Strong display moves Belper Strutt Club No 1 into second

With four rounds to go in the Highfields Farm Butchers Premier Division, Bolehill Institute No 1 maintained their nine-point advantage at the top though Belper Strutt Club No 1 moved strongly into second place with a game in hand.

The closest encounter though came at Edgefold Club where the home team shaded their contest with Belper Strutt No 2 3-2 to stay third.

Robert Muxlow took the opener courtesy of a run of 24 before one of the most remarkable frames of the season also went their way.

Martyn Taylor came to the table trailing by 61 and looking a forlorn hope before striking an amazing 74 break that only culminated when he potted black after the last red and went in-off into the middle pocket going up for the yellow with the colours waiting on their spots for a possible 108.

His opponent Keith Hubbold then took the three baulk colours to move in front but Taylor hit back win 86-78.

Chris Stubbs (27 break) pulled one back and also took the doubles convincingly with Dave Needham though Neil Parkinson had already made the game safe in between for the hosts.

Belper Strutt No 1 put a big dent in Matlock Cons’ hopes of the title with a 5-0 win. Justin Weller came in for one of his occasional appearances and top scored on the night and he also took his doubles frame in runaway style, partnered by Wayne Shooter.