Resounding victory for Belper Strutt Club No 1

The competition is hotting up with three teams now battling it out for the league title as Belper Strutt No 1 and Edgefold Club each scored resounding victories to close in on pacesetters Bolehill Institute No 1.

This is because Bolehill No 2 team edged the clash with their No 1 rivals 3-2, after coming from 2-0 down with Keith Robertson playing a starring role in his first appearance of the season.

Simon Zoppi with a sublime potting display and then Colin Marchington (ahead for the first time after potting the deciding black) gave the leaders the ascendancy.

However, Robertson, aided by a 32 break, started the comeback and Mick Bunting ran out a decisive winner in frame four to equalise.

And it was the same pair who eventually prevailed in a tight doubles frame.

Belper Strutt No 1 retain second place but are now just seven points behind with a game in hand after winning 4-1 at Matlock Club.

Graeme Wood gave the hosts the lead but Steve Bullock’s black ball win over Keith Manlove made the game safe after Mark Newby had earlier top scored.

Edgefold Club are a point behind in third after a fantastic 5-0 win at Matlock Cons, who had previously been unbeaten at home.

The Cons had also been edged out 3-2 in their re-arranged game at Belper Strutt No 2 earlier in the week where the most exciting frame saw Chris Parker win 82-81 against Keith Hubbold despite a run of 25 from the latter.

Chris Stubbs and Dave Needham took the doubles frame on the black as the hosts shaded it.

Wallash Farm are Elliott Carpets Billiards League champions after they defeated Mayfield Institute No 1 14-8 in the final round of games.