Belper Strutt Club No 1 seal the bragging rights


The Strutt Club derby is always a keenly contested affair in the Belper sporting calendar and this time around it was the No 1 team who emerged with bragging rights after a 4-1 win in the latest round of games in the J K Interiors and Joinery Services League.

Ben Monk, fresh from a starring role in the Derby League the previous night, held too much firepower in the opener to register a 79-46 success over Keith Hubbold.

Chris Stubbs equalised in the next with a classy display ,but a narrow verdict for Steve Bullock over Dave Needham edged the No 1 outfit back into the lead.

And another hard fought game saw Wayne Shooter deliver the decisive blow, as he edged out Justin Weller 75-62 to secure the victory before further icing on the cake came via the pairs leg.

The top two teams clashed in Matlock and Bolehill No 2 ended the unbeaten run of Edgefold No 1 with a battling 3-2 triumph.

Martin Forster scored a pivotal 81-71 win over Andy Russell (28 break) in the second frame, as in attempting an ultra thin cut to take the spoils, the home player missed the ball and left Forster to take what was now the decisive pink in a topsy turvy contest.

Narrow wins for Keith Robertson and Mick Bunting sealed the deal before Neil Parkinson (runs of 28 and 20) and Russell eroded the deficit in the doubles leg.

Matlock Club maintained their unbeaten home record as they shaded Jaxx Q Club of Belper 3-2. Paul Holmes black ball win proved crucial while Ben Turner top scored for the visitors.

Alfreton Palmer Morewood gained their second 4-1 scoreline in as many weeks as they saw off Matlock Cons.

Simon Mayes took both his singles and doubles legs while Jack Lynch opened his account for Cons.

In the other match Edgefold No 2 defeated Bolehill No 1 3-2 as Sean Dobney came from 40-1 behind against Andrew Brough (29 break) to win 55-40 before scoring a decisive 38 break in the deciding doubles leg.