1st Division…

The early pace setters in the 1st division, Tarleton BC A, kept up their good start to the season with a 4-2 win over the newly promoted Waddington Cons B team last week. Opening frame wins for John Nelson & Rob Iddon gave them a 2-0 lead when they beat Denis Woodward & Andy Linaker. The next two frames saw Ste Cobb go down 87-20 to Chris Gill with Wayne Taylor losing on the final black against Phil Gaskell, with both players being guilty of missing good opportunities to take the frame. Ray Highton lead early on against Arnie Sothern but after giving a foul and a free ball on the last red couldn’t stop the man from Tarleton taking the frame away from him 65-40. The battle of the night came when Phil Kitchen won an epic frame against Andy Bolton on the pink after much prolonged safety play between the two players. Phil eventually sinking the pink after a poor safety shot from his opponent.

Banks A moved into 2nd place in the table after a resounding 5-1 thumping of the visiting Fleetwood Hesketh A side. Andy Bridge got the better of Gareth Hibbott in the opening frame beating him convincingly 78-10, aided by a fine 33 break in his frame. Andy Hardisty equalled that win with a good 65 points to 6 win over Dean Oliver, and a 2-0 opening score line. Mike Reeder failed to keep up with Alan Sutton, going down 55-24 as Ste Crane earned his side their first and only point as it would turn out, with a 59-29 victory over Matthew Wetton. Banks A went on to complete the 5-1 rout over their visitors when Roy Cookson & Andy Bintcliffe both won, narrowly mind, to give them a very well earned 5-1 victory.

Third placed Birkdale Cons A beat the visiting Tarleton BC B team 4-2 to move them into 3rd position in the table. Frame of the night came in the opening match as Phil Fitzgerald lost out to Ian Gautrey 70-52 with both players making good contributions to their own score, Ian coming out on top thanks to a well taken 33 break. Ste Harrison made it 2-0 for the visitors after beating Saul Kemp 47-33. But that was it for Tarleton as Birkdale took the remaining four frames on the night. Les Sullivan & John Melvin squared the scores up with wins over Neil Rigden & Jason Swarbrick in the middle frames with Mick Wardle & Ronnie Brooks completing the come-back with comfortable wins over Andy Marsden & Ray Forshaw.

Champions, Mere Brow A, sit level on points with Birkdale after coming away from Churchtown Cons A with a 4-2 victory. The opening frames were shared after Craig Rice beat Jimmy Graham 59-46 with Andy O’Hara beating the returning Jamie Campbell 63-28. Danny Jassi opened his account for the season with a 72-25 win over Deva Harwood after making a 35 break in his match as Jack Wilby beat Dan Matthews 55-11. The last two frames were shared as Mick Coxon took control of his frame against John Greenwood when making breaks of 33 & 26 to run out a 76-23 winner as Martin Brown made the best break on the night, a 37, in his 89-15 victory over Les Prescott.

After suffering a 6-0 thumping last week to their A team the Tarleton BC C team got their first points of the season even though they lost 4-2 to the visiting Waddy A team. Things didn’t start well for the home side as Ally Iddon & Alan Tomlin both got wins to give the visitors the perfect 2-0 lead. But Tarleton responded well to claim the middle frames after Mark Rollins beat a very out of sorts Paul Taylor 60-28 and Jamie Moore opened his account with a 66-46 victory over Gary Flynn. The match swayed back to the Waddy in the last two frames as Billy ‘Whizz-Bang’  Evans made a superbly taken 20 break in his 61-35 win over Peter Haslam as Phil Keep failed to keep up with Paul Wilson losing out in the final colours 46-38.

Argyle LTC are still looking for that first win of the season after drawing 3-3 for the second week on the trot when they travelled to play the Les Dodd’s B team. That opening win of the season was on the cards after the opening frames when the visitors went 2-0 up with wins for Ste Forshaw & Ryan Curry as they beat Dave Mills & Alan Harley respectively. But Doddy’s fought back to claim the middle frames as Lee Holmes & Andy Reynolds beat ‘Stadler & Waldorf’ Brain Jarrett & Colin Coffey with a bit to spare. Paddy Tyndall got the visitors their third point of the night when beating Dave Brown 76-23 but Ste Lunt couldn’t make a winning return to Thursday night snooker going down 51-43 to Doddy’s Paul Rogers.

2nd Division…

Following on from their 5-1 thumping of Our Lady’s in the opening match of the season, Banks C moved 2 points clear at the top of the 2nd division after thrashing Scarisbrick A 6-0 last week. This was Scarisbrick’s first match of the season after sitting out an open date last week, but they will be wishing the season hadn’t started after this result. They did have their fair share of running as Cliff Arnold got past Peter Fenwick on the final black as Martin Sephton won easily against Ian Tinsley 60-15. Two became four as John Prescott & Steve Harris pressed home their advantage with wins against Chris Starkie & Ron Calder. The full house 6 nil was completed when Alan Johnson beat Paul Horner 57-37 as Billy Cummings edged passed Norman Hallsworth on the final black 52-45.

Surprisingly sat in 2nd place of the table is the Churchtown Cons B side after they came away from playing the Mere Brow B team with a 5-1 victory. With only the two wins to their name for all of last year they have already matched that feat with back-to-back wins in the opening two matches of their season. Paul Crabtree jnr got the home side off to a good start with a comfortable 78-29 win over Jamie Barton as Guy Hudson edged out Dale Roberts on the final black taking the frame 37-31. Paul Connor enjoyed his fair bit of luck against Kyle Prescott to run out a 58-32 winner as Colin Tennant edged passed David Forshaw on the final colours 49-38. The rout was complete when Lawrence Richards & Dave Pritchard beat Crabtree snr & Matthew Greenwood to give the Cons a superb start to the new season.

