Confident Belper Strutt Club began their Captain’s Cup (Team Handicap) campaign in style in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League.
Travelling to take on fellow First Division outfit, Matlock Club, Strutt strode to victory by 322 points to 243.
However, the performance of the First Round belonged to Edgefold Club Matlock No.2, who amassed a stupendous total of 401 points to demolish Matlock Golf Club in barnstorming style.
Rob Dicken (24 break) set the tone with an 88-23 success in the opener before Tom Chambers continued the good work with a 71-54 verdict over Ian McKay, who top-scored for the vanquished visitors. Even better was to come with Christmas champion Sean Dobney oozing confidence in compiling breaks of 48, 29 and 22 en route to a century points haul in frame three.
Sam Lavelle notched his debut win in the next and it was left to Dobney and Dicken to complete one of the team performances of recent times to leave the visitors reeling with a 233-point deficit.
Elsewhere, there were two repeat match-ups from the previous week’s Six Red semi-finals. Bolehill Institute No.2 confirmed their superiority over Edgefold Club Matlock No.1 with a 359-236 margin. Ian Peacock top scored with a 92-48 win after Martin Forster had got them off to a flyer. The best effort from the Matlock outfit came courtesy of Andy Russell, who forced a 60-60 tie with Keith Robertson.
Alfreton Palmer Morewood avenged the previous week’s defeat to Bolehill No.1 with a convincing 346-227 scoreline. Jamie Rowland was in majestic form, amassing 95 points and then comfortably taking the doubles leg with father Kevin, while Colin Marchington top-scored for the hosts, courtesy of a 59-58 cliffhanger in the opener.
In the Elliott Carpets Billiards Division, Hartington RBL went top, courtesy of a 14-7 win over Tansley Potters with Steve Hawkins notching successive 30-plus breaks.