THE first official week of the Darley Dale and District Snooker League season saw the tightest match played out at Matlock’s Edgefold Club, who came from 2-1 behind to defeat Bolehill Institute No 2 in a thriller.
Tom Chambers and Matthew Travis were the stars for the home team, notching 23 and 20 breaks respectively in the concluding doubles match after Keith Robertson had recorded a break of 29 for the visitors when levelling matters.
Champions PJ’z of Ripley are currently playing from Marehay Miners Welfare until their own club re-opens, and they laid down an ominous marker for the season with a 5-0 triumph over Jaxx Q Club of Belper.
Ben Monk, as ever, was in blistering form during the evening with breaks of 35 and 32 although he was pushed all the way in the opening frame by Tim Maslin, eventually winning it on the black.
The other two matches that went ahead featured teams who had met only last week in the Six Red Cup and on each occasion the form was confirmed.
Belper Strutt Club No 2 were pushed closer by the No 1 team this week but still emerged 3-2 winners, with Chris Stubbs and Stewart Jackson knocking in breaks of 24 and 25 respectively to seal the deal in the third and fourth frames.
And at Bolehill Institute, the No 1 team overcame Matlock Club 4-1 with Ian Birks the widest margin victor for the hosts and Graeme Wood producing an excellent individual performance for the visitors.
League week 1 results: Edgefold Club Matlock 3, Bolehill Inst No 2 2; Marehay MW / PJ’z 5, Jaxx Q Club Belper 0; Belper Strutt Club No 2 3, Belper Strutt Club No 1 2; Bolehill Inst No 1 4, Matlock Club 1.
Breaks: B Monk 35,32; K Robertson 29; S Jackson 25; C Stubbs 24; T Chambers 23; J Woodward 21; A Gratton 21; M Travis 20.