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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 13th February 2019

Team Knock-Out Handicap Cup Quarter-Finals
Bearwood Cons (H/cap 108) 439 (P.Gibson, P.Montague, G.Foy, J.Chester) S/b Old Edwardians A (172) 366 (G.Dunn)
Brandhall Labour (-14) 326 (A.Hooper 30, 28, 27, P.Caldeira, R.Howen) Stourbridge Inst A (96) 310 (A.Aston 50c, P.Garbett)
Baggeridge Social B (126) 428 (M.Collingridge, M.Whale, D.Whale 21) Amblecote Inst B (143) 395 (M.Colbourne 21, A.Moore)
Pockets SC B (120) 397 (J.Shuck 22, G.Ward, A.Kidd) Moor Pool & Snooker (153) 382 (N.Gennard, L.Whitehouse)

Team Knock-Out Plate Handicap Quarter-Finals
St John’s Social (17) 355 (S.Thomas 35, 31, B.Jones, M.Brezwyn 35, N.Carson) Norton Social B (87) 273 (Andrew Brown)
Kinver Const B (143) 325 Baggeridge Social A (minus 78) 287 (J.Hickman, D.Hall, M.Catalano, D.Oakes, E.Bastable)
Pockets SC A (minus 11) 324 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall 41, L.Page, R.Pepperall, J.Betton) Bahia’s SC A (124) 332 (Reece Bahia)
Kingswinford Cons C v Stourbridge Inst D postponed

Cup report: Conceding 110 points start at home to Stourbridge Institute A, Brandhall Labour were given the perfect start by Alan Hooper and Paul Caldeira, who clawed back the deficit and put their team over 40 points ahead. Rob Howen added to that advantage but a fine recovery by Ashley Aston, who cleared up with a break of 50 against Jon Bate, reduced Brandhall’s lead to 35. Paul Garbett played well to edge the Institute into a narrow lead overall before Wayne Robbins cleared the first six colours to steer Brandhall into the semi-final.
Paul Gibson’s 72 point win gave Bearwood Cons the start they needed to retrieve the 64 point concession to 2015 champions, Stourbridge Old Edwardians A, and they were able to draw steadily clear of their opponents as they chase the possibility of a promotion and cup double at their first attempt since rejoining the league.
Baggeridge Social B also have a chance of achieving that feat, after defeating fellow First Division rivals, Amblecote Institute B. In a very tight match. Matt Whale’s 32 point win offset Alan Moore’s win for the visitors, who led by a single point going into the last frame. Baggeridge’s Dave Whale, who has hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks, then beat Sam Harrison to clinch a semi-final berth.
Pockets SC B conceded 33 points at home to Moor Pool & Snooker in another really tight affair: Simon Dingley played well for the visitors but Jamie Shuck struck back to clear those crucial last 4 balls. Neil Gennard, who won by 11 points, and Lee Whitehouse who won by 61, gave the visitors the edge, but Gareth Ward finished strongly to bring the difference back to 33, and Tony Kidd sank blue and pink against Neil Saunders to complete the semi-final line-up; all 4 narrow winners had enjoyed home advantage.

Plate report: Three quarter-finals were completed and one was postponed because of illness: the theme of home winners continued at St John’s Social, who gave 70 points start to Norton Social B and qualified for the semi-final thanks mainly to Simon Thomas and Mick Brezwyn, who made 3 30+ breaks between them.
At Kinver Constitutional Club, their B team entertained Baggeridge Social A, receiving 225 points from their Premier Division opponents. Jason Hickman and Darren Oakes, returning to the club for whom they won the Premier Division title in 2012 and Maria Catalano all won decisively, but Dave Hall was held to 7 points by Adam Sprague and Eliott Bastable to 19 by Les Cross, and Kinver were able to prevail by 38 points.
The closest finish came between Pockets SC A and Bahia’s SC A. Pockets gave 135 start and although Gary Smith & Rich Pepperall won decisively, Tom Pepperall, who had a break of 41, was held to 22 by Matt Redfern, and Lee Page was held to just two points by Mark Jeffries. Reece Bahia went clear in the final frame but saw John Betton obtain the 4 snookers he needed, and it was with relief that he potted the pink to secure a semi-final place.

Worcester Inter-League first group match at Townsend Social:
Stourbridge A 2 (J.Spence, K.Ashmore) Worcester 3 (D.Cutler, A.Barklam, S.Dunn) Defending champions, Stourbridge A began their defence well when Karl Ashmore and Jamie Spence put them 2-0 ahead at home to Worcester. The visitors responded well, however, and Andrew Barklam and Darren Cutler levelled the match, before Steve Dunn completed the recovery with a narrow win against Darrell Payne in the deciding frame. Stourbridge have to play Worcester away and meet Evesham twice in their bid to reach this season’s final.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 6-7 February 2019

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 2 (L.Page, J.Betton) Townsend Social 3 (J.Spence 38, K.Ashmore, D.Thompson)
St John’s Social 1 (C.Walker 31) Norton Social A 4 (G.Tomkins, S.Mason 40, A.Davies, A.Smith 36)
Norton Social B 2 (L.Grosvenor 43, A.Brown 24) West Mids Police 3 (M.Sheehan 66, K.Franklin 62, G.Sloan 39)
Baggeridge Social A 5 (J.Donoghue 30, D.Hall 32, M.Catalano, E.Bastable 47, D.Oakes) Brandhall Labour 0
Stourbridge Inst A 4 (C.Crumpton 30, N.Aston, A.Aston, P.Garbett) Pockets SC B 1 (A.Kidd)
Hotshots SC 2 (C.Downing 73, M.Sutton) Amblecote Inst A 3 (A.Sidaway 45, 49, D.Oakes 51, R.Wooldridge)

First Division results:
Wombourne 0 Baggeridge Social B (L.Whale, D.Whale, K.Evans, F.Bennett, M.Whale)
Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (N.Gennard, L.Whitehouse) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, J.Byng, S.Spittle)
Kinver Const C 1 (M.Dowler 40) Kinver Const A 4 (J.Woodhouse, G.Tranter, P.Churchman, R.Jeffries)
Amblecote Inst B 1 (M.Cook 25c) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (J.Cartwright, S.Porter, L.Bennett, A.Coley)
Kinver Const B 1 (A.Sprague) Bahia’s SC A 4 (A.Boswell 28, M.Jeffries, K.Weaver, Reece Bahia)
S/b Old Edwardians A v Bearwood Cons match postponed
Kingswinford Cons B bye

Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (B.Ball, Sam Ball) Amblecote Inst D 3 (Jordan Taylor, S & C.Butcher)
Stourbridge Inst C 3 (M.Daniels 23, G.Lewis, S.Mattocks) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dom Bacciocchi, P.Robinson)
Amblecote Inst C 4 (R.McManus, Colin & Cary Homer, R.Vanes) Bahia’s SC B 1 (A.Martin)
Amblecote RBL 1 (B.Green) Kingswinford SC 4 (J.Salisbury, S.Ballinger 22, M.Surmacz, P.Curry 22)

Premier Division report: In a match which lasted only just over an hour Townsend Social took a huge step towards securing their first Premier Division championship when they won 3-2 on the tables of their closest rivals, Pockets SC A. Jamie Spence and Karl Ashmore won comfortably, and Dave Thompson clinched the match by beating Rich Pepperall on the colours. Lee Page and John Betton won for Pockets who are now seven points adrift of Townsend.
Baggeridge Social A closed into 3rd place, five points further adrift, by taking all five frames at home to Brandhall Labour. In a solid all-round team display, Eliott Bastable had a break of 47, although, in the closest frame, Maria Catalano was taken to the black by Paul Caldeira.
Last season’s champions, Hotshots SC, relinquished 3rd place when they were beaten 3-2 at home by Amblecote Institute A. In a burst of break-making, Callum Downing had a 73 and Mark Sutton a 42 for Hotshots but Amblecote responded with Ash Sidaway’s 45 and 49, and Dave Oakes, who had a 51 in handing Bal Sembi just his 3rd defeat of the season. By contrast the final frame was tight, Rick Wooldridge edging out Dawid Konior on the black, to complete another good away win for the Institute to add to those achieved at Townsend and Pockets A.
St John’s Social began well through Carl Walker at home to Norton Social A but the visitors took the next four frames, Steve Mason having a break of 40, and Andy Smith exacting revenge on Simon Thomas, one of only three players to have beaten him this season.
Luke Grosvenor, with a visit of 43, and Andrew Brown gave Norton B a fine start at home to West Mids Police, but, in another flurry of break-building, Mark Sheehan 66, Kev Franklin 62 and Gavin Sloan with 39, turned the match around.
Stourbridge Institute A defeated fellow strugglers, Pockets SC B 4-1 in another good-spirited match. Chris Crumpton won well, but Nick and Ashley Aston and Paul Garbett all prevailed in pink or black-ball finishes as the Institute eased 5 points clear of the relegation zone, a great effort in their first season in the top-flight having been promoted as champions.

First Division report: Joint leaders Bearwood Cons had their match at Old Edwardians postponed, and they dropped down to third place as four of their promotion rivals enjoyed some very good results. Kingswinford Cons C came away from Amblecote Inst B with a 4-1 win, with John Cartwright achieving his 12th win of a good season so far. Wayne Whitmore was their only loser, as Mick Cook cleared from the green to give Amblecote a frame.
Kinver Constitutional A matched that with their own 4-1 success against their C team, moving into second place just two points behind. Jim Woodhouse won his 12th frame in a row, but they were prevented from taking maximum points by Mark Dowler, who struck a break of 40 against Dean Banks on his way to his 4th win in a row in this, his first season of competitive snooker.
Baggeridge Social B’s challenge had stalled over their last six matches, which had yielded one win and five 3-2 defeats, but they secured all five frames in a good-spirited match at Wombourne to climb into a share of 3rd place with Bearwood who have their match in hand against Old Edwardians.
Bahia’s SC A won 4-1 away to Kinver Constitutional B with Adam Boswell, with most wins in the division, and Reece Bahia with one fewer, winning decisively, although the other three frames were very closely-contested.
Bahia’s remain nine points behind the second-placed team but have edged two points above the only team in the top six to lose. Only Neil Gennard and Lee Whitehouse could win for Moor Pool & Snooker as the visiting Kingswinford Cons A team, through Thomas Male, John Byng and Simon Spittle sprang a surprise.

Second Division report: The leaders, Amblecote Institute D won 3-2 on the tables of their closest challengers, Old Edwardians B, and are only a few frames away from securing the Second Division championship. Jordan Taylor, with a particularly good win against Jack Ball, Steve Butcher, who handed Steve Ball only his second home defeat, and Carl Butcher won for the Institute with Brett and Sam Ball taking a frame each for Old Eds, points which will be useful in their chase to finish 2nd.
That place was taken over by Amblecote Institute C who defeated Bahia’s SC B 4-1, although there was very little to spare in any of those frames. For example, Cary Homer was taken to the black by Glen Reece to take his record to 15/16 wins, a step behind two other players, including his own club-mate, Carl Butcher.
Amblecote RBL’s Billy Green also has 16 wins, following his latest effort at home to Kingswinford SC, but the Legion had to be content with that single point as Steve Ballinger, John Salisbury, Matt Surmacz and Paul Curry combined to keep KSC within six points of the coveted runners-up place.
Stourbridge Institute C achieved their second win, 3-2 against their own D team, thanks to Mark Daniels, Graham Lewis & Sam Mattocks, while Paul Robinson and Dominic Bacciocchi extended their own winning sequences since the turn of the year in reply.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 30-31 January 2019

Premier Division results:
Norton Soc B 1 (T.Brown) Baggeridge Soc A 4 (J.Hickman 40, J.Donoghue, D.Oakes, E.Bastable 30, 32)
Pockets SC B 1 (J.Shuck) Pockets SC A 4 (L.Page, G.Smith, R.Pepperall, T.Pepperall)
Townsend Soc 4 (K.Ashmore, P.Thompson, D.Thompson, D.Payne) Brandhall Labour1 (P.Caldeira)
Hotshots SC 4 (C.Downing 63, M.Sutton, B.Sembi 45, D.Konior) Norton Social A 1 (S.Mason 40)
West Mids Police 5 (C.Millward, G.Sloan, P.Gibbons, M.Sheehan, K.Franklin) St John’s Social 0
Amblecote Inst A v Stourbridge Inst A postponed

First Division results:
Bearwood Cons 4 (J.Chester, M.Cash, P.Gibson 38, G.Foy) Wombourne 1 (D.Flavell)
Baggeridge Soc B 2 (F.Bennett, D.Whale) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (S.Small 38, 22, M.Reece, M.Wilson)
Bahia’s SC A 2 (A.Boswell 71, Reece Bahia 23) S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (H.Hall, G.Dunn, S.Tyler)
Kinver Const A 4 (J.Woodhouse 34, D.Banks, G.Tranter, P.Churchman) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (I.Priest 22, 22)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male) Amblecote Inst B 4 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne, S.Harrison, M.Cook)
Kingswinford Cons C 4 (S.Porter, A.Coley, L.Bennett, J.Cartwright) Kinver Const B 1 (L.Cross)
Kinver Const C bye

Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL 2 (S.Norton, B.Green) S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (Steve & Sam Ball, J.Ball)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (R.Brookes 24, S.Butcher, C.Butcher, J.Taylor) Stourbridge Inst C 1 (A.Jeffries)
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, S.Hill) Bahia’s SC B 2 (P.Craig, C.Whitehouse)
Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dom Bacciocchi, P.Robinson) Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, R.Vanes, G.Lyons)

Premier Division report: There’s no change at the top of the Premier Division with the first four teams all recording comfortable 4-1 victories: Townsend Social still lead Pockets SC A by 5 points after beating Brandhall Labour, with Karl Ashmore extending his record to 13 wins from 15 frames. Paul Caldeira earned a consolation point for Brandhall with a good win against Jamie Spence.
Pockets SC A beat their B team convincingly, the closest frame being won by Tom Pepperall, who was taken to the pink by Gareth Ward. Earlier Jamie Shuck had again potted really well against Wayne Dobson to take a single frame for the B team.
Although Steve Mason, with a break of 40, gave Norton A a good start at Hotshots SC, the third-placed team responded well through Callum Downing, who had a break of 63, Bal Sembi a 45, and Dawid Konior and Mark Sutton, who narrowly inflicted only the 3rd defeat on Andy Smith.
Hotshots, the defending champions, are 11 points behind the leaders with five games remaining, and two points ahead of Baggeridge Social A, who came away from Norton Social B with a 4-1 win. Jason Hickman had a break of 40, Eliott Bastable a couple of 30+ breaks, although Tony Brown stepped in to take something from the match for the hosts by defeating Maria Catalano.
West Midlands Police, champions in 2016 and 2017, have struggled for form all season, but finally produced their best collective display by taking all five frames at home to St John’s Social. Such was their dominance that only one frame, Mark Sheehan’s against Nick Carson, went to the colours. The result lifted them clear of the relegation zone, where Pockets B, Norton B & Stourbridge Institute A, whose match at Amblecote Inst A was postponed, are separated by just two points.

First Division report: The joint leaders both won 4-1 and remain two points clear of the field with 8 matches remaining. Bearwood Cons beat the bottom team Wombourne at home, with Paul Gibson recording a break of 38, although Dave Flavell hit back for the visitors, who had won their last two league matches.
The other joint leaders, Kingswinford Cons C, had a more eventful match but ran out with the same 4-1 scoreline at home against Kinver Constitutional B. Les Cross gave the visitors hope by handing Wayne Whitmore only his 3rd defeat, but Sam Porter’s black against Adam Sprague, who had cleared to the pink for 34, levelled the scores. K’ford Cons’ Leigh Bennett recovered from 31 adrift of Marcus Hines, with only 27 on, doubling the black to win, and Adam Coley and John Cartwright, with a little less drama, secured the other frames to keep their team level with Bearwood.
The two third-placed team faced each other and Kinver Constitutional A beat Moor Pool & Snooker 4-1. Jim Woodhouse, with his 11th win in a row, and Dean Banks, successful in 10 of his last 11, put Kinver 2-0 ahead before Graham Tranter and Paul Churchman made it 4-0. Ian Priest rescued a frame for the visitors, who are now 4 points further back in 4th place.
Baggeridge Social B were surprisingly beaten 3-2 at home by Kingswinford Cons B, and have to be content with a share of 4th place. Steve Small, with visits of 38 and 22, was in top form for the Cons, while Mark Reece won narrowly before Martin Wilson achieved one of his best ever results by taking the decider against Luke Whale, normally so effective on his home table.
At Bahia’s SC, a new high break target for the division was set by the home team’s Adam Boswell, whose great effort of 71 against Old Edwardians’ Chris Cowley reinforced his position as joint leader of “most wins” along with Bearwood’s John Chester. Reece Bahia, just one win behind those two, also won easily but Old Eds had the final say when Gavin Dunn, Harry Hall & Simon Tyler won the other three tight frames.
Yet another closely-fought match saw Amblecote Institute B succeed 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons A, but Alan Moore, Sam Harrison and Mick Cook all had to go to the final black to take the honours. Mark Colbourne also won, and all of this happened after Thomas Male had put the Cons ahead.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D took another stride towards clinching the Second Division championship with a straightforward 4-1 win at home to Stourbridge Institute C. Carl Butcher’s 15th win in 17 frames lifted him into a share of the most wins leader-board. The visitors fought hard however and Alan Jeffries earned them a point with success against Mark Robson.
The two rivals for the runners-up spot both won 3-2 and are now 12 points behind the leaders. Steve, Sam and Jack Ball of Old Edwardians’ B returned to their former club, Amblecote RBL, to open up a 3-0 lead before Steve Norton and Billy Green, who joined Carl Butcher with 15/17 wins replied. Amblecote Institute C also won 3-2 away to Stourbridge Institute C to remain a point behind Old Eds: Colin Homer, on the black, Ray Vanes and Gerald Lyons just did enough, with Dominic Bacciocchi & Paul Robinson, both continuing to enjoy good first seasons, responding for the hosts. Cary Homer was unable to play for the visitors in this fixture, losing his chance to reach 15 wins as well, but 4 matches remain, so there remains all to play for.
Should the 2nd and 3rd teams falter, Kingswinford Snooker Centre could step in following their latest 3-2 result at home to Bahia’s SC B. Steve Ballinger, Jamie Westwood and Steve Hill won but Paul Craig, and Chris Whitehouse, who did well to beat Paul Curry, deserve credit for taking points for league newcomers, Bahia’s.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 23-24 January 2019

