Saturday, 18 January 2020


ADY LOWE ... decisive win for CRICH No 2
JUST a couple of team events this week with one of the Captains Cup matches biting the dust at the eleventh hour, so apart from a re-scheduled league match, Crich Comrades No 2 and Matlock Club took centre stage in the knockout competition where total aggregate points decides the outcome.
A tight opener saw Graeme Wood nick a 57-53 verdict after a titanic battle and Paul Holmes then added to the lead wth a 72-54 success to eke out a 22 point advantage for the visitors.

The Tramwaymen reduced the arrears through Dale Shaw, who emerged with a 62-55 triumph and then came the decisive performance from home captain Ady Lowe, whose 54 point victory saw his side 39 ahead going into the doubles leg.

And Ady teamed up with relative Jack Lowe to rubber stamp progress into the next round, courtesy of a 54-47 frame scoreline.

Bolehill No 1 moved into second place in the T & M Motors League with a 4-1 home win over Edgefold, though their last three winning frames all went down to the final black.

Colin Marchington put the hosts ahead before Josh Lee equalised and despite runs of 29,23 and 21 from Sean Dobney, Bolehill picked off the decisive balls at the end of frames to run out winners, Ian Birks' excellent run out from blue to black in the fourth catching the eye in particular.

Top break from the week's singles and doubles action was Keith Robertson's 39 clearance in the Denis Morton Cup competition.

Captains Cup (Team Aggregate) first round: Crich Comrades No 2 315, Matlock Club 269.
League (re-arranged): Bolehill Institute No 1 4, Edgefold Matlock 1.
Breaks: K Robertson 39; S Dobney 29,23,21; R Muxlow 24.

Friday, 17 January 2020


THE draws for the early rounds of the individual competitions and semi finals of the six red team cup were made recently.

As agreed by the committee, dates will be put on the matches again this season, though you can of course play them in advance of the set date by re-arranging with your opponent (see the contacts sheet, please give at least 48hrs notice and preferably more).
If absolutely necessary, you can re-schedule it within an extra 7 days, failing agreement you can apply to the match secretary for a further 7 days to play it.
If someone doesn't contact the opposition and then fails to show, they are eliminated obviously.
Matches to be played off the latest handicaps on the scheduled date of the ties (if any are delayed and handicaps change subsequently, the original match handicap will stand).
Matches to take place as drawn for the semi finals, and finals will take place at selected neutral venues or if agreed, toss of a coin for venue between captains, all matches best of 5 this season with finals best of 7 (except "B" final which is best of 5).
Note that players switching over from teams in same club are not eligible to play in semi finals or finals.

OMYA CUP (Individual Scratch) Quarter Finals
Best of 5 Frames - No handicaps - 7.30pm
Sun Jan 26: Rob Muxlow (Edgefold) v Sean Dobney (Edgefold)
Mon Jan 27: Ian McKay (Mat Golf Club) v Rob Dicken (Edgefold)
Wed Jan 29: Keith Robertson (Bolehill 2) v Josh Lee (Edgefold)
Tue Feb 11: Ricki Slack (Bolehill 1) v Graham Jones (Mat Golf Club)

Best of 5 Frames - Normal League Handicaps apply - 7.00pm
Tue Jan 28: Graham Jones (Mat Golf Club) v Nick Berry (Crich Coms 1)

Best of 5 Frames - Normal League Handicaps apply - 7.30pm
Tue Jan 28: Paul Trevett (Crich Coms 1) v Ade Smith (Crich Coms 1)
Wed Jan 29: Ady Lowe (Crich Coms 2) v James Travis (Edgefold)
Tue Feb 04: Martyn Caylow (Crich Coms 2) v Josh Lee (Edgefold)
Wed Feb 05: Nick Berry (Crich Coms 1) v Des Smith (Alfreton PM)

Best of 7 Frames - (Four Singles and Three Scotch Doubles Frames) 
Mon Feb 10: Belper Strutt Club v Bolehill Institute No 1 (prov. at Alfreton PM)

T & M MOTORS SNOOKER LEAGUE (Re-scheduled matches)
Mon Feb 10: Edgefold Matlock v Alfreton Palmer Morewood
Mon Feb 10: Matlock Golf Club v Matlock Club

DENIS MORTON CUP (Pairs Handicap) Quarter Finals
Best of 5 Frames - Normal League Handicaps apply - 7.30pm
Sun Feb 09: R Muxlow / J Travis (Edgefold) v B Monk / S Mays (Alfreton PM)
Tue Feb 11: D Smith / T Broughton (Alf PM) v A Smith / N Berry (Crich 1)
Wed Feb 12: A Haggarty / J Smith (Alf PM) v D Shaw / M Caylow (Crich 2)
Thu Feb 20: R Slack / K Robertson (Bhill) v G Jones / I McKay (Mat Golf Club)

Best of 5 Frames - Normal League Handicaps apply - 7.30pm
Mon Feb 17: Josh Lee (Edgefold) v Rob Muxlow (Edgefold)
Tue Feb 18: Ian McKay (Mat Golf Club) v Ady Lowe (Crich Coms 2)
Wed Feb 19: Keith Robertson (Bolehill 2) v John Smith (Alfreton PM)
Wed Feb 26: G Jones or N Berry v Rob Dicken (Edgefold)

