League leaders Mere Brow A had to come back from 3-2 down to earn a hard fought 3-3 draw with the Tarleton BC B team, giving the chasing Tarleton BC A team some hope of catching them in the table. The opening frames were both settled with big breaks as Andy O’Hara made a 53 break against Wayne Taylor with Tarletons Ian Gautrey going a few better with a 57 break against Martin Brown. Steve Harrison then managed to beat Mark McDonough 56-43 with Danny Jassi squaring things up 2 apiece when beating Andy Marsden 69-28 helped along with t break of 40 in the frame. Jason Swarbrick produced the shock result on the night when beating Alan Waring 50-41 to leave the champions elect looking at their first defeat of the season. But Captain John Greenwood put paid to any thoughts of a defeat when beating Neil Rigden with a bit to spare 74-25 to see the two teams draw both of their encounters this year.
The Tarleton BC A beat the Waddington Cons A team 4-2, though can be feeling slightly aggrieved that they did not claim more points on the night. Andy Bolton saw off Gary Flynn 62-18 but Chris Hoare missed the brown to leave Billy Evans with a chance to clear the last four colours which he did to win 55-44. Rob Iddon beat Alan Tomlin on the final colours 47-34 while John Nelson came back from nearly 30 points back against Paul Taylor to take it to a black ball game. Paul eventually taking the frame with what can only be described as one almighty yahoo on the black, seeing it disappear down the opposite corner pocket that he intended it to go. A double, my arse…!!! Tarleton took the last two frames when Chris Gill & Marcus Jackson both won to bring the gap back to 2 points at the top.
Fleetwood Hesketh A v Argyle LTC – Fleetwood won 4-2
Banks A brought up their 10th win of the season when beating the visiting Waddington Cons B team, leaving the Con club right in the mix at near the bottom of the table. Andy Bridge showed what he can do when given the chances when making breaks of 34 & 31 in his 97-24 win over Phil Gaskell with Andy Hardisty beating Phil Kitchen for a 2-0 lead. Al Sutton saw off Rah Highton 62-32 with Steve Cobb producing his best performance of the year when beating Trevor Wetton 88-28. The last two frames were shared after Andy Bintcliffe beat Andy Linaker 66-23 with Denis Woodward replying for the Con club when he beat Roy Cookson 54-18. It leaves the Con club holding on to their 1st division status just with just the 3 matches left in the season.
Birkdale Cons A beat Les Dodd’s B 5-1 to pile the pressure on the Doddymen, leaving them rooted 4 points back at the bottom of the table. Birkdale’s Phil ‘That was Correct’ Fitzgerald made short work of Dave Brown to beat him 68-5 making a break of 42 for good measure supported by Ricky Webb who beat Andy Rae 58-18. Two nil became 4-0 as Les Sullivan beat Danny Clegg 53-29 and Paul Rogers failed to get the better of John Melvin, going down to the Birkdale man 66-24. The last two frames however were closely fought with Birkdale’s Mick Wardle beating Alan Harley 63-52 and Andy Reynold’s beating Saul Kemp on the final black 55-50 to earn his team the 1 point on the night.
Churchtown Cons A gave themselves a real chance of staying up in the division when beating Tarleton BC C 4-2 leaving them three points ahead of Tarleton near the foot of the table. Things could, or should, have been much different after the opening frames as Tarleton raced to a 2-0 lead thanks to Mark Rollins beating Mick Coxon 64-9 and Dean Bond beating David Matthews 69-40. But the Con club struck back to take the middle frames with good wins for Dave Harwood over Russ Rigby and Les Sullivan beating Shaun Fisher 70-17. The last two frames where again won by the Con club to mark a full turnaround in the frames so see them win only their 4th match of the season. Churchtown host Waddy B next week with a final trip to Banks & Les Dodd’s to keep hold of their 1st division status. Tarleton play Les Dodd’s next with further matches against Argyle & Mere Brow in the lucky last.
Banks C came away from Playing Les Dodd’s A with a 4-2 victory to leave them with the possibility of winning the league when they entertain Mere Brow B at home next week. Fourteen points clear and a game in hand Banks have easily been the best team in the division this year. The only thing that was a surprise was when Alan Johnson lost his first match of the season when Karl Bellman beat him 65-52 in one of the opening frames, coupled with John Prescott losing also to Martin Matthews 61-30. Banks did turn things around, and how, by taking the next four frames as Martin Sephton & Cliff Arnold both won against Peter Parkinson & Jordan Scutt with Billy Cummings & Steve Harris completing the match when both taking the last two frames.
In the race for who will finish runners up to Banks C, 2nd placed Bretherton A played out a 3-3 draw with 3rd placed Southport Cons A to leave just the one point between the two sides. The Con club might have been forgiven to thinking that they could seal 2nd place after going 2-0 from the off after Matty Pollock & Mike Langford both won but Bretherton fought back to take the middle frames to square the match up 2 apiece. Dave Cottam won his 10th win on the bounce after beating Ste Cromwell with Jim Richards beating John Cromwell 52-28. All to play for with the last two frames on Harry Halsam managed to beat young Harry Pollock 51-34 with Bretherton’s Kevin Wigely losing out to Lee Cromwell 62-35 to see things levelled up to 2 apiece.
