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|Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 4-5 December 2019
Premier Division results:
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (S.Porter) Townsend Social 4 (J.Spence, D.Petch, D.Thompson, K.Ashmore)
Brandhall Labour 1 (J.Bate 75) Baggeridge Social A 4 (J.Donoghue 30, W.Homphreys, E.Bastable 54, L.Payne)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, A.Aston, G.Tomkins, R.Pitt 31, 54) Hotshots SC B 1 (D.Hartley 43)
Hotshots SC A 3 (C.Downing 85, B.Sembi, M.Sutton 41) Amblecote Institute A 2 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark)
Bearwood Cons v West Midlands Police postponed
Pockets SC A bye
First Division results:
Pockets SC B 4 (G.Evans, A.Kidd, J.Shuck, G.Ward) Amblecote Institute C 1 (Cary Homer)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (D.Smith, M.Jeffries, Reece Bahia, C.Whitehouse) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (I.Priest)
Kinver Constitutional A 5 (P.Churchman, J.Woodhouse, R.Jeffries, G.Tranter, K.Rollinson) Norton Social B 0
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 2 (J.Bond, S.Childs) Kinver Const C 3 (L.Cross, S.Nicholls, G.Reece 32)
Amblecote Inst B 1 (M.Cook) Baggeridge Social B 4 (F.Bennett, M.Whale, A.Baker, M.Collingridge)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Cowan, J.Byng, T.Male) Amblecote Inst D 2 (A.Butcher, M.Robson)
Kinver Const B S/b Old Edwardians A postponed
Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 2 (G.Skinner, A.Martin) Wombourne 3 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell, J.Perry)
Kinver Const D 3 (D.Barker, A.Stanley, C.Barker) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, C.Green)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (P.Robinson) S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Sam & Steve Ball, J.Ball, J.Chager)
Amblecote RBL A 2 (Bill Green, J.Green) Amblecote RBL B 3 (M.Lees, R.Conway, S.Bull)
Kingwinford SC v Amblecote Inst E postponed until 18/12/19
Premier Division report: The joint leaders clashed with Hotshots SC A, bidding to regain the championship they won in 2018, just coming out on top 3-2 at home against Amblecote Institute A. Callum Downing, with a break of 85, Mark Sutton, with 41, and Bal Sembi eased Hotshots two points clear at the top, with Ash Sidaway and Rob Clark replying for the visitors.
Third-placed Baggeridge Social A moved to within 3 points of the top with a good 4-1 win on the tables of Brandhall Labour, thanks to Justin Donoghue, Wes Humphreys, Eliott Bastable, who had a break of 54, and Lee Payne, making his first league appearance since Riley’s SC competed 18 years ago. The highlight of the match however was Jon Bate’s fine clearance of 75 against Dave Hall for Brandhall’s consolation frame.
Three points further adrift are Norton Social A, who avenged their opening day defeat by Hotshots B with a 4-1 success in which Rob Pitt cleared with a 54 break. Both Simon Thomas and Dan Hartley had 40+ breaks in their high-quality frame, Dan stepping in with the last two balls after an unlucky in-off pink cost Simon victory.
It’s almost certainly too late for Townsend Social to mount a serious attempt to retain their title but they followed the previous week’s 5-0 against the league leaders with a 4-1 win at bottom club Kingswinford Cons C. Frames were well-contested however, particularly Sam Porter’s black ball success against Phil Thompson for Cons’ point.
First Division report: Norton Social B’s seven successive wins had forged a six point lead at the top of the First Division, but they crashed 5-0 away to Kinver Constitutional A, who joined them at the top of the league. Paul Churchman, Jim Woodhouse, Rob Jeffries, Graham Tranter and Keith Rollinson all won; in most cases there was relatively little between the scores, but it was a great result for Kinver.
The teams who had shared second place both recorded 4-1 home wins, but now have to be content with joint third, albeit just a point behind the leaders. Bahia’s SC A did well to beat Moor Pool & Snooker, with Reece Bahia extending his record to 11/12 wins, while Pockets SC B beat Amblecote Institute C by the same score, with Jamie Shuck winning his 11th frame in a row.
Kinver’s C team returned to form with a 3-2 win on the tables of Dudley Ex-Servicemen and they are only two points further away in 5th place. Gregg Reece, with a 32 break, secured the deciding frame against the formidable Rob Thompson to clinch a really good result for his team.
Three recent defeats had caused Baggeridge Social B to lose impetus but their fortune changed for the better with a 4-1 win away to Amblecote Institute B although Frankie Bennett and Martin Collingridge were taken to the final black by Roy Grainger and Mark Colbourne respectively.
This result enabled Kingswinford Cons A to put a little daylight between themselves and the bottom three, by virtue of a 3-2 home win against Amblecote Institute D. John Cowan, John Byng and Thomas Male all won with Adrian Butcher and Mark Robson replying.
Second Division report: The leaders of the Second Division, Kingswinford SC’s match had been postponed for two weeks, which gave the chasing teams the opportunity to erode the seven point advantage KSC had established.
Old Edwardians B moved into the runners up spot with a 4-1 win away to Stourbridge Institute D, thanks to Steve Ball, Jat Chager, Brett Ball and a black ball success for Sam Ball, who did particularly well to beat Chris Crumpton on the black. They trail the leaders by three points.
They have a two point break on Amblecote RBL A who lost a tight match against their B team 3-2, with Mark Lees, Richard Conway and Steve Bull just edging it for the B side, who lie 4th, just four points off second place.
Wombourne also crept a little closer, courtesy of yet another closely-fought away match, easing past Bahia’s B 3-2. John Wooldridge, Jon Perry and Dave Flavell, with about 150 years’ combined experience behind them, ensured that Wombourne also stayed in touch, six points off 2nd place.
Kinver’s D team set aside the disappointment of the previous week’s 5-0 defeat to beat Stourbridge Institute B 3-2. Ash Stanley, Dan Barker and his father, Chris all won for the newly-formed team.
STOURBRIDGE INSTITUTE SOCIAL CLUB
AN EXHIBITION OF SNOOKER WITH
World Number 11
BARRY “The Hawk” HAWKINS
Friday 10th January 2020, 7:30pm start
Tickets = £25 each
*Please ask behind the bar for details or contact The Secretary, Carl Southwick, on (07976) 423419
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 27-28 November 2019
Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 2 (A.Smith, R.Pepperall) Amblecote Inst A 3 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway 32, 37, M.Ganderton)
Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore, L.Bennett, S.Porter, J.Cartwright) Hotshots SC B 1 (M.Kelly)
Hotshots SC A 3 (J.Brown, N.Beckley, M.Sutton) West Midlands Police 2 (C.Millward, M.Sheehan)
Norton Social A v Baggeridge Social A postponed until 18/12/19
Bearwood Cons v Townsend Social postponed date tba
Brandhall Labour bye
First Division results:
Kinver Constitutional C 1 (G.Reece 33) Pockets SC B 4 (G.Evans, A.Kidd, J.Shuck, G.Ward)
Baggeridge Social B 1 (L.Whale) Amblecote Inst C 4 (R.Vanes, Cary Homer, R.McManus, M.Skidmore)
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (G.Dunn, H.Hall, J.Chager) Bahia’s SC A 2 (M.Jeffries, R.Bahia)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett, C.Butcher, R.Brookes) Kinver Constitutional B 2 (R.Smith, M.Dowler)
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen, T.Brown, A.Brown) Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Carter)
Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (N.Gennard, W.Knight) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (M.Johnson, T.Pearsall, R.Thompson)
Amblecote Inst B 1 (M.Colbourne) Kinver Constitutional A 4 (G.Tranter, P.Churchman, K.Rollinson, R.Jeffries)
Second Division results:
Kingswinford SC 3 (P.Curry, J.Salisbury, S.Ballinger) Wombourne 2 (C.Pirnie, J.Perry)
Amblecote Inst E 0 Stourbridge Inst D 5 (T.Game, Dino Bacciocchi, C.Crumpton, S.Donoghue, P.Robinson)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (J.Ball, S.Barclay 30, B.Ball, Sam Ball) Amblecote RBL A 1 (S.Norton)
Stourbridge Inst B 3 (L.Ward, M.Daniels, H.Jones) Bahia’s SC B 2 (A.Martin, G.Skinner)
Amblecote RBL B 5 (W.Crowther, R.Conway, S.Bull, M.Lees, A.Bull) Kinver Const D 0
Premier Division report: Co-leaders Baggeridge Social A’s match away to 4th placed Norton Social A had been postponed, and their rivals, Amblecote Institute A and Hotshots SC A edged four points clear having been made to work for 3-2 victories.
Amblecote won away to Pockets SC B thanks to Rob Clark, Ash Sidaway who put them 2-0 ahead, and Mark Ganderton, who took the decider after Rich Pepperall and Andy Smith had levelled the scores, while Hotshots beat West Midlands Police, courtesy of wins for Neil Beckley, Mark Sutton and Jamie Brown, who did well to beat Gavin Sloan, despite his opponent making a 53 break. Bal Sembi lost only his second frame, on the black against the Police’s Mark Sheehan.
Kingswinford Cons C, who have found it so much more difficult in the top flight, since winning the First Division, were finally able to celebrate their first league win, 4-1 at home to Hotshots B. Wayne Whitmore, Leigh Bennett, Sam Porter and John Cartwright all won but Mike Moon was just outpointed by Mark Kelly.
First Division report: Norton Social B won their 7th successive match, 4-1 at home to Kingswinford Cons A, and they are now six points clear at the top of the First Division. Luke Grosvenor, Paul Bowen and Tony and Andrew Brown took the first four frames before Tim Carter struck for the visitors.
There is a three way tie for 2nd place: Bahia’s lost 3-2 at Old Edwardians A for whom Gavin Dunn, Harry Hall and Jat Chager, who stepped up from the B team with a most significant effect, secured the win. Mark Jeffries and Reece Bahia, who withstood a 45 break by Chris Cowley to take his personal record to 10/11 wins, at least earned the visitors a share of second place.