CAPTAINS CUP (Team Aggregate) Quarter Finals
5 Frames - Overall Points Aggregate to Count - 7.30pm
Mon Feb 17: Bolehill Institute No 1 v Whitworth Institute or Mat Golf Club
Mon Feb 17: Crich Comrades No 1 v Crich Comrades No 2
Tue Feb 18: Alfreton Palmer Morewood v Edgefold Matlock
Tue Feb 18: Bolehill Institute No 2 v Belper Strutt Club

Saturday, 11 January 2020


IAN BIRKS was unbeaten in singles and doubles for BOLEHILL No 1
BELPER STRUTT CLUB and Bolehill Institute No 1 team will clash  in the final of the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup after they saw off Bolehill No 2 and Matlock Golf Club in very competitive semi final contests.
Les Mooney, recent Christmas shootout winner, continued his impressive run of form by taking green to pink to seal the opener for the golfers and Ian McKay, buoyed  from a singles victory prior to the team event, soon made it 2-0.
Colin Marchington  pulled one back however and Ian Birks took a black ball decider to level before Graham Jones and McKay did likewise in the pairs to put the hosts 3-2 ahead again.
Birks teamed up with Andrew Brough to equalise again and then paired with Ricki Slack took the deciding leg in good style for a thrilling 4-3 win.

Strutt Club took two very tight opening frames through Justin Weller and Paul Jarrett though Kevin Munnelly and Mick Bunting tied proceedings at 2-2.
But the home side took the three remaining scotch doubles legs for a 5-2 success and extend their great run of results this season.

Bob McCartin Six Red Cup semi finals: Matlock Golf Club 3, Bolehill Institute No 1 4; Belper Strutt Club 5, Bolehill Institute No 2 2.
Breaks: R Muxlow 35,25,24; J Smith 25; I McKay 24;  C Marchington 22; A Haggarty 21.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019


ADE SMITH (runner-up) and LES MOONEY (winner) with the ALAN HOPKINSON TROPHY
A RECORD-BREAKING night at Belper Strutt Club saw a fantastic turnout of 22 players contesting the annual Christmas Shootout handicap competitions and once again it was an action-packed evening full of thrills, spills, banter and festive fun with a total of £110 handed out in prize money and both regular contests going down to the final black.

The event started and finished with the Alan Hopkinson Trophy individual knockout, played with three reds up to the final due to the large number of entries and it was Matlock Golf Club's Les Mooney who came to the fore, defeating Jack Lowe, Dale Shaw, Andrew Brough, Steve Bullock and finally Ade Smith in the final where six reds were employed.

Mooney, who is also enjoying a good season for Birdholme WMC in the Chesterfield League's top division, showed his class to eke out a last gasp win with a thin clip on the black from long range after Smith's attempt had rattled in the jaws, also from distance.

RICKI SLACK with the GEORGE MILLS TROPHY for the scotch doubles event
It was so near yet so far for Crich Comrades captain Smith, who also was denied in the scotch doubles final along with partner Andrew Brough by opponents Wayne Shooter (Strutt Club) and Ricki Slack (Bolehill).

WAYNE SHOOTER ... George Mills Trophy winner
Shooter took pink and after a bout of safety-play Slack sank a straight black down the side cushion into the green pocket with little other option from mid-range to take the George Mills Trophy.
Wayne appears on the honours list in the event for the second time in four years after previous success with team-mate Mark Newby in 2016.

DES SMITH ... fastest cueman in the Amber Valley
Alfreton Palmer Morewood continued their ongoing love affair with the Speed Snooker event and this time it was one of the league's most talented potters Des Smith who came to the fore to hold aloft the Eddie Lomas Trophy, seeing off Whitworth billiards competitor Gray Astle in the final to follow in the footsteps of his captain Andrew Haggarty, who won in successive years in 2016 and 2017.

Haggarty himself put up a brave effort for a hat-trick having missed last season, going down by the narrowest of margins in the quarter-finals to Paul Jarrett, who was involved in several thrilling finishes during the evening, before eventually bowing out in the semi-final.

Thanks to Belper Strutt Club for hosting and to everyone who turned out to make it another memorable night. It just remains to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all participants of the T & M Motors Snooker and Elliott Carpets Billiards Leagues and look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.

Alan Hopkinson Trophy (3/6 red individual handicap) winner, Les Mooney (Matlock Golf Club); runner-up, Ade Smith (Crich Comrades No 1).

George Mills trophy (3/6 red scotch doubles handicap) winners, Ricki Slack (Bolehill Institute No 1) and Wayne Shooter (Belper Strutt Club); runners-up, Ade Smith (Crich Comrades No 1) and Andrew Brough (Bolehill Institute No 1).

Eddie Lomas Trophy (speed snooker handicap, clearing the colours) winner, Des Smith (Alfreton Palmer Morewood); runner-up, Gray Astle (Whitworth Institute No 2 billiards team).

