Sunday, 22 March 2020


ADE SMITH Intermediate finalist with LES MOONEY, winning-most league player so far
WITH the league going into an inevitable suspension phase for the foreseeable period in line with government restrictions, Matlock Golf Club signed off by taking maximum points from the only fixture to go ahead, as they visited Matlock Club in the T & M Motors Snooker League.
This leaves them with a healthy seven point advantage with four league fixtures left, if and when the time arrives when the league can be completed.
Ian McKay took the opener on the black, before another tight game saw Les Mooney score his eleventh win from twelve outings, with a 68-59 verdict.
Graham Jones added the third 75-59 before Tony Blant made it four and then teamed up with McKay to narrowly edge yet another nip-and-tuck frame in a much tougher match than the scoreline suggests.

In the Denis Morton Cup doubles semi finals, Ben Monk and Simon Mays defeated Ricki Slack and Keith Robertson 3-0 with Ben scoring breaks of 49,40, 26 and 21 along with a superb long pink to screw back perfectly for the deciding black in the third.
Des Smith and Tom Broughton made it an all-Alfreton final after their 3-2 win over Dale Shaw and Martyn Caylow, Broughton notching runs of 29 and 20.

And Crich's Ade Smith, winner two seasons back, again reached the final of the Intermediate Handicap event, defeating Edgefold's Josh Lee 3-2 on the final black.
League: Matlock Club 0, Matlock Golf Club 5.
Denis Morton Pairs Handicap semi finals: Ben Monk / Simon Mays 3, Ricki Slack / Keith Robertson 0; Dale Shaw / Martyn Caylow 2, Des Smith / Tom Broughton 3.
"B" (Intermediate) Individual Handicap semi final: Josh Lee 2, Ade Smith 3.
Breaks: B Monk 49,40,26,21; T Broughton 29,20; K Robertson 25,24; D Smith 22.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P        W        L     Pts 
Matlock Golf Club                               14      11        3      49
Belper Strutt Club                               14      10        4      42
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                 13        8        5      40
Bolehill Institute No 1                          14        8        6      37
Crich Comrades No 2                         14        7        7      33
Matlock Club                                       15        6        9      33
Edgefold Matlock                                12        7        5      32
Bolehill Institute No 2                          14        5        9      28
Crich Comrades No 1                         14        4      10      27
Whitworth Institute                              14        3       11     24
Leading breaks: B Monk 56; S Dobney 44.
Leading wins: L Mooney 11/12; T Blant & I McKay 10/13; A Lowe 10/14.

Sunday, 15 March 2020


ALFRETON PALMER MOREWOOD's hard-fought 3-2 win at Crich Comrades No 2 sees them still well in contention for the T & M Motors Snooker League, four points off top spot after Matlock Golf Club's 5-0 scoreline saw them take peak position outright.
Des Smith secured the Amber Valley men into an early advantage with a 66-39 verdict before reserve Nick Berry equalised for the home team.
Captain Andrew Haggarty edged Alfreton back ahead with a 62-36 success and John Smith made the game safe before Ady Lowe and Berry reduced the deficit to the minimum margin in the concluding doubles leg.

The Golfers were in rampant form as Ian McKay (30), Les Mooney (26) and Graham Jones (25) were all amongst the breaks whilst Tony Blant did his bit in both singles and doubles.

Comeback of the week saw Whitworth's final pairing Geoff Brailsford and Mick Ferguson take pink and blank to snatch a 3-2 win over Edgefold, in the process overturning an excellent run of 42 from Sean Dobney in the same deciding frame. Dobney and James Travis had put the Matlock men 2-0 ahead early doors.

Bolehill No 2 also came from 2-0 down to defeat Bolehill No 1 by the minimum margin with Kevin Munnelly and Keith Robertson each edging black ball deciders before teaming up to good effect in the doubles.
Colin Marchington and Ricki Slack were in winning form for the vanquished.

Belper Strutt Club are in second place following a 3-2 win over Matlock Club. Keith Manlove and Paul Holmes twice had the visitors in front but Steve Bullock and Wayne Shooter won each of the frames they contested to tip the balance.

