Tarleton A moved six points clear at the top of the table after beating Tarleton B 5-1 last week, only after Fleetwood Hesketh & Mere Brow had to re-arrange their game last week. All good things come to an end and that’s what happened to John Nelson as he lost for the first time this year to Tarleton B’s top stick Ian Gautrey 64-12. The A teams Colin Boston levelled things up after seeing off Neil Rigden 64-37, with the remaining frames all going the way of the his team mates after that. Chris Gill had to pot the final black to deny Ste Harrison a chance of a re-spot black with Rob Iddon shutting out Ray Forshaw for a comfortable 64-28 win. Andy Bolton produces a super little 3 ball clearance of brown blue & pink to get one over Jason Swarbrick 54-40 as Marcus Jackson ran riot against Ste Gautrey with breaks of 32 & 25 at the beginning of the frame to run out a 76-11 winner.
Banks A have moved back into second place in the league after recording their first win in three after seeing of Waddy Cons A with a 4-2 victory. Things got off to a great start for the home side as they raced to a 2-0 opening lead as Andy Bridge & Andy Hardisty saw off the challenge of Paul Taylor & Gary Flynn with solid opening wins. Trevor Wetton handed out Paul Wilson’s third consecutive loss with Alan Tomlin just managing to beat Al Sutton on the final black 55-53. The last two frames were also shared as Roy Cookson lost out to Billy Evans 47-22 with Banks’s Andy Bintcliffe making it three from three at home after beating Ali Iddon 52-43.
Birkdale Cons A left Argyle LTC to wait another week to find that first win of the season as they beat the tennis club 4-2. Birkdale’s opening pair of Phil Fitzgerald & Les Sullivan showed no mercy in the their frames, especially Fitzy who produced a great display of snooker making breaks of 35 & 28 to snub out Ste Forshaw 78-0 with Les getting passed Ryan Curry 58-26. Birkdale’s Paul Shawcross didn’t get things all his own way when seeing off Brian Jarrett 65-53, leaving him unbeaten for the season so far on 6 wins from 6 as Ricky Webb marked his opening match for the year when beating Colin Coffey 55-13. But Birkdale couldn’t increase their lead any more as Argyle took the last two frames with wins for Paddy Tyndall & Ste Cooper over John Melvin & Ronnie Brooks.
After gaining their first win of the season last week Les Dodd’s B made it two on the bounce after gaining a good 4-2 win over basement side Tarleton BC C. Things couldn’t have gone better for Doddy’s as they raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to wins for Dave Mills over Shaun Fisher & Alan Harley over Dean Bond. Jimmy Jones went down a gallant loser 31-52 to Dave Brown as John Moore showed good form to run out a comfortable 76-6 winner over Paul Rogers. With Doddy’s only fielding the 5 players on the night is was down to Mark Rollins to try and salvage a draw out of the match. But Andy Reynolds proved to be too good for the Tarleton man and saw him off in a 58 to 18 points victory. Next week’s match up with Waddy Cons B will be just as tense in the battle to avoid the drop this year.
Waddington Cons B go into that match up with the Doddy’s B team on the back of a fine 4-2 win over Churchtown Cons A, to four teams near the bottom of the table split by just the one point. Andy Linaker narrowly beat Kevin Woodfull on the final colours 56-45 with Denis Woodward doing the same in his close fought black ball 49-42 victory. Waddy’s Ste Cobb made it another black ball win on the night as he beat Jamie Campbell 52-49 as Dave Harwood beat Phil Gaskell 46-39 for the third black ball finish out of the opening frames. The remaining two frames didn’t get as close a finish with a 56-25 victory for Mick Coxon over Phil Kitchen and a 47-27 win for Mike Stokeld over Dan Matthews.
