JAXX Q CLUB No 2 of Belper this week provided one of the upsets of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League campaign by ousting last season’s league runners-up Edgefold Club of Matlock at the quarter final stages of the Captains Cup team knockout competiton.
John Williams started the ball rolling with a 24 points success in the opener and Andy Hayes continued the good work to such effect that after two frames, they were 79 points ahead.
Although Robert Muxlow and Neil Parkinson clawed back some of that margin, the Belper team still held a 51 points advantage going into the final doubles and they made no mistake from there.
Their semi-final opponents will be Bolehill Institute No 1, who came through a tough test at Belper Strutt Club No 2 who had held the upper hand for much of the encounter.
The home side held a 21 points lead going into the concluding doubles match but with Lady Luck not smiling on the Belper pair, the deficit was eventually overturned by Ricki Slack and Colin Marchington, the latter’s early 22 break being crucial.
PJ’z Club No 1 of Ripley fell behind to Belper Strutt Club No 1 when Wayne Shooter scored a 28 points verdict in frame one but Andrew Gratton soon rectified matters, winning by 56 points and, from thereon, they always held the advantage.
They will play Matlock Golf Club who beat Jaxx Q Club No 1 by 36 points on the final aggregate.
Graham Jones was largely instrumental in this, winning his singles match convincingly after the visitors had made a healthy start.
In the B Division Individual competition semi finals, there were 2-0 wins for both Graham Jones and Steve Robinson who now meet in the final after Steve compiled a superb 52 break during his victory.
Captains Cup team knockout competition quarter-finals: PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 321, Belper Strutt Club No 1 268; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 298, Edgefold Club Matlock 220; Matlock Golf Club 282, Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 246; Belper Strutt Club No 2 239, Bolehill Institute No 1 268.
Breaks: S Robinson 52; B Monk 37,29; J Smith 29; D Devenport 22; C Marchington 22; G Jones 20.