Parkinson’s pot settles thrilling battle of the champions

MATCHWINNER -- Neil Parkinson.
MATCHWINNER -- Neil Parkinson.

An enthralling encounter between the last two champions of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League went to the last black, but eventually saw Edgefold Club Matlock No.1 resume winning ways.

Edgefold edged out Bolehill Institute No.1 3-2 after a thriller that began with a largely tactical opening frame in which Richard Ferguson, seven ahead with just the black remaining, fluked victory with a mishit safety-shot.

Andy Russell produced a powerhouse performance to make it 2-0 to the home team and earn the Mick Hodgkinson Transport player-of-the-week award. But then came the fightback as Simon Zoppi halved the deficit, after Duncan Harwood’s unlucky in-off on the brown presented him with an excellent opportunity, and Ian Birks levelled the scores by shading a narrow fourth frame on the black.

It all rested on the decider and after taking the pink, Birks seemed to have earned Bolehill the spoils with his double on the black hitting the back of the middle pocket at pace. However, the rubber threw it back out on to the table, from where Neil Parkinson pulled out a superb matchwinning pot to settle a topsy-turvy classic.

Elsewhere, in week three of the league, which is sponsored by Harriotts Sweet Chariot Event Planning, Matlock Club gained their second successive win when mastering Bolehill No.2 3-2. Paul Bryan top scored before Dave Allen took the decisive fourth frame on the black. Ian Peacock won both his singles and doubles frames for the hosts.

Early tabletoppers Belper Strutt Club also edged a 3-2 verdict when they tackled Alfreton Palmer Morewood in a match that featured the highest break of the week. Mark Newby took the Viva Italian Restaurant accolade with a run of 37 in the deciding doubles leg. Both he and partner Steve Bullock were twice successful on the night after Andrew Beardsley had given the visitors a 2-1 lead in frame three.

Meanwhile, in the Elliott Carpets Billiards Division, the evergreen Jim McCann struck a 92 break as he and teammate Malcolm Gregory ensured Whitworth saw off Hartington 14-10 to maintain their early-season advantage at the top of the table.