Banks C made the short trip down to play Mere Brow B a good one last week as they ran out a 5-1 winner to increase their lead to three points at the top of the table. Mere Brow’s Liam Taylor missed out on the chance got gain his first win of the season when losing to Cliff Arnold on the final black 44-42 with Alan Johnson showing good form against Dale Roberts to beat him 67-28, Alan making a fine break of 32 in the frame for good measure. Kyle Prescott had no chance against Ste Harris as he ran riot with a 72-31 victory with Matthew Greenwood getting the better of Martin Sephton on the final black 52-47. But that was to be the only high point on the night for the home side as Billy Cummings & Dave Martin dale both won close frames over Paul Crabtree Senior & David Forshaw.
Southport Cons A continue to impress this year as they matched the leaders result with one of their own 5-1 victories over Churchtown Cons B. After winning their opening two fixtures of the year Churchtown have now slipped to a 7 match unbeaten run which sees them sat 9th in the league table now. Geoff Hudson made it win number 8 for the season though when beating Lee Cromwell 53-30 as Nobby Lee levelled it up with a 73-25 victory over Jamie Barton. The rest of the frames ended up with the Southport players all getting scores of 50 or more as Churchtown struggled to contain them. Mike Langford & John Cromwell made it 3-1 with wins over Dave Pritchard & Paul Connor as Matty Pollock & Stephen Cromwell completed the 5-1 drubbing when beating Lawrence Richards & Colin Tennant.
Southport Cricket club brought up their 5th win of the season when seeing off the visiting Scarisbrick A 4-2, Scarisbrick’s first defeat in their last 5 matches. Paul Parker lead from the front again after beating Paul Horner 59-30, while Ian Tinsley squared things up with a 75-28 win over Tom Palmer. Tony Milner made it 2-1 with a 53-27 win over Ron Calder with Dave Palmer increasing the score line to 3-1 as he brought up win number 8 for the season in his 73-17 win over Peter Fenwick. The next match on saw the ever youthful pair of Barney Newton & Norman Hallsworth play each other, showing us all that age is no barrier when it comes to enjoying a frame of snooker. Both of them have played in the Southport league for many a year now and it’s great to see these ‘old boys’ still enjoying their snooker. It was Barney who got the better of things on the night beating Norman 44-19 something well short of what the two players combined age might be…!! Graham Ball managed to scrape passed Russell Thornley on the final black 57-53 to see the Scarisbrick side slip to 7th in the table.
Les Dodd’s A stay rooted to the bottom of the 2nd division table after falling to Banks B 4-2, their 5th straight defeat now. For Banks it means they keep in touch near the top, sitting in 4th place in the table. The visiting team had the better of the opening exchanges as Dave Turner beat Mike Lount 57-11 with Harry Caunce making it 2-0 with a close win over Karl Bellman 47-36. A bit of a shoot-out came about as Peter Parkinson made a fine break of 29 only for John E Gearie to make breaks of 23 & 22 to run out a 75-45 winner. Jordan Scutt opened up the scoring for Doddy’s A after beating Bob Ashcroft on the final black 47-40 to give hop of maybe a draw for the hosts on the night. Martin Matthews made a nice break of 28 against Andy Griffiths to run out a 63-22 as Peter Jackson just missed out on beating top player Mike Marsh, and the draw when losing on the final black 70-62.
Bretherton B fought back to gain a 3-3 draw with Our Lady’s after going 2-0down after the opening frames in the match. The Formby outfit made a great start with wins for Luke Marshall over Edward Moulton & Paul Heery over Alan Venables. But the newly promoted side made a real fight of it when claiming the middle frames when Nev Marsden beat Keith Turner48-34 with Simon Moulton beating Phil Fellows 61-31. The last two matches could have gone to either side but in the end were shared as Bretherton’s Phil Iddon beat Michael Houghton 49-35 with Formby’s Alan Parker gaining a 48-32 victory over Stephen Fiddler.