They were joined by Kinver Constitutional A, who took the first four frames on the tables of Amblecote Institute B, including another success for Graham Tranter, one of four players with most wins in the division, 10/11, and Pockets SC B, who eased a point ahead of their opponents, Kinver C, with a closely-contested 4-1 result. Again there were impressive performances by two more of the players with most wins, Gregg Reece for Kinver, and Jamie Shuck for the visiting Pockets team.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen exacted a little revenge on Moor Pool & Snooker for the narrowest of defeats in the previous week’s cup tie, by beating them 3-2 on their own tables. Matt Johnson and Tom Pearsall won quite comfortably but Rob Thompson had to go to the final black against Ian Priest to secure the result which kept league newcomers, Dudley, within six points of second place.
Amblecote Institute’s C and D teams, having earned promotion from the Second Division, have struggled for consistency but both achieved their best results so far this campaign. Adam Kensett, Carl Butcher, who ended Chris Randle’s six game winning run, and Richard Brookes combined for the D team to register a 3-2 win against Kinver’s B team, while the C team went one better visiting Baggeridge Social B. Although Alan Jeffries lost to Luke Whale, Ray Vanes, Cary Homer, Roger McManus and Mitch Skidmore all produced really good efforts on this, their first visit to the club. Although the C and D teams still occupy the last two league places, there are only five points covering the bottom four with two weeks to go to the mid-season point.
Second Division report: There was a mixture of fortunes for the top two in the Second Division: the leaders, Kingswinford SC came out on top in a home match against the 4th placed team, Wombourne, but their closest pursuers, Amblecote RBL A lost to 3rd placed Old Edwardians B.
Paul Curry, and the unbeaten pair, John Salisbury and Steve Ballinger, who handed Dave Flavell only his second defeat, just did enough for Kingswinford Snooker Centre, while Old Edwardians closed to within a point of Amblecote RBL A after defeating them 4-1. Handy reserve Stewart Barclay, Jack Ball, Brett Ball and Sam Ball, who beat the prolific Bill Green on the black, all won, while Steve Ball potted the black against Steve Norton only for the cue ball to catch a middle pocket jaw and go in-off. The leaders have a 7 point margin but now 6 points cover the next four teams.
Amblecote RBL B took full advantage of the teams above them dropping points by beating Kinver’s D team 5-0, courtesy of Bill Crowther, Richard Conway, Mark Lees, and Steve and Alex Bull, and they are only 4 points off second place in this, their first season.
Similarly, Stourbridge Institute D enjoyed a really good result, taking all five frames on the tables of Amblecote Institute E, who couldn’t match their previous week’s cup heroics against West Midlands Police. Tom Game, Dino Bacciocchi, Chris Crumpton, Paul Robinson and Steve Donoghue were able to celebrate their biggest win since coming together as a team.
Finally Stourbridge’s B team beat Bahia’s SC B 3-2 with the experienced pair of Mark Daniels and Harry Jones combining with Lee Ward, by contrast in his first season of competitive snooker, to seal another win for their newly-assembled team.
West Midlands Inter Town first round
Stourbridge 6 Stafford C 1 at Norton Social Club, referees Alan Checketts & Mike Moon
Frame scores: Andy Smith 79 - 44 Stuart Jones
Ashley Aston 43 67 – 49 Steve Smart
Steve Mason 40 68 - 57 39 Mick Fox
Gavin Sloan 72 – 28 Chris Ward
Rob Pitt 12 – 103 97 Rob Wharne
Tom Pepperall 66 – 27 Matt Hyden
Rick Wooldridge 70 – 23 Steve Heath
Stourbridge were given a fine start by Andy Smith and Ashley Aston before Steve Mason and Gavin Sloan gave them an unassailable 4-0 lead; all four played well although it is fair to add that Stafford could easily have shared those four frames, so closely were they contested.
Rob Wharne then looked likely to clear the table until missing the blue off its spot on 97, much to his disappointment, before Tom Pepperall and Rick Wooldridge completed an excellent result for Stourbridge.
They go into the last 16 along with Dudley, who were indebted to Alan Moore of Amblecote Institute & Kingswinford SC for winning the deciding frame away to Wednesfield. The draw will be made week commencing 2nd December, with the next round being played in January.
Stourbridge & Didtrict Snooker League Report 20-21 November 2019
Team Knock-Out Handicap
Amblecote RBL A (h/cap 220) 378 Amblecote Inst A (minus 51) 316
Amblecote RBL B (226) 377 Bahia’s SC A (142) 425
Amblecote Inst E (248) 430 West Midlands Police (24) 393
Brandhall Labour (4) 310 Kingswinford Cons C (129) 383
Dudley Ex-Servicemen (129) 382 Moor Pool & Snooker (160) 398
Hotshots SC B (21) 311 Amblecote Inst B (149) 433
Kingswinford SC (192) 393 Norton Social B (93) 424
Kinver Constitutional B (171) 528 Kingswinford Cons A (156) 400
Norton Social A (minus 44) 323 Baggeridge Social A (minus 59) 183
Pockets SC A (1) 464 Amblecote Institute D (198) 295
Pockets SC B (121) 452 Amblecote Institute C (220) 372
Stourbridge Institute D (226) 484 Stourbridge Institute B (236) 529
S/b Old Edwardians A (118) 344 Kinver Constitutional A (110) 404
Townsend Social (minus 52) 389 S/b Old Edwardians B (188) 330
Wombourne (198) 464 Kinver Constitutional D (224) 450
Postponed: Bahia’s SC B v Bearwood Cons & Kinver Constitutional C v Hotshots SC A
Bye: Baggeridge Social B
Amblecote Institute A, one of the Premier Division co-leaders, had to concede 271 points and home advantage to Amblecote RBL A, and although Mark Ganderton won by 82 points, the rest of the team couldn’t quite win well enough, and Rob Boylin had enough in hand to steer the Legion to a 62 point margin of victory.
Baggeridge Social A, another of the co-leaders, were given a tremendous start by Eliott Bastable’s 99 point win in the opening frame on the tables of Norton Social A. On the adjacent table, Ashley Aston, with a break of 49, kept the visitors’ lead down to 40, but the match was transformed by Simon Thomas of Norton, who, with visits of 36 and a 72 clearance to the blue, beat Maria Catalano 128-0, while Rob Pitt scored consistently well against Andrew Highfield to secure victory for Norton.
Receiving 240 points start away to Townsend Social, Old Edwardians B still had 197 in hand after Jat Chager & Steve Ball restricted the hosts in the first two frames, but Darren Oakes and Dave Thompson clawed back 177 in frames 3 and 4, and Darrell Payne beat Sam Ball decisively in the final frame, to complete a remarkable recovery by Townsend.
League newcomers, Amblecote Institute E entertained the Premier Division’s West Midlands Police, receiving 224 points start, and despite a 94 point win by Gavin Sloan, the visitors couldn’t do enough to recover the deficit in the face of good performances by Audie Homer, Shaun Baggott and Sam Mattocks, and the Institute prevailed by 37 points.
Another top-flight team were eliminated when Hotshots SC B failed to retrieve 128 points at home to Amblecote Institute’s B team, despite being given a flying start by Dan Hartley, who had a break of 46. Dawid Konior was held to 8 points by Mark Colbourne, while Mark Kelly lost by 8 points in a fine result for Sam Harrison. With a break of 40, Mick Cook gave Amblecote a lead of 98, which Alan Moore extended to 122 points in the final frame, by far the most decisive win by any away team.
Two of the Kinver Constitutional teams won fairly comfortably: the A team were given a perfect start by Jim Woodhouse’s 103 point win away to Old Edwardians A, and although the home team won three frames, Kinver had enough in hand to go through. Ron Smith and Chris Randle had very decisive wins for the C team at home to Kingswinford Cons A and although the other three frames were closely-contested, Kinver were worthy winners.
Kinver’s D team, in their first season, lost in a close finish at Wombourne, where Marcus Hines went in-off the pink having recovered all but two of the 38 points he had to retrieve in the final frame against Dave Flavell who then potted pink to win.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen looked to have it all to do in their match at home to Moor Pool & Snooker after Warren Knight’s good win had put the visitors 72 ahead going into the last frame. Rob Thompson’s great effort failed only when the final pink hovered over the centre pocket, leaving a relieved Glyn Whitehouse to make the winning pot.
Having been promoted as First Division champions, little has gone right for Kingswinford Cons C, losing all nine Premier Division matches, but they took advantage of a 125 point start away to Brandhall Labour to progress through to the cup competition. All five members of their team played their part, with Wayne Whitmore and Leigh Bennett both winning their frames.
Second Division leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre entertained Norton Social B, who top the First Division, with a 99 point start. Jamie Westwood won a frame for KSC, however, and Norton had to work hard to win, Andrew Brown just edging the match on the final colours against Steve Ballinger.
Bahia’s SC A had to concede 84 points start to Amblecote RBL B, away from home, and they were reliant on Reece Bahia taking the final frame convincingly after they gradually recovered the deficit.
The two Stourbridge Institute teams were drawn together, with the B team coming out on top of the D side; crucially, Harry Jones held Chris Crumpton to a 25 point margin of victory adding to wins for Mark Daniels and Carl Green.
The two Pockets SC teams were drawn to face teams from Amblecote Institute. Pockets A overpowered the Institute’s D team recovering the 198 point start comfortably in the first four frames, with Tom Pepperall making a break of 55, and the B team eased past the Institute’s C team, with Tony Kidd and Jamie Shuck winning decisively in an otherwise even contest.
Mick played for three teams in the Stourbridge League Premier Division, initially for Riley’s Snooker Club, Wolverhampton, then Stourbridge Cons, until its closure and then on to Kinver Constitutional Club. While with Riley’s he became the Premier Division Individual Champion in 2001, beating a young David Hall of Stourbridge Cons in the final held at Kinver.
He represented Stourbridge in inter town and inter league competitions until he decided to focus more on his West Midland League commitments from 2010, becoming Grand Masters Champion in 2015. He also coached successfully until his sudden death. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mick’s family and friends.
The funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Leveson Street, Willenhall WV13 1DA at 2pm on Thursday 28th November, then at Bushbury Crematorium at 3pm followed by a reception at Short Heath RBL.
It is also sad to report that Bob Oakley of Amblecote Institute has passed away. He played for the club throughout his playing career, and was always willing to step in to help out if necessary if any of the teams required his help. Funeral details will be available in due course.
