Leaders Marehay suffer 4-1 setback

Darley Dale and District Snooker League Division A leaders Marehay MW suffered a 4-1 defeat against Bolehill Institute No 1.

It was an emotional night for Bolehill, coming so soon after the death of Alan Hopkinson, long-standing player, secretary and treasurer of the league, and for many years a captain of the club.

They immediately dedicated the win to their former captain on hearing the bad news.

It started out looking like just another day at the office for the hosts with Ben Monk taking the opening frame thanks to breaks of 28 and 23, but that didn’t tell the whole story as reserve Keith Robertson had been very unlucky to pot the blue when in with every chance, only for the cue ball to drop into a pocket, having all but rested on the lip initially.

Simon Zoppi mopped up from yellow to pink to make it 1-1 in the next and then Ricki Slack took yellow to blue to make it 2-1.

Thereafter, Ian Birks with a 63-30 win, sealed the deal in frame four and then he and Ricki took the final doubles match courtesy of a re-spotted black after Ben had potted a stormer to level the scores at 55 apiece.

Bolehill’s No 2 team were also well poised as they took a 2-0 lead over Belper Strutt Club No 1, Martin Forster and Mick Bunting doing the business.

However, the B Division leaders fought back strongly to take a 3-2 win thanks to Mark Newby and Steve Bullock, who both remained undefeated.