League week 14 results: Crich Comrades No 2 2, Alfreton Palmer Morewood 3; Matlock Golf Club 5, Crich Comrades No 1 0; Whitworth Institute 3, Edgefold Matlock 2; Bolehill Institute No 2 3, Bolehill Institute No 2 2; Belper Strutt Club 3, Matlock Club 2.
OMYA Cup (Individual Scratch) semi final: Ricki Slack 3, Keith Robertson 0.
Breaks: S Dobney 42,21; I McKay 30; L Mooney 26; G Jones 25; R Slack 24,20; J Smith 22; A Lowe 22.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P        W        L     Pts 
Matlock Golf Club                               13      10        3      44
Belper Strutt Club                               14      10        4      42
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                 13        8        5      40
Bolehill Institute No 1                          14        8        6      37
Crich Comrades No 2                         14        7        7      33
Matlock Club                                       14        6        8      33
Edgefold Matlock                                12        7        5      32
Bolehill Institute No 2                          14        5        9      28
Crich Comrades No 1                         14        4      10      27
Whitworth Institute                              14        3       11     24
Leading breaks: B Monk 56; S Dobney 44.
Leading wins: L Mooney 10/11; A Lowe 10/14; T Blant & I McKay 9/12.

Saturday, 7 March 2020


PAUL ROE ... made matters safe for GOLF CLUB
THE TOP two teams clashed in the T & M Motors Snooker League as long term leaders Belper Strutt Club travelled to in-form Matlock Golf Club and a 4-1 verdict for the reigning champions means they join the Amber Valley cuemen on equal points with a game in hand.
Les Mooney, in unstoppable form at the minute, showcased his 96-34 success with a break of 31 and Ian McKay edged a black ball decider before Paul Roe made matters safe after another cliffhanger in frame three.
Justin Weller was in excellent form to pull one back belatedly but Graham Jones teamed up with McKay to ensure the Golfers were in jubilant mood on the tees the next morning.

Alfreton Palmer Morewood stay in contention a couple of points off the pace after a 4-1 defeat of Crich No 1.
Both John Smiths were successful for their respective teams, the Crich stalwart taking the opener 65-36 whilst Alfreton John's black ball win put the game to bed in the fourth frame after Simon May's run of 35 had helped him to level matters earlier on.

Dale Shaw amassed 99 points as Crich No 2 saw off Bolehill No 2 4-1, Darren Bunting on target for the latter.

There was a mixed week for Bolehill No 1 with a 3-2 victory over Whitworth Institute followed by a 4-1 loss at Edgefold.
Simon Zoppi (24 break) impressed in the battle with the Darley Dale outfit, for whom Mick Ferguson was in winning form in singles and doubles.
Sean Dobney's 36 break in the doubles was the highlight of the Matlock team's success, along with Rob Dicken's extravagant pink to kill off the frame whilst Andrew Brough on target for the vanquished.

Edgefold had earlier seen off Matlock Club 3-2 for an excellent couple of nights work, Dobney and Josh Lee settling the issue in the concluding pairs leg after Mick Mackfall had put the visitors ahead.

League week 13 results: Matlock Golf Club 4, Belper Strutt Club 1; Alfreton Palmer Morewood 4, Crich Comrades No 1 1; Bolehill Institute No 1 3, Whitworth Institute 2; Edgefold Matlock 3, Matlock Club 2; Edgefold Matlock 4, Bolehill Institute No 1 1; Crich Comrades No 2 4, Bolehill Institute No 2 1.
Breaks: S Dobney 36,21; S Mays 35; L Mooney 31; S Zoppi 24.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P        W        L     Pts 
Matlock Golf Club                               12        9        3      39
Belper Strutt Club                               13        9        4      39
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                 12        7        5      37
Bolehill Institute No 1                          13        8        5      35
Crich Comrades No 2                         13        7        6      31
Matlock Club                                       13        6        7      31
Edgefold Matlock                                11        7        4      30
Crich Comrades No 1                         13        4        9      27
Bolehill Institute No 2                          13        4        9      25
Whitworth Institute                              13        2       11     21
Leading breaks: B Monk 56; S Dobney 44.
Leading wins: A Lowe 10/13; L Mooney 9/10; T Blant & I McKay 8/11.

Friday, 28 February 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) Semi Finals
Best of 5 Frames - No handicaps - 7.30pm
Mon Mar 09: Sean Dobney (Edgefold) v Rob Dicken (Edgefold)
Tue Mar 10: Ricki Slack (Bolehill 1) v Keith Robertson (Bolehill 2)

DENIS MORTON CUP (Pairs Handicap) Semi Finals
Best of 5 Frames - Normal League Handicaps apply - 7.30pm
Sun Mar 15: B Monk / S Mays (Alfreton) v R Slack / K Robertson (Bolehill)
Wed Mar 18: D Shaw / M Caylow (Crich 2) v D Smith / T Broughton (Alfreton)

CAPTAINS CUP (Team Aggregate) Semi Finals
5 Frames - Overall Points Aggregate to Count - 7.30pm
Mon Mar 23: Bolehill Institute No 2 v Matlock Golf Club
Mon Mar 23: Crich Comrades No 2 v Edgefold Matlock