Arwyn Thomas of Old Edwardians has passed away towards the end of last month after a long battle against illness. He was a regular attendee at league meetings particularly during his club’s earlier membership of the League from 2015. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Arwyn’s family and friends.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 13-14 November 2019
Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 4 (D.Hall, E.Bastable, J.Donoghue, Reanne Evans 46) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore)
Hotshots SC B 2 (M.Kelly, D.Konior) Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Anderson 41, P.Montague, M.Cash)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Thomas, G.Tomkins, S.Mason, A.Aston) Brandhall Labour 1 (W.Robbins)
Townsend Social 5 (K.Ashmore 99, P.Thompson, J.Spence, D.Thompson, D.Petch) Hotshots SC A 0
West Midlands Police 2 (G.Sloan, K.Franklin 34) Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall 57, L.Page 36, A.Smith)
Amblecote Inst A bye
First Division results:
Pockets SC B 3 (A.Turner, J.Shuck, A.Kidd) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley)
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 2 (R.Thompson, T.Pearsall) S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley, P.Garbett, G.Dunn)
Kinver Const A 5 (J.Woodhouse, P.Churchman, G.Tranter, R.Jeffries, K.Rollinson) Baggeridge Soc B 0
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Colin Homer, R.McManus) Kinver Const C 3 (G.Reece, S.Small, S.Nicholls)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (M.Jeffries, J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia, C.Whitehouse) Amblecote Inst D 1 (S.Butcher)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, J.Cowan, J.Byng) Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne)
Kinver Const B 2 (R.Smith, C.Randle 36) Norton Social B 3 (A.Brown, L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen)
Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 2 (B.Jones, M.Reece) Amblecote RBL B 3 (S.Bull, M.Lees, R.Conway)
Wombourne 3 (R.Mason, D.Flavell, P.Tristram) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, L.Ward)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (C.Crumpton) Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, P.Curry, J.Salisbury)
Amblecote RBL A 5 (R.Willetts, Bill & Ben Green, S.Norton, R.Boylin) Amblecote Inst E 0
Kinver Const D 3 (D.Barker, J.Cumiskey, J.Smith) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (Sam Ball, B.Ball)
Premier Division report: Last season’s champions, Townsend Social have really struggled to find their touch in the first two months of this campaign but they hit top form against Hotshots SC A, whose seven consecutive wins had taken them to the top of the Premier Division. Townsend took all five frames, with the highlight being Karl Ashmore’s attempted clearance which failed on the final pink at 99. Phil Thompson & Jamie Spence beat the in-form pair of Neil Beckley and Mark Sutton, Dave Thompson cleared the last five colours to hand Bal Sembi his first defeat, and Dan Petch took the black against Jamie Brown to complete the remarkable scoreline.
Baggeridge Social A beat Kingswinford Cons C 4-1, with Reanne Evans making a break of 46 and they have joined Hotshots and Amblecote Institute A, who had their bye, at the top of the league; there’s still no joy for Cons, promoted as First Division champions, although Wayne Whitmore took a frame.
Norton Social A came through a difficult match 4-1 at home to Brandhall Labour, and they remain in 4th place, now three points ahead of Pockets SC A, who did well to win 3-2 on the tables of West Midlands Police. Tom Pepperall’s fine, long opening red was the prelude to a break of 57 for Pockets.
Bearwood Cons, the other promoted team, won their third match, courtesy of Joe Anderson, who had a break of 41, Pete Montague and Mick Cash, who combined to win 3-2 away to Hotshots B.
First Division report: Norton Social B came through a difficult match away to Kinver Constitutional B 3-2 to retain their three point lead at the top of the First Division. Andrew Brown and Luke Grosvenor put them 2-0 ahead but Ron Smith and Chris Randle levelled the scores, and they had to rely on Paul Bowen’s pink against Mark Dowler to secure a valuable win.
Kinver’s C team also edged a tight match away to Amblecote Institute C. Gregg Reece, Steve Small, who recovered from 33 points behind to pip Ray Vanes, and Steve Nicholls clinched the 3-2 result, while Roger McManus and Colin Homer, who did well to beat Adam Sprague, won for the hosts.
Pockets SC B, for whom Alan Turner and Jamie Shuck, who extended his winning sequence to nine, were in fine form, beat Moor Pool & Snooker 3-2 to hold on to 3rd position, although they were joined by Kinver’s A team, who took all five frames, some quite narrowly, against Baggeridge Social B, a very good result with Graham Tranter taking his personal tally to 9/10 wins.
Bahia’s SC A also made progress into 5th place with a 4-1 home win against Amblecote Institute D, with Reece Bahia and Jordan Macdivitt continuing their successful run of form, having lost only three times between them. They are 7 points off top spot with a match in hand of all of their rivals.
Kingswinford Cons A brought an end to a run of six defeats, with a 3-2 win at home to Amblecote Institute B, thanks to Thomas Male, John Cowan and John Byng, lifting them above their opponents in the league table, while Old Edwardians A put daylight between themselves and the bottom four with a 3-2 victory away to Dudley Ex-Servicemen: Chris Cowley, Paul Garbett & Gavin Dunn all won with Rob Thompson and Tom Pearsall replying.
Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre brushed off the disappointment of being the last team to be defeated with a 4-1 win away to Stourbridge Institute D. John Salisbury and Steve Ballinger are yet to lose and Jamie Westwood and Paul Curry completed the result. Chris Crumpton, on his debut, rescued a point for the hosts.
Their lead at the top, however, was trimmed to four points because the team which ended their run, Amblecote RBL A, stormed to a 5-0 win at home to Amblecote Institute E, Ryan Willetts winning on his first appearance, and Billy Green making it 9/10 although he was hard-pressed by Audie Homer.
Old Edwardians B are now five points further back in 3rd place, after suffering a 3-2 defeat away to Kinver Constitutional D. Only Sam and Brett Ball could win as Dan Barker, John Cumiskey and Joe Smith took the match for Kinver.
Veteran Harry Jones and newcomer Lee Ward gave Stourbridge Institute B a great start at 4th placed Wombourne, but the home team hit back through Bob Mason’s respotted black against Kevin Hulme, Dave Flavell, who’s lost only once, and Paul Tristram, in the decider against Carl Green.
Successive defeats had caused Amblecote RBL B’s challenge to falter, but they returned to winning ways, 3-2 away to Bahia’s SC B. Steve Bull, Mark Lees and Richard Conway won for them with Ben Jones and Mark Reece taking some consolation for Bahia’s.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 30-31 October 2019
Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 2 (K.Ashmore, D.Thompson) Amblecote Inst A 3 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway, D.Oakes)
Hotshots SC B 2 (D.Hartley 38, M.Kelly) Pockets SC A 3 (W.Dobson, A.Smith, J.Betton)
Brandhall Labour 5 (W.Robbins, J.Bate 48, A.Round, P.Caldeira, R.Howen) Bearwood Cons 0
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason 51, A.Aston 48, A.Davies, G.Tomkins) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore)
Baggeridge Social A 2 (M.Catalano, Reanne Evans) Hotshots SC A 3 (N.Beckley, R.Stokes, B.Sembi)
West Midlands Police bye
First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, T.Carter) Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Whale, F.Bennett, M.Collingridge)
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Evans, G.Ward 32, J.Shuck) Amblecote Inst D 2 (R.Brookes, C.Butcher)
Kinver Const C 5 (G.Reece, A.Sprague 39, D.Reece, L.Cross, T.Postings) Moor Pool & Snooker 0
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 2 (M.Johnson, R.Thompson) Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen, A.Brown)
Kinver Const B 4 (N.Jennings, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowling) Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter)
Bahia’s SC A v Amblecote Inst B postponed
Amblecote Inst C v S/b Old Edwardians A postponed until 4/11/19
Second Division results:
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (Dom & Dino Bacciocchi, W.Gardener) Amblecote RBL A 2 (Bill Green, R.Boylin)
Amblecote Inst E 2 (S.Mattocks, Cary Homer) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Jukes, G.Skinner, G. Reece)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Sam Ball, J.Chager, B.Ball, Steve Ball) Stourbridge Inst B 1 (H.Jones)
Kingswinford SC 5 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger 33, J.Westwood, J.Salisbury, M.Surmacz) Kinver Const D 0
Amblecote RBL B 1 (R.Conway) Wombourne 4 (D.Flavell, P.Tristram, J.Wooldridge, R.Mason)
Premier Division report: There is no change at the top of the Premier Division with Amblecote Institute A retaining their single point lead over Hotshots SC A after both teams recorded hard-fought 3-2 away victories.
Rob Clark, Ashley Sidaway and Dave Oakes all won decisively for Amblecote at Townsend Social, before the reigning champions hit back through Karl Ashmore and Dave Thompson, while Hotshots had to work a little harder, but no less effectively, at Baggeridge Social, securing the result through Neil Beckley, Roy Stokes and Bal Sembi. The home team responded via the 12 time Ladies World Champion, Reanne Evans and Maria Catalano, who has reached the ladies’ final five times, frames which at least kept their team in 4th place, five points off the pace.
Norton Social A had a 4-1 win at home to Kingswinford Cons C, Steve Mason with a break of 51, and Ashley Aston with 48 leading the way, but they were deprived of maximum points by Wayne Whitmore’s black ball success against Rob Pitt, but closed to within 3 points of the leaders.
Pockets SC A maintained their challenge with a 3-2 win away to Hotshots SC B, thanks to handy reserve, Wayne Dobson, Andy Smith and John Betton’s respotted black win in the decider against Dawid Konior. Dan Hartley, and Mark Kelly, who beat former professional Lee Page on the black, won for the hosts.
Brandhall Labour lifted themselves into mid-table respectability with all five frames at home to Bearwood Cons, with Jon Bate making a break of 48, and yet another good win for Wayne Robbins.
First Division report: Joint leaders Bahia’s SC A postponed their match, which left the way clear for Norton Social A to ease 4 points ahead of them with a 3-2 win at Dudley Ex-Servicemen thanks to Luke Grosvenor, Paul Bowen and Andrew Brown.
Kinver Constitutional C stormed into 2nd place with a 5-0 win at home to Moor Pool & Snooker, a rare scoreline in this competitive division. Adam Sprague, with a 39 break, gave them their usual good start and Les Cross did well to hand Simon Dingley only his second defeat in a fine season.
