Saturday, 9 November 2019


PAUL BRYAN ... pivotal singles and doubles successes
MATLOCK CLUB gained their second win of the T & M Motors Snooker League season courtesy of a 3-2 home success over Crich Comrades No 1.
Cliff Gould struck first for the visitors thanks to a 54-35 verdict and things were looking positively ros yfor them after Keith Fretwell's 53-27 triumph in the second.
However, the hosts fought back tenaciously with Paul Bryan's black ball decider the catalyst for a stirring comeback that saw Keith Manlove level before Bryan and Mick Mackfall teamed up for an emphatic deciding pairs romp.

Last seasons champs Matlock Golf Club have cointinued in similar vein after a second 5-0 success in the early skirmishes this time over the Tramwaymen's second team.
Graham Jones amassed 98 points whilst Tony Blant also impressed.

Belper Strutt Club defeated Edgefold 3-2 with Steve Bullock's black ball win proving vital after Rob Muxlow (22 and 20 breaks) had started strongly for the vanquished.

Bolehill No 1 took the first three frames against Alfreton Palmer Morewood, Colin Marchington and Andrew Brough taking black ball clinchers before returning cuemen Simon Mays and Ben Monk were instrumental in the visitors clawying the deficit back to the minimum margin.

Bolehill No 2 went one better courtesy of a 4-1 win at Whitworth Institute, with Keith Robertson top scoring after Darren Bunting had opened his account on the black. Philip Johnson scored a wide margin success for the home team.

League week 4 results: Matlock Club 3, Crich Comrades No 2 2; Crich Comrades No 2 0, Matlock Golf Club 5; Belper Strutt Club 3, Edgefold Matlock 2; Bolehill Institute No 1 3, Alfreton Palmer Morewood 2; Whitworth Institute 1, Bolehill Institute No 2 4.
Breaks: G Jones 28,23; R Slack 23; R Muxlow 22,20.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P       W       L       Pts 
Belper Strutt Club                                4         3        1      12
Matlock Golf Club                                3         3        0      13
Bolehill Institute No 2                           4         2        2      12
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                  3         1         2       9
Bolehill Institute No 1                           3         2         1       8
Crich Comrades No 2                          4         1         3       5
Matlock Club                                        3         2         1       7
Crich Comrades No 1                          3         1         2       5
Edgefold Matlock                                 2         0         2       4
Leading breaks: R Slack 35 & 31; G Jones 29.
Leading wins: S Bullock 4/4.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019


IAN McKAY equalised for the Golfers
THE TWO teams who scored maximum points hauls in their opening T & M Motors Snooker League fixtures locked horns this week as Alfreton Palmer Morewood hosts reigning champions Matlock Golf Club and it was the visitors who took the spoils with a 3-2 victory.
Tom Broughton started the ball rolling impressively for the Amber Valley cuemen, taking the opener  61-37 before a crucial second frame went the way of the Golfers as Ian McKay scored a black ball verdict of 60-59.
Tony Blant soon made it 2-1 and then Graham Jones 3-1 before the two Smiths, John and Des, hit back for the hosts in the concluding doubles leg.

Bolehill Institute No 2 opened their account with a 4-1 defeat of Matlock Club. Keith Manlove was in barnstorming form for the hosts with a 75-16 success but three black ball deciders went the way of the victors with Keith Robertson and Kevin Munnelly both instrumental.

And Belper Strutt Club defeated Crich Comrades No 2 by the same scoreline. Mark Taylor on his league debut scored an impressive success for the Belper men and eventually it was down to Dale Shaw and Ady Lowe to prevent a whitewash by taking the final pairs frame.

In a delayed Bob McCartin Six Red Cup Group B encounter, Crich No 2 earned bragging rights over their No 1 team for the forthcoming period with a 4-3 win, Ady Lowe and John Smith top scoring respectively.

League week 3 results: Alfreton Palmer Morewood 2, Belper Strutt Club 3; Matlock Club 1, Bolehill Institute No 2 4; Crich Comrades No 2 1, Belper Strutt Club 4.
Bob McCartin Six Red Cup Group B: Crich Comrades No 1 3, Crich Comrades No 2 4.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P       W       L       Pts 
Belper Strutt Club                                3         2        1        9
Matlock Golf Club                                2         2        0        8
Bolehill Institute No 2                           3         1        2        8
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                  2         1         1       7
Bolehill Institute No 1                           2         1         1       5
Crich Comrades No 2                          3         1         2       5
Matlock Club                                        2         1         1       4
Crich Comrades No 1                          2         1         1       3
Edgefold Matlock                                 1         0         1       2
Leading breaks: R Slack 35 & 31; G Jones 29.
Leading wins: S Bullock 3/3.

