Match Reports (archive)
ADC 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 10/09/2017
ADC v ESP B .....first pairing was Lee V Wayne. A slow start by both soon evaporated when Lee began potting red colour, red colour etc and took the 1st 41-16. 2nd frame was a closer affair but Lee making some moderate breaks took it 58-37. 2nd game was Mike v Mark. It was even through the first part of the frame but Mark slowly went ahead and took it 48-27. 2nd frame was a different ball game and Mark not missing much. He put a 33 break together and easily took it 89-9. 2 frames apiece!.. Next was John v Steve...1st frame was rubbish from John potting reds only and not a lot better from Steve. However it was 23-24 to Steve but the Steve potted all colours from green with a 25 and took it 49-23. 2nd frame was much the same but Steve now potting consistently easily took it 56-24. Last pairing was Rob v Paul. 1st frame Paul slowly went ahead and eventually taking it 50-31. Last frame of the evening was a fairly close game with Paul slowly creeping ahead and with blue pink and black left the score was 28 Rob and 43 Paul. Eventually it was Rob who conquered by taking the last 3 colours and the frame 46-43. Adc 3 - Espb 5
ESP A 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 11/09/2017
Esp A welcomed the Crucible to the crucible in the www.djkit.com and Cabco league encounter!
In first match Greg Neil played Mark Alexander. The first frame went Marks way with a nice break of 30 helping him clinch the frame 16|53. In the second frame Greg gave Mark a more competitive game. But Mark always kept his nose in front and went on to take the frame 50|90.
In the second match of the evening Paul Thomas playing Andy Bolter. It soon became apparent Andy has been practicing! Andy comfortably took the first frame 15|74 which included 2 breaks 26 and 28. In the second frame it was much the same and Andy went on to take the frame 22|68.
In the third match of the evening Phil Craik played Chris Rice. Chris was on fire and left Phil very few chances. Chris enjoyed 3 breaks 22,23 and 32 and easily took the frame 9|83. In the second frame it was the same story this time Chris had a break of 35 and took the frame 9|85
In the final match of the evening Shaun Amor played Paul Davis. Paul comfortably took the first frame 6|56. In the second frame Shaun was not going to let ESP suffer a white wash and played very well and after a decent battle, he came out on top and took the frame 57|42.
A nice evening and some great snooker played by the Crucible! Final score 1-7. Man of the match goes to Chris Rice
Betta Paving 5 - 3 Southern Comforts Submitted: 13/09/2017
Neil winkworth played Shaun was not a great game for both players.. neil ended up with the 2 .0 win.. second game was Wayne brunsden who considering ain't played for a long time come out of retirement and won 2.0 against Stephen miles .. then dale vs pat Patel.. game ended 1.1 pat is showing good form at late who derserved everything out of the game with all the hard work practise on the baize.. phill Simmons vs Paul crutchley.. Paul played good snooker phill was not at the races at all.. 2.0 to Paul crutchley..
Shaw Impostors 6 - 2 Castle A Submitted: 08/09/2017
Simon/Rob East. Rob played very well, potting some very good balls. Simon wasn't playing to his usual form. Rob had an easy task winning both frames 47-8 & 62-15.
Dave/Roy. Dave started the frame well. Roy potted some good balls. But Dave continued to play well. Roy kept on rattling the pockets. Dave came out on top winning both frames 59-29 & 58-16.
George/Pat. George was on fire, potting some very good balls. Pat had his chances, but George was too strong. George won both frames 65-16 & 79-42.
Michele/Rob Thomson. First game was very evenly matched, with none of them taking the lead. Michele won 63-56. Second epic frame came down to playing snookers on the last final colours. Michele came from behind to win 46-42.
Shaw Raiders 6 - 2 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 08/09/2017
Shaw Raiders opened the new season at home against Good,Bad & Ugly with the home side's Mike Ainsworth first up against Mark Brewin. Mike showed good form throughout and even though Mark pressed hard in the first frame he eventually yielded on the final black ball 49-48. The second saw Mike establish a healthy lead which he protected well to win it 61-19.
This was followed by Shaw's Bob Low versus Andy Fair. Both players took a while to settle in frame one but once they got down to serious business they each produced some decent snooker with Bob winning a closely fought frame 59-47. The second followed a similar pattern with the lead changing hands several times but Bob built on his new found form and with a late surge took the frame 54-45, thus bringing to a close two keenly contested frames.
Next, Mark Dunn was matched against Norman Byng who was making his debut appearance for GBU. Unfortunately for Norman Mark started in sparkling form and took the first frame 57-16.He kept this up in the second and although Norman showed a few glimpses of his old form he could do little to hold back Mark who ran out a comfortable 57-18 winner.
Shaw's Mike Parry was unable to continue his team's momentum against Matt Colley who after a cagey start by both players took the first frame by a comfortable 69-37.The second was much more of a contest and Mike had a good chance to clinch it when both players had several opportunities to pot the final black but in the end lost narrowly 49-44.
So, final score 6-2 to Shaw Raiders. A good start for them to the new season but equally important a very enjoyable evening's snooker for all concerned.
The OddBalls 6 - 2 Shaw Savages Submitted: 10/09/2017
A challenging start of the season for both teams as all players looked somewhat rusty! Nevertheless it was still a good contest.
To start us off Matty Fyffe played Sean Moxon on what seemed to be an ice rink of a table. Sean struggled to pot colours while Matty slowly gained a lead. Matty kept the momentum for the rest of the frame and also into frame 2. So Matty won both frames without too much of a challenge, however, Sean will be back stronger next week as he should be back on the alcohol!
Meanwhile, Macca Fyffe played Stephen Vallance. Despite some good individual pots by Macca, Stephen seemed to dominate the scoring in the first frame. He also started the second strongly and held a 30+ lead with just one red remaining. Suddenly Macca got a couple of snookers and a free ball and was soon back in with a good shout. He also took many of the low value colours but his luck ran out when Stephen took the important final few balls.
Rob Marks then faced James Bunting. Rob took advantage of James' lack of table time over the past few months and built a decent lead to take the first. Things were looking good for him also in frame 2 before James suddenly started scoring quickly. Rob held just enough of a lead to see him through to a 2-0 lead.
Finally Sam Storey played Ady Richardson. Decent scoring by both players saw an even frame go down to the final few colours with Sam marginally ahead. Sam played better in the second and won by a good margin to leave the final match score 6-2 to the Oddballs.
Good luck for the rest of the season RBL!
Castle A 4 - 4 Southern Comforts Submitted: 16/09/2017
In match 1 Rob Thomson was up against the free scoring Paul Crutchley. The first frame, despite the score line, was reasonably close for a while, but Paul powered away in the end to win by a comfortable 36 points. In the second frame, Rob was never really in it, and his ambition at the end of the frame was to achieve double figures, which he finally achieved with a cracking pot on the final black. 2-0 to Mr. Crutchley.
In match 2, veteran potsmith Roy Young was up against James 'Hitman' Hearne. The first frame was an ugly affair with many reds migrating to the top cushion making it difficult for either player to get into any sort of rhythm. At the end of the frame it was very tight, but Roy potted some great pressure balls to secure the first frame. The second frame was a little more open, with some great pots and some awful shots on offer from time to time. In the end, Roy again knuckled down at the business end of the frame and potted some tricky balls to secure the 2-0 and put the overall match level at half time.
In match 3, Lee Gillingham was drawn against Pat Patel. Pat had a relatively trouble free route to taking the first frame by a margin of 32 points. In the second frame, Lee started brightly with a cracking red and felt that the only way was up from there, but it was not to be as, although the second frame was definitely closer, Pat was still very much in control and ran out a comfortable 2-0 winner.
In match 4, the clash of the two captains, Rob East was involved in two tight frames against Stephen Miles. Both players potted some good balls, but there were also some shots that missed by miles (mainly from Rob) and a few unlucky rattlers (mainly from Stephen). At then end of the first, Rob nicked the frame by finally potting four balls in a row, brown through to black (including a doubled pink). In the second frame Stephen started the stronger, and probably deserved to take the frame but had an unlucky in off from the blue near the end. Rob needed two of the last three balls to pinch the frame, and duly took the blue and a bum-twitcher of a pink with the rest. 2-0 to Rob, then, and an honourable 4-4 draw for the overall match.
A very enjoyable evening spent with the Southern Comforts. Thanks lads.
Man of the match has been awarded to Paul Crutchley for a) his novel tactic of scoring a very large points total (we must try that approach) and b) for providing the most novel vape flavouring of the evening (brioche bread dough - how posh).
Crucible S&S Club 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 18/09/2017
First match saw Crucible’s Golden Child Chris Rice carry on with the form he has produced consistently for the last 12 months, he proved too powerful for Mike Ainsworth and strung together 3 breaks of 40, 41 and 56 to take a comfortable 2 nil victory. Craig Marsh then took on Brian Leonard, Craig was also comfortable in both frames. Unlucky not to get a couple of decent breaks himself and could only muster a nice 27 clearance in the first. Andrew Bolter faced Newbury Snooker God John Apicella in the third, John tried to put up a fight but it was Bolter who in similar fashion to the previous two matches, moved on comfortably for another 2 nil victory. The final fixture of the evening was a totally different story, Battle of the Mark’s saw Mark Alexander take on Mark Dunn. These two frames were a lot closers with Dunn pushing Alexander all the way, Alexander seemed to be more in control in the first, but it was Dunn who had the chance to take the last frame of the evening missing the pink, which fell over the middle for Alexander to tap home. Closing the fixture off 8-0 to The Crucible Boys. Good evening had by all as always.
Man of the Match: This was only between two players, Chris Rice and Mark Dunn, but difficult to not give it to Chris for knocking in 3 impressive solid breaks. Credit to Mark Dunn also though, decent player.
ESP B 3 - 5 ESP A Submitted: 16/09/2017
The two ESP teams went head-to-head this week with this years A team, who were last years B team, taking on the B team who were last years A team, although the team members are the same and it's just the teams have swapped names - so hope that's clear!
Anyway, it was the A team who came out on top in a 5-3 win, and disappointment from the B team who were 3-1 up at halfway.
The B team were off to a flyer with Paul Godwin who knocked in a break of 50 in his first frame against Greg 'The Bear' Neil, and went on to win 2-0 comfortably. A change of contact lenses apparently behind Paul's upsurge in form!
Next up was fashion victim Tricky 'Benny of the Hill' Aldred taking on last years Div 2 singles champ Phil Craik.
Phil struggled throughout with his focus and concentration while playing someone wearing the brightest of yellow polo shirts, manky shorts, and sporting white socks in a pair of black slip on shoes to complete look - and not a look that will catch on. Their game ended up a 1-1 draw but Tricky missed a game winning pink which could have put the B team 4-0 up.
Third game of the night saw Wayne Racey get a tonking in his first frame only scoring 5 points and not really troubling his opponent Paul Thomas. The second frame went down to the colours but Paul was always ahead and in control of the frame, and his 2 points earned leveled the match at 3-3.
The deciding match was between B team's Mark Head and A team's Shaun Amor, and both could not have been closer. Mark was always ahead in both frames but never quite had enough points on the board to protect. And Shaun, improving all the time as a player, is a battler. Shaun fought back in the first, and left himself a straightforward pot on the black to nick it 49-43. He actually missed the pot, but did manage to fluke it into the middle pocket!
The second frame was very similar, with Shaun taking the final few colours and nicking it on the black 49-45. Fair to say the B team have a pretty poor record regards points won on black ball frames!
A mixed night for Shaun, as having won the match for ESP A, he then found his bike had been stolen from the club foyer. No idea how he got home!
Anyway, pictures from CCTV are available and being circulated. If anyone recognizes the thieving little scrote, then let us know.
Well done ESP A, we'll hammer you next time!
Good Bad & Ugly 5 - 3 ADC Submitted: 17/09/2017
The night got under way with two hard fought frames between Andy fair and Mike lucey. Both frames going to Andy 57-22 and 62-15. On table 2 we had two close frames between Norman byng and Rob Hall. Frame one was won with a good blue and pink by Norman. The second frame had a black ball decider which was won by Rob to draw the game one a piece. 57-33 and 41-43. Game 3 between Mark brewin and John collis. Mark won the first with a little luck on the final two colours. The second frame also went to the home team. 41-32 and 54-16. The final game of the night saw Matt Colley against Lee collis. Lee playing well taking both frames with some good potting not leaving much for matt. 11-57 and 8-56. A good result for the home side winning 5-3.
Shaw Savages 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 18/09/2017
After a lot of changes in the day where we changed venues and our name and thanks to winky for sorting the document house team out as well we had a good night.
First up was Steve and Dale Steve never seemed to get into the game and Dale was not true to his form but still took both frames.
Next was James and Neil. Neil played to his form and james got a couple of shots in both games but most the time he was stood watching. Neils 59 break should of been alot more.
So 4-0 up to document house at half time.
Third up was day Adrian and Harry. Harry took both frames easy with Adrian not getting much of a look in.
Last was Sean and Wayne. Wayne took a early start I the first but Sean pulled it back and managed to win on the black with a nice double of The center of The bottom cushion pure luck. The second frame seemed to go all Sean's way and with long shots and a lot of luck where the white ended he took the second as well.
A very good night had by all
The OddBalls 4 - 4 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 17/09/2017
A tense yet fun evening between 2 closely matched teams.
Rob Marks and David Aitken kicked off the evening. David was potting for fun and took a 43 point lead within a few minutes. Rob kept fighting but David kept it going and easily saw out the first frame. Frame 2 was closer but Rob held a lead throughout. Rob was 23 ahead with 22 on the table but suddenly went in off the brown. David saw his chance potting brown, blue and pink and left a tight black into the middle pocket. Unfortunately it missed by millimetres and a relieved Rob finished off the frame.
Macauley Fyffe then played Michele Paduano. A tight match throughout which could have gone either way. Macauley took the first and Michele was cruising in the second until Macauley got the snooker he needed to keep him in the frame. He kept potting and it ended up as a black ball game. Both players had half chances but missed. Finally Michele left the black a few inches away from the corner pocket but a long straight white forced Macca to try and stun the white. He missed the pot and both balls went flying around the table. The white dropped into the middle pocket and the comeback was over.
Next was Tony Lyles against Andrew 'Bimmer' Seymour. Bimmer made many small breaks and took a decent lead but never looked at his best. Tony picked up on this but struggled to pot any colours. Frame 1 was soon over! Tony potted more in the second but it was not enough to overcome Bimmer's scoring.
Finally Sam Storey played George Apperley in a must win match for the Oddballs. Sam looked on a mission and potted well but gave George plenty of chances. Sam finished the stronger to take frame 1. George seemed to have the edge in the final frame and took a lead into the colours. However, Sam had the last laugh clearing the final 3 balls to scrape the frame on the black.
Final score 4-4.
Castle A 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 22/09/2017
Dennis Doswell v Steve Cobb. First time out for Dennis this season and he was up against an on blob Cobb. Steve was whacking them in all over the place and built up a lead in the opening frame, but Dennis started getting his eye in looking quite the part with his upside down glasses on and began to claw back. Steve held on though and took it on the pink - which Steve is very fond of doing especially when he's got an audience. Frame two was almost a repeat of the first with Dennis catching up again but Steve slammed the door in his face taking the last five colours with a finishing break of 25.
Lee Gillingham v Richard Aldred. The home team welcomed ESP's Tricky Dicky and saw him pitched against Castle's Lee Gillingham. Lots of gasps as both players played a canny game against each other but Lee drew away and took the first frame by just the 10 points. Frame two was rather a one sided affair with Lee well in command looking very upright and alert whilst Richard looked a bit droopy . . . which we won't dwell on. Lee marched towards a comfortable victory. 2-2 at the mid session interval!
Roy Young v Paul Godwin. Roy was promoted to Vice-Vice-Captain as Rob East was giving it large in Spain and Pat Shaw was somewhere in Europe sampling beer and wine. Anyway, when Roy and Paul meet it is usually a tight affair and over the frames they have played against each other in the past the honours are fairly even. But not tonight they weren't! No no no! Paul raced ahead in frame one while Roy was wondering why his balls were wobbling and rattling so much and he lost the first. Then, in frame two, which will go down in the anals of history, Paul pulled off snooker after snooker after snooker after snooker . . . and more, coming up with the pathetic excuse that they were all accidental and continually saying sorry. Yeh right! You can't fool me Paul. You played some brilliant snooker and thoroughly deserved to win. Grrrhhhhhh!!!!!!
Nick Greetham v Mark Head. First time out for Nick as well this season and he took his cap off specially for the occasion. Frame one saw him hitting the balls OK. However, they weren't going where he wanted them to go, while Mark found the pockets quite frequently and gave Nick a right old drubbing taking the first comfortably. The second frame was a different affair and Nick dug in saying he was trying to bore Mark into submission and after all that it ended on the black. The last three shots began with Nick going for the baulk corner pocket, but it rattled leaving Mark a simple drop in which he surprisingly missed - another rattler! A rather fortunate Nick strode forward and sunk it to take the frame.
Good game tonight between the two teams. Great fun as always and a delighted Paul Godwin was voted the Player of the Match for the cunning stunts he did with all those snookers.
ESP A 3 - 5 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 22/09/2017
Always a good match-up when these two teams meet each other, Greg was first up for ESP against Storming Norman Byng, in the first frame Norman showed all his experience with a mixture of good pots and tight safety play, and took the first frame 22-62, in the second frame however Greg found his game and was in total control of the frame, finding himself 21 ahead with 25 on, but the veteran Norman stunned Greg with a 25 clearance and snatched the frame 51-55, second match saw Paul Thomas pair up against another veteran in Andy Fair, this was a scrappy affair, with both players finding it difficult to show their true ability, Paul nicked the first frame 42-36, but Andy responded in the second frame to take it 20-50, third match saw Shaun Amor face off against steady player Mark Brewin, this match was what can only be described as boring haha, neither player could get going and poor referee Andy Fair was asleep in his chair, Mark grabbing the first frame 29-44, and Shaun hitting back in the next 62-33, last but not least, late showing Phil Craik played Matt Colley, Phil started off like a train and couldn't miss, but Matt kept himself in the frame and ground out to snatch the first frame 40-45, the second frame was very similar, but this time Phil hung on despite the frame going down to the black and each player missing the black at least 6 times each, Phil squeaked a 41-31 win. This meant that Good Bad and Ugly got the better of ESP 5-3, the man of the match award went to Storming Norman Byng, an enjoyable night as always with the Good Bad and Ugly lads
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 23/09/2017
First game was neil vs Mike parry. Neil got to a good start in the frame potting good balls got a nice lead.. Mike got into the frame and give neil a good game.. neil cleared the colours to take the frame.. second frame neil took control with a nice 42 break then controlled the frame 2.0 neil.. next game up was Harry vs John.. Harry was potting well Took the 2 frames comftable.. 2.0 Harry.. next up had dale who is a very good natural player who took control of both frames potting very well 2.0 dale.. then we have phill Simmons who played steady snooker and won the game 2.0 victory over bob low
to get the 8.0 victory..
Shaw Impostors 5 - 3 Southern Comforts Submitted: 22/09/2017
Michele/Steve. The frame started off with lots of safety.Michele play well keeping Steve off the table, by keeping the game tight.Steve wasn't up to his usual standard.Michele won 66-18. Second game Steve potted some very good balls. None of them took the lead, very even game. Michele potted a long black to 62-52. George/Alex. George started off very well potting some very good balls. Alex failed to catch up. George won 71-34. Alex in the second frame play well, putting pressure onto George. Some good snooker, George won 69-58. Dave/Sean. Dave played very well, making small breaks. Sean was unable to compete with Dave's potting, Dave won 70-34. Sean in the second frame Sean came alive, potting well. Dave suddenly realised he was behind. Sean won 57-14. Robin/Paul. Paul was too strong against Robin. Winning both frames 46-15 & 52-13. Excellent evening.
Shaw Savages 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 24/09/2017
Our second home match of the season and playing the top of the league.
First up was James and Mark.mark played really well with James not giving him much of a problem. So Mark took both frames with some great potting and a nice 29 break.
Next was Steve and Paul. Paul took control of the first frame early on and Steve didn't get in to it at all.paul had a nice 29 break and took the frame easy. The second frame Steve seemed to get it together and gave Paul a harder game but Paul still managed to win the frame.
Sean and Andy was up next and Andy seemed to have his eye in from the beginning and Sean was missing most colours. Andy had a nice 35 break in the second frame but took both frames quite comfortable.
Last was Ady and Chris. The first frame Chris was true to form and had a nice 33 break and carried on to win easy as Andy could not get into the game. The second frame Ady managed to get into it and gave Chris more of a game but Chris came through in the end.
A good night was had over all even though we did not win a frame.
The OddBalls 5 - 3 ADC Submitted: 21/09/2017
A keenly fought contest at the Crucible which saw the home side edge the win by frames to three.
Matty took on Lee and had the upper hand (with some measure of fortune)throughout the match running out a comfortable 2 frames to nil winner. The new, slick cloth hampering both players as they continually seem to over run the cue ball.
The younger Fyffe took on Rob and Rob controlled the first frame comfortably to win by nearly 50 points. The second frame was a little tighter going to the colours where Macca found some good control and composure to level his tie and give the home side a 3-1 half time lead.For the way he turned his game around when the pressure was on I think Macca deserves MOTM.
In the third match both John and Tony tried to outcrap each other but John found the colours that Tony hasn't been able to pot for 18 months now. The second frame was more even until Tony got stuck on the cushion whilst on 25 with reds begging and John did well to hang in there and he eventually picked off the high value colours to take the frame by 3 points.
The final match saw an in form Sam play Mike and he took both frames , whilst not easily, with a semblance of control.Mike needing snookers in both on the colours which he got some but not enough. So 5-3 it was and well played to all.
ADC 1 - 7 Castle A Submitted: 01/10/2017
ADC v Castle A......1st pair was Mike Lucey against Lee Gillingham. 1st frame saw Lee having a few fouls in/offs etc which allowed Mike to slowly creep ahead and take the 1st 56-36. 2nd frame roles were reversed and Mike not potting as well allowed Lee to take it 54-36. Next pair was Rob Hill v Rob East. In both frames Rob E was potting some very good shots and took both frames 51-25 and 42-14. Last pair was John Collis v Rob Thomson. 1st frame was a close affair and with John potting blue, pink and black scores were both 55. Re spotted black was taken by Rob winning 62-55. 2nd frame was a less close affair with Rob potting well and John not Rob taking it comfortably 60-25.
Crucible S&S Club 6 - 2 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 29/09/2017
First match of the evening saw Craig 'The Machine' Marsh play Mike Paduano, which was pretty much saw a one sided event. Craig stormed the first, and even though Mike played a very decent frame himself in the second. it was Craig who took the match 2-0 knocking in two decent breaks, one of which was a 52. Next match saw a great battle between two warriors in Chris Rice and Dave Aitken, the player of last season (Rice) took the first comfortably, but it was the legendary veteran Mr. Aitken that showed he still has what it takes to mix with the best. After Chris stuck in a 38 Break, Dave clawed back a 40pt deficit to take the second frame earning a very well deserved frame for the visitors. Mark Alexander then took on Robin Rawlings, Alexander showed a lot of respect in the first with his safety rather than taking on some pots, but Robin continued to dig out the right shots when needed. Alexander closed off a close first frame and was very comfortable in the second claiming the honours 2-0. Tale of 2 halves in the last match, Andrew (Veteran) Bolter controlled the vicious Andrew 'Bimmer Big Ginge' Seymour in the first, Bolter seemed comfortable and edged it at in the late colours. Second frame went the other way, with the master class levelling the scores at 1 a piece. Giving the Home team and current league leader a decent 6-2 win!
Man of the Match was between two players, the first being Craig Marsh as hit the two breaks of 30 and 52....but Chris Rice very rarely loses frames on a Thursday in Newbury and Dave Aitken worked very hard to get the equaliser.
Dave Aitken...we salute you! MOM
ESP B 7 - 1 Shaw Savages Submitted: 07/11/2017
ESP B took on Shaw Savages in a re-arranged fixture. A good 7-1 win for ESP propelled them up to the dizzy heights of 3rd place in the league.
However, it was Shaw who took the first frame of the evening with Aidy winning an error strewn frame against Wayne Racey. Wayne improved in the second frame and aided by some good fortune levelled things up at 1-1.
Tim Page made his first start of the season and played out two close frames with Steve Vallance. Tim excels when it comes to the colours though and took both frames with good pots on blue and pink.
Paul Godwin continued his good form and took both frames against James Bunting to extend ESP's lead further.
Final match of the evening pitched Mark Head against Shaws captain Sean Moxon. Sean had opportunities to take the first frame but Mark edged it and went on to take the second frame comfortably to deal the 7-1 win.
Good Bad & Ugly 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 01/10/2017
Week 4 sees GBU takes a very good document house team at Newbury con club. The night started with Jason byng vs Dale prout, two hard fought frames with Dale coming out on top in both giving the away team a early 2-0 lead. On table 2 saw Norman byng up against Neil winkworth. Norman found it difficult to score against the good snooker produced by his opponent. Neil came through both frames the stronger taking his team into a 4-0 lead at the half way stage. Match 3 had matt Colley take on jonjo sharkey. Frame one produced a very good 53 break from jonjo taking the frame comfortably. The second frame went to the wire with matt narrowly missing out by just a single point losing 45-46. Mark brewin was up against Phil Simmons hoping to avoid a whitewash. Mark got his wish taking the first with the final black to decide a frame which could have gone either way. The second also went to mark who made the most of a good run of the balls. Player of the match goes to jonjo for his 53 break helping his team to a good 6-2 away victory. An enjoyable night and fair result. The document house team will be tough to beat this season.
Shaw Raiders 3 - 5 The OddBalls Submitted: 29/09/2017
The Oddballs visit to Shaw Club to take on Raiders produced an entertaining evening's snooker. The home side's Mike Ainsworth faced Rob Marks and the latter showed good form from the off. Rob won the first frame by a comfortable 58-7 and carried on to take the second although by a much closer margin of 52-43 as Mike put in a stronger challenge and was unlucky to miss out at the end of the frame.
Next Shaw Raiders Mark Dunn played Tony Lyles in what transpired to be two quite different frames with Tony winning the first 47-29 and Mark coming back strongly in the second to take it 67-20.
Brian Leonard suffered at the hands of Matt Fyffe who kept the Shaw man out for much of the two frames, securing victory by 59-20 and 62-28.
Last session saw Shaw's Mike Parry versus Macauley Fyffe in what resulted in two close and hard fought frames with little to separate the two players. Macauley started the better in frame one and accrued a useful lead with Mike having to play catch-up for much of the time. However, he persevered and eventually got the better of the Oddballs player winning on the final black 46-39. The second frame was equally close with neither player able to create a telling lead and once again it went down to the final black. After several chances went begging and with only two colours remaining, Mike took advantage of a fairly straightforward pink followed by an excellent long black to win 53-48.
So final score Shaw Raiders 3 The Oddballs 5 .
Southern Comforts 3 - 5 ESP A Submitted: 02/10/2017
The 2 Pauls face each other and the first frame was very scrappy indeed with neither player edging ahead. Paul Crutchley's 22 break meant he was slightly in the driving seat but some good potting from his opponent prevented crutchley from takin the frame until the very end. The second frame was much the same, this time going the other way and they finished honours even. A match both players won't want to remember, nor the referee! Second match Stephen Miles takes on newcomer Dan. Both frames was scrappy but Stephen was able to hold of Dan to take first frame. However second game completely different, Stephen struggling to get to grips and not showing his talent when needed then all went pair shape for Stephen when Dan put a lovley break together of 26 to clinched the frame for a draw. Alex vs Shaun, all in all this was a game of 2 halves, frame 1, shaun playing nicely, potting some good balls, and Alex responding likewise, nice tight frame with some good safety. Ultimately there had to be a winner, the last few balls potted and Shaun came out the stronger at the end. Second frame was another tight affair, but this time Alex did some good potting whereas Shaun sort of dried up. Alex keeping up his nice pots through the colours and sinking the pink to win with Shaun fighting to get Snooker’s to the last, 1-1. Pat v Greg. This was a battle from both players, with Greg cherry picking and not really leaving Pat anything. A match that Pat will put to the back of his mind and will come back stronger than ever.
Crucible S&S Club 5 - 3 Betta Paving Submitted: 06/10/2017
Top of the Table and Battle of the Arch Nemisis – The draw came our very balanced, with all four matches having a lot of potential to go either way. The first Match saw Jonjo Sharkey take on Craig Marsh, and it was Jonjo who seemed to be comfortable in the first frame and sneaking the second on the black claiming the first two points of the evening for the visitors. Next was Mark Alexander who took on Phil Simmons, Phil had a couple of chances in both frames but never built on anything, with Alexander playing his best match of the year with breaks of 43 in the first then two breaks of 43 and a 35 clearance in the second claiming a very comfortable win for the Home side. The match now setup 2 each going into the closing matches. Chris Rice was matched up against Dale Prout, two highly talented players proving to be another match that could not be predicted, However it was Rice the snuck the first on the Pink and the killing blow in the second coming again from Rice, which was a 43 break that claimed the distance that Rice neede to claim a 2-0 victory. The last match of the evening would determine if the points were shared on the evening or if the points went to the Crucible. Neil Winkworth and Andrew Bolter take centre stage. A lot of tension between the two see a very cagey battle, with mistakes slipping in where they wouldn’t normally be expected, Neil took the first pretty comfortably. Bolter had his game face and war paint on in the last and did what was required to provide a win the Home side and current league leaders… 5-3 to Crucible S&S.
ESP A 6 - 2 Shaw Savages Submitted: 06/10/2017
ESP A took on Shaw Savages in this all second division clash, first up saw Paul Thomas square off against Eric Roden, Paul took a commanding lead, but Eric fought back hard in the frame, which spurred Paul on to take the final couple of colours, the second frame had a familiar pattern but this time Eric took the frame potting the last three colours to earn a 1-1 draw, second match saw still newly signed player Dan Lawerence face Stephen Vallence,thie first frame was fairly easy to ref as a lot of reds were potted by each player but no colours to go with it, eventually Stephen took the first frame, but Dan upped his game in the second and took it, so half way stage the score was 2-2, next match saw Greg play Adrian, Adrian will admit it wasn't his best night of Snooker and the cunning Greg took both frames very comfortably, last but not least Shaun took on James, the match was very scrappy with neither player being able to show their true ability, Shaun took the first frame despite a valiant fight back from James, but the second frame Shaun finally strung some pots together and took the match 2-0, leaving the final score ESP A 6 Shaw Savages 2, man of the match went to Eric Roden for a fighting display
Good Bad & Ugly 3 - 5 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 07/10/2017
The first con club derby game of the season saw some great snooker from both teams. Up first was David Brown and George Apperley with a cracking opening frame taken by David with a good blue and pink. Frame two saw George continue to score well as David went off the boil. George taking the frame by 42pts. On table 2 we had Andy fair against David aitken both tough opponents which resulted in a tight match with some great safety and good long ball pots from David. David narrowly took the first and went on to take the second frame by a comfortable margin, winning 2-0. Mark brewin up next against Mike paduano. Both players struggling to get off to a quick start with some easy chances missed. However Mark got to the colours with healthy lead and then Mike taking green, brown, blue and pink. Leaving a black ball frame. Which was taken with a great pot to middle by mark. Mark went on from this to take the second frame with the pink avoiding another nervous black ball game. The final match off the night saw Norman byng and Andrew Seymour go at it. Norman starting brilliantly opening up a 40 point lead forcing Andrew to dig deep. He started to take his chances and mounted a great comeback taking the frame 53-42. Norman was really up against it in the second with Andrew showing signs of the quality player which he is, dominating the frame and winning 2-0. Newbury con club winning 5-3 on the night.
Shaw Raiders 1 - 7 ESP B Submitted: 06/10/2017
Shaw Raiders versus ESP B proved a profitable evening's snooker for the visiting team.
ESP B's Wayne Racey was matched against Mike Ainsworth. Although Mike was by his own admission having an off-night, that took nothing away from Wayne's 2-0 victory. He potted well and thoroughly deserved to chalk-up his first two frames of the season by 47-17 and 63-44.
Next, Raider's Mike Parry took on Mark Head. The first frame was fairly competitive until Mark began stringing together some decent pots and went on to win 55-27. With the first fame under his belt Mark played with relaxed confidence in the second and produced some good snooker to take the frame by a comfortable 85-20, finishing with a 20 break flourish.
Mark Dunn's battle against ESP B's Paul Godwin produced two very entertaining frames. Mark took the first with a series of good pots 54-23 but Paul fought his way through the second to snatch it 42-34.
Finally, Shaw Raiders' John Apicella played Richard Aldred. Frame one took a while to get going and at one stage looked to be heading for a stalemate but Richard gradually wore down his opponent to secure the frame 61-26. Frame two seemed a little closer but despite his best efforts John could not get the upper hand, partly due to a few missed opportunities and an unfortunate fluke in the final stages, enabling Richard to go on to win 54-23.
So 7-1 to ESP B, a good night for the visitors but not so for the home team who have yet to discover the form they need to reach a healthier position in the league table.
Southern Comforts 7 - 1 ADC Submitted: 06/10/2017
A slightly different line up for the Comforts this week took on ADC
Sarah opened up against Rob in the first match. Sarah taking the lead with Rob always chasing, a combination of snookers/flukes/bad luck saw him claw his way back into contention only to be beaten on the Black by a super long pot from Sarah. The second frame went much the same as the first with Rob felling hard done by.
James took on Lee in a dull first frame which came to life a little in the colours as James took control to win the frame. We are not sure who came to the table in the second frame but he started with a break of 30 and potted at every visit to the table, well do Lee (or whoever you were lol) great second frame win.
Sean played John with a relatively straightforward win for Sean in the First but a much closer frame in the second although it was the same final outcome.
Paul played Mike and in their match is was Mike who kept pace with Paul up until the point Paul knocked in a break of 25 which sealed the frame win. The second frame started the same but it soon became apparent Paul had found his potting shoes as he waltzed around the table like it was a practice session as he secured the final frame points.
First win of the season for the Southern Comforts in a great match with some great opponents.
The OddBalls 7 - 1 Castle A Submitted: 08/10/2017
Macauley Fyffe and Rob East played in the first match. Macca was all over the place in the first frame so Rob won comfortably. Macca started the second frame in the same way and Rob held a lead of 20. Suddenly Rob stopped scoring and Macca slowly narrowed the gap. A great pink by Macca ensured the frame went all the way, and after a battle on the black in which both had chances, Macca pulled another one out of the bag to pinch the frame.
Sam Storey then faced Roy Young and it was Roy who took the lead before Sam slammed in a break of 42 to take the lead with the colours remaining. Roy was still in the frame but couldn't take the important colours to reduce the deficit. Roy wasn't able to get going in frame 2 which Sam took comfortably.
Next was Rob Marks vs Dennis Doswell. In a scrappy first frame neither player could create a lead but Rob held his nerve to take the final pink and black to sneak the frame neither really deserved. In frame 2 Rob slowly opened up a lead which wasn't challenged. Dennis may have felt he deserved at least one frame, but he certainly won the battle of the trash talk!
Finally Matty Fyffe kept up his 100% record, beating Rob Thomson in 2 close frames. Final score 7-1 to the Oddballs.
Castle A 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 03/11/2017
This rescheduled match took place in a fine spirit of an alcoholic haze, mild swearing, and some extreme flatulence in one or two cases.
Rob Thomson for Castle A was drawn against Dan Lawrence for ESP A, a recent newcomer to the team who has come over from the dark side (i.e. pool...). Dan has clearly bought some good skills over with him as he despatched class player Rob in the first frame, beating him by 49-33. In the second frame, however, Rob bought his considerable experience to bear and evened things up with a 40-21 win to earn a 1-1 draw.
The second match paired Rob East of Castle A against Shaun Amor for ESP A. These guys have had the odd tight tussle in the past, but in this meeting of the two players, Rob seemed to get the most outrageous run of the balls throughout both frames. Although Rob was playing ok, the snooker gods provided him with numerous fluked pots and unintended snookers, and this, combined with the bad luck Shaun was getting, resulted in a 2-0 win for Rob, winning by a margin of 27 points in the first and 67 points in the second. Fair to say, Rob was mightily embarrassed by the amount of spawn he had.
Match three saw Nick Greetham for Castle A pitched against Greg Neil. Greg potted well in the first frame and won it comfortably by a margin of 22 points. In the second frame, Greg again scored a considerable number of points but this time many of them were scored for his opponent through a dazzling array of fouls. Apparently, Greg potted 11 or 12 of the 15 reds, but still contrived to not win the frame. In the end, Nick somehow managed to take the frame, winning by a clear 11 points without having to work too hard. Nick's draw meant that the worst the Castle could achieve was a 4-4 draw.
The final match was Roy Young for Castle A against Phil (only here for the) Craik for ESP A. The first frame was pretty much one-way traffic with Phil leading all the way. With just a few balls left, Roy realised that there were still enough balls to win the frame and so he switched into overdrive. Roy is an expert at coming from behind, as the rest of his teammates can confirm, and he very nearly came back to take this one. It went all the way to the black, but in the end Phil held his nerve and twitchy bottom to take it and the frame. The next frame followed the same pattern as the first, with Roy putting in a fierce effort at the end of the frame to try and come from behind again, but this time the result was different. Roy held his nerve well to pot some great balls, taking blue, pink and black to pinch the frame by 5 points, earning himself the draw and the win for Castle A. Hurrah!
A very enjoyable evening of snooker as ever between these two teams, and Castle A appreciated the pre-match visit to the OLA by a couple of ESP players, although we were suspicious that they were trying to spike our drinks with performance-diminishing whisky.
Man of the match has been awarded to Castle A's Roy Young for coming back really well at the end of both of his frames, winning one of them to guarantee the win for the Castle.
ESP B 4 - 4 The OddBalls Submitted: 13/10/2017
A long evening saw the spoils shared between ESP B and The Oddballs.
ESP got off to a winning start with Steve Cobb taking the 2 points up for grabs against Sam Storey. There was nothing in it for most of the first frame until a few unfortunate fouls by Sam, and a few fluked pots and snookers by Steve swung the match in Steve's direction.
Wayne Racey and Macauley Fyffe played out a low scoring affair resulting in a frame a piece to make it 3-1 to ESP at the halfway mark.
New Oddballs signing Mike Mitchell evened the match up by taking both points in a 2-0 defeat of Mark Head. Although a bit rusty, Mike's quality was evident but Mark was unable to take the few opportunities that came his way.
Richard 'The Grinder' Aldred fluked the pink to take the first frame of his encounter with Matthew Fyffe. ESP in the box seat and as their second frame went on (and on, and on, and on!) it looked like Matthew had lost the will to live, but a good couple of pots on blue and pink after having a chat with himself got him over the line and square the match up at 4-4.
Good Bad & Ugly 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 15/10/2017
Great night of snooker between GBU and the crucible s&s club on Thursday night. Although the match result wasn't much of a surprise both teams played good snooker. Norman byng was up first against Chris rice. Norman potting well may have made chris worried early on but Chris played well and took both frames winning 2-0. On table two mark brewin took on Andy bolter. Some good safety exchanged in the opening frame with Andy taking his chances to secure the frame. Andy proceeded to get amongst the balls, scoring quickly and taking the second by over 60 points. 4-0 at the half way stage to the crucible. Matt Colley vs Neil Rampton in the third game saw possibley the best snooker of the night from Neil. Neil scored well in both frames leaving Matt chasing snookers at the end. Matt fought hard but wasn't able take a frame. Neil winning 2-0 and putting his team 6-0 ahead. Next for GBU was Andy fair up against Paul davis. Andy started well taking a 29 point lead. Paul not getting going at all early on was unable to close that gap. Andy going on to earn GBU their first point of the night. Paul turned the table on Andy in the seconded. Playing some of the best safety you will likely see all season. 1-1 it finished give the crucible s&s club a 7-1 away win keeping them top of the table. Thanks to all for an enjoyable night!
Betta Paving 6 - 2 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 16/10/2017
Document house first player on was neil Winkworth who played George Appleby..
Neil looked in control at the start of frame then George started potting some incredible balls and cleared the coloures with a 38 break to take the first frame.. second frame neil found some form and took the frame comfortably.. next match on was Jon jo who played robin.. both potting some good balls was toe and toe then Jon jo took control and won the frame.. second frame Jon jo was in control and took the frame.. 2.0 Sharky
Next on was a cracking game as dale Prout vs Andrew Seymour.. dale had a great 73 break and took the frame.. second frame Andrew had a few chances but was not at the races.. dale took the frame 2.0 dale.. next on we had phil Simmons who has been struggling with his form.. managed a 1.1 draw with dave.. dave took the first frame.. and phill potted 2 great balls at the end of the second frame to nick a draw..
Shaw Raiders 2 - 6 ADC Submitted: 13/10/2017
Shaw Raiders opening session against visitors ADC saw the home team's Brian Leonard in good form in frame one opposing the experienced John Collis, winning it 40-33 by producing the better potting accuracy. John managed to recover in frame two to take it 43-30 and level the score.
Mike Parry proved unable to overcome ADC's Mike Lacey who, with better potting and making fewer errors, managed to keep his nose in front in both frames, winning 49-41 and 63-41, thus securing his first win this season.
Next, Shaw's Mark Dunn versus Lee Collis was always going to be a tough one to call and so it turned out. Both players competed hard and gave little away easily. Lee took the first frame by 62-25 and Mark Responded in frame two with a well constructed break of 23, going on to win 51-26.Two good frames where both accepted the draw as an honourable result.
Rounding off the evening's play were Shaw's John Apicella and ADC's Rob Hill. Despite John playing a reasonable standard of snooker and stringing together some decent pots Rob's play proved superior on the night resulting in his taking both frames 50-28 and 54-39.
A good evening's snooker, especially for ADC who ran out 6-2 victors.