Baggeridge Social B stayed within five points of the leaders with a 3-2 win at Kingswinford Cons A, but the result would have gone the other way had Frankie Bennett not got the snooker he needed on the colours on his way to a last gasp win against John Byng. Matt Whale & Mart Collingridge also won for the visitors, with Thomas Male and Tim Carter taking a frame each for the Cons.
They were joined in 4th place by Kinver’s B team who had a very good result, beating their own A team 4-1. Only Graham Tranter, who’s lost only once, could win for the A team as Norman Jennings, Arnie Tromans and the in-form pair Chris Randle and Mark Dowler took the honours for the B team.
Just a point further away are Pockets SC B, who won 3-2 at home to Amblecote Institute D, with Gavin Evans, Gareth Ward and Jay Shuck all winning well. Rich Brookes and Carl Butcher gave the visitors, last season’s Second Division champions, two useful points.
Second Division report: There’s still no stopping Kingswinford Snooker Centre, who stretched 7 points clear at the top of the Second Division, with their 8th win out of eight. Steve Ballinger, who had visits of 21 and 33 and John Salisbury are yet to lose and Jamie Westwood, Paul Curry and Matt Surmacz completed a good result against opponents who held their own in at least three frames.
Both Amblecote British Legion teams are challenging for honours but both slipped up: the A team lost 3-2 away to Stourbridge Institute D for whom Dominic and Dino Bacciocchi and Will Gardener just did enough to earn their inexperienced team one of their best results, while only Richard Conway’s black ball win gave the B team any joy at home to Wombourne.
Dave Flavell, Paul Tristram, John Wooldridge and Bob Mason all won quite comfortably for Womboune, who climbed above their opponents into 4th place, three points off the Legion A’s second place, but 10 points adrift of Kingswinford.
Old Edwardians B also took advantage with a 4-1 victory in a well-contested match against Stourbridge Institute B, a result leaving them in 3rd place, 8 points off the top. Brett Ball won handsomely but there was very little between the players in the other four frames.
Bahia’s SC B won their first away match, 3-2 on the tables of Amblecote Institute E. Pete Jukes, Gary Skinner and Glen Reece secured the result, with the experienced duo, Sam Mattocks and Cary Homer replying for the hosts.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 23-24 October 2019
Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 5 (D.Oakes, A.Sidaway 39, R.Clark 42, M.Ganderton 53, R.Wooldridge) Hotshots SC B 0
Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall, A.Smith 42) Baggeridge Social A 2 (J.Donoghue, M.Catalano 40)
West Midlands Police 3 (G.Sloan 50, P.Gibbons, K.Franklin) Townsend Social 2 (P.Thompson, J.Spence)
Hotshots SC A 5 (B.Sembi 69, C.Downing, N.Beckley 37, 30, R.Stokes, M.Sutton) Brandhall Labour 0
Bearwood Cons 1 (J.Anderson) Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, S.Thomas, G.Tomkins, R.Pitt)
Kingswinford Cons C bye
First Division results:
Baggeridge Social B 3 (D.Whale, L.Whale, F.Bennett) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (S.Dingley, I.Priest)
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (D.Woodall, C.Cowley 30, P.Garbett) Kinver Const C 2 (L.Cross, S.Small)
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor 48, C.Webb, A.Brown, T.Brown) Pockets SC B 1 (J.Shuck)
Kinver Const A 3 (J.Woodhouse, G.Tranter, D.Banks) Bahia’s SC A 2 (J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, S.Harrison) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (R.Thompson, S.Childs, T.Pearsall)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male) Kinver Const B 4 (R.Smith, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowler)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (C.Butcher, S.Butcher, Jordan Taylor) Amblecote Inst C 2 (R.McManus, R.Vanes)
Second Division results:
Wombourne 2 (D.Porter, J.Wooldridge) Amblecote RBL A 3 (P.Botfield, S.Norton, R.Boylin)
Bahia’s SC B 1 (P.Jukes) Kingswinford SC 4 (M.Surmacz, J.Salisbury, P.Curry, S.Ballinger 40)
Amblecote RBL B 4 (R.Conway, W.Crowther, M.Lees, A.Bull 34) S/b Old Edwardians B 1 (Steve Ball)
Kinver Const D 4 (M.Hines 40, D.Barker, J.Smith, A.Stanley) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (T.Game)
Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, T.Pardoe) Amblecote Inst E 3 (A.Homer, L.Edwards, S.Mattocks)
Premier Division report: Amblecote Institute A climbed to the top of the Premier Division with a 5-0 win at home to Hotshots SC B, taking advantage of Baggeridge Social’s first defeat. Mark Ganderton, with a break of 53, Rob Clark and Ash Sidaway all won well but Dave Oakes, a black ball winner against Dan Hartley, who had a run of 44, and Rick Wooldridge, who narrowly beat Dawid Konior, were taken to the limit by Hotshots B, who have made a great success of their return to the league.
Baggeridge were pushed down to third place as Hotshots SC A took all five frames at home to Brandhall Labour, with Bal Sembi taking his own tally to 6/6 wins in style with a break of 69, his fourth 50+ break to date. They are a point off the lead, but with a match in hand.
Justin Donoghue of Baggeridge also retained his unbeaten record, but he was taken to the black by Gary Smith in the opening frame away to Pockets A. Tom Pepperall and Andy Smith gave Pockets the lead, but Maria Catalano levelled the scores, before Rich Pepperall secured the match for the hosts with a decisive win against Eliott Bastable, his first loss, exacting some revenge against an opponent who had beaten him 3-2 in last season’s individual championship.
Two defeats had cost Norton Social A some momentum but they responded well by coming away from Bearwood Cons with a 4-1 success, crucially taking the first two frames narrowly through Steve Mason and Simon Thomas, both of which could have gone to Bearwood’s Pete Montague and Paul Gibson respectively. Norton are four points off the pace being set by the leaders.
West Midlands Police beat Townsend Social 3-2, the best frame seeing Gavin Sloan clear from the green to beat Karl Ashmore, who had fought back well after his opponent’s early half-century break. Pete Gibbons continued his excellent start to the season for the Police, who were indebted to Kev Franklin for taking the decider against Dave Thompson.
First Division report: Bahia’s SC A slipped to a 3-2 defeat on the tables of Kinver Constitutional A, and were joined at the top of the league by Norton Social B, 4-1 winners at home to Pockets SC B.
Only Reece Bahia and Jordan Macdivitt could win at Kinver, as Jim Woodhouse, Graham Tranter and Dean Banks, who did well to beat 7 time individual champion, Mark Jeffries, eased the hosts into a share of third place, four points off the top. Meanwhile Norton Social B’s Luke Grosvenor compiled a fine break of 48, failing to pot blue, with three reds remaining, as they went 4-0 up against Pockets. They had to settle for 4-1 when Paul Bowen lost to Jamie Shuck in the most entertaining frame.
Kinver C’s Gregg Reece became the last player to lose his unbeaten record, the victim of a fortunate black by Old Edwardian A’s Dave Woodall. Old Eds went on to take the match 3-2 thanks to Chris Cowley and Paul Garbett, and Kinver had to settle for a share of 3rd place with their A team.
Indeed a mere two points cover no fewer than seven teams, one of which, Kinver B, enjoyed a 4-1 win away to Kingswinford Cons A, although Chris Randle and Mark Dowler were both taken to the final black and there was very little to separate the teams in the other three matches.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen had another good result, winning 3-2 away to Amblecote Institute B, when Tom Pearsall took the decider against Mark Colbourne, and Baggeridge Social B edged past Moor Pool & Snooker 3-2 thanks to Dave Whale, his son Luke, and Frankie Bennett.
Finally, in the clash between the two promoted teams, Amblecote Institute D just got the better of their own C team, courtesy of Carl and Steve Butcher and Jordan Taylor, with Roger McManus and Ray Vanes replying in another extremely close match.
Second Division report: Seven weeks into the season, Kingswinford Snooker Centre have the only unbeaten record in the league and they extended their lead at the top of the Second Division to three points with a 4-1 win away to Bahia’s SC B. John Salisbury and Paul Curry won comfortably but Matt Surmacz and Steve Ballinger, who found his touch with a break of 40, had little to spare against Andy Martin and Mark Reece respectively. Pete Jukes earned a consolation point for Bahia’s.
Their closest rivals, Amblecote RBL A lost the first two frames at Wombourne, so deserve credit for recovering to take the match 3-2: Billy Green lost his fine unbeaten record to John Wooldridge, while Ben Green lost on the black to Dave Porter, but Paul Botfield & Steve Norton levelled the scores and Rob Boylin completed the recovery in the decider, handing Dave Flavell his first defeat.
The Legion’s B team eased into a share of 3rd place with Old Edwardians B by virtue of a 4-1 win against them: Richard Conway, Bill Crowther, and Mark Lees all had little to spare but Alex Bull won decisively with a 34 break. Steve Ball, always likely to play Steve Bull, earned a consolation point.
