Family pride was very much at stake in the final of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League’s B (Intermediate) Individual Handicap competition. For Martin Forster and Ian Peacock became the first pair of twin brothers ever to contest one of the league’s showpiece events.
The Bolehill Institute No.2 players were following in the footsteps of father and son Clayton and Ricki Slack, from the same club, who reached the final of the same event 35 years ago. And it was Peacock who came out on top.
Forster, who takes his surname from his wife, had early chances, but took time to get into a rhythm, allowing Peacock to surge into a 2-0 lead, taking the first, courtesy of a long raking blue, 53-30 and then following up with a 57-20 scoreline.
Peacock trailed in the next, but after fluking the green, he came on strong when it mattered, taking the clinching black into the middle pocket for a 3-0 verdict. He duly won the competition for the second time, while frustrated Forster was runner-up for the third time in four seasons.
Elsewhere, the Champion Of Champions play offs for the Jaeger Trophy got under way, and Edgefold No.1 will host Alfreton Palmer Morewood in the final after winning the toss for home advantage at the end of their respective semi-final victories.
Alfreton triumphed 3-1 against Bolehill No.1, whose early lead, supplied by Colin Marchington, was soon overturned, with Kevin Rowland making the game safe in the fourth frame. The Matlock cuemen scored an excellent 3-2 win at this season’s league champions Belper Strutt Club as Andy Russell engineered a superb 55 break in the concluding doubles leg.