1st Division

Tarleton Bowling Club’s A team kept their winning momentum going when putting away Churchtown Cons A 6-0 with big breaks coming from three of their players. John Nelson scored over 100 points against Kevin Woodfull when making breaks of 39 & 43 as Rob Iddon broke down on 41 when a much bigger break looked on. Only he will how he missed his 6th black with 6 more reds at his mercy. Andy ‘The Grinder’ Bolton took Les Prescott all the way to the final pink to win 52-37 with Chris Hoare capping his first appearance of the new season with a 48 break against Dave Harwood. The big breaks relented after that as Chris Gill got the better of Mick Coxon to win 60-35 with Marcus Jackson grateful to receive some 20 points in fouls in his frame off Craig Rice. This was Tarleton’s second 6-0 home victory so far this season as they move 2 points clear at the top of the league.

Mere Brow A managed to get the better of the Les Dodd’s B team 4-2, to see them sit four points behind current leaders Tarleton A. The Brew went 2-0 up in quick time as Mark McDonough beat Paul Rogers 69-42 and Martin Brown eased past Dave Mills 72-18. Danny Jassi made it two wins from two this year with a solid 64-15 victory over Lee Holmes as Andy Reynolds got the visitors first point of the night when beating Jack Wilby 56-14. John Greenwood made sure of the win, and the Brew’s fourth point of the night, as he out played Alan Harley beating him 70-34. But Doddy’s Simon Bolton produced the biggest shock of the night when beating one of the league’s top sticks Alan Wareing 45-40 with two stunning shots on the final pink and black. Simon, who last played in the league back in 2008 for the old Southport Snooker Centre B team, can dine off this win for a very long time…!!!

Fleetwood Hesketh A bounced back from last week’s 5-1 defeat to claim a good 4-2 win over the visiting Birkdale Cons A side. This was the Marshsider’s first home match of the season and it must have felt good to be home as Gareth Hibbott made his first big contribution of the season, a 60 break, against Ronnie Brooks. Mike Roberts made a telling contribution of 29 against Mick Wardle to give the home side a quick 2-0 advantage. Danny Murphy got the better of John Melvin in a low scoring frame 41-26 as Phil Fitzgerald opened up Birkdale’s scoring with a very solid 64-9 win over Dean Oliver including a nice 31 break in the process. Les Sullivan earned the 2nd point of the night when beating Mike Reeder 70-24, bettering Fity’s break with a 35 of his own. But Neil Rimmer beat Saul Kemp 66-26 to claim the win fourth frame on the night for Fleetwood and register their first home win of the season.

In the second ‘Tarleton Derby’ this year the B team beat the C team 4-2 to leave the C team still searching for their first win of the season so far. Things started well for the B team as Wayne Taylor poured more misery onto Peter Haslam’s season beating him 47-34 as Ian Gautrey compiled the best break of the season so far with a wonderfully taken break of 69 to beat Jimmy Jones 76-17. Ian eventually broke down with just the one tricky red left on the table when looking like he wasn’t going to miss. Jamie Moore managed to get the better of Ste Harrison 55-13 as Andy Marsden go the better of Dean Bond 60-44 to leave the B team one short of their first win of the season. That first win did come when Neil Rigden beat Shaun Fisher 69-38 with some good solid play from the B team player as Mark Rollins beat Ste Gautrey 50-10 with a touch of fortune here and there.

Waddington A v Waddington B is being played this Monday night.

Argyle LTC v Banks A – Banks won 4-2. Card not received yet.

2nd Division…

A 3-3 score line in the Bretherton  A v Bretherton B ‘Derby’ meant it was enough for Bretherton B to join four other teams on 11 points at the top of the 2nd division table. The B team got off to the better start when William Moulton & Alan Venables both beat their A team opposition in Ron Dickinson & Gordon Russell. But things were back to level pegging after the middle frames when Mick Powell beat Phil Iddon 59-23 & Dave Cottam eased passed Nev Marsden 83-16. Jim Holden secured the 3rd point for the A team when he beat Ste Fiddler 68-52 with Simon Moulton continuing last year’s good form in the 3rd division with a good 78-34 win over Harry Haslam.

Churchtown Cons B suffered their first league defeat of the season when they lost out at home to Southport Cricket Club 4-2 to see both teams on 11 points at the top of the table. S&B’s top hitters Paul Parker & Dave Palmer moved to 3 from 3 this season with a wins over Jamie Barton & Colin Tennant to put the visitors 2 nil up. Evergreen Barney Newton saw off Richard Butterworth with a solid 61-19 win as Paul Connor replied to get the Cons their first point of the night when defeating Russ Thornley 59-34. Lawrence Richards took a comfortable 81-2 point’s victory over Tom Palmer with the frame of the night seeing Guy Hudson lose out to Tony Milner by 4 points, 71-67, in a high scoring shoot out.

Southport Cons A sit just the 1 point behind the four teams all tied at the top after beating the winless Our Lady’s 4-2 last week. The opening frames had the best action of the night as Lee Cromwell beat Graham Booth 75-48 followed up with Nobby Lee beating Luke Marshall 76-52 as both players having fine breaks of 24 & 32 in their frame. Matty Pollock played well to beat Keith Turner by a similar score line, 71-25, as Paul Heery chalked up the Formby side’s first point of the night when he edged passed Mike Langford 49-38. The Cromwell pairings of John & Ste went on last with Big John coming out on top in his match 67-25 over Phil Fellows as Ste lost out to the main man of Formby, Tommy Tickle, 51-43.