Sunday, 27 October 2019


ADE SMITH kept up the pressure for CRICH No 1
SOME tight battles in the second round of Bob McCartin Six Red Cup matches and none fore so than the clash which saw Crich Comrades No 1 travel to and defeat Bolehill Institute No 2 4-3 as each team got their Group B campaign underway.
Nick Berry edged the opener for the visitors and Paul Trevett (22 break) made it 2-0 courtesy of a black ball decider in the next.
Home team captain Mick Bunting pulled one back before Ade Smith increased the Tramwaymen's lead to 3-1.
Bunting then teamed up with son Darren to snatch a black ball victory in the first of the scotch doubles legs but John Smith and Cliff Gould sealed victory for the visitors in the penultimate frame.
Bolehill No 1 edged out Belper Strutt Club 4-3 to move level on points in Group A where Ian Birks and Simon Zoppi's black ball win in frame six secured the match after the hosts had led 2-0 early doors.
Alfreton Palmer Morewood defeated Whitworth Institute 5-2 in the same group with Andrew Haggarty and Des Smith (21 break) in winning form whilst in Group C Matlock Golf Club sneaked past Edgefold Club 4-3 on Edge Road with Les Mooney involved in two breaks of 22 with Ian McKay and Paul Roe respectively in the scotch doubles.
Bob McCartin Six Red Cup Group A: Belper Strutt Club 3, Bolehill Institute No 1 4; Whitworth Institute 2, Alfreton Palmer Morewood 5. Group B: Bolehill Institute No 2 3, Crich Comrades No 1 4. Group C: Edgefold Matlock 3, Matlock Golf Club 4.
Breaks: P Trevett 22; L Mooney / P Roe 22; L Mooney / I McKay 22; D Smith 21.

Group A                              P         W          L         Pts
Bolehill Institute No 1         2          2           0           9
Belper Strutt Club               2          1           1          9
Alfreton P Morewood          2          1           1          7
Whitworth Institute              2          0           2          3

Group B                              P         W          L         Pts
Crich Comrades No 1          1          1           0           4
Bolehill Institute No 2           1           0          1           3
Crich Comrades No 2          0           0          0           0

Group C                              P         W          L         Pts
Matlock Golf Club                1          1           0           4
Edgefold Matlock                 1          0           1           3
Matlock Club                        0           0          0           0

Two teams with worst points per game average are eliminated from this stage.

Sunday, 20 October 2019


GRAHAM WOOD ... stupendous
A FULL HOUSE of T & M Motors Snooker League fixtures took place in week two and Matlock Club, after suffering a couple of early postponements, came out of the cobwebs in style to defeat Belper Strutt Club 3-2 on Dale Road.
Paul Bryan took a hard fought opener 58-37 and Graeme Wood turned on the style in the next with a stupendous 77-21 pot-fest to a make it 2-0.
Mark Newby clawed one back in a tight third and Steve Bullock followed up in similar fashion to leave everything on the doubles leg.
And it was Mick Mackfall and Paul Holmes who came out on top for the home team courtesy of a 70-46 verdict.

Matlock Golf Club and Alfreton Palmer Morewood each took maximum available points from 5-0 salvos against Crich 1 and Crich 2 respectively on a bleak week for the Tramwaymen outfits.
Les Mooney top scored for the Golfers on his Darley Dale League debut to supplement Graham Jones' 29 break whilst Tom Broughton notched 85 points for the Amber Valley cuemen.

Whitworth Institute scored their first victory with a 3-2 defeat of Edgefold Club. Jeremy Armstrong and Mark Gwynne-Jones won each of their singles and doubles legs while Rob Dicken was in fine form for the home team.

The Bolehill derby went to the No 1 team by the minimum margin also, Ricki Slack compiling runs of 35 and 31 in his singles leg and taking the deciding doubles with Ian Birks after Keith Robertson had put the No 2 team into an early advantage.

League week 2 results: Matlock Club 3, Belper Strutt Club 2; Crich Comrades No 1 0, Matlock Golf Club 5; Alfreton Palmer Morewood 5, Crich Comrades No 2 0; Edgefold Club 2, Whitworth Institute 3; Bolehill Institute No 1 3, Bolehill Institute No 2 2.
Breaks: R Slack 35,31; G Jones 29; T Blant 23; G Wood 22.

