Frustrated Belper Strutt Club duo Mark Newby and Steve Bullock were runners-up for the third successive season when beaten in the final of the Denis Morton Pairs Handicap Trophy in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League.
Newby and Bullock were hoping to add the title to the league champions’ crown that they had helped Strutt win. But they crashed 4-0 to Andy Russell and Duncan Harwood, of Edgefold Club Matlock No.1. Russell was in exhilarating form, notching breaks of 51, 47 and 23 twice, as he and Harwood dominated proceedings from the off.
Meanwhile the Strutt Club hosted the final of the league’s Captains’ Cup team aggregate competition, which was won by Alfreton Palmer Morewood after victory by 293-228 against Bolehill Institute No.2.
Simon Mayes put the Amber Valley outfit in pole position as he struck breaks of 34 and 23 en route to a 104-42 success in the opener, leaving Bolehill with their work cut out.
Keith Robertson did engineer a 60-59 win over the runner-up in the winning-most player ranks, Kevin Rowland, in the next, although that made little impression on the overall scoreboard.
Once Andrew Beardsley had posted a 56-39 verdict in frame three to increase the advantage, the writing was on the wall and despite a valiant stand from Martin Forster, whose 60-42 win looked like being more conclusive at one stage, so it proved.
The concluding doubles leg was nip and tuck but irrelevant to the whole context of the result, so Robertson and Ian Peacock waved the white flag with a five-point deficit and Palmer Morewood could celebrate.