A THRILLING finish to A Division of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League is in prospect as the gap between the top two teams closed to just one point with just one week to go in the regular league season.
Second-placed Bolehill Institute No 1 were in need of a big win against Matlock Club and managed to gain a 4-1 verdict with Colin Marchington top scoring with 84 points.
In the meantime, leaders PJ’z Club No 1 of Ripley succumbed 3-2 at home to Belper Strutt Club No 1.
Wayne Shooter amassed 99 points in the opening frame and although Andrew Gratton fought back with a 39 break during his win, Paul Jarrett and Steve Bullock duly made the game safe for the visitors.
Bolehill Institute No 3 retained their provisional play-off placing with a 3-2 win at Matlock’s Edgefold Club. Dwayne Martin and Keith Robertson won both frames they contested whilst Martyn Taylor was back in fine form for the hosts with breaks of 35 and 22.
In B Division, Matlock Golf Club moved five points clear with a 4-1 success at Belper Strutt Club No 2. Graham Jones’s black ball success in the third frame was pivotal as he and Ian McKay won their singles and doubles matches after Dave Needham’s opening salvo for the hosts.
Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 scored an excellent 4-1 triumph as they entertained PJ’z Ripley No 2. Adam Ballard was top scorer with 80 points as he and Alan Scrivener opened their individual accounts for the season in great style.
League week 15 results: PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 2, Belper Strutt Club No 1 3; Bolehill Institute No 1 4, Matlock Club 1; Edgefold Club Matlock 2, Bolehill Institute No 2 3; Belper Strutt Club No 2 1, Matlock Golf Club 4; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 4, PJ’z Club Ripley No 2 1.
Breaks: A Gratton 39,20; M Taylor 35,22; R Slack 35,22; R Muxlow 25; J Rowland 24; K Robertson 22,21; I Rose 22; B Monk 20.