Les Dodd’s B played host to league leaders Tarleton Bowling Club A, managing to gain a creditable two fames off the leaders to go down 4-2 in defeat. Lee Holmes got the home side’s first point of the night when defeating Rob Iddon 75-41, enjoying a huge slice of luck on the yellow when attempting to clear up and take the frame away from his opponent, both players made 30 breaks in the frame. John Nelson levelled the frames up with a 58-35 win over Dave Mills. Andy Reynolds took Chris Hoare all the way to a black ball finish after potting some very good long pots earlier on in the frame to snatch the frame on the final black 53-45 from the young lad, as Chris Gill made a well taken 43 break to leave Alan Harley needing snookers in his 59-16 victory. The last two parings went the way of the visitors as Marcus Jackson & Andy Bolton ground out wins over Dave Brown & Paul Rogers to complete the 4-2 victory.
Banks A maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a polished 5-1 victory over Birkdale Cons A to sit 2 points off the top of the table. Al Sutton moves onto 4 wins from 4 after defeating Les Sullivan in a tight match 59-47 as Andy Hardisty made it 2-0 when getting past Saul Kemp on the final colours 68-57. Two nil soon became 4-0 as the Banks pairings of Trevor Wetton and Andy Bridge beat the home pair of John Melvin & Mick Wardle respectively, Trevor’s win courtesy of a black ball finish. Birkdale eventually got their first frame on the night after Paul Shawcross marked his return to league snooker with a good 73-35 victory over Roy Cookson as Ronnie Brooks went down 51-30 to Matthew Wetton.
Mere Brow A found their groove again when coming away from Argyle LTC with a 5-1 victory as Danny Jassi produced his best form for many a while now in his 91-1 victory over Steve Cooper. St Forshaw lost out to Andy O’Hara in the opening frame 66-53 to make way for Danny Jassi’s potting master class in the second frame. Breaks of 47 & 43 meant the frame was over in a flash as Danny went about his business with deadly accuracy. I’m sure Ste Cooper didn’t know what hit him as he returned to league snooker after a few years absence. Ryan Curry got Argyle their first and only point on the night after beating Jack Wilby 56-36 with Captain Jarrett on next trying to level things up against Andy Booth. But it was not to be as Andy ran out a 63 points to 23 winner. Paddy Tyndall could do nothing to stop Alan Wareing in the closing part of the frame losing out 66-40 as Colin Coffey went down 13-59 to John Greenwood.
Fleetwood Hesketh A must like playing at Tarleton Bowling club after claiming their second 5-1 victory at the club, this time over the C team, having beaten the B team by the same score line in week 1 of the season. Ste Crane & Danny Murphy got the visitors off to a flyer putting themselves 2-0 up with wins over Phil Keep & Jimmy Jones. This was soon doubled as Neil Rimmer beat Russ Rigby 63-28 with Gareth Hibbott beating Shaun Fisher 67-25 aided by a 35 break in his frame. Dean Bond was left searching for his first win of the season after going down 58-32 to Mike Reeder as Jamie Moore found enough in him to beat Mike Roberts 63-33 and so avoid the full house 60 drubbing.
Churchtown Cons avoided a real thumping from Waddington Cons A last week after losing the first four frames, winning the last two frames go lose 4-2 on the night. Waddy’s Gary Flynn & Al Tomlin put the visitors 2-0 up with wins over Kyle Woodfull & Craig Rice as Billy Evans & Ally Iddon made sure of the win when defeating Dave Harwood & Dan Matthews in the middle frames, Billy remaining unbeaten so far this year in doing so. But Churchtowns Mick Coxon & Les Prescott managed to bring about some respectability to the score line when beating Paul Taylor & Paul Wilson in the last two frames. Mick beat Paul Taylor comfortably 72-19 as Les got his first win of the season when beating Paul Wilson equally as impressive 85-11.
