Finals galore in Darley Dale league

Denis Morton pairs finalists  (l-r) Jimmy Gratton and Hannah Jones with winners Troy Brett and Dwayne Martin.
Denis Morton pairs finalists (l-r) Jimmy Gratton and Hannah Jones with winners Troy Brett and Dwayne Martin.
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Three finals took centre stage in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League, one of which saw the two teams from Belper Strutt Club contesting a cliff-hanger in the conclusion of the Jimmy Harper Team Plate aggregate competition.

Dave Needham struck a significant blow for the No 2 team with a 73-21 win over Paul Jarrett in the opener and things looked even bleaker for the B Division champions when Steve Buckley edged out Mark Newby 58-38 to leave a 72-point margin after just two frames.

But Wayne Shooter defeated Adam Winson 63-38 and then Steve Bullock, with a 68-35 win over Chris Stubbs, brought the game back to the brink as just 14 points separated the teams going into the final doubles.

And it remained nip and tuck until Steve Buckley potted the decisive pink to give the No 2 outfit a hard fought success.

The Individual Handicap final, also at Strutt, saw Kevin Holmes going for a quickfire double after lifting the “B” handicap last week, and he was in pole position here receiving 40 points per frame.

But opponent Andrew Gratton soon clawed back the deficit in the opener before powering on ahead. Holmes had a chance on the colours but a missed pink proved his downfall and the Marehay ace made no mistake.

A scrappy frame went to Holmes for 1-1 but from thereon Gratton notched a string of quality breaks to run out a 4-1 victor.

Also taking place was the Pairs Handicap final for the Denis Morton Trophy, played at Matlock Club.

Jimmy Gratton and Hannah Jones of Jaxx were off to a flyer, racing 2-0 ahead before Troy Brett and Dwayne Martin of Gladiators found their feet, instigated by a 53 break from Brett, with three straight frames of their own.

Gratton struck back with a 56 break to equalise before Martin potted the match-winning blue in the final frame for a thrilling 4-3 triumph.