Darley Dale and District

THIS week saw the chance for the two teams battling away enthusiastically without any immediate success in B Division to kick start their seasons as PJ’z No 2 of Ripley entertained Jaxx Q Club No 2 of Belper.

A win just before the Christmas shutdown would do wonders for team confidence and things looked rosy for the visitors early doors as they went into a 2-0 lead courtesy of John Williams and Andy Hayes.

However, the home team rallied superbly as Trevor Hames and Mick Whiteman won their singles matches and then earned a thrilling black ball success in the concluding doubles to pull a 3-2 win out of the fire against all odds. The Belper team for their part at least remain a point above their conquerers.

At the other end of the table, Matlock Golf Club remain unbeaten with a 4-1 success over Belper Strutt Club No 2, though David Devenport in only his second match for the visitors made a 28 break and ended the winning sequence of Graham Jones. Chris Parker knocked in a 25 for the home side.

The No 1 team from Jaxx Q Club defeated Bolehill Institute No 3 4-1 in the other game with Alex Fisher recording his seventh successive victory.

In A Division, Bolehill No 1 and PJ’z No 1 remain locked together as each recorded 4-1 wins at Matlock Club and Strutt Club No 1 respectively.

Ben Monk continued his break-building spree of late with efforts of 39 and 30 while 81-year-old John Smith contributed runs of 33 and 22 and Andrew Gratton remains undefeated thus far, notching a 26.

Week 8 league results: Belper Strutt Club No 1 1, PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 4; Bolehill Institute No 2 2, Edgefold Club Matlock 3; Matlock Club 1, Bolehill Institute No 1 4; PJ’z Club Ripley No 2 3, Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 2; Matlock Golf Club 4, Belper Strutt Club No 2 1; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 4, Bolehill Institute No 3 1.

Breaks: B Monk 39,30,22; J Smith 33,22; D Devenport 28; A Gratton 26; C Parker 25; J Rowland 22; I Peacock 20.