Snooker players win a real thriller

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There was a cracking encounter at Marehay Miners Welfare in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League as the home team saw off the No 2 team from Belper Strutt Club 3-2 on the final black.

Ben Monk knocked in a string of breaks during the evening but those efforts were bettered by Andrew Gratton who notched the highest A Division break of 59 in his victory in the second frame.

Chris Stubbs’s 12th win of the season for the visitors ensured him the most wins prize in B Division.

Bolehill Institute No 1 wrapped up the A Division runners-up spot with a 4-1 home win over Jaxx Q Club, though four of the frames went to the final black.

Andrew Brough’s 18 clearance saw him superbly manoeuvre the black out over the pocket when taking the pink whilst the doubles frame saw the home pairing came from the snookers required stage as Ricki Slack also took blue, pink and black to sneak the extra point at the end.

Jaxx’s Dan Robinson opened his account for the season with a fine display.

The big match of the week was the B Division title decider where Belper Strutt No 1 entertained Matlock’s Gladiators Social Club needing any kind of victory to secure the trophy.

And it was the home side who eventually won it.

The visitors could earn either a deciding play off match with a 3-2 win of their own or take the title outright should they earn a 4-1 verdict.

Mark Newby delivered a vital blow early doors for the Belper outfit as he defeated dual Derbyshire Under 21 champion Troy Brett 59-39 to continue his fine showing this season.

Vinnie Dennis hit back strongly to defeat Wayne Shooter in the next 58-26 before a pivotal clash saw Paul Jarrett come from 40 adrift against Mark Gwynne-Jones with the aid of a 24 break to triumph on the final black by 54-53 in a real cliff-hanger.

And the victory celebrations were unleashed after the next when Justin Weller edged out Dwayne Martin 58-48 before Troy Brett showed his undoubted class with a break of 66, the highest in the section, in the concluding doubles frame.