Bretherton B, like Banks C & Churchtown B, stay unbeaten in the league so far this year after they completed a 4-2 victory over the visiting Southport Cons A team. Alan Venables beat John Cromwell 54-36 with Lee Cromwell levelling things up for the Con club when beating William Moulton 57-43. The middle pairings went the way of the home side after Nev Marsden beat Stephen Cromwell and Simon Moulton bet Mike Langford. Bretherton’s Phil Iddon made sure of the home win when beating Matty Pollock 44 points to 29, as Nobby Lee beat Stephen Fiddler 54-35.

The Southport Cricket club returned to winning ways when they thumped Bretherton A 5-1, as they look to try and keep pace at the top of the table and return back to the 1st division. Paul Parker got his side off to a good start when beating the evergreen Gordon Russell 59-25, but the score line was levelled up when Jim Richards got the better of Tom Palmer 59-31. After that it was all one-way traffic after that as Tony Milner edged past Ron Dickinson 41-30, with Barney Newton beating Harry Haslam 65-46 to go 3-1 up. Russell Thornley earned himself a good win over Dave Cottam 62-37, making a 35 break in the process as Dave Palmer topped the night off for the cricket club when beating Kevin Wigley 61-3. They travel to the unbeaten Churchtown Cons B team next week in what should be a good match.

Our Lady’s v Banks B – Result not to hand yet.

3rd Division…

Relegation seems not to have affected British Rail so far this season as they earned their second win of the season, a 5-1 victory over the visiting Fleetwood Hesketh B team. The opening frames were shared as Peter Robinson jnr beat Ian Brownhill 68-27 as Fleetwood’s Lawrence Renshaw beat Colin Peet 52-21. But the Railway men made all of the running in the next four frames as they went 3-1 up with wins for Colin Nuttall & Eddy Cracknell with Nick Wright & John O’Malley completing the 5-1 rout with wins over Daniel Beaver & Mark Beaver.

Sat just the 1 point behind the Railwaymen are Les Dodd’s C, who recorded their second 4-2 win of the season when they went to Birkdale Cons to take on the C team there. The visitors where soon into their stride taking the opening frames after Danny Clegg beat Ted Coghlan and Gary Hardwick beat Graham Ward. Last year’s Marshall finalist, Mark Horan, went down 34-59 to Martin Cusack as Phil Green got this team the opening point on the night when beating Jamie O’Shaughnessy 60-35. But Doddy’s got their fourth frame win on the night after Chris Rae beat Martin Calvert with a bit to spare 65-18 as Paul Rimmer got the better of Kyle Woodfull 62-42. Birkdale stay rooted to the bottom of the table as Doddy’s look to hunt down British Rail at the top of the table.

Third placed Southport Cons B drew 3 apiece with Birkdale Cons B, with the stand out performance of the match being the 54 break made by Jeff Wainwright against David Robinson. It came in the last pairings of the match with the Bath Street side 3-1 down, but Jeff & Colin Paul both won to snatch away the draw against Birkdale. Last season’s high break was the 52 break that Doddy’s Martin Cusack made, so in theory there is plenty of time for someone to beat that break, but at the moment it is the best break across all three divisions in the Southport League. Earlier in the match Reg Dobson beat Ian Higgins in a high scoring frame 70-56 with Peter Yates edging past Peter Wilding 59-47. Birkdale took control of the match when both John Warnick & Geoff Tyas put them 3-1 up. But they were all upstaged when Jeff made his wonderful 54 break in the last frame of the match.

Banks D followed up their opening win of the season with a good 3-3 draw at Churchtown Cons C last week. Churchtown did the win double over Banks last year so maybe this Banks team are finding their feet now, after all it’s only their second full season in the league now. Banks took control of the match early on as Tony Coakley & Gerry Stone put the visitors 2-0 up with wins over Brian Sheil & Mike Stuttard. Banks then went 3-1 up after Graham Melvin beat Roger Hughes 37-23 with the Cons clubs first point of the night coming when Adam Rothwell beat Darren McDonnell 70-36. Churchtown got the draw in the end after Peter Milford & Joe Perberdy got the better of Barry Foster & John Nixon.

Waddington Cons C played host to Churchtown Cons D where the visitors ran away with a 4-2 victory over the Con club cousins. Both side won one of the opening frames with Dave Brown beating Mike Pickles for the Waddy and Dave Quinn getting one back for Churchtown when he beat Guy Riley 49-23. Trevor Ford & Al Graham were too strong for the Waddy pairings of Max Riley & Bob Fairclough to go 3-1 up in the match. Russ Walsh made sure of the away victory for Churchtown when he beat Stefan Whyte 59-23 as Steve Whyte replied for the home side when beating Tony Wakefield 48-28.

The Formby Sports & Social Clubs first home game in the league started off with them fighting back to earn a 3-3 draw with Scarisbrick B after going 2-0 down in the opening frames. Things couldn’t have started any worse for the Formby side as Scarisbrick’s John Brown & Ian Rimmer ran away with opening wins over Alec Davis & Tony Brookfield. But the home side fought back to level up the frames to 2 apiece when Adrian Morris got the better of Eric Stockley 63-42 & Steve McCluskey, who made a telling contribution of 34 in his frame, beat Matt Lowery 61-16. The last two frames were shared after Alec Fairley beat Wayne Cooper, helped by in large to him making a 28 break in his match as Mick Hodge got the 3rd win on the night for Scarisbrick when he beat Mark Winkley 44-26.


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