THIS season’s Captains Cup team event for Darley and District Snooker League sides is making its way back to Bolehill Institute for the first time in 15 years after their No 1 team covered themselves in glory in an enthralling final against Matlock Golf Club.
With the Edgefold Club playing host, Ricki Slack edged out Ian McKay in the opening frame, Ian unluckily knocking in the black with the pink before Ricki took the remaining two balls for a 23pts lead.
Colin Marchington then produced some fine safety play for a well-crafted win over Chris Parker in frame two, doubling the overall advantage to 46pts.
The Golf Club’s Nick Kay started off in good style against Simon Zoppi, looking to erode the deficit, but a superb 35 break from Simon turned things on its head and despite Nick coming back well afterwards, the Bolehill cueist held on to increase the total lead to 50pts.
Dual ex-Derbyshire champ Graham Jones soon set out his business in frame four though and sailed into a sizable lead but Ian Birks’s pot on the black at the end was vital for the Bolehill team, meaning they held an 18pts advantage going into the final doubles.
And Ricki and partner Andrew Brough held firm with a cagey display of potting and containment to make sure of a historic win with the final scores being 300 to 249 in an excellent match played in a great spirit.
In the Jimmy Harper Plate competition, Bolehill Institute No 2 defeated Belper Strutt Club No 1 280-197 at Jaxx Q Club with Keith Robertson on barnstorming form with breaks of 39 and 24 in the same frame.
Jaxx Q Club No 1 of Belper also progressed, scoring a mammoth total of 395 points to Bolehill Institute No 3’s 210 at Belper Strutt Club.
Wade Morley scored 103 of those in his frame, carrying on from his previous night’s 44 break against the same opposition which secured the B Division’s highest break prize.
Captains Cup final: Bolehill Inst No 1 300, Matlock Golf Club 249.
Jimmy Harper Plate semi finals: Bolehill Inst No 2 280, Belper Strutt Club No 1 197; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 395, Bolehill Inst No 3 210.
League: Matlock Club 2, Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 3; Bolehill Inst No 3 0, Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 5.
Breaks: A Gratton 46; W Morley 44; C Parker 42,27; K Robertson 39,24; B Monk 38,36; S Zoppi 35; I Rose 31; J Smith 28; R Slack 25; G Jones 24; A Hayes 22; D Martin 20.