Whatton’s in fine form for Marehay

Lee Whatton of Marehay MW
Lee Whatton of Marehay MW

Marehay Miners Welfare (formerly PJ’z) remained on course to repeat their League and Six Red Cup double as they emerged 5-2 semi-final winners at Bolehill Institute over Matlock’s Gladiators Social Club in the latter event.

Ben Monk scored breaks of 27 and 20 in freezing out Troy Brett in the opener, before Dave Gastrell defeated Andrew Gratton 53-25 to level things up.

Lee Whatton and Jamie Woodward (20 break) took the next two singles frames for Marehay while Brett and Mark Gwynne-Jones hit back by winning the first scotch doubles match.

But there were no further successes for the Matlock side, as Whatton (with breaks of 27 and 20) partnered firstly Monk and then by Gratton enjoyed further successes to put the match to bed.

Their final opponents will be Jaxx Q Club of Belper, who confirmed the form of last week’s Darley Dale and District Snooker League win over Belper Strutt Club No 2 by recording a solid 4-1 verdict.

Kevin Holmes edged out Dave Needham on the black in the opener and that set the tone for the night in a match played at Jaxx’s home venue after the teams had tossed for venue.

Happy faces also abounded at the Matlock Club, who opened their account for the season with a resounding 4-1 triumph over Bolehill Institute No 1 in a re-arranged League fixture.

Chris Woodhouse and Graeme Wood put in superb performances to give the hosts a healthy 2-0 advantage and though Paul Holmes was narrowly edged out by Simon Zoppi, Mick McFall’s black ball decision over Ian Birks settled the issue after his attempt on pink had rattled the jaws and run along the bottom cushion into the opposite corner pocket.

Meanwhile in the Hartshorne Cup two-man team competition, Jimmy Gratton registered breaks of 51 and 45 as he and Hannah Jones progressed to the next round.

Bob McCartin Six_Red Cup semi final results: Marehay MW/PJ’z 5, Gladiators SC Matlock 2 (at Bolehill); Jaxx Q Club Belper 4, Belper Strutt No 2 1. League: Matlock Club 4, Bolehill Inst No 1 1.

Breaks: J Gratton 51,45; B Monk 27,20; L Whatton 27,20; J Woodward 20.