Both Stourbridge Institute teams were beaten, the D team losing 4-1 away to Kinver’s D team for whom Marcus Hines struck a break of 40, and the B team lost 3-2 at home to Amblecote Institute E with Carl Green losing his first match, in the decider against Sam Mattocks.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 15-16 October 2019
Premier Division results:
Brandhall Labour 1 (W.Robbins 45) Pockets SC A 4 (T.Pepperall 38, A.Smith 75, L.Page 72, R.Pepperall)
Hotshots SC B 3 (C.Howell, C.Nicholls, M.Kelly) West Midlands Police 2 (P.Gibbons 36, M.Sheehan)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (E.Bastable 70, J.Donoghue, Darren Oakes) Amblecote Inst A 2 (A.Sidaway, M.Ganderton)
Norton Social A 1 (A.Aston) Hotshots SC A 4 (N.Beckley 67, M.Sutton, C.Downing 31, B.Sembi 67)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore 39) Bearwood Cons 4 (P.Montague, J.Anderson, M.Cash, G.Foy)
Norton Social A 2 (S.Mason, R.Pitt 36 32) Amblecote Inst A 3 (David Oakes, A.Sidaway, M.Ganderton)
Townsend Social bye
First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, W.Knight, I.Priest) S/b Old Edwardians A 1 (C.Cowley)
Kinver Const C 4 (A.Sprague, L.Cross, T.Postings, G.Reece) Amblecote Inst D 1 (G.Foster)
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Ward, J.Shuck, D.Timmington) Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, S.Harrison)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (K.Weaver, M.Jeffries, J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia) Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Carter)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Colin Homer, R.Vanes) Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, T.Brown, A.Brown)
Dudley ex-Servicemen 1 (S.Parsons) Kinver Const A 4 (P.Churchman, J.Woodhouse, R.Jeffries, G.Tranter)
Kinver Const B 1 (C.Randle) Baggeridge Social B 4 (M.Whale, A.Southall, F.Bennett, M.Collingridge)
Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL A 4 (Bill & Ben Green, S.Norton, R.Boylin) Kinver Const D 1 (J.Stokes)
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (J.Ball, Steve Ball, B.Ball) Wombourne 2 (R.Mason, D.Flavell)
Amblecote Inst E 3 (S.Mattocks, L.Edwards, A.Homer) Amblecote RBL B 2 (M.Lees, W.Crowther)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (Dom Bacciocchi, W.Gardener, P.Robinson 31) Bahia’s SC B 2 (M.Reece, P.Jukes)
Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Salisbury, S.Ballinger, P.Curry) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (M.Daniels, C.Green)
Premier Division report: Having defeated one of their closest rivals, Norton Social A 3-2 in a rearranged match, Amblecote Institute A had edged to the top of the Premier Division but they then lost 3-2 on the tables of Baggeridge Social A in yet another tightly-fought match. Eliott Bastable, with a break of 70, Justin Donoghue and Darren Oakes took the honours for Baggeridge, the only undefeated team in the top flight, who returned to the top by a single point, although they have a match in hand of the Institute.
Hotshots SC A forced their way into third place, another point away, with a 4-1 success away to Norton Social A, who dropped down to 4th. Neil Beckley, who cleared with 67 when 32 points behind Steve Mason, Mark Sutton, who cleared the last four balls to beat Tony Davies, Callum Downing and Bal Sembi, who clinched his frame with a 67 break, put the visitors 4-0 ahead before Ashley Aston earned a little consolation for Norton, now 4 points off the leaders in 4th place.
They are two points ahead of Pockets SC A, who bounced back to form with a 4-1 win at Brandhall Labour, thanks to Tom and Rich Pepperall, Andy Smith, who had a break of 75, and Lee Page, who potted nine reds and blacks, breaking down on 72 in an all-too-rare appearance to assist the team. Earlier Wayne Robbins made it 5 wins out of six for the hosts, with the aid of a break of 45 against Gary Smith.
Chad Howell, in his first appearance, Craig Nicholls and Mark Kelly combined to enable Hotshots B to defeat West Midlands Police 3-2, and in the clash between the two promoted teams, Bearwood Cons won 4-1 on the tables of Kingswinford Cons, with Pete Montague, Joe Anderson, Mick Cash and Gavin Foy all on target.
First Division report: Bahia’s SC A extended their lead at the top of the First Division to three points with a 4-1 win at home against Kingswinford Cons A. Mark Jeffries and Reece Bahia would have been expected to feature prominently in the “most wins” category, but not only have they both won 5/6 frames, Jordan Macdivitt, also with five wins and Karl Weaver with four, have played equally important roles. All won again after Tim Carter had given Cons a good start.
Norton Social B are their closest pursuers but were given a difficult match on the tables of Amblecote Institute C. Colin Homer and Ray Vanes won for the hosts, but Luke Grosvenor, Tony Brown and Andrew Brown edged the match 3-2 for Norton, which keeps them just at the head of nine teams who are separated by just five points.
Kinver Constitutional C lie third, returning to form with a 4-1 success at home to Amblecote’s D team, with Gregg Reece continuing his impressive, unbeaten start to the season, the only player with a 6/6 record, while Kinver’s A team bounced back to form with a 4-1 win away to Dudley Ex-Sevicemen, Graham Tranter having a very good result against Steve Childs.
Moor Pool & Snooker, so tough to beat on their own tables, defeated Old Edwardians A 4-1, with both Simon Dingley and Ian Priest again winning comfortably, and they joined Pockets SC B in 4th place. Jay Shuck and Gareth Ward, who foiled Amblecote Inst B’s Cyril Tromans’ fine recovery on the pink, had given Pockets a 2-0 lead; Sam Harrison and Alan Moore levelled the scores before David Timmington clinched the match for Pockets on the pink after another recovery by Mark Colbourne.
Baggeridge Social B continued their improved form with a 4-1 win away to Kinver’s B team, with Martin Collingridge inflicting the first defeat on Mark Dowler. Chris Randle did well to beat Luke Whale for Kinver’s consolation frame.
Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre beat Stourbridge Institute B 3-2, their 6th win out of six. Steve Ballinger made it 6/6 for himself but he was taken to the black by wily Harry Jones, and John Salisbury and Paul Curry secured the result before their opponents hit back well through Mark Daniels and Carl Green, another to extend a perfect record to 6/6.
Their lead at the top of the table was trimmed to two points however as Amblecote RBL A enjoyed a 4-1 win at home to Kinver’s D team, with Billy Green’s great run of form continuing. It is now 11 months since he lost a league match.
Amblecote moved a point clear of Old Edwardians B, 3-2 winners at home to Wombourne. Steve Ball and his sons, Jack and Brett, who took the black to pip Jon Perry, all won with Bob Mason, and Dave Flavell, also sporting an unbeaten record, replying for Wombourne. Incidentally it was Brett Ball who was the last player to beat Billy Green last November.
Stourbridge Institute D’s improved form continued with a tight 3-2 battle against Bahia’s B: Dominic Bacciocchi, on the black, Will Gardener, and Paul Robinson, with a 31 break in the deciding frame against Andy Martin, took the honours, and there was an improved result for Amblecote Institute E, who had begun the season well and had then seen their form wane.
They beat fellow league newcomers, Amblecote RBL B 3-2. Sam Mattocks, Lee Edwards and Audie Homer won three close frames, with Mark Lees and Bill Crowther replying for the Legion.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 9-10 October 2019
Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark, Dave Oakes, R.Wooldridge 62) Brandhall Labour 1 (W.Robbins)
Pockets SC A 0 Norton Social A 5 (R.Pitt, S.Thomas 37, S.Mason 42, A.Davies, A.Aston)
West Mids Police 1 (P.Gibbons 37) Baggeridge Social A 4 (Darren Oakes, M.Catalano, J.Donoghue, E.Bastable 35)
Townsend Social 1 (D.Thompson) Hotshots SC B 4 (D.Hartley, M.Kelly, C.Nicholls, D.Konior)
Hotshots SC A 5 (N.Beckley C.Downing 66, R.Stokes B.Sembi 78, M.Sutton 52) Kingswinford Cons C 0
Bearwood Cons bye
First Division results:
Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Collingridge, M.Whale, F.Bennett) S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, P.Garbett)
Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen 36, L.Grosvenor, C.Webb, T.Brown) Kinver Const C 1 (G.Reece)
Kinver Const A 1 (J.Woodhouse) Pockets SC B 4 (J.Shuck, D.Timmington, G.Ward, A.Turner)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne) Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, A.Jeffries, R.McManus)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (J.Cowan) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 4 (R.Thompson, S.Parsons, T.Pearsall, S.Childs)
Amblecote Inst D 1 (Jade Taylor 34) Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, W.Knight, N.Saunders, I.Priest 52)
Kinver Const B 2 (N.Jennings, C.Randle) Bahia’s SC A 3 (J.Macdivitt, K.Weaver, M.Jeffries)
Second Division results:
Wombourne 2 (C.Pirnie, D.Flavell) Kinver Const D 3 (J.Cumiskey, D.Barker, M.Hines)
Bahia’s SC B 4 (G.Skinner, P.Jukes, B.Jones, A.Martin) Amblecote RBL A 1 (Bill Green)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Steve Ball, J.Chager, B.Ball, J.Ball 30) Amblecote Inst E 1 (S.Mattocks)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (C.Green) Stourbridge Inst D 4 (T.Game, Dom & Dino Bacciocchi, P.Robinson)
Amblecote RBL B 2 (R.Conway, S.Bull) Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, J.Salisbury)
Premier Division report: There were a number of top perfomances but two in particular stood out: Norton Social A visited Pockets SC A, and took all five frames, while Hotshots SC B came away from current champions Townsend Social with a 4-1 victory.
Rob Pitt, Simon Thomas & Steve Mason were all on top form to put Norton 3-0 ahead, and then Tony Davies beat former team-mate Andy Smith, before Ashley Aston completed a remarkable result on the tables of Pockets who finished a close third last season.
Meanwhile, Townsend Social lost the first four frames at home to Hotshots B, Dan Hartley, Mark Kelly, Craig Nicholls and Dawid Konior all winning with something to spare, before Dave Thompson pulled a frame back for the defending champions.
Baggeridge Social A top the table, however, retaining their unbeaten record with a 4-1 result away to West Midlands Police. Pete Gibbons gave the hosts a good start to foil Dave Hall’s recovery, but Darren Oakes, Maria Catalano, with a timely clearance, and Justin Donoghue put Baggeridge 3-1 ahead. Gavin Sloan’s 50 break gave the Police the advantage in the final frame until Eliott Bastable potted a fine last red and cleared with 35, to make it 4-1, to maintain a 3 point lead at the top.
Amblecote Institute A are one of three teams tying for 2nd place, having beaten Brandhall Labour 4-1 at home; Rick Wooldridge ended Rob Howen’s winning run with a break of 62. Wayne Robbins secured the visitors only frame beating Mark Ganderton, despite the latter’s 37 break.
Finally, the 2018 champions, Hotshots SC A were in great form at home to newly-promoted Kingswinford Cons C, taking all five frames with Callum Downing making a break of 66, Bal Sembi a 78, and Mark Sutton a 52. Along with Amblecote & Norton, Hotshots share 2nd place after 4 matches.
First Division report: Bahia’s SC A won a closely-contested match away to Kinver Constitutional B to move two points clear at the top of the First Division. Jordan Macdivitt, Karl Weaver and Mark Jeffries, in the decider against Arnie Tromans, secured a 3-2 win, with Norman Jennings and Chris Randle, who ended Reece Bahia’s unbeaten run, replying for Kinver.
