Tarleton BC A increased their lead at the top of the table after gaining a hard fought 4-2 win over the visiting Waddington Cons A side. Still unbeaten for the season, John Nelson beat Gary Flynn 58-21 in a prolonged safety battle as Chris Hoare beat Billy Evans 77-42 after making a super break of 52 at the start of the frame. The Waddy’s Ali Iddon beat Rob Iddon on the final pink after Rob missed out on the chance of pinching the frame when finishing bullet straight on the final blue when attempting to clear up the final colours. Paul Taylor played the shot of the night, a 4-cushion escape from a snooker, but unfortunately it was he who needed the snookers at the time, eventually losing to Chris Gill 68-24. Andy Bolton made the most of Paul Wilson’s mistakes to run out a 49-34 winner as did Alan Tomlin who punished Marcus Jackson every time he missed a pot, beating him 54-30.
Mere Brow A’s 100% win record fell when they drew 3-3 with the visiting Tarleton BC B team, to slip two points behind the current leaders Tarleton A. The opening frames were shared as Mere Brows Andy O’Hara beat Andy Marsden 64-30 while Tarletons Ian Gautrey, who made a 34 break in his frame, scored a 66-16 victory over John Greenwood. Andy Booth lost his first match of the season when Ste Harrison beat him on the final colours 62-49 as Alan Waring squared things back up when he beat John Gautrey 70-37. The last two frames saw Jason Swarbrick hand Martin Brown his first home defeat of the year, though how Martin missed the final pink ball for frame only he will know, as Danny Jassi managed to get the better of Ray Forshaw 63-33 to level the frames to 3 apiece.
The Argyle LTC side are still in search of their opening win of the season after Fleetwood Hesketh A came away from the tennis club with a 4-2 victory. Fleetwood got off to a good start going 2-0 following wins for Gareth Hibbott & Mike Roberts over Ste Forshaw & Brian Jarrett respectively. Argyle’s Ste Cooper made a 36 break in his frame to hand Ste Crane his first defeat of the season, a 66-23 victory with Paddy Tyndall levelling up the frame score when he beat Neil Rimmer 63-28. With it all to play for Argyles Ryan Curry could do nothing to stop Stuart Evans from completing a 66-32 win for the visitors leaving it down to Colin Coffey to try and secure his sides 6th drawn match of the year. This he couldn’t manage as Danny Murphy came out on top in a very low scoring frame 36-8.
Waddington Cons B got a creditable 3-3 draw with the previously high flying Banks A side, putting 5 points between themselves and the bottom placed Tarleton C team. Andy Linaker snatched a black ball victory over Andy Bridge 50-46 for the Waddy as Andy Hardisty got one back for Banks when he beat Phil Kitchen 58-23. Al Sutton lost for the 2nd week in a row when he lost out to Phil Gaskell 61-40 as Andy Bintcliffe levelled up the frames to 2 apiece with a tight 44-28 win over Denis Woodward. Trevor Wetton made it win number 5 for the season when he beat Ste Cobb 48-34 as Ray Highton snatched the win way from Banks when he pipped Matthew Wetton by the tightest of margins 47-45.
It’s taken 8 weeks in coming but the Les Dodd’s B eventually team got their first win of the season, a 4-2 home win against Birkdale Cons A. Things went well for the home side from the start going 2-0 up with good wins for Dave Mills over Les Sullivan as Paul Rogers needed two bites of the cherry in beating Mick Wardle when miss-cueing frame ball earlier to win 55-38. Birkdale hit back with their two top players so far this year when Paul Shawcross beat Dave Brown 68-25 with Phil ‘King of the 20 break’ Fitzgerald making breaks of 25, 23 & 29 for his impressive 77-11 victory over Alan Harley. But Doddy’s were not to be denied their moment in the sunshine as Andy Reynolds beat Saul Kemp with a little bit to spare as Andy Murray served up two wonderful breaks of 38 & 25 to beat Ronnie Brookes 81-28.
Churchtown Cons A heaped more misery on to the Tarleton BC C team, beating them 4-2 at home, leaving their visitors 5 points from their nearest rival. Les Prescott & Dan Matthews gave the Con club side the perfect start when they both won against Jimmy Jones and Shaun Fisher respectively in the opening frames. John Moore got one back for Tarleton when beating Dave Harwood 65-34, John’s fifth win of the season, as Churchtowns Craig Rice beat Phil Keep 39-25. Jamie Campbell lost his first match for 4 weeks after Mark Rollins beat him 53-37, Mark helped along by a 22 break in the frame. When Mick Coxon beat Dean Bond 69-27, which included a nice break of 38 for the Cons player, it meant it was the 8th straight defeat for the visiting Tarleton team this year.
Banks C thumped Les Dodd’s A 5-1 to increase their lead at the top of the table to 3 points over the chasing pack. Martin Sephton made light work in defeating Mike Lount, making two breaks in the 20’s as he ran out a 79-16 winner with Alan Johnson securing a 58-27 win over Jordan Scutt to give the host a solid 2-0 lead. Wins for John Prescott & Steve Harris made it 4-0 with the last two frames being shared as Peter Jackson eventually got his side off the mark when he beat Cliff Arnold 60-21 though Billy Cummings beat Peter Parkinson 60-24 to seal the nap hand 5 -1 victory for the division leaders.
Southport Cons A made it win number 5 for the season when they beat Bretherton A to move into 2nd place in the table just the three points behind Banks C. The opening frames were shared as Mike Langford made it two wins on the bounce when defeating Jim Richards 58-30 as Gordon Russell beat Nobby Lee 52-14. Bath streets Lee Cromwell made it 7 wins from 7 this season when beating Dave Cottam 64-35 as Ron Dickinson levelled things up when beating Stephen Cromwell 40-21. But the Con club went on to gain their 4th home 4-2 victory of the season when both John Cromwell & Matty Pollock beat their opponents Harry Haslam & Kevin Wigley.
