Battle of Bolehill won by No.1 in snooker league’s Six Red Cup final

CHAMPIONS -- Bolehill Institute No.1, who lifted the Six Red Cup. From left, Ian Birks, Ricki Slack, Simon Zoppi and Andrew Brough.
CHAMPIONS -- Bolehill Institute No.1, who lifted the Six Red Cup. From left, Ian Birks, Ricki Slack, Simon Zoppi and Andrew Brough.

The battle of the Bolehill teams in the final of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League’s Bob McCartin Six Red Cup finished in a 4-0 whitewash.

Bolehill Institute No.1 romped to success, although Lady Luck was not on the side of their No.2 counterparts.

The teams had met previously in the group stages when it went to the final black, as indeed did their opening clash in the league itself. But this time, no such nailbiting was necessary.

Ricki Slack produced an excellent run of pots from green to pink in the opener to lead by seven with just black remaining, and after Martin Foster had double-kissed on his attempted safety, Slack dispatched the required ball for a 54-50 win.

Andrew Brough then continued his fine form with a 34-8 verdict over Keith Robertson before a tight battle ensued between Simon Zoppi and Ian Peacock. By potting the pink, Peacock had seemingly taken the frame to the black, but the cue ball drifted into the opposite corner-pocket and, eventually, it was Zoppi who sealed the deal with a 52-36 scoreline.

Mick Bunting looked sure to reduce the arrears for No.2 when he led Ian Birks by 29 with only 25 on the table. But a succession of single pots by Birks and a finely judged snooker on the pink led to everything resting on the final black. Bunting produced the shot of the night, ramming the ball home into a corner-pocket, only for the cue ball to cruelly go across twice and follow the black into the same bag.

Meanwhile Birks and Colin Marchington landed the President’s Cup for the highest scotch doubles break of the season (35) in the group stages of the competition.