Southport Snooker Results (19/01/2015)

1st Division…

The new leaders of the 1st division, Tarleton BC A, carried on with their recent great form by beating Mere Brow B 6-0, making it three consecutive 6-0 victories on the trot. It was always going to be tough for Mere Brow as they go in search still of their first league win and things didn’t look good after going 2-0 down very quickly. Dale Roberts pushed John Nelson all the way in his frame only to see his opponent produce a great pot on the brown ball, getting good position on the blue to finish up on a miss-able pink down the side cushion. But he made the pot to see Tarleton take a 2-0 lead. This was soon doubled as Chris Hoare knocked in a 46 break against Mathew Greenwood with Andy Bolton beating Paul Crabtree senior with a bit to spare. Chris Gill made short work of Harvey Webster producing breaks of 24, 28 and 36 while James Smith lost on the colours to Marcus Jackson despite making some really good long range pots. Tarleton play their C team next in their second ‘Derby’ match of the New Year, while Mere Brow take on their Big Brothers the A team next.

Mere Brow A lost ground to Tarleton A at the top of the table when they only managed to gain a 3-3 draw with the Tarleton B team. Tarleton’s Neil Rigden struggled in his match against Andy O’Hara who eventually ran out an easy 73-36 winner, but Ian Gautrey managed to beat Martin Brown on the final colours 72-59 to leave his opponent still looking for his first league win in 2015. That stat also applies to Danny Jassi when he lost to Andy Marsden 55-34, leaving both players stuck on 9 wins for the season these past two weeks. The first Mere Brow player to 10 wins though is John Greenwood after beating Ray Forshaw 46-16 to level the frames scores up to 2 apiece. The draw was gained by the home side when John Gautrey beat Jack Wilby 51-32 as Mere Brow’s Andy Booth beat Ste Gautrey 66-20. This result meant that the Champions of last year have now gone three matches without a win, something that they will be looking to readdress in their ‘Derby’ match this week. For Tarleton, they will look to get out of the bottom two in the table when they go to Churchtown.

Fleetwood Hesketh did themselves the world of good by beating Tarleton BC C 5-1, and so close the gap on Mere Brow to 5 points. Tarleton beat Fleetwood in the first match up, back in September, and could have repeated that result had Peter Haslam manage to take his opportunities against Gareth Hibbott, but he came up short losing 32-53. Shaun Fisher got the home side on the board when he beat Dean Oliver but it was very much slim pickings for Tarleton after that. The middle pairings went the way of the Hesketh side through wins for Ste Crane and Neil Rimmer. Though Jimmy Jones will be wondering what he has to do to win a frame this year after scoring 72 points against Neil Rimmer only to lose on the black 72-79. The visitors took the last two frames when Gavin Douglas and Stuart Evans produced some good snooker to beat Mark Rollins and Phil Keep with relative ease, Stuart making a 32 break in his frame. This was the Fleetwood’s 7th win on the bounce after starting the season in such poor fashion.

Birkdale made short work of S & B, beating them 5-1, to stay 4th in the league only 3 points behind Fleetwood Hesketh. Having made five breaks of 20 or more in his previous two matches Phil Fitzgerald made another break, a 37 this time, in his win over Dave Palmer. Mick Wardle took the patient route to victory over Paul Parker scoring as many points in his frame as minutes to win it, 69-45. The middle pairings saw Ronnie Brooks beat Tony Milner 58-37 with Russell Thornley managing to gain the Cricket clubs first point of the night when seeing off Tony Roberts 76-40. S & B have a history this year of getting a draw from being 3-1 down before, but that would not happen here as Birkdale took the last two remaining two frames. John Melvin was just too good for Barney Newton beating him 65-5 as that wily old dog Les Sullivan beat the young pup of S & B Tom Palmer 90-24, making a superb 43 break in doing so. Birkdale travel to one table Argyle next while the Cricket Club go to Marshside to take on Fleetwood Hesketh.

