Buoyant Belper Strutt Club sealed the Darley Dale and District Snooker League title with a 3-2 win in their final game of the season at home to Edgefold Club Matlock No.2.
The league’s winning-most player Rob Dicken (17 victories in 19 matches) threatened to scupper the celebrations in the opener with a 53-19 success, but Ben Monk (32 break) scored a century points’ haul in the next to equalise and Paul Jarrett ensured the home team secured the all-important second point they needed with a 59-19 verdict in frame three. Wayne Shooter made it 3-1 on the black before Dicken and partner Josh Lee reduced the arrears to the minimum margin amid jubilant scenes from the Strutt faithful.
Their nearest rivals, Alfreton Palmer Morewood and Bolehill Institute No.1, had clashed the previous night, with the 3-2 result in favour of the visitors playing into the hands of the champions-elect. Simon Zoppi had Bolehill in front early, before Jamie Rowland (32 break) levelled, and Ian Birks’s black-ball win, after needing a snooker against Ralph Edgson, left the runners-up spot to be decided on the final doubles frame. It went down to the last black when an attempted safety shot from Rowland flew straight into the middle pocket and Alfreton gained some compensation for missing out on top spot.
Meanewhile, Andy Russell, of Edgefold No.1, won the OMYA Cup (individual scratch) by beating Graham Jones, of Matlock Golf Club, 4-0 in the final.
OUR PHOTO shows the league champions, Belper Strutt Club (from left), Wayne Shooter, Mark Newby, Paul Jarrett, Ben Monk and Steve Bullock.