Sat in 4th in the table and by no means out of finishing 2nd S&B played out a 3-3 draw with the visiting Our Lady’s to leave them just the one point behind Bretherton with three games left. Again the theme of a side going 2-0 up and not being able to complete the win happened again this time the Formby boys taking a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back to only earn a draw. Formby stalwarts Paul Heery & Alan Parker set the ball rolling when they beat Tom Palmer & Tony Milner in the opening frames with Luke Marshall making it 3-0 with a fine 58-38 win over Barney Newton. But the Cricket club eventually got their act together when Paul Parker beat Michael Houghton 60-38 with Russell Thornley starring on the night making a new league high 47 break in his match against Tom Tickle. Dave Palmer sealed the comeback when beating Keith Turner in the last match to earn the 3-3 draw on the night.
Banks B suffered at the hands of Churchtown Cons B, going down 4-2, the Con clubs first win in some 6 weeks in the league. Again one side went 2-0 up, this time Banks taking the early advantage after Dave Turner beat Dave Pritchard on the final black 45-40 with Mike Marsh beating Paul Connor 77-16. But the match swung back to the home side after Colin Tennant beat Bob Ashcroft of the final black 45-41 and Jamie Barton beat Harry Caunce 45-33. Lawrence Richards completed a very solid 50 points to 7 victory over Andy Griffiths with the Cons top stick Gary Hudson bring up win number 14 for the season when he beat John E Gearie 53-43 to give the Con club their 4th league win of the season.
Mere Brow B v Scarisbrick A – Match being played on Monday
And so the toe-to-toe battle continues at the top of the table as Les Dodd’s C march to their 15th league win of the season with a comprehensive 6-0 drubbing of the Birkdale Cons B team. Martin Cusack beat John Warnick 45-32 with Chris Rae ably supporting him with a 62-29 victory over Keith Minshall. Kyle Woodfull & Gary Hardwick continued to pile on the pressure as they too beat their opponents to put them 4-0 up and the potential of a 5th full house 6 points on the night. This was soon to be achieved when Jamie O’Shaughnessy beat Geoff Tyas 53-36 & Harry Wilby edged out Peter Wilding 47-31. The Doddymen travel to play Fleetwood Hesketh B next as Birkdale look to bounce back with a home game against Formby Sports.
Churchtown Cons D matched the efforts of Les Dodd’s C when they too recorded a full house 6-0 win over the visiting Banks D team. Dave Quinn & Trevor Ford once again got the Con club team off to a flyer when they both beat their opposition with a bit to spare, their 15th win of the season so far, with the middle frames also going the way of the home side next. Al Graham beat Barry Holmes 59-26 as Mick Pickles out played James Nixon for a 78-23 win. Banks were now facing their 10th league defeat in the season and could do nothing to stop the last two frames going the way of the Con club as Russ Walsh & Tony Wakefield made it a clean sweep of frames on the night.
Formby Sports, who now sit 3rd in the table, beat 4th placed Southport Cons B 4-2 to put three points between the two sides in the table. The opening frames were shared as Formby’s Tony Brookfield beat Peter Yates 65-28 with Colin Paul replying for the Cons club when he beat Alec Davies 60-37. Formby took control of the match as they won both of the middle frames with wins for Steve McCluskey & Adrian Morris with their fourth point on the night coming from Alex Fairley when he beat Larry Swindells 85-24 helped along with breaks of 30 & 20 in his frame. John Blackhurst managed to beat Mark Abbott 53-29 to secure their 2nd point on the night.
British Rail beat Waddington Cons C 4-2 to record their first win in the league since playing the Waddy Cons last time back in November of last year, where they also recorded a 4-2 victory. Waddy’s Dave Brown beat Liam Wright on the final black 55-48 with Nick Wright levelling things up with a 60-26 win over Max Riley. The Railwaymen took both of the middle frames with wins for Eddie Cracknell & Peter Robinson jnr with the last two frames being shared as John O’Malley beat Guy Riley 64-22 and the Waddy’s Stefan Whyte beating Colin Nuttall 64-38. The Railway face Churchtown Cons C next up as the Waddy travel over to Bath street to play the Cons B team.
Scarisbrick B went 2-0 up in their match against Fleetwood Hesketh B but could only manage one more point on the night as the visitors fought back to earn a 3-3 draw. Scarisbrick’s Wayne Cooper & Ian Lowery set the tone early on as they both won their opening encounters but that was levelled up after the middle frames as Mark Beaver & Phil Marrow beat John Brown & Eddie Stockley , Phil’s win coming on the final black ball 47-46. Mick Hodge won his frame also on the final black ball 46-41 against Lawrence Renshaw as Mick Orme beat John Hardisty to square the match up 3 apiece.
Birkdale Cons C completed a 4-2 win double over Churchtown Cons C to give them hope of maybe finishing above their big brothers the B team in the league. Phil Horan & John McGee both took the opening frames for the Con club with Geoff Wright & Martin Calvert doubling that advantage when winning both of the middle frames also. But Churchtowns Brian Sheil beat Paul Rimmer convincingly 59-6 with Roger Hughes achieving just as good a win over Phil Green 61-17 to claim the last frames on the night and so avoid the dreaded 6-0 whitewash.
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