Belper Strutt Club No 2 miss out in a 3-2 defeat

In a keenly contested derby match, Matlock Club edged out Matlock Conservative Club 3-2 to register their opening strike in this season’s Highfields Farm Butchers Snooker Premier Division.

Jack Lynch shaded the first on the black for the visitors to earn his sixth straight victory before Mick McFall produced a confident display to equalise.

Richard Deakin re-affirmed the advantage in the next but Paul Holmes made it 2-2 by defeating dangerman Chris Parker 69-48 and then, partnered by Paul Bryan, secured a hard fought doubles frame.

Bolehill Institute No 1 moved narrowly back to the top courtesy of yet another 3-2 win (their sixth in seven games) at home to Belper Strutt Club No 2.

The highest quality contest of the night saw Andrew Brough defeat Chris Stubbs on the pink after an excellent display of potting from both players.

Ian Birks (25 break) took the fourth frame with a twice-across double on the black to make the game safe before Paul Ogden took blue, pink and black in the concluding doubles frame to reduce the deficit after a marathon battle which swung to and fro. Edgefold Club remain hot on the leaders’ heels, also triumphing by the minimum margin in their game at Bolehill No 2.