Gratton takes the star billing

ANDREW GRATTON took man-of-the-match billing as Marehay Miners Welfare maintained their lead at the top of A Division with a 3-2 success at Matlock’s Gladiators Social Club.

Andrew hit breaks of 42, 32 and 20 to see off firstly Dave Gastrell in his singles match and then take his doubles match partnered by Ben Monk, who had earlier defeated Troy Brett in a black-ball decider.

Vinnie Dennis (27 break) and Dwayne Martin were on target for the home team.

Edgefold Club suffered only their second reverse of the season, being edged out 3-2 at Matlock Golf Club.

Graham Jones top scored for the hosts while Duncan Harwood won both frames he contested for the visitors.

Jaxx Q Club of Belper also scored a win by the minimum margin at Bolehill Institute No 2 after Steve Robinson and Paul Ogden took the deciding doubles match. Ian Peacock top scored for the home team.

The No 1 team from Bolehill also tasted defeat, losing 4-1 at Belper Strutt Club No 1 for whom Mark Newby won both his singles and doubles frames.

And there was also success for the No 2 team from the Strutt Club, who triumphed 3-2 at Matlock Club courtesy of breaks of 32 and 31 in the deciding doubles frame from Chris Stubbs after the hosts had led 2-0 early doors with Graeme Wood contributing a run of 26.

League week seven results: Gladiators SC Matlock 2, Marehay MW / PJ’z 3; Matlock Golf Club 3, Edgefold Matlock 2; Bolehill Inst No 2 2, Jaxx Q Club Belper 3; Belper Strutt No 1 4, Bolehill Inst No 1 1; Matlock Club 2, Belper Strutt No 2 3.

Breaks: A Gratton 42,32,20; J Gratton 38,37,20,20; C Stubbs 32,31; V Dennis 27; G Wood 26; D Gastrell 24; G Jones 20.