Our Lady’s put a dent into Southport Cricket clubs promotion challenge after registering a 4-2 victory, their 2nd win of the season. The Formby side got off to a flyer when going 2-0 up with wins for Keith Turner & Paul Heery, both players scoring over 60 points in their frames against Barnet Newton & Paul Parker. The Cricket club fought back though as they levelled the frames up with a final black ball win for Russell Thornley over Alan Parker & Dave Palmers 48-38 victory over Michael Houghton. But the Formby Boys made it two home wins on the bounce after Phil Fellows beat Tony Milner 39-25 with Luke Marshall over powering young Tom Palmer 70-3, helped along by a nice break of 26 in his match.
Just like their C team Banks B matched them for points after they thumped Churchtown Cons B 5-1 with Mike Marsh yet again starring for his side. John E Gearie beat Jamie Barton 72-30 as Harry Caunce nicked a close one on the final black, 54-49, against Paul Connor. Mike Marsh continued with his good form this year to extend the high break target to 41, just the one point higher than the previous mark of 40, of which he held himself. It was Dave Pritchard who could only sit back and watch as Mike ran out an impressive 78-9 winner with Andy Griffiths making it 4-0 after beating Colin Tennant 63-41. Bob Ashcroft made it 5 frames to the Banks side on the night when beating Lawrence Richards 64-22 leaving Guy Hudson to get the only point for the visitors when he defeated Dave Turner 71-46.
Scarisbrick A made it four wins on the bounce as they whitewashed the Mere Brow B team 6-0 who are struggling for consistency this year in the league. Scarisbrick’s Ron Calder & Graham Ball set the ball rolling when they defeated Kyle Prescott & Liam Taylor, both scoring well in their frames over the lads from Mere Brow. That score line was to be doubles when Ian Tinsley beat Matthew Greenwood 48-35 & Peter Fenwick beat Dale Roberts 64-35. The final nails in the coffin were completed when Norman Hallsworth beat David Forshaw on the final black 42-39, Norman’s 5th win of the season so far, with Paul Horner completing the rout when defeating Paul Crabtree snr 40-30.
We have new leaders in the 3rd division again as Churchtown Cons D moved to top place in the table after thumping Banks D 5-1 last week. The opening duo of Trevor Ford & Dave Quinn gave their team the perfect start winning both of their frames at the expense of Tony Coakley & Barry Holmes, the third time this year they have given their side a 2-0 opening lead. Al Graham made all of the running in his frame against Gerry Stone, coming out a 68-18 winner as Russ Walsh suffered his 2nd defeat of the season when Graham Melvin beat him 55-35. But Churchtown are flying at the moment and completed their 5-1 rout with wins for Tony Wakefield & Steve Mentha, to see the Con club collect 16 points out of their last 18 possible.
Sitting just the one point back of Churchtown is the Les Dodd’s C team as they completed a 4-2 victory over Birkdale Cons B. It was Birkdale who could have thought it was going to be their night as they raced to a 2-0 lead with fine wins for Peter Wilding & Reg Dobson over the Doddy’s pair of Danny Clegg & Chris Rae. But there is a good fighting spirit in the Doddy’s side as Martin Cusack lead from the front beating John Mullard 80-27 with Jamie O’Shaughnessy following suit with an equally impressive 73-10 win over John Warnick. The full turnaround for Les Dodd’s came when Harry Wilby showed his true form to beat Geoff Tyas 75-22 with Kyle Woodfull gaining his 6th win of the season when he beat David Robinson 46-25.
Southport Cons B stayed in touch with the top two as they recorded only their 3rd win of the season, a 4-2 victory over the visiting Formby Sports Club. Peter Yates lost out to Tony Brookfield 57-45 as John Blackhurst beat Alec Davies on the final black 52-47 to record his 5th win of the season so far. The middle frames went the way of the Con club as Ian Higgins beat Mark Winkley 51-13 with John Barton beating Adrian Morris 63-49 to secure at least the draw. Colin Paul handed Alex Fairley his first taste of defeat this year beating the Formby player 61-30 as Steve McCluskey out played Jeff Wainwright, scoring an impressive 102 points against his opponent, which included a nice break of 27 in the frame.
Fleetwood Hesketh B beat Scarisbrick B 4-2 to give the visitors their first defeat in the league since the opening match of the season. Fleetwood made the most of their chances in the opening frames as Dave Senior beat John Hardisty 69-31 with Ian Brownhill completing a 47-31 victory over Ian Lowery. The 2-0 lead nearly became 4-0 as Phil Marrow handed Mick Hodge his first defeat of the season when beating him 53-35 as Wayne Cooper narrowly got passed Mark Beaver on the final black, 56 points to 51. But Fleetwood earned their 3rd win of the season when Terry Gowland beat Peter Simpson 57-33 only for John Brown to get the better of Mick Orme to give Scarisbrick the two points on the night.
The Birkdale Cons C team moved ahead of their B team in the table after coming away from playing the Churchtown Cons C team with a good 4-2 victory. The opening frames were shared as Mike Stuttard beat Eddie Tennant 55-14 only for Birkdale’s Phil Horan to beat Adam Rothwell 56-9. But the middle pairings went the way of the visitors, both tight close frames, as Phil Green won on a re-spot black 48-41 against Brian Sheil with John McGee coming out a 62-49 winner over Roger Hughes. Churchtowns Peter Milford brought up his 5th win of the season when beating Paul Murphy 51-14 but Joe Perberdy fell short of gaining the draw as Paul Rimmer came out a 58-33 winner for the visitors.
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