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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 18-19 September 2019

Premier Division results:
Brandhall Labour 3 (P.Caldeira, W.Robbins, R.Howen) Hotshots SC B 2 (M.Kelly, D.Hartley 50)
Hotshots SC A 3 (R.Stokes, B.Sembi 56, M.Sutton 47) Pockets SC A 2 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall)
Bearwood Cons 3 (G.Ford, M.Cash, A.Sohanpal) Amblecote Inst A 2 (R.Clark, R.Wooldridge)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, R.Pitt, A.Aston, A.Smith) Townsend Social 1 (P.Thompson)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore) West Mids Police 4 (G.Sloan, M.Sheehan, P.Gibbons K.Franklin)
Baggeridge Social A bye

First Division results:
Amblecote Inst C 0 Kinver Const B 5 (S.Hadley, T.Tromans, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowler)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley 44, W.Knight) Kinver Const A 2 (G.Tranter, J.Woodhouse)
S/b Old Edwardians A 4 (D.Woodall, G.Dunn, C.Cowley, P.Garbett 34) Amblecote Inst B 1 (A.Moore)
Pockets SC B 2 (G.Evans, J.Shuck) Bahia’s SC A 3 (J.Macdivitt, M.Jeffries, Reece Bahia)
Kinver Const C 3 (S.Nicholls, T.Postings, G.Reece) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, T.Carter 34)
Baggeridge Social B 3 (L.Whale, A.Baker, T.Cox) Dudley ex-Servicemen 2 (R.Thompson, S.Childs)
Amblecote Inst D 1 (Jordan Taylor) Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen, C.Webb, L.Grosvenor, T.Brown)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (M.Reece, G.Skinner, P.Craig) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, C.Green)
Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, D.Flavell) Kingswinford SC 3 (R.Loftus, S.Ballinger, J.Salisbury)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (Bill Green, S.Norton, R,Boylin) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (J.Ball, J.Chager)
Kinver Const D 2 (D.Barker, M.Hines) Amblecote RBL B 3 (W.Crowther, A.Bull, G.Chater)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (Dom Bacciocchi) Amblecote Inst E 4 (C.Homer, L.Edwards, L.Hackett, A.Homer)

Premier Division report: Just two weeks into the season only one team, West Midlands Police, has managed to break the sequence of home wins, with a 4-1 success on the tables of newly-promoted Kingswinford Cons C, so they lead the table at this very early stage.
The other promoted team, Bearwood Cons, who had lost narrowly to the Police the previous week, did well to defeat Amblecote Institute A 3-2, thanks to Gary Ford, who won on the black against Ash Sidaway, Mick Cash & Avtar Sohanpal.
Only Phil Thompson, who beat Simon Thomas, could win for reigning champions, Townsend Social on their visit to play the strengthened Norton Social A team for whom Steve Mason, Rob Pitt, Ashley Aston & Andy Smith won four closely-contested frames.
Hotshots SC A, the 2017-18 champions, recovered from their opening day defeat at Amblecote Institute to beat Pockets A 3-2, thanks to Roy Stokes, Bal Sembi, with a break of 56, and Mark Sutton, who had a run of 47. Gary Smith and Tom Pepperall won for the visitors.
Hotshots SC B, who had surprised Norton the week before, lost 3-2 at Brandhall Labour, despite another black ball success for Mark Kelly and a 50 break by Dan Hartley; Paul Caldeira, Wayne Robbins and Rob Howen secured the first win for Brandhall.

First Division report: Only three teams have won their first two matches: Bahia’s SC A, Norton B and Kinver Constitutional C lead the way in what appears to be a very competitive division.
Bahia’s came away from Pockets SC B with a 3-2 win, both Jordan Macdivitt & Mark Jeffries coming back well from some way adrift before Reece Bahia took the decider, while Norton won 4-1 away to Amblecote Inst D, last season’s Second Division champions. Carl Webb and Tony Brown edged the tighter frames for the visitors but Jordan Taylor cleared the last 4 balls against Andrew Brown to earn some consolation for the Institute.
Kinver C went 2-0 down at home to Kingswinford Cons A but stormed back to win thanks to Steve Nicholls, Tom Postings and Gregg Reece. Earlier Tim Carter, with a break of 34 to beat the prolific Adam Sprague, and Thomas Male had given Cons a great start.
There were contrasting fortunes for the other Kinver teams: the A team lost 3-2 at Moor Pool and Snooker, who were indebted to Simon Dingley, with a break of 44, Neil Gennard and Warren Knight, the inaugural Singles Handicap champion ten years ago, who was making his debut for the team. The B team, however, took all five frames away to Amblecote Inst C which included a black ball win for their most willing reserve, Ted Tromans. All three Kinver teams look set to compete very effectively.
Baggeridge Social B enjoyed their first win at home to Dudley Ex-Servicemen. Luke Whale, Alistair Baker and Trevor Cox, making his debut, won before Rob Thompson & Steve Childs fought back for the visitors in a match completed in fine spirit in little more than an hour.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians A bounced back from a 5-0 defeat away to Kinver A to defeat Amblecote Inst B 4-1. Dave Woodall, Gavin Dunn, Chris Cowley & Paul Garbett, with a break of 34 all won, with Alan Moore replying but, just like at Kinver the previous week, the frames were closely-contested.

