No 1 team win battle of the Belper Strutt Club sides

Three thrilling finishes were in evidence this week in the Highfields Farm Butchers Premier Division with a couple decided on the final black to boot.

The teams from Belper’s Strutt Club have already clashed a few times in all competitions this season and this was the second occasion that all rested on the final ball, but this time with a different result.

Paul Ogden scored a 53-29 win in the opener to give the No 2 outfit the early advantage, before resounding verdicts for Wayne Shooter and Steve Bullock (23 break) saw the No 1 team nose ahead.

Keith Hubbold then opened his account for the season to level matters before Jarrett and Bullock shaded a tough pairs battle with Chris Stubbs and Adam Winson 63-60 to earn local bragging rights for the No 1 squad.

Matlock Club were denied in a close finish for the third week in a row, going down 3-2, also on the deciding black, at Bolehill Institute No 2.

The singles frames were shared with Mick Bunting and Martin Forster on the mark for the hosts and Graeme Wood and Keith Manlove replying for the visitors.

And despite an early run of 24 from Manlove in the deciding pairs contest, Bunting took pink and black at the end to wrestle a hard-fought win.

It also finished 3-2 to Bolehill No 1 team who edged out Matlock Cons to maintain their lead at the top of the table.

Andrew Brough, with a black-ball win, and Colin Marchington (25 break) made it 2-0 before Charlie Hodgkinson and Chris Parker (who also notched a 48 break in the OMYA Cup individual cup this week) made it all square.

But Marchington and Ricki Slack took the doubles frame 66-16 to settle matters.