frames as Ron Dickinson squared things up after beating Michael Houghton 58-30. Bretherton made the running in the middle frames as Dave Cottam & Jim Richards both won with a bit to spare but the Our Lady’s team returned back to Formby with 3 points after their last pairings of Luke Marshall & Alan Parker ran out easy winners over Gordon Russell & Jim Holden.
The fourth draw in the division came when the Churchtown Cons B team held the visiting Bretherton B team to 3 apiece last week with the Con club having to win the last two frames on the night to do so. Paul Connor fought out a black ball finish with Nev Marsden to eventually come out a 61-56 winner while Richard Butterworth lost 52-18 to Ed Moulton. But the visitors took control of the match after Simon Moulton beat Jamie Barton 69-32 with Alan Venables getting the better of Colin Tennant in a low scoring frame. But the Con club fought back to earn only their 2nd drawn match of the season so far when Gary Hudson beat Ste Fiddler 58-24, Gary’s 10th win of the season, with Lawrence Richards beating Phil Iddon 63-30 to seal the comeback draw.
Three consecutive 6-0 wins for the Les Dodd’s C team means that they extend their lead at the top of the table to 3 points, this time at the expense of the visiting Waddington Cons C team. Chris Rae & Harry Wilby set the ball rolling when both winning the opening frames, Harry doing so on the final colours over Stefan Whyte 45-33. Skipper Martin Cusack beat Bob Fairclough 65-20, Martins 10th win of the season, with Jim Bradley getting the better of Guy Riley eventually 50-42. The whitewash was completed after Kyle Woodfull beat Steve Whyte 59-24 with Gary Hardwick getting the better of Dave Brown 71-42. Doddy’s to go to play Churchtown C next week while the Waddy play host to Formby Sports.
The Churchtown Cons D team slipped a further point back on the Doddy’s C team after they secured a 5-1 victory over British Rail, despite only having the 5 players there on the night. Billy Pye made the most of his frame to run out a 74-46 winner over Nick Wright as Trevor Ford made it a dozen of wins so far this year when beating Peter Robinson jnr 42-27. Al Graham edged out Jimmy O’Malley on the final black ball with Russ Walsh completing a 4-0 start with his 72-37 victory over Colin Wright. Dave Quinn played the last frame for the Con club as they were short, doing enough to earn a 58-23 victory over Liam Wright.
With the top two seemingly riding off into the sunset at the top of the table Southport Cons B seem to be holding on to third spot all to themselves after gaining their 8th win of the season when beating Banks D 4-2 last week. The opening frames were close call things with Darren McDonnell beating Jeff Wainwright on the final black 51-49 for Banks with John Blackhurst beating Bob Burns on the final colours to level it up 1 apiece. Only 10 points separated Colin Paul & Gerry Stone in favour of the Cons player with Alan Wilson beating Ian Higgins by 12 points in his frame 45-33. But the last two frames went the way of the Bath Street side with Both Peter Yates & Larry Swindells running out comprehensive winners to secure the win for their side.
Birkdale Cons C suffered their third consecutive loss on the league after Formby Sports left Birkdale with a 4-2 victory last week. The opening pair for the Formby side Tony Brookfield & Ste McCluskey outshone their opponents, especially Tony who fell 5 points short of the century mark when beating John McGee 95-16. Geoff Wright beat Mark Winkley 61-38 with Mark Horan & Alex Fairley having a bit of a shootout with each other, Alex eventually coming out on top a 63-44 winner. Birkdale’s Paul Rimmer scored the most points in any frame this year when amassing 78 points against Daniel Brookfield as Adrian Morris beat Martin Calvert in the final colours 52-41 to earn the Formby side their 8th league win of the season.
Just as they did back in October Scarisbrick B drew 3-3 with Churchtown Cons C to make it their 6th drawn result of the season so far. The home side got off to the better start as Colin Rimmer & Eddie Stockley both won to give Scarisbrick the perfect start but failed to win any of the middle frames as Churchtown clawed their way back into the match. Wins for Adam Rothwell & Roger Hughes over Matt Lowery & John Brown set up the last frames nicely to see if either side could gain the win. Both of the last frames were tight affairs with Peter Simpson eventually beating Brail Sheil 59-47 with Peter Milford replying for the Con club with a 46-34 victory over In Lowery.
Fleetwood Hesketh B proved a tough nut to crack for the visit of Birkdale Cons B, losing out to the con club team 4-2, with their two frame wins coming on the final colours. John Stringfellow gave the visitors their first point of the night when beating Phil Marrow 49-22 though Terry Gowland beat Geoff Tyas on the final black ball 53-50. Mark Beaver edged out Reg Dobson also on the final colours 50-40 as John Warnick levelled things to with a 69-16 win over Daniel Beaver to make it 2 apiece going into the last frames. Birkdale B’s top stick John Mullard brought up his 10th win of the season after narrowly getting the better of Mick Orme 50-43 as Peter Wilding got the last frame to give the Con club their 7th win of the season so far.
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