Another good display by Monk

BEN MONK, already holding the highest break so far in A Division of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League with 38 prior to this week, improved on that with a contribution of 43 during Marehay Miners Welfare’s 3-2 home win over Belper Strutt Club No 1.

Andrew Beardsley, returning to the fold for the hosts after a few years out, secured the win with a narrow success in frame three before a late rally inspired by Mark Newby saw the visitors close to within one frame at the finish.

There was a thriller at Bolehill Institute No 1 who edged out Matlock Golf Club 3-2 with Ricki Slack and Ian Birks taking the deciding doubles frame on the pink after Graham Jones had levelled matters aided by a 24 break in frame four.

Matlock’s Edgefold Club continued in fine form, with a 3-2 victory at Belper Strutt Club No 2.

Neil Parkinson notched breaks of 22 and 20 and Rob Muxlow top scored for the visitors after Dave Needham got the hosts off to a flyer in the opening frame.

And elsewhere, although Mick McFall opened his seasonal account for Matlock Club, it was Bolehill Institute No 2 who enjoyed a 4-1 triumph with Ian Peacock remaining undefeated for the season and Keith Robertson scoring a 20 break in the concluding doubles frame.

League week 5 results: Marehay MW / PJ’z 3, Belper Strutt No 1 2; Bolehill Inst No 1 3, Matlock Golf Club 2; Belper Strutt No 2 2, Edgefold Matlock 3; Matlock Club 1, Bolehill Inst No 2 4.

Breaks: B Monk 43,26; G Jones 24; N Parkinson 22,20; W Shooter 21; R Slack 20; K Robertson 20.

Meanwhile, the billiards season got off to a good start with new boys from Hartington Sean O’Sullivan and Steve Hawkins taking a top scalp of Whitworth Institute and going on to win three out of their first four matches but this did not stop the evergreen stalwart Jim McCann from recording a 119 break in his first match of the season.

Another long time league player, Belper Strutt Club’s Dave Pownall, recorded a 51 break on his first visit to the table.