The big winners in the division were Banks B who doubled their points for the season with a 5-1 thumping of basement side Scarisbrick A. Both of the opening frames were quite tight affairs with Matthew Wetton beating Chris Starkie 45-35 & Harry Caunce making it 2-0 when he beat Ron Calder 45-28. Banks player Andy Griffiths stays unbeaten so far this year after beating Paul Horner 54-13 as Norman Hallsworth got his side’s first point of the season when he beat Dave Turner 63-26. But the star performance of the night came when Mike Marsh made breaks of 40 & 23 to beat Graham Ball 76-33 and so set a new break target in the division as Bob Ashcroft completed the 5-1 rout when turning over Ian Tinsley 59-22.

Les Dodd’s A & Mere Brow B stay winless for the season as both sides played out a 3-3 draw with each other last week. The opening frames were shared as Martin Matthews edged passed winless Dale Roberts 60-54 with Karl Bellman losing to Harvey Webster on the final black 49-43. As in the opening frames the middle pairings where shared with Doddy’s Graham Marshall beating the in-form Paul Crabtree jnr 69-55 as Brews Matthew Greenwood got his first win of the season when beating Jordan Scutt 63-46. Peter Jackson managed to gain Doddy’s the third point of the night when beating Crabtree snr 56-40 but Mike Lount missed out on getting his side their first win when losing out to David Forshaw on the final black 45-44.

3rd Division…

Southport Cons continued with their great start to the new season with a 6-0 thumping of Fleetwood Hesketh B last week. Dominant from the start the Bath Street side were soon into their stride as Peter Yates & John Blackhurst opened up with victories over Lawrence Renshaw & Ian Brownhill, though John can be grateful for getting past Ian on the final black 40-36. Last week’s high break super star Jeff Wainwright carried on his good form when beating Brian Kimberley 48-36 as Ian Higgins turned on the style to beat Dave Senior 75-23, including a nice little 23 break as well. The full-house 6-0 was completed when Larry Swindells & Colin Paul beat the Hesketh pair of Mark Beaver & Terry Gowland.

Sitting just the one point behind Southport Cons are British Rail A after they came away from playing Banks D with a 4-2 victory. Life seems to be treating the Railwaymen better than last season nightmare in the second division and sees them as the only side in this division with a 100% win record. Peter Robinson jnr beat Tony Coakley in the opening frame 43-26 as Gerry Stone got one back for the home side when beating Paul Varney 56-34.Graham Melvin stays unbeaten this year after beating Eddy Cracknell 53-36, as John O’Malley squared the frame scores up to 2 apiece with a 52-14 victory over Alan Wilson. The visitors took the last two frames on the card when Colin Nuttall beat Barry Holmes 44-20 with Nick Wright beating James Nixon on the final colours.

The Churchtown Cons ‘Derby’ went the way of the D team as they came out 4-2 winners over their C team last week. Dave Quinn & new recruit Trevor Ford got the D team off to a flyer when they beat the C team pairing of Joe Perberdy & Peter Milford in the opening frames. Mike Pickles got his first win of the season when beating Adam Rothwell 54-25 as Al Graham lost out to Brian Sheil 61-28. Russ Walsh med it three wins from three when defeating Mike Stuttard 54-16 as Roger Hughes got the C team their second win on the night when beating Steve Mentha 62-25. The defeat leaves the C team still looking for their first win as the D team keep up with the pace at the top, only 3 points behind Southport Cons.

Formby Sports & Social got their first league win of the year when beating the Les Dodd’s C team 4-2 last week. The opening frames were shared as Gary Hardwick beat Alec Davies 51-39 with Tony Brookfield claiming a good win against Chris Rae, beating the young man 49-40. New recruit to the side Jim Bradley, saw off the attentions of Steve McCluskey, beating him 63-35 with Formby’s Adrian Morris levelling things up with 60-15 win over Danny Clegg. Formby’s first league win cam courtesy of Mark Winkley & Alex Fairley’s wins against two of Doddy’s best players Martin Cusack & Harry Wilby. Formby’s next opponents are Birkdale Cons C who themselves are looking for their first win of the season also.

Scarisbrick B doubled their points tally for the season after registering a good 5-1 win over the Waddington Cons C team last week. Scarisbrick got off to a bit of a flyer going 2-0 up but the Waddy could have done so themselves after Bob Fairclough lost out 54-47 to John Brown & Guy Riley going down by a single point, 56-55, to Ian Lowery with Guy making a 32 break in his frame. The score line was soon double though in the middle frames as both Wayne Cooper & Mick Hodge had comfortable wins over the Waddy pair of Max Riley & Vince Langford. With Waddy one player short it was all down to Steve Whyte to try and make sure of avoiding the dreaded whitewash, to which he did coming through his frame a 45-13 winner over Peter Simpson.

The Birkdale ‘Derby’ match produced the usual drama with the B team coming out 4-2 victors’ over their C team despite going 2-0 down. With the pairings going to the C team, they matched up John McGee to Peter Wilding and Phil Green to Reg Dobson, and things couldn’t have gone better for the ‘visitors’. John & Phil both eased to victories over their B team opponents with a little bit to spare, John 69-31 & Phil by the slightly closer margin of 64-45. But the B team fought back taking the next two frames with John Warnick pinching the frame away from Phil Horan on the final black 45-44, as John Mullard beat Ted Coghlan with a bit more style, 56-30 making a well-crafted 23 break in the process. That got the B team’s tail up and they pressed home that advantage with good wins for David Robinson & Geoff Tyas over Paul Rimmer & Paul Murphy. Honours go to the B team but the C team will be back for revenge come the return fixture in the New Year.


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