The opening group matches in this season’s Bob McCartin Six Red Cup saw wins for Bolehill Institute No. 2, both Edgefold teams and newcomers Alfreton Palmer Morewood.
In Group A the two Bolehill teams locked horns. with the No 2 outfit defeating last season’s league champions 5-2.
Both teams looked somewhat rusty but Ian Peacock and then Mick Bunting made it 2-0 before Keith Robertson, fresh from a bout of summer coaching, added the third with the most impressive performance of the night.
The first scotch doubles frame was played next and also went the same way with success for Robertson and Bunting.
Ian Birks pulled one back and then he and Ricki Slack made it 4-2 before the margin looked set to be eroded further with Birks requiring just the pink in the final scotch doubles frame.
However, with some disturbance behind the pocket, the ball rattled the jaws and eventually Robertson produced a stunning long black to put daylight between the teams.
Elsewhere, Andy Russell notched a 34 break in Edgefold No 1’s 5-2 win over Jaxx Q Club for whom Shak Mirza was the star performer.
Mirza helped himself to one singles and one scotch doubles success but couldn’t reverse the overall result.
In Group B Alfreton Palmer Morewood defeated Matlock Club 5-2 with Simon Mayes recording breaks of 26 and 20 while Group C saw Edgefold No 2 sneak past Belper Strutt No 1 4-3.
In the Elliott Carpets Billiards League, Hartington RBL and Belper Strutt Club share the lead after the early skirmishes with Sean O’Sullivan and Peter Darby each scoring three wins out of three.