Second Division report: Again, just three teams have won their first two matches: the two Amblecote British Legion sides and Kingswinford Snooker Centre. The Legion B team came through a tight match away to Kinver D, winning 3-2 thanks to Bill Crowther, Alex Bull & Gary Chater while Marcus Hines and Dan Barker, who cleared the last five balls to beat Steve Bull, won for Kinver.
Billy Green, Steve Norton & Rob Boylin were on the mark for the Legion’s A team who defeated Old Edwardians B 3-2, and, together with Kingswinford SC, 3-2 winners at Wombourne, they trail the B team by a single point. Richard Loftus, in his first appearance for KSC, Steve Ballinger and John Salisbury won for the visitors, with Jon Perry & Dave Flavell replying for Wombourne.
The newly-formed Amblecote Institute E team won their first match, a good all-round performance to ease past Stourbridge Institute D 4-1 away from home. Cary Homer, Lee Edwards, Lewis Hackett and Audie Homer combined to good effect, with Dominic Bacciocchi taking a frame for the hosts.
Bahia’s SC B also won their first match with Mark Reece, Gary Skinner and Paul Craig making home advantage count against Stourbridge Institute B. Harry Jones and Carl Green, both well into the veteran stage, but no less effective, ensured that the Institute took something from the match.

Charlie Cowley Charity Day Saturday at Stourbridge Football Club Sunday 29th September 2019
The posters distributed by Old Edwardians at the league meeting 3rd September did not show the link should anyone wish to make a donation to this worthy cause. This is as follows:

Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 11-12 September 2019

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Watts, A.Sidaway, D.Oakes, R.Wooldridge 37) Hotshots SC A 1 (B.Sembi)
Baggeridge Social A 4 (E.Bastable 36, D.Hall, M.Catalano 45, J.Donoghue 39) Brandhall Labour 1 (R.Howen 36)
Townsend Social 5 (K.Ashmore, D.Thompson, D.Petch, J.Spence, P.Thompson) Kingswinford Cons C 0
Hotshots SC B 3 (M.Kelly, D.Konior, D.Hartley) Norton Social A 2 (S.Thomas 69, A.Aston)
West Midlands Police 3 (C.Millward, C.Southwick, G.Sloan) Bearwood Cons 2 (J.Anderson, P.Montague)
Pockets SC A bye

First Division results:
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor, A.Brown, C.Webb, T.Brown) Baggeridge Social B 1 (F.Bennett)
Bahia’s SC A 5 (R & R.Bahia, K.Weaver, M.Jeffries, J.Macdivitt) Amblecote Inst C 0
Pockets SC B 3 (S.Preece, A.Turner, A.Kidd) Dudley ex-Servicemen 2 (S.Parsons, S.Childs)
Kinver Const A 5 (J.Woodhouse P.Churchman G.Tranter D.Banks K.Rollinson) S/b Old Edwardians A 0
Kinver Const B 2 (A.Tromans, M.Dowler) Kinver Const C 3 (G.Reece, A.Sprague, T.Postings 38)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, S.Spittle, J.Rees) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (S.Dingley 31, I.Priest 35)
Amblecote Inst B v Amblecote Inst D postponed

Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (Steve & Sam Ball, J.Ball) Kinver Const D 2 (M.Hines, D.Barker)
Amblecote RBL B 4 (S.Bull, W.Crowther, M.Lees, A.Bull) Bahia’s SC B 1 (M.Reece)
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, J.Salisbury 38, J.Westwood) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dom Bacciocchi, P.Robinson)
Stourbridge Inst B 3 (H.Jones, M.Daniels, C.Green) Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, D.Flavell 31)
Amblecote Inst E 2 (C.Homer, A.Homer) Amblecote RBL A 3 (Bill & Ben Green, S.Norton)

Premier Division report: Bidding to defend their first title success, Townsend Social entertained last season’s First Division champions, Kingswinford Cons C, and although the visitors competed well, Townsend took all five frames for the best possible start to this year’s campaign.
Baggeridge Social A, runners up in their first season, took the first four frames at home to Brandhall Labour, with Maria Catalano making a break of 45, before Rob Howen took a consolation point for the visitors, and Amblecote Institute A began the season well by defeating the 2017-18 champions, Hotshots SC A 4-1, with a black ball success for Andy Watts on his debut for the team.
Also, despite being taken to the final black, both Joe Anderson and Pete Montague gave promoted Bearwood Cons a great start away to West Midlands Police, but the home team countered through Colin Millward and Carl Southwick before Gavin Sloan completed the recovery.
Norton Social A look sure to have a good season and, in his first match for the team away to Hotshots SC B, Simon Thomas struck a break of 69, failing on a black with three reds remaining, but the home team prevailed 3-2 thanks to Mark Kelly, on his debut, who withstood a comeback from the individual champion Andy Smith to take the frame on the black, Dawid Konior and Dan Hartley.