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 2 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall) Amblecote Inst A 3 (A.Sidaway 36, R.Clark, R.Wooldridge)
Norton Social B 2 (T.Brown, P.Bowen) Townsend Social 3 (K.Ashmore, P.Thompson, J.Spence)
Brandhall Labour 4 (A.Hooper 55c, J.Bate, R.Howen, P.Caldeira) Pockets SC B 1 (A.Kidd)
Baggeridge Social A 4 (J.Donoghue 56, D.Hall, Darren Oakes, E.Bastable 37) West Mid Police 1 (M.Northover)
Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston, P.Garbett) Norton Social A 3 (S.Mason, A.Smith 55, R.Pitt 30)
Hotshots SC 2 (M.Sutton, B.Sembi 51) St John’s Social 3 (C.Walker, S.Thomas, N.Carson)

First Division results:
Wombourne 4 (P.Tristram, J.Wooldridge, J.Perry, D.Flavell) S/b Old Edwardians A 1 (C.Cowley)
Kinver Const C 3 (N.Jennings 30, M.Dowler, C.Randle) Baggeridge Social B 2 (K.Evans, L.Whale 22)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (S.Harrison, M.Colbourne 41) Kinver Const A 3 (P.Churchman, G.Tranter, J.Woodhouse 24, 29, 31)
Kingswinford Cons B 0 Bearwood Cons 5 (J.Chester, P.Gibson, G.Foy, M.Cash, P.Montague)
Kinver Const B 3 (T.Postings A.Sprague, S.Nicholls) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, J.Cowan)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (L.Bennett) Bahia’s SC A 4 (M.Jeffries, A.Boswell, J.Macdivitt, R.Bahia)
Moor Pool & Snooker bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (C.Whitehouse, Jan Bahia, A.Martin) Amblecote RBL 2 (B.Green 21, S.Norton)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, Cary Homer 25, R.Vanes) Amblecote Inst D 2 (R.Brookes 24, C.Butcher)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (M.Daniels, A.Simmonds) S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (B.Ball, Steve & Sam Ball)
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, M.Surmacz, P.Curry) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (P.Robinson, Dominic Bacciocchi)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social stretched five points clear at the top of the Premier Division following their 3-2 win away to Norton Social B, which coincided with defeat for their closest rivals, Pockets SC A.
Karl Ashmore, Phil Thompson and Jamie Spence won for the league leaders, but Norton B took two frames through Tony Brown, on the black (!) and Paul Bowen. Pockets A’s home tables have served them well all season as they had lost only six frames out of 35, but only Gary Smith and Tom Pepperall could win as they were pegged back by Amblecote Institute A.
Ash Sidaway, Rob Clark and Rick Wooldridge won to achieve a notable double for the Institute, who became the only team to win at Townsend last month, and to atone for the disappointment of the last two weeks when their loss at home to Brandhall Labour was followed by defeat in the cup by Baggeridge Social B. They are in 4th place, 7 points adrift of 2nd placed Pockets, with 6 games to play.
Last season’s champions, Hotshots SC lost 3-2 at home to St John’s Social, even though Bal Sembi, with a 51 break, held on to a share of “most wins”; Carl Walker, Simon Thomas & Nick Carson achieved a notable success for St John’s, and Hotshots are 3rd, six points off second place.
Norton Social A’s Andy Smith had a 55 break on the tables of Stourbridge Institute A, and he, like Bal Sembi, has 14/16 wins. Steve Mason and Rob Pitt secured a 3-2 win for 5th placed Norton, although they were joined by Baggeridge Social A, who beat West Midlands Police 4-1, with Justin Donoghue making a break of 56.
Brandhall Labour beat Pockets SC B 4-1, with the highlight being an excellent clearance of the last five reds up to and including the pink by Alan Hooper for 55, which he needed after the visitors’ Jay Shuck had impressed with a couple of 20+ breaks to lead 50-5. After a slow start, Brandhall are now in mid-table while Pockets B are one of 4 teams at the foot of the table separated by just 3 points.

First Division report: Bahia’s SC A created something of a surprise when they visited league leaders, Kingswinford Cons C and came away with a 4-1 victory. Mark Jeffries, making his debut for the team, Adam Boswell, Jordan Macdivitt & Reece Bahia all won to keep alive Bahia’s hopes for honours: they are 7th but only 8 points off the top of the division. Leigh Bennett’s consolation frame served to keep the Cons at the top of the division, where they were joined by Bearwood Cons.
Bearwood beat Kingswinford Cons B 5-0, away from home; all five frames were closely-contested but the six points gained took them from a share of 5th place to joint first, with 9 matches to play. Kinver Constitutional A and B teams also made progress with two vital victories: the A team took the first 3 frames at Amblecote Institute B through Paul Churchman, Graham Tranter & Jim Woodhouse, who had visits of 24, 29 and 31 before going in-off the blue, before Sam Harrison & Mark Colbourne, in good touch with a 41 break, fought back for Amblecote. Joint 3rd Kinver are two points off the pace in 3rd place, one they share with Moor Pool & Snooker, who had a bye.
Tom Postings and Adam Sprague put Kinver B 2-0 ahead at home to Kingswinford Cons A, but John Cowan & Thomas Male levelled the match, before Steve Nicholls took the decider to enable his team to remain in 6th place, but only six points off the leaders, with a match in hand.
In contrast to the defeats suffered by all three Kingswinford Cons teams, Kinver’s three teams all won, with the C team just outpointing Baggeridge Social B 3-2. Norman Jennings beat Dave Whale, who had stroked home a break of 83 in an over 45 individual match the previous evening, and Mark Dowler and Chris Randle completed the Kinver “treble”. Luke Whale and Kevin Evans, who stepped out of retirement to help out, won a frame each for 5th place Baggeridge, who are only three points off the pace. It should be an exciting finish to the season between these top seven teams.
Wombourne backed-up their first win of the season, with a 4-1 result at home to Old Edwardians A; Paul Tristram, John Wooldridge, Jon Perry and Dave Flavell all won with Chris Cowley replying.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D’s seven match-winning run, which has almost assured them of the Second Division title, came to an end when they were just outfought 3-2 by their C team. Colin Homer, who beat the prolific Adam Kensett on the black, Cary Homer and Ray Vanes won for the C team, with Rich Brookes and Carl Butcher taking a frame each for the D team, whose lead has been trimmed to 11 points.
The C team have to be content with 3rd place, just a point behind Old Edwardians B who won 3-2 away to Stourbridge Institute C. Steve Ball and sons, Brett and Jack won closely-matched frames before Mark Daniels and Adele Simmonds hit back for the home team.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre beat Stourbridge Institute D 3-2 to remain in 4th place, with an outside chance of reaching that coveted 2nd place. Steve Ballinger & Matt Surmacz gave them a good start but they had to rely on Paul Curry’s decider after Paul Robinson and Dominic Bacciocchi struck back.
Chris Whitehouse, Jan Bahia and Andy Martin combined to give league newcomers, Bahia’s SC B another success, this time at home to Amblecote RBL. Steve Norton, who won on the black, and Billy Green, with his 14th success, won for the visitors. He, Cary Homer and Carl Butcher, both of Amblecote Institute share the accolade of “most wins”, with 5 matches to play.

WEST MIDLAND INTER-TOWN, at Norton Social, referee Alan Moore: STOURBRIDGE 3 (A.Smith, T & R.Pepperall) SEDGLEY A 4 (S.Hickman 33, A.Mehta 42, Reanne Evans, A.Highfield)
Andy Smith gave Stourbridge a good start, clearing the last three colours to defeat Dan Ward, who had opened with a 43 break. Precision potting and immaculate safety play by Simon Hickman and Reanne Evans against Gavin Sloan and Ashley Aston respectively, along with a 42 break by Arun Mehta saw Sedgley into a 3-1 lead, and although Tom Pepperall played well to reduce the arrears, Andrew Highfield closed out the match on the brown and blue against John Betton. Rich Pepperall beat Chris Wilkes in the final frame to make the overall score 3-4.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 16-17 January 2019

Team Knock-Out Cup Handicap
Amblecote Inst A (h/cap -33) 264 (A.Sidaway 53, R.Clark, Dave Oakes, R.Wooldridge) Baggeridge Soc B (126) 319 (F.Bennett)
Wombourne (206) 425 Moor Pool & Snooker (153) 485 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, L & G.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
Brandhall Labour (-36) 310 (G.Miller, B.Hall, P.Caldeira) Hotshots SC (-71) 182 (C.Downing, M.Sutton)
S/B Old Edwardians A (132) 411 (H.Hall, C.Cowley, G.Dunn, S.Tyler) Amblecote Inst D (156) 372 (C.Butcher 38)
Stourbridge Inst C (214) 362 Bearwood Cons (108) 425 (P.Montague, M.Cash, G.Foy, P.Gibson, J.Chester)
Kingswinford Cons A (158) 375 (J.Rees) Pockets SC B (113) 407 (J.Shuck, D.Timmington 24, A.Kidd, G.Ward)
Stourbridge Inst A (60) 394 (N.Aston, C.Crumpton, A.Aston 48, P.Garbett) Amblecote RBL (226) 374 (S.Norton)
Amblecote Inst B v Bahia’s SC B result not available

Team Knock-Out Plate Handicap
St John’s Social (48) 295 (C.Walker, B.Jones, S.Thomas 27) West Mids Police (-12) 278 (G.Sloan, M.Sheehan)
Kinver Const C (180) 315 (M.Dowler) Pockets SC A (-11) 385 (L.Page, T.Pepperall 30, 34, R.Pepperall 54, G.Smith, J.Betton)
Bahia’s SC A (192) 508 (A.Boswell, K.Weaver, Reece Bahia) S/b Old Edwardians B (190) 369 (B & Sam Ball)
Norton Social B (87) 341 (L.Grosvenor, T.Brown 25, P.Bowen, A.Brown) Kinver Const A (109) 311 (J.Woodhouse)
Kinver Const B (141) 453 (A.Sprague, T.Postings, S.Nicholls) Kingswinford Cons B (170) 405 (S.Small, G.Reece)
Baggeridge Social A (-71) 273 (E.Bastable, J.Hickman, Darren Oakes) Townsend Social (-58) 234 (K.Ashmore, D.Thompson)
Kingswinford SC (222) 330 Kingswinford Cons C (114) 506 (L.Bennett, A.Coley, W.Whitmore, Bob Guise, J.Cartwright)
Amblecote Inst C (208) 477 (Cary Homer 48, Colin Homer, G.Lyons) Stourbridge Inst D (246) 519 (Dom Bacciocchi, P.Robinson)

First Division result:
Kingswinford Cons B 2 (D.Reece, M.Reece) Wombourne 3 (D.Flavell, J.Wooldridge, P.Tristram) After suffering six 3-2 defeats this season, Wombourne achieved their first victory thanks to John Wooldridge, Dave Flavell, with a black ball result against Steve Small, and Paul Tristram who won the decider after Gregg and Mark Reece had levelled the match at 2-2.

Cup Report: The only all-Premier Division clash resulted in an aggregate scores win for Brandhall Labour at home to Hotshots SC, and despite a win for the visitors’ Callum Downing against his former team-mate, Alan Hooper, Brandhall secured the match thanks largely to Gary Miller and Brett Hall, although Wayne Robbins did well to hold Mark Sutton to just six points.
Despite home advantage, Amblecote Institute A found the concession of 159 points to Baggeridge Social B too much, despite a break of 53 by Ash Sidaway. Frankie Bennett’s narrow win, together with Matt Whale holding Dave Oakes to a single point helped to see Baggeridge safely through.
Moor Pool & Snooker, who have risen to 2nd place in the First Division, maintained their impressive run of results by taking all 5 frames away to Wombourne. Neil Gennard, Simon Dingley & Lee Whitehouse all won by 30 points or more, to make light of the 53 point concession to the 2013 cup winners.
The 2016 champions, Stourbridge Old Edwardians A progressed through to the quarter-final with a hard-fought success against the Second Division leaders, Amblecote Institute D. Harry Hall, Chris Cowley and Gavin Dunn won well but Carl Butcher, with a break of 38, gave the Institute some hope; Simon Tyler held the challenge of Rich Brookes, defending a lead of 37 in the final frame.
The two Second Division “giant-killers” from the qualifying round of matches couldn’t repeat their heroics this time around but both teams were far from disgraced. Stourbridge Institute C had won at Premier Division leaders, Townsend Social, but, receiving 106 points start, couldn’t hold Bearwood Cons for whom Mick Cash and Paul Gibson achieved high-scoring victories. Amblecote RBL had knocked out top-flight West Midlands Police, but lost narrowly when Stourbridge Institute A pulled back a 166 point handicap. Ashley Aston, with a break of 48, and Chris Crumpton had decisive wins, and although Steve Norton won for the Legion, Paul Garbett stayed ahead of Rob Boylin in the last.
Pockets SC B became only the third Premier team to reach the last eight when they won a closely-fought match away to Kingswinford Cons A. Jay Shuck began extremely well for the visitors but Thomas Male finished to good effect to lose by only 26, but then Dave Timmington played with great fluency to win by 58 points and establish an overall lead 0f 30. Gareth Ward extended Pockets’ margin to 50 in the last, but Tim Carter recovered the deficit so well that he had to take green and brown to clinch the match.

Plate Report: There were some very solid performances in the first round of the Plate competition, with a good finish at Baggeridge Social, where their A team faced Townsend Social. An 80 point win by Baggeridge’s Eliott Bastable was offset by Karl Ashmore and Dave Thompson for Townsend, who led by 8 points going into the final frame, but Darren Oakes beat Phil Thompson 84-37 to complete a fine match with victory for the home side.
There was an even closer finish in another all-Premier tie between St John’s Social & West Midlands Police. Mark Sheehan, made a great effort of trying to retrieve 46 in the final frame, got the snooker he needed on the brown, but Nick Carson took the tie on the pink.
First Division leaders, Kingswinford Cons C looked to have a difficult task conceding 108 points start away to their neighbours, Kingswinford Snooker Centre, but all five players won so well that they stretched 176 points clear at the end.
Bahia’s SC A also defeated Old Edwardians B comfortably, being given a good start by Adam Boswell, and holding that advantage until Reece Bahia ran away with the final frame, but, by contrast, there was little between Norton Social B and Kinver Constitutional A, both on handicaps and on frame scores. Carl Webb held the visitors’ free-scoring Jim Woodhouse to a 20 point win, and Norton edged home by 30 points overall.
Kinver’s B team enjoyed better fortune, with Adam Sprague and Tom Postings countering Steve Small’s opening frame win for Kingswinford Cons B to set up their colleague, Steve Nicholls with a narrow lead going into the final end, and he saw them through against Mark Reece.
Kinver’s C team, last season’s Cup winners, received 191 points start, and enjoyed home advantage against the 2016 Plate winners, Pockets SC A, who occupy the runners-up spot in the Premier Division, and although Mark Dowler held Gary Smith to a tie, Lee Page, Rich Pepperall, with a break of 54 and Tom Pepperall, with runs of 34 and 30 built a 55 point lead for John Betton to defend successfully in the last frame.
Cary Homer, with a break of 48, and Colin Homer, who had a 70 point winning margin, gave Amblecote Institute C every chance at home to Stourbridge Institute D, despite a good result for the visitors’ Dominic Bacciocchi, but Paul Robinson, who is enjoying an excellent first season, turned the match around to see Stourbridge, another first-season team, through to the quarter-finals.





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 9-10 January 2019

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 3 (J.Spence, K.Ashmore 47, P.Thompson) Baggeridge Social A 2 (J.Donoghue, D.Hall)
Amblecote Inst A 1 (R.Clark 47) Brandhall Labour 4 (W.Robbins, P.Caldeira, R.Howen, S.Perry)
Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith 42, 47, T.Davies 65, G.Tomkins 35) Pockets SC A 2 (L.Page 40, 25, J.Betton 28, 41)
Pockets SC B 2 (J.Shuck 27c, A.Turner) Norton Social B 3 (C.Webb, L.Grosvenor, T.Brown 30)
West Midlands Police 2 (C.Millward, K.Franklin) Hotshots SC 3 (M.Sutton, N.Beckley, B.Sembi 56c)
St John’s Social 3 (C.Walker 28, N.Carson, S.Thomas) Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston, C.Crumpton)

First Division results:
Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, J.Wooldridge) Bahia’s SC A 3 (A.Boswell 58, K.Weaver, R.Bahia)
Kinver Const A 3 (J.Woodhouse 45, D.Banks, G.Tranter) Kinver Const B 2 (S.Nicholls, A.Sprague 35)
Bearwood Cons 2 (P.Gibson, M.Cash) Kinver Const C 3 (N.Jennings, M.Dowler, A.Sloan)
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley, H.Hall 24, D.Woodall) Kingswinford Cons B 2 (D.Reece, G.Reece)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Rees, J.Byng 24) Kingswinford Cons C 3 (J.Cartwright, A.Coley, W.Whitmore)
Baggeridge Social B 2 (L.Whale, D.Whale 33, 32c) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (L.Whitehouse, N.Saunders, I.Priest 47c)
Amblecote Inst B bye

Second Division results:
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, J.Salisbury, P.Curry) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (A.Simmonds, G.Lewis)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett, C.Butcher 26, 22 R.Brookes) Kingswinford SC 2 (M.Surmacz, J.Salisbury)
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (D.Jones, Steve Ball 25, J.Ball) Amblecote Inst C 2 (M.Skidmore, Colin Homer)
Amblecote RBL 3 (B.Green, S.Norton, R.Boylin 31) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (G.Lewis, A.Jeffries)
Stourbridge inst D 4 (T.Game, Dom & Dino Bacciocelli, P.Robinson) Bahia’s SC B 1 (A.Martin)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social moved three points clear at the top of the Premier Division by defeating Baggeridge Social A 3-2 at home, whilst their closest pursuers lost by the same scoreline. Jamie Spence, Karl Ashmore, who avenged his singles defeat by Darren Oakes with a break of 47, and Phil Thompson, who did well to defeat Eliott Bastable in the decider, won for Townsend, with Justin Donoghue and Dave Hall taking a frame each for the visitors.
Second placed Pockets SC A began in fine form away to Norton Social A with both Lee Page and John Betton knocking in 40+ breaks, but Andy Smith, with visits of 42 and 47, and Tony Davies, with a great 65 break, levelled the scores against Tom and Rich Pepperall respectively before Graham Tomkins sealed an excellent recovery with a run of 35 against Gary Smith to see Norton triumph 3-2.
West Midlands Police entertained Hotshots in a re-run of the final match of last season, a title-decider, which saw the championship clinched by the visitors in the last frame of a 3-2 victory. Mark Sutton, on his debut for the team, and Neil Beckley gave Hotshots a 2-0 lead, and Bal Sembi secured the win with a 56 clearance; Colin Millward and Kev Franklin earned some consolation for the Police. Hotshots remain nine points adrift of the leaders, Townsend.
Amblecote Inst A were eased out of their share of 3rd place when Rob Clark, who had a 47 break, was their only winner at home to Brandhall Labour. Wayne Robbins, Paul Caldeira, Rob Howen & Stuart Perry all won fairly comfortably to give the visitors their best result of the season.
Carl Walker and Nick Carson gave St John’s Social a 2-0 lead at home to Stourbridge Institute A, but Ashley Aston and Chris Crumpton levelled the score, and Paul Garbett looked sure to complete the institute’s recovery with some fine pots on the colours, but missed an awkward pink from off the cushion, and Simon Thomas clinched frame and match.
Similarly, Pockets B went 2-0 up at home to Norton Social B, thanks to Alan Turner, and Jay Shuck’s clearance of the colours, but Carl Webb and Luke Grosvenor, with an excellent black, made it 2-2 and Tony Brown, recovering from a knee arthroscopy, made an early 30 break and held his advantage against Gareth Ward, also recovering from recent surgery, to turn the match around.

