Exciting end to the season

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A THRILLING finish to A Division of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League is in prospect as the gap between the top two teams closed to just one point with a week to go in the regular league season.

Second-placed Bolehill Institute No 1 were in need of a big win against Matlock Club and managed to gain a 4-1 verdict with Colin Marchington top scoring with 84 points.

In the meantime, leaders PJ’z Club No 1 of Ripley succumbed 3-2 at home to Belper Strutt Club No 1.

Wayne Shooter amassed 99 points in the opening frame and although Andrew Gratton fought back with a 39 break during his win, Paul Jarrett and Steve Bullock duly made the game safe for the visitors.

Bolehill Institute No 3 retained their provisional play-off placing with a 3-2 win at Matlock’s Edgefold Club. Dwayne Martin and Keith Robertson won both their frames while Martyn Taylor was back in fine form with 35 and 22.

In B Division, Matlock Golf Club moved five clear with a 4-1 success at Belper Strutt Club No 2. Graham Jones’ black ball success in the third frame was pivotal as he and Ian McKay won their singles and doubles matches.

Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 scored an excellent 4-1 triumph as they entertained PJ’z Ripley No 2. Adam Ballard was top scorer with 80 points.

League week 15 results: PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 2, Belper Strutt Club No 1 3; Bolehill Institute No 1 4, Matlock Club 1; Edgefold Club Matlock 2, Bolehill Institute No 2 3; Belper Strutt No 2 1, Matlock GC 4; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 4, PJ’z Club Ripley No 2 1. Breaks: A Gratton 39,20; M Taylor 35,22; R Slack 35,22; R Muxlow 25; J Rowland 24; K Robertson 22,21; I Rose 22; B Monk 20.