Southern Comforts 7 - 1 Shaw Savages Submitted: 13/10/2017
First game Paul taking on Eric. Paul taking control from the start with safety play and opening up the balls. Then suddenly Paul took the lead with a lovely break of 31. Eric was not getting much joy in the first frame so Paul took advantage and just pulled away to win first frame. However second frame was slightly different than the first both not scoring much to start with but then things changed and points were getting up on the board. Paul taking the lead with Eric trying to stay with Paul but that was a no go with Paul clinching the frame 2-0. Pat v Steve - first game was close all the way till Steve got a bit of run with potting green and norroly missing middle pocket hitting the middle pocket jaw and getting postion on brown then clearing up to pink great pink ball potted. Second frame Pat was in total control and not leaving Steve any chances and won comfortably. Sean v Ady - Sean won both his frames comfortably and was in total control and not leaving Ady to do anything. And lived happy ever after. Stephen v Sean - First frame was a wired one for Stephen but fun. With Sean doing all the work and taking a nice lead and keeping me off the table and with me playing catch up. Suddenly things turned in the frame for Stephen only leaving the last few balls on the table which Stephen took nicely leaving him on a tricky black to take frame. Decided to go for cross double which the black was heading into pocket but sadly white went in off for a respot black. Coin toss Stephen won the toss and stepped in and went for double connected it perfect and ended taking frame. 2nd frame was steady and yet again fun and enjoyable. Stephen took the lead holding Sean back and not letting him get close to him. Both players potting some lovely balls but Stephen had the upper hand and took frame.
ADC 5 - 3 Shaw Savages Submitted: 21/10/2017
ADC v Shaw savages....1st pair was Lee Collis v Steve Vallance. Lee and Steve were potting steadily and it came down to a black ball frame. Steve unfortunately put the white in and frame to Lee. 2nd saw Lee potting more steady and Steve not so Lee slowly getting ahead and taking it 43-17. Next was John Collis against James Bunting. John was very slow to start potting in the first but eventually began and comfortably took the 1st 58-11. 2nd was much the same but John slowly went ahead taking it 46-16. Next pair was Mike Lucey against Sean Moxon. 1st frame was a close affair upto the last few colours which Mike managed to pot taking the 1st 47-36 2nd saw Sean potting better and slowly crept ahead taking it 56-22. Last pair was Rob Hill v Eric Roden. Rob seemed below par in both frames not potting as usual but Eric was potting well in both and easily took both 61-26 and 55-35...
Crucible S&S Club 6 - 2 Castle A Submitted: 20/10/2017
Chris Rice put on a storming display in his first frame with Nick Greetham, firing in a well controlled 65 and another break of 33. The second was a different story but still a similar result again to Chris, 2-0 to The Crucible. Andy Bolter faced an in form Rob Thomson in the next match of the evening, this proved to be a proper battle of the cloth. Both players creating good chances, but Thomson came out the victor after knocking in a break of 25 and a nice little colour clearance in the first and another 25 in the second. Honours even at half way point!
Mark Alexander played Rob East in the third battle, Alexander was very much in control in the first frame with a little 30 break. But the second frame was a different story with East raising his game and push Alexander to a blackball finish. 4-2 to the Crucible going into the last game.
Paul Davis took out the last two frames of the evening against Pat Shaw, scoring wasn't too high but always see that Davis had the edge through both frames.
Man of the match was up for grabs between two players, Chris Rice was in for a shout with his breaks of 65, 35 and 33. But honours had to go Rob Thomson for taking a both frames off Andy Bolter which rarely happens.
Well played Rob!!
ESP B 7 - 1 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 20/10/2017
ESP B enjoyed a good 7-1 win over Good Bad & Ugly, but many frames were closer than the end scoreline suggests.
Paul Godwin got ESP off to a winning start defeating Dave Brown 2-0. A 31 break from Paul in the 2nd frame and some rather unfortunate fouls by Dave being the difference.
Mark Head extended ESP's lead to 4-0 at the halfway point taking both frames from Norman Byng. Norm needed a snooker with just pink and black remaining but Marks fortunate 24 foot double on the pink put paid to Norm's hopes. Mark found a similar shot in the second frame to seal his win.
Steve Cobb and GBU's Andy Fair always seem to draw each other and always end up playing out closely fought matches. Andy built a healthy lead in the first frame which Steve clawed back to win on the pink. Steve was behind throughout the second frame and Andy needed blue to leave Steve requiring a snooker, but following his miss Steve took blue and pink, and snatched the frame with a double on the black.
GBU avoided the whitewash as Mark Brewin took the first frame of his encounter with Richard Aldred. With the scond frame evenly poised, Richard found a break of 20 to square things up with Mark and sealed the 7-1 win.
Shaw Impostors 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 20/10/2017
Mike/Shaun. Mike made a good start to the frame. Slowly Shaun even the score. Both players then did some very good safety shots, but Shaun slowly took the lead. Mike came back to win the first frame 44-30. In the second frame Shaun took control of the frame by easing ahead. Mike can back to a very close finish, but Shaun won the frame 58-56. Robin/Paul. Lots of safety at the start of the frame. Robin wasn't to his usual form allowing Paul to score well. Robin had his chances, but Paul continued to score well winning both frames 45-20 & 53-17. Andrew/Phil. Andrew played extremely well making a good break of 32. Phil was unable to reply to Andrew's strength. Phil missed some easy balls. Andrew won 74-12. In the second frame it was a lot closer in the scoring all the way through the frame. Phil missed an easy final colour ball, allowing Andrew to win 60 -49. George/Dan. Both players potted some very good balls. George slowly took the lead, but Dan came back strongly making it black ball game. George won 52-45. George in the second frame took an early lead. Dan had his chances to come back missed out on potting a black, which would have made the scores almost even. George put on the pressure, by playing some very good safety. George won the frame 58-33. It was a very good friendly evening by both teams with lots of banter at the appropriate. times.
Shaw Raiders 0 - 8 Southern Comforts Submitted: 20/10/2017
Shaw Raiders' encounter with Southern Comforts saw John Apicella open against Paul Crutchley. Both frames appeared close according to the scoreline but Paul, curiously unappreciative of Shaw's quality table, managed to pull off enough shots to stay ahead of his opponent. Unfortunately, John left Paul too many scoring opportunities whilst failing to take advantage of his own. He lost both frames 47-37 and 48-38.
Brian Leonard faced Comforts James Hearne, the latter taking frame one fairly easily 47-21. Frame two was much closer and Brian had a good chance to win it on the last pink but missed the pot and left it up for James to sink in the centre pocket and go on to take the black and frame 33-26.
Next, Shaw's Mark Dunn versus Alex Hutchinson. The first frame was close but Alex edged it 51-41.The next saw Alex in commanding form and Mark playing somewhat under par, this combination resulting in a convincing win for Alex by 70-25 which included an impressive break of 22.
Finally, Mike Ainsworth played Comforts Stephen Miles in what could well end up being one of the closest results recorded in the league this season - both frames being decided on a respotted black. Mike established an early lead in both frames only to be overhauled by Stephen with some notable potting and a really outstanding snooker escape in frame two which would have been worthy of any professional. Both frames eventually went Stephen's way 50-43 and 44-37 with some sympathy due to Mike as he played well and was unlucky to lose out on the points. Still, two great frames to watch.
So, final score Shaw Raiders 0 Southern Comforts 8.
The OddBalls 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 23/10/2017
Tony and Jonjo kicked off the match. A runaway start from Jonjo picking up a 38 break and a lead which was too much for Tony to claw back. Tony then showed some skills which have eluded him for a long time to take frame 2 on the pink. Tony gets MOTM simply because not many people take a frame from Jonjo.
Meanwhile, Sam and Winky played on table 15. The early exchanges were cautious and both players struggled. Winky then gradually pulled away to take the frame on the colours. Sam seemed out of sorts and never got going in frame 2, while Winky took full advantage to seal the win.
Mike Mitchell faced Wayne Brunsden in a very tight match. Mike gave up a decent lead in the first, but fought back to take the second to give the Oddballs their second point of the night. Both players scoring well.
Finally Rob Marks tried to salvage something against Dale Prout. Despite neither player taking early chances Dale eventually got in the balls and took the first with ease. Dale then delivered the knock out blow with some decents breaks in the second leaving the final score 6-2 to Document House.
Castle A 4 - 4 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 31/10/2017
The first match pitched Castle A's Rob Thomson against Shaw Raiders' Mark Dunn. In their first frame, Rob sharpened his woggle, adjusted his neckerchief and started potting well, including a break of 24 along the way. Mark, finding himself behind, decided to punish the balls by whacking them, mostly into the centre of the pocket, and came back to take the frame by a slim margin of two points. In the second frame, Rob girded his loins, polished up his tip, and in a relatively low scoring frame did enough to keep Mark at bay and won 48-34 to earn the draw.
The second match saw Castle A's follically-challenged captain, Rob East, playing Mike Parry, the captain of Shaw Raiders. Mike and Rob have been drawn against each other with annoying regularity over the years and have been involved in many fine matches. This wasn't one of them. Neither competitor was playing their finest snooker, but poor old Mike was further away from his usual standard than Rob was, and in the end, after playing a few unnecessarily mean snookers, Rob comfortably took the frame by a margin of 35 points. The second frame followed a similar path, although Rob's potting was a bit awry at one stage, missing several shots by the width of a very large barn door. However, Rob finished with a flourish by potting four extremely tricky balls in a row, from brown to black, to finish off with a 22 break and winning the frame by 49 points.
Match three had Lee Gillingham for Castle A playing Mike Apicella of Shaw Raiders. Mike's tactic of trying to make Lee laugh by testing out his batch of 2017 Christmas cracker grandad jokes failed miserably, and Lee's solid play led him to beat John in the first frame by a score of 42-20. The second frame was much closer, but was most notable for what happened at the end. With just the pink and black left, Mike fouled on the pink and left a free ball. Much erudite discussion was had around the table about whether in these circumstances you can nominate black as free ball and snooker behind it (you can) and whether you can nominate black as free ball and use it in a plant to pot the real pink (you can). The other option would have been to put Mike back in as he was snookered on the pink. Lee likes a challenge, however, and opted to nominate black in an attempt to use it in a plant to pot the pink. The pink and black clearly weren't aware of Lee's plan and neither of them dropped into a pocket. After much ensuing messing about from both players, including a seemingly impossible miss on a black over the pocket by John, Mr. Apicella finally pocketed the black to take the frame and earn a 1-1 draw.
The final match had two veteran cuesmiths squaring up to each other, with Castle A represented by inveterate trout tickler, Roy Young, and Shaw Raiders represented by the ever young Mike Ainsworth. In the first, Roy was keeping pace well with Mike in a close run frame, but in the end Mike did just enough to take it out of Roy's reach to win by a modest margin of 11 points. In the second frame, however, Mike stepped the pressure up and had Roy under the cosh much more than in the first. There were one or two odd shots from Mike, who completely missed the object ball a couple of times, leading us to speculate on whether the cause was a) a wonky table, b) a wonky cue or c) a wonky player. In any event, Mike powered away in this frame and finally won it convincingly with a score of 61-26 to earn a 2-0 win for himself and secure a 4-4 draw overall for his team.
As usual with this bunch of old codgers (excluding Lee, who is a young codger) a very enjoyable evening of snooker and mild sweariness was had by all. Player of the match has been awarded to Mike Ainsworth, for his very solid play in securing the draw for his side and in giving us older boys encouragement that snooker isn't necessarily a young man's game!
ESP A 4 - 4 ADC Submitted: 31/10/2017
Esp A welcomed ADC to the crucible in the www.djkit.com and Cabco league encounter.
In the first match of the evening we saw Hannah Martin play Rob Hill. Hannah a little rusty after a long break took a while to find her feet, Rob took advantage and took the first frame 17|46. In the second frame Rob played well and made the most of Hannah missing match play and won 10|49.
In the second game of the evening Paul Thomas played Mike Lucey. The first frame was very close but Paul took the frame 54|38. Roles reversed in the 2nd frame as Mike consistently made the important pots and took the frame 35|57.
At the half way stage ADC lead 3-1.
In the third match of the evening Phil Craik played John Collis. In the 1st frame Phil played well and won 53|21. In the 2nd frame Phil continued potting well and left John very few chances and took the frame 58|27.
In the final match of the evening we saw Greg Neil play Lee Collis. As always Lee and Greg have a close battle which Greg won 51|29. In the 2nd frame Lee came back played well to take the frame 34|46.
As always playing ADC is a close match against good friends. Final result 4|4. Man of the match goes to Mike Lucey for draw against Paul Thomas.
Good Bad & Ugly 7 - 1 The OddBalls Submitted: 29/10/2017
Good bad ugly take on the oddballs this week at the con club. Norman byng took on Matty fyffe in the first match winning two tight frames on the colours. 51-47 & 57-40 a great start for GBU. Mark brewin against macauley fyffe wasnt so close with Mark dominating both frames, scoring well and making macauley evening quite frustrating. That made it 4-0 at the half way stage. Andy fair and Tony lyles on next with a very close first frame. Andy taking it with some very strong safety play forcing several fouls from his opponent. The second frame saw lots more of the same with Tony unable to keep up with Andys scoring. Another 2 points for GBU. Duane puttock to the rescue in the final match taking the first frame 73-38 with some very good snooker against Jason byng. Duane was unable to take the second as Jason fought hard to complete an unexpected 7-1 victory for the home side taking the frame by just 3 points. The oddballs will be out for revenge later in the season.
Betta Paving 6 - 2 ESP B Submitted: 31/10/2017
Document house vs ESPB
First on we have Jonjo Sharkey vs Steve Cobb jonjo got to a good start potting very well made a break of 43 and took the frame. second frame jonjo potting well had a good lead but Steve was not going down without a fight and was 29 behind on the colours managed to get a snooker and take the frame. next on was Neil winkworth playing his cousin Wayne racey Neil did not play to his potential but managed to take both frames. dale prout vs mark head wow what can we say dale was on a different level this evening missed a pink on 95 amazing break.. next frame dale got in again to take the frame with a 48 and 32 top class from dale.. last of all was Wayne Brunsden vs Paul godwin. Wayne started of potting well had a break of 38 to take the first frame. Paul found his potting boots on in the next frame to take the frame..
Shaw Savages 2 - 6 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 01/11/2017
What a night had by all
First up was Steve and Michele.with them trying for them two longest matches the league has ever seen Steve managed to take the first and then Michele the second.
Next up was Sean and Andrew Sean tried his best and played some nice shots but Andrew took both frames easy.
Next was Adrian and George. Both players played some really nice shots with so many good cuts they would of put a barber shop to shame especially George's very fine cut of the pink.george took both frames easy though.
Last was Simon and Eric. Both frames were tight and could of gone either way. Think it ended in a fair result with Simon taking the first and Eric the second.
Very enjoyable night though and quite a few laughs
Southern Comforts 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 31/10/2017
First up was Stephen Miles v Chris Rice. Stephen started of steady keeping Chris off the table for Stephen to get a lead of 15 points. Stephen played a safety shot thinking to him this safe but sadly it wasn't as Chris took on a long red and did not touch the sides and ended up with a 38 break and take a very nice lead and keeping Stephen away from potting anything and ended taking frame. Second frame was a no show for Stephen tried his best to keep Chris away but it couldn't happen with Chris nocking in another great 38 break and just pulling away to clinching second frame. Next up was Sarah Middleton taking on Andy Bolter. First frame was steady at start but then Andy was in control. Both potting some lovley balls and little safety play as well. Andy ended up pulling away and taking frame. Second frame was little different with Sarah taking a slight lead but not by much but then Andy managed to get in front and stay in front leaving Sarah 24 behind with only colours left on the table which Andy potted few colours and ended up taking the frame. On the other table Sean’s first frame against Mark was tit for tat with neither player potting well but Mark was slightly edging the luck side. Towards the end of the frame he applied the pressure and finished the stronger. In the second game mark came out much stronger and left Sean few chances to reply. In the chances he did get he just handn’t had the time at the table to make a serious challenge. Next on was James v Paul. Paul was similar to Sean’s first with neither playing well. Paul taking it as he got in to the flow of the table. In the second frame James played a safety shot and unfortunately the black went in the pocket. Paul them came to the table with a break of 30 and that set the tone for the frame with James getting his backside handed to him.
ADC 1 - 7 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 11/11/2017
ADC v Con Club....1st pair was John Collis v Mike Paduano. 1st frame John gave Mike 20 points total with fouls which helped Mike to take the 1st 41-20. 2nd frame was a closer affair and with only pink and black left Mike fluked the pink to take the frame 61-49. 2nd pair was Rob Hill against George Apperley. George was on good form and Rob not so, George easily took both frames 67-31 and 66-27. Last pair were Lee Collis against Andy Seymour. In the early stage of the 1st frame Lee was behind but slowly came through to take it 54-42. 2nd frame Andy was showing a different game and easily took it not missing much at all taking it 69-10. ADC only had 3 players so it was 2 frames to Con Club. 7-1 to Con Club
ESP B 5 - 3 Southern Comforts Submitted: 09/11/2017
ESP B enjoyed a good 5-3 win over Southern Comforts.
The crunch game was between ESP's Mark Head and Comforts Paul Crutchly. A betting man would lump his cash on Paul, and he started the better of the two players. But some uncharacteristic misses along with Mark making the most of the opportunities that came his way ensured two close frames. And it was Mark who edged both frames in a player of the match performance.
Comforts Stephen Miles took both frames against Wayne Racey to even the match score up at the halfway point.
ESP's Steve Cobb got off to a flyer in his first frame against Sean O'Shea, which Sean was unable to recover from. The second frame was a closer affair but Steve wrapped it up with a clearance from brown to black.
ESP's Tim Page struggled in his first frame against James Hearne, and with James taking the frame comfortably, the pressure was on Tim to seal the win for ESP. Tim upped his game but it went down to the last couple of colours where Tim held his nerve to pot the pink and confirm a 5-3 win.
Good Bad & Ugly 7 - 1 Shaw Savages Submitted: 12/11/2017
Thursday nights match at Newbury Conservative club saw GBU vs shaw savages. Up first was Andy fair against Eric roden. Frame one was very close, Andy taking it 52-43 and going on to win 2-0 with a good solid second frame winning 50-23. On table 2 mark brewin took on Stephen valance. Both players got off to a slow start in a low scoring frame Stephen making the most of the final few colours to win the frame with a very good blue, pink and black winning 40-25. Mark started the second frame well opening an early lead. Stephen fought hard to close the gap but without success. Mark leveling the Match 1-1 taking the second 69-36. On third was Norman byng and Sean moxon. Two good frames was a mixture of great potting and clever snooker from Norman saw him win both frames by 23pts. Sean not getting much luck on the night, losing 52-29, 66-43. David Brown was on last for GBU against Adrian Richardson from shaw. Early on in the first Adrian with some good potting took the lead, but some steady snooker from David got himself back into the frame and eventually winning 59-40. David carried on in the second making the most of his chances to win 67-23 and sealing back to back 7-1 victories for GBU.
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Castle A Submitted: 22/11/2017
Shaw Raiders 2 - 6 ESP A Submitted: 10/11/2017
Shaw Raiders opening player Mark Dunn set off in impressive form against ESP-A's Phil Craik who never really got into his stride.Throughout both frames Mark potted consistently and made precious few mistakes resulting in frame scores of 64-15 and 72-20.
However, Raiders promising start was not destined to continue as Brian Leonard took on ESP-A's Greg Neil. Brian began well enough and had several good chances in the first frame but after a shaky start Greg managed to overhaul his opponent's early lead and go on to win 57-23. Greg carried on in the second frame confidently never letting Brian get close enough to trouble him and took the frame with a comfortable score of 67-4.
Next, ESP-A's James Craik was something of a revelation in his contest with John Apicella. In his own words James was "wheeled out of retirement" for this his first match of the season- and what a good decision it turned out to be !! Despite his lack of practice James potted extremely well from the off leaving John somewhat stunned and unable to offer much in the way of resistance as he had to watch his opponent take both frames 60-3 and 61-23.
Finally, Raiders hopes rested with veteran Mike Ainsworth who faced Shaun Amor. It was clear from the start that Mike was out of form whilst by contrast Shaun was mixing up a variety of good attacking and safety play. As often the case, Mike did not get the run of the balls when he most needed it but Shaun maintained good solid snooker and deserved his 57-22 and 51-24 victory.
Match result ESP-A 6 Shaw Raiders 2.
The OddBalls 2 - 6 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 11/11/2017
Match 1 saw rivals Rob Marks and Andy Bolter prepare themselves for yet another marathon safety battle. It certainly started that way as all reds moved to one side of the table before anything was potted. Some small mistakes from Rob let Andy start the scoring and build up a decent lead. Rob struggled to pot whereas Andy kept going. An easy frame for Andy. Rob fought back in the second, potting well to eventually seal the frame on the pink.
Match 2 was between doubles partners Mike Mitchell and Mark Alexander. Mark held a decent lead throughout frame 1 and after fouling with one red left was 27 ahead. Step forward Mitch - red, yellow, followed by some ridiculously spectacular pots and position on the colours. A superb clearance of 30 to steal the frame and earn man of the match. Mark wasn't going to be mugged off for a second time and fired in a solid 38 to even things up.
Chris Rice then showed Matty Fyffe how to play snooker. He dominated the first frame and, despite Matty putting up a decent fight in frame 2, never really looked in trouble.
Finally Macca Fyffe played Crucible captain Paul Davis. Paul remained in control throughout while Macca was struggling to get out of the blocks. Final score 6-2 to Crucible.
Castle A 4 - 4 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 18/11/2017
Match 1: Rob Thomson (Castle A) vs Dave Brown (Good, Bad and Ugly).
In the first frame Dave was potting some great balls leaving Rob playing catch up for most of the frame. Although Rob started finding his range further into the frame it wasn't quite enough to prevent Dave from running out the winner by 13 points. In the second frame, Rob was edging things and was 13 points up with just the pink and black left, when Dave chose that moment to pot two cracking balls to take the frame to a respotted black. After a bit of fannying about from both players, Rob took a tricky pot on and slotted the vital black in to take the frame and earn the 1-1 draw.
Match 2: Pat Shaw (Castle A) vs Andy Fair (Good, Bad and Ugly).
Both players struggled with the pace of the table a bit, finding it running on the slow side. Andy seemed to cope with conditions better in the first frame, and with the aid of a couple of double figure breaks from him and some judicious leaving of some balls over the pocket by Pat, Andy took the frame by a comfortable margin of 36 points. Andy continued potting well in the second frame, and although Pat potted some good balls here and there it was not enough to eat into Andy's lead. Andy finally took the second frame by a score of 63-22 to take the match 2-0.
So at half time, the mighty Castle were 3-1 down to the Uglies. Could the Castle come back in the second half? Would Pat ever forgive Roy for drinking his whisky? Would Rob Thomson ever manage to swat the fly that was dive bombing both tables? To find out the answer to these questions and more, read on....
Match 3: Rob East (Castle A) vs Norman Byng (Good, Bad and Ugly)
Castle A's ageing captain (and amateur whisky connoisseur) Rob turned the clock back in this match and was in the zone against Norman. Rob was potting well from the very beginning of the first frame, and, slotting in a break of 39 along the way, had Norman under the cosh throughout, finally taking the frame by a margin of 50 points. Although there were no breaks of note in the second frame, Rob continued scoring heavily and in the end Norman conceded with a few colours left on the table, the frame score being 83-35. A 2-0 win for Rob.
Match 4: Roy Young (Castle A) vs Mark Brewin (Good, Bad and Ugly)
In the first frame Mark was potting well, whereas Roy was struggling with the pace of the table, leaving a few balls over the pocket and which Mark was more than happy to pot. Mark powered away, but Roy finally woke up and when it came to the colours Roy took them up to and including the blue in a couple of visits, but still needed a snooker with just the pink and black left. Mark had a huge piece of bad luck when he went for the pink and the white ricocheted off and knocked the black into a corner pocket. Houdini Young then proceeded to take both pink and black to win the frame by a score of 47-45. Phew! In the second frame Mark was always well in control and heavily outscored Roy who conceded with the pink and black left on the table and many snookers needed. Mark took the second frame by a margin of 44 points to earn a 1-1 draw.
So in the end, a mightily relieved Castle A were pleased to get a 4-4 draw against their first division opponents. A very enjoyable evening was had by all, apart from the pesky fly which Rob Thomson finally stunned by hitting it with a box lid, and which Rob East despatched with his size 10 boot. R.I.P. Freddy the Fly.
Although it goes against his nature, Castle A's captain Rob East has acceded to his teammates' demand that he nominates himself as player of the match for scoring heavily, getting a decent break and taking the final frames to earn the draw for the team.
Crucible S&S Club 8 - 0 ADC Submitted: 18/11/2017
League leaders Crucible looked to maintain there winning as they entertained ADC, the task was made slightly easier as ADC could only manage 3 players for the fixture. So 2 nil Crucible before a ball was hit. So Crucible captain Paul Davis was first up against Rob Hill. After a slow start by both players Crubile captain showed the way forward for the nights proceeding wrapping up 2 frames in quick fashion with a 32 break in the second frame.
4-0 at the at the Half way point.
Crucibles senior legend Andy Bolter took on ADC's captain/legend John Collis. Andy scored heavy in both frames scoring at ease and adding 2 more frames for the Crucible, 6 - 0.
In the final match it wasn't getting any easier for ADC up next for the Crucible was the inform Chris Rice against Lee Collis . The match started with some great safety play from both players before Rice edge into a lead. Collis wasn't going to be a push over and pulled the frame back to be decided on the final colours. Collis had his chances to take a rare frame from Rice but it was to be the ever reliable Rice to seek over that winning line to make it 7-0 Crucible with 1 frame remaining. The 2nd frame had more of a normal feel to it with Rice taking a early lead and building on that lead taking the second frame.
Final match score 8-0 Crucible, a good night of snooker for all who played
ESP A 0 - 8 Betta Paving Submitted: 22/11/2017
As expected it was to be a tough evening for ESP.
Greg gave Neil a good match and was unlucky not to pinch a frame. Neil won 43|55 and 37|47.
Dan played Dale and the game was very one sided. Dale took both frames 18|61 and 9|66.
Phil and Jonjo had a close first game, but Jonjo showed his experience and won both frames 41|62 and 24|60.
Shaun played Harry and harry played well and earned man of the match with his 28|80 and 29|57.
Well played guys!
Shaw Impostors 4 - 4 ESP B Submitted: 18/11/2017
Andrew/Mark. Andrew was in his usual form of play, potting some very good balls. Mark had his chances in each of the games. But Andrew was too strong winning both the frames. 69-23 & 57-35. Michele/Richard. Michele wasn't playing to his standard, allowing Richard to score well in small breaks. Michele did have his chances in the first frame. Richard easily took the first frame 60-19. It was a complete different story in the second frame. Michele started to play well, taking a good lead. Richard started to miss some easy balls. Michele easily won 80-44.
George/Paul. George was very confident around the table, potting some very good balls. Paul wasn't able to catch up allowing Gorge to win the first frame 50-15. In the second frame it was a lot closer in the scoring, Paul eventually won the frame 60-48. Simon/Steve. Simon wasn't playing to his usual standard of play. Steve made a very good break of 31. Steve to run away with the first frame 63-19. In the second Simon improved on his snooker making it a closer game with Steve. Steve continued to play well, by potting some very good long balls. Steve also won the second frame 63-37. Fair result for the evening at 4-4.
Shaw Savages 4 - 4 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 23/11/2017
The first Shaw showdown
Up first was Steve playing mark where the first frame seemed to be close with both having chances but Mark took it in the end. The second frame Mark took easy.
Next was Eric and Boberic seemed to push hard and took both frames even though Bob was trying trick shots in the top pocket.
Next up was Sean and Mike.a good battle was had between these two but Sean got a 22 in the first and took the frame. The second Mike seemed to be about to win when Sean pulled it back and took the frame .
Last was ady and Mike who stood in at the last min. Ady didn't seem to get into the frames and Mike took both easy.
This gave us our first draw of the season and a great night
Southern Comforts 2 - 6 The OddBalls Submitted: 05/01/2018
First up was Paul Crutchley v Tony Lyles and Stephen Miles v Rob Marks.
Paul Crutchley against Tony Lyles and it was Tony who got the better of Paul early on with Paul missing some uncharacteristic chances and Tony taking his chances to take the first frame. The next frame saw both players struggling for form and so it went down to the final colours for Paul to level the match. In the match between Stephen and Rob this wasn't the result that Stephen was expecting. Stephen couldn't get to grips with table and control of the game in the first and second game. However Rob did clinched the first frame very quickly by getting a big lead with some fantastic snooker play and getting a very nice break of 30 leaving Stephen a lot to do. Things went bad to worse for Stephen when Rob just pulled away and destroying Stephen 90 - 17. Second match was little different to the First, Stephen keeping up with Rob and keeping scores tight but then Rob stepped up a gear and left Stephen behind to take frame. Rob was unstoppable.
Up Second was Alex v Mike and Sean v Duane.
Alex Hutchinson played Mike Mitchell and it started with both players looking rusty and missing easy pots with Mike taking the first frame on the blue. The next frame was a different story and both players pulled off some fantastic pots and breaks. Alex needed all the colours to win the frame and he potted all in succession up to the black, having jawed it which allowed Mike to pot a good long black to steal the frame and match 2-0. In the match between Sean and Duane the first frame was a strange one for swan not getting much run of the table but was tight between each other but then things turned with Duane getting a 32 break to get a healthy lead and to take frame. Second frame tho g change with Sean showing what he is capable on a snooker table taking control and getting frame to make it a well deserved draw.
ADC 1 - 7 Betta Paving Submitted: 27/01/2018
Rescheduled match ADC v Document House...with only two players ADC were not in a good position and it looked like it would be and 8-0 win for The House....1st pair up was Rob Hill v Dale Prout. 1st frame was a very close game and although Dale had a 42 break it came down to a black ball frame which Dale took taking the 1st 59-48. 2nd frame was a different ball game and Rob managed a 37 break and took the 2nd 85-35. 2nd pair was John Collis against Neil "Wink" Winkworth. 1st frame John was staying on par with Wink upto about 30 points each but the Wink went for it and easily took the 1st 84-30. It was much the same in the 2nd frame with Wink heading off again easily taking it 94-21. So with ADC having 2 No Show players Document House took the match 7-1.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 ESP B Submitted: 05/12/2017
Top of the table crucible entertained 3rd in the table ESP B.
Crucible got off to a fast start with Andy Bolter taking 2 frames in comfortable fashion against Wayne Racey.
Match 2 was the most contested match of the night Crucibles Alexander up against ESP’s Steve Cobb. In typical fashion Alexander raced into a comfortable early lead, though Cobb had his chances to get back in the frame. Alexander returned to finish the frame in the same fashion as he started 3-0 Crucible.
Cobb was in no mood to give up and battled away in the second as you would expect and kept Alexander in touching distance all the way, the frame was to be decided on the final black. It was the fighting spirit of Cobb who came out on top snatching the frame on the black. Crucible 3-1 up at the half way point.
Up next was Crucibles Craig Marsh against ESP’s Richard (tricky) Alfred. Marsh wasn’t messing around and didn’t have any problems in taking both frames with the help of a 32 break along the way, 5-1 Crucible
Last match of the night was Crucibles man of the moment Chris Rice against ESP’s in form man this season Paul Godwin. Rice showed why he’s hard to beat given Godwin little chance only allowing him to score 13 points in both frames, definitely unlucky 13 for Paul!! Rice got another 2 frames this season scoring well with two 30 plus breaks making the result 7-1 Crucible.
ESP A 5 - 3 The OddBalls Submitted: 04/12/2017
Esp A welcomed Oddballs to the crucible in the www.djkit.com / Cabco league encounter.
First up we saw Greg play Matthew. In the first frame Greg couldn't miss, with the help of 25 break and leaving Matthew very few chances he won the frame 66|13. In the second frame Matthew got into the frame and gave Greg a decent game, but Greg played well and took the frame 46|34.
In the second match of the evening Shaun played Macauley. The first frame was a little one sided as Shaun took his chances and won the frame 65|24. The second frame was a lot closer, but Shaun went on to win 40|28
In the third match of the evening Phil played Rob. As in previous encounters Rob took control of both the frames and cruised to a pretty easy 2-0 21|58 and 9|66.
In the final match of the evening Paul played Tony. Both frames were pretty close and a draw was a fair result! 52|30 and 46|64.
I fun evening as always playing the Oddballs and perhaps a surprising victory to ESP A. 5:3
man of the match goes to Greg!
Shaw Impostors 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 02/12/2017
George/Mike. Both players started the game with lots of safety. George slowly took the lead, as Mike was unfortuniate missing vital colours. George won 54-19. It was a lot closer in the second frame, with niether of them taking a definite lead. Mike missed the final black allowing George to win 65-54. Michele/John. Michele totally out played John in both the frames, scoring mini breaks. John potted some good balls and had chances to score. Michele won 84-28 & 65-35.
Dave/Bob. Dave started the game very well with two small breaks of 20 & 21. Bob wasn't up to his usual standard of play, allowing David to easily win the both of the frames 86-7 & 62-21. Andrew/Mark.Mark started the frame well, by potting some very good balls. Andrew slowly came back, making it a close finish. Andrew won the first frame 59-46. In the second frame Andrew took total control of the frame, keeping Mark pinned to the end cushion most of the time, not allowing Mark to score. Andrew play was outstanding, just like John Higgins as regards the safety play. Andrew won 53-3. It was a pleasure to watch the frame. Very good friendly evening with plenty of good banter going around at the appropriate times.
Shaw Savages 1 - 7 Castle A Submitted: 04/12/2017
Another good night had by all
First up was James against Dennis. Dennis took command of both frames and james could not keep up at all so 2 to Dennis.
Next was Eric and pat. Both frames we evenly matched and a good battle was going on so a fair result with one frame each.
Now it was Sean and Rob. Both frames started like they were going to be good fights but Sean lost it and Rob ran away with both frames.
Last left Roy on his own as my player didn't bother so Roy got both easy
Southern Comforts 7 - 1 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 05/12/2017
Sean v Mark. First frame Sean takes little lead against Mark. Few safety shots from both players. Mark took lead which he held for a while until Sean was 13 behind 13 on for respot black. Sadly not Sean night leaving pink over pocket for Mark to take frame. Second frame little differen than the first. Both plays not finding much Mark behind needing brown blue pink black to draw level for respot black. Ended Mark needing one snooker but nothing came and Sean took frame for a 1-1. Paul v Sam. Starting out Sam was a bit rusty (by his own admission), but played some great safety which put Paul on the back foot, but an early foul by Sam gave Paul some initiative and got Sam tight on the cushion. Sam couldn’t get back to safety and left Paul in the balls. Starting out Paul played some tight position play to get the pink back on its spot and release the black. Then as the main pack opened up Paul had the chance he’d been waiting for, and really motored, potting red and high colour down to the last 2 reds, unfortunately miscued on the black but a lovely 62 break. Second frame Sam was a bit shell shocked and made an early error on a safety leaving Paul in the balls again. Paul got to 33 and jawed the black with a couple of open reds! Still, the frame was taken away from Sam who tried to get back in touch but just couldn’t get motoring. 2-0. Alex v Andy. This was a tussle of an epic proportion. Both players a bit tight and rusty so it seemed, with long safety (I call them safety), and all the reds seeming to hide on the right hand cushion. Slowly, Slowly red following red made a run for it, and it seemed like Andy was taking the upper hand. Alex however had other plans! Once they’d frightened the reds away, Alex took the initiative and clawed back the deficit to take the frame. Second was a slightly more aggressive frame with pots flying in off all cushions and an open table. Alex had warmed up a bit and kept a healthy lead throughout, and took the frame on the blue. Stephen v Neil. First frame was all very steady at first from both players a lot of safe play with some great shots and snooker from both. But then things changed with Stephen taking lead and putting together a 40 break to take frame. Second frame was a battle at start again with Stephen taking slight lead them things happened black over hole surrounded by bunch of reds which made it hard to take anything. Suddenly Stephen made a safety shot but red clipped the black in leaving Neil to take the frame with all the reds in a right place to clear but did not happen and left Stephen with long red to cut in and split the reds and cruised to take second frame.
SC get a 7-1 victory over....Norms GBU
Castle A 3 - 5 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 30/01/2018
This report covers the battle of the green baize between Castle A and Newbury Conservative club (postponed from December).
Match 1:Rob East for Castle A vs Robin Rawlings of Newbury Conservative Club
In the first frame the balls soon went into a very awkward position, making it difficult to get into any sort of rhythm or achieve any decent breaks. Very often, after potting a red, none of the colours were on. When there were opportunities, however, Robin potted far more consistently than Rob and ran out the clear winner by a margin of 41 points. In the second frame, Rob amazed himself by finally potting a few balls and getting a dazzlingly average break of 20 to put himself in the running for the frame. At the back end of the frame Rob did enough on the final colours (following a diabolical fluke on the green) to take the frame by a margin of 25 points and earn the draw.
Match 2:Lee Gillingham of Castle A vs Michele Paduano of Newbury Conservative Club
By his own admission, Lee struggled to find any form in the first frame, due in no small part to the the usual steady and consistently good potting of Michele. In the end, Michele zipped away with the frame by a convincing score of 61-15. The second frame was a different story. Lee started off buzzing, building up a lead of 24 points, but then fortunes were reversed as Michele came back at him and overhauled his lead. In the end it came down to a black ball frame, and after some safety exchanges Michele made a mistake, leaving an easy pot for Lee to take the frame and earn a deserved 1-1 draw.
Match 3:Roy Young for Castle A vs Dave Aitken of Newbury Conservative Club
Unfortunately (for Castle A) this match turned into a rather one-sided affair. Roy was trying his best to keep on the coat tails of Dave in the first frame, but Dave was potting some very good balls throughout and always had young Roy in trouble. One dazzling shot of note from Dave was when he played a good red but then snookered himself on the black which was sitting over one of the top pockets. Rather than play safe, Dave decided to send the white down to the baulk end and bring it back to the top corner to sink the black. An amazing, highly positive shot. In the end, Dave ran away a comfortable winner by a margin of 50 points. The second frame followed a similar pattern, with Roy unable to keep up with Dave's heavy scoring, and Dave running out a 70-15 winner to take the match 2-0.
Match 4:Nick Greetham of Castle A vs Simon Wilson of Newbury Conservative Club
The final match of this fixture was what might charitably be called a tactical affair. The first frame was quite one-sided, though, with Simon always in control and Nick struggling to score many points. After finding his cue not working too well, Nick attempted to use windpower (see Johnny Fartpants from Viz) to propel balls into the pockets, but this also failed miserably. In the end, Simon won the first frame by a clear margin of 45 points, popping in a nice break of 19 along the way. To say the second frame was a long, drawn out affair would be a fine example of understatement! Nick continued guzzling lager at a heroic rate in an attempt to get his potting eyes back in focus, and to some extent this worked. The frame was a much closer affair than the first, but by the time the final colours were reached neither player was potting well. With both players going off the boil, and some protracted safety play, it took an awfully long time to get the frame completed, but in the end Nick finally ground Simon down and took the frame 63-52 to earn a 1-1 draw.
So the final result was a thoroughly deserved 5-3 victory to the gentlemen of the Newbury Conservative Club. Good fun playing against these chaps as ever.
Man of the match was Dave Aitken, who was the only 2-0 winner of the evening, who potted some cracking balls here and there, and who outscored everybody else in this fixture.
P.S. Nick Greetham - the 14 z challenge has been achieved I believe...
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 ESP A Submitted: 11/02/2018
This week at Newbury con club saw GBU take on Esp A. In the first game Andy fair was up against Greg Neil, the first frame had Andy leading by 27 with all the colours on the table. Greg took yellow to pink only to rattle the black allowing Andy the chance to pot and avoid a re-spot. Andy took the black and the frame 52-38. The second had Greg leading by 25 with Andy needing all six remaining colours which he took with a brilliant black across the table to steel the frame 60-58. Meanwhile on table 2 Jason Byng was playing newcomer josh Bosley. The first frame was hard fought until Jason popped up with a superb clearance including a magnificent blue to pink. Sending the blue 8ft up the side cushion into the yellow pocket and landing perfect on pink in balk. Shot of the night! 58-24. Josh didn't get going in the second frame offering Jason a few easy opening reds which resulted in a 51-3 and a 4-0 lead for GBU. David brown was also up against a newcomer Chris parsons for Esp A. David showed his experience in the first leading all the way taking it 50-19. Chris got of to a slow start in the first but soon started to motor scoring well in the second running away with the frame 67-27. 1-1 a fair result. The final match of the evening was between Norman byng and Shaun amor. Both players struggled early on with relatively easy missed reds and colours. But Shaun was able to dig deep against a tough opponent and put two frames on the board for his team winning the first 51-25 and the second 63-30. Another entertaining night of snooker which had it all. The good, the bad and the ugly! Resulting in a 5-3 home win.
ESP B 7 - 1 ADC Submitted: 15/12/2017
ESP B enjoyed a good 7-1 win over ADC, although it was unfortunate that ADC could only field 3 players due to man flu. ESP's Paul Godwin played well against Rob Hill with a break of 24 in each frame. Rob was also feeling under the weather but battled well in both frames.
Mark Head and Lee Collis enjoyed and entertaining couple of frames, with Mark taking both frames on the pink to put ESP 6-0 up. Last up was ADC's John Collis against Steve Cobb. John played extremely well in both frames, and in the first could not do much wrong and potting for fun while Steve struggled and could not prevent John from getting a point on the board for ADC. Steve recovered to take the second frame though to complete the 7-1 win, but no doubt about player of the match going deservedly going to John. Have a great Xmas guys.
