Ton-up clearance for in-form Monk

PJ’z CLUB RIPLEY No 1 retained their A Division title in the last round of Darley Dale and District Snooker League matches by a solitary point thanks to an excellent 4-1 win at home to Jaxx Q Club No 1 of Belper.

But even that feat was probably eclipsed by Ben Monk’s magnificent 100 clearance in the opening frame of the night, only the third such break ever recorded in the league match format.

Andrew Gratton pulled out a fine 35 break in frame two to secure the prize for most individual wins in the section, and then Monk swung back into action with efforts of 46 and 28 in the concluding doubles match.

Only Steve Robinson managed to temporarily stem the tide for the Belper side.

Bolehill Institute No 1 pushed them right to the wire with a 4-1 success at Belper Strutt Club No 2. Ricki Slack top scored with 85 points as he and Ian Birks won both frames they contested.

But Dave Needham’s success for the home side in the second frame ended any hopes they had of catching the leaders.

Matlock Golf Club took the B Division championship following a 3-2 victory at Bolehill Institute No 2 where Graham Jones and Chris Parker scored vital black-ball decisions in a hard-fought encounter.

In the Belper derby, Jaxx Q Club No 2 scored a fine 3-2 win over Strutt Club No 1. Adam Ballard confirmed his impressive late season form, scoring 72 points in his singles match while Paul Jarrett top scored for the Strutt. And the other match saw Bolehill Institute No 3 edged out Matlock Club 3-2.

Jake Lynam set the ball rolling for the hosts and despite Paul Holmes making a successful return for the visitors, the home side held firm.

League week 16 results: PJ’z Club Ripley No 1 4, Jaxx Q Club Belper No 1 1; Belper Strutt Club No 2 1, Bolehill Institute No 1 4; PJ’z Club Ripley No 2 5, Edgefold Club Matlock 0; Bolehill Institute No 2 2, Matlock Golf Club 3; Jaxx Q Club Belper No 2 3, Belper Strutt Club No 1 2; Bolehill Institute No 3 3, Matlock Club 2.

Breaks: B Monk 100, 46, 28, 25; A Gratton 35; I McKay 27; R Slack 24; M Gwynne-Jones 22; I Birks 20.