Ace cueist Ben Monk continued in fine fettle this week in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League with breaks of 30, 27 and 20 (twice) as A Division leaders Marehay Miners Welfare scored a 4-1 success away at Bolehill Institute No 2.
Ben notched a century points haul as he pointed his team in the right direction before Lee Whatton increased the lead with a black ball verdict in frame two.
Ian Peacock pulled one back for the hosts before Jamie Rowland made the game safe and then Monk and Andrew Beardsley rubber-stamped a good nights work in the concluding doubles frame.
Belper’s Jaxx Q Club, Marehay’s opponents in the upcoming six red cup final, also warmed up nicely with an identical 4-1 win at Matlock Club.
It looked set for a tight battle when Mick McFall equalised Paul Ogden’s opener, but then Liam Bullock unleashed breaks of 31 in his singles and 51 in the doubles (the latter effort straight from the break-off, splitting the pack from behind). Mark Jones then cleared up with 38 to finish off the impromptu fireworks display.
Belper Strutt Club No 2 had Dave Needham and Chris Stubbs to thank as they won both frames they contested to tip the balance 3-2 their way at Matlock Golf Club, leaving them still in with an outside chance in B Division. This is because both the top teams were defeated.
Belper Strutt No 1 fell 3-0 down to Matlock’s Edgefold Club after Neil Parkinson’s black ball win but fought back well through Justin Weller, who took his singles frame and then the doubles partnered by Steve Bullock.
Gladiators Social Club’s Dwayne Martin was another to get past the 100pts barrier but despite good back-up from Troy Brett, who had runs of 28,24 and 21, black ball wins for Andrew Brough and Ian Birks proved pivotal as Bolehill No 1 took the spoils with a 3-2 win.
League week 16 results: Bolehill Inst No 2 1, Marehay MW/PJ’z 4; Matlock Club 1, Jaxx Q Club Belper 4; Matlock Golf Club 2, Belper Strutt No 2 3; Belper Strutt No 1 2, Edgefold Matlock 3; Gladiators SC Matlock 2, Bolehill Inst No 1 3.
B Div Indiv Handicap Semi Final: Martin Forster (Bolehill 2) 2, Paul Holmes (Matlock Club) 1 (at Gladiators SC).
Breaks: L Bullock 51,31; M Jones 38; B Monk 30,27,20,20; T Brett 28,24,21; P Ogden 22; J Weller 22; M Forster 22; L Whatton 21; A Brough 20; R Slack 20.