Kinver’s C team lost for the first time on the tables of Norton Social B, although Gregg Reece, who beat his former team-mate Andrew Brown for the visitors’ frame, is still undefeated with 5/5 wins. Paul Bowen, Luke Grosvenor, Carl Webb and Tony Brown were able to lift Norton into second place two points ahead of a cluster of teams in third place. Indeed, in this competitive division there are only eight points between the top 12 teams.
Pockets SC B enjoyed their best result so far with a 4-1 win away to Kinver’s A team thanks to Jamie Shuck, Gareth Ward, Alan Turner and Dave Timmington, who ended Graham Tranter’s unbeaten start but the best frame of the evening saw Kinver’s Jim Woodhouse lose the tip off his cue, then borrow a colleague’s cue to clear the last three balls against Gavin Evans.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen joined Pockets and Kinver C in a share of third place with a very good result, 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons A. Rob Thompson, Stuart Parsons, Tom Pearsall and Steve Childs, who was taken to the black by John Rees, won for Dudley after John Cowan’s good start for Cons.
In a rare start, Jade Taylor made a break of 34 to give Amblecote Institute D the advantage at home to Moor Pool & Snooker, but the visitors took the match 4-1 with Simon Dingley in top form while Ian Priest set a new high-break target with a fine 52.
Amblecote’s C team were able to celebrate their first win thanks to Colin Homer, Alan Jeffries, who did well to beat Mick Cook, and Roger McManus who combined to defeat their B team 3-2, while Old Edwardians A went down 3-2 at Baggeridge Social B despite being given a perfect start by Chris Cowley and Paul Garbett. Martin Collingridge and Matt Whale, with a black ball finish against Harry Hall, levelled the scores, and Baggeridge won by default as Old Eds were a player short.
Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre acquired outright leadership of the Second Division with a 3-2 win away to one of their closest rivals, Amblecote RBL B. In a clash between two unbeaten players, KSC’s Steve Ballinger beat Bill Crowther on the black, and Jamie Westwood and John Salisbury completed the win, the fifth in five matches, the team’s best ever start to a season.
They have a three point lead as only Billy Green could win for Amblecote RBL A away to Bahia’s SC B; Gary Skinner, Pete Jukes, Ben Jones and Andy Martin clinched a 4-1 victory for Bahia’s, a great result which lifted them from the foot of the table.
Old Edwardians B beat Amblecote Institute E 4-1 at home to take a share of second place, with Jat Chager helping Steve, Brett and Jack Ball to secure the result before Sam Mattocks made a winning debut for the visitors, who have slipped to the foot of the table after a bright start.
John Cumiskey made a successful return to Wombourne to help his new team, Kinver D, to a 3-2 win, handing Jon Perry his first defeat. Dan Barker and Marcus Hines made sure of the result, before Colin Pirnie and Dave Flavell ensured that Wombourne stayed within four points of the leaders.
Finally, Stourbridge Institute D were able to celebrate their first win, perhaps all the better for being at the expense of their own B team. Tom Game’s black ball success handed Harry Jones his first defeat, and Dominic and Dino Bacciocchi and Paul Robinson made it 4-0 before Carl Green at least preserved his own 100% record for the B team’s consolation.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 2-3 October 2019
Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 4 (D.Hall, M.Catalano, E.Bastable, J.Donoghue 33) Townsend Social 1 (D.Payne)
Brandhall Labour 4 (W.Robbins, A.Round, R.Howen, J.Bate) West Midlands Police 1 (K.Franklin)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (A.Coley) Pockets SC A 4 (J.Betton, R & T.Pepperall, A.Smith 77)
Bearwood Cons 0 Hotshots SC A 5 (N.Beckley 47, C.Downing, R.Stokes, B.Sembi, M.Sutton)
Norton Social A v Amblecote Inst A postponed
Hotshots SC B bye
First Division results:
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (J.Bond, T.Pearsall, M.Short) Kinver Const B 2 (A.Tromans, M.Dowler)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Colin Homer, M.Skidmore) Kinver Const A 3 (G.Tranter, P.Churchman, D.Banks)
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, P.Garbett 33) Amblecote Inst D 3 (R.Brookes C.Butcher A.Kensett)
Kinver Const C 3 (A.Sprague 35, G.Reece, T.Postings) Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, M.Colbourne)
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Evans, J.Shuck, A.Kidd) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Cowan, J.Rees)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (R & R.Bahia, K.Weaver, J.Macdivitt) Baggeridge Social B 1 (A.Baker)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Norton Social B (T.Brown, C.Webb)
Amblecote Inst B 4 (M.Cook, A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne 47) Amblecote Inst D 1 (C.Butcher)
Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL A 3 (Billy Green, P.Botfield, S.Norton) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, C.Green)
Kinver Const D 4 (M.Hines, D.Barker, J.Smith, A.Stanley) Bahia’s SC B 1 (A.Martin)
Amblecote Inst E 0 Wombourne 5 (J.Perry, C.Pirnie, D.Flavell, R.Mason, P.Tristram)
Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Salisbury, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (Sam Ball, B.Ball)
Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, R.Peplow) Amblecote RBL B 3 (R.Conway, W.Crowther, A.Bull)
Premier Division report: Last season’s runners up, Baggeridge Social A, eased to the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 win at home against the reigning champions, Townsend Social. David Hall, Maria Catalano & Eliott Bastable took the first three frames before travelling on to help their club win a West Midlands league match at Wednesfield Cons. Justin Donoghue made it 4-0 before Darrell Payne’s black ball success against Darren Oakes ensured the visitors returned with a point.
Brandhall Labour’s good start continued with a 4-1 win at home to West Midlands Police, thanks to Wayne Robbins, Andy Round, Jon Bate and Rob Howen, the only player in the division with 4 wins out of 4, and they are a point adrift of the leaders having played one more match.
Pockets SC A, a close third last campaign, won 4-1 on the tables of last year’s First Division champs, Kingswinford Cons C. Adam Coley gave Cons a good start but John Betton, Rich & Tom Pepperall, and Andy Smith, who had a 77 break on his return to the team, took the match for Pockets.
The other promoted team, Bearwood Cons lost all five frames in their home match against the 2017-18 winners, Hotshots SC A: Neil Beckley, with a 47 break, Callum Downing, Roy Stokes, Bal Sembi & Mark Sutton all scored heavily.
First Division report: By virtue of a 4-1 success at home to neighbours, Baggeridge Social B, Bahia’s SC A edged to the top of the First Division by a single point. Alistair Baker beat Mark Jeffries to give the visitors a great start but Ranjit Bahia, Karl Weaver, Jordan Macdivitt and Reece Bahia, one of only four players yet to taste defeat, swept Bahia’s to the top of the league.
The other unbeaten players all represent Kinver Constitutional Club: Gregg Reece helped their 2nd-placed C team to a 3-2 win at home to Amblecote Institute B, preserving their undefeated start while Graham Tranter led the A team to a 3-2 win away to Amblecote Institute C, despite the prolific Jim Woodhouse losing only his 3rd frame since joining the team over a year ago, beaten on the black by Mitch Skidmore. The A team now share 3rd place with their B team, three points off the top, after the latter’s 3-2 defeat away to Dudley Ex-Servicemen.
Mark Dowler, who beat Rob Thompson on the black to extend his unbeaten run, and Arnie Tromans won for the B team but Jack Bond, Tom Pearsall & Matt Short secured the match for Dudley.
Amblecote Institute B won 4-1 in a rearranged match against their D team, with Mark Colbourne setting a new high break target of 47, but then the D team opened their account for the season, surprising Old Edwardians A 3-2 away from home, with Rich Brookes, Carl Butcher and Adam Kensett just doing enough in a closely-fought match.
In another tight affair Neil Gennard and Simon Dingley gave Moor Pool & Snooker a 2-0 lead at home to Norton Social B but Tony Brown and Carl Webb levelled for the visitors before Ian Priest ran away with the decider for the host club.
Gavin Evans and Jamie Shuck, who had to withstand a good recovery by Tim Carter, put Pockets SC B 2-0 ahead at home to Kingswinford Cons A. Tony Kidd then had to take the pink to foil Simon Spittle’s comeback to secure the match for Pockets, with John Cowan and John Rees replying for some deserved consolation points for the visitors.
Second Division report: Only 4 points separate the top six teams in the Second Division, although the two unbeaten sides lead the way but both were very hard-pressed to win. Amblecote RBL A just edged past Stourbridge Institute B 3-2 thanks to Paul Botfield, Steve Norton and Billy Green, joint-winner of the “most wins” last season, and now one of eight players to have a perfect 4/4 start.Harry Jones and Carl Green maintained their 100% records for the visitors.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre went 2-0 down at home to Brett and Sam Ball of Old Edwardians B but came back strongly through John Salisbury, Jamie Westwood & Steve Ballinger, another yet to lose, to take the match 3-2 and they share top spot with the Legion.
Wombourne really hit form with all five frames on the tables of Amblecote Institute E to lift themselves into 3rd place. Dave Flavell and Jon Perry continued their impressive starts to help their team climb to within two points of the lead, a point clear of Amblecote RBL B, who had to settle for a 3-2 win on the tables of Stourbridge Institute D.
