League title still up for grabs in final fixtures

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FOUR teams still have a chance of the Joinery Joint League title going into the final round of fixtures in the Darley Dale and District League.

However, Edgefold No 1 and Alfreton Palmer Morewood No 1 look to be favourites.

Bolehill No 1 still top the table by a single point, but have run out of games following their 3-2 home loss to Alfreton Palmer Morewood No 2, which gave the winners a treble over their hosts for the season.

Colin Marchington took a scrappy opening frame 69-49 before Derek Smith raced 50 ahead of Ricki Slack with stunning potting in the next match.

A fine rally from the host player took the frame to the final black, however, an overcut attempt into the middle pocket proved costly.

In the third frame the black was again crucial as Simon Zoppi took it with a fine long pot.

John Smith equalised at 2-2 before a tight pairs frame ended with Zoppi unfortunately knocking in the black with his attempt on the blue, leaving a straight pot on match ball that was readily accepted.

Alfreton No 2 can still take the title with a 5-0 win, if Edgefold don’t gain more than two points from their last game.

Meanwhile, Bolehill need the Matlock team to register one point or less while hoping for a win for Alfreton No 2 by less than the maximum possible.

Edgefold No 1 edged out Matlock Club 3-2 to remain favourites with wins for Duncan Harwood and Andy Russell in singles and doubles, the latter from being well adrift.

Graeme Wood was in excellent form for the visitors, amassing 90 points.

Alfreton No 1 remained a point behind after their 3-2 home win over Bolehill No 2.

Jamie Rowland’s third-frame success ensured he would be this season’s most-winning player with 12 out of 13. Ian Peacock excelled for the losers.

Elsewhere, Belper Strutt Club continued their winning spree in the second half of the season with a 5-0 defeat of Edgefold No 2. Wayne Shooter’s 30 break was the highlight.

Matlock Golf Club, coming off a bye week, face Edgefold No 1, while the two Alfreton teams meet.

Golf Club can still force a play-off place if they score a large win and either of the Alfreton teams falter badly in their showdown.