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MICK CASH
It is with great sadness that we report that the League has been advised of the death of Mick Cash of Bearwood Conservative Club who lost his lengthy battle against cancer on Saturday, 9th May at the age of 60.
Mick was a very good player who loved his snooker, a true gentleman of the sport. He helped Bearwood Conservative Club to win promotion to the Premier Division in 2019, winning 18 of his 24 frames, and he helped them to consolidate their position in the top flight this season. He was also a member of the Stourbridge team which reached the semi-final of the West Midlands Inter Town competition ten years ago.
The Stourbridge & District Snooker League extends its deepest sympathy to Mick’s family and to his teammates and members of Bearwood Conservative Club. Clearly at this difficult time, there will be restrictions on attending his funeral, a great shame as many local players would have liked the opportunity to show their deepest respect.


STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE REPORT 21st March 2020

Pairs’ Handicap Semi-Finals held at Amblecote Institute:
Bob Guise & Wayne Whitmore (K’ford Cons) (H/cap 33) 117 Andy Martin & Karl Weaver (Bahia’s SC) (80) 171 referee Steve Heath
Matt & Dave Whale (Baggeridge Soc) (50) 151 Gary Smith & John Betton (Pockets SC) (8) 115 referee Alan Checketts

Receiving 47 points start over two frames, Andy Martin and Karl Weaver just edged the first frame, and their opponents couldn’t make up the leeway in the second frame, before the concession came.
Conceding 42 start, Gary Smith and John Betton recovered 26 points in the first frame, but couldn’t make further progress as Dave Whale and his son, Matt played sensibly to increase their advantage in the second frame.

3 a side Handicap Semi-Finals held at Old Edwardians Club:
Pockets SC (minus 10) 195 Stourbridge Institute (12) 183, referee Stuart Barker
Baggeridge Social (67) 147 West Midlands Police (18) 220, referee Tony Kidd

Tom Pepperall made a good start for Pockets against Karl Ashmore, but lost the frame by 18 after a break of 38 by his opponent. John Betton, with a break of 37, built a lead of 82 points before Brett Harris potted the last three balls in good style to restrict Pockets’ overall lead to 24. Andy Smith seemed likely to sweep Pockets into the final but went in-off a black with two reds remaining. Ashley Aston seized his chance to recover to go three points ahead overall, but couldn’t leave the brown safe enough when cueing awkwardly over the black, and Andy cleared brown, blue and pink to steer Pockets through to the final.
West Midlands Police had to give Baggeridge Social 49 points, but Kev Franklin played extremely well to beat Luke Whale by 63. Carl Southwick then built a useful lead against Martin Collingridge, eventually winning by 26 points to ease the Police into a 40 point lead overall. Frankie Bennett halved that deficit until Mark Sheehan took advantage of the first chance to come his way to make a break of 33, and made no mistake with his next chance to force the concession.

THE SEMI-FINALS FOR THE LEAGUE’S REMAINING 9 COMPETITIONS HAVE ALL BEEN SUSPENDED IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE CORONA VIRUS HEALTH-SCARE.

WEST MIDLAND INTER LEAGUE: Kidderminster 4 Stourbridge A 1 at Pockets SC: Gregg Reece gave Stourbridge a good start but Wayne Dobson potted well to level the scores. Andy Smith, with a break of 46, and John Betton, who had a run of 52 secured the match for Kidderminster before Rich Pepperall completed a really good result for the title-holders.

Over 40s WORCESTER 3 STOURBRIDGE A 2 at Pershore: By virtue of two high-scoring wins against Kidderminster B, compared with Worcester’s two defeats against those same opponents, Stourbridge required only two frames to secure a place in this season’s Final. Steve Poyner and Dion Whittall gave the hosts a good start but Dave Oakes and Mark Sheehan levelled the match to claim that place in the final. Steve Dunn’s win against Andy Round gave Worcester the consolation of winning the match.

ALL OTHER GROUP MATCHES HAVE BEEN POSTPONED BECAUSE OF THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK.




STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE SUSPENSION OF ACTIVITIES

IN VIEW OF THE PRIME MINISTER’S ANNOUNCEMENT TONIGHT, WE REGRET TO ADVISE THAT ALL LEAGUE MATCHES AND KNOCK OUT COMPETITIONS ARE SUSPENDED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

COMMITTEE
STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE 16th March 2020




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 11-12 March 2020

Premier Division results:
Kingswinford Cons C 0 Baggeridge Social A 5 (W.Humphreys, D.Hall, M.Catalano, J.Donoghue 105, E.Bastable 42)
Pockets SC A 3 (G.Smith, R.Pepperall, A.Smith) West Midlands Police 2 (G.Sloan, M.Sheehan)
Bearwood Cons 3 (P.Gibson, A.Sohanpal 37, J.Chester) Hotshots SC B 2 (D.Konior, M.Kelly)
Brandhall Labour 3 (A.Round, P.Caldeira, A.Hooper) Norton Social A 2 (G.Tomkins, A.Aston)
Hotshots SC A 3 (C.Downing 79, M.Sutton, J.Brown) Townsend Social 2 (D.Thompson, P.Thompson 46)
Amblecote Institute A bye

First Division results:
Norton Social B 3 (A.Brown, P.Bowen, L.Grosvenor) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 2 (M.Johnson, M.Short)
Baggeridge Social B 4 (F.Bennett, M.Collingridge, M.Whale, A.Baker) Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male)
S/b Old Edwardians A 4 (H.Hall, G.Dunn, S.Tyler, P.Garbett) Amblecote Institute C 1 (J.Read)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (W.Knight, N.Gennard 30, S.Dingley) Kinver Constitutional C 2 (S.Nicholls, G.Reece)
Kinver Constitutional A 3 (J.Woodhouse 42, D.Banks, G.Tranter) Kinver Constitutional B 2 (R.Smith, M.Dowler)
Amblecote Institute B 3 (M.Cook, A.Moore, S.Harrison) Bahia’s SC A 2 (M.Jeffries 33, 35 J.Macdivitt)
Amblecote Institute D 3 (R.Brookes, C.Butcher, A.Kensett) Pockets SC B 2 (A.Kidd, J.Shuck)

Second Division results:
Kingswinford SC 3 (P.Curry, S.Hill, S.Ballinger) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (J.Ball, Steve Ball)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (S.Norton, Bill & Ben Green) Stourbridge Institute B 2 (K.Hulme, M.Daniels)
Amblecote Institute E 1 (S.Baggott) Wombourne 4 (D.Flavell, J.Perry, R.Mason, C.Pirnie)
Kinver Constitutional D 4 (C.Barker, M.Hines, J.Smith, J.Cumiskey) Bahia’s SC B 1 (G.Skinner)
Stourbridge Institute D v Amblecote RBL B postponed until 19/3/20

Premier Division report: Once again, the Premier Division championship will be decided on the last round of matches, but Baggeridge Social A are in prime position to take the title after taking all five frames on the tables of Kingswinford Cons C, while their closest rivals, Hotshots SC A were held to a 3-2 win by Townsend Social.
Justin Donoghue made a break of 105 for Baggeridge, the 11th century in all competitions so far, in consolidating his position at the head of most wins, 17/19, but his team had to work hard to take maximum points with Maria Catalano being taken to the pink by Leigh Bennett, and Eliott Bastable having to recover from 47 behind at one stage, eventually clearing the last two reds and colours for a break of 42 to win on the black against Bob Guise.
Hotshots A began well with Callum Downing (79 break) and Mark Sutton putting them 2-0 ahead but Dave and Phil Thompson (46 break) levelled the scores against Bal Sembi & Neil Beckley respectively, before Jamie Brown beat Darrell Payne in the decider. Baggeridge have a three point lead, but both title contenders have difficult final matches on 25th March, the leaders at home to Norton Social A while Hotshots have to visit West Midlands Police once both have competed in team knock out semi-finals.
Pockets SC A strengthened their hold on 4th place with a 3-2 win at home to the Police, thanks to Rich Pepperall and Gary and Andy Smith, while Brandhall Labour completed their league fixtures, ahead of their semi-final, with a 3-2 home win against Norton, with Andy Round, Paul Caldeira and Alan Hooper securing the result before Graham Tomkins and Ashley Aston fought back for the visitors.
Bearwood Cons also had a 3-2 home win, Paul Gibson, Avtar Sohanpal and John Chester just doing enough to beat Hotshots SC B to keep themselves out of the bottom two.

