PJ’z clinch silverware

DARLEY Dale and District Snooker League team PJ’z Club No 1 of Ripley added another piece of silverware to their crowded cabinet as they defeated Matlock Club 4-1 in the final of the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup at Matlock Golf Club.

Ben Monk, fresh from reaching the final of the OMYA Cup individual event the previous night, when he notched a superb 93 break, took on Matlock’s Graeme Wood and eventually pulled clear with a run of 21 to put his side 1-0 up.

Andrew Gratton, with an excellent 32 clearance, got the better of Keith Manlove, and when veteran John Smith saw off Ian Rose in frame three, it was the point of no return for the underdogs.

They rallied bravely though, with Chris Woodhouse grinding out a battling black-ball success over Lee Whatton to take the match into the scotch doubles frames and with Ian Rose and Graeme Wood needing just the blue to make it 3-2 the pressure was beginning to build.

However, with Graeme going in-off and the cue ball being returned to the D, Ben Monk and James Rowland needed no further invitation to close out the game with Ben potting the decisive final black.

There were also two league matches with Bolehill Institute No 2 gaining a 3-2 success at Jaxx Q Club No 2 of Belper while the all-Belper Strutt Club derby went to the No 1 team, also by the minimum margin.

Paul Jarrett won both his singles and doubles frames in the latter clash while Sean O’Sullivan top scored for Bolehill.

Results: Bob McCartin Six Red Cup final: Matlock Club 1, PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 4 (at Matlock Golf Club); League matches: Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 2, Bolehill Institute No 2 3; Belper Strutt Club No 1 3, Belper Strutt Club No 2 2.

Breaks: B Monk 93,30,21; G Jones 54; A Gratton 32; T Brett 21.