By Chris Gill
League leaders Tarleton BC A dropped their first points at home this year as Argyle managed to leave Carr Lane with a deserved 3-3 draw. Things stared well for the home side as John Nelson piled on the points to beat Brian Jarrett 91-33 making a superb 50 break in doing so. Ryan Curry deservedly beat Chris Hoare 69-54, though must have held his breath as Chris missed an easy blue with pink sat right over the middle pocket for the frame. Ste Forshaw then put the Argyle 2-1 up with a sound potting display against Colin Boston to run out a 66-26 winner, making an impressive 40 break in doing so. The frames were levelled up 2 apiece when Rob Iddon beat Colin Coffey 60-17 leaving the last two frames with all to play for. Paddy Tyndall made an important contribution of 42 to leave Chris Gill needing a snooker with 1 red left on as Marcus Jackson was thank full for Ste Cooper missing the final black to gift the home side the draw in the last frame.
Mere Brow A & Banks A swapped places in the league table as Mere Brow snatched a 4-2 win and second place to move just two points behind the leaders. Banks looked to carry on their good form this year when going 2-0 up as Andy Bridge played really well to beat Martin Brown 53-8, Andy making a 33 break in doing so, with Alan Sutton turning over Andy O’Hara 69-46, making a telling break of 29 in his frame. But Mere Brow came back into the match when Andy Booth beat Andy Hardisty 56-40 and Alan Wareing producing a super 54 break, against Trevor Wetton to put the visitors back on level terms 2-2. The turnaround was completed when John Greenwood beat Matthew Wetton 40-20 with Danny Jassi scraping passed Roy Cookson 55-34.
Waddington Cons A stay unbeaten in their last four matches as they come back from 2-0 down to beat Les Dodd’s B 4-2. Billy Evans lost his first match of the year losing out to Andy Reynolds in a close frame 58-47, with Alan Tomlin suffering a 53-10 defeat to Dave Mills. The Waddy pairings of Gary Flynn & Paul Wilson got things back to 2-2 when they beat Dave Brown & Paul Rogers respectively leaving the match all to play for going into the last frames. The Waddy welcomed Mark Tomlin back into the team, all be it that it was under the old Railway side of many a year ago that Mark last played in the league, as he started off with a solid 56-32 win over Simon ‘The Wareing Slayer’ Bolton. Ally Iddon completed the comeback when defeating Andy Murray 57-33 to leave the Waddy side just the four points off top spot.
Birkdale Cons A got last week’s 5-1 drubbing by Banks out of their system as they managed to beat the visiting Tarleton BC C team 4-2 last week. Les Sullivan set the tone early on in the match making breaks of 30 & 23 in smashing Shaun Fisher 90-14 as Jamie Moore continued his good form for Tarleton this year when defeating Mick Wardle 65-8. The middle pairings went the way of Birkdale as John Melvin & Saul Kemp both dispatched Mark Rollins & Phil Keep to see the Con club go 3-1 up. Paul Shawcross showed some good form again when beating Jimmy Jones 83-14 to guarantee the home side victory as Tarletons Dean Bond earned his first win of the season when beating Ronnie Brooks 72-38.
Churchtown Cons A’s first win of the season came at last when they took 4 frames off the Tarleton B team, with the match swaying from side to side throughout the night. Kevin Woodfull nearly, and probably should have beaten, the B team’s top stick Ian Gautrey when missing a relatively easy black to hand the frame to his opponent as Jamie Campbell got his first win of the season when beating Ray Forshaw 66-17. Les Prescott dominated Ste Harrison in his frame running out a 66-7 winner with Dave Harwood rolling back the year with a 74-35 victory over Andy Marsden. The last two frames could have gone either way as John Gautrey missed a tricky final black with the rest to leave Mick Coxon the chance to win the frame as Neil Rigden thanked Craig Rice for going in-off the final black to take the frame 65-63.
Fleetwood Hesketh A beat Waddington Cons B 4-2. No scorecard has been received.
Bretherton B share top spot in the 2nd division this week after claiming a 4-2 victory over the Les Dodd’s A team. The card has not been entered onto the database yet.
Southport Cons A stay locked with Bretherton on 19 points at the top of the division after they too also had a fine 4-2 victory over this season’s early front-runners Banks C. The visitors took control of the match going 2-0 up after wins for Alan Johnson over Mike Langford and Steve Harris taking the scalp of Matty Pollock. But league stalwarts John Cromwell & Nobby Lee proved tough to beat and made it 2 across when defeating the Banks pair of Martin Sephton & Cliff Arnold. It was the Cromwell’s who did the damage again in the last pairings as Steve & Lee beat Rennie Culshaw & John Prescott, Lee Cromwell moving to an impressive 5 wins from his 5 played this year.
Sat just 1 point off the top two is Southport & Birkdale cricket club after they registered their third win of the season when beating Mere Brow B 4-2. Kyle Prescott fell to Paul Parker 21-63, with Paul enjoying a fair amount of luck in the frame at times, but that could not be said for Paul Crabtree jnr who put Tom Palmer to the sword, 82-4, with the help of a well taken 39 break. The rest of the night’s matches went the way of the Cricket club as Russell Thornley beat Matthew Greenwood 68-22 with Barney Newton defying the years again beating the hapless Dale Roberts 68-5. David Forshaw lost out Dave Palmer 21-50 with S & B handing the 6th frame over to Mere Brow as they were a player short.