First Division report: Norton Social B went 10 points clear at the top of the First Division with a 3-2 success against Dudley Ex-Servicemen, thanks to Andrew Brown, Paul Bowen and Luke Grosvenor, and there are now just five matches remaining.
Kinver Constitutional A moved back into second place after defeating their own B team 3-2; Jim Woodhouse, with a 42 break, and Graham Tranter won comfortably but Dean Banks had to clear the last three balls to pip Andy Sloan to secure the win.
They eased a point above Pockets SC B, who lost 3-2 away to Amblecote Institute D, a team whose consistent form in the last six matches is second only to the league leaders. Rich Brookes, Carl Butcher and Adam Kensett, who recovered from 22 behind on the colours to beat Gavin Evans, won for the Institute, with Tony Kidd and Jamie Shuck, who has now won his last 20 frames, replying.
There are three points back to Kinver’s C team, who lost 3-2 at Moor Pool & Snooker for whom Neil Gennard, Warren Knight and Simon Dingley continued their successful season, while Kinver’s Gregg Reece did well to beat Ian Priest on the black, his 18th win in 21 frames.
Bahia’s SC A couldn’t improve on their 5th place when only Mark Jeffries and Jordan Macdivitt could win on the tables of Amblecote Institute B. Mick Cook, who handed Reece Bahia only his 3rd defeat, Alan Moore and Sam Harrison combined to take the match 3-2 for the Institute, but there’s still little joy for their C team, who lost 4-1 away to Old Edwardians A, another good result for Old Eds to back up their win against Kinver C the week before.
Baggeridge Social B also returned to form with a 4-1 win at home to Kingswinford Cons A. Thomas Male won the first frame for the visitors before Frankie Bennett, Martin Collingridge, Matt Whale and Alistair Baker turned the match around for the visitors.

Second Division report: There was a change in fortune for the former Second Division leaders, Kingswinford SC, who beat the new leaders, Old Edwardians B 3-2 to close the gap at the top to four points. They had lost four of their last five matches by the odd frame but Paul Curry, Steve Hill and Steve Ballinger, now with a perfect 22/22 record, redressed the balance against Old Eds, although the frames won by Jack and Steve Ball restricted the damage.
Two points away, Amblecote RBL B’s match was postponed for a week and this afforded Wombourne the opportunity to close to within a point of them with a 4-1 victory at Amblecote Institute E. Shaun Baggott gave the hosts a good start but Dave Flavell, Jon Perry, Bob Mason and Colin Pirnie eased Wombourne to their sixth successive win, easily their best run of the season.
In a series of close finishes, Amblecote RBL A edged past Stourbridge Institute B 3-2, thanks to Steve Norton and Billy and Ben Green, and although they are only 5th, they are just 7 points off 2nd place, and there was another encouraging result for Kinver Constitutional D, whose 4-1 win against Bahia’s SC B was their third in a row. The frames were well-contested however before Chris Barker, Marcus Hines, Joe Smith and John Cumiskey came out on top.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 4-5 March 2020

Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 5 (E.Bastable, D.Hall 38, M.Catalano, J.Donoghue, R.Evans) Bearwood Cons 0
Brandhall Labour 5 (S.Perry, W.Robbins, R.Howen, P.Caldeira, A.Round) Kingswinford Cons C 0
Townsend Social 3 (D.Petch, J.Spence, D.Payne) Pockets SC A 2 (A.Smith, R.Pepperall)
Hotshots SC B 1 (D.Konior) Hotshots SC A 4 (J.Brown, N.Beckley, B.Sembi, M.Sutton)
West Midlands Police 2 (P.Gibbons, M.Sheehan) Amblecote Inst A 3 (A.Sidaway, R.Wooldridge, M.Ganderton)
Norton Social A bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (W.Knight, N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Baggeridge Social B 1 (F.Bennett)
Pockets SC B 1 (J.Shuck 40) Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor, T.Brown, C.Webb, P.Bowen)
Amblecote Inst C 0 Amblecote Inst D 5 (A.Kensett 65, S.Butcher, Jordan Taylor, C.Butcher, R.Brookes)
Kinver Const C 2 (G.Reece, S.Small) S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley 40, D.Woodall, P.Garbett)
Bahia’s SC A 3 (C.Whitehouse, J.Macdivitt, R.Bahia) Kinver Const A 2 (J.Woodhouse, G.Tranter)
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (R.Thompson, S.Thompson, M.Short) Amblecote Inst B 2 (R.Grainger, M.Colbourne)
Kinver Const B 3 (R.Smith, A.Tromans, M.Dowler) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, S.Spittle)

Second Division results:
Wombourne 3 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell, C.Pirnie) Bahia’s SC B 2 (P.Jukes, M.Reece)
Amblecote RBL B 4 (S.Bull, M.Lees, W.Crowther, R.Conway) Amblecote RBL A 1 (R.Boylin)
Stourbridge Inst B 0 Kinver Const D 5 (D.Barker, M.Hines, J.Smith, C.Barker, J.Cumiskey)
Amblecote Inst E 3 (S.Marsh, S.Mattocks, L.Hackett) Kingswinford SC 2 (M.Surmacz, S.Ballinger)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (J.Ball, B.Ball, Steve & Sam Ball) Stourbridge Institute D 1 (Dom Bacciocchi)