JIMMY HARPER CUP (Team Aggregate Plate) First Round
5 Frames - Overall Points Aggregate to Count - 7.30pm
Mon Mar 23: Belper Strutt Club v Crich Comrades No 1
Mon Mar 23: Matlock Club v Alfreton Palmer Morewood
Byes: Whitworth Institute, Bolehill Institute No 1

Best of 5 Frames - Normal League Handicaps apply - 7.30pm
Tue Mar 24: Josh Lee (Edgefold) v Ady Lowe (Crich Coms 2)
Tue Mar 24: Graham Jones or Rob Dicken v Keith Robertson (Bolehill 2)

Best of 5 Frames - Normal League Handicaps apply - 7.30pm
Tue Mar 31: Josh Lee (Edgefold) v Ade Smith (Crich Coms 1)
Tue Mar 31: Nick Berry (Crich Coms 1) v Ady Lowe (Crich Coms 2)

JIMMY HARPER CUP (Team Aggregate Plate) Semi Finals
5 Frames - Overall Points Aggregate to Count - 7.30pm
Mon/Tue Apr 20/21: Matlock Club or Alfreton v Belper Strutt or Crich 1
Thu Apr 23: Whitworth Institute v Bolehill Institute No 1

Open Indiv Hcap QF - Graham Jones v Rob Dicken (TBA)
League - Edgefold Matlock v Bolehill Institute No 1 (now Tue Mar 03)
League - Edgefold Matlock v Alfreton Palmer Morewood (TBA)
League - Matlock Golf Club v Edgefold Matlock (TBA)


MARK GWYNNE-JONES partnered Geoff Brailsford in Whitworth's win
WHITWORTH INSTITUTE gained their second success in this season's T & M Motors Snooker League with a well earned 3-2 defeat of Crich Comrades No 1 team.
Keith Fretwell had the Tramwaymen in front early doors however to continue his rich vein of current form before Geoff Brailsford, also amongst the wins recently, swiftly equalised.
Mick Ferguson put the Darley Dale cuemen ahead for the first time in the next before Nick Berry again levelled things up for the hosts until Brailsford teamed up with Mark Gwynne-Jones for a 57-38 verdict in the deciding doubles frame.

Crich Comrades No 2 shocked leaders Belper Strutt Club with a 4-1 triumph on Campbell Street with Jack Lowe's black ball victory pivotal in the third frame after Martyn Caylow had excelled in the opener. Mark Newby was the only home team player to register.

In the chasing pack Matlock Golf Club edged out Alfreton Palmer Morewood 3-2 as Les Mooney scored his eighth win from nine frames with able substitute Paul Roe (27 break) continuing the good work in the next. Des Smith took each of his singles and doubles legs for the Amber Valley outfit.

Bolehill Institute No 2 saw off Matlock Club 4-1 in the only remaining fixture, with Keith Robertson's 37 break in the doubles being the highlight after Graeme Wood had the visitors in front with an early success.

League week 12 results: Crich Comrades No 1 2, Whitworth Institute 3; Belper Strutt Club 1, Crich Comrades No 2 4; Matlock Golf Club 3, Alfreton Palmer Morewood 2; Bolehill Institute No 2 4, Matlock Club 1.
Breaks: K Robertson 37; P Roe 27; T Broughton 26: J Smith 24.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P        W        L     Pts 
Belper Strutt Club                               12        9        3      38
Matlock Golf Club                               11        8        3      35
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                 11        6        5      33
Bolehill Institute No 1                          11        7        4      31
Matlock Club                                       12        6        6      29
Crich Comrades No 2                         12        6        6      27
Crich Comrades No 1                         12        4        8      26
Bolehill Institute No 2                          12        4        8      24
Edgefold Matlock                                  9        5        4      23
Whitworth Institute                              12        2      10      19
Leading breaks: B Monk 56; S Dobney 44.
Leading wins: A Lowe 9/12; L Mooney 8/9; T Blant & M Newby 8/11.

Sunday, 23 February 2020


KEVIN MUNNELLY ... successful night for BOLEHILL No 2
THE battle for local pride went down to the black ball in the fifth and final frame as Crich Comrades No 1 and No 2  teams engaged battle in the quarter finals of the Captains Cup team aggregate competition.
Dale Shaw shaded a black ball decider in the opener for the second team before Paul Trevett ground out a hard fought 56-43 margin to edge his team ahead pointswise.
Ady Lowe, enjoying a successful season to date, countered with a 59-36 verdict in frame three but the cagey John Smith's forty point success in the next had the No 1 team 27 points ahead going into the remaining doubles leg.
However the Lowes, Ady and Jack, teamed up to great effect and with just the black remaining, they had a seven point lead which ultimately became fourteen to secure an unlikely victory against the current holders.