First Division report: The leaders, Kingswinford Cons C prevailed 3-2 in a tough match against their own A team, with John Cartwright, Adam Coley and Wayne Whitmore securing another vital win and they remained a point clear at the top.
Baggeridge Social A looked sure to narrow the gap when Luke Whale and Dave Whale, who had visits of 33 and 32, put them 2-0 ahead at home against second-placed Moor Pool & Snooker, but Lee Whitehouse, and Neil Saunders, on the black against Neil Fellows, made the match all square. Mart Collingridge then played really well to go 40 ahead for the hosts, but Moor P & S’s Ian Priest took advantage of one missed pot to clear up with 47 to complete one of the best matches of the season.
Bearwood Cons missed their opportunity to join the top two when Kinver Constitutional C surprised them 3-2 on their own tables. Norman Jennings, Andy Sloan, whose opponent went in-off the final black, and Mark Dowler, who inflicted only the second defeat on John Chester, in this, his first season of competitive snooker, won as Kinver pulled 7 points clear of the relegation zone. Bearwood are now 5 points behind the leaders in 4th position, where they were joined by Kinver’s A team, 3-2 winners against their B team, who are also challenging for honours. Jim Woodhouse, who had another good break, 45, Dean Banks and Graham Tranter kept their team in touch with the top.
Jim’s break of 61 is still the highest in the division, but Adam Boswell of Bahia’s SC A, would have bettered that but missed the brown after reaching 58, nonetheless a fine effort on the demanding tables at Wombourne, where his team went on to win 3-2. The host’s Dave Porter, needing the last two balls to beat Karl Weaver, had the misfortune to pot both with the same stroke.
Old Edwardians A were yet another team to go 2-0 ahead, via Chris Cowley & Harry Hall, only for Dave & Gregg Reece to level the match for the visiting Kingswinford Cons B side. Old Eds’ Dave Woodall took the decider against Mark Reece on the pink.

Second Division report: Amblecote Inst D came through another tricky fixture at home to Kingswinford SC to win 3-2, their 7th win in succession, and appear to have an unassailable 13 point lead at the top of the Second Division. Adam Kensett, taken to the black by Steve Ballinger, Carl Butcher and Rich Brookes just did enough, while Matt Surmacz and John Salisbury replied for KSC who were the last team to beat the leaders over two months ago.
There is a real battle for second place and Old Edwardians B regained that position from their opponents, Amblecote Inst C, with a hard-fought 3-2 home win. Dan Jones gave Old Eds a boost by bringing to an end the 13 frame unbeaten record of Cary Homer on the final black, and Steve Ball and his son, Jack, who edged past Colin Homer in the decider, secured the win.
Kingswinford SC, who won their rearranged match against Stourbridge Inst C 3-2, are a further six points adrift. 2 ahead of Amblecote RBL, who kept their hopes alive with a 3-2 win, also against the Institute C, thanks to Rob Boylin’s 31 break in the decider. Earlier, Billy Green registered his 13th win in 14 frames, and he shares “most wins” with Amblecote Institute’s Cary Homer and Carl Butcher. Graham Lewis, stepping in to assist Stourbridge Inst C again, won both of his frames.
Stourbridge Inst D continue to give a good account of themselves in their first season, with a 4-1 victory against fellow newcomers, Bahia’s SC B. Tom Game, Paul Robinson and brothers, Dino and Dominic Bacciocelli all won with Andy Martin taking a consolation frame for Bahia’s.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 2-3 January 2019

Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 5 (J.Hickman 40, 27 J.Donoghue, E.Bastable 54, M.Catalano, Darren Oakes 41) Pockets SC B 0
Pockets SC A 5 (W.Dobson, G.Smith 32, T.Pepperall 43, J.Betton 28, R.Pepperall) St John’s Social 0
Brandhall Labour 2 (S.Perry, R.Howen) Norton Social A 3 (S.Mason, A.Smith, R.Pitt)
Stourbridge Inst A 2 (C.Crumpton, A.Aston) Hotshots SC 3 (N.Beckley, B.Sembi, D.Konior)
Townsend Social 4 (J.Spence, D.Petch, K.Ashmore, P.Thompson) West Mid Police 1 (M.Sheehan)
Norton Social B 1 (Andrew Brown) Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway 42, David Oakes, R.Clark, R.Wooldridge)

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest) Bearwood Cons 1 (M.Cash)
Kinver Const C 1 (C.Randle) S/b Old Edwardians A 4 (C.Cowley, H.Hall, J.Chager, D.Woodall)
Bahia’s SC A 3 (A.Boswell, K.Weaver, Reece Bahia) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Cowan, J.Byng)
Amblecote Inst B 1 (A.Moore) Baggeridge Social B 4 (M.Whale, M.Collingridge, F.Bennett, L.Whale)
Kingswinford Cons C 2 (J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore 40, 31) Kinver Const A 3 (K.Rollinson, D.Banks, R.Jeffries)
Kingswinford Cons B v Wombourne postponed until 14/1/19
Kinver Const B bye

Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 5 (Steve Ball, J.Ball, Sam Ball, B.Ball, D.Jones) Kingswinford SC 0
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks) Amblecote Inst C 4 (R.Vanes, Colin & Cary Homer, R.McManus)
Amblecote RBL 3 (B.Green 28, J.Green, S.Norton) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dino Bacciocelli, P.Robinson)
Amblecote Inst D 5 (A.Kensett, S.Butcher, M.Robson, C.Butcher, R.Brookes) Bahia’s SC B 0

Premier Division report: The top six teams lined up against the bottom six teams in the Premier Division, and, predictably, the top half came out on top in every match. Townsend Social saw their lead at the top of the table trimmed to a single point, despite defeating last season’s runners up, West Midlands Police 4-1 at home, as their closest pursuers, Pockets SC A took all five frames at home to St John’s Social.
Jamie Spence, Dan Petch & Karl Ashmore won decisively for Townsend, and although Mark Sheehan pulled back a frame for the Police, Phil Thompson completed a good night for the leaders against Kev Franklin. Meanwhile Pockets completed their 5-0 win in little over an hour against St John’s. Their very handy reserve, Wayne Dobson stepped in with another good win against Carl Walker, while Gary Smith beat his Bridgnorth League team-mate and practice partner, Simon Thomas. John Betton and Rich and Tom Pepperall, who had a 43 break, quickly completed the next 3 frames.
Hotshots, the reigning champions, were given a tough time away to Stourbridge Institute A: Chris Crumpton and Ashley Aston won well for the hosts, but Neil Beckley, Bal Sembi & Dawid Konior just edged the match 3-2 for Hotshots, who are now nine points off the pace in 3rd place, where they were joined by Amblecote Institute A, 4-1 winners away to Norton Social B.
Apart from Ashley Sidaway, who won comfortably with the help of a 42 break, the Institute were made to work hard, however, and Andrew Brown’s black ball win gave Norton a consolation point.
Four defeats in their last six matches had cost Baggeridge Social A dear, but they regained momentum with a 5-0 win at home to Pockets SC B. Eliott Bastable had to settle for a break of 54 when he couldn’t disturb the last 4 reds, while Jason Hickman potted really well for an opening break of 40 and a clearance of 27 to win on the black against Alan Turner, but these were his only scoring visits, and both began with a ball which jawed and dropped into the opposite corner pocket.
Baggeridge eased a point above Norton Social A into 5th place even though Norton enjoyed a 3-2 win on the tables of Brandhall Labour. Andy Smith won again, sharing most wins, 12/14 with Bal Sembi of Hotshots, along with Steve Mason and Rob Pitt, in the decider; Stuart Perry and Rob Howen replied for Brandhall.

First Division report: There was a tightening up at the top of the First Division, with three significant results. Moor Pool & Snooker went to the top of the division, albeit for only 24 hours, when they defeated Bearwood Cons, who had been in 2nd place, 4-1. Neil Gennard and Simon Dingley, who brought to an end the 12 match unbeaten run of John Chester, won the opening frames on the pink, and Lee Whitehouse secured the win before Mick Cash struck for Bearwood. Ian Priest then won the last frame decisively to take Moor P & S to the top of the table.
The following evening, long-time leaders, Kingswinford Cons C returned to the top, but only by a single point as they lost 3-2 at home to Kinver Constitutional A. John Cartwright and Wayne Whitmore, who celebrated his joint most wins of 12/13 with visits of 40 and 31 won, but Keith Rollinson, Dean Banks and Rob Jeffries, in the decider, took the honours for Kinver, and they, themselves are only five points off top spot.
To make matters even more interesting, Baggeridge Social B came away from Amblecote Inst B with a 4-1 win which has lifted them into 3rd place, only two points away from the leaders. Dave Whale was their only loser as Alan Moore stretched his winning record to 10 from 11 frames. Kinver’s B team had a bye, and are only 7 points off the pace in 6th place.
Bahia’s SC A beat Kingswinford Cons A 3-2 in a very close match, thanks to Adam Boswell’s 11th win in 13 frames, Karl Weaver, with a good result against the experienced John Rees, and Reece Bahia on the black against Tim Carter. John Cowan and John Byng earned some consolation for the visiting Cons.
Six successive defeats had left Stourbridge Old Edwardian A close to the relegation zone, but they eased their fears with a much-needed victory on the tables of fellow strugglers, Kinver C. Chris Cowley, Harry Hall, Dave Woodall and Jat Chager, who won on the black on his seasonal debut for the team, won for Old Eds to lift them above their opponents and avenge an opening day defeat. Chris Randle, so successful in a string of various knock-out events, won for Kinver.

Second Division report: Amblecote Inst D won for the 6th time in succession and stretched 12 points clear at the top of the Second Division, thanks to a 5-0 result at home to Bahia’s SC B. Adam Kensett and Steve Butcher were given a battle by Chris Whitehouse and Janice Bahia respectively before Mark Robson, Carl Butcher & Rich Brookes closed out the match.
Amblecote’s C team remained in second place, coming away from their match against Stourbridge Inst C with a 4-1 win, with Cary Homer taking his winning sequence to 13/13, but Stourbridge Old Edwardians’ B team closed to within a point after completing a 5-0 victory at home to Kingswinford SC. Jack Ball did well to beat Steve Ballinger, and the two close frames won by Brett Ball and Dan Jones against Matt Surmacz and Paul Curry respectively made a big difference to the final score.
Billy Green, who has lost only once all season, Jamie Green and Steve Norton combined for Amblecote RBL who edged past Stourbridge Inst D 3-2, to claim a share of 4th place. Dino Bacciocelli, who won his first competitive frame against fellow debutant, Lucy Green, and Paul Robinson, who continues to enjoy a fine first season, took a frame each for the Institute.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 19 December 2018

Premier Division results:
Brandhall Labour 3 (W.Robbins, A.Hooper, P.Caldeira) Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston, P.Garbett)
West Midlands Police 1 (K.Franklin 27c) Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall, J.Betton, R.Pepperall)

Team Knock-Out Cup:
Norton Social A (h/cap 15) 272 (A.Smith, S.Mason) Brandhall Labour (-14) 287 (P.Caldeira, A.Hooper, W.Robbins)
Report: The two outstanding league matches were played and Pockets SC A closed to within two points of the Premier Division leaders, Townsend Social, with a 4-1 win away to West Midlands Police. Pockets took the first four frames, but Gary Smith was taken to the black by Colin Millward, and Rich Pepperall to the pink by Gavin Sloan. Tom Pepperall and John Betton won with a little more in hand, but Pockets’ hopes of maximum points were dashed when Kev Franklin cleared the colours with some outstanding pots against Lee Page.
Brandhall Labour extended their advantage over the group of five teams who occupy the bottom part of the league table, with a 3-2 win at home against fellow strugglers, Stourbridge Institute A. Wayne Robbins and Alan Hooper ran away with the opening frames, and Paul Caldeira secured the win, although both Ashley Aston and Paul Garbett did well to take a frame each for the visitors.

Brandhall were in action again the following evening and had to give 29 points start away to Norton Social A. Jon Bate returned to their team and managed to hold Andy Smith, who has been in top form all season, to 13 points. A narrow win for Paul Caldeira and a 50 point win for Alan Hooper gave Brandhall the edge but Steve Mason’s 62 point winning margin gave Norton a 51 point advantage at the start of the last frame. Against the odds, however, there was a fine performance by Wayne Robbins who managed to recover the deficit against Graham Tomkins, normally so tough to beat on his own table, steering Brandhall through to a last 16 tie against his former team, Hotshots.
One of the highlights of the first round of individual knock-out matches was a break of 93 by Ashley Sidaway who beat his Amblecote Institute A team-mate Davis Oakes 3-0 in the Premier Division singles. Also Baggeridge Social’s Darren Oakes had a break of 71 on his way to a 3-2 win against the twice-previous champion Karl Ashmore of Townsend Social.
The current over 45 champion, David Oakes began the defence of his title in style with a break of 88 in a 2-0 win against club mate Sam Harrison, while the player he beat on the final ball of the 2018 final, Chris Randle, of Kinver, has had a great start in this season’s competitions with a 2-1 win against the highly-rated Luke Whale at Baggeridge Social in the First Division singles, a 2-0 success in the Captains’ Cup against Leigh Bennett, and a win in the pairs’ handicap with his partner, Steve Hadley.
Andy Smith, representing Pockets SC, helped his 3 a side team to a win at Norton Social with a break of 76, and supported his partner, Harriet Saddler, to a black ball win in the pairs’ handicap at Bahia’s SC. Their opponents in the next round then had to withdraw, so Harriet and Andy passed through to the last 16.


Stourbridge and District Snooker League Report 12-13 December 2018

Premier Division results:
St John’s Social 4 (S.Thomas 48, T.Steele 46, B.Jones 50, N.Carson) Brandhall Labour 1 (P.Caldeira)
Hotshots SC 2 (N.Beckley, B.Sembi 44) Pockets SC A 3 (W.Dobson, C.Newey, R.Pepperall)
Amblecote Inst A 3 (M.Richards, A.Sidaway, David Oakes) Baggeridge Soc 2 (E.Bastable, Darren Oakes 53)
Pockets SC B 2 (J.Shuck, A.Kidd) Townsend Social 3 (K.Ashmore 51, J.Spence, D.Thompson)
Norton Social A 4 (R.Pitt 22, 23, 28 A.Smith 58, A.Davies, G.Tomkins) Norton Social B 1 (A.Brown)
Stourbridge Inst A 3 (C.Crumpton 30, P.Garbett, A.Cope) West Mid Police 2 (K.Franklin, G.Sloan)

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley 35, 27 H.Hall) Amblecote Inst B 3 (A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (L.Whitehouse, S.Dingley, I.Priest) S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, D.Woodall 27)
Bahia’s SC A 2 (K.Weaver, Reece Bahia) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (D.Reece, S.Small, M.Reece 23)
Kinver Const C 4 (M.Dowler, S.Hadley, A.Sloan, C.Randle) Wombourne 1 (D.Flavell)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne) Bearwood Cons 3 (P.Poole 35, J.Chester 48, P.Montague)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (J.Rees 24) Kinver Const A 4 (G.Tranter, D.Banks 22, J.Woodhouse, R.Jeffries)
Kinver Const B 3 (A.Sprague, T.Postings, S.Nicholls) Baggeridge Social B 2 (F.Bennett, M.Whale)
Kingswinford Cons C bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (Ranjit Bahia, C.Whitehouse, A.Martin) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (Steve Ball, D.Jones)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (R.McManus 22, Cary Homer 24) Amblecote RBL 3 (B.Green 25, J.Green, R.Boylin)
Stourbridge Inst D 0 Amblecote Inst D 5 (A.Kensett, S.Butcher, C.Butcher 76, M.Robson, R.Brookes)
Kingswinford SC v Stourbridge Inst C postponed.

Premier Division report: Townsend Social shrugged off last week’s defeat by Amblecote Inst A by winning 3-2 on the tables of Pockets SC B. Karl Ashmore, who had to re-fit his tip midway through his break of 51, Jamie Spence and Dave Thompson all won but Phil Thompson lost for only the 3rd time. Having looked set to clear up, he failed on the pink and Jay Shuck potted yet another good long ball; Tony Kidd took another frame for Pockets with pink & black in another tight finish against Darrell Payne. Townsend extended their lead at the top to 7 points as their closest rivals, Hotshots, lost.
Only Neil Beckley and Bal Sembi could win at home for defending champions, Hotshots as Pockets SC B climbed above them into 2nd place: Wayne Dobson, Charles Newey, who did well to beat Dave Green, & Rich Pepperall, in the decider, completed the “double” over their opponents.
The much in-form Amblecote Institute A team closed to within a point of Hotshots with a hard-fought 3-2 win at home to Baggeridge Social A: Mike Richards, Ash Sidaway & Dave Oakes won for Amblecote with Individual Champion, Eliott Bastable & Darren Oakes, with a 53 break, replying.
Norton Social A beat their B team 4-1, despite Andrew Brown giving their opponents a good start against Steve Mason. An in-form Rob Pitt, Andy Smith with a 58 break, Tony Davies & Graham Tomkins swept the A team to victory, and they lie 5th, six points off the second placed team.
St John’s Social began their match in good form against Brandhall Labour, with Simon Thomas making a 48 break, Tim Steele a 46 before Beamer Jones cleared to blue with 50 to secure the match, which they went on to win 4-1. By contrast, Stourbridge Institute A lost the opening two frames to West Midlands Police, but recovered to take the match 3-2 thanks to Chris Crumpton, Paul Garbett and Alan Cope, to register their third win in the top flight; a mere 7 points cover the bottom five teams.

