Marehay’s grand slam hopes ended

History was made this week when for the first time ever in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League.

Both teams from Bolehill Institute will contest the Captain’s Cup Team Aggregate final, ensuring a fitting end of season tribute to the memory of the late club president and chairman Alan Hopkinson.

First up in the semis were current holders Bolehill No 1, who faced a tough assignment at Belper Strutt Club against league leaders Marehay Miners Welfare, who had been on course for a Grand Slam of all four team trophies.

The opening joust saw Ricki Slack triumph in the battle of the captains against ace counterpart Ben Monk by an 80-31 scoreline with some impressive long-potting being the catalyst.

Andrew Gratton set about reducing the deficit with an early 29 break but unluckily knocked in the pink when potting the green and this had a profound effect on the frame later on with Colin Marchington taking pink and black to take it 79-69.

Lee Whatton did make some inroads in the next though as he saw off Simon Zoppi 69-42 before Ian Birks, battling through illness, scored a doughty 74-31 win over Andrew Beardsley in frame four to increase the aggregate margin to 75pts with just the doubles to play.

And though Monk briefly raised Marehay hopes with an early contribution of 34, Bolehill held on for a 41-point win.