Saturday, 21 December 2019


IAN PEACOCK pulled BOLEHILL No 2 back from the brink
WHITWORTH Institute were cruelly denied a second win in the T & M Motors Snooker League as they fell to an agonising re-spotted black ball loss at Bolehill No 2 after leading 2-0 early doors.
Jeremy Armstrong and Geoff Brailsford, the latter opening his account in the league, scored convincing successes to pit the visitors in the ascendancy but the home side rallied strongly with Ian Peacock with a 22 clearance to decide his frame, and then Mick Bunting making it 2-2.
And the winning pair teamed up again to take the deciding black after the frame scores were locked at 59 apiece in the concluding contest.

Belper Strutt Club moved seven points clear at the head of the table after a superb 5-0 win at Edgefold with Wayne Shooter top of the scoring charts in what was a very consistent performance throughout.

Matlock Golf Club fell 3-2 at home to Crich No 2 after taking a 2-0 lead. Ian McKay was in excellent touch for the hosts with an 82pts haul but Ady Lowe, aided by an excellent 41 break, took each of his singles and doubles frames to complete the turnaround.

Alfreton Palmer Morewood scored a fine 4-1 win over Bolehill No 1 to move past those rivals with Tom Broughton's runs of 38 and 28 in an emphatic opening frame romp being the highlight. Des Smith also scored a wide margin success before the visitors finally got on the scoreboard when Ian Birks sank the pink in the doubles leg.

And Matlock Club were another team to excel, courtesy of a 4-1 defeat of Crich No 1 on their travels with Keith Manlove winning each of his singles and doubles legs to negate Ade Smith's hard fought success for the Tramwaymen in the frame three.

League week 8 results: Bolehill Institute No 2 3, Whitworth Institute 2; Edgefold Matlock 0, Belper Strutt Club 5; Matlock Golf Club 2, Crich Comrades No 2 3; Alfreton Palmer Morewood 4, Bolehill Institute No 1 1; Crich Comrades No 1  1, Matlock Club 4.

Breaks: A Lowe 41; T Broughton 38,28; K Robertson 28,28,20; K Munnelly 27; G Jones 24; I Peacock 22; S Burton 22.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P        W        L     Pts 
Belper Strutt Club                                8         7        1      29
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                  7         4        3      22
Matlock Golf Club                                7         4        3      22
Bolehill Institute No 1                           7         5        2      19
Bolehill Institute No 2                           8         3        5      19
Matlock Club                                        7         4        3      18
Crich Comrades No 1                          8         3        5      16
Edgefold Matlock                                 6         3        3      14
Crich Comrades No 2                          8         3        5      15
Whitworth Institute                               8         1        7      11
Leading breaks: B Monk 56; A Lowe 41; T Broughton 38.
Leading wins: R Slack 6/7; W Shooter & S Bullock 6/8; L Mooney 5/5.

Saturday, 14 December 2019


GRAHAM JONES ... break-fest in singles event
BOLEHILL No 2 edged past Matlock Club 4-3 in the tightest contest of  four Bob McCartin Six Red Cup quarter-finals that took place in the latest set of fixtures.
The match was switched to Bolehill due to scheduling issues and it was Ian Peacock who gave the hosts the lead with a 30-9 opening margin.
Dave Benson equalised before Keith Robertson and Mick Bunting struck back to give the home cuemen a 3-1 lead.
However, Benson teamed up with Graeme Wood to pull one back and Wood again, this time with Paul Bryan made it 3-3 going into the final scotch doubles frame.
But in the end Keith Robertson pulled out a fine long pot on pink to secure victory for his team after teaming up with Kevin Munnelly for the concluding battle.

Bolehill No 1 also secured a 4-3 win over Crich No 1 but conversely, they took the first four frames without reply, albeit with Colin Marchington and Ricki Slack only ahead for the first time after potting the last black. Keith Fretwell, who didn't appear in the singles contests, took each of his scotch doubles frames for the Tramwaymen.

The other two games were more conclusive with Belper Strutt Club taking all seven frames against Alfreton Palmer Morewood and Matlock Golf Club defeating Crich No 2 6-1.
Mark Newby top-scored for Belper whilst Graham Jones did likewise for the Golfers. Only Dale Shaw could offer some resistance for Crich.

An incredible Open Individual Handicap contest saw eight breaks of 30+ as Graham Jones defeated Ben Monk 3-1 with each scoring a top run of 47,a feat also achieved by Sean Dobney in his 3-2 loss to Alfreton's John Smith in the same event.

Bob McCartin Six Red Cup quarter finals: Matlock Club 3, Bolehill Institute No 2 4; Bolehill Institute No 1 4, Crich Comrades No 1 3; Belper Strutt Club 7, Alfreton Palmer Morewood 0; Matlock Golf Club 6, Crich Comrades No 2 1.

Breaks: B Monk 47,38,37,37,35,33,30,28,26,22; G Jones 47,38,33; S Dobney 47,24,22; R Slack 28; J Smith 27,23;  A Haggarty 24; T Blant / I McKay 21 (sct/dbls).