First Division report: It was the turn of the First Division leaders, Kingswinford Cons C to have their bye, and the remaining 12 teams completed their fixtures to signal the end of the first half of the season. Bearwood Cons won 3-2 at Amblecote Inst B, with John Chester taking his personal record to 12/12 wins in some style with a break of 48, and they are in a clear 2nd place, two points adrift.
Moor Pool & Snooker climbed to 3rd place, another two points away, despite falling 2-0 behind at home to Old Edwardians A; Lee Whitehouse, Simon Dingley & Ian Priest all won handsomely to turn the match around after Chris Cowley and Dave Woodall had given the visitors a great start.
In another close encounter, Kinver Const B edged past Baggeridge Social B 3-2, and the two teams now share 4th place, only 5 points off the lead. The tight frames won by Kinver’s Tom Postings, who did particularly well to beat Luke Whale, and Steve Nicholls made all the difference to the result.
Kinver’s A team are also well-poised to strike in the second half of the season; they are only 7 points off the pace after winning 4-1 at Kingswinford Cons A, where Jim Woodhouse took his 8th successive frame, although he was pressed hard by John Byng, and Kinver’s C team made it a red-letter day for the club with a 4-1 victory against Wombourne. Again, the narrow wins for Mark Dowler and Steve Hadley set Kinver up nicely against their luckless opponents who are still seeking their first success.
Kingswinford Cons B made it back-to-back wins with a hard-earned 3-2 result on the tables of Bahia’s SC A. Dave Reece, who inflicted only the second defeat on Adam Boswell, on the black, Steve Small and Mark Reece won with Karl Weaver, also on the black, and Reece Bahia winning in reply.
In a match held over from the previous week, Old Edwardians A again went 2-0 up against Amblecote Inst B, but Alan Moore, Sam Harrison & Mark Colbourne took the last three frames decisively, and their opponents have now lost nine matches in succession, albeit six by the minimum margin.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D increased their lead at the top of the Second Division to 11 points after taking all five frames away to Stourbridge Institute D, who were the first team to defeat them earlier in the season. Carl Butcher compiled a break of 76, a fine achievement for Carl, who began to play for the team as a youth with his father, Adrian, uncle, Steve, and grandfather, the late Reg Butcher, former Chairman of the League. It completed a memorable week for the family, one during which the three sons of Reg had visited Tenby to scatter his ashes near the coast.
The leaders’ advantage was helped by virtue of their two closest rivals being defeated. Amblecote Inst C lost 3-2 at home to Amblecote RBL despite Cary Homer extending his record to 12/12 wins. Roger McManus also won, but the Legion took the honours through Billy Green, who has lost just once, Jamie Green and Rob Boylin.
Although Steve Ball and Dan Jones won decisively for Old Edwardians B away to Bahia’s SC B, they were also beaten 3-2 to leave them in 3rd place, two points behind the 2nd placed team. Ranjit Bahia, Chris Whitehouse & Andy Martin won for the newly-formed Bahia team, one of their best performances to date.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 5-6 December 2018

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 1 (K.Ashmore) Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark 47, Dave Oakes, R.Wooldridge 53)
Pockets SC A 5 (W.Dobson, C.Newey, G.Smith 28, 29 T.Pepperall 49, R.Pepperall) Stourbridge Inst A 0
Norton Social B 3 (T.Brown 25, P.Bowen, A.Brown) St John’s Social 2 (P.Manning, T.Steele)
Baggeridge Social A 2 (J.Hickman, Rich Lampitt 59) Norton Social A 3 (R.Pitt, T.Davies, A.Smith 30, 48c)
Brandhall Labour 3 (A.Hooper 61, P.Caldeira 33, 22 R.Howen) Hotshots SC 2 (D.Green, N.Beckley)
West Mids Police 3 (G.Sloan 32, P.Gibbons 34, K.Franklin) Pockets SC B 2 (G.Evans 25, G.Ward)

First Division results:
Bearwood Cons 4 (P.Gibson, J.Chester, M.Cash, P.Montague) Kinver Const B 1 (S.Nicholls)
Wombourne 1 (R.Mason) Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, G & L.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
Kinver Const A 4 (K.Rollinson, R.Jeffries, D.Banks, J.Woodhouse) Bahia’s SC A 1 (A.Boswell 35)
Kingswinford Cons B 4 (S.Small, G.Reece, D.Reece, M.Reece) Kinver Const C 1 (A.Sloan)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (A.Coley, L.Bennett, W.Whitmore) Baggeridge Social B 2 (D & L.Whale)
S/b Old Edwardians A v Amblecote Inst A postponed until 10/12/18
Kingswinford Cons A bye

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett 22, 33 R.Brookes, S.Butcher, C.Butcher) Amblecote Inst C 1 (Cary Homer)
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (Steve Ball, Sam Ball 22, Brett Ball 22) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (S.Donoghue, P.Robinson)
Amblecote RBL 2 (B.Green, R.Boylin) Amblecote Inst D 3 (S.Butcher, A.Butcher, M.Robson)
Stourbridge Inst C 4 (M.Daniels, B.Taylor, A.Jeffries, S.Mattocks) Bahia’s SC B 1 (Jan Bahia)
Amblecote Inst C 4 (Colin Homer, Cary Homer 39, R.Vanes, M.Skidmore) Kingswinford SC 1 (M.Surmacz)
Premier Division report: Townsend Social began their climb to the top of the Premier Division with a 5-0 win and followed up with six consecutive 4-1 victories to go 7 points clear of the field, but, at home to the in-form Amblecote Institute A team, they themselves suffered a 4-1 defeat. Karl Ashmore gave them the perfect start against Andy Round, but Ashley Sidaway, Dave Oakes, Rob Clark, who had a break of 47, and Rick Wooldridge, with a 53, kept alive the Institute’s own league title hopes, avenging a defeat on their own tables in the opening match of the season.
Current champions, Hotshots looked set to take full advantage when they went 2-0 ahead at Brandhall Labour Club, but Alan Hooper, who had a 61 break to hand Bal Sembi only his second defeat, Paul Caldeira, who cleared the last four balls against Roy Stokes, and Rob Howen, who took the decider against Dawid Konior, completed a fine recovery for Brandhall.
Similarly, Baggeridge Social A, with Richard Lampitt firing in a 59 break, went 2-0 ahead at home to Norton Social A, but Rob Pitt and Tony Davies levelled the scores against Eliott Bastable & Maria Catalano respectively, before Andy Smith began a 48 clearance with an excellent red, to deny Darren Oakes in the decider to complete the visitors’ recovery. Like Bal Sembi, Andy now has 10/12 wins.
While the chasing pack were faltering, however, Pockets SC A did take full advantage by defeating Stourbridge Institute A 5-0. Charles Newey, in his seasonal debut, beat Nick Aston on the black, Gary Smith did well to account for Ashley Aston, and Tom Pepperall struck a 49 break. With a match in hand, away to West Mids Police in two weeks’ time, 3rd placed Pockets are 7 points off the top, with Amblecote Inst A, Baggeridge & Norton A separated by only 5 points close behind.
Norton Social B, courtesy of Paul Bowen and Tony Brown, went 2-0 ahead at home to St John’s Social, but didn’t allow the lead to slip as Andrew Brown inflicted only the third defeat on Simon Thomas, to secure their best result of this, their first season in the top flight. Paul Manning, determined to give Luke Grosvenor no opportunity, and Tim Steele, hit back for St John’s.
West Midlands Police avenged their opening day defeat with a 3-2 win at home to Pockets SC B in a remarkable, lengthy match. Twice, in successive visits, Pockets’ Jamie Shuck potted the pink to “win” the decider against Kev Franklin but firstly the cue ball paused near the yellow pocket and slowly dropped in, then, after a very thin cut into a bottom pocket, the cue ball travelled all the way around the table to drop into the same corner bag as the pink. Now needing the last two balls, Jamie again potted the pink but jawed the black and Kev was able to take the black along the bottom rail for a most eventful win. Earlier, Gavin Sloan, on the black, and Pete Gibbons had won for the Police, with Gavin Evans and Gareth Ward, who laid three fine snookers on the blue, then cleared the last three balls, to thwart old school friend Mark Sheehan, replying for Pockets.

First Division report: First Division leaders, Kingswinford Cons C, overcame the challenge of one of their closest rivals, Baggeridge Social B 3-2 thanks to Adam Coley, Wayne Whitmore & Leigh Bennett and they now have a six point margin back to the second-placed team.
This is now Bearwood Cons who eased above their opponents, Kinver Constitutional B, with a 4-1 win to back up their 3-2 result away to the leaders. John Chester again had to fight to retain his unbeaten record, this time against Adam Sprague, who looked the likeliest winner until John crept back into the frame before taking the last two balls. As with all the title chasers, they have a match in hand of the leaders.
Moor Pool and Snooker stepped up to 4th place with a third win in a row, a 4-1 result at Wombourne, with Glyn Whitehouse enjoying his best run of form with a 5th straight win against Jon Perry, while Kinver’s A team bounced back from defeat at Baggeridge to beat Bahia’s SC A at home 4-1 and they now trail the 2nd placed team by just six points. Jim Woodhouse recorded his 7th successive win, but he was taken to the black by Reece Bahia. Adam Boswell, who had lost just a single frame, won for the visitors, with the help of a 35 break.
Kingswinford Cons B returned to form, after suffering four heavy defeats, with a 4-1 home win against Kinver’s C team. Steve Small, Dave Reece and Dave’s sons, Gregg and Mark, with Andy Sloan earning a consolation point for Kinver.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D won their rearranged fixture against their C team 4-1 then followed up with a 3-2 success away to their neighbours, Amblecote RBL. Steve Butcher won both of his frames as his team stretched their lead at the top of the Second Division to 7 points, but Carl Butcher lost for only the second time when he lost narrowly at the Legion to Billy Green, who has now won 10/11 of his frames.
The following evening, the Institute C team regained their poise to defeat one of their rivals for second place, Kingswinford SC, 4-1. Cary Homer looked like losing his first frame after 10 wins when he trailed Jamie Westwood by 30+ points, but he hit back with a break of 39, the highest in the division to date, went behind again on the colours but had the last word with pink and black to take a really well-contested game. Colin Homer, who handed Steve Ballinger his second defeat, Ray Vanes & Mitch Skidmore completed the win which lifted them three points ahead of their rivals.
Old Edwardians B eased back into 3rd place, a point ahead of KSC, with a 3-2 win at home to Stourbridge Institute as Steve Ball and his sons, Sam and Brett, all won decisively. Steve Donoghue, a narrow winner against Jack Ball, and Paul Robinson then gave the Institute some consolation.
Finally, after 11 defeats, Stourbridge Institute C were able to celebrate a victory at last, when Mark Daniels, Brian Taylor, Alan Jeffries and Sam Mattocks proved just too strong for the newly-formed Bahia’s SC B, 4-1. It could have been 5-0 but Adele Simmonds lost on a respotted black to Jan Bahia, almost certainly the first all-ladies’ clash in the league’s 70 year history.



Stourbridge and District Snooker League Report 27-28 November 2018

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway 60, M.Richards, David Oakes 62, R.Wooldridge) West Midlands Police 1 (P.Gibbons)
Townsend Social 4 (P.Thompson 41, D.Petch, D.Thompson 45, J.Spence) Hotshots SC 1 (N.Beckley)
Pockets SC B 2 (G.Evans, J.Shuck 46) Amblecote Inst A 3 (A.Sidaway 82, P.Ward 30, R.Wooldridge)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (D.Hall 60, E.Bastable, Darren Oakes) St John’s Social 2 (C.Walker, S.Thomas)
Townsend Social 4 (P.Thompson, K.Ashmore, D.Petch, D.Thompson) Norton Social A 1 (A.Smith 61)
Norton Social B 0 Hotshots SC 5 (N.Beckley, R.Stokes, D.Green, B.Sembi 34, D.Konior)
Brandhall Labour v Stourbridge Inst A postponed
West Midlands Police v Pockets SC A postponed

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, L & G.Whitehouse, N.Saunders) Kingswinford Cons B 1 (Gregg Reece)
Bahia’s SC A 2 (A.Boswell, R.Bahia) Kinver Constitutional C 3 (C.Randle, R.Smith, A.Sloan)
Amblecote Inst B 4 (M.Cook, C.Tromans 24, A.Moore, M.Colbourne) Wombourne 1 (R.Mason)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Carter) Baggeridge Social B 4 (D,Whale 39, 22 L & M.Whale, F.Bennett)
Kinver Const B 3 (T.Postings, A.Sprague, M.Hines) S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley,D.Woodall)
Kingswinford Cons C 2 (J.Cartwright 21. 27, S.Porter) Bearwood Cons 3 (G.Foy, J.Chester, P.Poole 22)
Baggeridge Social B 4 (L.Whale, M.Collingridge, N.Fellows, D.Whale 39, 22) Kinver Const A 1 (J.Woodhouse)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 2 (A.Martin, Glen Reece) Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, Cary Homer 23, 21, M.Skidmore)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett, S.Butcher, C,Butcher) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (J & B.Ball)
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, J.Curry, S.Hill) Amblecote RBL 2 (B.Green, R.Boylin)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (T.Game, W.Gardener, B.Harris) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (S.Mattocks, M.Daniels)

Premier Division report: By virtue of winning both of their home matches 4-1, including one in a rearranged match with defending champions, Hotshots, Townsend Social pulled seven points clear of the field at the halfway point of the Premier Division season. In the first match, Dan Petch inflicted a first defeat upon Hotshots’ Bal Sembi, and the following evening Townsend followed up with another good result against Norton Social A. Karl Ashmore and Phil Thompson both won comfortably before Andy Smith, with a 61 break, pulled a frame back for the visitors. Dan Petch & Dave Thompson then made it 4-1 but had little to spare against Tony Davies & Graham Tomkins respectively, in two black ball finishes. Norton slipped to 6th place, 13 points adrift of the leaders.
Hotshots repaired a little of the damage with all five frames away to Norton Social B but Neil Beckley and Dawid Konior were taken to the black ball by Tony Brown and Paul Bowen respectively.
Baggeridge Social A had to dig deep at home to St John’s Social when Carl Walker and Simon Thomas won the first two frames decisively, but Dave Hall, with a 60 break, Eliott Bastable and Darren Oakes responded well to take the last three frames in equally impressive fashion.
Amblecote Institute A had a good week with two victories: the first, a rearranged match against West Mids Police resulted in a 4-1 win with Ashley Sidaway and Dave Oakes having 60 breaks against their opponents’ most prolific scorers, Gavin Sloan and Kev Franklin, and they then visited Pockets SC B and won 3-2, with Ash again in full flow. Trailing Steve Wright, he struck an excellent break of 82, just failing on the brown when he was being willed on for 104. Pat Ward and Rick Wooldridge secured the result despite Pockets taking a 2-1 lead after Gavin Evans sank a good long black, and Jamie Shuck, who opened with a fine 46 break against Dave Oakes, won on the pink after his opponent’s comeback.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C’s lead at the top of the Premier Division was trimmed to five points when they lost 3-2 at home to Bearwood Cons. Something had to give when the division’s two undefeated players clashed: the host’s Wayne Whitmore’s 30 points lead was whittled away by John Chester, who then took full advantage of a missed pink by his opponent, to sink the last two colours. Gavin Foy had also won for the visitors, with John Cartwright and Sam Porter levelling the match. Phil Poole, a very useful reserve, stepped in to help Bearwood, and took the decider against Adam Coley in an impressive display.
Kingswinford’s 4 closest challengers, including Bearwood, are separated by just 4 points and all have a game in hand on the leaders. Baggeridge Social B enjoyed a most productive week with a 4-1 win away to Kingswinford Cons A, before playing a rearranged match at home to Kinver Constitutional A, resulting in another 4-1 success, and they have taken over second place. Dave Whale was in top form with a break of 34 in the first, otherwise very tight, match and a 39 break against Kinver.
Kinver’s B team are just a point further away in 3rd place, but they had to come back from 2-0 down after Chris Cowley and Dave Woodall struck for Old Edwardians A. Tom Postings and Adam Sprague made it 2-2 and Marcus Hines did particularly well to beat the experienced Simon Tyler in the finale.
Moor Pool & Snooker, consistently up amongst the leaders, moved into 5th place, two points behind Bearwood, after defeating Kingswinford Cons B 4-1 at home, but this 4th successive defeat for the visitors left them in the bottom two, seven points adrift of the next team, Kinver Constitutional C.
Kinver visited Bahia’s SC, with whom they earned promotion from the Second Division, and did well to come away with a 3-2 win. Adam Boswell and Reece Bahia, who have lost only 3 frames between them, were again on the mark for Bahia’s but Chris Randle, Ron Smith & Andy Sloan secured a much-needed win for the visitors, following a run of 7 defeats, all bar one by a 3-2 scoreline.
Unfortunately Wombourne are still to win a league match after going down 4-1 away to Amblecote Institute B, the tables on which they’d won a cup match the previous week. Bob Mason was their only winner as Mick Cook, Cyril Tromans, Alan Moore & Mark Colbourne condemned them to another defeat, but they will keep battling.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D won their clash with one of their closest rivals, Old Edwardians B 3-2 to maintain their two point lead at the top of the Second Division. Adam Kensett, Steve Butcher, a good winner against Steve Ball, and Carl Butcher, one of 5 players with most wins in the division, 9, won for them with Jack Ball, another of the five with most wins, continuing to enjoy his most successful season, and Brett Ball replying for Old Eds, who now lie 3rd, 4 points off the top.
Another with 9 wins, Steve Ballinger, together with Paul Curry and Steve Hill secured a 3-2 win for Kingswinford SC at home to Amblecote RBL to enable them to claim second place outright, rather than sharing it. Rob Boylin and Billy Green, another with 9/10 wins, took a frame apiece for the visitors.
Amblecote Institute C moved back into a share of 3rd place with a 3-2 win away to Bahia’s SC B. Colin Homer, Cary Homer, who took his unbeaten run to 9 frames, won, and the reliable Mitch Skidmore took the decider after Andy Martin and Glen Reece had enabled Bahia’s to level the match at 2-2.
Stourbridge Institute D beat their C team 3-2 thanks to Tom Game, on the black against Graham Lewis, Will Gardener and Brett Harris before Sam Mattocks and Mark Daniels, on his return to league snooker, earned two consolation points for the C team. They are also searching for that elusive first league win, following last week’s remarkable recovery to win in the handicap cup at Townsend Social.