Bill Crowther, also 4/4, Richard Conway and Alex Bull won for the Legion, as the Institute still chase their first victory. Kinver Constitutional D, on the other hand, were able to celebrate their first success, a 4-1 home win at the expense of Bahia’s SC B. Marcus Hines, Dan Barker, Joe Smith and Ash Stanley took their first 4 frames before John Cumiskey was outpointed by Andy Martin.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 25-26 September 2019
Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 5 (G.Smith, W.Dobson, R & T.Pepperall, J.Betton) Bearwood Cons 0
Townsend Social 2 (P & D.Thompson) Brandhall Labour 3 (W.Robbins 53, P.Caldeira 41, R.Howen)
Hotshots SC B 1 (C.Nicholls) Baggeridge Soc A (J.Donoghue, E.Bastable 78, R.Haney, Darren Oakes)
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway 80, R.Clark 48, David Oakes, R.Wooldridge 41) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (B.Guise)
West Midlands Police 2 (P.Gibbons, K.Franklin 47) Norton Social A 3 (S.Thomas, S.Mason 44, A.Aston)
Hotshots SC A bye
First Division results:
Bahia’s SC A 2 (M.Jeffries, R.Bahia) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (R.Thompson, J.Bond, S.Childs)
Norton Social B 2 (P.Bowen 40, L.Grosvenor) S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley, D.Woodall, G.Dunn)
Amblecote Inst B 4 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, A.Moore, S.Harrison) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (I.Priest)
Kinver Const A 2 (J.Woodhouse, G.Tranter) Kinver Const C 3 (A.Sprague, S.Nicholls, G.Reece)
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (M.Collingridge M.Whale F.Bennett) Amblecote Inst D (A.Butcher, C.Butcher 35, 27)
Kingswinford Cons A 4 (T.Male, J.Rees, S.Spittle, T.Carter) Amblecote Inst C 1 (R.McManus)
Kinver Const B 3 (S.Hadley, C.Randle, M.Dowler 30, 26) Pockets SC B 2 (A.Kidd, J.Shuck)
Second Division results:
Wombourne 4 (C.Pirnie, J.Perry, R.Mason, D.Flavell) Bahia’s SC B 1 (M.Reece)
Amblecote Inst E 1 (S.Baggott) Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, P.Curry, R.Loftus, M.Surmacz)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (S.Barclay 23,25, Steve Ball, B.Ball, Sam Ball) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (P.Robinson)
Amblecote RBL B 1 (W.Crowther) Amblecote RBL A 4 (Bill Green, S.Norton, P.Botfield, R.Boylin)
Stourbridge Inst B 4 (H.Jones, M.Daniels, K.Hulme, C.Green) Kinver Const D 1 (A.Stanley)
Premier Division report: Amblecote Institute A top the table after just three weeks of the season, courtesy of a 4-1 victory at home to Kingswinford Cons C. Ashley Sidaway struck a break of 80, the best so far, and Rob Clark, with a 48, Rick Wooldridge 41 & Dave Oakes completed the result. The Cons, still seeking their first win, will be encouraged by Bob Guise’s success against Mark Ganderton.
West Midlands Police and Norton Social A are just a point adrift following their clash which Norton won 3-2: Simon Thomas, who nipped in with the last two balls after Gavin Sloan had looked set to win the opener, Steve Mason, with a run of 44, and Ashley Aston took the match for the visitors, with Pete Gibbons, who cleared the last four balls and Kev Franklin, clearing with 47 to beat Andy Smith earning some consolation for the Police.
Last season’s champions, Townsend Social were surprised 3-2 at home to Brandhall Labour for whom Wayne Robbins, with a 53 break, Paul Caldeira, with 41, and Rob Howen, who edged past Darrell Payne in the decider, took the honours, but there were very good results for the teams who tried to chase down Townsend in the last campaign.
Baggeridge Social came away from Hotshots SC B with a 4-1 win, the highlight being a break of 78 by Eliott Bastable after Craig Nicholls had taken the opening frame for the hosts. Rich Haney won on his debut but Justin Donoghue and Darren Oakes were taken to the black by Mark Kelly & Dan Hartley respectively. Pockets SC A took all five frames at home to Bearwood Cons, with a particularly solid performance by Gary Smith, who defeated Joe Anderson, standing in for the incapacitated John Chester.
First Division report: Three weeks into the season sees four teams sharing top spot, but only one of them, Kinver Constitutional C, can boast an unbeaten record. This follows their 3-2 win against their A team, Adam Sprague, Steve Nicholls and Gregg Reece, who just did enough in the decider against Keith Rollinson, steering them to victory.
Two of the other leaders, Norton Social B and Bahia’s SC A suffered their first defeats, both on their own tables. Chris Cowley, Dave Woodall & Gavin Dunn won three closely-contested frames to give Old Edwardians A a 3-2 result at Norton, and Bahia’s went down by the same scoreline as Jack Bond, Rob Thompson and Steve Childs combined to give Dudley Ex-Servicemen their first success.
Kinver’s B team joined their club colleagues at the top with a 3-2 home win against Pockets SC B. Steve Hadley, thwarting a good recovery from Gavin Evans, Chris Randle and Mark Dowler, who followed his break of 30 with a clearance of 26 in the decider against Gareth Ward, all played particularly well.
Amblecote Institute D took the first two frames at Baggeridge Social B through Adrian Butcher and Carl Butcher, who had visits of 35 and 27, but Martin Collingridge, Matt Whale & Frankie Bennett, on the final black, turned the match around. Amblecote’s C team secured their first frame, via Roger McManus, on the tables of Kingswinford Cons A, but the home team took the match 4-1, with Thomas Male still unbeaten, and they are just a point behind the top four teams.
Amblecote’s B team won their first match; Cyril Tromans, Mick Cook, Alan Moore & Sam Harrison opened up a 4-0 lead at home to Moor Pool & Snooker before Ian Priest hit back for the visitors.
Second Division report: Something had to give when two of the three hitherto undefeated teams clashed, and Amblecote RBL A came out on top, beating their B team 4-1. In a series of closely-fought frames, Billy Green, Steve Norton, Paul Botfield and Rob Boylin preserved the A team’s fine start and they now share first place with Kingswinford Snooker Centre, who won 4-1 away to Amblecote Institute E.
Again the frame scores were very tight, but after Shaun Baggott took the opening frame for the hosts, Steve Ballinger, Paul Curry, Richard Loftus and Matt Surmacz secured the match for K’ford SC.
Stewart Barclay, with visits of 23 and 25, made a successful debut for Old Edwardians B at home to Stourbridge Institute D and the Ball trio of Steve, Sam and Brett went on to take the match 4-1, to leave themselves two points off the pace.
Old Eds are level with the Institute’s B team who beat Kinver D 4-1. The vastly-experienced Harry Jones and Carl Green won yet again, and they were joined by Mark Daniels and Kevin Hulme, who, by contrast, won for the first time in just his third league match. Likewise, Kinver’s consolation was achieved by Ash Stanley, his first win at the third attempt.
Wombourne’s Colin Pirnie, making a return to league snooker, won his first frame for the team, who went on to defeat Bahia’s SC B 4-1, their first win after two narrow defeats. Both Jon Perry and Dave Flavell, taken to the black by Andy Martin, remained unbeaten, as did Bahia’s Mark Reece, who has enjoyed a fine start to the season.
Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 18-19 September 2019
Premier Division results:
Brandhall Labour 3 (P.Caldeira, W.Robbins, R.Howen) Hotshots SC B 2 (M.Kelly, D.Hartley 50)
Hotshots SC A 3 (R.Stokes, B.Sembi 56, M.Sutton 47) Pockets SC A 2 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall)
Bearwood Cons 3 (G.Ford, M.Cash, A.Sohanpal) Amblecote Inst A 2 (R.Clark, R.Wooldridge)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, R.Pitt, A.Aston, A.Smith) Townsend Social 1 (P.Thompson)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore) West Mids Police 4 (G.Sloan, M.Sheehan, P.Gibbons K.Franklin)
Baggeridge Social A bye
First Division results:
Amblecote Inst C 0 Kinver Const B 5 (S.Hadley, T.Tromans, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowler)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley 44, W.Knight) Kinver Const A 2 (G.Tranter, J.Woodhouse)
S/b Old Edwardians A 4 (D.Woodall, G.Dunn, C.Cowley, P.Garbett 34) Amblecote Inst B 1 (A.Moore)
Pockets SC B 2 (G.Evans, J.Shuck) Bahia’s SC A 3 (J.Macdivitt, M.Jeffries, Reece Bahia)
Kinver Const C 3 (S.Nicholls, T.Postings, G.Reece) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, T.Carter 34)
Baggeridge Social B 3 (L.Whale, A.Baker, T.Cox) Dudley ex-Servicemen 2 (R.Thompson, S.Childs)
Amblecote Inst D 1 (Jordan Taylor) Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen, C.Webb, L.Grosvenor, T.Brown)
Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (M.Reece, G.Skinner, P.Craig) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, C.Green)
Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, D.Flavell) Kingswinford SC 3 (R.Loftus, S.Ballinger, J.Salisbury)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (Bill Green, S.Norton, R,Boylin) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (J.Ball, J.Chager)
Kinver Const D 2 (D.Barker, M.Hines) Amblecote RBL B 3 (W.Crowther, A.Bull, G.Chater)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (Dom Bacciocchi) Amblecote Inst E 4 (C.Homer, L.Edwards, L.Hackett, A.Homer)
Premier Division report: Just two weeks into the season only one team, West Midlands Police, has managed to break the sequence of home wins, with a 4-1 success on the tables of newly-promoted Kingswinford Cons C, so they lead the table at this very early stage.
The other promoted team, Bearwood Cons, who had lost narrowly to the Police the previous week, did well to defeat Amblecote Institute A 3-2, thanks to Gary Ford, who won on the black against Ash Sidaway, Mick Cash & Avtar Sohanpal.
Only Phil Thompson, who beat Simon Thomas, could win for reigning champions, Townsend Social on their visit to play the strengthened Norton Social A team for whom Steve Mason, Rob Pitt, Ashley Aston & Andy Smith won four closely-contested frames.
Hotshots SC A, the 2017-18 champions, recovered from their opening day defeat at Amblecote Institute to beat Pockets A 3-2, thanks to Roy Stokes, Bal Sembi, with a break of 56, and Mark Sutton, who had a run of 47. Gary Smith and Tom Pepperall won for the visitors.
Hotshots SC B, who had surprised Norton the week before, lost 3-2 at Brandhall Labour, despite another black ball success for Mark Kelly and a 50 break by Dan Hartley; Paul Caldeira, Wayne Robbins and Rob Howen secured the first win for Brandhall.
First Division report: Only three teams have won their first two matches: Bahia’s SC A, Norton B and Kinver Constitutional C lead the way in what appears to be a very competitive division.
Bahia’s came away from Pockets SC B with a 3-2 win, both Jordan Macdivitt & Mark Jeffries coming back well from some way adrift before Reece Bahia took the decider, while Norton won 4-1 away to Amblecote Inst D, last season’s Second Division champions. Carl Webb and Tony Brown edged the tighter frames for the visitors but Jordan Taylor cleared the last 4 balls against Andrew Brown to earn some consolation for the Institute.
Kinver C went 2-0 down at home to Kingswinford Cons A but stormed back to win thanks to Steve Nicholls, Tom Postings and Gregg Reece. Earlier Tim Carter, with a break of 34 to beat the prolific Adam Sprague, and Thomas Male had given Cons a great start.