Waddington Cons B went down 5-1 to the visiting Tarleton B team leaving them still in search of that first win of the season. Peter Lord lost 15-50 to Andy Marsden as Phil Gaskell lost out to Ian Gautrey 50-32, to see the Tarleton player move to 4 wins from 4 this season. Neil Rigden made sure of at least the draw when beating Denis Woodward 60-38 as Waddy got their first point of the night when Andrew Linaker beat Ste Harrison, just, 53-43. With the hosts one player short it was down to Ste Cobb to stop the rot when he played Ray Forshaw, something that he could not do going down narrowly 63-58 on the final black ball.
Even this early into the season, Banks C look the team to stop as they sit 1 point clear at the top of the division after a 5-1 thumping of their B team in last week’s ‘Banks Derby’. Martin Sephton & Cliff Arnold got the ball rolling quickly for the C team after beating Harry Caunce & Bob Ashcroft in the opening frames. Things didn’t change much in the middle pairings as the C team pushed home their advantage as Steve Harris beat Andy Griffiths 57-42 as John Prescott took a black ball victory over John Gearie 51-44. The last two frames were equally as close as the B team won their only point for the night after Dave Turner beat Dave Martindale 57-48 with Alan Johnson inflicting the season’s first defeat on Mike Marsh when beating the young man 49-35.
Bretherton B sit one point behind Banks C after handing out consecutive defeats to the Churchtown Cons B team, beating them 4-2 at home last week.. Things started really well for the visitors as they raced to a 2-0 lead with wins for Guy Hudson, a 73-44 winner over William Moulton, as Jamie Barton got the better of Alan Venables 59-45. But Bretherton fought back in the middle frames as Simon Moulton beat Richard Butterworth 82-21 with Stephen Fiddler making it level pegging with a good 63-13 win over Dave Pritchard. Churchtowns Paul Connor lost his first match of the year after going down 54-20 to Phil Iddon with Nev Marsden completing the full turnaround with a 71-50 victory over Lawrence Richards.
Southport Cons A remain well placed after handing out a 5-1 thumping to a Scarisbrick A team who are finding it really tough at the moment with only 2 points from a possible 18 so far this season. Lee Cromwell & Nobby Lee got the ball rolling for the visitors after beating Ron Calder & Peter Fenwick respectively in the opening frames. Things didn’t change much in the middle pairings as Big John Cromwell beat Denis Marshall 63-10 as Matty Pollock managed to get a 57-47 victory over Graham Ball. The one bright moment for Scarisbrick came when Chris Starkie made a super 38 break in his frame against Mike Langford, his best break in the league to date. Norman Hallsworth had a chance to make it two wins on the night but eventually lost out on the final black ball 47-42 to Stephen Cromwell.
The Southport Cricket Club held their nerve in the end earning a 3-3 draw with the visiting Les Dodd’s A team after going 3-1 down in the match. Paul Parker gave his side the initial edge when beating Mike Lount 49-37 but it was all Doddy’s after that in the next three frames. Jordan Scutt beat Tom Palmer 63-12 with Peter Jackson following that win with a close 40-32 victory over Tony Milner. The long-time experience of Barney Newton could not stop the visitors from going 3-1 up as Martin Matthews held on for a 45-18 victory. But the Cricket clubs top two sticks of recent years Dave Palmer & Russ Thornley got the draw as the both defeated Karl Bellman & Graham Marshall in the last two frames.
Bretherton A made the trip out to play Formby a profitable one after coming away from Our Lady’s with a 5-1 victory to their names. The opening frames were shared as Paul Heery lost out 58-26 to Bretherton’s Ron Dickinson with Luke Marshall beating Harry Haslam 50-29. But things didn’t go well for the home side after that as Alan Parker struggled to contain a rampant Gordon Russell 53-3 with Michael Houghton losing out 66-36 to Dave Cottam with both players making 20 breaks in their frame. The two Jim’s then took over centre stage as Jim Richards’s got the better of Keith Turner 69-50 with Jim Holden beating Phil Fellows 65-19 to see both of the Bretherton players stay unbeaten so far this year.
