This week’s clash between the top two teams in B Division of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League saw Belper Strutt Club No 1 maintain their pole position thanks to a 3-2 away win at nearest rivals Gladiators Social Club of Matlock.
Wayne Shooter edged out Troy Brett on the black in the opener, despite the latter’s contribution of 36, before Paul Jarrett (28 break) and Mark Newby quickly put the game to bed.
Mark Gwynne-Jones battled back for the hosts with a 27 clearance to snatch the fourth frame on the black and then he and Dwayne Martin also registered a black ball success in the concluding doubles, despite Paul Jarrett (25 break) continuing to cue well.
The giant-killing act of the week went to Belper Strutt No 2, who toppled A Division leaders Marehay Miners Welfare, also by a 3-2 scoreline. As ever Ben Monk remained unmoved, winning both his singles and doubles frames but in between those successes, Chris Stubbs, Adam Winson and Keith Hubbold all reeled off quickfire frames for a memorable victory for the hosts.
Bolehill Institute No 2 triumphed in their home fixture with Matlock Golf Club but not before Ian McKay had equalled the A Division’s highest break with 44.
Keith Robertson (27 break) won both his singles and doubles frames for the hosts though which helped to tip the scales overall.
It also went down to the wire at Matlock Club, but Edgefold Club took the honours 3-2 as Robert Muxlow and Duncan Harwood triumphed on the final black in the concluding doubles, after Keith Manlove and Paul Holmes had pulled the hosts level from 2-0 down.
Jaxx Q Club of Belper fell to a 4-1 defeat at home to Bolehill Institute No 1, with Ricki Slack and Ian Birks top scoring in their doubles frame after Tim Maslin had registered the point for the home team.
League week 9: Gladiators SC Matlock 2, Belper Strutt No 1 3; Belper Strutt No 2 3, Marehay MW / PJ’z 2; Bolehill Inst No 2 3, Matlock Golf Club 2; Matlock Club 2, Edgefold Matlock 3; Jaxx Q Club Belper 1, Bolehill Inst No 1 4.
Breaks: I McKay 44; T Brett 36; B Monk 35,26; P Jarrett 28,25; M Gwynne-Jones 27; K Robertson 27; A Gratton 26; S Robinson 23; K Holmes 22,21.