There were contrasting fortunes for the other Kinver teams: the A team lost 3-2 at Moor Pool and Snooker, who were indebted to Simon Dingley, with a break of 44, Neil Gennard and Warren Knight, the inaugural Singles Handicap champion ten years ago, who was making his debut for the team. The B team, however, took all five frames away to Amblecote Inst C which included a black ball win for their most willing reserve, Ted Tromans. All three Kinver teams look set to compete very effectively.
Baggeridge Social B enjoyed their first win at home to Dudley Ex-Servicemen. Luke Whale, Alistair Baker and Trevor Cox, making his debut, won before Rob Thompson & Steve Childs fought back for the visitors in a match completed in fine spirit in little more than an hour.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians A bounced back from a 5-0 defeat away to Kinver A to defeat Amblecote Inst B 4-1. Dave Woodall, Gavin Dunn, Chris Cowley & Paul Garbett, with a break of 34 all won, with Alan Moore replying but, just like at Kinver the previous week, the frames were closely-contested.
Second Division report: Again, just three teams have won their first two matches: the two Amblecote British Legion sides and Kingswinford Snooker Centre. The Legion B team came through a tight match away to Kinver D, winning 3-2 thanks to Bill Crowther, Alex Bull & Gary Chater while Marcus Hines and Dan Barker, who cleared the last five balls to beat Steve Bull, won for Kinver.
Billy Green, Steve Norton & Rob Boylin were on the mark for the Legion’s A team who defeated Old Edwardians B 3-2, and, together with Kingswinford SC, 3-2 winners at Wombourne, they trail the B team by a single point. Richard Loftus, in his first appearance for KSC, Steve Ballinger and John Salisbury won for the visitors, with Jon Perry & Dave Flavell replying for Wombourne.
The newly-formed Amblecote Institute E team won their first match, a good all-round performance to ease past Stourbridge Institute D 4-1 away from home. Cary Homer, Lee Edwards, Lewis Hackett and Audie Homer combined to good effect, with Dominic Bacciocchi taking a frame for the hosts.
Bahia’s SC B also won their first match with Mark Reece, Gary Skinner and Paul Craig making home advantage count against Stourbridge Institute B. Harry Jones and Carl Green, both well into the veteran stage, but no less effective, ensured that the Institute took something from the match.
Charlie Cowley Charity Day Saturday at Stourbridge Football Club Sunday 29th September 2019
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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 11-12 September 2019
Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Watts, A.Sidaway, D.Oakes, R.Wooldridge 37) Hotshots SC A 1 (B.Sembi)
Baggeridge Social A 4 (E.Bastable 36, D.Hall, M.Catalano 45, J.Donoghue 39) Brandhall Labour 1 (R.Howen 36)
Townsend Social 5 (K.Ashmore, D.Thompson, D.Petch, J.Spence, P.Thompson) Kingswinford Cons C 0
Hotshots SC B 3 (M.Kelly, D.Konior, D.Hartley) Norton Social A 2 (S.Thomas 69, A.Aston)
West Midlands Police 3 (C.Millward, C.Southwick, G.Sloan) Bearwood Cons 2 (J.Anderson, P.Montague)
Pockets SC A bye
First Division results:
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor, A.Brown, C.Webb, T.Brown) Baggeridge Social B 1 (F.Bennett)
Bahia’s SC A 5 (R & R.Bahia, K.Weaver, M.Jeffries, J.Macdivitt) Amblecote Inst C 0
Pockets SC B 3 (S.Preece, A.Turner, A.Kidd) Dudley ex-Servicemen 2 (S.Parsons, S.Childs)
Kinver Const A 5 (J.Woodhouse P.Churchman G.Tranter D.Banks K.Rollinson) S/b Old Edwardians A 0
Kinver Const B 2 (A.Tromans, M.Dowler) Kinver Const C 3 (G.Reece, A.Sprague, T.Postings 38)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, S.Spittle, J.Rees) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (S.Dingley 31, I.Priest 35)
Amblecote Inst B v Amblecote Inst D postponed
Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (Steve & Sam Ball, J.Ball) Kinver Const D 2 (M.Hines, D.Barker)
Amblecote RBL B 4 (S.Bull, W.Crowther, M.Lees, A.Bull) Bahia’s SC B 1 (M.Reece)
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, J.Salisbury 38, J.Westwood) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dom Bacciocchi, P.Robinson)
Stourbridge Inst B 3 (H.Jones, M.Daniels, C.Green) Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, D.Flavell 31)
Amblecote Inst E 2 (C.Homer, A.Homer) Amblecote RBL A 3 (Bill & Ben Green, S.Norton)
Premier Division report: Bidding to defend their first title success, Townsend Social entertained last season’s First Division champions, Kingswinford Cons C, and although the visitors competed well, Townsend took all five frames for the best possible start to this year’s campaign.
Baggeridge Social A, runners up in their first season, took the first four frames at home to Brandhall Labour, with Maria Catalano making a break of 45, before Rob Howen took a consolation point for the visitors, and Amblecote Institute A began the season well by defeating the 2017-18 champions, Hotshots SC A 4-1, with a black ball success for Andy Watts on his debut for the team.
Also, despite being taken to the final black, both Joe Anderson and Pete Montague gave promoted Bearwood Cons a great start away to West Midlands Police, but the home team countered through Colin Millward and Carl Southwick before Gavin Sloan completed the recovery.
Norton Social A look sure to have a good season and, in his first match for the team away to Hotshots SC B, Simon Thomas struck a break of 69, failing on a black with three reds remaining, but the home team prevailed 3-2 thanks to Mark Kelly, on his debut, who withstood a comeback from the individual champion Andy Smith to take the frame on the black, Dawid Konior and Dan Hartley.
First Division report: Two of the more likely championship contenders, with home advantage, began with 5-0 victories: Bahia’s SC A defeated newly-promoted Amblecote Institute D although their leading player Mark Jeffries was given a good game by his namesake, Alan, and Kinver Constitutional A took all five frames against Old Edwardians A, who competed well despite the scoreline.
Norton Social B secured the first four frames at home to Baggeridge Social B, with Andrew Brown doing well to beat Luke Whale, but Frankie Bennett salvaged a point for the visitors but the other three matches in this division were much more closely-fought.
Kinver’s C team just edged past their B team 3-2, thanks to another debutant, Gregg Reece, Adam Sprague and Tom Postings, who made a break of 38 in just his second season with the team. Arnie Tromans and Mark Dowler won for their opponents.
Moor Pool and Snooker just missed out on promotion last season and although Simon Dingley and Ian Priest had 30 plus breaks on the tables of Kingswinford Cons A, the home team took the match 3-2 with Thomas Male, Simon Spittle and John Rees in good form.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen, the latest club to join the league, lost their opening match 3-2 away to Pockets SC B. Stuart Parsons and Steve Childs, who played particularly well, won for Dudley but Simon Preece, Alan Turner and Tony Kidd just edged the match for Pockets.
Second Division report: There was very little to choose between the teams in a very tight opening week of fixtures, with only one team, Amblecote RBL B registering a 4-1 result. Bill Crowther, making a welcome return to the league, Mark Lees, Steve Bull & his son, Alex won against Bahia’s SC B, for whom Mark Reece won on his first appearance for the team.
The Legion’s other team also won, shading the match 3-2 away to their neighbours, Amblecote Institute E, thanks to Billy Green, a joint winner of the “most wins” accolade last year, Ben Green and Steve Norton but there were mixed results for the two Stourbridge Institute teams.
Harry Jones, Mark Daniels and Carl Green just did enough to steer the B team to victory against Wombourne but the Institute’s D team lost away to Kingswinford Snooker Centre where John Salisbury had a break of 38 for the hosts in an otherwise tight affair. Steve Ballinger and Jamie Westwood also won for KSC with Dominic Bacciocchi and Paul Robinson, who did well to beat Paul Curry on the black, replying for the visitors.
Finally, Old Edwardians B began with a win, courtesy of the Ball family, Steve and sons Sam and Jack, who combined to defeat Kinver’s D team 3-2, and will hope to do a shade better this time around, having missed out on promotion by only three points last season.
WORCESTER ASSOCIATION INTER-LEAGUE FINALS REPORT
Final - Stourbridge A 2 Kidderminster 3 at Stourbridge Institute.
The teams elected to play a single leg match in the Institute’s excellent match room, rather than competing for the Dean Powell cup over two legs. Andy Smith gave Kidderminster the lead by defeating Jamie Spence but Dan Petch made it 1-1 against Gary Smith. The next two frames were shared as Karl Ashmore beat John Betton but Dave Thompson lost to young Tom Pepperall, whose two 20+ visits gave him an unassailable lead.
In the final frame, Kidderminster’s Rich Pepperall made an early 32 break and he held off the challenge of Darryl Payne to regain the cup at the expense of the holders, Stourbridge.
Many congratulations are extended to Kidderminster and thanks were given to both teams for the spirit in which the final was played, to the referees Mark Sheehan and Kev Franklin and to Stourbridge Institute for hosting the match.
Over 40s Final first leg at Norton Social: Stourbridge B 3 Worcester 2
Darren Cutler gave the visitors the edge when he cleared the last 4 balls against Steve Mason but Andrew Brown and Simon Thomas beat Dion Whittall and Alan Hook respectively to give Stourbridge a 2-1 lead. Former Dudley Snooker Club player Gary Hill then played extremely well for Worcester, making it 2-2 against Tony Davies. In a top quality final frame Rob Pitt beat Steve Dunn to give Stourbridge the slenderest of margins in readiness for the second leg.
Over 40s Final second leg at Pershore Club: Worcester 0 Stourbridge B 5
With visits of 46, 21 and 34 Simon Thomas outpointed Darren Cutler in great style, and Steve Mason made it 2-0 against Dion Whittall with the help of a run of 36. Paul Bowen and Rob Pitt, who had a break of 42 against Gary Hill, extended the advantage to 4-0 before Andrew Brown completed a 5-0 win, taking the overall score to 8-2 over the two legs, thereby retaining the trophy won in 2018.
Congratulations are given to the winners and runners up for a final played in the very best of spirit which the original Secretary, the late John Smith, would have endorsed whole-heartedly.
The thanks of all teams taking part were also recorded for the efforts of the current Secretary, Dean Powell, whose ill-health had prevented his attendance at these finals.