Champs still looking good

THE big clash of the second round of Darley Dale and District Snooker League matches saw last year’s winners PJ’z Ripley No 1 travel to runners-up Edgefold Club of Matlock.

The champs were off to a flying start with Andrew Gratton scoring a 91-51 win over Mick Lane and all seemed set fair for another impressive performance.

However, that was about as good as it got for the visitors as, from then, it was the home side who turned on the style.

Matt Travis, in his first season in the League, pulled off a fine 70-46 win over Ben Monk before Robert Muxlow made it 2-1 with a similar performance against John Smith.

Martyn Taylor notched a 31 break, the highest of the week, against Lee Whatton and soon made it 3-1, before he and Rob went on to complete a 4-1 success with a doubles win over Ben and Andrew.

Bolehill Institute No 1 kept up the pace with a second local derby win in as many weeks, this time defeating the No 2 team 4-1 with Colin Marchington in fine form, scoring breaks of 29 and 20 during the evening.

Matlock Golf Club also earned a second win, this time as narrow 3-2 victors over Jaxx Q Club No 1 of Belper, thanks largely to Ian McKay and Nick Kay, who won both their singles matches and the deciding doubles frame too.

The other matches saw 4-1 wins for Belper Strutt Club No 1, Bolehill Institute No 3 and a 3-2 win for Belper Strutt Club No 2.

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

Breaks: M Taylor 31; C Marchington 29,20; M Newby 27; K Holmes 23.