Good Bad & Ugly 5 - 3 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 17/12/2017
This week at Newbury con club saw good, bad & ugly take on shaw raiders. On table one Norman byng got the GBU off to a great start beating Mike parry 2-0. 65-17 & 60-25. Mike ainsworth was on top form on table two quickly bringing the match level at 2-2 defeating mark brewin 2 frames to nil. 48-28 & 68-37. Game three saw a solid performance from dave Brown against John apicella. Dave taking his chances and winning both frames 51-15 & 54-12. GBU lead 4-2. Giving Mark Dunn a tough job to do to level up the match in the last against Andy fair. But Mark started well taking the first frame with probably the best snooker of the evening 63-33. The second frame had it all, great potting and safety from both players. With the frame level and only the colours left. Mark Dunn very sportingly stopped his opponent from playing a foul shot following a free ball incident. Top bloke! And as a result handed the advantage back to Andy. Andy went on to take it with the last few colours 63-41. Giving GBU a narrow 5-3 win against a brilliant group of guys from Shaw!
Shaw Savages 1 - 7 The OddBalls Submitted: 18/12/2017
First up was ady and Tony. Andy did a few good shots but Tony was stronger in both frames even though day had his chances.tony took both in the end.
Second was James and Macca James put on a valiant effort and had some good shots plus also had help from Maccas fouls but Macca took both frames in the end.
Next was Eric and Rob. Rob took control of the first frame and won it easy but Eric fought back in the second and won it.
Last was Sean and Sam. Sam came out fighting and did a very nice 35 break in the first but Sean fought back and it became close but Sam took it in the end. The second frame started close but Sam pulled away and took the second as well.
A good night with some good shots and safety play.
Southern Comforts 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 18/01/2018
Both Dale and Paul started off with some tight safety, but also both having some unfortunate luck, with 30 points in fouls within the first 10 minutes. Neither relented on the safety however and the balls got a bit messy and tight. Paul managed a nice 22 but messing up position on the blue, now what was opening up to a nice table. It was close all the way, Paul potting the last red but again going in-off. Both Dale and Paul trading safety Dale left Paul a blue blouse to the pocket, Paul potting and going in off! Dale saw out the first. Second frame Dale broke off leaving a red, Paul, potting, opening up the pack and luckily ending up plum on the black. Potting the black but missing position Paul went for a tough red in the middle and narrowly missing. With the reds open and a good starter Dale was off and running, with great potting and position neatly making a 52 before breaking down. Paul a bit rattled never really got going and the frame was academic. 2-0 Dale and a fine 52. Both Stephen and Winky started off slow at first but things changed Winky took lead but Stephen did catch up to make it a little tight in middle of the game with some nice shots and potting but then winky turned it up the heat and pulled away leaving Stephen no chance to get back in frame. Second game was little like the first both playing ok but Winky more on form and just leaving Stephen with not much. First frame was really close. Literally neck and neck up until the colours where harry potted the blue forcing James to try to get a snooker which he never did. Either player could have won that frame but harry did. The second frame was a more 1 sided affair with harry playing really well and dropping in long posts for fun.
ADC 3 - 5 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 13/01/2018
ADC v GBU...once again ADC only had 3 players and the first up was Lee Collis against Norman Byng. 1st frame saw Lee potting quite well and Norman not so Lee taking it 56-12. 2nd frame was a much closer affair neither potting very much and the frame came to a black ball one with scores at 28-33. Norman potted it taking the 2nd 40-28. Next pair were Rob Hill v Andy Fair. Once again Andy was having potting probs and Rob easily taking the frame 46-16. 2nd frame was a much closer game which came down to the last colours Andy taking it 60-47. Last pair were John Collis against Matt Colley. John was missing quite a few easy pots and Matt wasn't Matt taking the 1st 65-35. last frame of the evening roles were reversed Matt missing and John not and he took the last frame 63-37. So with ADCs no show (lose) GBU took the match 5-3.
ESP A 2 - 6 ESP B Submitted: 12/01/2018
ESP A squared off against their fierce rivals ESP B in this grudge match, first match saw Greg face Mark, the first frame Greg couldn't get going and Mark took advantage taking the frame 60-18, the second frame was a much tighter affair, but again Mark took it 54-36, second match was between Paul and Richard, Paul played some great Snooker in the first frame with breaks of 27 and then a clearance of 22 to easily take the frame 77-17, the second frame was a lot different as Richard used his Snooker knowledge well and slowed Paul down with some good safety play, and an exchange in which not a single ball was potted for at least twenty minutes, finally Paul had a chance to take the frame and potted the Pink but missed the black which Richard then took leaving Richard with a 51-45 victory, third match saw debutant Chris Parsons play against the in form Steve Cobb, Chris potted some good balls but couldn't find a colour to with his potted reds, Steve played some good stuff and always kept himself well in front in both frames and took them both 60-27 and 66-32, last but not least stand in skipper Shaun Amor took on Paul Godwin, Paul wasn't up to his usual standard in the first frame and left Shaun on most times which he took full advantage of and won the first 68-38, the second was a completely different frame, as Paul showed his true class with a mixture of excellent pots and safety play, Shaun struggled and although he tried laying a few Snookers at the end Paul was more than capable of escaping them and won the frame 62-38
Man of the match goes to Steve Cobb, as he continues to look impressive this season as the League A stats show, a good evening had by all
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Shaw Savages Submitted: 15/01/2018
first game on was Jonjo who was in control of both frames. won 2 0
next game on was dale who was potting well and won 2.0
next game on was Neil Winkworth who came out of the blocks had a 48 break and won the frame. next frame Neil was potting very well and had a 41 and 38 break and won the frame.. document house 8 shaw savages 0
Shaw Impostors 4 - 4 The OddBalls Submitted: 13/01/2018
Michele/Matthew. Both players at the start, did some very good safety shots. Very even match, until Michele took a slight lead. Matthew had his chances to come back. Michele won 47-24. Second game the role was reversed with Matthew out potting Michele. Matthew continuedto play well potting some very good balls. Matthew won the frame 54-36. Dave/Macauley. In both games David easily out potted Macauley. Macauley had his chances in both the games. Dave played well winning both frames 66-8 and 84-11. Andrew/Sam. Both players started the frame slowly. Andrew took a slight lead. Sam potted some very good balls. Andrew continued to score well winning the first frame 68-26. In the second frame Sam came alive potting some very good balls. Andrew tried to fight back, all on the last 3 colours. Sam eventually won 54-39. Simon/Tony. Simon wasn't up to his usual form of play. Giving Tony the run of the table. Tony potted some very balls making some mini breaks. Simon tried to come back, but Tony was too strong winning both frames easily 52-17 and 53-10.
Shaw Raiders 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 12/01/2018
League leaders Crucible Sports and Social made a profitable visit to Shaw Club to further secure their top spot. They took on home side Shaw Raiders in a one-sided yet enjoyable match.
First up was Shaw's Bob Low who seemed a little rusty due to a brief recent lay-off and had the added problem of facing Andy Bolter who was in good form. Bob played well in patches but could not contain Andy who won both frames 53-22 and 57-18 which included a decent break of 24.
Next, Brian Leonard took on Crucible's Mark Alexander who never looked in serious trouble, although Brian did put in a stronger performance in frame two when Mark had to work a bit harder to win it. Mark secured both frames 52-24 and 49-30.
This was followed by Shaw's Mark Dunn up against a very capable Craig Marsh who played well throughout with some solid potting and punishing safety play. Mark unusually missed a number of relatively easy shots, but this was to take nothing away from Craig's performance in winning 61-24 and 69-15 comprising several mid20's breaks.
Lastly. Mike Ainsworth played the visitors' Chris Rice. Chris won both frames 67-24 and 68-30 which included a solid 26 break in frame one. Although Mike never gave up he was playing mostly catch-up and was unable to put Chris under any real pressure.
So, a very enjoyable evening's snooker for all involved ending with an emphatic 8-0 victory for Crucible S.S
Southern Comforts 6 - 2 Castle A Submitted: 15/01/2018
Paul v Pat. After the pleasant banter and character assassination you’d normally expect from Castle (all in good cheer). Paul set off like a train against Pat into a 35 point lead. A tale of 2 halves this frame though. Pat whilst floundering on an icy fast table, managed to move colours into difficult spots and potted some decent balls. Some clever talking in between shots and general merriment later it was down to pink and black. Paul taking the Pink to finish off frame 1. Pat must have dropped off in frame 2, but Paul carried on the early frame 1 form to take this frame by the time the colours we left. Pat struggled on but to no avail. 2-0 Paul.
Pat played Roy on the other table which was also surprisingly fast. Pat going out his job with consistency with Roy at his heels, pushing him all the way. Pat winning both frames without too much hassle but Roy deserved his time at the table and had chances to win earlier in the frames.
James took to the table against Lee and it was a struggle for both players. Lee the slightly better player as James missed shot after shot all the way through the frame. Lee eventually winning with some tidy potting. In the second frame the quality of snooker was better with both players neck and neck but as they got to the last few reds James finally found a small amount of skill and started to play, taking control of the frame and winning. A fair result for this pair to draw.
The next match saw flying high Alex against rampant Rob East. Steely silence came to table 12 (so it was clear who made all the noise in Match 1 eh Rob). Both players got to grips with the table remarkably quickly, Alex taking the early initiative and slotting a nice 32, and taking frame 1. Frame 2 however saw Rob getting his gear down and turning the afterburners on to stretch out a lead with his own 30 break, and keeping up the pressure managed to take frame 2. It was almost a good match to watch and probably other than going home was the highlight of the evening. Castle really do have that amazing mix of good humour coupled with respect and an ability to make the night fun.
Castle A 3 - 5 ADC Submitted: 19/01/2018
This is a report of last night's snooker match between Castle A and ADC - the first ever snooker match played in sub-zero temperatures (or at least it felt like it). Either somebody had forgotten to put ten bob in the leccy meter, or the club's aircon was knackered. I'm not saying it was cold, but brass monkeys were going around lagging each other, and one of ESP A who shall remain nameless (well, it was Phil Craik) looked as though he was togged up for an Arctic expedition.
Match 1: Nick Greetham of Castle A vs Lee Collis for ADC
In frame 1, once his teeth had stopped chattering, Nick was playing quite well and was pleased to go into the final colours with a lead of 8 points, thinking he was in with a chance of taking the frame. Lee, rather selfishly, decided to pot all of the colours in one visit with a very nice clearance of 27 to take the frame, and to cruelly dash poor old Nick's hopes of glory. The second frame wasn't quite as close, with Lee running out a comfortable winner by a margin of 43 points, popping in a break of 22 points along the way.
Match 2: Rob East for Castle A vs Rob Hill of ADC
In the first frame the balls went extremely ugly, unlike the two players, and there was little opportunity for a free-flowing potting frame. Both players potted the odd good ball - equally, they both missed a few sitters! At the business end of the frame there was only a few points in it, when Rob Hill left Rob East a tricky cut on the pink in the middle, with the white badly hampered by the black. East went for the shot, and was so gobsmacked by how far out he was with the pot that he didn't notice his cue clatter onto the black as he played, but fortunately one of his teammates spotted it and Rob Hill gratefully accepted the 7 points, and equally gratefully potted the pink to take the frame. The second frame wasn't much better than the first, with no real breaks from either player. It was down to pink and black again, and after much fannying about from both players, Rob Hill was steadier and potted the balls that mattered to take the second frame and deservedly win the match.
Match 3: Roy Young for Castle A vs John Collis for ADC
Both of these veterans had to be revived from their cryogenic suspension before play could commence, having stood around in the cold for about an hour. Both chaps were fairly evenly matched throughout the first frame, with Roy knuckling down well at the end to pot some good balls to take the frame by a margin of 9 points. Roy is renowned for his knuckle work, shuffling them quite frequently. Having won no frames so far, the Castle A side were mightily relived that Roy had taken a frame and spared their blushes. Just as well he did, as in the second frame John played the steadier of the two and in the end ran out the winner by a margin of 11 points to earn the 1-1 draw.
Match 4: Nosho Wynne (Castle A) vs Nosh O'Loos (ADC)
Nosho Wynne for Castle A was magnificent, winning both frames without taking his cue out of his case. Nosh O'Loos for ADC was very poor - it was almost as if he wasn't there.
So the overall result was a 5-3 victory for ADC, which was very well done considering they were a man down for this fixture. Man of the match has been awarded to Lee Collis, for coming from behind to take the first of his two frames with a very nice colour clearance of 27 points.
It's always great fun playing this bunch, regardless of the result, and this evening was no different. Cheers chaps.
ESP A 1 - 7 Southern Comforts Submitted: 25/01/2018
ESP A welcomed Southern Comforts in this top of the League B table clash, unfortunately the result would not suggest that, first up was Phil (with a touch of man flu) against James, James was outstanding in the first frame and rarely missed and took the frame 63-38, but in the second Phil came back strongly only for James to nick it on the last couple of colours 53-44, second match saw Chris play the reliable Paul Crutchley, Paul played some steady stuff in the first frame with Chris only coming to life towards the end of the frame which was to late and Paul won 59-13, in the second frame Paul put together two breaks of 22 back to back effectively ending the frame 85-10, third match was between Greg and hard hitting Steve Miles, the first frame was a tight affair with Greg playing very well to take the frame 51-41, the second frame was also tight but Steve equalised with the frame finishing 50-36 in his favour, last but not least Shaun played Alex, Shaun was poor in the first frame and Alex capitalised winning 55-25, Shaun was better in the second frame and should've won but missed the blue, which Alex then fluked and left himself a straight pink and won the frame 48-36, Man of the Match went to James Hearne for a fine display
Betta Paving 7 - 1 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 26/01/2018
Neil winkworth started the match potting well had a big lead to the colours. Mark then got 4 snooker to take it too a respotted black.
Neil potted long black to take the first frame.. second frame neil made a 39 break and won frame.. jon jo played neil munday jon jo was potting well in first frame winning the frame. second frame was a lot closer. jon jo won it on the colours 2.0 jon jo..
inform dale took on jason byng. jason potted very well and took the first frame. second frame dale found his potting boots and leveled the match 1.1. Last of all was harry vs norman byng. Norman played well but harry was cuing very well and won the match 2.0
Shaw Impostors 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 23/03/2018
Simon/Phil. Both frames were a bit one sided with Phil playing extremely well, making lots of mini breaks. Easily won both frames 56-8 and 88-1.
Dave/Craig. Dave unfortunately wasn't up to his usual form of play. Craig potted some excellent balls in the first frame making a very good break of 46. Dave had his chances to come back, Craig continued to play well winning the first frame 68 46. In the second frame Craig put even more pressure on Dave, by making lots of mini breaks and not allowing Dave to score. Again Craig won 68-20.
Robin/Paul. Paul played well in both frames, by potting some very good balls. Robin had his chances to come back, but Paul was too strong for Robin winning both frames 50-16 and 51-22.
Andrew/Chris. Chris started the frame very well, by making lots of mini breaks. Andrew wasn't able to catch. Chris easily won the first frame 63-2. It was a completely different second frame with Andrew potting some excellent balls and taking the lead with a very good break of 32. Chris then put the pessure back on Andrew by making a 28 break. Andrew continued to score well, especially on the final colours, taking a lead of 30, with only the pink and black left on the table. Chris had a go at trying to get some snookers, then Andrew potted the pink. Winning the last frame and saving a white wash 78-42.
Shaw Savages 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 22/01/2018
A good night at Shaw club
First up was Eric and Richard the going was slow but Eric battled through and managed to take both frames with a nice 27 break in the second as well.
Second was ady and Mark. Ady never seemed to get into the frames at all and Mark managed to take both frames.
Third was Sean and Tim. First frame Sean managed to pot a couple of colours when Tim didn't so took the frame. The second was a bit more equal and Tim managed to take it on the black.
Last was jo and Paul. Jo pulled out of retirement for the night put up a good fight in the first but pall managed to take it. The second Paul seemed to run away with and took it easy.
The OddBalls 5 - 3 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 22/01/2018
Tony Lyles played Bob Low in the first. Tony gave away numerous fouls in frame 1 handing Bob a good lead. Tony needed one snooker with one red left on the table. He got this early on and started potting all the colours he needed to scrape the frame. However, after a great pot on the black the white continued to fly around the angles and ended up in the pocket - the ultimate foul - giving Bob the frame. Despite this, Tony fought back in frame 2 and Bob struggled to pot like he did in the first. 1 frame to each.
Meanwhile on the other table Sam Storey faced Mike Parry (former winner of the Mark Limpus competition!). A nervous start from both and then Sam found some form and ended the first with a good clearance of 22. Mike wasn't able to string any pots together and left Sam with too many chances which he took and soon took frame 2 also.
Rob Marks was up next against former doubles partner John Apicella. Rob found the warmth from the heated match table particularly pleasant and so decided that he would spend as much time with his hand on the baize as possible. Consequently he strung a number of 20+ breaks together and a well controlled 47 in frame 2. Meanwhile, John's hands were getting colder and this clearly affected him as he wasn't able to pot very much. Nevertheless, it wasn't too long before he received a nice warm handshake from Rob!
Finally, Duane Puttock played Mark Dunn. Both frames were very close and Mark got fortunate with a few shots during the colours. He potted a good pink and the white jawed the middle pocket to leave him with a shot on the black. He held his nerve and sunk the black to pinch the first frame. Frame 2 was also tense and ended up going down to the pink. Both players missed chances but eventually Mark found the pocket to give his team the final point of the night.
Final score 5-3 to The Oddballs.
ADC 2 - 6 The OddBalls Submitted: 11/02/2018
ADC v Oddballs.....1st pair up was Rob Hill against Macauley Fyffe. Rob was potting well and Macca not so Rob taking the 1st frame 77-33. The 2nd frame was not so with both missing pots Macca eventually taking it 37-24. 2nd pair was Lee Collis against Tony Lyles. Both were potting quite well and it came down to the last 3 colours with Tony 17 points behind. Tony eventually took blue, pink and black to take the frame 51-50. 2nd frame Lee was potting a lot better and took the lead, keeping it to take the 2nd 68-33. Last pair was John Collis v Rob Marks...as usual the draw always puts the 2 captains against each other!!! 1st frame was evenly balanced with points 41 apiece but Rob cleared the last colours and took it 56-41. Last frame Rob was potting a lot better and John not so letting Rob take it easily 84-25. As usual ADC only had 3 players so with a no show win Oddballs took the match 6-2.
Crucible S&S Club 8 - 0 Shaw Savages Submitted: 09/02/2018
Top of the table Crucible returned to league action for the first time since the Christmas break with an entertaining evening of snooker against Shaw Savages.
Crucible kicked off with the ever reliable Chris Rice (42 break) taking 2 frame from Eric Roden.
Second match up Crucibles skipper Paul Davis put on a polished display winning 2 frames with a few 20+ breaks on the way against James Bunting, the later potted some good long balls throughout the match.
4 -0 Crucible at the half way point.
Match 3 saw Crucible continue to towards the 8 frames they desired with Craig Marsh taking the next 2 frames against Andy Richardson. Marsh had some luck along the way, though a well constructed 31 break was the highlight of match 3.
Match 4 was the hardest test for Crucibles Andy Bolter against The Savages captain and boggy player Sean Moxon. Bolter wasnt taking any risks and played the percentage game with limited risk to ensure that he got those 2 frames to complete the 8 frame to 0 win for the Crucible.
ESP B 8 - 0 Castle A Submitted: 09/02/2018
Another enjoyable evening with the Castle team and a good 8-0 win to boot for ESP B.
Mark Head got off to a flyer in his first frame against Rob East, potting confidently and building a big lead that Rob could not peg back. But when Mark went off the boil in the second frame Rob took advantage and took a good lead with just a few colours left. While a draw could have been considered a fair outcome, it was Mark who took pink and black to rob Rob by 53-52.
Richard Aldred and Nick Greetham were up next, and it's fair to say they took their time! In the end it was Richards superior safety play that got him over the line with the second frame another tight affair with Richard taking it 49-41.
Steve Cobb played well when taking the first frame of his game with Pat Shaw, but was kept in check by Pat in the second until securing the frame by taking the last few colours.
Castles Lee Gillingham looked for a while like he could get a point on the board for his team, but ESP's Paul Godwin took it 57-36, and went onto take the final frame of the night comfortably to seal an 8-0 win.
Good Bad & Ugly 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 11/02/2018
This week at Newbury con club saw GBU take on Esp A. In the first game Andy fair was up against Greg Neil, the first frame had Andy leading by 27 with all the colours on the table. Greg took yellow to pink only to rattle the black allowing Andy the chance to pot and avoid a re-spot. Andy took the black and the frame 52-38. The second had Greg leading by 25 with Andy needing all six remaining colours which he took with a brilliant black across the table to steel the frame 60-58. Meanwhile on table 2 Jason Byng was playing newcomer josh Bosley. The first frame was hard fought until Jason popped up with a superb clearance including a magnificent blue to pink. Sending the blue 8ft up the side cushion into the yellow pocket and landing perfect on pink in balk. Shot of the night! 58-24. Josh didn't get going in the second frame offering Jason a few easy opening reds which resulted in a 51-3 and a 4-0 lead for GBU. David brown was also up against a newcomer Chris parsons for Esp A. David showed his experience in the first leading all the way taking it 50-19. Chris got of to a slow start in the first but soon started to motor scoring well in the second running away with the frame 67-27. 1-1 a fair result. The final match of the evening was between Norman byng and Shaun amor. Both players struggled early on with relatively easy missed reds and colours. But Shaun was able to dig deep against a tough opponent and put two frames on the board for his team winning the first 51-25 and the second 63-30. Another entertaining night of snooker which had it all. The good, the bad and the ugly! Resulting in a 5-3 home win.
Shaw Raiders 3 - 5 Betta Paving Submitted: 09/02/2018
Shaw Raiders opener John Apicella took on Document House player Dale Prout in what was a fairly one-sided contest and one which gave the home team a taste of what was likely to be a daunting task ahead of them. Dale was in good form from the start giving John little chance to make his mark and won both frames 85-14 and 86-12 which included a fine second frame clearance of 37.
Next, Mike Ainsworth versus Document's Harry Upton in two absorbing frames . The first was close for much of the time with Mike having several good chances until the final colours when Harry produced a neat break of 22 to take it 54-32. In the second Harry managed to put a greater distance between him and his opponent and once again finished with an impressive 27 clearance of all the colours to win 65-14.
Shaw Raiders Mark Dunn was next against Phil Simmons. The pair produced two cautious but interesting frames. The first started cagily with neither player wanting to concede any advantage to the other but ended with Phil eventually grinding out a 42-21 win. The second followed a similar pattern but Mark persevered and with some good potting clinched it 46-25.
There was no fourth pairing as Document House were unable to provide a player and disappointing though this was Shaw Raiders reluctantly(?) accepted the two points.
Final score to end a match played in good spirit was 5-3 to Document House.
Southern Comforts 2 - 6 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 13/02/2018
First off was Sean v George. Very steady at the start on first frame from both players. Few pots and safety shots by both players keeping the scores tight. George stepped up a gear and took first frame not really giving Sean a chance. Second frame was little like the first frame but started of tight and controlled by both players then George taking control and bagging the second frame.
First up was Alex Hutchinson against Michele Peduana and Alex took an early lead and looked comfortable, only for Michele to stage a c back with some good potting. Alex however had other ideas and cleaned up the colours with a 20 break to leave Michele needing the black to force a re-spot. This didn’t happen and took took the frame. Next frame, Alex was potting well and ended up winning it comfortably.
Third match Stephen v Dave. Stephen was pumped up for Thursday league match after nocking in a 57 break on Monday night in Reading League. But things did not go to plan for Stephen only scoring 20 points in the first. Dave was in control by potting some amazing long balls plus safety play keeping stephen of the table for him to take frame. Second frame was different to first with Stephen getting into it more but only reaching 42 points and not going any further. Dave was on fire in second which made him reach 69 points. This is a game I shall never forget. The second match saw two titans battle it out, Paul Crutchley playing Andrew Seymour. Paul however ended up watching a masterclass of potting by Andrew who took both frames easily. This was no reflection on Paul as he has the ability to beat anyone on his day but playing against Andrew in that kind of form was a tall order.
ADC 3 - 5 Southern Comforts Submitted: 17/02/2018
ADC v Southern Comforts.... 1st pair were ADCs new player Graham Leech against Paul Crutchley. This was Grahams 1st game for ADC and not having played snooker for months was a little rusty in the 1st frame and with Paul having a 31 break Paul easily took it 63-17. 2nd frame Paul was fouling a few times which gave Graham an early lead and it came down to pink and black...Paul fluked the pink and Graham fluked the black 54 points each. So it was a re-spot black which Graham took winning 61-54. Next pair was Rob Hill against Pat Patel. Rob was not missing much in the 1st with Pat not so which gave Rob an easy win 72-22. Roles were reversed in the next frame Pat comfortably taking it 44-17. 3rd pair was John Collis v Stephen Miles. Steve was potting well in both frames and Steve attracting adjacent table admirers as he was really "banging" his shots in taking the frames 50-15 and 47-21. Last up was Lee Collis v James Hearne. Lee was slightly off colour but took the 1st 46-21. Last frame of the evening James was ahead with last 3 colours and Lee needing a snooker. James came through and took the frame 61-45
Castle A 3 - 5 The OddBalls Submitted: 19/02/2018
Match 1 - Matthew wasn't firing on all cylinders in frame 1 so Rob was able to keep his nose in front all the way through, taking the frame fairly comfortably by a margin of 22 points. In frame 2 Matthew got his eye in a bit more and was in control of the frame. At the end, Rob had a chance to nick it with the pink and black. He potted the pink but went in off, and eventually Matthew took both balls to secure the frame and earn the draw.
Match 2 - In frame 1, Tony was the stronger player and took the frame comfortably by a margin of 58-33, celebrating afterwards with some exotic brandy flavoured cigarettes. Frame 2 was a much closer affair, with Nick nipping at Tony's heels all the way through, but Tony did enough to hold on and win the frame by a margin of 9 points to earn the 2-0 victory.
Match 3 - In the first frame, veteran Pat was the more consistent potter, with Macauley missing one or two exuberant shots. Towards the end of the frame Macauley fouled and left an unlucky free ball, helping Pat to run out the winner by 17 points. In frame 2, Macauley started potting much better, while Pat lost his form, leading to Macauley running out a comfortable winner, 60-21, earning the draw.
Match 4 - The first frame was a fairly tight affair, but Lee potted the important balls that mattered at the end and took the frame by a margin of 13 points. The second frame was somewhat more one-sided affair with Sam potting much more strongly taking the frame easily by a score of 60-21.
So the final score was a 5-3 victory to the Oddballs, and although it was a defeat, Castle A were pleased that they weren't whitewashed this week!
Man of the match was the Oddballs' Tony Lyles, for being the only 2-0 winner of the evening (and for sharing some of his interesting ciggies).
ESP B 6 - 2 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 23/02/2018
ESP B hosted Shaw Raiders in a rearranged fixture.
First up was ESP's Paul Godwin taking on Bob Low, with Bob returning to the table after a lengthy break. Unfortunately for Bob, he found Paul in good form and had a torrid time. Paul had a break of 24 in the first frame and followed that up with a 22 and 31 in the second to take both frames.
Mark Head scored another 2 points for ESP defeating Mike Ainsworth. Mark played well in the first limiting Mike's opportunities but Mike fought back in a closely contested second frame which Mark eventually took on the final few colours.
Shaw picked up 2 points with Mark Dunn always in control against ESP's Richard Aldred.
ESP sealed a 6-2 win with Steve Cobb taking both frames against Mike Parry. While the first frame was comfortable for Steve, it was Mike who played the better snooker in the second frame and he led throughout. But a foul with just green to black remaining opened the door for Steve who took the frame on the black with a cheeky treble. A 6-2 win which so easily could have been a 4-4 draw, so ESP count themselves rather fortunate on the night.
Betta Paving 5 - 3 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 17/02/2018
Neil winkworth took on inform Chris rice. First frame was very close chris rice potted a good long blue to take the first frame.
second frame Neil was not at the races at all. Chris potted a good red to get in and made a nice 44 break to take the win.
Andy bolter took on phil simmons andy took the first frame on the black. second frame was another close frame which phil cleared from brown to black to take a 1.1 score line.
Dale prout vs mark alexander. Dale was potting very well and took the frame. second frame mark and dale played some good match play snooker dale managed to get in a make a very good break of 54 that was enough to take the frame. last of all was jon jo who potted paul davis of the table in both frames. overall score 5.3 document house
Shaw Impostors 6 - 2 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 17/02/2018
George/Andy. Both players potted some very good balls. It was very even in the scoring, then George up the anti, taking the lead. Andy had his chances to come back. George won the first 60-38. Second frame it was totally reversed with Andy doing all the scoring. George missed a few chances to catch up. Finally it was all down on the colours. Andy had a very lucky pink to win the game 46-29. Dave/Mark. Mark had a flying start to the frame, by potting some excellent balls, leaving Dave behind. Dave slowly but surely caught up with Mark. Mark had some very good chances, but Dave was too strong winning the first frame 71-49. In the second frame Mark started to miss some easy balls allowing Dave to score well. Dave easily won the second frame 63-21. Michele/Jason. Both players played some very good safety shots at the start of the frame. Michele made a very good break of 32. Jason slowly caught up with the scoring. It was all down to the last 2 colours. Michele potted the black to win the frame 56-52. Again in the second frame the it was very close with none of them taking a definite lead. Both players when it came down to the colours played some excellent snookers. This time Jason won 60-53. Andrew/Dave. Andrew played very well making lots of mini breaks. Dave continued to fight back by potting some very good balls. Then Andrew made a 30 break. Andrew won the first frame 63-23. Second frame was a complete nightmare for Dave in the second frame with Andrew still playing well, making breaks of 27 and 32. Andrew stormed ahead, easliy winning the frame 81-8. It was a very good friendly evening by both teams. Final result 6-2 to New Con Club.
Shaw Savages 1 - 7 ESP A Submitted: 22/02/2018
A strange night with only two players. First it was Sean and Shaun. It was quite a close game but Shaun managed to take both frames in the end.
Next was ady a and Chris. Both frames were very close but day managed to take the first one but Chris took the second.
ADC 3 - 5 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 17/03/2018
Crucible S&S Club 5 - 3 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 13/03/2018
Crucible took on Good Bad & Ugly in a re arranged fixture, a win would take Crucible back to the top of the table whilst still having a game in hand over current table toppers Document House.
Kicking off was Crucibles Craig Marsh v Andy Fair, Marsh continued his recent good form with breaks of 35 and 42 clearance in the first frame.
Second frame wasn't as free flowing but good snooker was being played! With the colours remaining Marsh had a 25 point lead , Fair wasn't going to lie down and give up taking yellow green to reduce the difference. After some good safety play from both players Fair produced the safety shot that changed the frame in his direction. Clearing the remaining 4 colours with a break of 22 and winning the frame on the black. 1 all after the first match
Andy Bolter v GB&U captain Mark Brewin, Bolter raced to the first frame and didn't stop in the second with a break of 35. With a 40 plus lead Bolter was in control and Brewin had his work cut out. Brewin dug in and reduced the difference to 18 with 18 remaining, then taking the final balls for a re spotted black. After a few shots each Brewin finished off the frame with a good pot and equalling up the match score 2 all. Play of the night performance from Brewin against a inform Bolter.
Next up was a match up that you could of seen back in 1992 @ west street!! Chris Rice v Jason Byng. Rice got off to a flyer in the 1st with breaks of 41/31. Second frame Byng brought all of his experience and potting angles to the party!! Multiple 16 breaks pushed the score up for Byng and with some killer pots the frame was Byngs 1-1 match all square @3 all.
So could Crucibles captain Paul Davis bring it home and return Crucible back to the top of the table or would GB&U's David Brown finish it off and help cause what would be a shock win for GB&Uover the Crucible.
Davis played the long game well not giving opportunities to his opponent and took his chances when he had them wrapping up both frames comfortably in the end 2-0.
Crucible return to the top of the table after some good snooker by all in tight match, well done again to the Good Bad &a Ugly players winning their 3 frames
ESP A 5 - 3 Castle A Submitted: 04/04/2018
ESP A faced Castle A in this fight for runners up spot in Division B, Phil Craik against Lee Gillingham first, with Phil showing some good form to take the game 2-0, Shaun Amor played Nick Greetham in the second match, neither player getting going, Shaun took the first frame, the second frame was very tight but Shaun nicked it just, half time ESP A 4 Castle 0, Shaun and Phil then went off to play their Mark Limpus matches, Greg arrived then to face in form Rob East, Greg snatched the first frame at the end, but Rob was far stronger in the second frame and levelled the match 1-1, lastly Josh Bosley played Rob Thomson, this game was the game of the night and was nip and tuck all the way, Rob pinched the first frame and the black and he did the same in the second frame despite a decent 20 break from Josh, final score being ESP A 5 Castle A 3, a good evening had by all
Shaw Impostors 3 - 5 Betta Paving Submitted: 02/03/2018
Robin/Neil. Neil potted some very good balls, making lots of mini breaks. Robin had his chances in which to come back. Neil continued to play well winning the first frame 75-20. In the second frame it was a lot closer in the score. Robin potted some good balls, but Neil was too strong . winning the second frame 46-36.
Andrew/Phil. Both players started the frame with good safety shots. Andrew slowly took the lead by making lots of mini breaks. Phil had chances, but unfortunately missed some easy balls, allowing Andrew to win the first frame 56-20. It was very similar in the second frame, where Andrew kept up with playing some very good snooker. Phil had his chances to come back into the frame. Andrew finish the frame 60-20. Simon/Dale. Dale played very well making lots of small breaks. Simon wasn't able to compete with Dale's scoring. Dale easily won 64-10. Dale continued to play well making a 30 break. Dale again won the second frame 78-7.
Dave/Harry. The first frame was very good by both players. Harry was potting some very good balls, thus taking the lead in the scoring. Dave slowly came back into the game, by playing some excellent safety shots, putting Harry into trouble. Dave won the first frame 63-46. In the second frame Harry continued to pot very well. Dave slowly but surely even up the score potting some of the final colours. Frame came down to the black, after several safety shots by both players. Harry came out on top winning the frame 63-52. Excellent evening.
Shaw Savages 4 - 4 Southern Comforts Submitted: 12/04/2018
Great night at shaw club again for the postponed match.
Steve was on form and beat Eric in both frames
Ady and james had a good battle and ended one each
Sean and Paul had the same battle and got one each with Paul doing a great comeback in the second frame
The OddBalls 5 - 3 ESP B Submitted: 10/04/2018
In a rearranged match The Oddballs played ESP B in what was always going to be a tight match.
Sam Storey played Paul Godwin in the first. Paul got off to a flying start and maintained a good lead throughout - easily taking frame 1. Sam played better in the next and just managed to nick it in the end to rescue a draw.
Macca Fyffe and Mark Head were up next. Macauley took an early 20 point lead and Mark was struggling to put much together. But you can never write off Mark, as he gradually fought back winning by a decent margin at the end. Certainly a frame of 2 halves. Both played better in the second frame but it was the Oddballs man that nicked another draw.
3rd match up was Matty Fyffe vs Steve Cobb. A convincing win for Steve and yet another close second with Matty potting a great black with the rest.
3-3 going into the final game between Rob Marks and Tim Page. The first was a dreary frame with all reds and colours going safe. Rob squeezed out the win. Frame 2 was completely different with all reds scattered perfectly. Rob had the first great chance and made an important break of 36 to take a commanding lead and to give the match to the Oddballs by 5 frames to 3.
Watch out ESP B - we're catching you up!!
ADC 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 11/03/2018
ADC v Crucible S&S.... 1st pair was Graham Leech against Craig Marsh. It was only Grahams 2nd match for ADC and unfortunately was suffering against Craig earning only 7 points to Craigs 94 which included 2 breaks of 40 and 33. 2nd frame was much the same Graham scoring 20 and Craig running away with it with 112 including 2 breaks again of 47 and 41. 2nd pair were Rob Hill v Chris Rice. 1st frame Rob was infront all the way through and it wasn't until the last few colours which Ricey took to win 66-57. Next frame saw Chris more easily taking the win with a 43 break taking the frame 77-24. 3rd pair were John Collis against Paul Davis. John was suffering with a bad back and was very uncomfortable but not taking anything from Paul he had some moderate breaks taking the 1st 66-21. 2nd frame was much the same and Paul again with several moderate breaks took it easily 79-14. Last pair was Lee Collis against Andy Bolter. Ist frame was a close affair Lee hanging onto Andy with some very good pots but Andy came through to take it 57-37.. Last frame of the evening Lee went off the boil and Andy slowly crept ahead taking it 50-8. 8-0 to Crucible again!!
ESP B 4 - 4 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 10/03/2018
An entertaining evening of closely fought games between ESP B and the Conservative Club ended in a 4-4 draw.
Paul Godwin played well to get ESP off to a winning start against Dave Aitken, although Dave never really got going and fell short if his usual high standards.
Steve Cobb and George Apperley contested two tight frames with George taking the first on the pink and Steve taking the second frame, also on the pink.
Then came Con Clubs 2-0 win with Mike Paduano playing exceptionally well when defeating Mark Head. The second frame went down to the black and after a few decent safety shots from both, Mark had the misfortune of leaving it over a pocket for Mike to tap in.
The final match saw Richard Aldred take on Con Clubs Robin Rawlings. While Richard won the first frame it was due largely in part to Robin's misfortune resulting in a number of fouls. But Robin fought back in the second frame to win it well.
4-4 a fair result and well done Mike who was an easy choice for player of the match.
Good Bad & Ugly 8 - 0 Castle A Submitted: 11/03/2018
This week at Newbury con club saw Castle A take on GBU. Up first on table 1 dave Brown was up against nick Greetham. Dave winning both frames to give the home side the perfect start. Andy fair was on table 2 playing Roy Young. Andy started well, scored heavily and didn't offer much for Roy to go at. Andys form carried into the second frame added with a good run of the balls meant GBU would lead 4-0 at the half way stage. Jason Byng and Rob East played in match 3. Jason had stroke of luck early on and made a good 32 break. Two tough frames both going to Jason and GBU. The final game of the night had Mark brewin against pat Shaw. Mark struggled early on with pat potting some good stuff. Mark fought back taking the first frame. Mark was able to make the most of a few missed balls from pat in the second and was able to complete the clean sweep, winning the frame and match 8-0 for GBU. A great result for the home side, with some good snooker and the odd favourable bounce will leave Castle A looking to bounce back next week.
Betta Paving 8 - 0 ESP A Submitted: 09/03/2018
First up was dale taking on josh bosley. It was a scrappy start from both players. Dale managed to start potting like he can and took the frame.. second frame was closer but dale run out a 2.0 victory.. next up was neil who is struggling with his form at the moment but managed to take a 2.0 victory over chris parsons.. next up was inform player Jonjo sharkey who is potting the balls of the lampshades.. he run out a comftable 2.0 victory over Shaun amor..
Shaw Raiders 4 - 4 Shaw Savages Submitted: 09/03/2018
In a local derby match home side Shaw Raiders came up against stablemates Shaw Savages in what was always likely to be a keenly fought encounter.
The event began with Raiders Mike Ainsworth taking on Eric Roden. Eric dominated the first frame with Mike unable to find his form and the Savages man won it 49-21. The second frame was much closer but with Mike suffering a series of in-offs the frame again went Eric's way 56-46.
Next up was Mark Dunn versus Savages James Bunting. Mark never looked in any danger against his opponent and ran out a comfortable winner in both frames by 59-17 and 77-14 which included two impressive breaks of 31 and 24.
So, at the half-way stage it was level at two frames apiece.
Proceedings continued with Raiders John Apicella playing Ady Richardson where the frames were shared. Ady was in control of the first taking it 52-27 but John fought back well in the second and with the aid of a couple of profitable snookers managed to overcome his opponent 67-35.
Finally, the two team captains met in the form of Mike Parry for Raiders and Sean Moxon for Savages. Sean played the better in the first frame potting some good balls whereas Mike struggled to find the accuracy he needed and missed too many relatively easy opportunities and conceded 66-22. The second frame was a lot different with Mike taking an early lead which he held throught. He survived several carefully laid snookers to take the frame 42-16.
So, the final score 4-4. A fair result and coincidentally the same outcome as when these teams met earlier in the season. Once again there was little to separate the teams and the friendly rivalry was coupled with a very pleasant evening's snooker.
The OddBalls 4 - 4 Southern Comforts Submitted: 09/03/2018
Probably the two most evenly matched teams in the league met up in the latest round of games in Newbury Snooker League.
First up was Tony versus Alex and a very tight first frame was decided right at the end with Tony sinking a cracking final black (even if I do say so myself!). The second frame was a much one sided affair as Alex deservedly pulled away. He couldn’t quite finish it off in a timely fashion as Tony kept plugging away to get back in with a chance. Eventually though Alex sunk the last few colours and fully deserved his point.
On the other table Sam played Comforts most consistent player Paul Crutchley and hung in until the pink where he took on one shot too many and went in off leaving a simple ball for Paul to wrap up the frame.The second frame was the reverse as Sam played some great attacking snooker with a nice 31 break thrown in to lead comfortably.Paul would not give in though and in his attempts to get back in the frame a really quality safety game broke out as neither player would chance giving the other an upper hand. Try as he did, Paul couldn’t get the points back that he needed and Sam claimed a good drew. At the half way stage the score was 2-2.
Game 3 saw an out of form Matty play Pat .The game didn’t have a ref as I was pulled away to play my singles match , sorry gents for leaving you to it. Pat out scored Matty in the first to win comfortably but in the second Matty won on the last few colours to again share the spoils.
Last up was Mike v. Steve . Didn’t see the game but Steve won the first very easily and had a chance to win the second when he flunked the final pink only to twitch and miss the black ball which Mike duly potted .
All four frames were draws and that shows the similarities in the two teams this season. Every one contributed to the night but MOTM goes to Sam for his second frame against Paul and a nice break with some excellent safety to follow.
Thanks gents, good luck in your remaining matches.
Castle A 4 - 4 Betta Paving Submitted: 17/03/2018
Match 1: Lee Gillingham (Castle A) v Dale Prout (Document House)
The first frame was a bit nip and tuck to start with. Lee trying desperately to prevent Dale from getting any kind of rhythm but he only held his opponent back for a while. Dale got into his stride and easily won the frame. The second began quietly. Dale went for a red but left it over the far corner pocket. As Lee addressed the white, he touched a red and called a foul. From this Dale sunk the red and scored a magnificent break of exactly 100. With just the pink and black remaining Lee conceded. Well done Dale.
