Report submitted by Stourbridge & District Snooker League

Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 29-30 November 2017

Premier Division results:

St John’s Social 3 (C.Walker 100, S.Thomas 55, 39, T.Steele), Pockets SC B 2 (J.Shuck, A.Kidd 24) Pockets SC A 4 (L.Page, G.Smith 32, T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall), Baggeridge Social 1 (F.Bennett) Amblecote Inst A 5 (A.Sidaway, D.Oakes, R.Clark 45, M.Richards, R.Wooldridge), Kinver Const A 0 Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Haney, D.Green, B.Sembi 42, M.Krstanovic), West Mids Police 1 (E.Bastable) Norton Social A 2 (A.Smith, R.Pitt 30, 28), Hotshots SC B 3 (D.Hartley, D.Konior 34, Y.Aslami 26), Townsend Social bye

First Division results:

Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Kingswinford Cons B 2 (S.Small, D.Reece), Kinver Const B 1 (A.Sprague) Amblecote Inst B 4 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, J.Colbourne, M.Colbourne), Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, J.Byng) S/b Old Edwardians 3 (G.Dunn, H.Hall, D.Woodall), Wombourne 1 (J.Perry) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (A.Aston, N.Aston, S.Howell, P.Garbett), Stourbridge Inst B 2 (C.Green, H.Jones) Norton Social B 3 (M.Northover, C.Webb, L.Grosvenor), Kingswinford Cons C 5 (A.Coley, S.Porter, J.Cartwright, L.Bennett, W.Whitmore) Amblecote RBL B 0

Second Division results:

Kingswinford SC 4 (M.Surmacz, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger 27, P.Curry) Amblecote Inst D 1 (A.Kensett), Stourbridge Inst D 0 Bahia’s SC 5 (M.Redfern, A.Martin, Reece Bahia, D.Smith, K.Weaver), Amblecote Inst C 3 (C.Homer, R.Vanes 40, G.Lyons), Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, S.Mattocks) Kinver Const C 3 (A.Tromans, C.Randle, S.Spruce), Amblecote RBL A 2 (M.Mantom, B.Green 25)

Premier Division report:

Hotshots SC A put themselves in prime position to regain the Premier Division championship, which they won in 2014, when they defeated their closest rivals, defending champions, West Midlands Police 4-1.

Eliott Bastable, who did well to beat Callum Downing to retain his unbeaten record, was the only Police winner as Richard Haney, in only his 2nd appearance, Bal Sembi, Dave Green and Milan Krstanovic made full use of home advantage to go 5 points clear at the halfway stage of the league programme. Townsend Social, who had a bye, lie 3rd, two points away.

Amblecote Institute A, who have lost only two out of 25 frames at home, beat Kinver 5-0, with Rob Clark making a break of 45, although Mike Richards had to pot a respotted black to beat Rob Jeffries, and they share 4th place with Pockets SC A, 4-1 winners at home to Baggeridge Social. Gary Smith, who has lost only twice, won again, with Frankie Bennett taking the visitors’ consolation.

Hotshots SC B’s run of success continued with a fine 3-2 win on the tables of Norton Social A. Dawid Konior, with a 34 break, won well, Yama Aslami and Dan Hartley both cleared up to pink, and it could have been even better as Paul Caldeira lost on the black to Andy Smith, and Wayne Robbins was leading 38-0 before Rob Pitt turned the frame around.

Both Hotshots SC B and St John’s Social have pulled six points clear of the three teams fighting relegation, the latter beating Pockets SC B 3-2 at the St John’s club, which witnessed an excellent clearance of the last 13 reds plus yellow and green for a break of 100 by Carl Walker, his first competitive century, against Alan Turner.

His team-mate, Simon Thomas, then followed up with consecutive visits of 55 and 39, but it took a clearance to the black by Tim Steele against Dave Timmington to clinch victory, with Jamie Shuck and Tony Kidd taking a frame each for Pockets.

First Division report:

Norton Social B ensured they would have the halfway leadership of the First Division when they came away from Stourbridge Inst B with a 3-2 win. Matt Northover, Carl Webb and Luke Grosvenor all won but the Institute made them battle for it, and Carl Green and Harry Jones, two hardy veterans, both did well to win for the hosts.

Stourbridge Institute A closed the gap at the top to three points when they visited Wombourne and put a hold on their resurgence of form. Ashley & Nick Aston, Steve Howells, taken to the black by Bob Mason, and the consistent, unbeaten Paul Garbett all won with Jon Perry earning the hosts a point.

Neil Gennard & Simon Dingley put 3rd placed Moor Pool & Snooker 2-0 ahead at home to Kingswinford Cons B only for Steve Small & Dave Reece to make it 2-2, but Ian Priest made it 11/11 for himself with yet another black ball finish to beat Andrew Brown and to keep Moor P&S within five points of the leaders.

Kingswinford Cons C have firmly laid to rest their poor start to the season, and they recorded their second successive 5-0 scoreline, this time at home to Amblecote RBL B. All of their players have struck form and this, their 5th win in 6 matches lifted them into 4th place, 5 points off the top three.

Amblecote Inst B shrugged off their defeat at Kingswinford to ease back into 5th place with a 4-1 win away to Kinver Constitutional B, with Cyril Tromans, Mick Cook, who did well to beat Jason Hickman, and Jason & Mark Colbourne combining to great effect.

There was a much closer match at Kingswinford Cons A which saw Gavin Dunn and Harry Hall put Old Edwardians 2-0 ahead, before Thomas Male & John Byng levelled the scores. Dave Woodall took the final frame on the black against John Cowan to give Old Eds the victory.

Second Division report:

Despite only winning 3-2 at home, Kinver Constitutional C extended their lead at the top of the Second Division to six points. Arnie Tromans & Chris Randle won fairly comfortably but Kinver had to work hard for the third frame, Steve Spruce winning on the black against Rob Boylin, with Mark Mantom and Billy Green winning tight frames for the visitors.

Kingswinford Snooker Centre dislodged Amblecote Institute D from second place, despite Adam Kensett remaining unbeaten, as they secured the next four frames through Matt Surmacz, Jamie Westwood, Steve Ballinger and Paul Curry, although they have to settle for a share of the runners-up place as they were joined by Bahia’s Snooker Club.

They took all five frames away to Stourbridge Institute D, a great result for them although Reece Bahia, Dan Smith & Karl Weaver all had to go to the final black, after Matt Redfern and Andy Martin had won with a little more to spare. Bahia’s were exacting a little revenge against the team who beat them in last season’s inaugural Second Division Cup Final.

Amblecote Inst C joined their D team in a share of 4th place after beating Stourbridge Inst C 3-2 at home. Colin Homer, Ray Vanes, who set a new high-break target with a fine effort of 40 against Adele Simmonds, and Gerald Lyons, who beat Alan Jeffries on the black, won for Amblecote, with Brian Taylor, on his return to his former club, and Sam Mattocks taking a frame each for Stourbridge.