The Bob McCartin Six Red Cup final took centre-stage this week with Belper Strutt Club No 2 and Matlock Conservative Club competing for the first silverware of the season.
Jack Lynch made a positive start in the opener against Chris Stubbs, but as is often the case in this format of the game, things changed in the blink of an eye and a jawed blue gave Stubbs the chance to dish up with blue, pink and black, which he took with some aplomb.
Chris Parker took the next on the pink after Dave Needham’s attempted safety shot fell just short, but Andrew Gratton restored the advantage by taking pink and black against Richard Deakin, who had led throughout until then.
It soon became 3-1 as with the frame scores locked together at 17 apiece. Charlie Hodgkinson’s unfortunate in-off allowed Adam Winson to cut the pink along the baulk cushion into the green pocket from the “D”.
With the singles legs completed, it was Winson and Stubbs who returned to the table for the scotch doubles and they soon had matters well in hand, with a 45-8 scoreline making the game safe for a memorable triumph.
The Cons gained some compensation later in the week with a 4-1 home win over Bolehill Institute No 2 moving them up to second place in the Highfields Farm Butchers Premier Division.