Match 2; Dennis Doswell (Castle A) v Neil Winkworth (Document House)
Winky surged ahead in the first frame and Dennis was rather pleased that he at least managed to pot a couple of reds. As Winky pulled ahead, Dennis started potting and amassed a total of 30 points but his opponent was too far in front. In the second, Dennis scored a few points to take the lead, but with a break of 46 plus further points later in the frame Winky easily won. Hard luck Dennis, you were matched against a really good player.
Match 3 and Match 4. NO SHOW (WIN) for Castle A.
With the half time score at 4-0 to the away team, Castle A set up the tables for the next two matches. Winky and Dale did say earlier that their other two players would be late but after twenty minutes, they had not shown up. Following discussions with John Apicella, the League Chairman, they were given a further fifteen minutes but they still had not appeared.
John Apicella and Castle's captain Roy Young spoke to Document House's Winky and Dale and informed them that as their other players had not turned up, thirty-five minutes after the first four frames finished, the last four frames would be forfeited in favour of the home team.
A sad end to what promised to be an enjoyable evening which on form, Document House would have probably won easily.
Player of the Match was Dale Prout for his superb century break.
Crucible S&S Club 5 - 3 The OddBalls Submitted: 18/03/2018
Crucible played Oddballs in a very close and competitive match.
Chris Rice played well against Macauley Fyffe with a comfortable 2 - 0 win with the help of a 46 break in the first frame.
Paul Davis played Matty Fyffe, in the first frame Davis took a lead with a break of 30 but this was not enough to take the frame with Fyffe winning on the black. Davis started well again in the 2nd though this time there was no coming back for Fyffe 1-1. 3-1 Crucible.
Up next Andy Bolter for the Crucible played Oddballs captain Rob Marks. Marks was in fine form but couldn’t get over the line in the close 1st frame 1 -0 Bolter. Marks showed his fine form in the 2nd scoring well and taking the 2nd frame 1-1. Match score 4-2 Crucible.
Final match Crucibles Phil Bolter against Mike Mitchell. Bolter played well to take a lead in the 1st frame with 1 red and the colours remaining Mitchell needed to clear the table for the frame. A trade mark long pot by Mitchell got him in the balls though running out of position on the blue. The frame was going down to the final few ball, after a few safety shots from both player a fluked blue by Mitchell help him clear the final balls 4-3 Crucible. The final frame was one sided with the help of a 39 break Bolter took the frame closing out the match 5-3 Crucible and maintaining the lead at the top of the table
ESP A 4 - 4 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 19/03/2018
ESP A welcomed Shaw Raiders to Crucible for what was an enjoyable night of Snooker, first up saw Greg Neil play John Apicella, in the first frame John helped Greg with the scoring with a series of unlucky fouls allowing Greg to take the first frame, the second frame however was a lot closer with both players potting some good balls, eventually Greg took the frame on the pink to give ESP A a 2-0 lead, second match saw Chris Parsons face Mike Ainsworth, with a string of handy small breaks Mike soared ahead and claimed the first frame, the second frame was going the way of Mike but Chris made a nice break potting from green to pink, leaving a black ball game which eventually Mike nicked, this levelled the scores at 2 apiece, third match saw Josh Bosley square off against the impressive Mark Dunn, Mark didn’t seem to miss much in the first frame and comfortably took it, the second frame was a lot closer, Josh had a chance to take the frame but unfortunately went in off on the blue. Mark then slammed home the blue and pink to put the Raiders 4-2 ahead, last but not least stand in captain Shaun Amor took on Brian Leonard, Brian started off well, but Shaun woke up and knocked in a useful 29 break and go the first frame, the second frame was very close with Brian potting some good balls, but Shaun pinched the frame when he again woke up knocking in a 20 break from yellow to pink, this saw the score line level at 4-4 which was a fair reflection on the evening, man of the match went to Mark Dunn as he continues to impress throughout the season, thank you to Shaw Raiders for a good evening
Shaw Impostors 5 - 3 ADC Submitted: 17/03/2018
George/Rob. George and Rob at the start of the frame played some good safety shots. George took an early lead. Then Rob scored well to take the lead. George had his chances to come back, but Rob won the first frame 61-34. In the second frame it was completely reversed with George potting some very good balls. Rob tried hard to come back, but due to George playing some good safety shots. George won the frame 49-30.
Dave/Lee. Both players played some very good safety shots at the start. Lee potted some very good balls. Very even scoring through out the frame, with none of them taking a definite lead. It all came down to the colours. Dave won 55-49. In the second frame Dave put on the pressure, by making lots of mini breaks. Lee had his chances to come back, but Dave was too strong winning again 58-29.
Andrew/John. Andrew didn't make a good start, but made up for it making a 31 break. John potted some good balls and almost even the game. It all came down to the colours, but Andrew potted some good balls to the frame 55-41. In the second frame Andrew made lots of mini breaks, John had several chances to come back. Andrew won the second frame 84-22.
Michele/Graham. Graham took an early lead by potting some very good balls. Michele wasn't up to his usual form of play. Graham continued to play well winning the first frame 67-18. In the second frame Michele potted some very good balls. Graham slowly took the lead in the scoring. Michele almost came back when it came down to the final pink and black. Graham came out on top winning the frame 43-24
Shaw Savages 2 - 6 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 20/03/2018
another good night had at shaw
first game was sean and andy. andy was playing well and did not miss that much, sean wasn't playing well and missed everything. andy took both games easy
next was eric and mark. eric took the lead in the first frame and mark could not catch him so eric won the first. the second however was role reversal and mark took it easy. one each.
the third set never happened as the shaw player never turned up. very sorry to dave for traveling all that way and not getting a game.
last was ady and Jason. Jason took the lead but ady pulled it back. Jason won on the black. the second frame was close but ady pulled away and took the frame.
very enjoyable night
Southern Comforts 4 - 4 ESP B Submitted: 17/03/2018
First up was Captain v Captain. This is going to be a interesting game. Both players playing a standard game until Stephen stepped up a gear with some fantastic shots taking a nice lead and also keeping Steve off to table to take the win. Second frame was little like the first Stephen not giving Steve much chance but was a little closer but Stephen kept his head and took frame to win 2-0. First frame Mark played well potting some good balls. He potted the brown taking a 22 point lead me needing one snooker. I laid a great snooker behind the black got the Snooker and then the opportunity to knock blue and pink unfortunately did not manage to get on black. Played a good safety. Left a long black which mark potted. First frame to mark. Second frame was one way mark potting well and winning comfortably. It was Paul v Paul. First frame was a tidy start from both players and keeping it very close and playing there standard game but Crutchley having the upper hand which he clinched the frame. Second frame was different to the first with Crutchley in charge and taking a very nice lead leaving Godwin thinking on what to do but nothing was happening for him which ended frame to Crutchley. Sean was in control of first frame and leading by about 27 points and making a break of 27 in the frame. But Richard played well got a couple of snooker that also created him oppertunties and slowly clawed the frame back. Sean had few chance and was not able to close frame out Richard potted pink and black to win first frame. Second frame had the same pattern as first frame Sean leading most of the frame and Richard chipped away to pull the frame back again then potting Pink and Black to win second frame.
Castle A 2 - 6 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 25/03/2018
Castle A vs Crucible S&S Club
The first match was the clash of the captains, with Rob East playing Paul Davis. Rob's potting went quite well in both frames whereas Paul wasn't quite firing on all cylinders. Rob also didn't leave Paul many chances (occasionally by design but largely through the run of the balls). In the end Rob ran out a 2-0 winner, beating Paul by a margin of 25 in the first and 30 in the second, thanks largely to his much more consistent potting (with the odd significant bit of luck thrown in...).
The second match was the highlight of the evening, with Castle's Nick Greetham paired with Crucible's Craig Marsh. The first frame was taken comfortably by Craig by a margin of 34 points. The margin in the second was a bit more impressive. Nick perfected the art of chalking his cue while Craig knocked in an absolutely superb 103 clearance (the highest break of anyone in the league so far this season) which brought about a deserved round of applause from the rest of the club. Craig just nicked the frame by the odd 124 points to win the match 2-0. Fantastic stuff!
The third match pitted Castle's Rob Thomson agains Neil Rampton for the Crucible. Both frames were quite nippy tucky, but with no particular breaks of note. The first frame was reasonably tight, but Neil did just enough at the end to take the frame by 9 points. In the second frame, although Neil didn't get any particularly big breaks, he was potting some fantastic balls here and there, and these helped to keep him comfortably ahead, finally taking the second frame by 56-23 to get the 2-0 win.
The final match paired Lee Gillingham for the Castle against up and coming young player, Andy Bolter. Lee was always going to have a tough task trying to get two frames off of Andy to try and scrape a draw for the Castle, and the scoreline bore this out. In the first frame Andy ran out the comfortable winner by a clear margin of 60 points. In the second frame Lee was scoring better than in the first, but unfortunately this still wasn't enough to overhaul Andy who took the frame 58-29 to secure the 2-0 win for himself and the 6-2 win for the Crucible S&S club.
So a thoroughly deserved win for the Crucible team, and a really enjoyable match undertaken with good humour, respect and some cracking snooker thrown in.
Not surprisingly, the man of the match nomination goes to Craig Marsh for his fantastic 103 break, which, with only a few weeks of the season to go, may be the break of the season.
P.S. The Castle team have referred to the Newbury Snooker League byelaws, and have discovered that if an opponent scores a ton plus against you, then that opponent has to buy a round of drinks for your team. We're still waiting Mr. Marsh.... 😆
ESP A 3 - 5 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 23/03/2018
ESP A squared off against Newbury Cons club, first up saw Shaun Amor play against skipper Simon Wilson, Simon played extremely well in the first frame and Shaun struggled, Shaun however clawed his way back into the frame making it a black ball finish but Simon nicked it much to the fury of Shaun who the proceeded to smash the pack open off the break in the second frame and actually pot to, Shaun easily won the second frame, 1-1 after the first game, Phil Craik faced Mike Paduano in the second match, this wasn’t a pretty game at all as the referee of the game would tell you, Mike didn’t play to his usual standard which meant chatter box Craik won 2-0, 3-1 to ESP A at half time, third match saw Chris Parsons play Dave Aitken, Chris played some of his best Snooker this season in the first frame and had Dave on the ropes, but the crafty veteran came back and took the frame on the Pink, the second frame saw Dave take control and Chris never had a look in, Dave winning 2-0, which levelled the evening up at 3-3, last but not least saw Josh Bosley play the very talented Andrew Seymour, first frame looked to be a stroll for Andrew which included a decent 23 break, but Josh stunned Andrew with a 23 break of his own, Andrew then rolled up his sleeves and took out the colours, 1-0 Andrew, second frame both players struggled a bit, until again Andrew took the game with the colours, 2-0 Andrew which saw the final score of ESP A 3 Newbury Cons Club 5, man of the match went to Andrew Seymour, great evening
Good Bad & Ugly 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 25/03/2018
This week at Newbury con club saw GBU take on Esp B. Up first was Mark brewin against Steve cobb. Steve started well racing into the lead with some great potting. Mark not able to respond saw Steve runaway with both frames 64-19 and 65-22. On next was Jason Byng and Mark head. Mark head looking strong in the opening frame taking the frame 60-11. Jason was able to fight back in the next winning 48-20. The score at 1-3 at the half way stage. David Brown on next against Paul Godwin and both frames could have gone either way. David taking the first 60-38 and Paul taking the second 59-46. Andy fair was on last for GBU needing both frames against Richard aldred to tie the match. Andy the stronger in the first frame taking frame 56-26. In the second frame the colours going safe early on made scoring hard for both. Andy taking the lead into the final six colours forced Richard to produce his battling qualities to reduce Andys lead with some great snooker and finally taking blue, pink, and black winning the frame 49-47 and match for Esp B 5-3.
Betta Paving 6 - 2 The OddBalls Submitted: 27/03/2018
First game up was Dale vs tony lyles. was a tight first frame which went down to the pink ball and tony potted a good pink to take the frame. Dale found his potting ability in frame 2 with a nice break of 42 which he then won the frame. next up was Neil winkworth vs Matthew flffe it was a close frame at the start but Neil found his form was in control of both frames made a 37 and 41 in his match to win both frames. Jonjo sharkey was potting the balls of the lampshades Matthew flffe tried to stay with him but sharkey went up a gear to win both frames. last of all was Phil simmons up against rob marks was a close encounter Phil went in off on the blue which then rob potted a long blue and pink to take the first frame. Phil made a good break of 40 in frame 2 which was enough to win the frame.
Shaw Savages 0 - 8 ADC Submitted: 27/03/2018
another good night at shaw
first was eric and john. eric took the lead and was well in front looking to win easy but john kept snookering and eric kept fouling so john took the first frame. the second eric couldn't get into it and john took that as well.
second was james and rob. james managed to have a good game and it went down to the black but james missed and rob took the first. the second james could not get into it and rob couldn't miss so took that as well.
the third set was ady and lee. ady never managed to get into the frames much and lee was playing well so took both frames.
last was sean and graham. sean started well in the first then could not pot a colour so graham took the first. the second frame was same as the first and again graham won in the end.
thanks for a good night
Southern Comforts 7 - 1 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 27/03/2018
First up was Paul v Mike Nothing fancy at the start. Both players scoring points but Crutchley kept it under control and took frame. Second match Paul decided just a grind it out not leave Mike much chance which ended up with Paul taking frame. Sean v Mark. Both players playing some good snooker and it could have gone either way. Sean had a slender lead on the colours and that was the difference as it meant mark needed them all. The final few balls were a bit tense but Sean used his experience to push through and win. In the second frame mark turned up the heat and in his first few visits to the table had a healthy lead. Sean missed a few shots and all of a sudden had an uphill battle. Mark looking very comfortable and eased his way to a deserved victory for the second frame. Stephen v Mike. First and Second frame was steady one with Stephen taking control in both. Not up to his normal playing but kept in front with a lead to take both frames. James v Brian played ok in the first. Nothing fancy just a grind it out type of match. I opened up a lead on the colours and took the frame. In the second it was pretty much the same but a little bit closer at the end. Both players had chance to grab the frame but it was myself who was a little bit more composed.
ADC 2 - 6 ESP A Submitted: 15/04/2018
ADC v ESP A....1st pair up was Graham Leech v Greg Neil...1st frame Greg was way below his normal form and Graham not missing much took it easily 62-17. 2nd frame things were reversed with Greg back to normal and Graham falling behind Greg taking it 74-37. Next match was Rob Hill against newcomer Josh Bosley. Josh was playing well and Rob not so who was missing numerous pots. Josh took the 1st 42-12. 2nd frame was a closer affair with only the black left Rob was ahead 39-36..serveral attempts by both saw Josh take the black taking the frame 43-39. 3rd pair was Lee Collis against Shaun Amor. Lee was another one below par and Shaun taking it comfortably 54-28. Last frame of the evening Lee was back to normality and easily took the frame 63-9
Crucible S&S Club 5 - 3 Southern Comforts Submitted: 12/04/2018
Coming into the penultimate week of league matches top of the table Crucible entertained Comforts, with Crucible needing 7 points to retain the title.
First up was a close match between Andy Bolter (Crucible) v Paul Crutchley (Comforts). Niether player really took the control of the match at any stage with Crutchley taking the first and Bolter responding and taking the second, 1 all.
Second match saw the player of the season for the Crucible Chris Rice taken on Sean O Shea. The result was never in doubt for Rice winning comfortably 2- 0 with the help of a 45 break in the first frame. 3-1 Crucible.
Third up was Craig Marsh (Crucible) v Stephen Miles (Comforts) agiain this was a match where niether player really got going. Though Marsh dug in a got both frames for Crucible. 5-1
Final match, Paul Davis(Crucible) v Alex Hutchinson. Now this match needed 2 frames from the Crucibles captain to retain the title, though it was not to be with Hutchinson winning both frames on the black 5-3 Crucible.
So Crucible go into the final match of the season requiring just a point for another title....
ESP B 1 - 7 Betta Paving Submitted: 15/04/2018
ESP B took on Document House this week with ESP needing points in their battle for 3rd spot in the League and Doc House needing as many points as possible to boost their outside change of the title.
It was Doc House who came out on top taking 7 of the 8 points available. Dale Prout and Neil Winkworth won their games against Tim Page and Mark Head respectively, and Jonjo SHarkey took both frames against Steve Cobb.
ESP's point came courtesy of Paul Godwin in his first frame against Phil Simmons. Paul took the first frame comfortably and with Phil very much out of sorts, money would have been on him to take the second as well. But Phil had other ideas and was literally a different player in the second frame, potting freely to take the game comfortably and complete the 7-1 win for Doc House.
Shaw Impostors 6 - 2 Shaw Savages Submitted: 13/04/2018
Robin/Adrian. Robin played very well, Andrew wasn't able to compete with Robin's potting. Adrian had several chances in which to pot the balls to even the score. Robin continued to put pressure on Adrian. Robin won both frames 46-5 and 51-15. Dave/Graham. Dave totally out classed Graham in both the frames. Graham unfortuniately wasn't able to pot the balls. Graham had several chances in which to play. Dave won both frames 76-5 and 70-14. Simon/Sean. Either Simon or Sean were on form, both missing some easy balls. Simon took a reasonable lead, Sean slowly came back winning the first frame 62-40. It was totally reversed in the second game where Simon started to play well on ocassions. Sean missed some easy balls, allowing Simon to increase his lead. Simon won the second game 46-28. Mike/Eric. Both players played some very good potting and good safety shots. Michele had very good control of the game, playing some very good safety shots, putting Eric into trouble. Michele won the first frame 62-25. In the second frame Eric dug in, playing some very good snooker. Michele had several times in which to come back. It was all down to Eric, who played some very good snookers at the end, putting Michele into trouble. Eric won the second frame 65-40. It was a very evening of friendly snooker.
Shaw Raiders 5 - 3 Castle A Submitted: 13/04/2018
Shaw Raiders were at home to Castle A in an eagerly awaited match. Once the initial banter was over the game began. Probably nobody thought that all 4 match-ups would end in a very close and entertaining game.
The first game saw two silver foxes pitched against one another namely, John Apicella and Roy Young. John was potting well in the first frame and established a lead with Roy not really getting in his stride. John cleared he last 4 balls for a 22 break and ran out a convincing winner 61-13. Roy upped his game in the second frame and with the aid of much improved potting took the frame 50-32.
The second match was between Mike Ainsworth and the venerable Rob Thomson. Mike was comfortably in the lead in the first frame but Rob played 4 consecutive snookers and Mike could not respond to them enabling Rob to win the frame 59-51. The second frame was a close affair but Mike was not going to let this go as he triumphed 46-41.
So at the halfway stage the match was all square.
The third game pitched Bob Low against Dennis Doswell. For various reasons neither player has played in many matches this season and it showed in the first frame which was a low scoring affair with Bob winning 36-30. In the second frame Bob was ahead by 13 with just 2 balls left but Dennis managed to pot both and force a re-spotted black. After a few attempts by both players it was Bob who finally sank the black to take the frame
The final match was between Brian Leonard and the high flying Rob East. The first frame was nip and tuck with good scoring but it was Brian who potted the black to win by the narrowest of margins 68-67, a result which earned him "man of the match". The second frame was a low scoring game with Rob winning 38-23.
So at the end of the evening Shaw Raiders celebrated a rare win 5-3.
Both teams always look forward to meeting up for these matches not only for the games but for the banter, laughs and a really sociable evening. This year was no different.
The OddBalls 4 - 4 Good Bad & Ugly Submitted: 13/04/2018
First up Tony Lyles vs Daniel Brewin. Tony dominated the first as Daniel struggled to pot colours from the reds. However Daniel potted really well in frame 2 taking a good early lead. The reds were open and Tony dug deep to claw back into the frame. A great clearance of 27 by Tony saw him take the frame by a comfortable margin - but it was a lot closer than the score suggests.
Next was Macauley Fyffe and Mark Brewin. Mark always seem to hold a 20 lead which was helped by Macca giving away too many fouls. At the end of frame 1 Macca did stage a comeback only for Mark to take the final colours. Similar second frame where Mark dominated.
Rob Marks then played Norman Byng. Rob played really well in the first and scored heavily. The second was might tighter thoughout. A scrappy affair where neither player could get a decent lead. Rob tended to hold a small margin, but with Norm needing the final 3 colours Rob looked the favourite. A great blue with the rest by Norm and position on the pink suddenly changed everything. He calmly took out the pink and black to snatch the frame. Well deserved.
Finally was Matty Fyffe and Andy Fair. Matty clinched the first in a tight frame, but Andy was stronger in the second and easily won to take the final frame of the match.
Final score 4-4. Good game gents!
Castle A 6 - 2 Shaw Savages Submitted: 20/04/2018
SOME SNOOKER LIMERICKS TO MARK THE END OF SEASON MATCH BETWEEN CASTLE A AND SHAW SAVAGES:
The first match was Nick against James,
But Jim had bad luck in his games,
He laboured in vain,
Fouled again and again,
Helping Nick to take both of the frames,
The next pair were Eric and Lee,
In the first Eric potted with glee,
Then Lee took the second,
The scoreline was reckoned,
At halfway it stood one to three.
The third pair was Thomson and Sean,
A contest of pure snooker porn,
Much potting and screwing,
Was what they were doing,
The match ended up being drawn.
Now Ady and East went on last,
At whisky consumption, Rob's fast,
With slightly blurred vision,
He cued with precision,
And won, although slightly rat-arsed!
So the match went the Castle A's way,
Much fun being had on the day,
Whenever we miss,
Both teams take the piss,
That's just how we all like to play!
Nick Greetham is awarded player of the match for finally getting around to a 2-0 win on the last match of the season. An honourable mention also goes to James Bunting for being a good sport in donating quite a few points to Nick...
ESP B 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 23/04/2018
Congratulations to Crucible on retaining their League winners title. Needing only a point to secure the title they picked up 7 in a convincing 7-1 defeat of ESP B.
It was ESP who took the first frame of the night though, with Mark Head playing confidently, including a break of 30, in his match with Paul Davies. Paul hit back with a dominant display in the second frame to make it 1-1.
Paul Godwin put in a valiant effort against the leagues top player Chris Rice, but Chris took the first on the colours and a break of 44 put the second frame beyond doubt.
Phil Bolter extended Crucibles lead taking both frame against Steve Cobb and Andy Bolter rounded the night off taking the final two frames against Richard Aldred.
Good Bad & Ugly 2 - 6 Southern Comforts Submitted: 22/04/2018
The final fixture of the season at the con club club was between GBU and division 2 champions southern comforts. Andy fair against Alex Hutchinson in the first match. Both frames were very close being decided on final black. Andy taking the first and Alex the second. 1-1 draw a fair result. On table 2 Daniel Brewin was up against Stephen Miles. Stephen showing his experience against Daniel not leaving him much to go at and taking his chances well with some great potting. Daniel didn't really get going in either frame resulting in a 2-0 win for the visiting team. Match number 3 was between Norman byng and James Hearne. James taking the first with a little luck on the final black, off four cushions and into the yellow pocket to pinch the frame from Norman. Norman staying strong in the second frame to get the draw and good point for GBU. Mark brewin and Paul crutchley battled hard in the final match. The colours going safe made for a close first frame. Mark missed the green and Paul jumped in to pot the remaining colours to take a 1-0 lead. Mark starting the second strong with 20+ lead only to see Paul close the gap and take 7 point lead with only the black on the table. Mark missed his chance to force a re-spot and Paul took the frame and match 6-2 to southern comforts. GBU slip out of division one this season, now to be replaced by a very good Southern comforts team!
Betta Paving 7 - 1 ADC Submitted: 20/04/2018
Neil started the match agaist graham leech.. neil started potting well made a nice 42 break and took control of the first frame.. second frame neil went off with a nice break of 45 and won both frames.. next up was Phil Simmons taking on Rob hill.. both played well potting good balls was a close encounter which both players took a frame each..
Shaw Raiders 4 - 4 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 20/04/2018
The closing match of the season at Shaw Club brought together two of the league's oldest rivals and, dare we say it ,the highest aggregate ages - Shaw Raiders and Newbury Conservative Club.
As expected the event produced a fitting finale.
First in action was Raiders captain Mike Parry against the canny Dave Aitken. Mike was up against it in frame one which saw Dave, despite not being on top form, making some excellent pots in several phases which carried him to a 70-30 win. The second was more evenly balanced with Mike putting in a much better performance taking it to the final black ball. After several attempts by both players it was Dave who finally potted it to secure the frame 44-32.
Next, the home side's Bob Low took on Michele Paduano. The first frame progressed fairly evenly for much of the time, but with Michele playing under par and Bob potting well with a number of mini-breaks the Shaw man came out on top 58-40. The second frame saw Bob continuing to play steadily whilst Michele's shots were frustratingly close but just off target. Again Bob won out 60-40.
Raiders John Apicella was paired with Andrew Seymour. John was struggling to repeat his good form of late and it didn't take Andrew long to get the measure of the table and take control of the frame, winning by 65-16. He continued to dominate the second frame and with a good 39 break went on to take it 81-11.
Last up was Raiders Mark Dunn versus Simon Wilson. The Con Club man who has struggled with his game of late never really threatened Mark who maintained his usual reliable form to take both frames 68-27 and 61-11.
So, the match ended 4-4, a result which was quite satisfying for Shaw Raiders but perhaps a little disappointing for Conservative Club who were seeking to maximize their league position in this final opportunity. Nonetheless, an extremely pleasant evening was had by all and rounded off with a very welcome buffet to celebrate "season over".
The OddBalls 3 - 5 ESP A Submitted: 20/04/2018
The final match of the season started well for The Oddballs. They took the first 3 frames of the evening. 2 came from Rob Marks who beat Phil Craik. Rob had a nice break of 31 in the first, and generally played quite well. He also had some good fortune leaving Phil will very little to get going. Phil did have a chance to steal frame 2 as Rob missed frame ball on the brown leaving all 4 remaining balls in potable positions. Unfortunately Phil could not capitalise.
Sam Storey also won his first frame against Josh Bosley. His tip came off half way through the frame and struggled with a club cue for the remainder of the match. However, 21 behind with 22 on the table Sam managed to find some form to win by one point.
This is where the match turned on it's head and ESP A mounted a mammoth comeback. Josh easily beat Sam in frame 2, and then ESP won both the final 2 matches.
First Greg Neil beat Matty Fyffe. 2 scrappy frames, lots of flukes and both frames won on the final few colours with superb pots by Greg.
Finally Macca Fyffe lost to Shaun Amor. Shaun seemed to be in control most of the time although Macca did have a chance at the end of the 2nd frame but just ran out of position. Shaun potted the pink to take the frame and win the match 5 frames to 3.
Well played everyone!
ADC 3 - 5 The OddBalls Submitted: 08/09/2018
ADC v Oddballs....1st pair were John Collis against Macauley Fyffe. 1st frame saw John having a few lucky shots but also several mini breaks and took the frame 65-26. 2nd frame was close all the way to the end and with pink and black left Macca was ahead by 12 but he took the pink and the frame. 2nd pairing was Rob Hill against Tony Lyles. Tony romped off and easily took the 1st 58-23. 2nd frame was again going Tony's way and Rob had come to stand still !!! Tony took it 39-2. last pair were Graham Leech v Rob Marks. 1st frame was even stevens through most of the frame but Rob cleared up taking it 67-40. Last frame of the night was much the same as their first. Eventually Rob again took the 2nd 43-27. ADC 3 Oddballs 5
Shaw Impostors 3 - 5 Southern Comforts Submitted: 26/09/2018
Robin v Sean. Steady start with Robin taking nice lead with 18 points. Sean struggling but playing a safe game. Kicked into gear and closing up gap. Very tight now only leaving the colours which leaving Robin to take first frame. Second frame, balls spread nicely with Sean taking lead and Robin trying to pull it back, but Sean was to good and ended up taking frame.
Dave v James. Steady from both players, but with James having his eye in with some long pots and taking a nice lead. Suddenly things changed with Dave getting to grips with the frame taking it 42-19 which Dave took frame. Second frame steady from both players again, with James struggling to find his cueing action which left Dave taking a nice 20 break and romped home to take frame.
George v Stephen. This looks to be a interesting game between both good players. First frame went all Stephen's away by taking a lead and stopping George getting involved which ended up Stephen taking the frame. Second frame was slightly different with both players getting points on the board especially George and leaving Stephen to do some work which he managed to do by a lovely steady break of 29 to catch up, then went on to take frame. A very enjoyable game.
Mike v Wayne. Wayne always had a small lead. Mike feeding off a few scraps quite a safety overrated kind of match. Wayne 15 points with 3 colours left, then foul on the blue made it only 10 difference but Wayne held nerve to pot blue and took frame. A early break of 26 put Wayne in charge of frame 2. Much more aggressive play kept Mike off the table and gave Wayne the 2nd win.
ESP A 4 - 4 Castle A Submitted: 07/09/2018
The opening fixtures of the season saw ESP A face their old friend The Castle, first match was between Shaun and Nick, Nick played well and pulled a series of good long pots, Shaun was very very rusty in the first frame but pinched it on the last few colours, second frame was much the same and Nick let Shaun off the hook, with Shaun again claiming the last couple of colours, 2-0 Shaun
Second match was between Greg and Rob T, both players had chances and it was Rob who claimed the first frame, again the second frame matched the first but Rob came out on top, 2-0 Rob, so 2-2 at half time
Match three saw skipper Phil play against Pat, in a very slow scoring and scrappy frame Phil took it finally, the second frame Phil looked in control, but Pat laid Phil into a couple of Snookers which Phil couldn't escape from, Pat then proceeded to pot the colours leaving Phil needing Snookers which he could not get, 1-1, 3-3
Last match saw debutant Mark Brewin play against the always capable Rob East, Rob was very out of sorts in the first frame and Mark punished Rob and took the first frame very comfortably, but in the second frame Rob came back into form and won it easily
This left the game a draw at 4-4
A good evening with a good bunch
Man of the match went to Pat Shaw for a great comeback in his second frame
ESP B 6 - 2 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 07/09/2018
ESP B started the new season with a 6-2 win over Shaw Raiders but the scoreline was a flattering one.
ESP captain Steve Cobb took both frames against Mike Ainsworth but struggled throughout and it was Mike who led for most of the second frame. Steve needed a good pot on the pink and a double on the black to nick the frame by 2 points from Mike.
Player of the Match was an easy choice going to Paul Godwin who took control of both his frames against Mike Parry with breaks of 39 in the first and 25 in the second, and taking the two points for ESP B.
Shaw's Mark Dunn started well in his match with Richard Aldred but only sealed the frame on the colours after snookering Richard and picking off the final balls of the frame.
But Mark could not get going in the second frame missing a host of chances to take control, and Richard kept plugging away picking up points regularly to maintain his lead throughout. Mark required a snooker with only pink and black remaining but left the pink up which Richard duly dispatched to share the spoils.
ESP's Mark Head and Shaws Bob Low played out the final two frames. It's fair to say both frames should have gone to Bob! Bob took the first comfortably with some good pots while Mark was playing well below par. Bob was ahead in the second frame as well, but with only pink and black left, a couple of unfortunate fouls by Bob gave Mark the opportunity to steal the frame. A 6-2 win for ESP, which on another night could have been a 5-3 win to Shaw. Good luck for the rest of the season gents.
Crucible S&S Club 4 - 4 Betta Paving Submitted: 07/09/2018
So the start of the 2018/19 Newbury Snooker League began with last seasons champions Crucible Sports and Social against runners up Document House.
Doc house showed their intention for the season in trying to wrestle that title away from champions Crucible taking a 4 frames to 0 lead with wins for Winkworth and Sharkey, v Bolter and Marsh.
It was down to Crucibles Mr Reliable Chris Rice to get the first frame on the board with 1 visit a great 63 break made it 4-1. The second frame came soon after for the Crucible thanks to Paul Davis 4-2. Could Rice and Davis pull a draw out of the bag with the final 2 frames?
Rice completed his 2 frames with a lot closer second frame against Doc Houses Dale Prout, 4-3 with Davis’s final frame against Doc Houses Phil Simmons to decide the match.
The frame never looked in doubt for Crucible thanks to a 33 break Davis winning 2 frames and a match result 4-4 .
So it was honours even for the top 2 sides from last season and will surely they will battle it out again for the title again this season, will there be any other challenger.....?
ESP A 1 - 7 ADC Submitted: 14/09/2018
ESP A entertained ADC, and entertained they did. Shaun played John first and John rolled back the years despite being in pain with his side, John hardly missed anything in both frames and stunned Shaun to a 2-0 victory. Second match was Mark v Graham, Mark playing well in the first frame to take it, but Graham hit some form in the second and scored heavily for a 1-1 draw, halftime 3-1 to ADC.Third game saw Greg play Nick, there was some tight safety from both players and the first frame was neck a neck, but Rob took the final colours and took the first frame, the second frame was very similar, but seemed as though Rob started getting the rub of the green which frustrated Greg and Rob again cleaned up the colours winning 2-0. Last of all was Phil against Lee, Lee hadn't played for a long while apparently, but never showed signs of rustiness, Lee took his opportunities well in the first frame but Phil rallied back only to see Lee tack the last three colours, the second frame Lee gave Phil no chance at all and a smart break of 20 left Lee well clear and claimed the 2-0 win, 7-1 to ADC, not ESP A's finest hour or three, but ADC deserved the big margin victory. Man of the match went to John Collis who played very well
Southern Comforts 0 - 8 Betta Paving Submitted: 14/09/2018
New snooker season starts for the Southern Comforts against the Mighty Document House tonite which didn't get it to a good start. First up was Sean v Neil. AKA Winky was in good form didn't miss much and not leaving Sean much to do in first and second frame especially with Neil putting in a lovley break of 51.
Second match was James v the Silver Fox Kevin Holmes which was his first game back in the Newbury Snooker League for along time. First frame was a little scrappy at start but things started to picked up with Kevin getting a nice lead with a few little breaks which ended him taking first frame. Second frame was a little different for both players keeping it tight at the start. James tried his best to keep up with Kevin until Kevin getting a nice steady break of 22 to push away from James and taking the frame.
Third match was Wayne v Dale. Wayne pushed Dale all the way in the first and second but Dale was to strong when it came to closing out both frames.
Fourth match Stephen v Jonjo. This was a no show for Stephen on the night struggling to keep close to Jonjo in first and second frame. Jonjo was on form with two nice breaks of 25 & 24 which got him to pull away from Stephen leaving him not much to do. Second frame was a frame that Stephen wanted to forget about only scoring 18 points leaving the door open for Jonjo to lock in a lovely 40 break and pulling away to take frame.
ESP B 6 - 2 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 18/09/2018
ESP B took on The Imposters and secured another good early season win, but a number of frames could have gone either way.
Richard Aldred played Robin Rawlings and took the first comfortably, but Robin fought back in the second taking the frame 50-41 with the final colours.
Paul Godwin and Dave Aitekn played out two closely fought frames, and again the spoils were shared with a frame a piece, 56-41 to Paul in the first and 52-43 to Dave in the second.
Mark Head took on new Imposters new signing Eric Roden, and only took the first frame on the pink 50-37. Mark built a good lead in the second frame and Eric couldn't fight back so both frames to ESP.
ESP welcomed back Alan Singleton to the fold who sealed the ESP win with both frames against Mike Paduano. Although a bit rusty a break of 30 is not bad on your first return to the baize and good enough for player of the match on this occasion. So a second 6-2 win in as many games for the ESP B team.
Shaw Raiders 1 - 7 The OddBalls Submitted: 14/09/2018
Shaw Raiders were home to a strong Oddballs side.
Brian Leonard v Rob Marks - This was a very one-sided affair with Rob winning both frames comfortably. The second frame including a 23 break.
Mike Ainsworth v Matthew Fyffe - A very good quality match between Mike & Matty. The first frame was nip and tuck with good pots and safety play from both players. Matty made a 23 break and potted the last few balls to win 54-43. Matty took and early 20 point lead in the second frame but Mike pegged him back and took the lead himself. However, Matty was still potting well and finished off the frame 59-33.
Mark Dunn v Macauley Fyfe - Mark was potting well in the first frame and won comfortably. Mark continued to play well and took a lead in the second. However a combination of snookers and then fouls by Mark enabled Macca to get back and take the frame.
Bob Low v Tony Lyles - Tony was playing and potting extremely well and compiled an excellent 45 break. There was no return for Bob and Tony ran out an easy winner. Bob rallied in the second and took an early lead. Tony gradually came back and potted the vital pink to win the frame 55-47.So the final result was a good 7-1 win for the Oddballs and a disappointing night for the Raiders.
Crucible S&S Club 8 - 0 Castle A Submitted: 14/09/2018
Crucible looked for the first win of the season after last weeks draw in the season opener, with an entertaining match against Castle A.
Captain Davis carried on from where he left off after last week with a 36 break and 2 frames against Pat Shaw 2 -0 Crucible.
Crucible carried on the march towards maximum points with Crucibles Mr Reliable Chris Rice bagging 2 frames against Rob East with the help of a 31 break. Crucible 4-0
Craig Marsh raced to a 2-0 win other Roy Young with the help of the nights highest break of 39, Crucible 6- 0.
So it was down to Mr Crucible himself Andy Bolter to bring home the final 2 frames to give Crucible maximum point against Lee Gillingham.
In a close first frame Gillingham kepted himself in with a chance with some good pots, though it was not enough to deny Bolter who used all of his craft to win the 1st frame. After taking the 1st Bolter relaxed into the 2nd with the help of a 25 break taking the frame and maximum points for the Crucible 8-0.
Castle A 0 - 8 ESP B Submitted: 04/10/2018
Apologies for the late posting.
The first match of the evening saw Roy take on Steve. The first frame was quite tight but Steve got there in the end and then won the second comfortably.
On the other table Castle captain Nick was playing debutant Ian Nesbit. The first frame was a cagey affair but Ian missed less balls that Nick and came out the winner. The opening scoring visit of the second frame was a well made break of 24 by Ian and once he had this lead his confidence seemed to grow and he comfortably took the second.
The next game saw Rob and Paul face off. The first was very close with Paul taking it on the pink. Paul picked his game up in the second and won comfortably.
Finally Lee played Mark. The first was very tight with Mark only taking it on a black ball. So the ESP boys were on for a whitewash, could Lee save some pride for Castle? No. Comprehensively no.
Man of the match was Ian for an impressive performance on debut.
Shaw Impostors 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 22/09/2018
George/Andrew. The first frame was extremely close, most of the time.It all came down to the colours. Andrew won the first frame 46-37. In the second game Andrew totally ran away with it, George had his chances to come back. Andrew won 73-9.
Dave/ Chris. It was very good snooker between both of them, with lots of safety. Very even in the scoring until, Chris made an excellent break of 45. Dave wasn't able to catch up. Chris won the first frame 76-32. The second game was a lot closer in the scoring. It all came down to the colours, as regards who was to win. Chris came out on top winning 51-48.
Simon/Aaron. Aaron started the frame well, taking the lead. Simon wasn't able to compete with Aaron potting. Aaron easily won the first frame 58-27. In the second frame it was completely different with Simon doing most of the scoring by making mini breaks. Aaron came from behind catching up with the scoring. Unfortuniately Aaron went in off the pink, allowing Simon to win 54-44.
Pete/Craig. Pete was totally out played by Craig. Pete did have some chances, But Craig was too strong easily winn ing both frames 66-1 and 109-1.
Final score was The Impostors 1 Crucible S&S 7. No white wash.
Southern Comforts 3 - 5 ADC Submitted: 23/09/2018
James v John. First frame James played very consistent with some nice simple snooker. John getting no luck as every time he potted a red he left himself no shot on a colour. I think it was a break if 18 I had which gave me a sufficient lead to give me the frame. Second frame was pretty much the same with James stroking in plenty of balls but not capitalising on any big breaks. John trying hard to dent James' lead but it just wasn't his night.
Stephen v Graham. This was not Stpehen's night. First frame and Second frame was scrappy at start and not much points being scored at the start but things started to change with Graham getting a few little breaks to take a nice lead which Stephen was really struggling to find his during action but did manage to pull it back but Graham was to strong and pulled away to take both frames.
Sean v Rob. Sean in form on first frame against Rob taking a healthy lead and leaving Rob not mulch to do which left Sean taking frame 50-6. Second frame was really different to the first with Rob upping his game and getting into it potting some lovely balls and Sean not finding it easy and slightly struggling which ended up Rob taking frame.
No Show v Lee
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 23/09/2018
A battle between David and Goliath on paper. With Document House having their sights firmly set on the league title this year every frame against Shaw Raiders was a must.
First game of the night saw Jonjo Sharkey the best cueist in the club take on Mark Dunn, renowned for potting balls off the lampshade.
Jonjo though didnt give Mark the opportunity, making a great opening break of 43 to put himself in a commanding position which he never looked back from and easily took the opening frame.
Into the second and there was no let offs for Mark with Jonjo making the most of his opportunities to take the frame 66-8.
Over on table 17 we saw the mighty Neil Winkworth taking on Bob Low, rnowned for his no fear attitude. Bob though seemed to be having one of those nights in which everything went against him, Neil capitilising on every mistake and seeing out both frames comfortably 61-16, 64-20.
With Document house in a commanding position at the halfway point it was down to Dale Prout and Kevin Holmes to wrap up maximum points.
Into the first frames and it was Kevin who made coming out of retirement look easy, all his experience showing and easily taking the first frame 67-7. Dale on the other hand started where he left off last season potting balls from nowhere and giving Bob parry no chance.
Into the defining and most important 2 frames of the night things carried on from where they left off with both Dale and Kevin building commanding leads very early on, with kevins experience and Dales potting ability both frames were over in a matter of minutes and all 8 points wrapped up for Document House. Final score Document House 8-0 Shaw raiders. Well played guys.
