THE Bob McCartin Six-Red Cup took centre stage in the pre-festive week of snooker matches and there were certainly some real thrillers, none more so than in the clash between Belper Strutt Club No 2 and Bolehill Institute No 1.
In a match of five black ball deciders, fortunes swung to and fro with Dave Needham putting the hosts ahead before Colin Marchington (re-spotted black) and Simon Zoppi (1pt victory) saw Bolehill edge ahead.
Adam Winson then won the first of all three frames he contested to equalise before Colin and partner Ricki Slack cleared up with a 22 to make it 3-2.
Two real nail-biting frames ensued as firstly Adam and partner Chris Stubbs hauled their team level before in the decider Colin’s black into the middle pocket wobbled all around the pocket and Dave clipped it in to secure a 36-34 victory for himself and Adam, as well as their team by a 4-3 scoreline.
Jaxx Q Club also came through a match which went the full distance with a 4-3 verdict at Matlock Golf Club. Kevin Holmes won his singles match and both scotch doubles frames, including the decider, partnered by Steve Robinson.
Also progressing were Gladiators Social Club of Matlock who defeated Matlock Club 6-1 with Guy Shirley and Mark Gwynne-Jones both unbeaten in all three of their frames.
The other semi finalists are Marehay Miners Welfare did the business with a 4-2 home win over Matlock’s Edgefold Club with Ben Monk and Lee Whatton each notching 32 breaks.
Elsewhere in a re-arranged league match, Gladiators Social Club earned their second success of the week with a 4-1 triumph at Jaxx Q Club of Belper, with Dave Gastrell notching the night’s best break of 31.
Bob McCartin Six-Red Cup quarter-finals: Belper Strutt Club No 2 4, Bolehill Inst No 1 3; Matlock Golf Club 3, Jaxx Q Club Belper 4; Matlock Club 1, Gladiators SC Matlock 6; Marehay MW/PJ’z 4, Edgefold Matlock 2. League: Jaxx Q Club Belper 1, Gladiators SC Matlock 4.
Breaks: G Jones 37; T Brett 34,33; B Monk 32; L Whatton 32; D Gastrell 31,22; D Needham/C Stubbs 22; R Slack/C Marchington 22; M Gwynne-Jones 21; W Shooter 20.