The gap between the teams at the top of the Highfields Farm Butchers Snooker Premier Division closed to just a single point this week as Belper Strutt Club No 1 played host to Bolehill Institute No 2 and scored a 5-0 success.
There was no initial sign that it was going to be anything other than a very tough game early on as Ian Cresswell forced home team captain Steve Bullock to a re-spotted black but once the latter took it, the floodgates opened.
Paul Jarrett maintained his unbeaten run with a narrow victory in frame two and then Wayne Shooter and Mark Newby quickly added two more, rather more convincingly.
With the black nestling over the pocket in the concluding doubles frame, if Cresswell’s double on pink had struck gold, there would have been some consolation for the visitors but unfortunately for him it narrowly missed the target and Strutt secured the maximum haul.
Bolehill No 1 hold on to a tenuous advantage at the top after winning 3-2 at Matlock’s Edgefold Club. Ricki Slack took the first on the pink against Duncan Harwood thanks to a twice-across double after a very tight battle. Then Martyn Taylor notched breaks of 50, 33 and 24 to score a century haul before Colin Marchington and Ian Birks restored the advantage. Taylor and Rob Muxlow reduced the arrears in the doubles.