The OddBalls 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 23/09/2018
Tony and Phil played the first match. Tony dominated frame 1 and was always in front in frame 2 until the final balls where Phil knocked in a good pink and then a solid black with the white on the cushion. Meanwhile Macca played Mark on table 15. Mark took the first frame easily but faced more of a challenge in the second. Macca was 9 points behind with brown remaining, and looking 2nd favourite. Suddenly, he potted the brown with the finest of cuts along the bottom rail followed by a fluked blue. Points even. He then potted the pink and with the frame still up for grabs doubled the black into the corner pocket.
2 frames each at half time.
Rob then played Greg, and knowing how difficult an opponent Greg can be Rob played very tight - leaving Greg very few opportunities. Rob took advantage of anything Greg left on and ran out comfortable winner in both frames.
Finally Matty played Shaun. Both players scored well in each frame and both went down to the final few colours. In the end, both players took a frame leaving the final score 5-3 to The Oddballs.
Always good fun playing ESP A - good game chaps!
ADC 3 - 5 Betta Paving Submitted: 30/09/2018
ADC v Document House....1st pair was Rob Hill against Dale Prout. Dale was not missing much in either frame and Rob not so Dale easily taking both 56-17 and 69-13. 2nd pair was Graham Leech against Neil Winkworth. Neil was potting as usual in the 1st frame and although Graham had some good shots Neil took it comfortably 70-37. 2nd frame was a much closer affair as it was even right upto the last colours, but Graham took the last colours to take the frame 60-52. 3rd pairing was John Collis against Kevin Holmes. Kevin had some moderate breaks and John was off form Kevin taking the 1st 58-33. Again in the 2nd frame Kevin had some moderate breaks and comfortably took it 48-18.....it was 5-1 at that point to Doc house. Last pair was Lee Collis v Jonjo Sharkey...1st frame was close up towards the end but Lee went ahead taking the 1st 45-35. Last frame of the evening again saw Lee creep ahead and again taking the frame 56-32. 5-3 to Document House.
ESP A 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 28/09/2018
ESP A entertained Crucible S&S Club in week four of the Newbury Snooker League. First match saw Tim Page play Chris Rice, Tim was slightly rusty as he had not played for a long while, Chris took advantage of this, a smart break of 24 in the first frame saw Chris win 62-7, Tim potted better in the second frame but again a well crafted 27 saw Chris take the second frame 50-22 and put Crucible S&S 2-0 up. Second match was between Greg Neil and Andy Bolter, Andy gave Greg no chance whatsoever, breaks of 22 and 24 helped Andy clinch frame one 88-14, the second frame was very much the same, Greg very out of sorts this season, Andy put together a very nice 36 a won the frame 63-6, 4-0 to Crucible S&S. Game three saw Phil Craik square off against Craig Marsh, Phil tried his best but Craig was to good and took the first frame comfortably 68-20, Phil made more of a fight in frame two and produced a very decent 32 break but unfortunatly only potted two more reds in the frame and again Craig took full advantage winning 57-34, 6-0 to Crucible S&S. Finally Shaun Amor faced in form Paul Davis, luckily Shaun was able to stop the white wash and nicked the first frame potting pink and black taking it 59-50, second frame Paul was more like is old self and potted Shaun off the table and squared the contest 1-1 leaving the final score at ESP A 1 Crucible S&S 7, man of the match went to Andy Bolter with a number of decent breaks
Southern Comforts 5 - 3 ESP B Submitted: 29/09/2018
First up was James Hearne v Paul Godwin
Notes so write up in full using score card info. Paul Godwin opened up with a 24 break at the start and that was the difference through the whole match. Both players potting well one moment and then missing easy ones then next moment. Paul Godwin took frame. 25-57
Frame 2. James Hearne got a 25 break early on and had the lead until we got to the colours where Paul's quality started to show and he clawed back the lead back and applied the pressure to secure a 2 nil win. 44-60.
Next up was Stephen Miles v Steve Cobb. Started of steady from both players scoring a few points. Then opened up for Stephen Miles taking a nice lead then with Steve Cobb reducing it. Both players potting well but alao missing them. Stephen Miles managed to pull away from Steve Cobb by his mistakes and ended up taking frame. 62-42.
Frame 2. This was much closer game than the first. Stephen Miles more relaxed in this game but with Steve Cobb struggling to get something together Stephen managed to take the frame with some last minute potting. 42-35
Alex Hutchinson v Richard Aldred. First frame was uneventful. Both struggled to find any rhythm and you could see Alex Hutchinson had not played since last season. 60 - 25. Second frame was similar. Alex's jet lag kicking in and the pace was slow. Towards the end he was finding the pocket to get the 2 points. 42 -22
Sean Oshea v Mark Head.
First frame was eventful and very tight all the way till the end which ended up in a Black Ball, which saw Mark Head taking frame. Second frame was similar. Alex's jet lag kicking in and the pace was slow. Towards the end he was finding the pocket to get the 2 points.
Shaw Raiders 3 - 5 Castle A Submitted: 28/09/2018
Shaw Raiders entertained their old friends Castle A for an evening of fun and banter with some good snooker thrown in.
The first match was between John Apicella and Lee Gillingham. This was John's first match of the season and sad to say the rustiness showed. Although he took an early lead Lee gradually pulled back and secured the frame with some good, solid pots. Lee played with added confidence in the second frame and secured a good lead and John was not able to respond. Lee ran out an easy winner giving his team a 2-0 lead.
The next match was between Brian Leonard and Nick Greetham. In a relatively low scoring frame it was Brian, with the aid of a great pot of the blue along the cushion who finished the frame a 38-24 winner. The second frame was entirely different with Nick getting in front early on. Brian was unable to make an impact and Nick took the frame with ease.
The third match was between veterans Mike Parry and Roy Young in what was an interesting and tight match-up. Mike began well with several confident pots but Roy made the most of his opportunities to take a healthy lead. Mike fought back and the frame went to a re-spotted black which Mike sank with a very good pot along the top cushion.
The second frame was also a close affair but this time Roy forged ahead and Mike needed several snookers. However he fouled on the pink and conceded the frame leaving the match score at 4-2 to Castle.
The finalmatch was between Mike Ainsworth and Rob Thomson. This again proved a really close encounter. Rob got away well in the first frame only for Mike to claw his way back and to finish the frame all square and thus lead to a re-spotted black. Good safety play by both players raised the tension but it was Mike that finally managed to pot the black and take the frame. The second frame was also of good quality and another close one. With the score standing at 32 to 31 in favour of Mike with just the pink and black left. Rob's final visit to the table saw him pot both balls to win the frame 44-32 to give Castle the 5-3 win.
As usual this fixture proved a really good night's entertainment enjoyed by both teams.
The OddBalls 5 - 3 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 30/09/2018
Another close encounter between The Oddballs and The Impostors (formerly Cons Club).
The Impostors started the strongest when Robin Rawlings took both frames against Macauley Fyffe. Robin was always in front and looked in control. Macca had some opportunities to reduce the gap in the scoring but struggled to string too much together this week.
Meanwhile, the frames were shared between Matty Fyffe and Mike Paduano. Both fairly close frame with Mike taking the first and Matty equalising in the second.
First game of the season for The Oddballs' Duane Puttock, and he delivered 2 great points against Eric Roden. First frame was all Puttock with Roden finding it difficult to score. Second frame was closer.
Finally Rob Marks played Dave Aitken. Both players extremely focused and reluctant to give their opponent any opportunities. Rob seemed to take advantage of any chances he had better than Dave and generally had the good fortune during the safety battles. Rob ended up with both frames but the frame scores certainly don't reflect how tight and tense the frames actually were.
In summary, The Oddballs fought back from 3-0 down to win the match 5-3. Good game Impostors - already looking forward to the return match!
ADC 6 - 2 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 07/10/2018
ADC v Shaw Raiders.....1st pair were Rob Hill against John Apicella. 1st frame Rob had some small breaks and slowly left John struggling Rob taking the 1st 58-24. 2nd frame was much the same with Rob having a 22 break and again taking it 60-26. Next pair was Graham Leech against Mike Ainsworth. 1st frame was a very close game all the way to the colours but Graham took the pink and black to win by 2 points 46-44. 2nd frame was very much the same close most of the way but again Graham took the last colours winning 39-28. 3rd pairing was John Collis v Mark Dunn. John was not potting at all in the 1st frame only 3 reds and Mark not missing much at all. Thanks to some foul points John finished 21 to Marks 63. 2nd frame was a closer affair but again John was off form and Mark not so taking it 37-17. Last game was Lee Collis v Bob Lowe... 1st frame Bob took the lead but not for long as Lee was not missing much abd comfortably took it 74-29. 2nd frame again saw Bob take an early lead but as in the 1st Lee came through and took it 64-14. ADC 6 -- Shaw Raiders 2.
Shaw Impostors 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 04/10/2018
Pete Hankinson/ Phil Craik. In the first game Phil played some excellent shots, Pete had his chance. Phil won the first frame 54-17. In the second frame it was a lot closer in the scoring. Again Phil won 56-51 on the black ball finish.
Dave Aitken/ Shaun Amor. Both games were extremely close, with lots of safety. Eventually Dave won both frames 55-52 & 58-46.
Robin Rawlings/ Gregg Neil. Robin played some very good shots, Gregg wasn't able to catch. Robin won the first frame 41-29. It was totally reversed in thne second frame with Gregg doing all tha attacking, Robin missed out on his cahances allowing Gregg to take the second frame 45-40. Another black ball finish.
Simon Wilson/Nick Shadbolt. Again both frames were very close in the scoring, with none of them taking a definite lead. Simon came out on top winning both frmaes on the black. 54-32 & 53-45. a very good evening of snooker was had by all.
ESP B 2 - 6 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 06/10/2018
ESP B suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands of defending league champions Crucible S&S.
Despite defeat, ESP's Mark Head put in a Player of the Match performance as he pushed Chris Rice hard in both frames, with Chris relieved to take both frames on the final colours.
The battle of the Pauls saw Paul Godwin get ESP on the board playing well to take the first frame in his encounter with Crucible captain Paul Davis. But Crucible Paul was dominant in the second frame taking it comfortably to put Crucible 3-1 up at the halfway point in the match.
ESP's Richard Aldred kept things tight in his first frame against Andy Bolter. Both players had opportunities to take the frame but it ended up tied so a re-spotted black. Whether he meant it or not (and he'll say he did!) it was Richard who rather fortuitously managed to double the black the full length of the table to pinch the frame. A similar frame followed but it Was Andy who was always ahead and took the 2nd frame so honors even between the two of them.
ESP B captain Steve Cobb made an error early in his first frame against Craig Marsh, which Craig capitalized on and ran away with the frame. A war of attrition broke out in the second frame with scoring limited due to high value colours being tied up. A couple of decent snookers by Craig but Steve in trouble and Craig downed the final colours to take the frame and seal a 6-2 win for Crucible S&S.
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Castle A Submitted: 07/10/2018
First up saw neil winkworth against lee gillingham. A very scrappy affair with neither player potting much, Neils experience winning him the 2 frames.
Up next saw Jonjo Sharkey v Rob East.First frame began very slow with some decent safety play from both players,Going down to the last red, Jonjo played a very good snooker leaving Rob in all sorts of trouble, Rob though managed to escape but Unfortunately left the red in open play and Jonjo took his chance and the frame. Second frame was a different story with Jonjo always in control until tbe colursnd eventually winning by 6u-45.
Into the second matches of the night which saw Dale Prout against Rob Thompson.Opening frame saw Rob potting some great balls but unable to capitalise to take the frame giving Dale that slight sniff of victory was all that was needed and Dale took the frame. Second frame and a much different scenario with Dale potting pretty much anything and winning the frame comfortable.
Last up saw Kevin Holmes v Nick Gretham. This was most probably the most one sided match of the night with Kevin running out an easy winner 60-32,54-13 respectively earning Document house the 8-0 win to march them to tbe top of the league.
The OddBalls 4 - 4 Southern Comforts Submitted: 07/10/2018
The Oddballs could not continue their winning start to the season due to a good performance by their rivals, Southern Comforts.
Macauley Fyffe and Sean O Shea kicked off the evening in a scrappy match with neither players displaying their usual abilities. Sean ended up with both frames.
Meanwhile Tony Lyles and James Hearne battled it out on table 11. Tony looked in control in both frames with the frame scores reflecting his dominance.
Oddballs captain Rob Marks then dropped his first frame of the season to Paul Sheldon in, what began, a horrible frame. Both players made mistakes and struggled to string many pots together. The final black became the deciding ball and while Rob thought he left the table safe, Paul then struck a beauty of a black to nick the point. Frame 2 was slightly better and equally close with Rob taking it on the pink.
The final match was the 'headliner' between Duane Puttock and Wayne Brunsden. Both players potted well but equally showed a great deal of respect to their opponent with some excellent safety play throughout. Both frames were nip and tuck and the 2 points were therefore deservedly shared with each frame being won on the black.
Final score: Oddballs 4, Comforts 4.
Castle A 3 - 5 ADC Submitted: 24/10/2018
John and Nick played out a poor match. The first frame saw little quality from either player but John took it on the black. The second frame was even worse with Nick just doing enough to win a very low scoring frame.
Roy and Rob H however played a better game with Rob taking the first and Roy fighting back to take the second and leave the match even at half time.
Rob E took on Lee in a game that was frustrating for both players. There were 20 plus breaks for both players but no consistency. A high break visit would be followed by a terrible miss. Rob has plenty of chances in both but it was Lee who won 2-0.
Rob T took on Graham in a game I didn't see. But I'm told that Rob was strong in the first and with won with the aid of a 21 break. But Graham took Rob apart in the second and won very easily.
MOM is Graham, anyone who puts nearly 60 points on Rob T deserves it.
ESP A 2 - 6 ESP B Submitted: 01/11/2018
This was the battle of the two ESP teams, first match saw Greg Neil face Mark Head, Greg took nicely to the new cloth and soared away with some mini breaks with Mark not at his best, Greg winning the first frame 60-44, Mark found some form in the second frame and took it comfortably 80-38 a draw here was a fair result, second pairing was Phil Craik and overated Paul Godwin haha, Phil continued from his recent run of form and kept the pressure on Paul who snatched the first frame on the final four colours,58-55, the second frame was much the same but Phil held his nerve to take the frame 59-45, again a fair result, 2-2 at half time, into the second half and game three saw Tim Page take on Richard Benny Aldred, a tight first frame saw lots of safety and good potting from both players, Richard grabbed the first frame 64-54 and the second 52-41, 4-2 to ESP B, this left Shaun Amor and Steve Cobb to play out the last two frames, Shaun sporting a new tip never really got going and Steve took full advantage in the first frame claiming it 57-30, in the second frame it was even up to the brown, Shaun missed a simple double on the brown as he watched the ball unusually straighten up of the cushion and the ruthless Mr Cobb cleared up leaving Shaun more than disappointed although Steve was by far the better player, match ended 6-2 to ESP B, and man of the match went to Richard Aldred, a decent night had by all
Southern Comforts 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 12/11/2018
First up was Stephen Miles v Phil Bolter. With Stephen Miles not playing well recently this was going to be a tough game against Phil Bolter. It started off very steady for both players but for some magical reason Stephen Miles came alight with his snooker. Phil Bolter slightly keeping it tight and playing some great snooker but Stephen Miles had the upper hand in the first frame which Stephen managed to pick up first frame. Second frame was the same as the first but with Phil Bolter in charge of the game taking a lead but not stopping Stephen coming back with a 25 break until Phil Bolter came back with a great 31 break to clear the table and to take frame making it 1-1.
First up was Craig Marsh and Alex Hutchinson. The first frame was very scrappy with both players missing pots but it was Craig who kept the lead for the entire frame. The second frame was much more fluid with both players potting well but it was Craig again who pushed on to take the frame. Well played. Next up was Sean O’Shea against Paul Davis. Neither player really got going in either frame but it was Paul who constantly looked the most dangerous. Sean took advantage of some of Paul’s missed pots but it was Paul who won the frame comfortably in the end. The second frame was a similar story, Paul potted some excellent long shots and went on to take the frame in the end. A good match nonetheless. Next up was Wayne Brunsden v Chris Rice. This was going to be a tough call for Wayne Brunsden. Both players going steady on each other until Chris Rice nocked in a lovely 33 break taking a nice lead. Wayne Brunsden trying to get back on track but starting to struggle, which ended with Chris Rice taking first frame. Second frame was little like the first but with Chris Rice in charge leaving Wayne Brunsden alot to do but Chris keeping it together which ended up with Chris Rice taking 2nd frame.
Shaw Raiders 2 - 6 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 12/10/2018
Shaw Raiders versus Imposters took on a local derby feel as both teams play out of Shaw Social Club. First up for Raiders was Mike Parry who faced the talented Andrew Seymour. Mike produced good form from the start taking an early lead in both frames, particularly in the second where he held the lead for much of the frame. However, Andrew's quality came through eventually and he took both frames 80-30 and 74-49 to give his team an early lead.
John Apicella was next against Imposters Mike Paduano. The first frame proved disappointing for John as he could do little right and had to look on as his opponent maintained a steady display of potting to win by a comfortable 59-7.John made it a much closer contest in the second but still could not get the better of Mike who edged it 47-32.
Raiders Brian Leonard was paired with Dave Aitken and although not on his usual form, Dave showed enough tablecraft to see off his opponent without being under too much pressure. He won by 42-10 and 64-19 which included a decent 21 break in the second.
By this stage the Imposters were leading 6-2 and Raiders last hope was the reliable Mark Dunn who had to contend with George Apperley. Although not high scoring both frames were hard fought and very watchable. Mark was superior in the first frame winning by 46-21 and also came through to take the second although this was much closer with George putting up strong opposition before going down 45-27.
So a good 6-2 victory for Imposters and an enjoyable evenings snooker had by all.
The OddBalls 1 - 7 Betta Paving Submitted: 14/10/2018
Document House continued their good start to the season with a convincing win over The Oddballs.
Macauley Fyffe and Jonjo Sharkey kicked things off. Jonjo was knocking in balls from all angles. Nothing looked too difficult, and he won the first frame easily. In frame 2 he potted equally well but gave away a number of unnecessary fouls, giving Macca a sniff of a chance towards the end of frame 2. He couldn't take the opportunity and Jonjo took the win.
Match 2 was between Tony Lyles and Dale Prout. Tony started the first well and took a 15 point lead. At this point it looked like he was up for a battle, but then one mistake and Dale cleared the table with a superb break of 85.
Clearly focussed, Dale took this amazing form into frame 2. He was on for another sizeable break but missed on 48. Clearly frustrated by the missed opportunity but still in the zone, he followed that with a 36. Tony could only watch, as even the ref had a much busier match than he did!
Match 3 saw Duane Puttock face Kevin Holmes. Kevin got off to a flyer potting here, there and everywhere. Duane tried to claw his way back into the frame but Kevin was too strong. Duane got his revenge in the second with a really good performance.
Finally, Rob Marks played Neil Winkworth. Neil started the strongest and despite a good effort from Rob to close the gap Winky took the first. The second was a mammoth battle with many of the reds congregating around one side of the table. A safety battle ensued and both players held their own. Winky stumbled across the finish line potting the blue and giving Document House a 7-1 win.
Shaw Impostors 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 22/10/2018
Andrew Seymour/Dale Prout. First frame was very close with none of them taking a definite lead. Good shots by both players. Dale eventually won 58-51. Second frame Andrew dug in his heels and played some very good snooker. Easily winning 80-15. Eric Roden/Neil Winkworth. Neil in both of the frame was the better player, but Eric had his chances to make a come back. Neil won both frames 60-36 and 78-42. Dave Aitken/Jonjo Sharkey. Both players were potting well, Jonjo had the edge on the first frame winning 58-29. In the second frame it was a lot closer, with the second frame result being on the black. Jonjo doubled the black to win the frame 71-64. George Apperley/Kevin Holmes. George potted some very good balls, taking a slight lead. Kevin had his chances to come back, but George continued to play well winning the first frame 62-46. Second frame was totally reversed with Kevin taking the lead. George had chances to come back. Kevin won the final frame of the evening 67-44. A very good evening was had by all.
ESP A 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 19/10/2018
ESP A welcomed Shaw Raiders in this Division B clash, first game was between Phil Craik and Bob Low, Phil started off like a train and didn't seem to miss a ball in the early part of the frame, he then started to become very lucky, leaving Bob snookered a lot the time when not played for, Bob couldn't get going and lost the first frame 61-10, the second frame was very much the same which frustrated Bob a bit and again Phil took the second frame 54-13, the second contest saw Mark Brewin face off against Mike Parry, the first frame was nip and tuck with both players potting nicely, Mark snatched the first frame by potting most of the colours, again the second frame was much like the first, Mark did put together a handy break of 25 and suck over the line 42-33, half time ESP A 4 Shaw Raiders 0, third match saw Shaun Amor take on Brian Leonard, Shaun's first shot saw his tip come off and this disrupted Shaun, Brian took advantage and flew into the lead, Shaun managed to claw his way back into the frame and with a break of 22 brown to black pinched the frame 68-42, the second frame was a bit scrappy but Shaun took it 56-19, the last match saw Greg Neil play against Mike Ainsworth, this was a very tight match both players playing good safety, Greg claimed the first frame 42-28, the second frame was tight all the way, Mike potted the blue but snookered himself and missed the pink ball and saw the white roll into the top left pocket, leaving Greg an easy pink to nick the frame 47-39, man of the match was Brian Leonard, a very good evening
Southern Comforts 5 - 3 Castle A Submitted: 19/10/2018
This fixture is always full of fun and laughs, this was no exception.
James Hearne was in good form for his first frame against Roy Young but Roy was playing the best snooker anyone had seen for a long while and pinched the first frame. James returned the favour in the second with a solid performance, both players should be proud.
Paul Sheldon played very consistent as he battled with Pat Shaw, often scoring for Pat as well with multiple fouls. Brave effort from Pat but to no avail in the end.
Rob East demonstrated a potting master class over Sean O'Shea. Sean getting no luck whatsoever and Rob not missing anything lead to a comfortable 2 frame win.
Sarah Middleton, hot off the holiday plane and sporting the latest tan showed she had lost no ability whilst away in her crushing of Nick Greetham. He battled till the very end but Sarah was firing on all cylinders and grab the last 2 frames.
A win for the Southern Comforts and a great night thanks to Castle A
ESP B 4 - 4 The OddBalls Submitted: 22/10/2018
ESP B and Oddballs matches are usually close results and so it proved in a 4-4 draw between the teams.
ESP B got off to a great start with Paul Godwin taking both frames against Rob Marks. It has to be said that Paul enjoyed far more than his fair share of good fortune throughout, even nicking the second frame on the black.
Mark Head and Tony Lyles played out 1-1 draw in a typical game of two halves scenario. Tony drubbing Mark in the first frame and Mark returning the compliment in the second.
Macauley Fyffe picked up both points for the Oddballs in his defeat of ESP's Richard Aldred.
Steve Cobb and Duane Puttock played out two close frames and took a frame a piece to tie things up at 4-4.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 ADC Submitted: 19/10/2018
Adc turned up to take on Crucible a player short so 2 - 0 Crucible without a ball being hit. Crucibles Paul Davis took on Adc Rob Hill, Crucible captain raced off to take the first frame with ease. A much closer 2 second frame saw Rob take a lead going into just the colours remaining thanks to a lucky red and the a few good pots. Paul required all the remaining balls he proceeded to take yellow to pink leaving it a black ball game, it was the adc man who took the frame with a great long pot to take the frame. 3-1 Crucible.
Up next saw Crucibles Andy Bolter take on adc’s captain John Collis. Andy played sensible clever snooker with the result never being in doubt another 2 frames Crucible.
The final game of the night saw in form players Chris Rice (Crucible) and Lee Collis (adc) go head to head. Chris was in game mode and with the help of a lucky pot on a red he proceeded to take advantage with a 49 break and take the first frame 6-1 Crucible. The final frame saw Chris again keep Lee off the table with some good snooker and a comprehensive final frame giving Crucible a good 7-1 victory.
ADC 3 - 5 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 05/12/2018
ADC v The Imposters. First up we have John Collis v Simon Wilson, they both started of slow, there was some safety play but in the end Simon won the first frame 43-27. In the second frame again they both started of slow but john started to pot some good balls and clinching the second frame 50-41.
Second frame was Graham Leech v Dave Aitken, Grahan had a bad night he was really struggling to play snooker but on the hand Dave was not, he was potting really well, most things Graham missed Dave was potting, Dave won the first frame 63-14. Second frame the same for Graham, he did manager to get a small break of 14 at the start of the frame but this was not enough to stop Dave, he was still potting really well and got break of 20, Dave won the second frame 83-44.
Third match was Lee Collis v Robin Rawlins, Lee has been playing well all season and he started the first frame in the same way, potting some good balls and making some small breaks, robin was struggling to keep up, Lee won the first frame 45-16. Second frame was a different affair, Robin started to pot some goods balls with some small breaks, this was a close game but in the end Robin took the frame 43-34.
Last match of the night was Rob Hill v Pete Hankinson, Both players started off really slow struggling to pot anything, but Rob slowly steadied him self and won the first frame 66-27. Second frame was the same situation as the first, even though all the balls were really spread out we were having issues potting again, Pete upped his game and Rob found him self needing two snookers with all the colours on the table, Rob got both the snookers and the game went down to the blue, Rob tried to play a snooker but left Pete with a chance to pot the blue and he did winning the second frame 52-24.
Southern Comforts 4 - 4 ESP A Submitted: 29/10/2018
James Hearne v Greg Neil. Both frames scrappy, no consistency and neither player really deserved to win but James Hearne managed to get both points by the luck rather than skill. Stephen Miles v Mark Brewin. It is always tight when they play against each other, but this was not the case. Stephen Miles really struggling to get anything together, which gave Mark Brewin an advantage in the first and second frame with some great snooker to take both frames. Next up was Sean Oshea v Tim Page. This was the time to see Sean Oshea A game but it was not to be his night. Sean Oshea struggling to get anything going in the first and secod frame which Tim Page jumped on and was able to get the 2 frames. Then it was Sarah Middleton v Shaun Amor. With Southern Comforts 4-2 down it was left down to Sarah Middleton. This was similar to James Hearne and Greg Neil frame. Plenty of missed opportunities, lots of huffing and puffing but Sarah Middleton managed to pinch first. Second frame Sarah Middleton had a lead all the way through which Shaun Amor pulled it back to make it a tight finish. 2 Fouls on the pink didn't help Shaun Amor cause and Sarah grabbed the win to get a 4-4 draw.
Betta Paving 7 - 1 ESP B Submitted: 07/11/2018
First up was dale Prout vs Steve cobb. First frame there was a lot of safety play but dale found his potting boots and took the frame. Second frame dale was to tough for Steve cobb as dale potted his way to take 2.0 win. Next up was Jon jo vs Paul Godwin. First frame was a very close encounter which Paul won. Next frame was different as Jon jo was potting them of the light shades had a 37 and 31 too make it 1.1. Next up was neil Winkworth and mark head. Both players struggled at the start then found there potting range. But inform Neil took both frames had a 38 in the 1st frame and was too good for mark head. Kevin Holmes has a walk over so document house won 7. 1
Shaw Raiders 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 27/10/2018
Shaw Raiders were home to table-topping Crucible S&S.
Unfortunately for Raiders there were to be no shocks on the night and Crucible ran out 8-0 winners as expected.
The first match saw John Apicella taking on Paul Davis. Paul took the first frame easily which included a 22 break. The second frame was also won convincingly. The next match was between Bob Low and Chris Rice. Bob managed to pot a few balls in the first frame but still lost easily. Chris completely ran away with the second frame and absolutely trounced Bob. Mike Ainsworth then took on Craig Marsh and again the Crucible man won relatively comfortably and also compiled a good 30 break in the second frame. The final match saw Mark Dunn against Andy Boulter. Mark was playing well and proved a harder test for Andy. However, with the aid of a 24 break Andy took the first frame. In the second frame Mark led for some time but Andy made a good break of 39 to win the final frame and give Crucible a clean sweep.
The OddBalls 7 - 1 Castle A Submitted: 29/10/2018
The Oddballs showed off their new signing as Pat Patel made his first appearance of the season, and wasn't it worth the wait?! Pat played some very nice, controlled snooker. His opponent, Castle A captain Nick Greetham, also potted pretty well in the first frame but couldn't keep up with Patel. 2-0 to The Oddballs.
Meanwhile Macauley Fyffe faced ex-Oddballs Rob Thomson. Macca took advantage of a poor start from Rob by taking the first. Thomson had warmed up by the second and easily won this frame including a super break of 38.
The next match saw Rob Marks play Roy Young. In a surprisingly 'quiet' match a focused Rob made few mistakes and made it difficult for Roy to get into the frame. This was repeated in frame 2 and concluded with a neat 35 clearance by Rob.
Last up was Matty Fyffe against Rob 'double' East. Frame 1 could have gone either way. Both players scored well but it was Matty that took the decisive final balls to nick the frame. Rob seemed to struggle in frame 2 (perhaps one double too many??), and Matty concluded the match with a strong win.
Final score: Oddballs 7, Castle A 1.
Castle A 6 - 2 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 11/11/2018
A match between old opponents which was not high on quality.
First up Rob T drew Bob, much to Bob's dismay. Bob has had awful luck with the draw so far this year. Alas his luck did not improve during the course of the match. Having built a god lead and just needing pink for victory in the first Bob saw Rob get an outrageous fluke on the pink. Rob then followed this up with a fluke on the black to take the frame. This totally took the wind out of Bob's sails and Rob went on to take the second easily.
Nick took on Mark. There was some inconsistent play from both players. Each getting in positions to post good breaks then missing simple balls. Mark took both on the pink to level the game up.
Rob E took on John. John was very competitive in both frames and despite the scores was in a position to win going into the colours in both. However some luck, snookering and good potting allowed Rob to take both.
The final game saw Roy take on Mike. Roy built a large lead in the first with Mike off the boil. However, keen to keep his lead Roy started to play defensively. Although he took the first he could not get his potting game going again in the second, which was not a frame for the ages. Roy eventually coming out triumphant for a 6-2 Castle victory.
Man of the match goes to Castle beer boy Dave for his years of service and having the good sense to gibe the whole night a miss.
Shaw Impostors 3 - 5 The OddBalls Submitted: 09/11/2018
Mike Paduano/ Matthew Fyffe. Michele started well, taking the lead in the frame. Matthew had several chances in which to come back. Michele continued to pot well taking the first frame 50-23. It was the same as the second frame where Michele had the advantage. Matthew had several chances to come back, But Michele was too strong winning tnhe second frame 58-30.
Dave Aitken/ Rob Marks. Very even in the scoring at the start of the frame. Rob very slowly took the lead, by potting some every good balls. Building up his lead. Dave had his chances to come back , but Rob was too strong winn ing the first frame 56-39. In the second frame Rob came on even stronger by potting some excellent balls. Dave did have some possible chances to come back. Rob continued to build up his strength, winning the frame 71-27.
Pete Hankinson/Tony Lyles. In the first frame Tony totally dominated Pete in his play, by potting some excellent balss and making a very good break of 34. It was too late for Pete to come back. In the second frame it was a lot closer in the scoring between each other, but slowly Tony took the lead winning the frame 59-37. Robin Rawlings/Macauley Fyffe. Both players on ocassions were playing well, by potting some very good balls. lots of safety play involved. Both of them shared a frame each Macaulely , where Robin missed a vital black, allowing Macauley to win the first 40-29. The last frame could have gone either way, but Robin continued to play well, winning the frame 52-35. Its always a very enjoyable evening playing against the Odd Balls. Thank you
ESP B 4 - 4 Southern Comforts Submitted: 22/12/2018
ESP B hosted Southern Comforts in this rearranged fixture.
Steve Cobb took the first two frames of the night for ESP against Danny Langford. Steve potted well in the first as Danny struggled. The second frame was low scoring and scrappy and Danny had a couple of opportunities to take it, but Steve potted pink and black to sneak home by a point.
Mark Head extended ESP's lead when taking the first frame of his match against James Hearne. James fought back to take the second frame with Mark racking up the fouls as he appeared snookered on every other shot he played. ESP 3-1 up at the halfway point, and Paul Godwin put ESP 4-1 up against Sean O'Shea after enjoying more than his fair share of good fortune in the first frame of their encounter. But Sean battled back to take the second frame.
Comforts Stephen Miles put in a Payer of the Match performance when putting Richard Aldred to the sword squaring the match score up at 4-4. Enjoyable match and hope all enjoy a great Xmas
Betta Paving 8 - 0 ADC Submitted: 14/11/2018
First game saw Neil Winkworth v Rob Hill, on paper this was Neils match to lose. He did not disappoint taking the first frame 75-30 recording a fine break of 50. Into the second at it wasnt long before Neil took command and eatablish a great lead and took the frame 79-17.
Second match saw Document house wildcard Martin Wallace take on the veteran John Collis.The match was over in no time at all with Martin winning both frames in fine fashion 81-3, 83-6 recording a break of 44 in frame 1.
Match 3 of the night saw captain supreme Dale Prout taking on Veteran Junior Lee Collis. First frame saw Dale make the most of his chance to take the frame 79-18. Into the second and a very different scenario with Lee finally warming up to the task and putting Dale in trouble at every opportunity pushing all the way to the last remaining balls before Dale managed to pot the balls required to take the frame 60-46.
With Document House wanting to keep up the pressure on the Crucible it was down to Jonjo Sharkey to pull it off and make it a clean sweep. He did not taking both frames comfortably 60-17, 68-38.
A great result for Document house winning 8-0 in the final game before the top of the table clash next week.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 ESP A Submitted: 12/11/2018
Crucible took on ESP A
Andy Bolter started off for Crucible against Greg Neil. Andy claimed 2 frames for the Crucible in comfortable fashion.
Chris Rice was in dominate form against Phil Craik, Chris also added 2 frames to the Crucibles total 4-0.
Phil Bolter returned to the Crucible team against Shaun Amor, Phil was in no mood to hang around a produced some really good snooker and not leaving Shaun any real chances. Phil had breaks of 46 and 38 on the way to winning both frames 6-0.
Paul Davis took on Mark Brewin in the final match, Paul took the first frame and the possibility of all 8 frames looked the likely result with Paul taking a 40 point lead in the final frame. Mark wasn’t giving up and with some good potting and a little luck on the way Mark ensured ESP weren’t going home without a point.
Crucible 7-1 ESP A
Crucible head into next weeks game with Document House level on points at the top of the table.
Castle A 2 - 6 ESP A Submitted: 17/11/2018
First up Pat Shaw, fresh from a six week rest, played Mark Brewin. The first frame was close but Mark displayed the more consistent potting and deservedly took it. The second was one way traffic as Mark's potting game improved and Pat's disappeared. Mark triumphed 2-0.
Nick played Greg on the other table in a match that was short on quality. In the first Nick hung on to Greg coat tails but Greg took it on the colours. The second was more straightforward for the beardy bear and he closed out a 2-0 victory to take his team up 4-0.
Rob played Tim next up. Rob had a decent lead going into the colours before Tim fluked first the brown and then the blue to move within striking distance However not to be outdone Rob proceeded to fluke the pink (well you did start it Tim) and sink the black for victory. The second frame was also competitive but Rob took it to win 2-0 and draw his team back into the match.
The final frame saw Roy face Shaun. The first was close, mainly due to Shaun being a bit off his game. Shaun prevailed however and went on to add the second for a 6-2 victory for the ESP boys.
Player of the match goes to Mark for the consistency and quality of his potting.
Southern Comforts 5 - 3 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 18/11/2018
First Paul Sheldon v Eric Rosen. Paul Sheldon in fine form recently and was no push over in the first frame. With Paul Sheldon in charge and not leaving Eric Roden much to do or getting points on the board. Paul Sheldon keeping carm with his snooker and taking a leap forward to take frame. Second game was alot different little tighter but Eric Roden managed to get points on the board but couldn't keep Paul Sheldon away to get the second frame. Next up was Sarah Middleton v Simon. First frame was steady, close and tight with both players getting points when needed but unfortunately Simon managed to get first frame. Then in second Sarah Middleton took charge playing some lovely shots racking up the points. Simon tried to keep with Sarah Middleton was to good and ended up taking frame. Stephen Miles v Dave. This was always going to be a tough, cracking game between these two players. Was tight at the start not much going on except for Stephen Miles long potting, and Dave's safety play. Things started to go Dave way in the frame which ended up with Dave taking frame with Blue, Pink and Black. Second frame was little the same apart with Dave keepig things steady with Stephen Miles getting frustrated with him self, but managed to keep it together to take the frame right at the end with the Black which Stephen will never ever forget about this match against Dave. Last game was Sean Oshea v Robin. Not the start Sean Oshea wanted, which ended up Robin taking first frame. Second match totally different with Sean Oshea picking him self up and taking control and romping home to take frame.
Betta Paving 4 - 4 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 21/11/2018
Top of the table clash saw Document House take on Crucible S+S Club, on paper a game that should not dissapoint.
Firs game of the night saw Dale Prout v Chris Rice. Into the first frame and it was Chris who established a fine lead throughout the frame only to make a vital mistake with 2 reds remaining leaving dale with a chance to take the frame which he obliged to making a break of 31 and taking the frame 59-39. Into the second and the tables had turned, Chris potting everything and Dale missing everything. Only 1 outcome and Chris taking the frame 7-87.
Second game of the night saw Craig Marsh up against Documents trump card for the season, Martin Wallace.Into the first and a very cagey encounter with neither player having any clear cut chances it was down to making the most from scraps which Craig did taking the frame 20-63.Into the second and Martin was showing no mercy....putting Craig either on the bulk cusion or sitting in his chair with a fine performance taking the frame easily 62-18.
Up next was Jonjo Sharkey v Andy Bolter. First frame and it wasnt long before each player got in their groove lasting throughout the frame before Andy Produced the frame winning pot taking the frame 45-58.Into the second and again very different from the first with Jonjo dictating matters from the start, taking the frame 68-22 making a fine break of 47.
So with the score 3-3 it would be down to either Phil Bolter or Neil Winkworth to see ou a win for their respective teams. Into the first frame and a cagey opening affair before Phil stamped his authority to take the frame 34-68. Last frame of the night and as thought would be very cagey with both players playing some great safety throught but it was Neil who eventually came out the winner by 71-38. A very even match up and the spoils rightly shared.
Shaw Raiders 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 18/11/2018
Shaw Raiders were home to high flying ESP B.
The first match saw the two captains, Bob Low and Steve Cobb against one another. Bob is having an abysmal season and it showed as Steve walked away with both frames one of which included a 27 break.
The second match was Mike Ainsworth against Mark Head, Mike played well in the first frame and run away to win it easily. However Mark came back in the second and won convincingly giving his team a 3-1 lead at the halfway stage.
The third match saw Brian Leonard against the ever-reliable Paul Godwin. Again this was a one-sided affair with Paul winning both frames with ease.
The final match was home player Mark Dunn against Richard Aldred. Mark saved the home teams blushes by winning both frames one of
included a good 28 break. The final score therefore was a 5-3 win for ESP B which left Shaw Raiders still desperately seeking their first win of the season.
The OddBalls 5 - 3 ADC Submitted: 18/11/2018
Captains Rob Marks and John Collis kicked off the evening. The first frame was very open, both players potting well and only a few points separating them going into the final few balls. Rob managed to take the decisive balls to steal the frame. John struggled to get going in the second frame and Rob took it fairly comfortably.
Macauley Fyffe and Rob Hill played in match 2. Rob scored well in both frames and although Macca had chances Rob cruised to a 2-0 victory.
Next up was match of the evening between Duane Puttock and Graham Leech. Graham kicked off with 3 red/blacks but couldn't get position on the next red to continue the dream of a 147! Immediately, Duane replied with a break in the teens to keep in the game. Quality play from both players both in attack and safety play throughout both frames. Graham had a tough shot on the black to take frame 2 but unfortunately for him Duane came out on top winning both frames.
Final match of the evening was between Matty Fyffe and Lee Collis. Both players showing their top game at times and with both frames going to the black perhaps fair that they each took one point.
Final score Oddballs 5, ADC 3. A good, close match between the 2 top teams in Division 2.
Shaw Impostors 5 - 3 Castle A Submitted: 30/11/2018
Eric Roden/Rob Thomson. Both games were very close in the scoring. Each player did some very good shots, with excellent safety play. In the end they shared a frame eac. 49-41 and 63-52.
Robin Rawlings/Nick Greetham. Robin Rawlings played very well in both of the games. Nick Greetham wasn't to his usual form. Nick Greetham had his chances to score. Robin Rawlings was too strong winning both the games 46-9 and 59-35.
Michele Paduano/Rob East. Rob East played very well, potting some excellent balls. Michele Paduano had several chances to score well, but Rob East continued to put the pressure on, not allowing Michele Paduano to score. In the end Rob Eastwon both frames 58-19 and 58-36.
Simon Wilson/Roy Young. These two epic long frames were the best of the
evening. Simon Wilson had luck on his side, but also potted some very good balls. At the start both players did lots of safety shots. Roy Young had his chances on ocassions and potted some very good balls. The table was tied up, by having most of the colours the opposite end to the reds. Simon Wilson eventually won the first frame 67-30. In the second frame, Simon Wilson put even more pressure on Roy Young, by using the rest, potted 6 excellent balls. This took the wind out of Roy Young. Roy Young did this best as he is a fighter, but it was an up hill struggle for Roy. Lots of appropriate banter was given out by the people watching. Simon Wilson kept his cool and continued to score well winning the frame comfortably 53-10. An excellent friendly evening of snooker by both teams.
