Monk turns on the style

SUBSTANTIAL breaks were in shorter supply than of late in the Darley Dale and District Snooker League at most of this week’s venues – with one exception.

Ben Monk of PJz No 1 Ripley more than made up for it, unleashing a barrage of 30 and 29 (twice) in his singles match against Keith Manlove, then topping it off with a 71 in the concluding doubles frame, completing a 4-1 triumph over visitors the Matlock Club.

Only Ian Rose triumphed for the visitors with a black ball success over admirable 81-year-old ex-Derbyshire champion John Smith.

Matlock Golf Club, featuring another ex-Derbyshire champ in Graham Jones, continued their unstoppable form of late with a 5-0 win over the PJz No 2 team at Ripley and are now four points clear of their nearest B Division rivals Bolehill Institute No 3 who earned a 3-2 success at Jaxx Q Club No 2 of Belper.

The No 1 team from Jaxx Q Club, after hitting the crossbar so far in the league, finally ran out winners 3-2 at Belper Strutt Club No 2 after taking the first three frames to ease any pressure. There was no such luxury in the clash between early A Division pace-setters Edgefold Club and Bolehill Institute No 1, which went down to the wire before Ricki Slack and Simon Zoppi won their deciding doubles frame to secure a 3-2 win for the away team.

Bolehill No 2 also prevailed, winning 4-1 against Belper Strutt Club No 1 which featured black ball decisions for Mark Gwynne-Jones and Sean O’Sullivan.

League week three results: Bolehill Inst No 2 4 Belper Strutt Club No 1 1; Edgefold Club Matlock 2 Bolehill Inst No 1 3; PJz Club Ripley No 2 0 Matlock Golf Club 5; Belper Strutt Club No 2 2 Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 3; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 2 Bolehill Inst No 3 3; PJz Club Ripley No 1 4 Matlock Club 1.

Breaks: B Monk 71, 30, 29, 29; K Robertson 22; N Kay 22; D Needham 22.