Belper Strutt Club, fresh from six red triumph, couldnt repeat the feat in this event as Bolehill No 2 produced one of their best performances of the season to run out 319-245 winners.
Keith Robertson and Kevin Munnelly won each of their singles and doubles legs whilst only Wayne Shooter could respond for the vanquished.

Matlock Golf Club scored their second win at Bolehill No 1 in the space of a fortnight after another tight battle, Graham Jones and Les Mooney taking the concluding doubles leg 60-30 to decide the issue after each had been triumphant in their singles, Graham notching runs of 32 and 23.
Ricki Slack had started a mini-fightback with a 67-41 success in frame three to stem the tide.

Edgefold Club make up the semi final line-up after defeating Alfreton Palmer Morewood 265-216. Tom Broughton put the hosts in front early doors but it was one-way traffic thereafter as Josh Lee and Sam Lavelle were victorious in each of their singles and doubles frames.

Captains Cup (Team Aggregate) quarter finals: Crich Comrades No 1 250, Crich Comrades No 2 264; Bolehill Institute No 2 319, Belper Strutt Club 245; Bolehill Institute No 1 251, Matlock Golf Club 284; Alfreton Palmer Morewood 216, Edgefold Matlock 265.
Breaks: G Jones 32,25,23; I McKay 24; K Robertson 22,22; R Slack 22;

Saturday, 15 February 2020


BELPER STRUTT CLUB Bob McCartin Six Red Cup winners 2020
L-R: Paul Jarrett, Mark Newby, Steve Bullock and Wayne Shooter.
Also played en route: Justin Weller and Adam Winson.
LEAGUE LEADERS Belper Strutt Club secured the first silverware of the season courtesy of a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Bolehill Institute No 1 at Alfreton Palmer Morewood Club to lift the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup for the second time in honour of their late former player.
Colin Marchington started the night with other ideas however and, finishing with a sublime clearance of 22, scooted to a 58-16 opening success for the Wirksworth cuemen.
Steve Bullock appeared to have levelled things up in the next when, thanks to some excellent long potting, he led by 15 with only pink and black remaining.
But opposing captain Ricki Slack laid the snooker and after a narrow miss, took pink with the rest and then black into the middle from a narrow-angle to make it 2-0.
Paul Jarrett continued his fine form this season to pull one back however, and Mark Newby soon equalised with a straight pink to decide a tight fourth frame.
The first of the scotch doubles saw Wayne Shooter (partnered by Jarrett) pull out a fine pot on the deciding black to put Strutt in front for the first time but then a similarly well-executed black from Slack made it 3-3 as he partnered Ian Birks to victory.
And in a nerve-jangling decider, Jarrett and Newby gathered their composure to take blue and pink respectively to seal a 31-23 verdict after chances had abounded for both sides.

There was also T & M Motors League action as Matlock Golf Club took the opportunity to catch up on outstanding fixtures, defeating Matlock Club 4-1 and Whitworth Institute 3-2 to move second in the table still with one game in hand.

The win over Matlock Club featured breaks of 20+ in every frame for the golfers with Graham Jones top scoring before Keith Manlove and Paul Bryan took the deciding black in the doubles leg.

Les Mooney and Tony Blant took both singles and doubles legs at Whitworth, for whom Peter Lee and Geoff Brailsford registered.

Bob McCartin Six Red Cup final: Belper Strutt Club 4, Bolehill Institute No 1 3 (at Alfreton Palmer Morewood Club): 16-58(22); 34-38; 41-17; 27-18; 33-29; 28-37; 31-23.
T & M Motors Snooker League: Matlock Golf Club 4, Matlock Club 1; Whitworth Institute 2, Matlock Golf Club 3.
Breaks: G Jones 29; R Slack 27; T Broughton 25; L Mooney 24; I McKay 23; C Marchington 22; T Blant 21,21,20.

T & M Motors Snooker League        P        W        L     Pts 
Belper Strutt Club                               11        9        2      37
Matlock Golf Club                               10        7        3      32
Bolehill Institute No 1                          11        7        4      31
Alfreton Palmer Morewood                 10        6        4      31
Matlock Club                                       11        6        5      28
Crich Comrades No 1                         11        4        7      24
Edgefold Matlock                                 9         5        4      23
Crich Comrades No 2                        11         5        6      23
Bolehill Institute No 2                         11         3        8      20
Whitworth Institute                             11         1      10      16
Leading breaks: B Monk 56; S Dobney 44.
Leading wins: A Lowe & S Bullock 8/11; L Mooney 7/8; P Jarrett 7/9.