Churchtown Cons B managed to salvage a draw out their match with Our Lady’s, despite going 3-1 down in the early frames. The opening frames were shared as the Cons Jamie Barton made a 29 break in his match against Graham Booth to win 65-41, as Luke Marshall replied for the Formby side by beating Paul Connor 60-20. The match then swung the way of the visitors as Keith Turner & Michael Houghton both beat Dave Pritchard & Colin Tennant respectively. But the visitors couldn’t gain that one more frame to earn their first win of the season as Guy Hudson saw off Alan Parker 67-36 with Lawrence Richards beating Paul Heery by the similar margin of 63-44.
Scarisbrick A registered their first win of the season by thumping Bretherton A 5-1 but they still remain sat at the bottom of the division on just 7 points. Gordon Russell made it two wins on the bounce with a fine potting display to beat Peter Fenwick 83-7 as Chris Starkie replied in kind with a 40-16 victory over Ron Dickinson. The next four frames were all won by Scarisbrick but the margins suggest it wasn’t all plain sailing for Scarisbrick. Norman Hallsworth won by 8 points over Harry Haslam, 50-42, with Paul Horner claiming a 62-41 win over John Hart. The return of John Gornall was a good sight for all concerned but he could not stop Ron Calder defeating him on the final colours 45-37 as Ian Tinsley made it five wins on the night for the visitors when edging out Kevin Wigley by the nine points, 55-46.
The 3rd division stays wide open still with three teams all tied at the top on 20 points with British Rail leading the way despite only managing a 3-3 draw from their trip to Scarisbrick B last week. Peter Robinson jnr got back to winning ways when defeating Ian Lowery 70-35 with Scarisbrick’s Mick Hodge edging out Nick Wright 44-36. The middle frames were also shared with Wayne Cooper registering a nice 26 break in his 62-20 win over Eddy Cracknell, with John O’Malley beating John Brown 68-34 to level the frames up. The sharing theme continued into the last two pairings as John Hardisty got the home side their 4rd point with Colin Peet getting the Railwaymen their 3rd point when he beat Eddie Stockley 50-35.
Les Dodd’s C where the big winners of the week when they put Churchtown Cons C to the sword, beating them 5-1, to sit level with the Railway side. Danny Clegg & Jim Bradley got the home side off to a flyer with comfortable wins over Churchtowns Mike Stuttard & Brian Sheil respectively with Jamie O’Shaughnessy & Chris Rae doubling the frame scores in the next pairings. Chris Rae shone in his match with Roger Hughes making a very nice 34 break as Jamie beat Joe Perberdy 70-32. Kyle Woodfull made it five for Doddy’s C when he managed to get the better of Peter Milford, beating him 57-31 as Harry Wilby went down on the final black 40-47 against Adam Rothwell to give the Cons team their only point on the night.
Southport Cons B drew 3-3 with Churchtown Cons D to stay right in the mix level on points with Doddy’s C & British Rail. Churchtowns Dave Quinn beat big break merchant Jeff Wainwright 58-33 in one of the opening frames as Ian Higgins squared things up for the Bath street side when beating Trevor Ford 64-39. John Blackhurst made it three wins on the bounce when defeating Al Graham 45-26 as Mike Pickles beat John Barton to yet again square the match up. The inevitable sharing of the frames carried on into the last pairings as Russ Walsh got Churchtown their 3rd point when beating Larry Swindells 76-20 and Colin Paul replied for Southport when beating Steve Mentha 52-10.
No second season syndrome for Banks D this year as they recorded their 2nd win of the season, a 4-2 victory over Birkdale Cons B, to see them sat in 4th place in the division. Gerry Stone opened up the account for the home side when beating John Stringfellow 60-18 with Birkdale’s Johnny Mullard replying for the Cons when he beat Graham Melvin 63-38. Tony Coakley edged out Reg Dobson 40-27 in a low scoring affair as John Warnick made it 2 apiece when beating Alan Wilson 53-21. But Banks made it win number two this year when winning the last two frames by narrow margins mind, when Darren McDonnell beat David Robinson 52-42 & Barry Holmes beating Geoff Tyas on the final colours 50-41.
Birkdale Cons B & Fleetwood Hesketh B played out a 3-3 draw to leave them both level on 11 points nearer to the foot of the table than they would like to be. Birkdale’s Phil Green got back to winning ways when beating Lawrence Richards 51-30 with Fleetwood’s Ian Brownhill beating Ted Coghlan 52-26. Last year’s Marshall runner up, Phil Horan, eventually got his first win of the season when beating Brian Kimberley 62-36 as John McGee went down 50-36 to Phil Marrow in the other middle frame. Birkdale’s Paul Rimmer managed to get the better of Daniel Beaver 43-23 but Martin Calvert could do nothing to stop Mick Orme from levelling the match up to 3 apiece when losing out the Hesketh player 69-33.
The match between Formby Sports & Social & Waddington Cons C was postponed due to a misunderstanding of where the Formby side was playing last week.
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