THREE matches featuring Darley Dale and District Snooker League sides were played in the first round of the Captain’s Cup team competition, all hosted by the teams at Bolehill Institute.
First up were the No 1 team who entertained the Matlock Club and eventually ran out winners by 288-232 in a competition traditionally decided on total aggregate points.
Colin Marchington and Ian Birks won both their singles and doubles matches to decide the issue.
The No 2 team took on last year’s winners PJ’z No 1 of Ripley and put up a brave battle for a while until Lee Whatton and then the doubles combo of Ben Monk (with a 34 break) and James Rowland saw the holders through by 344-268.
Next up came the No 3 team against the Edgefold Club of Matlock and once Martyn Taylor (23 break) and Matthew Travis had put the visitors 80pts ahead after two frames, the writing was on the wall.
To the home team’s credit, they fought back well taking all three remaining frames – Ian Peacock winning his singles and doubles matches – but were still adrift by 268-224 at the end of proceedings.
Captain’s Cup team competition 1st round: Bolehill Institute No 1 (3) 288, Matlock Club (2) 232; Bolehill Institute No 2 (1) 268, PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 (4) 344; Bolehill Institute No 3 (3) 224, Edgefold Club Matlock (2) 268. Breaks: B Monk 34,22; M Taylor 23.