Churchtown Cons D kept up the pressure on the following teams by thumping Birkdale Cons C 5-1 last week, their third consecutive 5-1 win. Mick Pickles beat Ted Coghlan 49-30 with Dave Quinn topping off a fine display of potting in his 74-23 win over John McGee, leaving Dave on 8 wins from 8 so far this season. Birkdale’s Phil Green proved too strong for Trevor Ford running out a 59-25 winner as Al Graham impressed against Phil Horan, winning quite comfortably in the end 73-18. Steve Mentha scraped passed Paul Rimmer on the final black 52-49 as Tony Wakefield kept up this winning streak when beating Martin Calvert 61-19.
Les Dodd’s C matched Churchtowns score line after they thumped the visiting Fleetwood Hesketh B side by the same 5-1 score line as well. Martin Cusack fell to his third defeat of the season when losing to Phil Marrow 65-41, Phil making a nice break of 23 in the match as well. But that would be the only highlight for the Marshsiders as Jim Bradley impressed against Terry Gowland 70-6 to level the frames up 1 apiece. The middle pairings for Doddy’s saw Gary Hardwick beat Brain Kimberley 58-13 with Jamie O’Shaughnessy making a fine break of 36, his best effort in the league this year, to beat Mark Beaver 74-21. The 5-1 rout was completed when Harry Wilby beat Mick Orme 48-19 with Kyle Woodfull bringing up his 7th win of the year after beating Dan Beaver 62-38.
British Rail beat Churchtown Cons C also by the same 5-1 score line to keep very much in touch with the top two in the league, Churchtowns first 5-1 thumping of the season. Brian Sheil gave Churchtown a good start when he defeated Colin Peet just, 54-51 but it was all one way traffic after that for the railwaymen. Peter Robinson Junior beat Peter Milford 43-24 with Colin Nuttall & Eddy Cracknell beating Adam Rothwell & Roger Hughes respectively to give it a 3-1 score line to the visitors. The final 5-1 score line was brought up after John O’Malley beat John McCabe 49-34 with Nick Wright beating Joe Perberdy 43-19.
When Southport Cons A beat Waddington Cons C 5-1 last week it meant that the top four in the division all won by the same score line to leave this as they were in the table. Southport ran out to a 2-0lead with wins for John Blackhurst over Max Riley & Jeff Wainwright over Bob Fairclough. Colin Paul brought up his 7th win for the season when beating Guy Riley 57-32 as Steve Whyte got the Waddy C some rest bite with a 49-25 win over John Barton. But the 5-1 mauling came about when Southport’s Gilbert Brown beat Dave Brown 46-37, Gilbert’s first win in the league with Ian Higgins continuing to play well this year when beating Stefan Whyte 43-27.
Fifth placed Scarisbrick B made it win number three this year after beating Banks D 4-2 last week as Scarisbrick got off to a flyer in the opening frames going 2-0 up. Eddie Stockley beat Tony Coakley 47-22 with Ian Lowery getting the better of Graham Melvin 58-18. Wayne Cooper continued to make nice little 20 plus breaks in his matches after beating Barry Holmes 55-23 helped along with a 23 break. Matt Lowery made sure of the team win Scarisbrick when making it 4-0 after defeating Barry Foster 56-42 but Banks fought back in the last pairings to stop the potential 6-0 thrashing. This time it was James Nixon & Alan Wilson who provided the wins for the visitors as they beat Mick Hodge & Peter Simpson.
Formby Sports fell to their third consecutive 4-2 defeat this time to the hands of the Birkdale Cons B side, who made it their first win on five in the league. John Stringfellow beat Alec Davies 50-39 with David Robinson making short work of Mark Winkley beating him 72-12. Formby’s Steve McCluskey made it win number 7 for the season when he beat Geoff Tyas on the colours 59-47 with John Mullard securing at least the draw when he beat Adrian Morris 49-39. Formby’s top stick so far this year, Alec Fairley, made it win number 8 so far when he beat Peter Wilding in a close game 59-46 as Reg Dobson moved to the top of his teams rankings with a 68-25 win over Daniel Brookfield.
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