Sunday, 13 October 2019


ADY LOWE ... at the double for CRICH No 2
THREE MATCHES took place in the opening round of fixtures in this season's T & M Motors Snooker League (the other two being cancelled) and in the match between two debutant teams, Crich Comrades No 2 defeated Whitworth Institute 4-1 to become the early pacesetters.
Ady Lowe, playing two of the singles frames and hence giving away the penalty handicap due to the unavailability of a fourth player, came up trumps as he scored 83-28 and 76-45 verdicts after nephew Jack Lowe had put the Tramwaymen ahead courtesy of a 66-33 scoreline.
Mick Ferguson had taken the third frame for the home side but by the time Jack Lowe and Martyn Caylow took to the baize for the doubles, the die had been cast.

Crich Comrades No 1 saw off Bolehill No 1 3-2 leaving the visitors still winless at the venue in competitive action since the home team returned to league action a few seasons ago.
Ade Smith took his singles on the black and the deciding doubles leg alongside John Smith after Ricki Slack and Ian Birks had levelled from 2-0 down for the vanquished.

Also coming through on a final frame decider were Belper Strutt Club who saw off Bolehill No 2 3-2. Steve Bullock and Paul Jarrett took each of their singles and doubles frames for the victors whilst Kevin Munnelly, returning to league action after a year out, top scored for the hosts.

League week 1: Whitworth Institute 1, Crich Comrades No 2 4; Crich Comrades No 1 3, Bolehill Institute No 1 2; Bolehill Institute No 2 2, Belper Strutt Club 3.
Breaks: K Munnelly 20.

Sunday, 6 October 2019


THE OPENING action of the league season featured two Group A contests in the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup and home teams Bolehill Institute No 1 and Belper Strutt Club were off to flying starts as they notched five and six points respectively in the mini league stage.
Alfreton Palmer Morewood, back in the fold after a year hiatus, were the visitors at Bolehill and Des Smith took a nip-and-tuck first frame on the black to see his team in front.
Ricki Slack quickly equalised and Andre Brough put the home side 2-1 up before Ian Birks added the third with another black ball decision.
Birks and Brough made it 4-1 in the first of the scotch doubles before Slack and Colin Marchington added the next but Alfreton stayed in the hunt for qualification as Andrew Haggarty sank a long black to partner Des Smith to success in the concluding leg.

Belper Strutt Club went one better courtesy of a 6-1 defeat of newcomers Whitworth Institute on Campbell Street.
Adam Winson on his return to action got the hosts off to the best possible start whilst Wayne Shooter was undefeated on the evening in both singles and doubles legs.

Bob McCartin Six Red Cup Group A: Bolehill Institute No 1 5, Alfreton Palmer Morewood 2; Belper Strutt Club 6, Whitworth Institute 1.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019


BELPER STRUTT CLUB Jaeger Trophy play off champs 2018-19
L-R: Wayne Shooter, Paul Jarrett, Steve Bullock and Mark Newby.
MATLOCK GOLF CLUB T & M Motors Snooker League champs 2018-19
L-R: Charlie Hodgkinson, Graham Jones, Tony Blant and Paul Roe.

Also played: Ian McKay and Chris Parker.
BELPER STRUTT CLUB the number three seeds overcame top seeds Matlock Golf Club 3-1 to retain the Jaeger Trophy after coming  through the play off final with flying colours at Bolehill Institute.
Mark Newby, fresh from his doubles success with Steve Bullock, opened for Strutt and when opponent Paul Roe went in-off on the green after threatening a late comeback, he pounced to take match ball from out of the "D" and take the contest 57-23.
There was a mouth-watering clash of the teams' two winning-most players in the next and with the scores standing fairly even, a superb break of 38 from Paul Jarrett tipped the scales firmly in Strutt's favour and he soon followed that up with a decisive contribution of 18 despite some very deft and skilful snookers played late on by the ever battling Graham Jones.
Benefitting more successfully from a run of snookers was Wayne Shooter, who sealed the deal in the next, defeating Tony Blant 54-44, taking brown, blue and then doubling the pink to run out in style.
Charlie Hodgkinson put the golfers on the scoreboard in the remaining frame against victors' captain Bullock, courtesy of a pink into a baulk pocket. but it was all too late to stop the Belper team taking home one of the most coveted trophies of the season once again.
Jaeger Trophy play off final: Belper Strutt Club 3, Matlock Golf Club 1 (at Bolehill Institute): 57-23; 82(38)-26; 54-44; 36-53.