Stourbridge and District Snooker League Report 21-22 November 2018

Rearranged from 24/10/18 Premier Division result:
Townsend Social 4 (K.Ashmore, D.Thompson, D.Petch, J.Spence) Pockets SC A 1 (L.Page)

Team Knock-Out Cup Handicap First Round:
Kinver Const A (h/c 109) 308 (K.Rollinson) Amblecote Inst A (-33) 331 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark, M.Richards 40, R.Wooldridge)
S/b Old Edwardians A (132) 440 (D.Woodall, C.Cowley 52, S.Tyler, G.Dunn) Kinver Const C (184) 369 (A.Sloan)
St John’s Soc (70) 333 (C.Walker 31, P.Manning) Pockets SC B (120) 380 (S.Wright, J.Shuck 37, 27 G.Ward)
Pockets SC A (-11) 334 (G.Smith, R,Pepperall, J.Betton, L.Page) Amblecote Inst D (167) 348 (A.Kensett)
West Mids Police (-12) 341 (G.Sloan, K.Franklin, C.Millward, M.Sheehan) Amblecote RBL (212) 402 (B.Green)
Bahia’s SC B (258) 477 (Jan Bahia, A.Martin) Kingswinford Cons B (178) 447 (S.Small, D. & G.Reece, A.Beedles)
Norton Social A (11) 443 (A.Smith, S.Mason 48, 58 N.Rollinson, J.Woodcock, G.Tomkins 62) Kingswinford Cons C (114) 229
Townsend Social (-47) 371 (J.Spence, P & D.Thompson, R.Gannon) Stourbridge Inst C (214) 381 (S.Mattocks)
Amblecote Inst B (143) 422 (M.Cook, S.Harrison, A.Moore) Norton Social B (105) 325 (J.Davies, C.Webb)
Baggeridge Soc A (-67) 278 (J.Hickman, J.Donoghue, M.Catalano, D.Oakes) Baggeridge Soc B (126) 327 (F.Bennett)
Bearwood Cons (108) 456 (P.Montague, J.Chester, G.Foy, M.Cash) Bahia’s SC A (192) 412 (A.Boswell)
Amblecote Inst C (196) 404 (M.Skidmore) Wombourne (178) 439 (P.Tristram, J.Perry, J.Wooldridge, R.Mason)
Kinver Const B (149) 331 (T.Postings) Stourbridge Inst A (74) 395 (C.Crumpton, N.Aston, A.Aston 69, P.Garbett)
Kingswinford Cons A (150) 465 (J.Rees, T.Male, J.Cowan, J.Byng) Kingswinford SC (200) 393 (J.Salisbury)
S/b Old Edwardians B (190) 393 (Steve Ball, B.Ball) Moor Pool & Snooker (176) 451 (N.Gennard 35, G.Whitehouse, N.Saunders)
Hotshots SC (-71) v Stourbridge Inst D (246) no result received.
Brandhall Labour (2) bye

Report: Townsend Social had moved to the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 victory at home to their closest rivals, Pockets SC A, in a match rearranged from 24th October, but they faced a very different home challenge conceding 261 points start to Stourbridge Institute C from the Second Division. Jamie Spence and Phil Thompson pulled back 176 in the first two frames, however, and although Alan Jeffries held debutant Roy Gannon to 37 points, Townsend had an overall lead of 8 points going into the final frame and looked certain to prevail but, to his great credit, Sam Mattocks played extremely well to defeat Darrell Payne by 18 points to conjure up a famous win for the Institute.
Similarly, West Midlands Police looked on course to recover 224 points against Amblecote RBL when Gavin Sloan and Kev Franklin retrieved 141 in the opening frames, but a narrow win for Billy Green, and only a marginal defeat for Steve Norton, left the Legion’s Rob Boylin defending an 84 point advantage in the final frame and he held Mark Sheehan at bay to see his team through to the last 16.
Baggeridge Social A had to try to give their B team 193 points, but that task became even more difficult when the B team stalwart, Frankie Bennett, potted extremely well to defeat Dave Hall.
Likewise, Pockets SC A, 2nd in the Premier Division conceded 178 points at home to the Second Division leaders, Amblecote Institute D, but the visitors’ Adam Kensett, one of the most consistent players in his division, defeated Tom Pepperall, and former professional, Lee Page, had to recover 80 points in the last frame. Lee would have forced a re-spotted black but his attempt jawed and left Jordan Taylor with the opportunity to see Amblecote through to a memorable victory.
Bahia’s SC B, in their first season, defended their 80 point start well, with the assistance of home advantage against Kingswinford Cons B, and Andy Martin’s narrow success in the final frame sealed a 30 point win, whereas the Cons’ A team, drawn at home to their neighbours, Kingswinford SC, pulled back a 50 point start with some ease, thanks to Thomas Male and, in particular, a 74 point win for John Cowan.
Norton Social A appeared to face a difficult task conceding 103 points to First Division league leaders Kingswinford Cons C, but Andy Smith and Neil Rollinson clawed this back in the opening frames, Steve Mason made the result secure with visits of 48 and 58, and Graham Tomkin’s 62 break put the seal on a fine performance and a 200 point victory.
Amblecote Institute A had to concede 142 points start away to Kinver Constitutional A, but Ash Sidaway and Rick Wooldridge reduced the difference to 45, and Mike Richards, with a break of 40, gave the Institute the impetus to go through to the next round, where they will be joined by their B team, who enjoyed a comfortable success against Premier opponents, Norton Social B, with a good all-round display, particularly from Mick Cook and Sam Harrison, who accounted for Paul Bowen and Andrew Brown respectively.
Kinver’s other two teams also failed to make it through to the next round of the cup competition: the B team had home advantage against Stourbridge Institute A and a start of 75 points, but Ashley Aston, who, with the highest break of the week, 69, and some solid assistance from his team-mates, made the Institute worthy winners. Kinver’s C team who lifted the cup last season, saw their 52 point start away to Old Edwardians A wiped out in one visit by Chris Cowley, with a break of the same amount, and he and Simon Tyler ensured that Old Eds progressed safely through to the last 16.
Neil Gennard, with a break of 35, gave Moor Pool & Snooker a good start against Old Edwardians B, to offset Steve Ball’s good win against Simon Dingley on the adjacent table, and Glyn Whitehouse and Neil Saunders both won by 30 points to clinch their win.
Although three Amblecote Institute teams won through to the next round, their C team couldn’t join them, as they lost at home to Wombourne. Cary Homer, unbeaten in the league, was pipped by Jon Perry and both John Wooldridge and Bob Mason won decisively enough to see the 2013 champions, Wombourne qualify for the last 16.
Adam Boswell gave Bahia’s SC A a fine start to add to their 84 point handicap away to Bearwood Cons but the home team’s Pete Montague, John Chester and Gavin Foy all won convincingly enough to give their last player, Mick Cash, enough to hold off the challenge of Reece Bahia.
Finally, there was only one all-Premier Division tie, when St John’s Social entertained Pockets SC B, giving them 50 points start. St John’s began well, but the visitors took the vital final colours in the first three frames, Jamie Shuck having breaks of 37 before clearing with 27. Paul Manning reduced Pockets’ lead to 36 at the start of the final frame but Gareth Ward was able to hang on against Nick Carson, crucially escaping from a particularly difficult snooker at the first attempt.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 14-15 November 2018

Premier Division results:
St John’s Social 1 (M.Brezwyn) Townsend Social 4 (K.Ashmore 63, J.Spence, P.Thompson 37, D.Thompson 30)
Norton Social A 4 (A.Smith 56, N.Rollinson 61, S.Mason, R.Pitt 31, 44) Pockets SC B 1 (A.Turner 34)
Stourbridge Inst A 2 (N.Aston, A.Aston) Norton Social B 3 (P.Bowen 30, C.Webb, A.Brown)
Hotshots SC 4 (R.Stokes, N.Beckley, C.Downing, B.Sembi) Baggeridge Social A 1 (E.Bastable)
Pockets SC A 5 (G.Smith, R.Pepperall 38, J.Betton, T.Pepperall, L.Page 41, 38) Brandhall Labour 0
Amblecote Inst A v West Midlands Police postponed

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians A 1 (S.Tyler) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore, A.Coley 22, L.Bennett, J.Cartwright)
Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell) Kinver Const B 3 (A.Sprague, D.Simmonds, S.Nicholls)
Bearwood Cons 3 (M.Cash, G.Foy, J.Chester) Kingswinford Cons 2 (J.Byng, T.Carter)
Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings, S.Hadley) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, G.Whitehouse, I.Priest 33)
Kingswinford Cons B 0 Amblecote Inst B 5 (C.Tromans, M.Colbourne, A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Cook)
Baggeridge Social B v Kinver Const A postponed
Bahia’s SC A bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (Ranjit Bahia, A.Martin 22, C.Whitehouse) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Ballinger, P.Curry)
S/b Old Edwardians B 5 (Steve Ball, J.Ball 22, B.Ball, Sam Ball, D.Jones) Amblecote RBL 0
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks) Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett 32, C.Butcher, M.Robson, Jordan Taylor)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Cary Homer, G.Lyons) Stourbridge Inst D 3 (T.Game, B.Harris, P.Robinson)

Premier Division report: There was another shake-up at the top of the Premier Division when last week’s leaders, Baggeridge Social A lost 1-4 at Hotshots and dropped to 4th. Only Eliott Bastable could win for the visitors as Roy Stokes, Neil Beckley, Callum Downing & the still-undefeated Bal Sembi took the match for the reigning champions, who are making a strong defence of their title.
Pockets SC A took over top spot by a single point from Hotshots with another dominant display to beat Brandhall Labour 5-0. Rich Pepperall, who had a break of 38, Lee Page, with visits of 41 and 38, Gary Smith, John Betton & Tom Pepperall all won to add to the team’s impressive home record.
Townsend Social, a further point away, also had a very good result, winning 4-1 on the tables of St John’s Social, with Karl Ashmore making a break of 63, while Jamie Spence did well to beat Tim Steele on the black, despite the latter’s 41 break. Phil Thompson’s break of 37 helped to inflict a rare defeat on Simon Thomas, before Shifnal WMC stalwart, Mick Brezwyn marked his Stourbridge League debut with a win against Darrell Payne to earn a consolation point for St John’s.
Norton Social A beat Pockets SC B 4-1, with some fine break-making by Neil Rollinson 61, Andy Smith 56, Rob Pitt 44 and 31, before Alan Turner countered with 34 to take a frame for Pockets.
Norton Social B recorded their first win of the season, 3-2 away to Stourbridge Institute A in a clash between the two promotion-winning teams. Nick Aston and his son, Ashley won for the home side but Paul Bowen, Carl Webb & Andrew Brown, in the decider against Paul Garbett, enabled Norton to celebrate at last, after suffering four 3-2 defeats since the start of this campaign. Only 3 points separate the four teams trying to stave off relegation.

First Division report: Wayne Whitmore comfortably extended his winning spree to 10/10 in helping Kingswinford Cons C to their third 4-1 win in as many games, this time on the tables of Old Edwardians A, a sequence which has lifted them 8 points clear at the top of the First Division. Bob Guise was their only casualty, on the black against Simon Tyler, in another good team display.
Kinver Constitutional B have turned their season around with five wins in succession, and they moved into second place with a 3-2 win at Wombourne after their A team’s match at Baggeridge Social B was postponed because of a family bereavement. They had to work hard in their latest fixture, with Adam Sprague, Dave Simmonds and Steve Nicholls, who was taken to the pink ball in the decider against Paul Tristram, securing the result.
They remain a point ahead of Bearwood Cons, who also had to dig deep at home to see off the challenge of Kingswinford Cons A. Mick Cash and John Chester, who have lost only 1 of the 18 frames they’ve played between them, won yet again, along with Gavin Foy. John Byng and Tim Carter both did well to beat Pete Montague and Paul Gibson respectively for the visitors.
Norman Jennings and Steve Hadley gave Kinver’s C team a great start at home to Moor Pool & Snooker, but Neil Gennard & Glyn Whitehouse levelled the match before Ian Priest, with the help of a 33 break, completed the recovery against Chris Randle.
Amblecote Institute B enjoyed their best result to date by taking all five frames on the tables of Kingswinford Cons B, thanks to Mark Colbourne, Cyril Tromans, Alan Moore, Mick Cook and Sam Harrison, who won on the black against Mark Reece. The Cons’ dip in form, their third heavy defeat, has taken them into the bottom two.

Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre’s stay at the top of the Second Division lasted only the one week as they lost a tight match away to Bahia’s SC B. Andy Martin and Ranjit Bahia gave the home team a 2-0 lead but Steve Ballinger and Paul Curry made it 2-2. John Salisbury was just beaten by Chris Whitehouse in the deciding frame, however, and KSC dropped down to share second place with a resurgent Old Edwardian B team. Two defeats had cost Old Eds’ momentum but they followed the previous week’s 4-1 revival with a 5-0 maximum against their former club-mates Amblecote RBL. The frames were keenly-fought however, the highlight perhaps Brett Ball bringing to an end the excellent 8 match unbeaten run of Billy Green.
Despite losing the opening frame to Sam Mattocks, Amblecote Institute D secured the remaining four frames away to Stourbridge Institute C to resume their position at the top of the Second Division by two points. All four wins were hard-pressed, however, none more so than Adam Kensett’s narrow win against Graham Lewis, despite making a 32 break.
Amblecote Institute C’s Cary Homer retained his unbeaten record, now 8/8, with a decisive win at home to Stourbridge Institute D, but the other frames were very closely-fought and those won by Tom Game, Brett Harris and Paul Robinson saw the visitors edge the match 3-2. Gerald Lyons, also on the black, secured another frame for Amblecote, who are now 4th, 4 points adrift of their D team.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 7-8 November 2018

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 3 (A.Round, A.Sidaway 51, R.Clark) Norton Social A 2 (N.Rollinson, R.Pitt)
Pockets SC B 1 (J.Shuck) St John’s Social 4 (C.Walker 51c, S.Thomas, T.Steele 28, N.Carson 25)
Norton Social B 2 (C.Webb 22, L.Grosvenor) Pockets SC A 3 (R.Pepperall, J.Betton, G.Smith 60)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (J.Hickman, D.Hall 31, E.Bastable) Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston 33, P.Garbett)
West Midlands Police 3 (C.Millward, M.Sheehan, K.Franklin) Brandhall Labour 2 (W.Robbins 32c, P.Caldeira)
Hotshots SC v Townsend Social postponed

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons A 5 (T.Male, J.Rees 21, J.Cowan, J.Byng, T.Carter) S/b Old Edwardians A 0
Kinver Constitutional A 2 (J.Woodhouse 61, R.Jeffries) Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester 28, M.Cash, P.Gibson)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (R.Bahia 23, J.Macdivitt, G.Skinner, A.Boswell) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (S.Dingley)
Amblecote Institute B 3 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, M.Colbourne 24) Kinver Const C 2 (S.Hadley, A.Sloan)
Kinver Constitutional B 5 (D.Simmonds, T.Postings 22, L.Cross, A.Sprague 27, S.Nicholls) Kingswinford Cons B 0
Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore, S.Porter, B.Guise, L.Bennett) Wombourne 1 (D.Flavell)
Baggeridge Social B bye

Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL 4 (B.Green, P.Botfield, S.Norton, R.Boylin) Bahia’s SC B 1 (G.Reece)
Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, Dom. Bacciocelli) Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Westwood, M.Surmacz, J.Salisbury)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (J.Ball, Steve & Sam Ball, D.Jones) Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks)
Amblecote Inst D v Amblecote Inst C postponed

Premier Division report: With Hotshots SC, who reached the top of the Premier Division last week, postponing their much-anticipated clash with Townsend Social, their pursuers closed in and only 5 points now separate the top seven teams. Baggeridge Social A took over again at the top but after Jason Hickman & Dave Hall had given them the first two frames at home to Stourbridge Institute A, Ashley Aston and Paul Garbett levelled the scores before Eliott Bastable took the decider after a spirited effort from Sean Hassett.
Pockets SC A trail by a single point after winning 3-2 away to Norton Social B: Luke Grosvenor, who beat Tom Pepperall on the black in a clash between two of the best younger players, and Carl Webb had won for Norton, Rich Pepperall & John Betton for the visitors, before Gary Smith stroked in a 60 break to beat Tony Brown in the decider for another important away win.
Amblecote Institute A just got the better of Norton Social A thanks to Andy Round, Ash Sidaway, who had a 51 break, and Rob Clark who took a respotted black to deny Andy Smith, a win which lifted them into a share of 5th place, although the frames won by Neil Rollinson & Rob Pitt ensured that Norton are only a point away.
St John’s Social won 4-1 away to Pockets SC B, the highlight of which was a clearance of the last three reds and colours, for 51 which enabled Carl Walker to edge past Steve Wright in a high quality contest. Simon Thomas, Tim Steele & Nick Carson completed the win to lift St John’s into a share of 5th place, 4 points off the top, while Jamie Shuck earned a consolation point for Pockets.
There’s an 8 point gap back to the remaining five teams; these are led by Brandhall Labour, although they lost 3-2 away to West Midlands Police. Wayne Robbins, who cleared with a fine 32 to beat Gavin Sloan, and Paul Caldeira won for Brandhall but Colin Millward, who achieved his first win on the black, and Mark Sheehan & Kev Franklin, both convincingly, took the match for the Police.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C won 4-1 at home to the bottom team, Wombourne, but they were made to work for the points. Wayne Whitmore, still with a 100% record, Sam Porter, Bob Guise & Leigh Bennett combined to lift their side 7 points clear before Dave Flavell salvaged a point.
Remarkably, just a single point separates the next five teams: Kinver Constitutional B burst into a share of 2nd place with a 5-0 win at home to Kingswinford Cons B, with Dave Simmonds, Tom Postings, Les Cross, Adam Sprague and Steve Nicholls all winning handsomely. They join their A team, whose winning run came to an end at home to Bearwood Cons, despite a 61 break by Jim Woodhouse. John Chester, another with a 100% record, Mick Cash and Paul Gibson secured the result before Rob Jeffries took another valuable frame for Kinver.
Bearwood lie 3rd, a position they share with Baggeridge Social B, who had a bye, and those two teams were joined by last season’s Second Division champions, Bahia’s SC A, who did well to defeat Moor Pool & Snooker at home 4-1. Jordan Macdivitt, on the black against Lee Whitehouse, Gary Skinner, Reece Bahia & Adam Boswell, who handed Ian Priest only his second defeat, all won, with Simon Dingley taking a consolation frame for the visitors.
Kingswinford Cons A swept to a 5-0 win at home to Old Edwardians A, with John Rees outpointing the normally prolific Chris Cowley, while John Cowan’s black ball frame against Harry Hall lasted over 70 minutes. It was an excellent result for the Cons, their first maximum point haul for over 2 years.
By contrast all five frames at Amblecote Institute were well-contested but their B team managed a tight 3-2 win against Kinver Constitutional C. Cyril Tromans and Mick Cook for the Institute and Andy Sloan and Steve Hadley, who became the first player to beat Alan Moore, shared the first 4 frames, before Mark Colbourne edged past Chris Randle in the deciding frame.
Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D called off their top-of-the-table clash with their C team because of holiday commitments, and this enabled Kingswinford Snooker Centre to step up and take over at the top. They had to work really hard to do so however in their match away to Stourbridge Institute D. Tom Game and Dominic Bacciocelli won against two of the most consistent performers, Steve Ballinger and Paul Curry respectively, but Jamie Westwood, Matt Surmacz, and John Salisbury, who beat Paul Robinson comfortably in the decider, secured a vital 3-2 result for KSC.
Old Edwardians B bounced back to form, after two defeats, with a 4-1 home win against Stourbridge Institute C, thanks to Steve Ball, a narrow winner against Alan Jeffries, his sons, Jack and Sam, and Dan Jones after Sam Mattocks had given the visitors the lead. Old Eds are 4th, 4 points behind K’ford SC.
Amblecote RBL are only one point further behind following their 4-1 win at home to Bahia’s SC B. Billy Green made it 8/8 for the season, narrowly defeating Jan Bahia. Paul Botfield, Steve Norton and Rob Boylin completed the win with Glen Reece taking a frame for the visitors.


STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT 31 OCT/1 NOV 2018

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall 35, R.Pepperall, L.Page) Baggeridge Soc A 1 (Rich Lampitt)
Hotshots SC 4 (N.Beckley 24, B.Sembi 68, D.Green 32, 24, C.Downing 24, 35) Pockets SC B 1 (S.Wright 24)
St John’s Social 1 (B.Jones) Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway 23, 27, R.Clark 51, D.Oakes, P.Ward)
Brandhall Labour 4 (A.Hooper, W.Robbins 38, J.Bate, P.Caldeira 27) Norton Soc B 1 (T.Brown 35)
Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith 82, S.Mason, G.Tomkins 23, 48) West Midlands Police 2 (P.Gibbons 37, K.Franklin)
Stourbridge Inst A 1 (A.Cope) Townsend Social 4 (K.Ashmore 44, 28, D.Petch 29, J.Spence, D.Payne)

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons B 1 (M.Reece 28) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore 48, L.Bennett, S.Porter, J.Cartwright)
Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings, C.Randle) Kinver Const B 3 (A.Sprague, T.Postings, S.Nicholls)
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, G.Whitehouse, I.Priest 42) Amblecote Inst B 1 (A.Moore)
Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, R.Mason) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Rees, J.Byng, T.Carter)
Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Collingridge, L.Whale, F.Bennett) Bahia’s SC A 2 (A. Boswell, R.Bahia)
Kinver Const A claimed their match at Old Edwardians A
Bearwood Cons bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (A.Martin, P.Craig, G.Reece) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dom. Bacciocelli, P.Robinson)
Amblecote Inst C 4 (Colin Homer, R.McManus, G.Lyons, Cary Homer 33) S/b Old Edwardian B 1 (J.Ball)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (G.Lewis, A.Jeffries) Amblecote RBL 3 (M.Mantom, S.Norton, B.Green)
Kingswinford SC 3 (M.Surmacz, S.Ballinger, J.Salisbury) Amblecote Inst D 2 (C.Butcher, M.Robson)

Premier Division report: Baggeridge Social A, who had climbed to the top of the Premier Division the week before, dropped down to 3rd place after losing 1-4 away to Pockets SC A. Richard Lampitt, in his first appearance, was their only winner, as Gary Smith, who did well to defeat former professional, Dave Hall, Tom Pepperall, who recovered from 40 points behind against Justin Donoghue, Richard Pepperall, who edged out Maria Catalano, and Lee Page, who exacted a modicum of revenge upon Eliott Bastable for a 4-3 defeat in the Premier Singles Final last April, won for 4th placed Pockets.
Reigning champions, Hotshots SC moved to the top of the table with a 4-1 win at home to Pockets SC B: Pockets had begun well when Steve Wright accounted for Dawid Konior, but Neil Beckley, with a respotted black against Tony Kidd, levelled and Bal Sembi, now 8/8 after clearing the first 11 reds impressively with a 68 break, which could have been much higher, Dave Green, who stroked home 7 early blacks and Callum Downing, also hitting top form, swept the champions to the top.
Townsend Social remained a point behind Hotshots when they won 4-1 at Stourbridge Institute A, Karl Ashmore, with a break of 44, Dan Petch, and Jamie Spence, who did well to beat Ashley Aston, all winning convincingly, although Alan Cope played well to earn a consolation point for the hosts.
Norton Social A beat West Midlands Police 3-2 thanks to Andy Smith, who set a new high-break target of 82, Steve Mason & Graham Tomkins, with a run of 40, and they are only six points off the top, one point ahead of Amblecote Institute A who caused something of an upset with a 4-1 win away to St John’s Social, including a 51 break for Rob Clark, who inflicted the first defeat on Simon Thomas. Ash Sidaway, Dave Oakes and Pat Ward also won for them with Beamer Jones replying.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C extended their lead at the top of the First Division to 3 points with a 4-1 victory against their B team. Wayne Whitmore compiled a break of 48 on his way to his 8th win in as many frames, and Leigh Bennett, John Cartwright & Sam Porter, on his seasonal debut, also won, with Mark Reece’s success against Bob Guise the only consolation for their opponents.
Baggeridge Social B returned to second place with a 3-2 win at home to their neighbours, Bahia’s SC A, with Martin Collingridge, Frankie Bennett and Luke Whale proving just too strong, although wins for Adam Boswell and Reece Bahia kept Bahia’s within 5 points of the runners up spot.
Moor Pool & Snooker did well to beat Amblecote Institute B 4-1 and they have joined Bearwood Cons, who had a bye, in a share of 4th place. Neil Gennard returned to form, and Simon Dingley, Glyn Whitehouse and Ian Priest, with a break of 42, completed the win, although there was a first defeat for Lee Whitehouse, who fell victim to Alan Moore, successfully defending his own 100% record.
Wombourne are still without a win; John Wooldridge and Bob Mason won at home to Kingswinford Cons A, but the visitors prevailed, courtesy of John Rees, John Byng and Tim Carter, who took the decider on the pink ball against Dave Flavell.
Kinver Constitutional B’s good form continued with Adam Sprague, Tom Postings and Steve Nicholls combining to edge past their own C team 3-2, while Kinver’s A team, through no fault of their own, were denied the chance to play at Old Edwardians A because of an unfortunate error in communication by their opponents. The six points gained lifted them into 3rd place, 4 points behind the pacesetters.

Second Division report: Only three points separate the top three Second Division teams following the latest round of matches which saw 3rd placed Kingswinford Snooker Centre defeat the leaders, Amblecote Institute D at home 3-2. Matt Surmacz did really well to beat the prolific Adam Kensett while Steve Ballinger had an equally good result against Rich Brookes to give KSC a 2-0 lead. Mark Robson and Carl Butcher levelled the match, and, in a fitting finale, John Salisbury just got the better of Jordan Taylor on the black to secure the result for Kingswinford who are now 3 points off the top.
Amblecote’s C team closed to within a point of their club mates with a 4-1 home win against 4th placed Old Edwardians B. Colin Homer, on the black, Roger McManus, Gerald Lyons & Cary Homer, in good touch with a 33 break, won for the Institute before Jack Ball hit back for the visitors.
Bahia’s SC B returned to winning ways with a hard-earned 3-2 result against Stourbridge Institute D, Andy Martin, Glen Reece and Paul Craig just edging the match, while Amblecote RBL denied Stourbridge Institute’s C team their first win when Billy Green outpointed Sam Mattocks in the deciding frame against Sam Mattocks. Earlier, Graham Lewis, stepping in to help out, and Alan Jeffries had won for the Institute, with Mark Mantom and Steve Norton squaring the match for the Legion.


STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER REPORT 24-25 OCT 2018

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 2 (M.Richards, R.Clark) Hotshots SC 3 (R.Stokes, B.Sembi, D.Konior)
Norton Social A 2 (G.Tomkins, N.Rollinson) St John’s Social 3 (B.Jones 22, 25, N.Carson, S.Thomas)
Pockets SC B 1 (G.Evans) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (N.Aston, P.Garbett 28, C.Crumpton, A.Aston)
Brandhall Labour 2 (R.Howen 30, W.Robbins) Baggeridge Social A 3 (D.Hall 61, Darren Oakes, E.Bastable 51)
West Midlands Police 3 (G.Sloan, P.Gibbons, K.Franklin) Norton Social B 2 (J.Davies, A.Brown)
Townsend Social v Pockets SC A postponed
Rearranged match:
Hotshots SC 5 (C.Downing, R.Stokes, B.Sembi 36, N.Beckley 37, D.Konior) West Midlands Police 0

First Division results:
Kinver Const A 4 (K.Rollinson 26, D.Banks, G.Tranter, P.Churchman) Wombourne 1 (J.Wooldridge)
Bahia’s SC A 2 (R.Bahia, K.Weaver) Amblecote Inst B 3 (A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male 20, T.Carter) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (G.Reece 21, D.Reece, M.Reece 22)
Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Whale, L.Whale 36, 26, D.Whale) Bearwood Cons 2 (J.Chester 25, 21 P.Gibson)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (A.Coley, J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore) Kinver Const C 2 (A.Sloan, R.Smith)
Kinver Const B 4 (L.Cross 24, A.Sprague, T.Postings, S.Nicholls 36) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (G.Whitehouse)
S/b Old Edwardians A bye

Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 1 (Sam Ball) Kingswinford SC 4 (P.Curry, M.Surmacz, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett 25, Jordan Taylor, C.Butcher) Bahia’s SC B 2 (Janice Bahia, C.Whitehouse)
Stourbridge Inst C 0 Amblecote Inst C 5 (G.Lyons, Colin & Cary Homer, R.McManus, M.Skidmore)
Amblecote RBL 3 (M.Mantom, S.Norton, B.Green) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (W.Gardener, P.Robinson)

Premier Division report: Baggeridge Social A, in their first season in the Premier Division, eased to the top of the league with a hard-earned victory on the tables of Brandhall Labour. Darren Oakes and David Hall, who accounted for Alan Hooper with a break of 61, gave Baggeridge a perfect start but Wayne Robbins and Rob Howen levelled the scores, before Eliott Bastable, comfortably with a 51 break, swept his team to the top, taking over from Townsend Social, who called off their match with Pockets SC A.
Hotshots SC won their rearranged match against West Midlands Police 5-0, and moved to within a point of the leaders with a 3-2 win away to Amblecote Inst A, thanks to Roy Stokes, Bal Sembi, who remains undefeated after 7 frames, and Dawid Konior, who has begun the season so impressively. For the Institute, Mike Richards and Rob Clark did well to beat Neil Beckley & Callum Downing respectively.
With the scoreline 2-2 at Norton Social…Graham Tomkins & Neil Rollinson for their A team, and Beamer Jones & Nick Carson for the visiting St John’s Social side, two former Pockets’ team-mates put their unbeaten records on the line: Andy Smith looked sure to beat Simon Thomas in the decider until the final green jawed, and Simon cleared up with the help of a fine blue to ease St John’s into a share of 4th place, a point ahead of their opponents.
Last season’s impressive First Division champions, Stourbridge Institute A, had found the going more difficult in the Premier Division but they proved too strong for Pockets SC B, with Nick Aston, Paul Garbett, Chris Crumpton & Ashley Aston combining for a 4-1 success after Gavin Evans had given Pockets a good start.
In the clash between the teams yet to win a match, West Midlands Police went 2-0 ahead through Pete Gibbons and Gavin Sloan, who had to thwart a great comeback by Luke Grosvenor to prevail on the black, but were pulled back to 2-2 when Joe Davies, also on the black, and Andrew Brown won for the visiting Norton Social B team. Kev Franklin quickly stretched clear of Tony Brown in the deciding frame to clinch the match for the Police.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C regained outright leadership of the First Division with a 3-2 win at home to Kinver Constitutional C. Adam Coley, John Cartwright and Wayne Whitmore, now with 7/7, all won decisively but Andy Sloan & Ron Smith drew some consolation for the visitors.
The Cons were indebted to Baggeridge Social B, however for an excellent comeback against the previous leaders, Bearwood Cons. John Chester, also with 7 wins in 7 frames, and Paul Gibson gave Bearwood a 2-0 lead, but the brothers, Matt and Luke Whale, who had visits of 36 and 26, levelled the match. Mick Cash’s early 32 break gave him the advantage in the decider, but Dave Whale, Matt & Luke’s father, completed a real family affair for Baggeridge, taking the frame 73-53, Mick’s first defeat, and the teams are now tied for second place, two points behind the leaders.
Fourth-placed Bahia’s SC A couldn’t take advantage; their 2-0 lead at home to Amblecote Inst B slipped as Alan Moore, Sam Harrison and Mark Colbourne, who handed Adam Boswell his first defeat, turned the match around, and Bahia’s now have to share their place with Kinver’s A team, who followed up their two 5-0 wins with a 4-1 success at home to Wombourne.
Kinver Constitutional B also won 4-1, continuing their return to form against Moor Pool & Snooker, a win which included Tom Posting’s first success, a notable one against Simon Dingley, and a break of 36 for Steve Nicholls against Ian Priest.
In the all Kingswinford Cons’ clash the B team beat the A team 3-2, with the Reece family emulating the achievement of the Whales 4 miles down the road. Father Dave, with a respotted black result and sons, Gregg and Mark, with a little more to spare, lifted their team away from the relegation zone.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D bounced back from their first defeat with a 3-2 win at home to Bahia’s SC B. Adam Kensett, Jordan Taylor, who’s had to wait patiently for his seasonal debut, and Carl Butcher all won comfortably but Janice Bahia, on the pink and Chris Whitehouse, on the black, earned the visitors two points.
Amblecote’s C team closed to within 4 points of their club-mates with a 5-0 victory away to Stourbridge Institute C, which included a 6th win in as many games for Cary Homer, and a black ball win for Mitch Skidmore against Sam Mattocks.
Old Edwardians B had held second place but only Sam Ball could win for them at home to Kingswinford SC, whose 4-1 victory lifted them into 3rd place, two points ahead of their opponents. Paul Curry, Matt Surmacz, Jamie Westwood and Steve Ballinger, also with his 6th unbeaten frame, combined to great effect for KSC.
Amblecote RBL’s Billy Green also recorded his 6th win out of six, and with the help of Steve Norton & Mark Mantom the Legion beat Stourbridge Institute D 3-2. Paul Robinson, with his 5th success in a fine start to his first season, and Will Gardener took a frame each for the Institute.



STOURBRIDGE AND DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT 17-18 OCTOBER 2018

Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 5 (J.Hickman, Rhys Lampitt, D.Hall, J.Donoghue, Darren Oakes) Norton Soc B 0
Brandhall Labour 1 (A.Hooper) Townsend Social 4 (D.Petch, P. & D.Thompson, D.Payne)
Norton Social A 3 (T.Davies 33, S.Mason, A.Smith) Hotshots SC 2 (B.Sembi, D.Konior 44)
Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall, L.Page, J.Betton) Pockets SC B 2 (S.Wright, G.Ward)
Stourbridge Inst A 0 Amblecote Inst A 5 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway 38, M.Richards 47, 21 David Oakes, R.Wooldridge)
St John’s Social 3 (N.Carson 28, P.Manning, S.Thomas 30) West Midlands Police 2 (G.Sloan 30, K.Franklin)

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons B 0 Kinver Const A 5 (P.Churchman, R.Jeffries, G.Tranter, J.Woodhouse 52, D.Banks)
S/b Old Edwardian A 3 (C.Cowley, G.Dunn, S.Tyler) Baggeridge Social B 2 (F.Bennett 31, D.Whale)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest) Kingswinford Cons C 2 (J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore)
Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester, P.Montague, M.Cash) Bahia’s SC A 2 (A.Boswell, Reece Bahia 29)
Kinver Const C 2 (C.Randle, A.Sloan) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Rees, T.Carter, S.Spittle)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (S.Harrison, A.Moore) Kinver Const B 3 (L.Cross, A.Sprague 33, D.Simmonds)
Wombourne Club bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 1 (A.Martin) S/b Old Edwardian B 4 (B.Ball, Sam Ball, Steve Ball, J.Ball)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (R.McManus, R.Vanes, M.Skidmore) Amblecote RBL 2 (J.Green, B.Green 35)
Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Salisbury, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, A.Jeffries 21)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (B.Harris, P.Robinson, T.Game) Amblecote Inst D 2 (A.Kensett, C.Butcher)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social came through a difficult fixture at Brandhall Labour with a 4-1 victory thanks to Dan Petch, Darrell Payne, Phil Thompson and Dave Thompson, who was taken to the black by Rob Howen, after Alan Hooper had taken the opening frame for Brandhall. Their lead was trimmed to two points, however, after one of their closest pursuers, Baggeridge Social A took all five frames at home to Norton Social B.
As they did last week, Andrew and Tony Brown came closest to taking a frame for Norton, who are yet to win a match in the top flight, but Dave Hall and Justin Donoghue respectively prevailed to help Baggeridge record their first maximum points haul in their first season together. Although they lost their first match away to Norton A, they have now won five in a row, which included inflicting Townsend’s only loss.
Tom Pepperall, Lee Page and John Betton combined to enable Pockets SC A to return to winning form after their first defeat the previous week, with a 3-2 result against their B team. Steve Wright, who played particularly well to win his frame, in only his 5th start, and Gareth Ward won for their opponents.
Norton Social A, who have also lost only once, maintained the pressure on the top three with a fine 3-2 win against defending champions, Hotshots SC. Tony Davies, with a break of 33, Steve Mason and Andrew Smith, still unbeaten after six frames, secured the result with Bal Sembi and Dawid Konior, who had a run of 44, replying for Hotshots.
Also now with a perfect six, Simon Thomas helped his St John’s Social team to a 3-2 win against last season’s runners-up, West Midlands Police. Nick Carson, and the much in-form Paul Manning also won, although Gavin Sloan and Kev Franklin’s respotted black against Tim Steele earned two points for the Police.
Amblecote Institute A forced their way into the top six by taking all five frames on the tables of Stourbridge Institute A. Mike Richards had a break of 47, Ash Sidaway a 38, with Alan Cope coming closest to taking a consolation frame for the home team, losing on the black to Dave Oakes.