After beating Mere Brow last week Banks carried on that form beating Churchtown Cons by the same 4-2 score line. Things didn’t exactly go well for the home side as Mick Coxon and Colin Boston opened up with victories for the away side to go 2-0 up. Mick beat Andy Bridge 62-40 while Colin took care of Andy Hardisty beating him 67-29. But Banks fought back as Roy Cookson and Trevor Wetton levelled the frames up when beating Dave Harwood and Craig Rice. The home side continued the turnaround in frames when Al Sutton beat Les Prescott 70-14, with Andy Bintcliffe securing his 5th win of the season beating Dan Mathews 52-20.

The result between Argyle and Waddington Cons has not yet being received.

2nd Division…   

With the divisional leaders Waddington Cons on an Open week Banks C closed the gap to 5 points after beating Les Dodd’s A 4-2. Banks went 2-0 up after Billy Cummings beat Jordan Scutt 56-17, making his best break of the season a 22 in doing so, while Cliff Arnold edged past Karl Bellman 47-23. Martin Sephton continued his great form moving to 11 wins from 12 for the year after beating Mike Lount 60-23, as Doddy’s Ken Dumican edged past Dave Martindale on the final colours 44-34 to make it a 3-1 score line to the home side. Alan Johnson produced two break in the 20’s to beat Peter Jackson 63-32 as Graham Marshall took his frame against Banks’s captain Arthur Wareing 61-47. This was Banks 6th win at home and see’s them very much in contention for the top two places. For Doddy’s they will be hoping to put a dent in their B teams promotion push when they meet up next.

It was a double of wins for the two sides from Banks as the Banks B team beat Les Dodd’s B 4-2 to register their first away league win of the season. The visitors got off to the perfect start going 2-0 up with good wins for Andy Griffiths and Mike Marsh as they beat Dave Mills and Andy Reynolds, this being only the 2nd defeat of the season for Andy Reynolds. The home side could have levelled things up after the middle pairings after Joe Wade got past Dave Turner 43-30 but Peter Parkinson could do nothing to stop Bob Ashcroft making a 25 break to take the other frame on the final black 56-53. With Lee Holmes continuing to impress, he is unbeaten at home so far this year, this time beating Ray Swailes 81-26 it was left to John E Gearie to claim the 4th point and win for Banks in beating Paul Rogers 50-40. Banks face league leaders Waddy B next up at home while the B team of Dodd’s will be looking to claim bragging rights in their ‘Derby’ Match with their A team. 

The St.Teresa’s A team settled into their new home venue at Southport Cons by holding Scarisbrick A to a 3-3 draw. With the frames shared all the way through the match it was Martin and Craig Jones who seemed to take to the home conditions, both making breaks in their wins. Martin made two contributions in the 20’s in his win over David Wright while Craig had his best break of the season, a 31, against Graham Ball. Scarisbrick Paul Horner claimed a tight win over Trevor Ford 57-49, with Norman Hallsworth getting his 9th win of the season in beating John Cromwell. With Stephen Cromwell earning Teresa’s’ their 3rd point of the night beating Peter Fenwick 66-39, it was left to Chris Starkie to get Scarisbrick’s third win of the night against Lee Cromwell. Teresa’s, who stay 4th in the table, go to Our Ladys’ next while Scarisbrick play hosts to Banks C

Our Lady’s first away win of the season will have to wait a while longer as they went down 4-2 to Bretherton A. The home side, who have made it four wins on the bounce now, made the best of starts going 2-0 up after Gordon Russell rolled back the years to beat Paul Heery 79-18 with Ron Dickinson getting one over Phil Fellows on the final colours 52-40. Things only got worse for the visitors as Bretherton’s Kevin Wigley and Dave Cottam both won to make it a 4-0 score line, with the possibility of more to come. But the long trip back to Formby was made that little bit easier to swallow as both Michael Houghton and Luke Marshall gained good wins for their team when beating Harry Haslam and Jim Holden to at least come away with something from the match. Our Lady’s host St.Teresa’s next while Bretherton welcome the visit of Churchtown Cons.

