It was the quarter-final stage of the Captains’ Cup team aggregate competition in the Darley Dale Snooker League this week and three of the four games produced close finishes going well into the final frame.
Belper Strutt No 1 progressed thanks to a great performance from Mark Newby and partner Wayne Shooter in the doubles after Ian Birks and Ricki Slack had put Bolehill No 1 back on terms following Ben Monk’s 42 break during his black ball win in the opener.
Edgefold No 1 maintained their chances of pulling off the unheralded “Grand Slam” of all four main team competitions as they progressed courtesy of a 326-309 win over plucky visitors Matlock Club.
Richard Ferguson with a run of 47 secured a 20 points success in the opener before reserve Dave Allen upset the in form Andy Russell in the next despite the latter’s 27 break.
However, Rob Muxlow with a magnificent 54 break seemed to have put the tie beyond doubt, giving the hosts a 65pts lead with only two frames remaining.
However, an inspired Keith Manlove (22 break) scored an 86-49 win to give his team a shout and eventually it was left to Russell to take pink and black to make certain in the concluding doubles.
Their semi-final opponents will be Matlock Cons, who came from behind to defeat Bolehill No 2 288-260.
Ian Peacock and Mick Bunting had the visitors off to a flyer, but from thereon it was the home side who dominated, with Nick Kay top scoring and Charlie Hodgkinson and Chris Parker scoring a 62-38 win in the decisive doubles leg.
Alfreton Palmer Morewood will now travel to Campbell Street after a convincing 328-217 victory over Jaxx Q Club.
Only Shaun Smith (26 break) could stem the tide for the Belper side, as Simon Mayes, Andrew Beardsley and Jamie Rowland all found some of their best form of the season.
In the OMYA Cup individual scratch semi final, Ricki Slack produced a 25 clearance to defeat Ben Monk 3-2 on the final black after fluking the blue from out of a snooker and then taking the pink to equalise in the previous frame.