JUST two matches took place in the opening round of the Captains Cup Team Handicap competition, which featured Darley Dale and District Snooker League sidea (the other teams received byes) and these produced victories for both the home outfits.
Holders Bolehill Institute No 1 entertained Gladiators Social Club of Matlock and were off to a flying start as Simon Zoppi defied flu-like symptoms to produce one of his best performances of the season with a 33-point success.
Further wins for Colin Marchington and Andrew Brough ensued and despite Guy Shirley winning both his singles and doubles matches (partnered by an inspired Mark Gwynne-Jones in the latter contest) the visitors fell short 311-265 after briefly threatening to turn the match on its head.
It was also home sweet home for Matlock’s Edgefold Club, who overcame visitors Belper Strutt Club No 2 by 294-221.
Richard Ferguson earned a narrow first frame win for the hosts before Rob Muxlow and Neil Parkinson put the game practically beyond reach with wide margin wins.
Steve Buckley did his best to claw his side back into reach with a 51-point win in frame four but Rob and Neil quickly re-asserted authority in the concluding doubles frame.
There was also one re-arranged league fixture which saw Matlock Golf Club defeat Matlock Club 3-2.
Ian Rose’s return to the fold for the visitors was spoiled by a fine performance from Jack Lynch, before Nick Kay made it 2-0 shortly afterwards.
Graeme Wood pulled one back but Chris Parker sealed the deal in frame four before Ian showed his class in the concluding doubles frame with an excellent 31 break which helped reduce the result to the minimum margin.
Captains Cup Team Handicap 1st round: Bolehill Inst No 1 311, Gladiators SC Matlock 265; Edgefold Matlock 294, Belper Strutt No 2 221.
League: Matlock Golf Club 3, Matlock Club 2. Breaks: I Rose 31; P Ogden 20.