First Division report: The leaders, Kingswinford Cons C were beaten 3-2 at Moor Pool & Snooker with Simon Dingley, Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest, who won the deciding frame on the black against Adam Coley, taking the honours, and the Cons were joined at the top by Bearwood Cons, 3-2 winners at home to Bahia’s SC A. John Chester and Mick Cash retained their unbeaten records for Bearwood and Pete Montague helped to secure the result. For the visitors, Adam Boswell, also undefeated, & Reece Bahia took a frame each which kept Bahia’s in 4th place, now 3 points off the top. Fifth-placed Moor Pool & Snooker, with a match in hand, are a point further away.
Baggeridge Social B lost their first match, following five 3-2 wins when they were beaten on the final black at Stourbridge Old Edwardians. In yet another very close match, Frankie Bennett & Dave Whale won for the visitors, who now lie 3rd, just two points adrift, but Chris Cowley, Gavin Dunn and Simon Tyler, who sank that last ball against Matt Whale, just did enough to take the match for Old Eds.
After recording back-to-back 5-0 victories after a slow start, Kinver Const A are just a point away from joining the top six; their latest success came away to Kingswinford Cons B, where Jim Woodhouse made a break of 52 although Paul Churchman & Dean Banks were taken to the black by Steve Small & Gregg Reece respectively.
Kinver’s B team returned to winning ways with a 3-2 result at Amblecote Inst B, courtesy of Adam Sprague, Les Cross and Dave Simmonds, who took the decider on the final ball against Mark Colbourne after Alan Moore & Sam Harrison had levelled the match for the hosts.
Kinver’s C team slipped to their 4th defeat after an encouraging start, when they lost 3-2 at home to Kingswinford Cons A. John Rees, Tim Carter & Simon Spittle secured the Cons’ win with Andy Sloan & Chris Randle, despite his opponent, Thomas Male’s 40 break, replying for Kinver.

Second Division report: The last unbeaten team’s record perished when the Second Division leaders, Amblecote Inst D lost narrowly away to Stourbridge Institute D. In an extremely tight affair, Adam Kensett & Carl Butcher won for the leaders but Brett Harris, who accounted for the in-form Richard Brookes, and Paul Robinson had levelled the match at 2-2 before Tom Game took the decider against Ade Butcher to give the recently-formed Stourbridge team their best result.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians B closed the gap on the leaders to 4 points with a 4-1 win away to Bahia’s SC B; the Ball family were out in force, Steve and sons, Brett, Sam and Jack all won although all bar Jack were taken to the final black, before Andy Martin rescued a point for Bahia’s.
Roger McManus, Ray Vanes & Mitch Skidmore all won for Amblecote Institute C, who beat the neighbouring Amblecote RBL team 3-2, but Jamie Green and Billy Green, who had a break of 35, ensured that the visitors didn’t return empty-handed.
The Institute share 3rd place with Kingswinford SC, two points behind Old Eds, following KSC’s latest win, another closely-fought match with Stourbridge Inst C. John Salisbury, Jamie Westwood and Steve Ballinger, who did well to defeat Sam Mattocks in the final frame, won for KSC, while their visitors had Brian Taylor and Alan Jeffries to thank for salvaging two consolation points.



STOURBRIDGE AND DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT 10-11 OCT 2018

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC B 2 (G.Evans, G.Ward 22) Brandhall Labour 3 (J.Bate, C.Southall, P.Caldeira)
Amblecote Inst A 3 (M.Richards 39, A.Sidaway 68, R.Wooldridge) Pockets SC A 2 (R.Pepperall, J.Betton)
Townsend Social 5 (D.Petch 73, J.Spence, P & D.Thompson, D.Payne) Norton Social B 0
Norton Social A 3 (N.Rollinson 33, A.Smith 30, 32 R.Pitt 50) Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston, P.Garbett)
St John’s Social 2 (C.Walker, S.Thomas) Hotshots SC 3 (N.Beckley, B.Sembi 38, 21 D.Green 36)
West Mids Police 2 (M.Sheehan 38, K.Franklin) Baggeridge Soc A 3 (Darren Oakes, J.Donoghue 38, 32 E.Bastable)

First Division results:
Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester, M.Cash 36, G.Foy) S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, G.Dunn)
Bahia’s SC A 5 (R.Bahia, K.Weaver, A.Boswell, G.Skinner, J.Macdivitt) Kinver Const B 0
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (D.Whale, M.Collingridge, L.Whale) Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, J.Perry 26)
Kinver Const A 5 (J.Woodhouse 23, P.Churchman, D.Banks, G.Tranter 31, K.Rollinson) Kinver Const C 0)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male) Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, N.Saunders, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
Kingswinford Cons C 5 (J.Cartwright, A.Coley, L.Bennett 28, B.Guise 35, W.Whitmore 28) Amblecote Inst B 0
Kingswinford Cons B bye

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst D 5 (A.Kensett, R.Brookes, C.Butcher, M.Robson, A.Butcher) Amblecote RBL 0
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, S.Hill, J.Westwood) Amblecote Inst C 2 (Cary Homer, M.Skidmore 21)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Steve Ball 26, J.Chager, B.Ball, J.Ball) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (D.Bacciocelli)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, S.Mattocks) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Craig, A.Martin, C.Whitehouse)

Premier Division report: Pockets SC A became the last team to relinquish its unbeaten record when they were beaten 3-2 on the final black on the tables of Amblecote Inst A. Mike Richards, with a break of 39 and Ashley Sidaway, with a run of 68 won decisively for the Institute but Rich Pepperall & John Betton, who were equally as effective, levelled the score at 2-2 before Rick Wooldridge sank the final black against former professional, Lee Page to complete a fine match.
Townsend Social took full advantage of Pockets’ slip to return to the top of the table courtesy of a 5-0 maximum points haul at home to Norton Social B. Dan Petch provided the highlight with a break of 73, failing on a long blue, with three reds remaining, but Norton’s Browns, Andy and Tony gave the Thompsons, Phil and Dave, a good contest before Townsend eased two points clear at the top.
Baggeridge Social A maintained the pressure on the top two with a hard-fought 3-2 battle away to West Midlands Police. Wins for the home team’s Mark Sheehan and Kev Franklin and the visiting side’s Darren Oakes and Justin Donoghue left the score at 2-2 and the Police looked set for victory when Gavin Sloan led Eliott Bastable by 30 with just one red left, but a vital snooker, which yielded 12 penalty points, a clearance to the blue, followed by a long pink against his former team-mate, enabled Eliott to take the decider: Baggeridge lie 3rd, three points behind the leaders, Townsend.
Norton Social A swiftly completed a match-winning lead against Stourbridge Inst A, Neil Rollinson and Andy Smith with a flurry of thirties, and Rob Pitt with 50 leading the way, but the visiting Institute team earned some respite with a win against his former team-mates for Ashley Aston and another for Paul Garbett.
Hotshots won 3-2 at St John’s Social, where the best frame saw the home team’s Paul Manning make a break of 41 in between visits of 38 and 21 by Bal Sembi, who went on to win on the colours. Neil Beckley and Dave Green also won for the visitors with Carl Walker and Simon Thomas taking a frame each for St John’s.
An excellent seasonal debut by Jon Bate set Brandhall Labour off to a good start away to Pockets SC B, but a successful “cocked-hat” double on the black by Gavin Evans made the match all-square. Chris Southall for Brandhall and Gareth Ward, who took a good last red and cleared to blue, made it 2-2 before Paul Caldeira took the deciding frame for the visitors with a fine display of potting.

First Division report: Traditionally, matches are very tight in the First Division, so it is surprising to report that there were no fewer than three 5-0 victories in the latest round of matches. Pride of place went to Kingswinford Cons C who took all five frames at home to Amblecote Institute B, and now lead the division by two points. Wayne Whitmore made it 5/5 wins, while Bob Guise had a break of 35. Roy Grainger came closest to taking a frame for Amblecote but lost on the final black to Leigh Bennett.
Bahia’s SC B’s maximum points win at home to Kinver Constitutional B lifted them into 4th place, 3 points off the top, a win which saw Reece Bahia defeat the prolific Adam Sprague, and Adam Boswell extend his unbeaten start to 5/5 against Les Cross. Jordan Macdivitt was taken to the black by Marcus Hines.
Bearwood Cons’ strong start continued with a 3-2 win at home to Old Edwardians A, with both John Chester and Mick Cash, who had a 36 break, extending their winning sequence to 5/5. This was a closely-fought contest, however, with Gavin Foy taking the deciding frame against Simon Tyler, after Chris Cowley and Gavin Dunn had taken frames for the visitors.
Bearwood have to share 2nd place with Baggeridge Social B, who enjoyed a 3-2 win over Wombourne, remarkably their fifth result by that score, and they remain undefeated, although Frankie Bennett lost his first match, a good result for John Wooldridge, whose team still seek their first win.
Moor Pool & Snooker won 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons A, with Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest still yet to lose, now with 4 wins each, and they look set to challenge for honours. Neil Gennard was their only casualty, losing to Thomas Male.
Kinver Constitutional A lifted themselves from the foot of the table when they swept away the challenge of their C team 5-0, the closest frame being Keith Rollinson’s black ball win against Andy Sloan. They now look set to climb the table after an unusually slow start.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D continued their rich vein of form and following two 4-1 wins they notched their first 5-0 maximum against their neighbours, Amblecote RBL, which has lifted them 7 points clear at the top of the Second Division. Adam Kensett & Rich Brookes won decisively once again and they were backed up by Mark Robson, Adrian & his son, Carl Butcher.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians B moved into 2nd place with a 4-1 home win against Stourbridge Inst D. Steve Ball & Jat Chager gave them a good start, and Steve’s sons, Brett and Jack secured the win although Dominic Bacciocelli had cause to celebrate his first league win, a noteworthy one against Sam Ball on the black, to earn some consolation for the visitors.
Amblecote Inst C relinquished 2nd place when they lost 3-2 at Kingswinford SC, a very tight affair which went the way of the home side through the narrowest of victories for Steve Ballinger, Steve Hill and Jamie Westwood. At this early stage of the season, the Institute’s Cary Hill has most wins: he is the only player to have a perfect 5/5 after success against Paul Curry, who had a share in “most wins” last season. Mitch Skidmore also won for the visitors to give them a share of 3rd place with their opponents, a point behind Old Edwardians.
After a good start, one of the new teams, Bahia’s SC B had lost two matches but they returned to form with a 3-2 win away to Stourbridge Inst C. Brian Taylor and Sam Mattocks gave the Institute a good start but Paul Craig, Andy Martin and Chris Whitehouse effected a fine recovery.


STOURBRIDGE AND DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT 3-4 OCTOBER 2018

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith 46, T.Pepperall, L.Page 50, J.Betton) Norton Social A 1 (A.Smith)
Baggeridge Soc A 4 (J.Donoghue, D.Hall 47, E.Bastable 71, Darren Oakes) Townsend Soc 1 (D.Payne)
Norton Social B 2 (P.Bowen, L.Grosvenor 28) Pockets SC B 3 (D.Timmington, G.Ward, S.Wright 25)
Brandhall Lab 3 (A.Hooper 60c, R.Howen, R.Crowley) Amblecote Inst A 2 (A.Sidaway, R.Wooldridge)
Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston, P.Garbett) St John’s Social 3 (S.Thomas, P.Manning, B.Jones)
Hotshots SC v West Midlands Police postponed

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, D.Woodall) Bahia’s SC A 3 (A.Boswell 30, K.Weaver, J.Macdivitt)
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, N.Saunders, I.Priest) Kinver Const A 1 (J.Woodhouse)
Amblecote Inst B 3 (M.Cook, A.Moore, M.Colbourne) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, J.Byng)
Kingswinford Cons B 2 (S.Small 44, D.Reece) Baggeridge Soc B 3 (M.Collingridge, M.Whale, F.Bennett)
Wombourne 1 (D.Flavell) Bearwood Cons 4 (P.Gibson, J.Chester, M.Cash, P.Montague)
Kinver Const B 2(L.Cross, M.Hines 33) Kingswinford Cons C 3(W.Whitmore, A.Coley, L.Bennett 25)
Kinver Const C bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 2 (Ranjit Bahia, A.Martin) Amblecote Inst C 3 (Cary Homer, G.Lyons, R.Vanes)
Amblecote RBL 3 (S.Norton, R.Boylin, B.Green) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Hill, J.Salisbury)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett 32, R.Brookes, M.Robson, A.Butcher) S/b Old Edwardian B 1 (J.Ball 22)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (W.Gardener, B.Harris, P.Robinson) Stourbridge Inst C 2(B.Taylor, S.Mattocks 35)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social suffered their first defeat of the season when only Darrell Payne could win on the tables of Baggeridge Social A. Justin Donoghue, Dave Hall, with a break of 47, Eliott Bastable, back on form with a run of 71, and Darren Oakes completed a 4-1 home win for the Baggeridge team who look set for a very successful season.
The clash between the other two unbeaten teams saw Pockets SC A defeat Norton Social A 4-1, a result which lifted them to the top of the league, 2 points ahead of Townsend, and 3 above Baggeridge. Gary Smith, with a break of 47, and Tom Pepperall gave Pockets a 2-0 lead and Lee Page’s 50 break made the result safe. Although Andy Smith struck back for the visitors, John Betton completed a good night for Pockets, especially as their B team also won away to Norton Social B.
Dave Timmington won on the black for the visitors but Paul Bowen levelled the match; Gareth Ward played particularly well to restore Pockets’ lead and Steve Wright secured the result with his first win in a very sporting contest, just denying Tony Brown on the final black. Luke Grosvenor quickly took the final frame for Norton with an impressive display of potting.
Brandhall Labour won their first match in a closely-fought home encounter with Amblecote Institute A, exemplified by Alan Hooper’s fightback; trailing 52-6 to Rob Clark, who’d had a break of 41, Alan cleared to pink with 60. Rob Howen and Richard Crowley also won for Brandhall with Ash Sidaway and Rick Wooldridge replying for the Institute.
St John’s Social returned to winning form with a 3-2 win away to Stourbridge Institute A. Simon Thomas was taken to the black by Nick Aston, but Paul Manning and Beamer Jones won with rather more in hand, while Ashley Aston and Paul Garbett, a respotted black winner against Nick Carson, took a frame each for the hosts.

First Division report: Baggeridge Social B made it 4/4 wins with another 3-2 scoreline at Kingswinford Cons B. Steve Small, more used to scoring centuries on the cricket pitch these days, gave the home team a good start with a 44 break but Martin Collingridge levelled the match. Dave Reece gave Cons a boost in beating the prolific Luke Whale, but Matthew Whale made it 2-2 before Frankie Bennett edged past Martin Wilson on the black to keep Baggeridge on top of the First Division although it’s an honour that they must share, at least for the time being, with two other teams, Bearwood Cons and Kingswinford Cons C.
Bearwood had to make the long trip to Wombourne, but made it pay with a 4-1 win, thanks to Paul Gibson, Pete Montague and the unbeaten pair, John Chester and Mick Cash, although Mick was taken to the black in a fine, determined seasonal debut by John Cumisky. Dave Flavell took a consolation frame for Wombourne, who are still chasing their first win.
Kingswinford Cons C edged a very tight match 3-2 away to Kinver Constitutional B, with Wayne Whitmore beating Adam Sprague on the pink, Adam Coley pipping debutant Tom Postings on the black, and Leigh Bennett clearing the last 5 balls to take the decider against Steve Nicholls. Kinver’s winners were Les Cross, on the black, and Marcus Hines, more comfortably with a 33 break.
Kinver Constitutional A continued to struggle following their relegation from the Premier Division, and despite being given a good start by Jim Woodhouse, they lost 4-1 at Moor Pool & Snooker with Simon Dingley, Neil Saunders, Lee Whitehouse & Ian Priest making the most of home advantage.
By contrast, Bahia’s SC A, promoted as Second Division champions, have begun well, particularly with Adam Boswell in top form, his 4th win, with a break of 30, coming at Old Edwardians A. Karl Weaver and Jordan Macdivitt completed a 3-2 result, while Chris Cowley & Dave Woodall, who did well to beat Reece Bahia won for Old Eds.
Amblecote Institute B won their first match, 3-2 at home to Kingswinford Cons A thanks to the ultra-reliable trio of Mick Cook, Alan Moore and Mark Colbourne, who took the decider against John Cowan after Thomas Male and John Byng had won for the visitors.

Second Division report: There was no change at the top of the Second Division although Amblecote Inst D stretched their lead with a 4-1 win against Old Edwardians B. Adam Kensett, with a break of 32, and Rich Brookes won decisively, and Mark Robson and Adrian Butcher completed another good result although Carl Butcher lost to Jack Ball, who cleared the last four balls.
The Institute’s C team remained in second place, now 4 points adrift, but they did well to come away from Bahia’s SC B with a 3-2 win. Cary Homer, one of only two players with 4/4 wins, Gerald Lyons and Ray Vanes won for them with Ranjit Bahia and Andy Martin responding for the hosts.
Amblecote RBL kept in touch, 5 points off the top with a 3-2 home win against Kingswinford SC, courtesy of Steve Norton, Rob Boylin and Billy Green, also with a 4/4 record after his frame was conceded. Steve Hill and John Salisbury ensured KSC took two points by way of consolation.
Stourbridge Institute D’s inexperienced team won again, 3-2 in the tightest of matches against their C team. Will Gardener and Brett Harris had won for the D team, and Brian Taylor and Sam Mattocks, who made a break of 35, had made it 2-2, before Paul Robinson won on the final black to beat Alan Jeffries in the deciding frame.




