Champs close gap on leaders

THE action hotted up in A Division of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League this week as last year’s champions PJ’z No 1 of Ripley entertained current leaders Bolehill Institute No 2 and earned a 3-2 success to go just a point behind.

Remarkably, all three frames won by the home team ended in century points hauls as Ben Monk and Andrew Gratton were amongst the high breaks once again. Keith Robertson maintained his unbeaten run for Bolehill with a sixth straight win.

Bolehill No 1 also moved just behind the leaders with a 5-0 win over Belper Strutt Club No 1. Andrew Brough notched a 27 to win from 30 adrift against Steve Bullock.

In B Division, leaders Matlock Golf Club had a narrow escape with a 3-2 victory at Bolehill No 3. It might have been different as Ian Cresswell rattled the black against Nick Kay but he later partnered Martin Forster to a fine win over Graham Jones and Chris Parker in the concluding doubles.

League week six results: PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 3, Bolehill Inst No 2 2; Bolehill Inst No 1 5, Belper Strutt Club No 1 0; Edgefold Club Matlock 4, Matlock Club 1; Bolehill Inst No 3 2, Matlock Golf Club 3; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 2, Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 3; Belper Strutt Club No 2 3, PJ’z Club Ripley No 2 2.

Breaks: B Monk 53, 28, 28, 25, 23; A Gratton 46, 23, 20; M Taylor 39, 28; S Robinson 39; A Brough 27; G Jones 24; C Marchington 22; R Muxlow 21; M Forster 21.