Churchtown go into that match on a high after gaining their first win of the season a 4-2 victory over British Rail. The opening frames were shared as Churchtown’s Paul Connor produces his best break of the year, a 37, in his 67-19 victory over Paul Varney with the Railways Colin Peet beating Dave Pritchard 52-18. Both sides took one of the middle pairings also with the Con clubs Guy Hudson beating Robinson junior 57-27 as John O’Malley squared things back up with his 68 points to 12 victory over Lawrence Richards. That first win of the season was finally gained after Colin Tennant and Jamie Barton scored very comfortable wins over Peter Robinson senior and Ste Naylor. Both players keeping their opponents score to down single figures.

3rd Division…

Bretherton B stand alone atop of the 3rd division after claiming a 4-2 win over a Fleetwood Hesketh B team who have yet to win away from home so far this season. Bretherton’s William Moulton continues to stay out on his own in the division this year, moving to 12 wins from his 13 played after a 47-27 victory over Lawrence Renshaw with Fleetwood’s Ian Brownhill beating Alan Venables 48-13 to level things up after the opening frames. But it was in the middle frames that went a long way to determine the final outcome as the home pairings of Simon Moulton and Stephen Fiddler saw off the challenge’s of Phil Marrow and Mick Orme to move 3-1 up on the night. Bretherton secured the win after Phil Iddon beat Terry Gowland 49-12 as Mark Beaver gained the second point on the night for the Marshside team.

The Churchtown Cons D team beat Southport Cons 4-2 to inflict the first away defeat of the season to the side from Bath street. With both sides equally matched it was no surprise to see so many of the frames hard fought over. Churchtown’s Tony Wakefield played well to beat John Blackhurst 79-44 only for Southport’s Matty Pollock snatching a black ball win over Mike Pickles 54-51. Steve Mawdsley lost out to Steve Mentha by just the eight points as Al Graham moved to 11 wins for the season when gaining a narrow 53-39 victory over Jeff Wainwright. With Churchtown down to only 5 men on the night it was left up to Russ Walsh to avoid defeat and register a good win over their close rivals. This he did when beating Larry Swindells 55-30 to close the gap to just two points between them.

The ‘Derby’ match between the Birkdale Cons B team and their little brothers the C team could not have been scripted better as the C team beat their B team 4-2 winning all of their four frames on the black ball. Charlie Turner gained the B team their first point beating Ted Coghlan 72-35, but it could have been two had Reg Dobson not missed a tricky blue to leave a chance to Phil Green who duly obliged taking the final blue, pink, black to claim the frame 52-45. The middle pairings saw Geoff Tyas produce a superb frame winning clearance of 27 in his match against Martin Calvert to beat him 61-20 as a right royal safety battle went on in the other frame. John Mullard, 26 behind going into the colours against Andy Day, managed to get the frame down to the final black ball, but lost out when playing a poor safety shot, leaving Andy Day to take the frame 59-46. Frame scores level at 2-2 the drama didn’t stop there as both of the final pairings went down to the wire as well. The B teams John Stringfellow rattled the final black ball in the corner pocket, only to see it left on for Phil Horan to pot, and the C team’s third black ball win of the night. And it became a fourth black ball win for the C team when Paul Rimmer held his nerve to pot a really good final black ball to gain a 57-43 win over John Warnick. I’m sure the banter of this match will go on for a while between the two sides, as it always does when they are so closely fought out.

Les Dodd’s C drew their first home match of the year 3-3 with Churchtown Cons C, even though they went 2-0 down in the opening frames. The visitors settled down quickly as Jim Bradley beat Kevin Woodfull comfortably 74-20, making his best break of the season so far, a 33 in doing so. Brian Sheil made it 2-0 when keeping Harry Wilby out of the balls to gain a 57-16 win. The home side replied well in the next frames taking both, Damien Bloomfield closing out a close game with John McCabe 44-33 as Wayne Pudge eased past Richard Butterworth 60-38. The final two frames were shared as Martin Cusack moved to 10 wins for the season beating Peter Milford 59-24 with Roger Hughes replying for the Cons club beating Kyle Woodfull in a tense final black ball game 48-56.

The result between Waddington Cons C and Scarisbrick B has not yet being received.

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