Monk misses out in snooker final

The first individual finals of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League season took place with prolific league winner Ben Monk taking on renowned Jaxx player Jimmy Gratton in a much anticipated OMYA Cup clash, played at Marehay Miners Welfare.

Jimmy was out of the blocks the fastest in the opener with a 22 break, putting him into the lead but Ben struck back quickly with 38 before the Jaxx man chiselled his way back into the frame to eventually take it on the blue.

Ben came back strongly to take the next 81-18 but this inspired Jimmy to go 2-1 up in the next with the aid of a 57 break.

The next saw Ben knock in 37 but it was nip and tuck near the end, Ben missing what for him would normally be a routine pink for the frame.

As a result of this, Jimmy stepped in to snatch it thanks to a storming long pot from the length of the table on the black.

That was probably the turning point and Jim pressed the accelerator again in the next to see off one last challenge to take the frame 58-36 and eventually the match itself by a 4-1 margin.