ESP A 0 - 8 Betta Paving Submitted: 08/03/2019
ESP A faced tough opponents in Document House, and tough it was
Shaun Amor played Dale Prout in the first game, first frame surprisingly went down the the last three colours which Dale took, the second frame was a master class from Dale, who put on a break of 75 when looking like another ton, 2-0 Dale
Phil Craik faced Neil Winkworth in the second match, Phil put up a good fight in the first but not so in the second, 2-0 Neil
Greg Neil squared off against Jonjo Sharkey in the third game, Greg found the first game really tough as he also did in the second with Jonjo potting everything and winning 2-0
Finally Tim Page played Ian Rose, Tim played well and gave Ian a good game, but Ian was just to strong and also won 2-0, final score of 8-0 to Document House, with man of the match going to Dale Prout, for a classy 75
Southern Comforts 4 - 4 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 03/12/2018
First up was Sean Oshea v Mark Dunn. This was going to be a battle for both players but Sean kept his head together and not leaving Mark Dunn in the first which Sean managed to clinch. Second match was different with Mark pressing Sean but Sean stayed cool and carm to take a win. Paul Sheldon v Bob Low. Paul in Great form recently coming back from a trip from Leeds and managed to scrape the first frame. In second game Bob managed to keep close to Paul Sheldon with both players playing some nice snooker which ended up Bob taking frame making it 1-1. Stephen Miles v Mike Ainsworth. Stephen thought that this was going to be a breeze in park but he was wrong but Mike had other ideas. Stephen not finding anything with Mike taking advantage to take bothh frames. James v John. This was a match to watch both playing steady at the start but James landed on top to take first frame but in the second John was staying close to James not letting him take a big lead which ended up with John taking frame making it 1-1. A well deserved draw and a great night of snooker. Well played Shaw Raiders.
ESP B 4 - 4 ADC Submitted: 30/11/2018
ESP B hosted ADC this week and were happy to walk away with a 4-4 draw.
Steve Cobb got off to a flyer with a break of 31 early in his first frame against John Collis, but only secured the frame on the final few colours as John fought back. The second frame was a low scoring scrappy affair but it was John who picked off the points and a fluked pot on the brown effectively sealed the frame and a share of the points between the two.
ADC's Lee Collis has been playing well and potted well to win the first frame against Mark Head. But their second frame was also a bit scrappy and both players struggled to get going. Into the colours and it was Mark who found the pots when needed and a second match ended all square.
ESP's Paul Godwin picked up another win as his solid season continues. After taking the first frame from Rob Hill, Rob played well in the second frame which went down to the black. Rob had a great chance to nick the frame but the black would not drop. After another couple of attempts it was Paul who finally downed the black to take the 2 points.
ADC's Graham Leech put in a Player of the Match performance in taking both frames against Richard Aldred. An error strewn match with Richard below par, but Graham can be pleased with his nights work.
A well contested match, a 4-4 draw.
Crucible S&S Club 6 - 2 The OddBalls Submitted: 03/12/2018
It was the top of division 1 &2 match between Crucible and Oddballs.
First 2 matches went to the Crucible with Paul Davis and Chris Rice taken maximum points off of Matty and Macauley Fyffe. 4-0 Crucible
In the third match Craig Marsh ( Crucible) took on Tony Lyles, the frame started of very nip and tuck then Craig stepped in with a break of 38 to take the frame. 2 nd frame saw Craig in control from the off and proceeded across the winning line 2-0, 6.-0 Crucible.
Final match of the night saw Crucibles Andy Bolter take on Oddballs captain Rob Marks. Rob was in great form and was determined to take some points away for his team. With some great long pots and really good game management and the odd bit of luck Rob took the last 2 frames of the night. 6-2 Crucible
ADC 3 - 5 Southern Comforts Submitted: 14/12/2018
ADC v Southern Comforts Always an interesting evening. First up we had Rob hill v Paul Sheldon, we both started off potting some good long pots, we ere both getting little breaks but nothing to write home about, we got down to the blue, pink and black with Rob needing all the balls to draw, with some very good safety play from Paul and Rob eventually Paul left Rob with a chance on the blue, Rob took the blue and then pink but then missed the black, after we both had a few chances on the black Paul finally potted the black to win the frame 42-37. Second frame, Rob braked leaving the white ball on the top cushion, there was some really good safety play from both of us, we were both potting some good balls, Rob eventually got a small break of 16, the game was a close encounter until half way when Rob upped his game to win the frame 61-32.
Second match of the evening was John Collis v Stephen Miles. As normal Stephen was potting some really good balls, John was holding in there but Paul had the a good handle on the frame and won the first frame 57-10. Second frame John started off really well, John was potting some good balls the Stephen surprisingly missing a few shots, at one point john was on 39 and Stephen was on 4, it looked like John was going to win the second frame, then Stephen started to pot again winning the frame 62-42.
Last frame of the evening was Lee Collis v James Hearne, Lee started of like normal potting some good long pots, James looked like he was struggling slightly to keep up, then James found some form but eventually Lee won the from 39-31. Second frame Lee again was potting well and leaving James with not much to go at, at one stage in the frame the pink was over the bottom right pocket with most of the remaining reds surrounding the pink, Lee was living life on the edge playing the reds one at a time closure to the pink, James was also trying this but ended up playing a red on the pink giving Lee a foul 6, Lee ended up winning the last frame of the evening 61-15.
ESP A 5 - 3 The OddBalls Submitted: 14/12/2018
ESP A entertained the Oddballs in the last league game before the Christmas break, Phil Craik played Matty Fyffe first, the opening frame was very tactical, but Phil managed to get ahead with a nice break of 24, Matty tried his best to claw back the deficite but Phil managed to hang on 59-44, the second frame was very much the same as the first and again Phil came out on top 54-29 to take the match 2-0, second match saw Greg Neil face an in form Tony Lyles, Greg couldn't get going in the first frame and got very frustrated, Tony took full advantage and won the first frame 54-11, the second frame saw Greg play alot better, but Tony put together a useful break of 29 to leave the frame very tight, Tony nicked it on the black ball and leveled overall at 2-2, third game was between Shaun Amor and Macauley Fyffe, Shaun played ok and got a bit of luck at times, Macauley was getting no luck and was very unfortunate at times, Shaun winning 2-0, last but not least Mark Brewin squared off with Pat Patel, Pat took the first frame although the frame was overshadowed by Pat trying to argue with the ref about points for a foul, even Pats own team mates were trying to correct him, the second frame Mark played really well and frustrated Pat, Mark took the second frame on the black much to Pats displeasure, then unfortunatly decided to just storm off without any handshakes to his opponents, ESP A won 5-3 with man of the match going to Tony Lyles
ESP B 8 - 0 Castle A Submitted: 16/12/2018
ESP B hosted Castle A in a generally frustrating and scrappy night of play, in which most games were contested down to the colours and ESP were rather fortunate to end up with all 8 points up for grabs.
Ian Nesbit got ESP off to a good start in an attritional encounter with Pat Shaw, eventually taking both frames. Alan Singleton picked up the next 2 points for ESP defeating Rob Thompson in a match with limited opportunities for both players.
Steve Cobb extended ESP's tally to 6 points winning both frames in a low scoring match against Roy Young.
And Richard Aldred wrapped up the win taking the final 2 frames of the night against Nick Greetham.
As usual, any match against Castle A is good fun whatever the result, and this match was no different despite the news that John Hartley, one of Castle A's former team members, sadly passed away last week.
John was a true gent, and continued to play the game he enjoyed until illness prevented him from doing so. Glasses were raised in his memory, and we all played crap and turned the air blue with expletives throughout Thursday evening. A fitting tribute we are sure John would have approved of!!
RIP Mr Hartley
Shaw Raiders 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 14/12/2018
Lowly placed Shaw Raiders entertained League Championship contenders Document House in what was foreseen as a daunting task.
Raiders Mike Parry opened proceedings against Neil Winkworth. It took Neil a short while to settle down but once in his stride he left Mike with few opportunities and went on to win both frames comfortably by margins of 42-12 and 66-26, notching up a good 42 break in the process.
Next, Mark Dunn took on Document House's Dale Prout in two frames which were a reversal of the evenings first frames, with Dale displaying less than his usual form and Mark playing well and taking full advantage to secure both frames at 57-37 and 52-39.
Raiders Brian Leonard was next up against Kevin Holmes who played with his customary brisk style. Kevin breezed through both frames 69-15 and 77-11 making a solid break of 29 in the second.
Finally. John Apicella faced Doc House's Andy Upton in two entertaining frames. John put up a good showing in the first and held pace with Andy for much of the time eventually having to concede 57-34. By the start of the second Andy was in the groove and strolled the frame taking it 62-4 which included several excellent long pots.
So, the final result was a deserved 6-2 win for Document House, but credit to Mark Dunn for winning both his frames and earning himself Man Of The Match - at the same time saving his team from the dreaded "Whitewash".
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 16/12/2018
Crucible entertained The Imposters in the last league game before the Xmas break. Crucible captain Paul Davis played Robin Rawlings, Davis put in a very commanding performance in wrapping up 2 frames in quick time 2-0 Crucible.
Craig Marsh took on Mike Paduano in the second match. Craig wasn’t hanging around either playing some fine shoots on his way to taking another 2 points for Crucible one shot that stood out was the red down the rail right handed!
4-0 Cruible at the half way strange.
So it was left to the Bolter boys to wrap up proceedings for the Crucible, firstly Phil Bolter made light work of the Imposters Eric Roden 6-0 Crucible.
Final match of the night was the best 2 contested frames on the night with Crucibles Andy Bolter takeing on Dave Aitken.
Aitken was in the balls from the off and with little luck again for Bolter this helped Aiken pick up The Imposters first frame of the night. It was to be the only frame as Aitken wasn’t to have the run of the balls as he did in the first frame and Bolter dug in to take the 2nd frame. 1 all and match result 7-1 Crucible.
ADC 6 - 2 ESP A Submitted: 14/01/2019
ADC V ESP A
First frame was John Colis V Tim Page, John did not start of well he was struggling to string two balls together, Tim was playing well, both players we potting better towards the end of the game but Tim won the first frame 47-23. Second frame the much of the same no breaks to talk about Tim was potting well to win the frame 52-19
Second frame Graham Leech v Phil Craik, Graham started of well. he was potting some good balls, Phil on the other hand was not, Graham got a good break of 18. Graham won the frame 63-14. Second frame was much of the same for both players Graham still potting well, Phil was having a bad night. Graham won the frame 72-23.
Third frame Lee Collis v Mark Brewin, Lee stared well like he has been all season potting well, not missing much, Mark was struggling to keep up with Lee winning he frame 60-12. Second frame Lee was still playing well and Mark started to pot some good balls, Lee just won the frame 52-44.
Last frame of the night Rob Hill v Greg Neil, We both started of playing really bad missing some easy balls and fouling a lot, the frame went down to the black ball with both having multiple chances Rob took the black winning the frame 66-61. Second frame was much the same as the first both potting some good balls and also missing some easy pots, Rob manage to pull ahead with a break of 34, at that point Greg started to play some good safety play but unfortunately the lead Rob took was to much Rob won the frame 71-29
Castle A 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 14/01/2019
Nick opened up against Paul. Nick took an early lead (of 1-0) which Paul eventually managed to reel in. Once in the lead Paul didn't look back and despite not being at his best came out an easy 2-0 victor.
Lee came out of retirement to take on Captain fantastic Andy. Lee was never in the first frame and a fine break of 67 helped Andy ease to victory. In the second Lee was more competitive but a break of 41 helped Andy to a 2-0 victory.
Rob East took on Phil. Phil played well but did not need to worry as Rob was awful. A simple 2-0 for Crucible.
The game of the night saw Rob T play Chris. Both games were tight with Chris off his game somewhat and Rob and on top of his. Rob lead in both going into the late colours but Chris squeezed past on the black in the first and the pink in the second.
Shaw Impostors 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 11/01/2019
Robin Rawlings/Steve Cobb. Steve Cobb took full control of both of the frames, Robin Rawling wasn't up to his usual standard of play. Steve Cobb won both the frames 48-14 and 57-17. Dave Aitken/ Richard Aldred. Richard Aldred took an early lead in the first frame, by potting some good balls. Dave Aitken slowly came back making the score even. Richard Aldred played some very good safety shots. Dave Aitken continued to play well winning the first frame 58-19. In the second frame Richard Aldred put some pressure onto Dave Aitken by potting some good balls. Slowly Dave Aitken by playing some excellent snookers and potting some good balls won the second frame 51-33. Simon Wilson/Mark Head. Simon Wilson wasn't up to his usual standard of play, suffering from a sore back and knee. Mark Head played well by potting some very good balls, easily winning both the frames 70-17 and 55-23. Michele Paduano/Paul Godwin. Both players potted some very good balls, with some safety play. Paul Godwin continued to play well, taking the lead. Michele Paduano had his chances to come back, but paul Godwin went on to win the first frame 53-24. In the second frame it was totally reversed with Michele Paduano taking the lead by potting some very good balls, making mini breaks. Paul Godwin had his chances to come back, but Michele Paduano continued to put on the pressure by scoring well. Michele Paduano won the final frame 52-30.
Betta Paving 6 - 2 Southern Comforts Submitted: 16/01/2019
Not much to write about in this battle between Document House and Southern Comforts.... Highlights in a very dismal match saw Danny Langford limit Kevin Holmes to a single point in the second frame and also Stephen Miles potting balls off the lampshade in the second frame against Dale.
Kevin Holmes 1 - 1Danny Langford
Jonjo Sharkey 2 - 0 James Hearne
Dale Prout 1 - 1 Stephen Miles
Neil Winkworth 2 - 0 Paul Sheldon
The OddBalls 7 - 1 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 13/01/2019
Tony Lyles and Bob Low started what was to be a marathon match. Both frames were a little scrappy, other than a very good 33 break from Tony in the second. Bob seemed to be behind for most of the match but made a sterling effort to close the gap. Tony did what was required to seal 2 good points for the home team.
Meanwhile, Rob Marks played Mike Parry on the other table. Mike sunk a few cracking pots but struggled with some of the easier chances that Rob left him on. Rob potted pretty well and this was sufficient to win both frames comfortably.
Next up was Macca Fyffe versus Mike Ainsworth. In the first frame, Mike took every opportunity he was given, accumulating a decent lead in the process. Macca played OK but couldn't catch up. In the second Macca dug deep and outscored Mike to shared the match 1 frame each.
Finally, it was Duane Puttock against Brian Leonard. Duane played really well, carving out opportunity after opportunity for himself. He scored well at each visit and could have amassed a big break and so was probably disappointed with just 32. Brian played better in the second frame but Duane was ruthless taking both frames with ease.
Final score 7-1 to The Oddballs. As always, a good spirited match against a team of gentlemen (although their mascot was a bit disruptive!).
Castle A 0 - 8 Betta Paving Submitted: 21/01/2019
the two captains faced off in the first match. Dale won the first frame comfortably but was noticeably off his game. The second was a much closer affair but Nick missed important pots and Dale potted the last three colours to stretch away.
Rob faced off with Kevin. although Rob's form was a great improvement on the previous week, Kevin still had too much for him. The first frame was close but a break of 32 in the second helped Kevin wrap up a 2-0 win.
The next match saw Rob take on Winky. Neil was in good form, although not at his very he he comfortably saw off Rob compiling breaks of 32 and 23 in the first frame and 37 & 22 in the second.
Roy completed at evening against Jonjo. A fine break of 41 in the first enabled Jonjo to take it comfortably. The second was much tighter as Roy dug in but Jonjo was still too good to wrap up a 8-0 win for Doc House.
ESP A 3 - 5 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 18/01/2019
ESP A played The Imposters in what turned out to be an enjoyable match. First up saw Nick Shadbolt face Mike Paduano, Nick couldn't get going and his Pool knowledge did not help his Snooker game, Mike won comfortably 2-0, second up was Shaun Amor and George Apperley, after a long safety exchange in the first George took the first frame easy, second frame was nip and tuck but Shaun dug deep to earn the one all draw, third match saw Greg Neil square off against Pete Hankinson, Greg played well and won 2-0, 3-3 going into the final match which was between Chris Parsons and Dave Aitken, Chris had his chances in both frames but the crafty Dave picked off both frames and snatched victory for The Imposters 5-3, man of the match was Greg Neil.
Southern Comforts 5 - 3 The OddBalls Submitted: 22/01/2019
A very enjoyable battle against Oddballs which we always look forward to. Highlights Stephen Miles taking 2 frames off Tony Lyles in quick style with some great long potting but was still a battle to the finish. Danny Langford v Macauley Fyffe, Sean Oshea v Matthew Fyffe and Alex Hutchinson v Duane Puttock all drew making final score 5-3 to Southern Comforts.
Shaw Raiders 3 - 5 ADC Submitted: 19/01/2019
Shaw Raiders home to ADC.
First match saw home player Mark Dunn pitched against Rob Hill. Mark was playing and potting very well and in the first frame cleared all the colours for a good 27 break to win the frame comfortably. Mark's good form carried on in the second frame which he again won with ease. The second match was between Raiders captain Bob Low and John Collis. The first frame was nip and tuck but a fluke on the final pink followed by a pot on the black enabled Bob to win a close frame. In the second frame John began well but Bob came back. However, with some good snookers from John, coupled with some fouls by Bob, resulted in John winning another close frame.
So at the halfway stage Raiders were leading 3-1 which is the first time that this has happened all season.
Raiders hopes of a win were dashed in the second half of the match. Firstly, Mike Ainsworth was up against Graham Leech. In the first frame Graham gave Mike little chance as he was potting everything in sight and won the frame easily. The second frame was a much closer affair but again some fine potting by Graham led to him winning 54 to 44.
The final match was between John Apicella and Lee Collis. This turned out to be a one-sided affair wih Lee making a 24 break in the first frame and a 22 break in the second which led him to win both frames easily. ADC therefore won the match 5-3 and left Raiders still looking for their first win of the season.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 ESP B Submitted: 18/01/2019
Crucible Sports & Social took on ESP B, with Crucible pushing to maintain their lead at the top of the table.
Phil Bolter started of for the Crucible with 2 comfortable frames against Mark Head, 2 -0 Crucible.
Andy Bolter was up next for Crucible against Steve Cobb, the latter was in fine form and produce some fantastic pots. Cobb also had a little run of the table which helped him take the frame with Andy doing little wrong. Frame 2 and Cobb was back to the table taking an early lead, though Andy wasn’t giving in and ensured he got a frame by potting the final colours. 3-1 Crucible
Paul Davis up next for Crucible against Richard Aldred, Davis cruised to a 2-0 win 5-1 Crucible.
Final match of the night was Crucibles Chris Rice against Paul Godwin, this match produced the best snooker of the night unfortunately for ESP it was all from one player Rice was in great form. With a break of 75 in the 1st and a 61 clearance in the 2nd Rice took both frame. Final score 7-1 Crucible to help maintain their top of the table position.
ADC 3 - 5 Castle A Submitted: 17/03/2019
ADC v Castle A
First match was Nick Hill - Dennis Doswell, This was Nick's first match back for more than 4 years, Nick started of well potting some good balls and also playing some good safety play, Dennis was also playing well, potting some really good ball, in the end Dennis won the first frame 45-42. Second frame Dennis started of well with Nick missing some, towards the end of the frame Nick was 20 points behind with 22 left of the table, even though nick was trying to get some good safety play he ended up potting the white a few time, but so did Dennis, Nick manage to pot the brown, blue and pink, leaving him with a chance on the black to win the frame he needed to use the rest and unfortunately for Nick the black rattled and he left the black safe of the cushion, both players had a few chances on the black but in the end Dennis manage to clinch the frame 64-54.
Second match was Rob Hill v Pat Shaw, Dennis won the brake, both players stared of with some good safety play, Rob started stringing a few balls together with some low brakes, Dennis was alos potting some good bal and Rob started to take the lead and won the frme
Shaw Impostors 7 - 1 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 09/02/2019
George Apperley/Mark Dunn. Game started off with some safety play. Very even game at the beginning. Both players played some very good shots. Mark Dunn slowly took the lead by his good long potting. George slowly came back making it a close finish. Mark Dunn won the first frame 59-54. In the second frame Mark Dunn continued to play well taking an early lead. George Apperley slowly came back with several mini breaks making a good win. 54-49.
Pete Hankinson/Mike Parry. Very cagey start from both players. Mike Parry slowly took the lead. Then Pete Hankinson potted some very good balls, by making lots of mini breaks. Mike Parry had his chances to came back but Pete Hankinson was too strong winning the frame 60-41. It was very similar in the second frame, with none of the players taking a definite lead. Pete Hankinson came out on top by Mike Parry going in off the black. Pete Hankinson won 61-47.
Michele Paduano/Rob Low. Good safety was played by both players. Michele Paduano played well, by making lots of mini breaks. Lots of safety play. Rob Low had lots of chances in both the frames, but unfortuniately the cue balls kept on going in off. Both games were won by Michele Paduano 59-26 and 37-9.
Dave Aitken/ John Apicella. Dave Aitken potted some very good balls. John Apicella wasn't up to his usual standard of play, it be because it John always seems to be drawn agains Dave. John Apicella potted some good balls, but Dave Aitken was too strong easy winning both frames 73-17 and 61-35.
ESP B 4 - 4 ESP A Submitted: 10/02/2019
The clash of the ESP teams resulted in a 4-4 draw.
ESP B captain Steve Cobb took his sparring partner Tim Page which resulted in a frame a piece. Steve got off to a good start but a string of unfortunate fouls saw Tim take the advantage in the first frame. A similar second frame was taken on the colours by Steve who was up against it as Tim potted well throughout the match.
Paul Godwin took on ESP A captain Phil Craik. Paul played well and was in control of both frames which he took comfortably in the end.
Mark Head looked set to extend ESP B's lead when enjoying all sorts of outrageous fortune in the first frame of his match with Greg Neil. But Mark could not capitalize on it and Greg cleared the final colours to nick the frame 44-42 on the black. There was nothing in the second frame until a small 14 break put a bit of daylight between the scores in Mark's favour which he extended with each visit. So ESP B took a 4-2 lead into the final match relying on Richard Aldred to pick up the single frame required for the win. Alas, he found ESP A's Shaun Amor in determined mood and good form and Shaun took the first frame to set up the final frame decider. A scrappy final frame, but Shaun got over the line to secure the 2nd frame and a 4-4 draw between the teams.
Player of the match goes to Paul Godwin.
RIP John Collis. A true gentleman, and long serving friend of the League who succumbed to illness last week. He'll be missed and our thoughts are with Lee Collis and family at this time.
Betta Paving 5 - 3 The OddBalls Submitted: 14/02/2019
Jonjo Sharkey 2-0 Matthew Fyffe
Neil winkworth 2-0 Macauley Fyffe
Kevin Holmes 0 -2 Rob Marks ( Just for the record Kevin got battered in the fist)
Dale Prout 1 - 1 Tony Lyles
Not a result Document House needed if they were going to pursue their title push but fair play Oddballs, better team on the night.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 Southern Comforts Submitted: 08/02/2019
Crucible S & S took on Southern Comfort on a reflective night at the Crucible as all remembered the passing of ADC captain, league stalwart and all round gentleman John Collins you will be missed RIP JC.
Andy Bolter Crucible took on Stephen Miles Comforts, the latter was straight into the balls and with some fantastic potting and a break of 31 Comforts took the 1st frame. Bolter though was straight back into the 2nd frame and was in control with a 28 break ensuring that he took the 2nd frame 1- 1.
2 nd match saw Crucibles Paul Davis take on Comforts Paul Sheldon, after the white settled into the pack of reds the frame was re racked and started again. After the frame was re started Davis pulled into a early lead, Sheldon wasn’t giving up and stayed in the frame taking it to the final black ball. With the exchange of a few safety shots Davis took the frame with a good long pot into the green pocket. The 2nd frame Davis took with a break of 29 - 3-1 Crucible.
The next match saw the best snooker of the night from Crucibles Chris Rice and Comforts Wayne Brunsden, some great match snooker was played and was enjoyed by all watching. With the help of breaks of 37 & 25 Chris took both frames, credit must be given to Wayne who stuck at it a gave the leagues no 1 player a good game. 5-1 Crucible
In the final match Crucibles Craig Marsh took on Comforts Alex Hutchinson, this was a very one sided match that saw Craig take both frame helping the Crucible to a 7-1 victory and extended their lead at the top of the table.
The final score was well deserved for the home team and all players showed the respect that should be shown whilst playing the game, a good evening was had by all.
ADC 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 09/04/2019
First Match was Nick hill v Craig Marsh, Nick started ofwell but Craig was to strong for Nick in the end. Craig was potting some good balls. Craig won the first frame 70-27. Second frame was much the same for Nick and Craig, Craig won the second frame 85-20.
Second match was Rob Hill v Andy Bolter. Andy started of strong Rob was trying to play safe but in the end Andy won the first frame 60-22. Second frame Rob started of really badly missing some simple shots, And took advantage of this and took a good lead to win the frame 80-24.
Last match of the night was Graham Leech v Chris Rice, Chris was playing some really good snooker as normal, Graham found it hard to get going, Chris won the first frame 98-26. Second frame was much the same Chris put in a break of 42, potting some really good ball, Graham did not get much time at the table, Chris won the frame 74-10.
Castle A 3 - 5 Southern Comforts Submitted: 15/02/2019
Another enjoyable night at The Crucible for both teams.
First up was a marathon battle between Roy Young and James Hearne. Some very cagey snooker played, even resulting in re-rack for frame two, so it was fitting that the game eventually ended a frame apiece.
Meanwhile, both matches on the other table were played to a finish. In the first, Sean O Shea put in a convincing player of the match performance against Pat Shaw, who was playing his first match after a prolonged illness. In the second match, Rob East and Stephen Miles shared the points in two evenly contested frames.
The final pairing of Rob Thomson and Alex Hutchinson was played with all the other participants watching after all the other matches had long finished. Hutchinson won the first fairly comfortably but Thomson fought back to win the second, despite "whacking" too many balls (according to one of his more experienced colleagues).
So, Comforts ran out 5-3 winners.
Betta Paving 7 - 1 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 21/02/2019
First game of the night saw Neil Winkort v Dave Aitken. The game started off very cagey with both players waiting for their chance. The safety battle soon fell into Neil’s favour and he was able to put together a break of 46 to take the frame. Into the second and there was no stopping Neil who paved the way for multiple chances before a fine break of 74 to wrap things up.
Second game of the night was a match up between New signing Michael Robinson and Eric Rosen. Eric was no match for Michael who stepped up to the plate on his debut ataking 2 frames convincingly.
So we take off in the 3rd match of the night between the very out of form Dale Prout and the Mike Paduano. A very close but open initial affair it which saw not players making countless mistakes. It it was Dale who upped his concentration levels the best to take the frame 70 - 30. Into the second a very different scenario with Dale stepping up to hai A game and wrapping the 2-0 score line up within minutes taking the frame by 98 - 11.
So it all came down to Jonjo Sharkey v George Apperley, with George needing a frame to prevent the whitewash. Unfortunately for George things began in dismal fashion with Jonjo soon taking control of the frame and seeing it out a comfortable winner by 65-6.
Into the last and a very different approach taken by George with faultless safety play was able to force a mistake by Jonjo to allowing him to compile a fine break of 38 to establish a clear frame winning lead.
Final score Document House 7 - 1 The imposters
Shaw Raiders 0 - 8 ESP A Submitted: 18/02/2019
Shaw Raiders were home to ESP A.
First match saw Mike Ainsworth pitched against Phil Craik. Phil played extremely well in both frames scoring freely and the second frame included a 23 break by him and he won both frames fairly comfortably.
The second match was between Bob Low and Shaun Amor. The first frame was fairly scrappy with he reds and colours bunched up for much of the time. The frame went to a black ball finish which Shaun won with a fluked black. Shaun played better in the second frame and gave Bob no chance resulting in him winning both frames.
The third match was between Mike Parry and Mark Brewin. Mark potted well throughout and won both frames with ease.
The final match between Brian Leonard and Greg Neil was a very one- sided affair and Greg won both frames comfortably and therefore completing the whitewash for ESP A.
The OddBalls 4 - 4 ESP B Submitted: 20/02/2019
A good draw for both teams with all players sharing their frames 1-1. Man of the match was Macca for the best potting I've seen from him all season. The fight for 3rd place in the league table continues.
(Sorry chaps for the lack of detail this week. My first efforts were eaten by the computer and so I had to start again).
Castle A 3 - 5 The OddBalls Submitted: 04/03/2019
This was a close match in many frames.
In the first game Nick played Pat. Nick built a healthy early lead but Pat knocked in a break of 21 and ran away with it from there. An early break of 30 in the second put Pat firmly in control and Nick was never able to draw close as the Oddball took a 2-0 win.
Rob E "played" Macca. Oh dear. This one was not high on quality, however Macca won the first with a superbly potted pink. The second was not a classic either but Rob managed to miss less that Macca and took a draw.
Rob T and Matt played out a one sided affair. Matt was lacking confidence in the first and Rob won easily. Rob built a healthy lead in the second aided by a 22 break but Matt forced his way back into it with some well laid snookers. However Rob was able to win well in the end to set up a deciding match with the score at 3-3.
Roy took on Rob M. The first was heart breaking for Roy. He scrapped his way to look the more likely winner in the first. But some poor luck and a bit of good potting from Rob saw the opposition skipper take it on the black. The second was a bit more one sided and Oddballs took it to win 5-3.
Shaw Impostors 4 - 4 ADC Submitted: 01/03/2019
Michele Paduano/Rob Hill. Both frames were very similar to each other, where Rob Hill played the better games. Michele Paduano wasn't up to his usual form of play. Very good safety play from both players. Michele Paduano had better chances in the second frame, but Rob Hill was too strong winning both frames 50-7 and 46-31.
David Aitken/Graham Leech. Both players were even scoring in the first frame. Excellent safety play by both players. Graham Leech slowly took the lead by potting some very good balls. Then David Aitken responded back making the score even again. Slowly David Aitken continued to play well winning the first frame 62-23. In the second frame it was totally the reverse where Graham Leech took control of the game, by potting some very good balls and making some excellent snookers. David Aitken tried to come back, but Graham Leech increased his eventually winning the frame 71-37.
George Apperley/ Simon Hawkins. Both George Apperley and Simon Hawkins started the frame well by potting some very good balls. Excellent safety play by both players. It all came down to the colours, where George Apperley cleared most of the final colours winning the first frame 56-45. In the second frame George Apperley continued to put pressure on Simon Hawkins. Simon Hawkins played some good snooker by potting very good balls. George Apperlely slowly increased his lead winning the second frame comfortably 73-45.
Andrew Seymour/Lee Collis. Andrew made a good start to the frame taking an early lead. Lee Collis had his chances to come back. But Andrew Seymour continued to plat well, by making lots of mini breaks. Andrew Seymour won the first frame 78-23. In the second frame Lee Collis dug in deep, producing some very good snooker and making an excellent break of 29. Andrew Seymour came back making small mini breaks to make a black ball finish. Lee Collis won the final frame of the evening 54-53. Final score 4-4.
ESP A 3 - 5 Southern Comforts Submitted: 04/03/2019
ESP A faced Southern Comforts in a fairly tight encounter, first game was between Phil Craik and Danny Langford, Danny wasn't up to his usual game and Phil deservedly took both frames 48-38 & 53-22, Greg Neil took on Sarah Middleton in game two in a match that both players will want to forget, both players struggling and not playing to their full potential, eventually after over an hour and a half Sarah came out on top 2-0, 2-2 at half time, third game was between Mark Brewin and Alex Hutchinson, this was a tight game and the draw was a fair reflection on both frames, 3-3 and into the final game between Shaun Amor and Stephen Miles, not much to be said here as Stephen dominated the first frame and embarrassed Shaun in the second, 5-3 to The Southern Comforts, man of the match went to Phil Craik
ESP B 0 - 8 Betta Paving Submitted: 03/03/2019
Document House continue their pursuit of the league title with an 8-0 drubbing of ESP B.
Jonjo Sharkey made short work of his two frames against Paul Godwin, starting with a break off 44 in the first frame and slamming in outrageous pots all evening.
Dale Prout battered Ian Nesbit into submission and notched a break of 70 in the process.
Ian Rose dominated both frames against Steve Cobb, knocking in a break of 52 in their second frame.
Mark Head managed some resistance against Neil Winkworth, taking their second frame down to pink and black. But Mark needed both and Neil only required pink, which he duly dispatched to seal the 8-0 wing for Doc House.
Crucible S&S Club 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 01/03/2019
Crucible Sport & Social continued towards their goal of retaining the league title with a comfortable 8-0 victory over Shaw Raiders.
Player of the night was Craig Marsh with the highlight being a break of 68 and unlucky not to take the last red and remaining colour get that magical 100 break that all desire...👍
ADC 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 08/03/2019
ADC V ESP B. First match up was Graham Leech v Paul Godwin, both players started off well, Paul had the upper hand for most of the frame, Graham was not happy as he was missing some balls he should have got, but he did get brake of 25, Graham won the first frame 48-32. second frame Paul really took control. even though Graham was still playing OK Paul was the stronger playing and won the frame 67-43.
Second match was Rob Hill v Richard Alfred, we both started off with some good safety, halfway through the frame Rob had some equipment problems with the head of the rest flying of the handle and clattering into a red ball, just after this Rob puts in a break of 18 with some good potting, Rob won the frame 53-42. Second frame was a close one, Richard was playing well, and potting some good balls, best shot of the match has to be Richards pink, the frame went down to the black ball, with Richard missing it on his first try and Rob also missing, Richard then leaves Rob with the black ball over the green pocket, Rob missed the black and Richard won the frame with a good long pot 43-39.
Third match was Simon Hawkins v Mark Head. Mark started of playing really well not leaving much for Simon to have a go at, Simon did fight back but it was to late, Mark won the first frame 68-17. Second frame both players we having some difficulties, both had potted the cue ball a few times, but in the end Mark won 45-27.
Last match of the night was Lee Collis v Steve Cobb. Steve started of really well with a good 16 break, every time Lee got to the table he was potting a red and missing the colours. Once Lee got into the frame he started potting some good balls, but with Steve's break of 16 at the start Steve won the first frame 54-46. Last frame of the night, Lee and Steve were both playing well, some good safety playing and good long potting. Lee won the last frame 49-39
Castle A 4 - 4 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 11/03/2019
Pat opened the match Against Dave. Dave was is sparkling form in the first quickly building up a substantial lead. With Pat resigned to losing the frame he was only plating on to "keep the score respectable". However some good play and some bad luck from Dave let Pat back to within a snooker going into the colours. Dave's formed returned however and he was able to close out the frame. In the second Dave underlined a mam of the match with some excellent play, including some outstanding screwing the likes of which the Castle team haven't seen for many a year. A good 2-0 start for the Imposters.
Over on the second table Roy was taking on Mike. While Roy was on good form off the table the match on it was close and in the end 1-1 felt like a fair result.
Next up Rob played Eric. Eric ran Rob close in the first but Rob snuck it on the black. The second saw Eric's game decline and Rob was able to win easily to level the match at 3-3.
Which left the captains to battle for their team's honours. Simon played well in the first getting colours with most of his reds and was able to build a lead which Nick never got close to. With his team one frame away from victory Simon's potting game went south and Nick was able to take the frame to square the tie and the match overall.
Betta Paving 8 - 0 ESP A Submitted: 14/03/2019
Second part of the Double Header saw Document House requiring 8 frames to keep themselves within distance of the crucible at the top of the league.All that stood in their way was ESP A.
Into the first match which saw the in form Dale Prout take on Shaun Amor. Dale was soon in control both frames and ran out a comfortable winner recording breaks of 35,55 along the way.
Second match saw Neil Winkwoth v Mark Brew. Again a very satisfying display by the Document House man taking both frames with ease 69-11, 64-18.
Into the 3rd match of the night which saw Jonjo Sharkey v Phil Craik. First frame was over in a flash with Jonjo winning 74-18. Into the second and a completely different frame with Phil sticking with Jonjo throughout until a mistake on the colours which Jonjo capitalised on taking the frame 55-34.
It was down to the new addition to the title challengers Ian Rose to show his class and wrap up the last 2 frames for Document house. His opponent Tim Page looked in awe watching Ian taking the first frame so easy 53-16. Last frame of the night and the longest of them all with a very close frame throughout It was Ian who eventually got over the line. Taking the frame and wrapping up a quality result for Document house.
Shaw Raiders 3 - 5 Southern Comforts Submitted: 08/03/2019
Shaw's John Apicella opened against Comforts Danny Langford. The first frame started slow and scrappy through no fault of the players as the reds became stuck in several clusters and took a while to sort out. When things opened up Danny proved the better player potting well and steadily improving as the frame progressed. He continued in this vein in the second and deservedly won both 57-7 and 54-10.
Meawhile, Mark Dunn faced Comforts Paul Sheldon. Mark took the first frame 53-23 playing well and taking advantage of a good run of the balls. He maintained his dominance in the second against an opponent not on his best form and came out a 42-19 winner.
Mike Parry for Shaw Raiders was paired with Sean O'Shea. After a slow tentative opening by both players Sean started potting several good balls and mixed this with some intelligent safety play. Mike was kept at bay for much of the time and when a few opportunities did present themselves he failed to take advantage. The second frame followed a similar pattern enabling Sean to notch up a two frame victory with scores of 68-31 and 56-32.
Lastly, Brian Leonard took on Comforts James Hearne in what turned out to be two well contested and enjoyable frames. Brian showed good form in the first and with an excellent long pot on the final pink won it 53-44. James bounced back in the second and built up a commanding lead to put Brian under pressure and needing several snookers. After failing with a number of worthy efforts Brian conceded at 56-31.
So, an enjoyable evening's Snooker with Southern Comforts leaving as 5-3 victors.
The OddBalls 2 - 6 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 08/03/2019
The Crucible will always be tough opponents, and tonight was no exception. 1st vs 3rd in the table and while the Oddballs have no chance to climb any higher, Crucible are locked in a battle for the title with Document House. At this stage of the season every frame counts.
So while Arsenal were taking a hammering on the pitch, the 2 Gooners, Tony 'Adams' Lyles and Andy 'Linighan' Bolter were battling it out on the baize. Frame 1 remained close throughout with the only difference being Tony's good fortune. Andy should feel hard done by, but fair play to Tony, he took advantage of the run and nicked the frame on the black by a single point.
Andy was having none of it in frame 2, giving Tony fewer chances while picking up sufficient points to level the match.
Meanwhile, old rivals Matty Fyffe and Chris Rice faced off on table 14. Ricey - still bitter about the frame Matty took off him a few years ago - gave him a proper lesson. Matty only picking up 29 points across both frames (probably mostly fouls) and Ricey knocking in a decent 50 break - and unlucky not to get more.
Next up was Rob Marks vs Craig Marsh. Having recently beaten Marks in the League Singles, Marshy was favourite. But Marks kept it tight and with some good safety kept the scores level deep into the first frame. It was a missed black by Marks that led to his downfall with Craig clearing the table with a break of 49. Class.
Frame 2 was similar to the first with neither player taking a substantial lead. This time Craig missed a long pot on the blue with a lead of 18, with 18 remaining. Rob took the last 3 balls leading to a re-spotted black. Craig played the up and down but double kissed leaving Rob a pot into the middle bag, which he took to make it a frame each.
Finally, Macca Fyffe played Paul Davis. Paul looked solid throughout and could have made some substantial breaks. Macca was always well behind in the scoring but gave it a really good go. He managed to force a few fouls from Paul but it was not enough.
Final score: Oddballs 2, Crucible 6.
Good luck for the rest of the season boys.
ESP A 6 - 2 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 28/03/2019
ESP welcomed Shaw raiders to the 2nd division league match.
In the first match Phil Craik played Brian Leonard. Phil was very fortunate in both frames and truly did not deserve to win 2:0 35|18 and 42|33..
In the second match Mark Brewin played Bob Low, The first frame was nip and tuck all the way with Bob winning the frame 55|57. The second frame Mark came back and took the frame 66|29.
In the third frame Greg neil played Mike ainsworth. Greg managed to pinch the first frame 52|48, but mike came back and won the 2nd 17|46.
In the frinal match of the evening Tim page played Mike parry. Tim easily won the first 61|9, but mike fought back in the second and narrowly missed out 48|46,
Final score 6:2 to ESP and Tim man of the match
Shaw Impostors 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 15/03/2019
George Apperley/ Jonjo Sharkey. Jonjo Sharkey play well tonight, scoring very well. George Apperley had his chances, especially in the first frame. Jonji Sharkey won both frames 61-30 and 68-13.
Andrew Seymour/Ian Rose. Both players were playing well in the first frame. None of them were able to take a definite lead. Ian Rose potted some very good balls, slightly taking the lead. It all came down to the colours. Andrew Seymour potted some excellent colours, eventyually winn ing on the black. In the second game it was completely the reverse where Ian Rose did all the potting, comfortably winning the second frame 67-3.
Simon Wilson/Neil Winkworth. Simon Wilson held back Neil Winkworth for most of the game. Then Neil Winkworth piced his shots well winning the frame 56-25. In the second frame Neil Winkworth took over making lots of mini breaks. Simon Wilson wasn't able to compete with Neil Winkworth's potting Neil Winkworth won 57-10.
Dave Aitken/ Dale Prout. Dale Prout made two breaks in the first frame of 23 and 32. Dave Aitken wasn't able to catch up. Dale Prout won the first frame 50-20. In the second frame Dave Aitken potted some excellent balls, taking an early lead. Dale Prout had his chances to score, but Dave Aitken put on the pressure, by playing some very good safety shots. Dale Prout wasn't able to catch up. Dave Aitken took a very valuable point winning 64-52.
Player of the match Andrew Seymour.
Southern Comforts 4 - 4 ESP B Submitted: 17/03/2019
Southern Comforts looking for a 8-0 win tonight to go joint points with ESP B. Very enjoyable battle against ESP B. Danny Langford battled with Steve Cobb who took first frame but Danny managed to clinch the second frame with the blue, pink and black 1-1. Alex Hutchinson v Ian Nesbit, which Alex was always in control and maganed to take the 2 frames. Making it 3-1 to Southern Comforts. Then on board was Sean O'shea v Mark Head which was a battle from both players which ended up 1-1 leaving Southern Comforts 4-2 up. It was all down to the last game Stephen Miles v Paul Godwin, would it be a 6-2 thumping or end in a 4-4 draw. It was the night for Paul has he put the first frame to bed 28-85 with a lovely break of 35 leaving Stephen way behind. Bring it to 4-3 last frame could Stephen get the point for 5-3 or would it be Paul make it 4-4. This went to Paul with some amazing snooker which managed to leave Stephen Behind by 36-83 and getting a well deserved 4-4 draw. What a night and very enjoyable night.
