Enthralling snooker league season reaches its climax

CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS -- Alfreton Palmer Morewood, (from left) Andrew Beardsley, Will Salt, Jamie Rowland, Ralph Edgson and Kevin Rowland.
CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS -- Alfreton Palmer Morewood, (from left) Andrew Beardsley, Will Salt, Jamie Rowland, Ralph Edgson and Kevin Rowland.

Another enthralling season in the Darkey Dale and District Snooker League reached its climax when Alfreton Palmer Morewood retained the Jaeger Trophy by defeating Edgefold No.1 3-2 in the Champion Of Champions play-off final.

Neil Parkinson laid down a stern marker for the number-four seeds Edgefold in the opening frame, producing a 27 clearance that embellished an already impressive performance in a 73-27 verdict over Kevin Rowland.

But Jamie Rowland equalised with a 58-26 scoreline over Duncan Harwood to continue his fine run of form of late and then Andrew Beardsley edged a black-ball decider with Rob Muxlow to give Alfreton the ascendency.

Andy Russell levelled things up in defeating Ralph Edgson 93-46 before Jamie Rowland and Beardsley combined irresistibly in the concluding doubles to keep out dangerman Russell and score an emphatic 97-20 success to retain the silverware for their team.

The following night, Edgefold teammates Russell and Muxlow locked horns in the Individual Handicap final and, again, it went the way of the reigning champion.

Russell soon raced into a 3-0 lead with breaks of 38, 34, 22 and 20 before Muxlow hit back with his own contribution of 30 in the fourth frame. This was quickly matched by Russell, but superb pots from Muxlow on blue and pink ensured there would be no whitewash.

It was also a close battle in the next with Muxlow needing both pink and black to bring it back to 3-2. But it was Russell who got the decisive opening to win his second individual trophy of the season and his fourth in all, including pairs and team events.