League Leaders British Rail made it four wins from four after defeating the visiting Churchtown Cons D team 4-2 last week. Peter Robinson jnr had no answer against the Cons new recruit to the side Trevor Ford, seeing the Cons player built up a healthy lead to take the frame 76-23. British Rails new recruit this year, Nick Wright, also got his side a win when defeating Mike Pickles 43-51 to level up the opening frames. But the middle frames went the way of the home side as John O’Malley saw off Al Graham 41-29 with Eddie Cracknell coming out a 54-35 winner over Russ Walsh, Russ’s first defeat of the season. The last two frames could have gone either way with Colin Nuttall going down 59-48 on the final colours to Steve Mentha as Colin Peet got the vital fourth point for the home side when beating Tony Wakefield 51-41.
The Southport Cons B team stay level on points with the Railwaymen, despite only getting a 3-3 home draw with Banks D last week. Following up from last week’s 25 break Ian Higgins made his best effort in the league, a 44 break in his frame against Tony Coakley, just the 10 points behind the division best this year, a 54 from fellow team mate Jeff Wainwright. Graham Melvin replied for Banks with a 62-20 win over Peter Yates to level up the opening frames. The middle pairs were also shared as Cons Colin Paul beat Darren McDonnell 59-28 as Gerry Stone replied with a good 61-39 victory over Larry Swindells. John Blackhurst got the third point for the home side when beating Barry Foster 59-38 with Alan Wilson gaining the win and draw on the night for Banks when edging passed Jeff Wainwright 44-27.
The big winners in the division last week were Les Dodd’s C who came away from playing Waddington Cons C with a solid 5-1 victory. Waddy stalwarts Guy Riley & Bob Fairclough could do nothing to stop the Dodd’s pairing of Harry Wilby & Jamie O’Shaughnessy, both losing to their opponents to see the visitors take a 2-0 lead. Dave Brown played well to gain a 47-34 victory over Jim Bradley as Martin Cusack powered his way to a comfortable 80-17 win over Max Riley. Chris Rae played well for his 69-9 win over Stefan Whyte as Steve Whyte went down narrowly 54-43 to Kyle Woodfull to complete the 5-1 defeat.
Formby Sports might have no club now to play out of but have settled well into their new home at Bath street as they came up with a 4-2 victory over the Birkdale Cons C team. Steve McCluskey kicked things off for Formby when beating Phil Green 60-18 as John McGee replied for the visitors with a 61-27 victory over Tony Brookfield. But Formby claimed the next two frames with good wins for Mark Winkley & Adrian Morris over Graham Ward & Phil Horan. Alex Fairley made sure of the win & four points when beating Paul Murphy 61-19 as Martin Calvert got the better of Alec Davies in a tight finish 44-32.
Birkdale Cons B made it back-to-back 4-2 wins when turning over the visiting Fleetwood Hesketh B side at home last week. John Warnick & Reg Dobson both won to give the Con club a 2-0 lead after the opening frames when beating Fleetwood’s Mark & Daniel Beaver. Geoff Tyas lost his first match of the season when losing out to Brain Kimberley 38-49 as last week’s star man John Mullard going 2 for 2 when beating Phil Marrow 58-19. Ian Brownhill managed to get the better of Davis Robinson 46-34 in the last pairings to give the visitors their second point of the night but it was John Stringfellow who made sure the win came the way of the Con club when defeating Terry Gowland 56-28.
Churchtown Cons C could only draw with Scarisbrick B to see the Con club side still in search for that first win of the season this year. The opening frames were shared as Churchtowns Brian Sheil beat Ian Lowery 55-24 with John Hardisty levelling things up with 58-17 victory of Mike Stuttard. The middle pairings were a tight affair and could have gone either way as Adam Rothwell beat John Brown 48-33 with Mick Hodge squeezing past Roger Hughes on the final black ball 44-39 to see the match ties at 2 apiece. The teams could not be separated on the night as Cons player Peter Milford got the better of Wayne Cooper in a high scoring frame 72-54 with Scarisbrick’s Peter Simpson getting the better of Joe Perberdy 57-30.
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