The OddBalls 6 - 2 Castle A Submitted: 15/03/2019
Always an entertaining and fun affair Oddballs hosted Castle A as the home team endeavoured to close in on third place in the table.
Macauley took on Rob East in the first match up and despite good starts in both frames he couldn’t make it count and left opportunities for Rob to come back at him. Rob’s took full advantage and won both frames on the last few colours .
In match 2 Tony took on Rob Thompson. This was a little more of a one sided affair as Rob being a couple of pints in and Tony showing some good form throughout. A steady 40 break sealed the first and a couple of mid 20s in the second were enough for a convincing win. 2-2 at the halfway stage.
Matty then faced up to Dennis. Matty probably played his best snooker of the season, although he did need the whole of the pocket on several occasions ! A nice 20 break was the difference in frame 1, frame 2 went to the colours but Matty ran out a fairly comfortable win in the end.
Last game of the night was from the 2 Pats. It was a tense, concentrated affair with no let up from either player who were both desperate to win. The first Patel won with Shaw not getting into the game . The second went right to the wire and Shaw held a 19 point lead going onto the last red. Patel clawed in back ball by ball and finally ran out the winner on the pink.
A good night as always against Castle saw The Oddballs victorious by 6 frames to 2. Enjoy the rest of the season gents.
Castle A 5 - 3 ADC Submitted: 25/03/2019
Rob against Nick in the first was a good match. Nick's potting in the first frame was excellent, despite the fact he has played little snooker over the previous 4 years. Aided by a fie break of 24 Nick took the first frame. He started very well in the second including another break of 24, but Rob's game had improved and he was making less mistakes. Some fiendish snookers laid in the latter part of the frame which Nick failed to get out of enabled Rob to take the frame on the black.
Next up Rob played Graham. Graham's form was poor compared to previous games this season and he never seemed to get going. Rob's game was sufficiently strong to take a fairly straight forward 2-0 victory.
With ADC down to 3 players for this fixture this was enough to give Castle victory with a game still to play. Rob made the score respectable with a 2-0 victory over Nick. Although Nick started fairly strongly he soon faded and Rob ran away with an easy 2-0.
ESP B 5 - 3 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 22/03/2019
ESP B scrapped their way to 5-3 over The Impostors this week.
Paul Godwin notched ESP's first two points of the evening against Dave Aitken but throughout the match Paul enjoyed an embarrassing amount of luck and good fortune!
Richard Aldred and George Apperley both started well but both players struggled to get going thereafter. Both frames were close with the second decided on the black but it was George who picked up both points for The Impostors.
Mark Head played well and with a number of small breaks took both frames against Simon Wilson to put ESP ahead in the match.
Steve Cobb and Mike Paduano were both well below par in their encounter. Steve fell behind in both frames but cleared most of the colours to snatch the first frame. But there was no coming back in the second with Mike taking the final point of the evening for The Imposters.
Shaw Raiders 4 - 4 The OddBalls Submitted: 22/03/2019
Shaw Raiders at home to The Oddballs.
First game saw home player Mike Ainsworth up against Macauley Fyffe.
Macca could not get into his stride in the first frame which Mike, with some steady potting, took 46-13. Macca picked up his game in the second frame and took an early lead. However some unlucky fouls by him brought Mike back into the game which went to a black ball finish. Again Macca was unlucky when he went in off the black to hand the game to Mike and give Raiders a 2-0 lead.
The second match was between Mark Dunn and Oddballs captain Rob Marks.
This proved to be a well fought and close match with both players potting well. Mark was in front in the first frame but Rob came back to take it 55-35. The second frame continued in the same vein but it was Mark who triumphed 66-43. So at the halfway stage Raiders were leading 3-1.
The next match was between Mike Apicella and Tony Lyles. This proved to be a very one-sided match up. Tony was potting really well and won both frames easily, the first of which included a very good 33 break. The overall match now stood at three all.
The final match was between Bob Low and Pat Patel. Pat took the first frame easily to edge Oddballs ahead. The second frame was nip and tuck and with two balls left Pat was three points ahead. However he left Bob with an easy pot on the pink which he followed up with a good pot on the black to take the frame.
The match there ended in a 4-4 draw which felt like a win for the Raiders after their poor season.
Southern Comforts 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 24/03/2019
James Hearne played superb in the first. Hardly missed anything and always had the lead and look comfortable. Second frame Paul Davies took control and played much better than the first. Close frame but going into the colours he stepped up his game and won easily in the end. Paul Sheldon and Danny Langford match was pretty much one sided, which Phil Bolter and Andy Bolter didn't really miss anything in either frame and ended up taking both frames. Stephen Miles gave Chris Rice a game at the start in first but couldn't put it to bed leaving Chris Rice to pull away and take first frame. Second frame things went completely wrong for Stephen Miles as he struggled to do anything, which Chris Rice managed to take control winning by 129 points with some great snooker play.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 12/04/2019
Crucible Sports & Socail kept up their persuit of another league title with a 7-1 victory over the Imposters. 2 frames a piece for Crucible Chris Rice (60 break) , Craig Marsh (57,34 breaks) and Paul Davis got them of to a great start.
Imposters George Apperley wasn’t in the moad to roll over and with his recent exploits on the seniors snooker world tour he was up to the challenge of Crucibles Andy Bolter. With some fantastic match play snooker it was down to the colours which Apperley took on the final black after Bolter had a chance.
In the second frame Apperley built up a lead for Bolter to claw his way back into the frame only for Apperley to regain then regain the lead a leaving Bolter requiring a snooker with just the 6 colour remaining.
Bolter drew on his own experience and wasn’t giving in to the seniors tour player laying multiple snooker for Apperley to escape. Bolter was to have success in getting the required snooker but he would still need the remaining colour. Bolter was now down to the the final 3 colours potting a fine blue with the rest unfortunate not to get on the pink, he played safe to wait another chance! That chance soon presented itself after Apperley had his own chance on the pink, Bolter potted the pink and landed just short of perfect position on the black and that wasn’t stopping Bolter he took his time and potted the final black in a very tense final 2 frame of the match.
So Crucible stay top with 2 games too go and with second place Document House the final match of the season all is still to play for.
Betta Paving 7 - 1 ESP B Submitted: 21/04/2019
Dale Prout Dropped a surprise frame against Steve Cobb
ESP only fielded 3 players
Ian Rose and Jonjo Sharkey both winning 2-0.
Final score Document House 7-1 ESP B
Overall not a great result for Document House who are surely letting the league slip at the crucial stage of the season.
Might change our team name to Leeds Utd next year.
Sorry about the late submission of the score but just found the result card in my daughters bedroom!
ESP A 7 - 1 ADC Submitted: 12/04/2019
This was a crucial division 2 clash between ESP A and ADC in the fight for runners up spot in the league
First game was between Phil Craik and Rob Hill, Phil was in a race against time as he had a prior engagement at 8.30, so proceeded to run around the table which slightly through Rob off of his game a bit, Phil potted well and took both frames
Second match was between Shaun Amor and Nick Hill, both players struggled in the first frame, Shaun took it by fortunatly doubling a long blue, the second frame was much the same and again Shaun took it on a fluked blue (sorry Nick)
Greg Neil squared off against Graham Leech in the third frame, this match was a game of two halves with Graham comfortably taking the first frame and then Greg comfortably taking the second frame
Unfortunatly there was no fourth match so ESP took the match 7-1, with Phil Craik taking man of the match
Shaw Raiders 6 - 2 Castle A Submitted: 13/04/2019
Shaw's opener John Apicella faced Roy Young in two frames in which neither player showed any real consistency. Both frames were close with John edging the first 49-43. Roy was almost resigned to losing the second as well, when late in the frame a couple of errors by his opponent brought him back into contention and he managed to stagger over the line 44-39.
Next up was Mark Dunn against Castle's Rob Thomson. These were two good frames featuring fairly evenly matched players but Mark determinedly kept his nose in front to take both by 48-41 and 53-52.The scores underlined just how close they were.
Shaw Raiders Mike Parry was matched against Nick Greetham and it was the latter who started the first frame in better form looking as though he would build on his early lead. But Mike hung on and eventually overhauled his opponent to sneak it 55-46. Nick's form seemed to fall away in the second frame and Mike took advantage with some decent potting to give him a healthy lead which he maintained to take it 52-27.
Finally, Brian Leonard took on Castle's Rob East. Past form suggested that Brian would face a difficult task and so it turned out in frame one with Rob in good form and winning comfortably by 56-6 which included an excellent break of 27. Frame two marked a turning point with Brian playing much better and making several really good pots. He kept his opponent at bay and finished on a high with 38-21.
So, overall a much needed and appreciated win for Raiders although the final score of 6-2 was a little flattering as most of the frames were decided on the last one or two colours. Yet another close encounter between both these longstanding league teams and as usual a very enjoyable session.
ADC 4 - 4 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 25/04/2019
Betta Paving 7 - 1 Southern Comforts Submitted: 25/04/2019
The penultimate game of the season saw Document House up against Southern Comforts.
First match was Jonjo Sharkey against James hearse and a very one-sided match with Jonjo winning 2-0
Ian Rose beat Alex Hutchinson 2-0 recording a break of 47 in the first frame.
Dale Prout took on Sean o Shea and with both frames close it was Dale who eventually came out on top Winning 2-0.
It was down to Phil Simmons v Steven miles and a very even affair which ended in a stalemate.
Final score Document House 7 - 1 Southern Comforts.
ESP B 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 24/04/2019
ESP B played their last game of the season against unbeaten league leaders Crucible S&S, who were determined to take as many frames as possible ahead of their title showdown with Document House next week.
ESP's Ian Nesbit was brushed aside by an in form Craig Marsh in the first match of the evening with Craig assisted by breaks of 31 and 38. (thanks for standing in Ian!!)
And things got worse for ESP when Chris Rice swatted Mark Head aside in the first frame of their match including a break of 33.
But Mark then found his potting boots and after taking an early lead, a break of 30 left Chris needing a snooker. Although Chris got the required snooker to give himself a chance, Mark took both blue and pink to take a point for ESP, and a rare frame off of Chris!
Normal service quickly resumed though, with Phil Bolter taking both frames against Paul Godwin to stretch Crucibles lead to 5-1.
It was 6-1 when Paul Davis knocked in a break of 32 in a comfortable first frame win over Richard Aldred. But Richard fought back in the second frame and took it down to the black, but it was Paul who took the frame to seal a 7-1 win.
Good luck to Crucible and Doc House when they battle it out in their head-to-head decider on the 25th May.
The OddBalls 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 18/04/2019
Whilst the hot action was in the other two matches at the Crucible tonight. The only thing hot about Oddballs versus ESP A was the room temperature .
First up Matty took control of his first frame comfortably. The second Nick fought him close but Matty edged it on the final black.
Macca was up against conscious Tim who wasted no time in taking the first frame. The ssecond was looking to go the same way as Macca needed a snooker with just three balls remaining. However, Macca got his snooker and took the last three balls including an excellent black to finish with a draw. 3-1 to the Oddballs at the halfway stage.
Tony took on Mark in a remarkably low standard affair with neither player showing any fluidity at all. Took the first on the pink , Mark the second with a cracking black. 1-1 a fair result as neither player deserved the win .
A similar match on the other table as Duanne played Greg. The bear took the first fairly comfortably but Duanne returned the favour in the second. again 1-1 which left the final score in the penultimate game of the season 5-3. A result which confirmed Oddballs Div 2 title and probably 3rd place overall. Thanks for the game ESP .
ADC 6 - 2 The OddBalls Submitted: 26/04/2019
Last match of the season for ADC was against OddBalls.
First match was Lee Collis v Macauley Fyffe. This was Lee's first match back for 4 weeks or so, Lee started of a bit rusty, but after he potted the first few balls it was like he hadn't been away, Macauley was also playing well they both had some nice safety, in the end Lee won the first frame 64 - 17. Second frame was much the same for Lee and Macauley, it was a closure frame both players potting some balls, Lee won the second frame 50 - 40.
Second Match of the evening was Graham Leech v Rob Marks, Graham started of really well putting in a break of 13 then Rob also got a break of 13, Graham started to take the lead after this with a break of 16 and 25, Graham Won 61-14. Second frame was very different start to the frame Rob was playing some good safety play with Graham still trying to attack, Rob stared to pot some good balls, towards the end of the frame Rob started to put Graham under pressure, causing Graham make some silly mistakes Rob took the lead at this point, then Rob stared to make some mistakes that eventually meant Graham won 73-63.
Last match of the night was Nick Hill v Pat Patel, Both players stared of well, both playing some good safety shots and good attacking shots, Nick won 48-28. Second frame was much the same, Pat started to fight took the lead but Nick came back with some really good pots to win 42-34
Castle A 1 - 7 ESP A Submitted: 29/04/2019
In the final match of the season two old foes met in an epic game.
In the first Pat played Jim. Pat has fond memories of the first game of the season, these teams played each other and he trounced the hapless Phil Craik. However, tonight he was up against Jim, playing his first league game in 8 years. It didn't take long for Jim to get into a rhythm and he confidently took the first. With his eye now in, Jim went on to crush Pat in the second aided by a break of 25.
Phil Craik won 2-0. Meh.
Roy was taking on an inspired Mark Brewin. Mark was potting some fine balls and not leaving Roy many chances. Although Roy managed to get close in the first he was blown away in the second. as the ESP boys went 6-0 up.
Rob was hoping to prevent a whitewash when up against Greg. The first was very close with Greg playing very well, well enough in fact to clinch it on the final colours. However Greg's game went south in the second frame and Rob was able to easily pull away the draw the game and prevent a whitewash in the match.
Crucible S&S Club 5 - 3 Betta Paving Submitted: 26/04/2019
Newbury snooker league concluded with the final match of the season with 1st place Crucible Sports & Socail taking a 2 point lead over 2nd place Document House, Crucible could afford to draw the match but it was a must win for Doc House.
So the match would be decided by the final 2 frames both of which would go down to the final black ball...
Up first was player of the season Chris Rice ( Crucible) v Ian Roe ( Doc Hope), both players played sensibly knowing any easy chances would give the other the chance to win the frame. It was Rose who got in first with a few good long pots and a few mini breaks to take the first frame. In the second frame it was the reverse of the first frame with Rice who produce a few breaks and good long pots to take the frame. 1 all
In the next match between Phil Bolter (Crucible) v Neil Winkworth (Doc House) began with lots of pots being missed when you’d expect both players normally to pot with ease the nerves were starting to show in this title decider!!
Winkworth was to settle first and built a decent lead, Bolter fort hard not giving in taking the last few reds with colours. With the colours remaining Bolter looked as if he’d clawed his way back until he missed what for him was a straight forward rest shot on the yellow. Though Winkworth couldn’t take advantage! Bolter took yellow to pink with some fine pots under pressure leaving him needing the black with a lead of 7 points, bridging off the cushion ( not a easy pot) he wobbled the black. Winkworth needing the black for a re spot the tension was building again, both player had a chance. Winkworth took the chance to earn the re spot, and again both players had chance with the final black but it was Winkworth who took the chance 2-1 Doc House.
The next frame was the frame of the night when Phil Bolter put the missed opportunities from the previous frame behind him and produced a 75 break. 2-2
So the final 2 matches to play and 4 frames available Crucible needing 2 frames and Doc House needing 3 if their to win the league.
Match 3 saw Mr Crucible Andy Bolter take on Jonjo Sharkey, and match 4 saw Craig Marsh (crucible) and Dale Prout ( Doc House).
The first frame in match 3 saw the frame go one way then the other until Jonjo pot the clinical ball to take the first frame. 3-2 Doc House
Match 4 Dale raced off to a 30 point lead with a 30 break this looked like the title could be swaying towards Doc House. Marsh though dug in crucible weren’t letting go of their title. A break of 35 from Marsh got him and Crucible back into prime position, it looked as if he’d clear the table a take the frame but the tension was again starting to tell as he missed a red. Thankfully the tension was in Dale’s arm too and Marsh eventually went on to win the frame 3-3.
So after all the snooker played it was to come too the final 2 frames to decide the league match and title..
Going back to match 3 Jonjo kicked off with a 30 break when he had chance to make much more. Andy took advantage and replied with a 35 break and proceeded to build up a lead with a few reds remaining.
Back in match 4 it was a much more tension filled final frame though Craig was putting himself in a healthy position until he missed what was a simple green. Dale pulled his way back into the frame and probably made himself favourite with just 4 balls remaining. With the tension getting greater as this match went on Dale turned down a simple pot on the brown which he’d later probably regret.
In match 3 Jonjo was also getting himself back into the frame taking the final reds and colours breaking down on the pink.
Both frames were down to the final black ball after both Crucible players having potted the pink would it be Craig Marsh or Andy Bolter who would pot that crucial ball.
It was Marsh who produce a good pot into the corner pocket shortly followed by Andy
Player of the night was Phil Bolter for his fantastic 75 break which really helped swing the momentum in Crucibles favour.
Crucible have now won the title 4 years in a row, though it was a lot harder battle this year being pushed all the way by Doc House.
Shaw Impostors 3 - 5 Southern Comforts Submitted: 27/04/2019
George Apperley/Sean O Shea. Sean O Shea started off the better player, potting some very good balls. George Apperley had his chances in the frame, but Sean O Shea was too srong winn ing the first frame 56-12. In the second frame again Sean O Shea did most of the potting. George Apperley wasn't up to his usual form of play. Eventually Sean O Shea won the second frame 57-21.
Pete Hankinson/Alex Hutchinson. Alex Hutchinson started off the frame well by potting some very good balls. Pete Hankinson had his chances in the frame, but Alex Hutchinson was too strong making a very good break of 40. Alex Hutchinson won the first frame very easily 67-3. In the second in was a lot closer in the scoring
with none of the players taking a definite lead. It all came down to the final colours. Pete Hankinson won 42-37.
Michele Paduano/ James Hearne. Two very good tactical games by both players, with lots of very good potting and safety play. Shared a frame each Michele Paduano won the first 68-39 and Jame Hearne won the second 69-49.
Robin Rawlings/Stephen Miles. Robin Rawlings started the first frame slowly. Stephen Miles slowly took the by potting some excellent balls making lots of mini breaks. Robin Rawlings did have very much luck in the frame because nearly very time Stephen Miles left nothing. During the potting of the final colours Robin Rawlings slowly made the score even. It all came down to the black. Robin rawlings won the first frame 47-45. In the second frame Stephen Miles made lots of mini breaks taking the lead. Robin Rawlings had his chance to come back , but Stephen Miles was too strong winng the second frame 47-33.
Crucible S&S Club 5 - 3 Betta Paving Submitted: 08/09/2019
Defending champions Crucible Sport & Social opened the 2019/20 season against last seasons runners up Betta Paving. After last season title going down to the final and final ball every frame this year would be just as important.
Both captains were up first in the opening match Paul Davis(crucible) v Dale Prout, both wishing to get their respective teams off to a good start. Prout took the first frame with a 44 break, Davis was straight back at it in the next with a 43 break to comfortably take the frame 1 all.
The next match saw Neil Winkworth do the unthinkable against Crucibles Chris Rice. Winning both frames, Rice not having lost a Newbury league match in 10 years. A great win for Winkworth taking a very important 2 frames, 3-1 Betta Paving, could Crucible win the remain 4 frames!?
Craig Marsh (crucible) v Jonjo Sharkey, Marsh was up for the challenge and looked comfortable at the table against a out of sort Sharkey. Marsh won both frames making it 3-3
So the last match was Andrew Bolter (crucible) v the returning Andrew Seymour. Neither player was finding the match pressure easy as the final 2 frames would make a big difference so early on in the season.
It was Bolter who made sure Crucible came out with the win with a 2 -0 victory though he was pushed to the final black by Seymour.
Crucible winning 5-3.
ESP A 4 - 4 Castle A Submitted: 09/09/2019
This opening day fixture was between ESP A and Castle A, to say everyone was a little rusty from the summer break was an understatement. First match saw Pool player Chris Parsons chanced his arm against Nick Greetham, Chris played well in the first frame and was always ahead a took it 54-29, second frame Chris missed some chances and Nick capatalised with a tidy 22 break, this was more than enough to take the second frame 38-61, 1-1 draw was probably about fair
Match two was between veterans Greg Neil and Roy Young, both players unfortunately struggled throughout and both frames became very scrappy, after two hours they shared the spoils 1-1
Match three saw another Pool player Nick Shadbolt face Rob East, this was a game of two halves, Rob claiming the first frame but Nick battling back well to claim the second, this match also ending 1-1, so 3-3 going into the last match
The last match saw Shaun Amor play against Rob Thomson, Shaun was poor throughout the whole match although lost the first frame on a fluked black, in the second frame Shaun was so bad he conceded with four reds left on the table.
A good evening had by all
ESP B 7 - 1 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 08/09/2019
ESP kicked off the new season hosting Shaw Raiders.
Paul Godwin and Bob Low got things underway and it was Bob who was quickest out of the blocks building an early 28 point lead. But Paul finally got his eye in and a break of 28 cancelled that out. Paul gradually pulled away and took the first 67-40. The second frame saw Paul in control throughout, taking it comfortably and with it 2 points for ESP B.
Richard Aldred and John Apicella played out the longest match of the evening. Both players struggled to get going and in the end it was John's efforts to get all this seasons fouls out of the way in one match the proved the primary difference! A fair bit of misfortune went his way it has to be said. Richard took both frames to put ESP B 4-0 up.
Steve Cobb and Mark Dunn both looked a bit rusty in their encounter and neither could take the opportunities that came their way to build a convincing lead. It was Steve who enjoyed a little more luck on the evening across two competitive frames to take both points for ESP B.
ESP' Mark Head took on Brian Leonard in the final match with an opportunity to secure an 8-0 win. This result looked most likely with Mark taking the first frame comfortably.
But Brian had other ideas and put in a Player of the Match performance in the second frame. A number of good pots, and in particular, good safety play and numerous snookers, had Mark in all kinds of trouble. Mark was unfortunate on a few occasions but the point secured by Brian for Shaw Raiders was well deserved.
So a 7-1 win for ESP B.
Shaw Impostors 5 - 3 Southern Comforts Submitted: 06/09/2019
Frame 1 - Steady play from both players at the start. Dave leads 29-10. Small breaks from both players but Dave having the upper hand in frame 42-23. Sean 21 behind with 22 on. 20 the difference 18 on, one snooker required by Sean. Dave takes frame.
Frame 2 - Dave in the lead 32-14. Steady from both players but Dave having the upper hand over Sean. Not Sean night and really not going his way. Dave leading 62-24 leaving Sean alot to do.
Frame 1 - Robin and James playing standard snooker but James is just in the lead. Robin has taken the lead 40-30.
Robin takes frame with some great
Frame 2 - Similar to the first frame but a little closer. Hearne behind 35-18. Hearne managed to bring it just needing the pink but Robin took frame on the pink ball.
Frame 1 - Stephen was off to a flying with a nice break of 25 and playing some really nice snooker. Mark tried to stop Stephen but had no luck. Which Stephen to clinch first frame.
Frame 2 - Was different to the first. Mark stepped up his game and managed to keep Miles at bay with some good snooker and ended with Mark taking frame.
Frame 1 - Alex in charge of the first at the start but Mike kept with him. But Alex kicked on to take frame.
Frame 2 - Started little like the first match but Alex had the upper hand and took 2nd frame.
Man of the match: Mark Brewin
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 Castle A Submitted: 13/12/2019
Crucible took on Castle in a rearranged match from a few weeks ago.
First match saw Andy Bolter take on Rob Thomson. The first frame was nip and tuck with Rob making a 24 break but it was Andy who got over the line. Rob raced into the lead in the second with a 27 break Andy caught it up and it went to a black. Rob had the first chance and missed the black before potting one length of the table to secure the frame. Second match Paul v Pat. Paul controlled both frames without making any high breaks comfortable securing a 2-0 win. Chris v Roy up next Chris was in great form, breaks of 37,38 & 52 meant a 2-0 win. Final match Craig v Nick. A break of 45 at the end of the first frame was enough in the first and the second frame saw Craig have a chance of a century break. Potted the black off the last red needing all the colours for a century but snookered himself on the yellow behind the blue - always been a bad positional player! Final score 7-1. Man of the match Rob Thomson
ESP B 4 - 4 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 12/09/2019
ESP B hosted Shaw Imposters this week and played out a 4-4 draw.
Shaw's Pat Patel was unlucky not to take both pints in his match with Mark Head, but Mark stole the first by a point be clearing from brown to black. Pat took the second frame to even things up.
Dave Aitken struggled to get going in his match with ESP's Richard Aldred and Richard took the first frame. Dave improved in the second and Richard had no reply so points shared again.
George Apperley put Shaw 4-2 up with a Player of the Match performance, taking both frames against Paul Godwin.
ESP's Steve Cobb played Mike Paduano in the final match and was fortunate to take the first frame on the black with Mike having led for most of it. Steve took the second frame on the colours and with it both points to tie the match at 4-4.
Shaw Raiders 2 - 6 The OddBalls Submitted: 13/09/2019
The Oddballs made a profitable visit to Shaw Club where they notched up a 6-2 win against Raiders.
The home side's Brian Leonard took on Jim Chen who has returned to the league this season after several years absence .Despite Jim's rustiness showing early on he soon settled down to produce a worthy display and sank a number of excellent pots. Brian however failed to show his previous week's good form and conceded both frames 52-11 and 48-26.
Next, John Apicella was matched against Oddballs MacCauley Fyffe. Both players were unable to produce any decent form despite the healthy looking frame scores which were enhanced by a high percentage of penalty points .After a marathon encounter they settled on a frame apiece at 71-48 and 50-26.
Shaw's Mike Parry played Rob Marks who was in good form. Mike started the first frame with a few decent pots and took an early lead but this was short lived as Rob soon settles down and began to assert his superiority. He went on to win comfortably by 64-34 and 77-10.
The final pairing of Shaw's Mark Dunn and Oddballs Tony Lyles produced the closest encounter of the match with both players showing several spells of good play. Tony won the first 51-39 and Mark countered with 56-29 in the second, a draw being a fair result.
So, a deserved victory for The Oddballs and an enjoyable evening's snooker had by all.
Southern Comforts 1 - 7 Betta Paving Submitted: 16/09/2019
This was gong to be a tough night for the Southern Comforts.
Alex played Andrew in the first match and with a decent break of 54 Andrew had it sown up. The second frame flipped the other way with Alex digging in deep to grab a very respectful frame.
Pete took on Jonjo and surprisingly the first frame was quite tight, Jonjo missing plenty and Pete giving it a good go. Jonjo eventually taking the frame before he upped his game and took the second frame with some ease.
Sean battled against Neil but Neil was in no mood to drop a frame and out potted Sean by some distance who was having an off day.
James attempted to grab the team an extra frame and looked to be in pole position in his first frame against Dale. Right up until the point Dale had a 33 clearance to beat him on the black. So close.
The second frame was just a potting exercise for Dale, a 56 break
made it look easy.
Castle A 2 - 6 ESP B Submitted: 05/10/2019
First on was Rob Thomson who was
feeling rather feverish and thus failed in the first frame against Tricky Dicky Aldred. He did manage to gain the strength to take the second frame before retiring to bed.
In the second couple of frames Nick Greetham failed to make any headway against Paul Godwin, leaving Castle 1-3 down at the halfway stage.
Pat Shaw, despite a decent break in the first frame, was soundly defeated by Mark Head, leaving Roy Young to try and stage a recovery against Steve Cobb. In the second frame Roy’s dogged persistence paid off at the eleventh hour to make the overall
result 2-6. An enjoyable evening despite the result.
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 03/10/2019
Neil Winkworth /Mark dunn
This was always going to be a tough night for Mark playing arguably one of the best players in the league. Credit to mark though he was not going down without a fight. Neil did not show his best stuff but was ultimately still a little to strong for Mark and Neil run out a comfortable 2-0 winner.
Andy Seymour / Bob low
Andy took the match comfortably 2-0. Andy just adjusted to the conditions a bit quicker. Bob did play his part in the match playing some good safety but unfortunately Andrew was a bit too strong in the potting department.
Dale Prout / John apicella
This match proved to be match of the night. Frame 1,went to plan for betta paving, Dale running out a 56 point to winner. Frame to things were very different and John showed true grit and determination and stayed with Dale upto the remaining brown ball the second frame was getting so tense the game was receiving attention from other tables. However,dale potted an excellent remaining brown ball and took the match 2-0.
Rob cleaver /Brian leonard
Rob making his debut for betta paving put in a solid display winning 2-0.brian was in a red hot form leading upto this game,so Rob was going to have to play well. Brian dug deep for his team but unfortunately couldn't get that needed point on the sheet for his team. Betta paving finished the match winning 8-0
Shaw Impostors 1 - 7 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 27/11/2019
Robin Rawlings/Paul Davis. Both frames were very similar to each other, with Paul Davis dominating both frames by playing some very good safety shots. Robin Rawlings wasn't able to catch up with the scoring. Paul Davis won both of the frames 43-12 and 50-23.
Pat Patel/Chris Rice. Both players started off well scoring with even points. Pat Patel potted some very good balls and played some very good safety shots. Then Chris Rice made a very good break of 24, it all came down to the final colours. Chris Rice won the first frame 53-40. In the second frame Chris Rice continued to play well making two breaks of 24. Pat Patel wasn't able to respond. Chris Rice won the second frame 63-8.
George Applerley/Andrew Bolter. George Apperley wasn't able to compet with Andrew Bolter who was playing extremely well. Andrew Bolter won both frames
56-1 and 56-6.
Dave Aitken/Craig Marsh. Both players started the game well, with lots of good safety shots. The score was very even down to the last 6 colours. Then Craig Marsh did a total clearance of the final colours to win the frame 57-28. Again the second frame started of with very even scoring. Then Dave Aitken made a very good 26 break. Craig Marsh had his chances to come back, but David Aitken was too strong winning the last fram of the vening 55-32.
A very good evening of snooker.
The OddBalls 4 - 4 ESP A Submitted: 29/09/2019
Many close frames tonight. The scores could have been very different.
To start, Tony Lyles played Phil Craik. Both frames were similar - Phil took a lead going into the final few reds, but both times Tony potted the majority of colours which swung things back in favour of The Oddballs. Phil will be disappointed to come away empty handed.
Next match was Macca Fyffe versus Nick Shadbolt. Macca potted better than ever and Nick was struggling to get going - which led to a very one sided first frame. Frame 2 started in the same way - although neither player was able to get a colour off a red for a long time. Macca went into the colours with a healthy lead and with green remaining Nick required a snooker. Macca immediately potted the white, and then suddenly Nick began potting. He eventually potted all remaining colours including a superb and very brave black ball - a great pressure shot - to win by a single point.
Third up was Duane Puttock and Greg Neil. Greg played well and Duane wasn't able to capitalise with the few chances he had. A frustrating 2 frames for Duane, but Greg held it together well and took both frames.
Finally, Rob Marks played Shaun Amor. Both started well but then Rob found it difficult to keep up with Shaun's great potting. Shaun held a good lead going into the colours but from nowhere Rob was able to pull back and take the final few balls to secure a respotted black. Shaun took the first available chance with a great long pot - fully deserved. In the final frame of the evening, Rob found a bit of form and was able to frustrate Shaun into making a few mistakes. This provided Rob with a decent lead which Shaun wasn't able to recover from - despite a great safety battle at the end.
Well done everyone - a good competitive match.
ESP A 3 - 5 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 04/10/2019
ESP A faced a uphill battle against the ever mighty Crucible S & S
First match saw Shaun Amor play Andy Bolter, Andy was unusually out of sorts and Shaun took advantage of this by taking the first frame, Andy was much better in the second frame as Shaun run out of steam, with the match ending 1-1
Second match was between Greg Neil and Lyndon Paxford, the first frame was nip and tuck but Lyndon took it, the second frame Lyndon was slightly stronger and left Greg needing a snooker with three colours remaining, Greg in fact got the snooker on the blue landing tight in behind the black, only to see the blue roll agonisingly into the left middle pocket, Lyndon of course then claimed the second frame and the match 2-0
Third match saw Tim Page square up against Craig Marsh, a tight first frame saw Tim snatch it on the colours, the second frame Craig was potting well again and was to strong for Tim who put up a brave showing, match ending 1-1
Last match was Phil Craik versus Chris Rice, first frame Phil flew out of the blocks and went into a 28 point lead, but Chris came back with a decent 36 break, just as it looked like Chris had the frame Phil potted a brilliant blue and pink to stun Chris and snatch the first frame, the second frame was pretty tight with both players potting reds but not many colours to go with it, Chris dug in and edged Phil out to level the match at 1-1, and claim a 5-3 win for Crucible S & S, a spirited showing from ESP A, and the man of the match went to Phil Craik
A good evenings Snooker as always
Shaw Raiders 4 - 4 Castle A Submitted: 05/10/2019
Mark Dunn opened proceedings for Shaw Raiders against Castle A's Nick Greetham. Although both frame scores were close Mark proved the more consistent and took the first 55-46. He also held on to clinch the second 57-50 with a sigh of relief when Nick accidentally potted the last pink whilst looking for a desperately needed snooker, thus bringing the frame to a close.
Shaw's Mike Parry then took on Roy Young in an uneventful and lengthy two frames. Neither player potted well with Mike in particularly poor form. Roy at least produced some decent safety play including a number of accurately laid snookers which eventually enabled him to take both frames 58-30 and 42-30. Mike had a chance to snatch the second frame but after staging a recovery to put himself in a good position he completely missed the final black which summed up his evening's performance.
Next up was the home side's Bob Low versus Rob Thomson. Rob played well in the first frame to win by the comfortable margin of 62-27 but was pegged back by Bob in the second. Bob played some impressive, some might even say outrageous, shots to secure the frame 50-20.
Finally, John Apicella faced Castle's Rob East. Both players took a while to get going but it was Rob who got the measure of the table first and won the opening frame by a comfortable 44-4. Rob's form began to dip in the second and john took advantage by playing some good steady snooker and gradually edged out his opponent and take the frame by a narrow 30-28.
So these long standing rivals had to settle for four frames apiece at the end of an enjoyable evening although it has to be said that the standard of snooker did not always match the level of entertainment.
Southern Comforts 4 - 4 ESP B Submitted: 18/11/2019
Southern Comforts took on ESP B in the first game of the night, not much between these teams. James Hearne and Steve Cobb sharing the points in their match 1-1. Tight in the first and second James was not stopping racking up points 74-38. Stephen Miles and Mark also shared points 1-1. This was a game to watch Mark Head had the upper hand in first but second match was Stephen Miles with some master class shots, making it 2-2. Next up Sean O'shea v Paul Godwin this was a tight game in the first with Sean taking frame 58-57. Second match was 10 points difference which went to Paul Godwin bring it 3-3. Down to Alex Hutchinson and Richard Aldred. Would it be a win for Southern Comforts or ESP B or a draw. First frame not much going on very scrappy and neither player playing well but Richard Aldred managed to take frame making it 3-4 to away team. Down to last frame. Alex stepped up a gear, nuckled down and clinched a draw making it 4-4.
The OddBalls 4 - 4 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 06/10/2019
A closely contested match between The Oddballs and Shaw Imposters.
Matty Fyffe and George Apperley kicked things off. Neither player were at their best and so any result was possible. Perhaps a 1-1 score was therefore a fair result.
Next up was new Oddball Jim Chen versus ex-Oddball Pat Patel. Jim was very focussed in the first and played really well. Pat struggled to get going and so Jim took it. The tables were turned in frame 2 as Pat found his game and Jim was unable to keep up the good work from the previous frame. Another 1-1.
Match 3 saw Rob Marks play Mike Paduano. Despite some great pots and excellent safety play from Mike, Rob brought his A-game and won both frames, including a neat little 34 break.
It was up to Dave Aikten to rescue his team in the final match. He was playing Oddball's Macauley Fyffe. Macca started the strongest taking a decent lead, but never write off Dave! He fought back a cleared the final few colours to snatch frame 1. Macca couldn't recover from this a so the second was a formality. 2-0 to Dave.
That left the final score a fair 4-4 draw. Good game!
ESP B 3 - 5 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 11/10/2019
ESP B v Crucible resulted in a narrow victory for the reigning champs.
ESP's Steve Cobb took on Andy Bolter in two close frames both decided on the black. Steve missed frame ball blue in the first and Andy doubled the pink to set up black ball exchange which Andy won.
Andy built a 30 point advantage in the second frame but Steve gradually whittled that lead away and nick the frame on the black, so 1 frame apiece.
ESP's Mark Head took on Craig Marsh, with Craig taking the first comfortably but Mark played well in the second frame to take it and ensure a share of the spoils.
ESP's Paul Godwin came up against the formidable Chris Rice, but it was Paul who took the first frame after a long safety exchange. Paul was exceptional in building a big lead that required 5 snookers from Chris on the colours to overhaul him. Chris's efforts were admirable, laying snooker after snooker continually challenging Paul, but Paul eventually sunk the pink to claim the first frame.
Paul went 20 points up in the second frame but Chris hit back with a break of 45 setting him up to take the frame.
The final pairing was ESP's Ian Nesbit against Crucibles Paul Davis. Ian's first outing this season so a little rusty but he improved as the game went on to ensure Paul didn't have things all his own way. But Paul took both frames here, so overall result was a 5-3 win to Crucible, but the losers ESP probably happier than their victors with that result!
Shaw Impostors 4 - 4 ESP A Submitted: 11/10/2019
1st Match Dave Vs Phil Phil winning the first frame. Dave finding a bit of form winning the second frame.
2nd Match Mark Vs Nick With some good potting from both players but it was Mark taking both frames.
3rd Match Pat Vs Shaun. With some good long potting from Shaun in both frames. winning both Frames.
4th Match George Vs Tim With some good potting from both players and some good safety even Stevens here frames being shared.
Was Good evening of snooker from both teams
The OddBalls 5 - 3 Southern Comforts Submitted: 13/10/2019
Jim Chen was first up versus Pete Hankinson. Pete started strongest and had a decent lead. Jim managed to get back into it and had a chance to steal the frame but Pete stood firm. Frame 2, Pete was strongest again and Jim struggled to find any rhythm. 2-0 to Comforts.
Match 2 was Macca Fyffe and James Hearne. James was unable to keep up with Macca's potting and despite a valiant effort to get something out of the tie was unable to catch up.
Next match was Matty Fyffe against Stephen Miles. This match could have gone either way. Both big hitters struggled a little with the table as both missed pots more often than usual. Matty took the first frame with a full length double on the black. He looked to be the favourite in the second after a couple of flukes on the colours until Stephen potted the last few big colours.
Finally, Rob Marks and Sean O'Shea played in match 4. Rob played well in the first and won fairly comfortably. Frame 2 Rob held the lead most of the time - often due to some fortunate run of the balls. Sean got back into it with some great safety shots, but Rob held on to take the match 2-0 and leave the overall score 5-3 to The Oddballs.
Well played everyone.
ESP A 1 - 7 ESP B Submitted: 18/10/2019
ESP A entertained their dear friends ESP B in week six of the Newbury Snooker league
First up saw Greg Neil play against Steve Cobb, both players started well but the later part of the frame got scrappy with both players missing shots, in the end Steve took the first frame, Greg couldn't get into the second frame unfortunately and Steve also took that to, 2-0 Steve
Second Match was Nick Shadbolt squaring off against Mark Head, Nick wasn't at his best in the first frame and Mark picked off the balls to take the first frame, Nick's cue tip was half hanging off in the second frame which didn't help but with one red remaining Nick was in the lead only for Mark to make a smart break of 28 to win the frame, 2-0 Mark
Third game saw Phil Craik face Paul Godwin, the first frame was very tight and Phil was a left a long straight black for victory, unfortunately for Phil he followed the white ball in to give Paul frame one, frame two wasn't as close with Paul playing very well and leaving Phil not much, 2-0 Paul
Last but not least Shaun Amor faced Richard Aldred, Richard had a game plan and that was to slow Shaun down and play tight, which is exactly what Richard did, Richard potted well and took the first frame, Shaun had to try and stop the white wash and luckily did although needing one Snooker with pink and black left Richard almost gave Shaun a fright and got the required Snooker, but Shaun managed to pot the pink and black and rescue a draw and a point
Final score ESP A 1 ESP B 7, an enjoyable night as always and man of the match went to Paul Godwin
Shaw Raiders 2 - 6 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 20/10/2019
Shaw Raiders were at home to fellow club team Shaw Imposters.
The first match was between Brian Leonard and George Apperley. This proved a one-sided affair as George was playing very well and didn't give Brian a look in. George made an 18 break in he first frame and a well constructed 38 break in the second to run out a 2-0 winner.
The second match of the night proved to be the best and closest. Raiders Mark Dunn was up against Mark Brewin. The first frame saw Mark Dunn 7 points behind with 3 balls remaining. He took all three balls in one visit including a very good black to win the frame by 11 points. The second frame was nip and tuck and went to a black ball finish. Again it was Mark Dunn who triumphed to win by just two points. So at the halfway stage the overall match was even.
The third match was between Bob Low and Pat Patel. Pat was playing really well and a combination of both good potting and safety play enabled him to take both frames comfortably.
The final match was between John Apicella and Dave Aitken. Again this proved very one-sided. Dave was again potting well and had a break of 22 in the first frame which he won with ease. The second frame took the same pattern as the first and Dave ran out the winner to give the Imposters a 6-2 win.
Southern Comforts 3 - 5 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 20/10/2019
In first match Alex Hutchinson played Craig Marsh. The first frame went to Alex with some tactical play to clinch the frame 47|28. In the second frame Craig gave Alex a more competitive game, but not himself but always kept his nose in front and went on to take the frame 15|53.
In the second match of the evening Sean O'shea playing Andy Bolter. It soon became apparent Andy has been practicing! Andy comfortably took the first frame 33|58. In the second frame it was different to the first which Sean went on to take the frame 63|36 with a break of 43.
