Strutt Club No 2 edge out rivals in a thrilling game of snooker

Dave Needham''Photo by Terry Fletcher
Dave Needham''Photo by Terry Fletcher

History was made this week when both teams from Bolehill Institute earned the right to contest the Captains Cup Team Aggregate final, ensuring a fitting end-of-season tribute to the memory of the late club president and chairman Alan Hopkinson.

Current holders Bolehill No 1 faced a tough assignment at Belper Strutt Club against league leaders Marehay Miners Welfare, who had been on course for a Grand Slam of all four team trophies, but came through to claim their place in the final.

Bolehill No 2 took on Matlock’s Edgefold Club the following day at Jaxx Q Club, and joined their compatriots in the final with a fine display.

Elsewhere, a thrilling Jimmy Harper Plate encounter saw Belper Strutt Club No 2 edge out Matlock Golf Club by 298-278.

Dave Needham and Chris Stubbs won both their singles and doubles frames while Ian McKay was in fine form for the visitors.

And, in the sole Darley Dale and District Snooker League match this week, Jaxx Q Club of Belper saw off Gladiators Social Club of Matlock 3-2 on the final black after Guy Shirley inadvertently snookered himself on the pink when potting the frame ball blue.

The escape attempt failed to bear fruit and Kevin Holmes took pink and black for the win.

Steve Robinson, with a couple of 25 breaks, had levelled the scores at 2-2 after Mark Gwynne-Jones had put the hosts ahead prior to that.