Leaders are up against it

BOTH divisions in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League were put back in the melting pot this week with the leaders of the two sections falling to heavy defeats.

In A Division, Edgefold Club of Matlock completed a league double over old rivals PJ’z No 1 of Ripley with a second 4-1 success.

Martyn Taylor continued his recent break-building spree with a fine 58 as he and Neil Parkinson decisively won both their singles and doubles matches, though Andrew Gratton did put up some resistance by notching a 33 to level matters early on.

Bolehill Institute No 1 moved to within a point as they won the local derby with the No 2 team 3-2. Simon Zoppi was in top fettle with a 26 break while winning both of the matches he was involved in. Belper Strutt Club No 1 returned from Matlock Club with a 4-1 triumph under their belts, Wayne Shooter and Paul Jarrett winning both their singles and doubles matches.

In B Division, Matlock Golf Club lost their unbeaten record 4-1 at new leaders Jaxx Q Club No 1 where Steve Robinson and Paul Ogden did most of the damage, winning both frames they contested.

And Jaxx No 2 opened their league account by winning the last two frames to edge out Belper Strutt Club No 2, with Andy Hayes as the top scorer.

Bolehill Institute No 3 came from 2-0 down to deny PJ’z Ripley No 2 a second league win. Steven Mellor and Mick Bunting won both their singles and doubles matches to decide the issue.

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

Breaks: M Taylor 58; A Gratton 33; B Monk 27,22; S Zoppi 26; I Rose 25; S Robinson 22; W Shooter 22; D Gastrell 21.