In the third match of the evening Stephen Miles played Paul Davis. This was probably the frame of night with some great snooker play from both players. Paul on fire and left Stephen few chances, then it all came down to the last few balls which Stephen managed to pinch the frame off Paul 58|43. In the second frame it was different story this time Paul had took charge and kept the distance from Stephen and took the frame 42|64.
In the final match of the evening Chris Rice played Pete Hankinson. Chris comfortably took the first frame 8|71 with break of 38. In the second frame Chris was unstoppable but Pete gave it his best effort. Chris came out on top and took the frame 19|65. A nice evening and some great snooker played by the both teams! Final score 3-5.
The OddBalls 0 - 8 Betta Paving Submitted: 20/10/2019
The Oddballs were always going to struggle to maintain their unbeaten run against a strong Betta Paving side.
Up first, Matty Fyffe against Neil Winkworth. Neither played well in the first frame until towards the end of the reds when Winky made a break of 25, putting him 26 ahead with only 27 points remaining. Matty potted the early colours but it was Winky that took the important blue and pink. Second frame was equally scrappy with neither player taking the initiative. This went all the way to the final black and with Matty on a half chance, missed the pot and went in-off to gift the frame the Winky.
Match 2 saw Tony Lyles play Dale Prout. Dale played really well in the first and finished with a break of 48. However, Tony played much better in frame 2 and had a glorious chance on the last red to take a decent lead going into the colours. Unfortunately he missed and it resulted in another black ball game. A poor safety from Tony and Dale took the frame. Could have gone either way.
Next up was Rob Marks vs Andrew 'Bimmer' Seymour. Bimmer always looked the stronger player and although Rob felt he always had a chance to get back into it, this never really materialised for him. Shout out for shot of the night (Bimmer obvs.) - a full length pot on the final colour with absolute precision screw back for the yellow. Awesome!
Final pairing was Macca Fyffe against Jonjo Sharkey. An unbelievable performance from Jonjo. There was nothing Macca could do apart from watch and learn. Jonjo looked effortless as he racked up 3 30+ breaks across the 2 frames. His best, a 59 in the second which could have easily been a century.
In summary, other than 2 black ball frames which could have gone either way, this was a dominating performance by Betta Paving.
ESP A 4 - 4 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 25/10/2019
ESP A welcomed Shaw Raiders to The Crucible
First game saw Greg Neil play Bob Low, Bob potted some good balls and seemed to leave Greg awkward most of the time, Greg got back into the frame but Bob potted the colours and took the first frame, second frame Bob raced into a big lead and it was difficult for Greg to come back, Bob took the second frame and claimed a good 2-0 win
Game two was between Tim Page and Brian Leonard, Brian played well but Tim gave away twenty two points away in fouls leaving Brian ahead into the colours, Tim was sixteen behind and only eighteen left on the table,but Tim snatched the frame potting the three remaining colours, the second frame Tim was better and didn't give away any fouls, and took the frame comfortably and won 2-0, half time 2-2
Third match saw Shaun Amor face Mike Parry, Shaun was steady throughout without scoring heavily but not leaving Mike to much, Shaun taking the first frame, the second frame Mike really stepped up and potted well and put pressure on Shaun, but Shaun clawed the frame back but taking the colours, 2-0 to Shaun
Last game saw stand in Pool player Josh Bosley tackle Mark Dunn, the first frame started off with a decent safety battle, both players potting well but Mark dug in and took the frame potting the majority of the colours, second frame was roughly the same and again Mark took out the colours to claim a 2-0 win and level the match at 4-4
A fair result and a decent evening of Snooker, man of the match went to Mark Dunn
ESP B 5 - 3 The OddBalls Submitted: 27/10/2019
ESP B hosted The Oddballs this week and were happy to come away with a 5-3 win.
ESP got off to a good start with Paul Godwin taking both frames from Jimmy Chen, and Mark Head outplaying Macauley Fyffe to take both frames and put ESP 4-0 up.
Matty Fyffe picked up Oddballs first point by taking the first frame of his match against Steve Cobb. Matty could have taken the second frame as well which went down to the black, but a foul gifted Steve the frame.
Tony Lyles and Richard Aldred played out a couple of close frames but Tony took them both for the Oddballs.
Shaw Impostors 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 25/10/2019
Dave Aitken/Neil Winkworth. Dave Aitken took a slight lead at the beginning of the frame. Neil winkworth immediately came back making the scores even. Dave Aitken has his chances, but Neil Winkworth continued to score well winning the first frame 60-31. In the second frame Dave Aitken took a slight lead. Neil Winkworth then started to play well making the scores even. Both players played some very good snookers when it came down to the final colours. Dave Aitken won the frame by potting an excellent pink and black. Dave Aitken won 51-43.
Robin Rawlings/Jonjo Sharkey. Jonjo Sharkey played very well, potting some very good balls. Robin Rawlings did have some chances in which to score. Jonjo Sharkey continued to play well especially in the second frame with breaks of 29 and 38. Jonjo Sharkey won both frames 62-14 and 85-19.
Pat Patel/Andrew Seymour. Pat Patel started off the first frame by potting some excellent balls, but Andrew Seymour then potted some very good balls in which too catch up in the first frame. Pat Patel wasn't able to keep up with Andrew Seymour potting and scoring. Andrew Seymour won the first frame 67-29. It was very similar in the second frame, where Pat Patel was always having to try to catch up with Andrew Seymour. Andrew Seymour continued to play well making lots of mini breaks, winning the second frame 62-26.
George Apperley/Dale Prout. Both players played an attacking game, with each of them playing some excellent safety shots. Extremely close game between them. Slowly George Apperley took the lead when it came down to the last 4 colours, by potting some brilliant balls winning the first frame 65-52. A close finish. In the second frame Dale Prout took an early lead by making a good break of 36. George Applery immediately came back with a good break of 22, making the scores almost even. Then slowly Dale Prout by making small breaks took the the lead again. Dale Prout won the final game 75-54.
Southern Comforts 3 - 5 Castle A Submitted: 25/10/2019
We always love a match with Castle A but today everyone was off their game. Everywhere you looked there were missed pots, poor positional play and general annoyance at the standard being played.
Having said that, 4 of the matches went to Black balls so you can tell it was a tight match up.
Pete and Rob Thomson both shared a frame each, with the highlight being how many times Pete could pot the white.
Sean and Rob East had 2 black ball frames with Rob East being the victor on both occasions.
James and Roy played out a marathon session of who can miss the most pots alongside a wide range of vocal curses (Roy won that), James ultimately taking the 2 frames.
Paul then took on Nick in a first frame that saw Nick gain a 32 point lead before a fine effort from Paul to get back 2 snookers and take it to a black ball frame. Ultimately Nick took the frame but it was a great comeback from Paul. Nick also took the second frame to secure the 5 - 3 win for Castle A but for Paul's first frame in a year it was a fine effort.
Betta Paving 6 - 2 ESP B Submitted: 07/11/2019
Great night of snooker Neil playedqrk head took both frames 2.0
Rob cleaver played Paul Godwin both played well finished 1.1
Jonjo played Steve cobb. Both potted well ended 1.1
Andrew Seymour played Richard Aldridge bimmer was too strong and took both frames 2.0 betta paving 6 espb 2
Shaw Raiders 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 04/11/2019
Bottom of the table Shaw Raiders were at home to Crucible S&S Club in a match which as expected turned out to be a very one-sided affair.
First up was Mark Dunn against Andy Bolter. The first frame was very scrappy but with the aid of a 23 break Andy took the frame. The second frame was similar to the first with Andy potting well to win.
The second match was John Apicella against Chris Rice. Again a one-sided match with Chris making a 36 break in the first frame and a 25 in the second to take both frames.
Next up was Bob Low against Phil Bolter Phil took the first frame easily. However, in the second frame with just two balls left, Bob just needed the pink to win. Unfortunately he tried a safety shot on the pink which did not come off and Phil took the last two balls to win.
The final game was between Brian Leonard and Craig Marsh. This was a very easy win for Craig who had a 33 break in the first frame and a 21 in the second.
So, not surprisingly, Crucible won 8-0 and left Raiders still struggling at the bottom at the table.
Southern Comforts 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 01/11/2019
Match 1 - James Hearne v Greg Neil
Very slow match in the first frame. Neck and neck throughout but the difference was the green, brown, blue and pink which James Hearne sunk with 4 super pots. The second frame saw Greg Neil more in control keeping James Hearne at bay throughout and taking the frame easily. A deserved draw.
Match 2 - Alex Hutchinson v Nick Shadbolt
Very steady match at the start with not much going on. Both players struggled with pace of the table. Alex Hutchinson not on is A game which gave Nick Shadbolt the upper hand, which he managed to clinch first frame. Second match completely different Alex Hutchinson getting to grip and stepping up a gear and pulling away. Nick Shadbolt tried to stay with Alex Hutchinson but couldn't get close and Alex Hutchinson ended making it a well deserved draw.
Match 3 - Stephen Miles v Tim Page
Starting of steady from both players. Tim Page ended up taking a nice lead with some lovely shots but Stephen Miles managed to battle back and take the lead and frame. Second frame Stephen Miles was in charged and not leaving Tim page much to do but only scoring 25 points. Stephen Miles managed to pull away with some master class potting/shots and ended up taking frame. Very enjoyable 2 frames.
Match 3 - Sean O'shea v Shaun Amor
Shaun Amor played really well in the first potting everything at every visit to the table. Sean O'shea had little chance. Total reverse in the second frame with Sean Amor having no chance as Sean O'shea potted at almost every opportunity. To make it a draw.
The OddBalls 6 - 2 Castle A Submitted: 03/11/2019
First up was Oddball's captain Rob Marks versus Castle A super sub Dave Howarth. Rob didn't give many chances away and Dave was struggling having not played for so long. Rob won 2-0.
Meanwhile, Macca Fyffe faced Rob Thomson. 2 fairly scrappy frames with Rob winning the first. Frame 2 was closer and Macca had a chance to win on the pink. Unfortunately, the ball rattled and stayed over the pocket. Rob lapped it up along with the black to steal it.
Next was Tony Lyles against Rob East. A low scoring first frame with both players missing pots. Tony pulled away at the end to take the first. Rob fought back in the second and led by 26 points going into the colours. One by one, Tony pulled it back and was lucky to have the opportunity to seal a single point victory - which he did with a great rest shot on the black.
Final match saw Matty Fyffe against Pat Shaw. 2 close frames which could have gone either way. Matty managed to win both frames (without going in-off any black balls this time) to seal a 6-2 victory for the Oddballs.
Well played everyone - although it was noticeably quieter than most matches against Castle A!
Castle A 6 - 2 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 16/11/2019
The first two frames were between two old adversaries Pat Shaw & John Apicella. After a lot of safety play and the occasional middle-pocket blue, Pat got the first frame fairly easily, but John came back strongly in the second to take it after potting the last three colours quite spectacularly.
Brian Leonard stood little chance against Rob East’s onslaught over two frames.
Roy Young played Bob Low who never got into either frame, except for a flourish at the end, but Roy persevered and won both frames.
Nick Greetham was on good form against Mark Dunn, and both frames went to the wire. Sadly, Mark fouled on the final black giving an evens result.
Overall, a very good evening between two long-standing teams.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 ESP A Submitted: 17/11/2019
Crucible took on ESP A looking for another big win. Crucible started off with Mr 100% Lyndon Paxford v Tim Page, with both players off to a slow start it was Paxford who got into his stride 1st and helped him win the first frame. The second frame was a lot closer but again it was Lyndon Paxford who came out on top. 2 - 0 Crucible.
The following 2 matches went in favour of the Crucible thanks to 2 frames each from Chris Rice and Andy Bolter, 6-0 Crucible.
So the last match of the night was a battle of the captains Paul Davis v Shaun Amor. Davis built a 18 point lead coming down to the final 3 colour. Amor potted the final 3 balls with a fantastic pot on the blue after Davis refused the blue to play a good safety shot. So a re spotted black and the momentum was with Amor, though it was Davis who had the chance with the back over the hole and he took his chance 7-0 Crucible.
Shaun Amor and ESP weren’t going home empty handed and he took the final frame with some great single ball potting 7-1 was the final result.
A good night of snooker was had by all.
ESP B 5 - 3 Southern Comforts Submitted: 17/11/2019
ESP B took on Southern Comforts who played each other twice this week to catch up on their initial fixture being postponed. As usual between these teams there was little between them. After the first match finished all square, ESP B edged the second 5-3 as follows;
Mark Head took both his frames against Pete Hankinson getting ESP off to a great start. Steve Cobb took the first frame against Alex Huthinson and played well, but could not maintain it into the second frame and Alex took it to make it 3-1 in ESP B's favour. That became 4-2 with Paul Godwin and Stephen Miles sharing the points in their match. Comforts Sean O'Shea made it 4-3 when taking the first frame of his encounter with Richard Aldred in a close frame. The second frame was also close and into the final colours a 'trebled' blue by Richard was decisive enough to take the frame and secure the 5-3 win for ESP B. Two entertaining matches, but a long evening!
Shaw Impostors 3 - 5 The OddBalls Submitted: 15/11/2019
Simon Wilson/Tony Lyles. Tony Lyles tonight totally out played Simon Wilson in all departments. Simon Wilson up to his usual form of play. Tony Lyles potted some very good balls plus excellent safety play, winning both frames easily 64-9 and 61-16.
Michele Paduano/Jim Chan. These two games were the longest frames of the evening. Both of them potted some very good balls, along with some good safety play. It was a very close finish in the first frame on the colours, all down on the black. Eventually Jim Chan won the frame 56-55. In the second frame Jim Chan dominated the frame by potting some very good balls. Michele Paduano wasn't able to catch up. Jim Chan won 55-33.
Dave Aitken/Matthew Fyffe. Both frames were very hard to play, due to most of the reds being tied up, with the colours in very awkward positions. Matthew Fyffe potted some very good balls, with some very good safety. Dave Aitken slowly got into the frames, by using this experience, making a 30 break. Dave Aitken came out on top winning both frames 64-20 and 44-21.
Robin Rawlings/Macauley. First frame Macauley Fyffe played especially well, Robin Rawlings wasn't able to compet against Macauley Fyffe potting ability. Robin Rawlings had several chances in which to come back Macauley Fyffe easily won the first frame 74-16. In the second frame it was a different situation, with both of them being very even in the scoring at times. Robin Rawlings played some very good snooker. Macauley Fyffe continue to slightly be in front of the scoring when it came down to the final colours. Robin Rawlings potted some very good final colours to make it a black ball game. Robin Rawlings won 53-41.
Castle A 5 - 3 ESP A Submitted: 23/11/2019
Roy Young was solidly demolished over two frames by a very in-form Tim Page.
Pat Shaw had a somewhat closer tussle with Lee Gillingham who was clearly out of practice. Rob East managed to stay ahead of Greg Neil over two well-constructed frames and finally Rob Thomson played well but in the first frame was overcome by Nick Shadbolt's 24 break and a clearance of the final colours. Rob came back firmly
In the second frame to make the evening a 5-3 win for Castle. A pleasant result after a very good evening.
Betta Paving 3 - 5 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 22/11/2019
Jonjo vs Andy
First frame Went to Andy Bolter. Andy made a nice 40 break in the frame to get his team off to a fast start.
Second frame Was nip and tuck but Jonjo eventually come out on top. Finished 1-1.
Andrew vs Craig
Always a big ask for Andrew playing last years Newbury singles winner but Andrew dug deep for his team. He massively rode his luck in the first but went onto make a nice 55 to take frame 1.
Frame 2, Craig showed his class and was too good for Andrew making a good 52 break to tie the match 1-1. The match at this point was then nicely poised and the game was 2-2 going into the final 2 matches.
Dale vs Paul
Frame 1, Paul got of to a good start and was playing some good match Snooker. Dale stuck in there though and showed his class and somehow managed to steal the first frame from Paul. Second frame was a different story though and Paul went up a level and played some top draw snooker. Paul made a superb 38 break at the end of the second frame to again tie the match 1-1.
Paul played some great snooker in the second and was given man of the match.
Neil vs Chris
Frame 1, some good match Snooker and Chris was as solid as ever. Chris was always in control and took the first frame. Second frame and Betta Paving needed Neil to try and win the frame to secure a draw for his team. Chris seemed to be in complete control of frame 2 but Winkworth come back with a brilliant 45 break with then just four balls left on the table. Neil missed the brown and then Chris stepped in and finished the match for his team. Chris winning 2-0. Crucible beating betta paving 5-3.
Shaw Raiders 1 - 7 ESP B Submitted: 23/11/2019
Shaw Raiders Mike Parry faced ESP-B's Mark Head who has been in pretty good form for much of the season so far. Frame one turned out to be closer than the scoreline suggested. Although Mark proved the better potter Mike played some good safety and managed to secure a number of telling snookers which halted his opponent's progress for a while, but Mark came back strongly to take the frame 66-29.The second frame saw Mark more dominant and winning by a comfortable 52-19.
Next up was Mark Dunn taking on ESP-B's Steve Cobb. This promised to be an interesting contest as both players are capable of decent break building but on this occasion neither was in top form with Mark seeming to struggle the most. Steve managed to find enough to take both frames 63-35 and 68-33.
Raiders Bob Low versus Paul Godwin produced two closely fought frames .Both had their chances in the first but it was Paul who came out on top by a close 58-46. Bob put last week's poor form behind him in frame two and played well , producing some impressive pots to win 55-28.
Finally, John Apicella was matched against ESP-B's Richard Aldred in what developed into two lengthy frames when the balls ran awkwardly and neither player seemed able to make any clear headway. Frame one was a low scoring affair going down to the final black and Richard clinched it 41-39.Frame two followed a similar pattern with both players unable to take full advantage of the chances they were given. Eventually it was Richard who managed to grind out a 47-26 win.
So the final result was a deserved 7-1 victory for ESP-B.
Southern Comforts 3 - 5 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 24/11/2019
Stephen Miles took both points in match against George Apperley. Stephen Miles took a nice lead at the start. George Apperley pulled it back to keep the pressure on Stephen Miles but he wasn't going to get past, as Stephen managed to keep his cool and pull away.
Second match was was like the first but tighter at the start. Stephen Miles took the lead with George Apperley pulling it back and managed to stay close to Stephen Miles in the points. Last few balls Stephen had upper hand and took the frame. 2 very enjoyable games with some great shots/saftey from both players. Paul Sheldon took on Dave Aitken which Dave Aikten managed to take both frames. First was a walk in the park for Dave Aitken and not leaving Paul Sheldon any chances. Dave clinched frame 7-70 with a nice break of 22 in the frame. Second Paul Sheldon gave him a battle and was unlucky but Dave Aitken was too good on the night and took frame. Sean O'shea v Pat Patel. This was 2 interesting games. Sean O'shea taking a nice lead with a break of 22. Pat Patel battled back to close up gap keeping pressure on Sean which gave him the upper hand and clinched the first frame. Great snooker play from both players. Second frame was different to first with Pat taking lead then Sean nuckling down to narrow the lead with some great snooker play to clinch frame, making it 1-1. Pete Hankinson v Robin Rawlings. Pete was unlucky in both frames but kept it tight in points. Robin had it both frames in the bag to secure a 2-0 win.
Great evening with some great snooker from both teams.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 The OddBalls Submitted: 14/01/2020
Crucible took on The Oddball in a match where both teams looked as though they were still hung over from the Christmas break!!
Up first Chris Rice ( Crucible) v Rob Marks ( Oddballs), both players took a frame each. 1 all.
Craig Marsh up next for Crucible taking both frames, though Macauley Fyffe played his part in the second frame and was unlucky not to take the second frame. 3-1 Crucible.
Crucible captain Paul Davis took both frames against Matty Fyffe, 5-1 Crucible.
The final match of the night saw Crucible Andy Bolter take the first frame comfortably against Tony Lyles. 6-1, though Tony hit back in the second with a break of 29 putting pressure on Andy. It wasn’t enough for the Oddballs to take the final frame of the night as Andy cleared the final few colours 7-1 Crucible.
ESP A 1 - 7 Betta Paving Submitted: 06/12/2019
This was always going to be a tough evening for ESP A and so it was
Phil Craik faced Dale Prout in the first game, Dale was very out of sorts and the first frame was fairly level until Dale took out the colours, the second frame was the same but Dale became frustrated and it was Phil who picked off the colours this time, match ending 1-1
Second match saw Pool player Chris Parsons play Neil Winkworth, Chris had chances in both frames but missed crucial balls including 3 missed pinks in the same middle pocket, Neil wasn't at his best but took the match 2-0 which included a decent 33 break in the second frame
Greg Neil then squared off against Jonjo Sharkey in the third match, Jonjo potting well but couldn't quite get his positional play going, Greg fought hard to stay in touch in both frames but Jonjo saw out the game to win 2-0
Last but not least Shaun Amor battled Andrew Seymour, but it wasn't much of a battle in the first frame, with Andrew consistently making mini breaks one of which being a 23 and took the frame easily, the second frame was a little bit closer, but Shaun needed a Snooker with only Pink and Black left on, Shaun actually put Andrew into 3 Snookers which he got out of each time and then potted the pink to win 2-0
7-1 to Beta Paving and man of the match went to Andrew Seymour who still showed his class
Shaw Impostors 4 - 4 Castle A Submitted: 06/12/2019
Robin Rawlings/Nick Greetham. Robin Rawlings started the frame very well, by making lots of mini breaks. Nick Greetham tonight wasn't up to his usual form of play. Robin Rawlings continued to play well winng the first frame 63-26. In the second frame at the start Nick Greetham potted some very good balls. It was a lot closer in the scoring, then Robin Rawlings made several small breaks, eventually winning the second frame 47-27.
Michele Paduano/ Rob East. In the first frame both players played some very good snooker. Very even on the scoring, until it came down to the colours, where Rob East potted some excellent balls to be the wiiner of the first frame 66-41. In the second frame Rob East took full control of the frame, totally out playing Michele Paduano. Rob East came out on top 45-13.
David Aitken/ Roy Young. David Aitken had two very good games against Roy Young. David Aitken made an excellent break of 26. Roy Young was able to compet with David Aitken potting ability. David Aitken won both frames 60-13 and 58-10.
Mark Brewin/Rob Thompson. Mark Brewin at the start of the frame played some very good balls. In the first frame the scoring very even between the two players. Rob Thompson slowly but surely took the lead. Mark Brewin had his chances on the colours to come back, But Rob Thompson was too strong winning the first frame 64-48. In the final frame of the evening Rob Thompson continued to play well. Mark Brewin had several chances in which to come back into the frame, but Rob Thompson again won the frame 49-23.
Final score was 4 - 4. Excellent evening of snooker by both teams.
Southern Comforts 7 - 1 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 08/12/2019
First up was Sean O'shea v Bob Low. Nothing fancy at the start. Both players scoring points but Sean O'shea kept it under control and took frame. Second match Bob Low gave Sean O'shea a game decided just a grind it out not letting Sean O'shea much chance which ended up with Bob taking frame. Stephen Miles v Mark Dunn. Always a good battle between both players. Stephen Miles on his A game, playing some amazing snooker and some outstanding pots to take both frames. James Hearne v John Apicella. First and Second frame was a steady one with James Hearne taking control in both frames. Alex Hutchinson v Brian Leonard. Nothing fancy just a steady start to both frames. Alex Hutchinson on form and not leaving Brian Leonard much to do which Alex Hutchinson landed both frames.
Crucible S&S Club 8 - 0 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 17/01/2020
Crucible entertained Shaw Imposter needing a big result as they look to claim back the top spot in the league from Betta Paving.
Match 1- Paul Davis v Robin Rawlings. Robin was out of the blocks with some good long potting, but this wasn’t enough to keep Davis out in the cold. With a close first frame which Davis took on the pink the second more a much more comfortable win for the Crucible player 2-0 Crucible.
Match 2 - Andy Bolter v George Apperley, George off to a good start taking a 30 point lead in the first frame, Bolter knew he needed to responded as Crucible needed maximum points. Bolter produced a 28 break and continued to edge ahead in the frame leaving George requiring a snooker with pink and black remaining. The Imposters man wasn’t going to give up, and looked for that snooker which he finally produced and it was an absolute fantastic effort which had Bolter in trouble and couldn’t escape. Both players then had an opportunity to win the frame but a solid pot into the centre bag was enough to take the frame for Bolter.
Bolter then took the momentum into the next frame and won the second at a canter. 4-0 Crucible.
Match 3 - Craig Marsh v Dave Aitken, this was an unusual scrappy match as both players weren’t quite on their games. Two very close frames but both went too Craig. 6-0 Crucible.
Match 4 Chris Rice v Mike Paduano. Now this was by far the best snooker of the night, though it was all produce by one player and know fault of the other. Chris Rice produced a faultless display of snooker with a break of 81 in the first sadly breaking down with 2 reds remaining looking for that century break. The second frame wasn’t any easier for Mike as Chris finished the match off with a break of 49, 2 frames to Rice and 8 for the Crucible.
ESP A 4 - 4 The OddBalls Submitted: 17/01/2020
ESP A welcomed The Oddballs to the Newbury Crucible in the first league match back after the festive period
Lee Gillingham and Tony Lyles were first up, Lee struggled a little to start with and Tony took advantage of this by taking the first frame fairly comfortably, including a smart break of 20, Lee picked up in the second frame, the scores were level with just the remaining colours left, but Tony snatched the frame with a fluked pink, 2-0 Tony
Tim Page then squared off against Macauley Fyffe, Macca played well in the first frame and continued to show how much he has improved lately, second frame Tim was determined not to let Macca in and was more solid, match ending 1-1
Shaun Amor then faced Matt Fyffe, both games were fairly tight with a lot of good single ball pots, Shaun took the first frame, and looked to be taking the second frame with Matty needing two snookers, Matty infact got three snookers and potted yellow to blue, Shaun snatched the frame by sinking the pink, 2-0 Shaun
Finally Phil Craik played Jim Chen, this was a very even contest with both potting well but Phil just nicking the first frame, Phil ost his first frame form a bit and Jim capatalized on this and took the second frame, final score of 4-4
Man of the match went to Tony Lyles, a good night of snooker had by all
ESP B 6 - 2 Castle A Submitted: 19/01/2020
ESP B's positive season continued with a good 6-2 win over Castle A this week.
However, Steve Cobb was fortunate to take the first 2 points for ESP in his match with Roy Young. In two very tight frames, Steve took the fist on the black. The second went down to pink & black, both of which required by Roy and both over pockets with Roy at the table. Somehow, Roy contrived to miss the pink, and a very grateful Steve potted them instead!
ESP's Mark Head stretched the lead to 4-0 with a win over Pat Shaw. A close first frame was brought to a close when Mark came to life with just the colours remaining, and Mark went on to take the second frame.
Paul Godwin picked up the next two points for ESP B in a commanding performance against Nick Greetham. Particularly in the second frame with breaks of 30 and 23 putting him in complete control.
It was Rob East who picked up the points for Castle in a 2-0 defeat of Richard Aldred. Rob took the first frame comfortably, but Richard put himself 20 points up in the second frame. But one visit by Rob cancelled out that lead and he went on to win with something to spare.
So 6-2 to ESP B, but more importantly another enjoyable match with the gents from Castle A.
Shaw Raiders 1 - 7 Betta Paving Submitted: 17/01/2020
Shaw Raiders match against Betta Paving was an enjoyable occasion although the result seemed destined to be heading in only one direction. First up was Shaw's John Apicella versus Dale Prout, with John putting up a good resistance in frame one with neither player gaining an early advantage. As soon as Dale found the measure of the table he began to create a sizable lead and soon took the frame 67-26. Likewise in the second he left John with few opportunities and went on to win by a comfortable 71-15.
Next, Mike Parry took on Neil Winkworth. Mike made a promising start and held his own for much of the frame, eventually conceding on the final pink at 64-43. Neil settled in the second frame and clinched it 67-17 with a useful 23 break.
Shaw's Mark Dunn was paired with Phil Simmons in what resulted in two close and well fought frames. Phil won the first 68-32 Mark fought back well in the second to take it with an impressive 25 point clearance of the colours to finish 54-49.
Lastly, Brian Leonard played Andy Upton. After an unsettled opening Andy began potting well and secured the first frame 68-25 which included a useful 23 break. Brian was unable to match his opponent in the second and was forced to concede early on with the score at 44-14.
Overall, an enjoyable match played in a good spirit and ending with a deserved 7-1 victory for Betta Paving.
Castle A 0 - 8 Crucible S&S Club Submitted: 25/01/2020
A great evening, in which Castle were totally annihilated by a far better team, with captain Pat Shaw getting beaten by more than 100 points in his first frame against Andy Bolter, who played with great skill, fluidity and a touch of panache.
Pat's wife nearly fell out of her armchair when he arrived home two hours earlier than normal.
Man of the match Andy Bolter. I've never seen him playing so well.
Despite the obvious lack of opposition, Crucible played with respect at all times. Thanks for a great evening!
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Southern Comforts Submitted: 30/01/2020
Betta paving vs Southern comforts.
First up was Neil Winkworth vs Sean’oshea.
A good game, Sean played some nice snooker but Neil was clinical when he needed to be. Neil won 2-0 in which he had breaks of 35 and 50.
Second up was Jonjo Sharkey vs Alex Hutchinson
Jonjo was in splendid touch and his potting and safety was of high quality. Alex did not get a chance to settle and Jonjo took full advantage. Jonjo won the game 2-0.
Third up was Dale Prout vs James Hearne.
Their previous game was a tight encounter so, James was to try and do everything he could to try and get his team some points. Unfortunately, for southern comforts, Dale was in top form making breaks 33,56 and 60. Dale was far too good on the night and took the match 2-0.
Last up was Andrew Seymour vs Steven miles.
Andrew was cueing the ball well and was playing some very nice shots with the rest. Luckily for Andrew Steven didn’t having his potting boots on, Andrew played good match snooker and went onto win the match 2-0.
Shaw Impostors 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 25/01/2020
Robin Rawlings/Ian Nesbit. Ian Nesbit took full control of both frame, potting some very good balls. Robin Rawlings wasn't up to this usual standard of play. Ian Nesbit easily won the opening games 53-28 and . 39-29.
Pat Patel/Richard Aldred. Pat Patel played some very good balls, including some very good safety shots taking a slight lead in the scoring by making lots of mini breaks. Richard Aldred slowly came back making the game down to the colours. All on the black ball. Eventually Richard Alred won 41-40. In the second game Pat Patel showed this authority by playing some very good snooker. Richard Aldred wasn't able to compet with Pat's potting. Pat Patel easily won 68-30. Giving the first point to The Impostors.
David Aitken/Mark Head. Very good safety play from both players at the start of the frame. Mark Head started the scoring by potting some very good balls. David Aitken slowly made the game even. Then David Aitken put on the pressure, by playing some very good snooker. Mak Head had this chances to come back, but David Aitken was too strong winning the frame 54-34. In the second frame Mark Head made a good 20 break taking the lead. David Aitken slowly came back and took the lead in the scoring. Mark Head wasn't able to compet with David Aitken scoring. David Aitken won the second frame 59-28.
George Apperley/Steve Cobb. Steve Cobb dominated both games by playing some very good snooker. George Apperley had his chances, but wasn't able to compet. Steve Cobb won the first frame 83-25. Second frame Steve Cobb finished the frame with a very good 28 break. 59-28.
The OddBalls 7 - 1 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 26/01/2020
Macca Fyffe up against Bob Low in Match 1. Bob did not have any luck in either frame. Macca fluked a few pots and wasn't leaving Bob with any chances when missing pots. Having said that, both players potted reasonably well but it was young Macca that took 2 points.
Next up was Tony Lyles vs Brian Leonard. This match started very slowly with both missing pots you'd expect them to get. It was only towards the end of frame 1 that Tony started to pull away. Frame 2 was a more one-sided affair, with Tony taking command. 4-0 to the Oddballs at half time.
Match 3 saw Rob Marks face Mike Parry. Rob played some of his best snooker of the season and frustrated Mike throughout. Another 2 frames for the home team.
Finally, Jim Chen played John Apicella. The first frame could have gone either way, but it was Apicella's experience and composure that gained Shaw Raiders their first point of the night. Jim fought back in frame 2 to even things up and make the final match score 7-1 to Oddballs.
Castle A 0 - 8 Betta Paving Submitted: 09/02/2020
Once again, The Castle were on the receiving end of an 8 nil drubbing, this time at the hands of Betta Paving. In fact, the Castle have now won just two frames in 2020!
there's not much to say, other than Betta Paving were very good. None of the frames were close and the player of the match award goes to Jonjo Sharky for closing out his two frames in just over half an hour with some great potting and safety.
And the Castle's next match????..... a re-arranged match with Betta Paving! What could possibly go wrong?
Crucible S&S Club 6 - 2 ESP B Submitted: 31/01/2020
First match up was Craig v Paul. Craig won the first frame comfortable with a 65 break. Craig looked to be in control of the second frame when he was 28 up with 18 on but Paul got the snookers required to win on the black. Chris v Steve next. Chris won the first frame without any fuss however the second was different. Steve missed a couple of chances at frame ball and chris punished him by potting pink & black.
Lyndon v Richard. A match of two halves. Lyndon winning the first comfortably but couldn't get going again in the second frame and Richard won it. Last up Andy v Mark. Andy was in control of both frames and didn't really let Mark back in. a 34 break being the highlight. 6-2 final score
ESP A 3 - 5 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 06/02/2020
The first match saw Tim play Dave. Tim played very well and much to his and everyone elses surprise walked (limped) away victorious 51-18 and 52-16. In the second match Phil played George. George maximised on a rather lucky opening red to notch up a break of 24 in the first frame helping him ease to a victory 15-66 the second frame went down to the black with Phil potting to even the score 36-35. Greg and Mike played a tight long drawn out match. Mike edging both frames 39-55 and 36-52. The final game saw a rusty lee play an inform pat. Pat took both frames 18-47 and 7-46. As always a good evening with the Imposters. Final score 3-5.
Southern Comforts 4 - 4 The OddBalls Submitted: 09/02/2020
First up James Hearne taking on Matthew Fyffe and Pete Hankinson v Macaulay Fyffe. Both matches ended in a draw. Next was Sean O'Shea taking on Tony Lyles with Stephen Miles against Jim Chen.
In quick style Tony Lyle's bagged the 2 frames off Sean O'Shea giving The Oddballs 4-2 lead. Leaving it between Stephen Miles v Jim Chen, would it be 6-2 to The Oddballs or would Stephen Miles managed to get the 2 frames to make it 4-4. It ended with Stephen Mille's getting the 2 frames giving Southern Comfors a draw 4-4. Another good battle and enjoyable evening.
Crucible S&S Club 7 - 1 Southern Comforts Submitted: 06/03/2020
Crucible took on Southern Comforts in pursuit of another league title.
Andy Bolter kicked off the evening with a tough first frame win against Sean O Shea, clearing the final few colour with some crisp clean pots. The second frame was a lot more comfortable for Bolter with the help of a 30 break. 2-0 Crucible.
Craig Marsh was up next against Pete Hankinson, Craig didn't give Pete many chances through out the match taking the match 2-0.
Up next was the battle of the captain with the spoils shared both players having a 30 break in the match, 5-1 Crucible
Final match of the night was Mr Reliable Chris Rice v Comforts Alex Hutchinson. Chris took the first frame in comfortable fashion but Alex wasn't rolling over and came out with a 31 break to start the final frame of the night. Chris got himself back into the frame with a 20 plus break, with just the colours remaining. Alex was more than holding his own against Chris with some great match snooker from both. Chris didn't give Alex a chance to pot a ball and managed to take the balls that he needed to take the match.
It has to be said Comforts pushed Crucible all the way and didn't once stop and played to the very end of each frame trying all that they could to snatch another point, but the score ended 7-1 Crucible and return to the top of the league though having played 1 more fixture compared to title contenders Betta Paving.
Betta Paving 6 - 2 The OddBalls Submitted: 27/02/2020
A great nights snooker.
Jonjo and Rob were on first. Jonjo took the first playing some good safety. Rob upped his game in the second though and just got over the line to take a point for his team.
Dale and Tony were up second. Prout was potting well but Tony stuck with him both frames. Ultimately Prout just had the run of the ball when needed and come out with a 2-0 victory.
Rob vs Matthew was up third. The game finished 1-1, Matthew winning the first relatively comfortable and the same happened for Rob in the second.
Last up was Andrew vs Macauley. Macauley both frames was in it right until the end, but Andrew made two great clearances to win the game 2-0. Even though Macauley lost 2-0 on the night he still got man of the match with his performance. His potting and break building was eye catching. He made a lovely 30 break.
Shaw Impostors 5 - 3 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 02/03/2020
David Aitken/Mark Dunn. David played well making a break of 28 in the first frame, Mark Dunn had his chances to come back in both of the frames. David Aitken won both frames 62-24 and 62-18.
Pat Patel/ John Apicella. Pat Patel made a good break of 25 in the first frame. John Apicella played well, but Pat Patel was too strong, winning the first frame 58 38. In the second frame it was totally reversed with John Apicella winning the frame with a close finish 44-40. Michele Paduano/Brian Leonard. Michele Paduano dominatecd the first frame winning easily 64-2. Brian Leonard came back winning the second frame 55-45. George Apperley/Graham Leech. Shared one frame each. 41-50 mand 50-22
Castle A 2 - 6 Southern Comforts Submitted: 29/02/2020
A very one-sided match with Comforts easily winning 6-2
Only Rob East showed any class for the home side, winning both his frames against James Hearne.
Easy wins for Stephen Miles, Sean O Shea and Alex Hutchinson for the Comforts. Once again, the match was played with good spirit.
Rob East gained player of the match for his sole resistance for The Castle
Betta Paving 8 - 0 Shaw Impostors Submitted: 04/03/2020
Betta paving vs Shaw imposters.
Betta paving come out 8-0 winners on the night but the score wasn’t a fair reflection of how the match went.
Jonjo Sharkey was awarded man of the match. Jonjo played some solid match snooker against Michael Paduano and come out a comfortable 2-0 winner.
Neil Winkworth vs George Apperley was a close one, they were neck and neck both frames but Neil somehow managed to pull out a 2-0 win for his team.
Dale Prout was a little too strong for Mark Brewin In the first with Dale playing too his usual high standard. Mark in the second though
Dug deep and made the second a lot tighter. Ultimately though Dale come out a 2-0 victor.
Last up was Andy Seymour vs Dave Aitken. David dominated the first frame but Andrew stuck in there stealing the first frame from David on the final black. Second frames, Andrew seemed to settle and was potting a lot better. Andy took the match 2-0.
An enjoyable evenings snooker and betta paving took the match 8-0.
Shaw Raiders 3 - 5 ESP A Submitted: 28/02/2020
Shaw Raiders Mark Dunn played two closely contested frames against opponent Greg Neil .Despite some occasional good potting by both the frames were low scoring with Mark managing to take them by 48-39 and 36-20 .
Meanwhile, Bob Low faced ESP-A's Rob Hill, the latter winning the first by a comfortable 51-13. Bob fought a better second frame and won it by 55-46 the highlight of which was an excellent mid-range pot on the last pink.
Shaw's Mike Parry put in an under par performance against Tim Page whose game included some steady potting throughout and some good safety play justifying his two frame win by 56-16 and 49-21 .
Brian Leonard's opponent Phil Craik strolled to a two frame victory by 35-14 and 54-21. Despite his best efforts Brian was Unable to recreate his good recent form and Phil deservedly came out on top.
Final result , 5-3 to ESP-A.
The OddBalls 3 - 5 ESP B Submitted: 01/03/2020
First up Macauley Fyffe vs Ian Nesbit. Macca continued to show his current good form with some cracking pots in both frames. Ian also played well and managed to take a close first frame. Macca had a little more run in the second, and was able to take the draw.
Match 2 was Matty Fyffe against Steve Cobb. Cobby was able to make up for his disappointing doubles loss the night before to 'Team Fyffe' by taking both frames relatively easily.
Next up was Rob Marks against Mark Head. 2 very cautious frames with neither player wanting to give away any chances. Some good safety play by both and some decent potting. A draw was probably the right result.
Finally, Jim Chen vs Paul Godwin turned out to be a marathon. Both players looking a little out of sorts with a number of mistakes and let-offs. Frame 1 ended up going all the way with Paul taking the crucial final ball. In frame 2, Jim managed to find some pots from somewhere to get the draw for him and leave the final score 5-3 to ESP B.
Well played lads. Same again in a few weeks?
Castle A 3 - 5 The OddBalls Submitted: 14/03/2020
Rob East took the first frame with only 10 points to spare but Duanne Puttock moved up several gears in the second frame which he took quite easily.
Nick Greetham was totally demolished by an in-form Jim Chen, and in similar vein Pat Shaw was taken apart by Tony Lyles.
In the final frame Rob Thomson played Macca Fyffe and a break of 24 sealed the first frame. Macca came back a bit in the second but Rob took both frames.
The Oddballs won the match 5-3
Crucible S&S Club 8 - 0 Shaw Raiders Submitted: 13/03/2020
Crucible looked to push on and close the gap on league leader Betta Paving against bottom of the table Shaw Raiders. Crucible gave the upmost respect to the visitor as much as they tried Crucible weren't taking the foot off the pedal and romped to a 8 - 0 victory. highlights were breaks of 40, 38, respectively for Crucibles Rice and Davis.
ESP B 2 - 6 Betta Paving Submitted: 15/03/2020
ESP B lost 6-2 to Betta Paving but scrapped for every point.
Mark Head took the first frame against Jonjo Sharkey in an entertaining frame. Jonjo fought back and took the second with a break of 40 proving to be the difference.
Dale Prout took both frames of his match against Richard Aldred to put Betta Paving 3-1 up.
ESP's Steve Cobb pushed Neil Winkworth but again Betta Paving took both points here.
Paul Godwin picked up ESP's second point taking the first frame in his match with Andrew Seymour. But Andrew reversed things in the second frame to leave the match score 2-6 to Betta Paving