No 2 take the honours in latest snooker battle of Strutt Club sides

The two snooker teams from Belper Strutt Club served up another classic nail-biter as the No 2 team edged out the No 1 outfit 4-3 in the semi-final of the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup.

Mark Newby took the opener on the black against Chris Stubbs by a single point, before new signing Andrew Gratton, buoyed by a 25 break, equalised.

Wins for Steve Bullock and Adam Winson kept things in the balance and, after the opening two scotch doubles were shared, everything rested on the final frame.

And it was Stubbs and Winson who came though 45-16 against Paul Jarrett and Justin Weller to earn their side a final berth.

Things weren’t quite so tight in the other semi, as Bolehill Institute No 1 fell to a hefty 7-0 home loss to Matlock Cons.

Richard Deakin doubled the pink and then coolly took a tricky black to narrowly defeat Ricki Slack in the opener before Nick Kay comfortably took the second frame for 2-0.

Andrew Brough obtained the snooker he needed against Charlie Hodgkinson to try and reduce the deficit but it was the latter who potted an exquisite long black to take his team to the brink.

And victory was assured soon when Chris Parker edged out Simon Zoppi on the pink courtesy of a fine potting display with a borrowed cue.

The visitors then put the icing on the cake by taking all three scotch doubles contests, this despite Ricki Slack and Ian Birks recording the highest pairs break of the event so far with 27 in the sixth frame, though it was still in vain as Deakin sunk the pink to continue the rout.

In the Elliott Carpets Billiards Division, Sean O’Sullivan notched a superb 62 break as Hartington RBL defeated Wallash Farm 12-11.