IN THE semi finals of the Captain’s Cup team competition, Matlock Golf Club narrowly ended PJ’z No 1 team of Ripley’s hopes of retaining the trophy in an enthralling encounter played at Bolehill Institute.
Ben Monk battled gamely with breaks of 42 and 27 and got his side off to a great start but Ian McKay and Graham Jones won both their singles and doubles games to see their side home by 21 points on the traditional total aggregate system.
Bolehill Institute No 1 won the other semi against Belper’s Jaxx Q Club No 2, pretty much sealing the deal after three frames after which they held a 99pts lead - Colin Marchington top scoring with 87 points - and withstanding a late rally from the hosts.
In the Jimmy Harper Plate competition, Jaxx Q Club No 1 scored a convincing home victory over Matlock’s Edgefold Club. Alex Fisher top scored with 76 points whilst Paul Ogden notched a fine 30 break during his win.
The closest of all this week’s fixtures saw Belper Strutt Club No 1 progress by just ten points at the Matlock Club. Steve Bullock and Mark Newby saw their side home in the doubles, with Mark potting pink and black to secure a thriller, after Chris Woodhouse and Keith Manlove had been on target earlier for the hosts.
In the second semi final of the Hartshorne Cup 2-man team event, Ricki Slack and Colin Marchington overcame Keith Robertson and Sean O’Sullivan 3-1 in an all-Bolehill encounter.
And at the weekend Ricki was also runner-up in the Derbyshire Seniors (over 40s) event at Clay Cross, losing in a one-frame play-off to Paul Fowell, his ex-team-mate who was runner-up in the main Derbyshire individual event only recently and is now a regular practicer at Jaxx Q Club.
Another regular visitor to Jaxx Q Club, Troy Brett, lifted the Derbyshire Under 21s trophy on the same day.
Captains Cup semi final results: PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 310, Matlock Golf Club 331 (at Bolehill Institute); Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 271, Bolehill Institute No 1 337.
Jimmy Harper Plate first round results: Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 319, Edgefold Club Matlock 192; Matlock Club 286, Belper Strutt Club No 1 296.
Breaks: B Monk 42,27; P Ogden 30; R Slack 28,22,22; L Whatton 23; G Jones 22.