STOURBRIDGE AND DISTRICT SNOOKER REPORT 26-27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Premier Division results:
St John’s Social 2 (C.Walker, S.Thomas) Pockets SC A (T.Pepperall 27, R.Pepperall 68, J.Betton 33c)
Pockets SC B 1 (D.Timmington) Baggeridge Social A 4 (J.Donoghue 23, 24 J.Hickman, M.Catalano, Darren Oakes)
Norton Social A 4 (N.Rollinson 39, 27 A.Smith 34, R.Pitt, G.Tomkins) Brandhall Lab 1 (R.Howen)
Hotshots SC 5 (C.Downing, D.Green, B.Sembi, N.Beckley, D.Konior 38) Stourbridge Inst A 0
West Midlands Police 1 (G.Sloan) Townsend Social 4 (J.Spence, K.Ashmore, P.Thompson, D.Thompson 35, 30)
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway, M.Richards, R.Clark, David Oakes 46) Norton Social B (T.Brown)

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley 27, 58 G.Dunn, S.Tyler) Wombourne 2 (D.Porter, R.Mason 22)
Kinver Const A 3 (G.Tranter 30, D.Banks, R.Jeffries) Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, M.Colbourne)
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (L.Whale, M.Collingridge, F.Bennett) Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings 23, A.Sloan)
Bahia’s SC A (R.Bahia, K.Weaver, A.Boswell 20, 24) K’ford Cons C 2 (A.Coley, W.Whitmore)
K’ford Cons A 1 (J.Rees) Kinver Const B 4 (L.Cross, A.Sprague, S.Nicholls, M.Hines)
Bearwood Cons 4 (J.Chester, G.Foy, M.Cash, P.Gibson) K’ford Cons B 1 (M.Reece)
Moor Pool & Snooker bye

Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (J.Ball 22, Sam & Steve Ball) Amblecote RBL 2 (B.Green, R.Boylin)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (G.Lyons, Cary Homer, R.Vanes) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, P.Robinson)
Kingswinford SC 5 (M.Surmacz, S.Hill, S.Ballinger, R.Lees, P.Curry) Bahia’s SC B 0
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks 35) Amblecote Inst D 4 (R.Brookes, M.Robson, C & A.Butcher)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social remained the early-season leaders with a good 4-1 victory away to West Midlands Police. Jamie Spence took the opening frame for them, on the black after Mark Sheehan had made a break of 40, and their three undefeated players, Karl Ashmore, Dave Thompson, with breaks of 35 and 30 and Phil Thompson who had a notable win against Kev Franklin, carried on their good work.
Townsend are one of three teams as yet unbeaten: Pockets SC A had to dig deep to win 3-2 at St John’s Social thanks to good performances from Tom Pepperall, Rich Pepperall, with a fine break of 68, and John Betton who cleared up with 33 in the decider against Nick Carson. Earlier Carl Walker and Simon Thomas had won for the hosts in a match which lasted little more than an hour in total.
Norton Social A also won their 3rd match with Neil Rollinson, Andy Smith and Rob Pitt quickly making sure of the result against Brandhall Labour, who countered through Rob Howen before Graham Tomkins completed a 4-1 win for Norton; they trail Pockets by one point and Townsend by three.
Reigning champions, Hotshots, who slipped up at Pockets the week before, bounced back with all five, albeit well-contested frames at home to Stourbridge Inst A, with Dawid Konior following last week’s 68 break with a run of 38, while the other promoted team, Norton Social B made Amblecote Inst A work hard for victory, but only had Tony Brown’s black ball success as consolation. Earlier, Dave Oakes had made a break of 46 for the Institute.
Justin Donoghue and Jason Hickman took the first two frames in impressive manner away to Pockets SC B, and Maria Catalano & Darren Oakes, on his debut, made it 4-0 but Dave Timmington, who had a huge slice of luck potting blue and developing the frame-ball pink, earned a consolation point against Eliott Bastable who had most wins last season and also won the Premier Division Individual title for the 5th time.

First Division report: Only two teams are yet to lose in the First Division, and after their third 3-2 success Baggeridge Social B are one of the teams at the top. Luke Whale, Mart Collingridge & the reliable Frankie Bennett just did enough to secure a home win against Kinver Const C, but they have to share top spot with Kingswinford Cons C, who suffered their first defeat away to Bahia’s SC A.
Adam Coley and Wayne Whitmore won tight frames for the Cons but Reece Bahia, Karl Weaver and Adam Boswell edged the match 3-2.
In this very competitive division only four points separate the top eight teams: Old Edwardians beat Wombourne 3-2 with Chris Cowley making a break of 58, but they had to rely on a great comeback by Simon Tyler who came from 38 points adrift to beat Dave Flavell in the decider. They share 3rd place with Bearwood Cons who dropped only one black ball frame to Kingswinford Cons B’s Mark Reece. John Chester and Mick Cash have both begun well, taking their first three matches.
After the misfortune of Kingswinford Cons’ C and B teams, their A team could only take a single frame at home to Kinver Const B, John Rees taking the black against Dave Simmonds. Les Cross, Adam Sprague, Steve Nicholls & Marcus Hines all won for Kinver, who are also unbeaten, although they have played just the two games.
Kinver’s A team celebrated their first win thanks to Graham Tranter, Dean Banks & Rob Jeffries before Mark Colbourne, who thwarted Jim Woodhouse’s attempt for a debut win, and the ultra-consistent Mick Cook fought back for Amblecote Institute B.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D lead the way in the Second Division, and they are now the only unbeaten team. They responded well to losing the opening frame away to Stourbridge Institute C, when Adam Kensett fell victim to an inspired Sam Mattocks, who had a break of 35, by taking the remaining four frames through Rich Brookes, Mark Robson and Ade & Carl Butcher.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians B beat Amblecote RBL 3-2 to ease into 2nd place, and it was thanks to the Ball family, Steve and sons, Jack and Sam, who all won most convincingly. Billy Green and Rob Boylin ensured that the Legion took some consolation from the fixture.
Amblecote Institute C won a close encounter with Stourbridge Inst D 3-2, thanks to Gez Lyons, the unbeaten Cary Homer, and Ray Vanes, with their opponents replying through Tom Game, also yet to lose, and Paul Robinson.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre have made steady improvement over their 4 seasons together and they finally achieved their first ever 5-0 victory, which came at the expense of Bahia’s SC B, who had made a good start by winning their opening two matches in this, their first season. Matt Surmacz, Steve Hill, Steve Ballinger, Roger Lees and Paul Curry won for KSC but they were made to work hard for their success particularly by Paul Craig, who lost on the black.



STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT 19-20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 3 (W.Dobson, G.Smith, R.Pepperall) Hotshots SC 2 (B.Sembi, D.Konior 68)
Townsend Social 5 (P.Thompson, K.Ashmore 56, D.Petch, D.Thompson, D.Payne) Pockets SC B 0
Brandhall Labour 2 (A.Hooper, P.Caldeira) St John’s Social 3 (N.Carson, S.Thomas 51, T.Steele 27)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (D.Hall 32, M.Catalano, E.Bastable) Amblecote Inst A 2 (R.Clark, D.Oakes)
Norton Social B 2 (L.Grosvenor 30, A.Brown) Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith, R.Pitt, A.Davies)
West Midlands Police 2 (K.Franklin, G.Sloan) Stourbridge Inst A 3 (C.Crumpton, N.Aston, P.Garbett)

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons A 4 (T.Male, T.Carter, S.Spittle, J.Cowan) Bahia’s SC A 1 (A.Boswell)
Kinver Const A 0 Kingswinford Cons C 5 (L.Bennett, B.Guise, A.Coley, J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore)
Moor Pool & SC 2 (L.Whitehouse 35 I.Priest) Baggeridge Soc B 3 (N.Fellows M.Collingridge F.Bennett)
Bahia’s SC A 3 (J.Macdivitt, A.Boswell 23, R.Bahia) Wombourne 2 (P.Tristram, J.Perry)
Kingswinford Cons B 1 (M.Reece) S/b Old Edwardians A 4 (C.Cowley 23, 27 D.Woodall, H.Hall, S.Tyler)
Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings, S.Hadley) Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester, P.Gibson, M.Cash)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (W.Whitmore B.Guise 24 J.Cartwright) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male T.Carter)
Kinver Const B 4 (A.Sprague 28, D.Simmonds, L.Cross, S.Nicholls) Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter)

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst C 2(Cary Homer M.Skidmore) Amblecote Inst D 3(A.Kensett 35 R.Brookes, C.Butcher 32)
S/b Old Elizabethan B 4 (J.Ball, Steve and Sam Ball, D.Jones) Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Jeffs)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (W.Gardner, P.Robinson, T.Game) Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger)
Amblecote RBL 2 (R.Boylin 32, B.Green) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Craig, A.Martin, G.Reece)

Premier Division report: Pockets SC A surprised last season’s champions, Hotshots 3-2; having been given a perfect start by Wayne Dobson and Gary Smith, who beat Neil Beckley & Roy Stokes respectively, Rich Pepperall made sure of victory before Bal Sembi and Dawid Konior, with a fine break of 68, gave Hotshots some consolation.
Townsend Social overwhelmed Pockets’ B team 5-0, with the highlight being a break of 56 by Karl Ashmore: this follows their opening win on the tables of Amblecote Institute A, where they dropped only one frame, so they are the early pacesetters, a point ahead of Pockets A.
Alan Hooper and Paul Caldeira gave Brandhall Labour the first two frames at home to St John’s Social, but Nick Carson, Simon Thomas, with a 51 break, and Tim Steele, with a timely 27 turned the match around on their team's first visit to the club.
Nick Aston and Chris Crumpton did well to establish a 2-0 lead for Stourbridge Institute A, “away”, upstairs, against West Midland Police’s Pete Gibbons and Mark Sheehan, but Kev Franklin and Gavin Sloan made it 2-2 before Paul Garbett, who lost only one frame in last year’s title-winning season, took the decider to clinch a first win for his team in the top flight.
Baggeridge Social A, in their first season, beat Amblecote Inst A 3-2 thanks to David Hall, with a 32 break, Maria Catalano & Eliott Bastable, and Norton Social A just got the better of their B team by the same scoreline. Andy Smith and Rob Pitt won the opening frames but Tony Davies was taken to the black to secure the win, with Luke Grosvenor and Andrew Brown replying for the B team.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C have made an impressive start to the season: they took all five frames away to Kinver Constitutional A in a rearranged match and followed up with a 3-2 win at home to their own A team, with Bob Guise, John Cartwright & Wayne Whitmore successful in both matches while Thomas Male and Tim Carter won again for the A team.
Baggeridge Social B are the only other team to have won both of their fixtures, their latest 3-2 win being achieved at Moor Pool & Snooker where Neil Fellows and Martin Collingridge gave them a great start. Frankie Bennett made sure of the result before Lee Whitehouse, with a 35 break and Ian Priest hit back for the home team.
Newly-promoted Bahia’s SC A lost 4-1 in their rearranged match away to Kingswinford Cons A but found their stride with a 3-2 result at home to Wombourne, thanks to Jordan Macdivitt, Adam Boswell and Reece Bahia; Paul Tristram & Jon Perry did well to take a frame each for the visitors.
Old Edwardians A lost their opening match at home but responded well by winning 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons B where Simon Tyler made a successful debut for the team after Dave Woodall, Chris Cowley and Harry Hall had made the match safe.
Kinver’s C team went 2-0 ahead at home to Bearwood Cons thanks to Norman Jennings and Steve Hadley but the visitors fought back with Paul Gibson, John Chester and Mick Cash completing a full recovery.
Kinver’s B team lost the first frame to their A team’s Graham Tranter but Adam Sprague, Dave Simmonds, Les Cross and Steve Nicholls all won quite decisively to turn the match around.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D had a flying start in their local derby against their C team. Adam Kensett, with a break of 35 and Rich Brookes, with an emphatic win put them 2-0 ahead, then Carl Butcher, who had a break of 32, quickly put the outcome beyond doubt. To the C team’s credit, however Cary Homer and Mitch Skidmore earned some consolation.
Old Edwardians’ B team enjoyed their first win, with Steve Ball, his sons, Sam and Jack, and Dan Jones proving just too strong for Stourbridge Institute C, although Steve Jeffs, in a welcome return to league action, averted a whitewash.
The Institute’s D team had better fortune, however. This, the least experienced team in the division, combined to defeat Kingswinford SC 3-2. Will Gardner and Paul Robinson gave them the upper hand and Tom Game clinched the match, despite Paul Curry and Steve Ballinger securing a frame each.
Bahia's SC B, having begun the season with a win, carried on the good work with a 3-2 victory at Amblecote RBL. Paul Craig, Andy Martin and Glen Reece won for them with Billy Green and Rob Boylin, who had a break of 32, taking a frame each for the Legion.


STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT 12th – 13th SEPTEMBER 2018
Premier Division Results:
St John’s Social 4 (T.Steele, C.Walker, S.Thomas 25, 24, B.Jones) Norton Social B 1 (P.Bowen)
Pockets SC B 4 (A.Turner 27, G.Evans, J.Shuck 26, A.Kidd) West Mids Police 1 (K.Franklin 29)
Hotshots SC 4 (C.Downing, R.Stokes, N.Beckley, B.Sembi) Brandhall Labour 1 (A.Hooper)
Stourbridge Inst A 0 Pockets SC A 5 (L.Page 37, G.Smith 35, R.Pepperall, T.Pepperall, J.Betton)
Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith 42, S.Mason, G.Tomkins) Baggeridge Soc A 2 (J.Hickman, E.Bastable 73)
Amblecote Inst A v Townsend Social postponed
First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardian A 2 (G.Dunn, H.Hall 24) Kinver Const C 3 (A.Sloan, C.Randle, A.Tromans)
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (D.Whale, L.Whale 23, F.Bennett) Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook 30, 24, A.Moore)
Bearwood Cons 2 (J.Chester, M.Cash) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
Wombourne 1 (J.Perry 24) Kingswinford Cons B 4 (F.Dent, G.Reece, M.Reece, M.Wilson)
Kinver Const A v Kingswinford Cons C & Kingswinford Cons A v Bahia’s SC A postponed
Kinver Const B bye
Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (Ranjit Bahia, J.Bahia, G.Reece) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, B.Harris)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, Carey Homer, R.Vanes) S/b Old Edwardian B 2 (Steve Ball, D.Jones)
Kingswinford SC 2 (M.Surmacz, S.Ballinger) Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett 24, C.Butcher, M.Robson)
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (A.Jeffries) Amblecote RBL 4 (J.Green, M.Mantom, P.Botfield, B.Green)

Premier Division report: Bidding to retain the Premier Division championship won with the final frame of last season, Hotshots SC had a good start with a 4-1 win at home to Brandhall Labour. Callum Downing, Roy Stokes & Neil Beckley won decisively but Bal Sembi was taken to the black by Richard Crowley; Alan Hooper beat Dave Green to secure a consolation point for the visitors.
The best finish of the week came at Norton Social, whose A team went 2-0 ahead through Andy Smith (42 break) and Steve Mason, but they were pulled back to 2-2 by Baggeridge Social A, thanks to Jason Hickman and Eliott Bastable, who had a fine break of 73. In the tightest of deciding frames, Graham Tomkins took a respotted black against David Hall, making a welcome return to the league after a 15 year absence, to clinch the win for Norton.
The two promoted teams lost heavily: Stourbridge Institute A, whose superb 16 match winning run swept them to the First Division title, lost all five frames at home to Pockets SC A. Lee Page, Gary Smith, who did well to beat Ashley Aston, Rich and Tom Pepperall and John Betton found the Institute’s tables to their liking. Meanwhile, Norton Social B, who were First Division runners up, lost the first four frames at St John’s Social before Paul Bowen earned a consolation point. Earlier, Tim Steele, Carl Walker, Simon Thomas and Beamer Jones had established an unassailable lead.
West Midlands Police, champions in 2016 and 2017, last season’s runners up, fielded a weakened team at Pockets SC and only Kev Franklin could win as the home team, given a good start by Alan Turner and Gavin Evans, made sure of the win through Jamie Shuck, before Tony Kidd took advantage of a run of bad luck for Gavin Sloan.

First Division report: Moor Pool & Snooker, last season’s 3rd placed team had a fine start with a 3-2 victory away to Bearwood Cons, making a welcome return to the league. Simon Dingley, on the black against Paul Gibson, Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest took the honours, with John Chester and Mick Cash replying for the hosts.
Dave Whale, his son, Luke, and Frankie Bennett combined to give Baggeridge Social B a good start at home to Amblecote Inst B for whom Mick Cook, in particularly good form, and Alan Moore replied.
Jon Perry gave Wombourne the opening frame at home to Kingswinford Cons B, but Fred Dent, Gregg Reece, Mark Reece and Martin Wilson, on the black, fought back to take the match 4-1 for the Cons, while Stourbridge Old Edwardians, courtesy of Harry Hall & Gavin Dunn, went 2-0 up at home to newly-promoted Kinver Constitutional C but Andy Sloan, Chris Randle and Arnie Tromans, a black ball winner against Dave Woodall, turned the match around.

Second Division report: Bahia’s SC B, making their first appearance in the league, were able to celebrate a win at home to Stourbridge Institute D, another new team, also with very little league experience: Ranjit and Janice Singh and Glen Reece won for the hosts, with Tom Game and Brett Harris earning a point apiece for the Institute.
The Institute’s C team had only Alan Jeffries’ success to cheer as the visiting Amblecote RBL team enjoyed a good 4-1 win. Mark Mantom, Jamie & Billy Green and Paul Botfield ensured that the Legion had the best possible start to the season.
The two Amblecote Institute teams began with hard-earned, competitive victories: Adam Kensett, Carl Butcher, a volleyball international making a welcome return to the area, and a last-gasp Mark Robson win helped the D team to a 3-2 win at Kingswinford SC, before Matt Surmacz and Steve Ballinger fought back, while the C team beat Stourbridge Old Edwardians B, a new team with some experienced players, 3-2. Colin Homer, Cary Homer and Ray Vanes all did well to win for the Institute, with Steve Ball and Dan Jones, making his league debut, gaining some consolation for the visiting Old Eds.



LATEST NEWS: We're really pleased to report that Norton Social A will be able to fulfil their fixtures. The website shows fixtures for the first few weeks of the season which begins Wed 12th September. A new feature is that the handicap mark of virtually every player will be shown, for information only, of course, as all league matches are played off scratch. The handicap mark will be useful if and when changes are made to your 5 a side knock-out team.

2018-2019 SEASON

The first few weeks fixtures will be appearing on the League's website very shortly.

There are again 3 divisions: 12 teams in the Premier Division, producing 22 matches per team, although it must be noted that Norton Social A, who are trying to recruit one extra, regular player, might have to withdraw. The league programme is scheduled to end 20th March 2019. Hotshots SC B dropped out of this new season but Brandhall Labour Club return and Baggeridge Social have introduced a new team to the league. Stourbridge Institute A and Norton Social B were promoted whilst Kinver Const A and the original Baggeridge Social team were relegated.
There are 13 teams in the First Division, so, unfortunately there will be a bye in each half of the season. Each team will have 24 matches, and the league campaign will run until 17th April 2019. Bahia's Snooker Club and Kinver Const C were promoted, and Bearwood Conservative Club have re-joined.
There are 8 teams competing in the Second Division and will play each other 3 times, producing a 21 match season, which is due to end in March 2019 before the start of the division's knock out competition. Unfortunately Stourbridge Institute B had to withdraw through lack of players, but Bahia's and the Old Edwardian Club have entered a second team. The former Amblecote RBL B team withdrew but some of their players have transferred to the Old Edwardian Club.

The League welcomes these new and returning teams and extends it's thanks to the teams which have withdrawn for their past, loyal membership.

Kev Franklin and Tony Kidd