First Division report: Two of the more likely championship contenders, with home advantage, began with 5-0 victories: Bahia’s SC A defeated newly-promoted Amblecote Institute D although their leading player Mark Jeffries was given a good game by his namesake, Alan, and Kinver Constitutional A took all five frames against Old Edwardians A, who competed well despite the scoreline.
Norton Social B secured the first four frames at home to Baggeridge Social B, with Andrew Brown doing well to beat Luke Whale, but Frankie Bennett salvaged a point for the visitors but the other three matches in this division were much more closely-fought.
Kinver’s C team just edged past their B team 3-2, thanks to another debutant, Gregg Reece, Adam Sprague and Tom Postings, who made a break of 38 in just his second season with the team. Arnie Tromans and Mark Dowler won for their opponents.
Moor Pool and Snooker just missed out on promotion last season and although Simon Dingley and Ian Priest had 30 plus breaks on the tables of Kingswinford Cons A, the home team took the match 3-2 with Thomas Male, Simon Spittle and John Rees in good form.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen, the latest club to join the league, lost their opening match 3-2 away to Pockets SC B. Stuart Parsons and Steve Childs, who played particularly well, won for Dudley but Simon Preece, Alan Turner and Tony Kidd just edged the match for Pockets.
Second Division report: There was very little to choose between the teams in a very tight opening week of fixtures, with only one team, Amblecote RBL B registering a 4-1 result. Bill Crowther, making a welcome return to the league, Mark Lees, Steve Bull & his son, Alex won against Bahia’s SC B, for whom Mark Reece won on his first appearance for the team.
The Legion’s other team also won, shading the match 3-2 away to their neighbours, Amblecote Institute E, thanks to Billy Green, a joint winner of the “most wins” accolade last year, Ben Green and Steve Norton but there were mixed results for the two Stourbridge Institute teams.
Harry Jones, Mark Daniels and Carl Green just did enough to steer the B team to victory against Wombourne but the Institute’s D team lost away to Kingswinford Snooker Centre where John Salisbury had a break of 38 for the hosts in an otherwise tight affair. Steve Ballinger and Jamie Westwood also won for KSC with Dominic Bacciocchi and Paul Robinson, who did well to beat Paul Curry on the black, replying for the visitors.
Finally, Old Edwardians B began with a win, courtesy of the Ball family, Steve and sons Sam and Jack, who combined to defeat Kinver’s D team 3-2, and will hope to do a shade better this time around, having missed out on promotion by only three points last season.


Final - Stourbridge A 2 Kidderminster 3 at Stourbridge Institute.
The teams elected to play a single leg match in the Institute’s excellent match room, rather than competing for the Dean Powell cup over two legs. Andy Smith gave Kidderminster the lead by defeating Jamie Spence but Dan Petch made it 1-1 against Gary Smith. The next two frames were shared as Karl Ashmore beat John Betton but Dave Thompson lost to young Tom Pepperall, whose two 20+ visits gave him an unassailable lead.
In the final frame, Kidderminster’s Rich Pepperall made an early 32 break and he held off the challenge of Darryl Payne to regain the cup at the expense of the holders, Stourbridge.

Many congratulations are extended to Kidderminster and thanks were given to both teams for the spirit in which the final was played, to the referees Mark Sheehan and Kev Franklin and to Stourbridge Institute for hosting the match.

Over 40s Final first leg at Norton Social: Stourbridge B 3 Worcester 2
Darren Cutler gave the visitors the edge when he cleared the last 4 balls against Steve Mason but Andrew Brown and Simon Thomas beat Dion Whittall and Alan Hook respectively to give Stourbridge a 2-1 lead. Former Dudley Snooker Club player Gary Hill then played extremely well for Worcester, making it 2-2 against Tony Davies. In a top quality final frame Rob Pitt beat Steve Dunn to give Stourbridge the slenderest of margins in readiness for the second leg.

Over 40s Final second leg at Pershore Club: Worcester 0 Stourbridge B 5
With visits of 46, 21 and 34 Simon Thomas outpointed Darren Cutler in great style, and Steve Mason made it 2-0 against Dion Whittall with the help of a run of 36. Paul Bowen and Rob Pitt, who had a break of 42 against Gary Hill, extended the advantage to 4-0 before Andrew Brown completed a 5-0 win, taking the overall score to 8-2 over the two legs, thereby retaining the trophy won in 2018.

Congratulations are given to the winners and runners up for a final played in the very best of spirit which the original Secretary, the late John Smith, would have endorsed whole-heartedly.
The thanks of all teams taking part were also recorded for the efforts of the current Secretary, Dean Powell, whose ill-health had prevented his attendance at these finals.