Belper Strutt No 1 close the gap with seventh successive win

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Belper Strutt No 1 moved to within one point of second place in the J K Interiors and Joinery Services Snooker League with their seventh successive victory courtesy of a 4-1 home win over neighbours Jaxx Q Club in a re-arranged fixture.

Ben Monk opened proceedings for the hosts and his run of 51 ensured his team started off on the front foot, also catapulting him to the top of the highest break chart.

Kevin Holmes, enjoying a good season for the visitors, won his fifth game in six outings to level matters before Steve Bullock nudged the home team ahead again.

And following Mark Newby’s success in frame four and a pairs verdict for Monk and partner Paul Jarrett, it sets things up nicely for a clash with second placed Bolehill Institute No 2 in a couple of weeks time.

There were also semi-final and quarter-final matches in the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup, where Alfreton Palmer Morewood saw off the challenge of Matlock Cons 4-1 to reach the final in their debut season as Andrew Beardsley and Ken Rowland won both their singles and scotch doubles legs.

Only Chris Parker could offer any resistance for Cons.

There was a thriller in the held over clash between Edgefold No 1 and Belper Strutt No 2 with the Matlock side edging it 4-3 to take their place in the semi.

Richard Ferguson (29 break) got them off to a flyer but after wins for Dave Needham and Justin Weller, it ultimately fell to Duncan Harwood and Robert Muxlow to clinch the deciding scotch doubles frame.

Highlight of the competitions was a 54 break from Ricki Slack during his Open Individual Handicap 2nd round win.