Premier Division report: With two matches left to play in the top flight, Baggeridge Social A edged a little closer to the Premier Division championship with a 5-0 win at home to Bearwood Cons, while their closest rivals, Hotshots SC A beat their own B team 4-1, and they now trail by a single point.
Eliott Bastable, Dave Hall, Maria Catalano, and Justin Donoghue won with reasonable comfort for Baggeridge but Reanne Evans was hard-pressed by Joe Anderson, just winning on the pink. Dawid Konior gave Hotshots B a good start against their A team but Jamie Brown, Neil Beckley, Bal Sembi & Mark Sutton recovered in good style to ensure Hotshots A dropped no less than a point behind. Baggeridge have an away match against Kingswinford Cons C then play Norton Social at home, while Hotshots entertain Townsend Social before travelling to face West Midlands Police, on whose tables they clinched the championship in the final frame of the 2017-18 season.
Amblecote Institute A are only two points behind Hotshots A but have only one match left to play, but virtually assured themselves of 3rd place with a 3-2 win away to West Midlands Police, thanks to Ash Sidaway, Rick Wooldridge and Mark Ganderton.
Brandhall Labour took all five frames at home to Kingswinford Cons C, a really good result for them, although the visitors were well in contention in some of the frames, and Townsend Social just edged past Pockets SC A, courtesy of Darrell Payne’s decider against John Betton.

First Division report: Norton Social B, proving to be the most consistent all-round team, took a huge step towards securing the First Division championship with a 4-1 victory on the tables of their closest rivals, Pockets SC B, a result which puts them nine points clear of their opponents. Luke Grosvenor, Tony Brown, Paul Bowen and Carl Webb, who gave the most fluent display of the night, all won and Andrew Brown looked likely to do so until Jamie Shuck cleared the last three reds and colours for 40, to record his 19th successive win on the pink ball.
Kinver Constitutional’s A and C teams, both of whom are challenging for 2nd place, also lost: the A team went down 3-2 at Bahia’s SC A, for whom Reece Bahia took the decider against enthusiastic reserve, Bev Jackson, to take his personal record to 18/20, while the C team lost 3-2 at home to the ever-capable Old Edwardian A team. Chris Cowley, with a break of 40, Dave Woodall and Paul Garbett won for Old Eds while Gregg Reece won his 17th frame of a really good season for Kinver, although he was taken to the black by Gavin Dunn.
Kinver’s B team edged another close match at home to Kingswinford Cons A 3-2, thanks to Ron Smith, belying his 85 years, Arnie Tromans and the consistent Mark Dowler, while similarly, Dudley Ex-Servicemen relied on narrow wins for Rob Thompson, his son, Sam and Matt Short to beat Amblecote Institute B 3-2. Kinver B, Dudley and the afore-mentioned Bahia’s are all within 10 points of the second-placed team; the season still has six weeks to go, so there is much to play for.
This was exemplified in no uncertain terms when Amblecote Institute D’s Adam Kensett stroked home a break of 65, the highest in the division, in a 5-0 victory against their own C team. It followed a sequence of three 4-1 wins in their previous four matches, for this very much in-form team, who have also qualified for the semi-finals of the Plate knock out handicap in two weeks’ time.
Finally, Moor Pool & Snooker proved yet again how their home form stands up to the closest scrutiny, with a 4-1 win against Baggeridge Social B. Warren Knight, who did well to beat Luke Whale, Neil Gennard, Simon Dingley and Ian Priest won with Frankie Bennett replying.

Second Division report: Three of the top four teams won as Old Edwardians B increased their lead at the top of the Second Division to four points. The Ball family, Steve and his sons, Jack, Sam and Brett built a 4-0 lead at home to Stourbridge Institute D before Dominic Bacciocchi struck back.
Amblecote RBL B defeated their own A team 4-1 to move into second place. Steve Bull, who beat the prolific Billy Green, Mark Lees, Bill Crowther and Richard Conway eased into a 4-0 lead but Alex Bull lost narrowly to Rob Boylin.
There are two points further back to the early season leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre, who lost 3-2 away to Amblecote Institute E. Matt Surmacz and the still unbeaten Steve Ballinger both won but Shawn Marsh, Sam Mattocks and Lewis Hackett secured another win for the Institute in this, their first season of competitive play.
Wombourne came through a tough home match with Bahia’s SC B 3-2, thanks to John Wooldridge, Dave Flavell and Colin Pirnie, after Pete Jukes and Mark Reece had given the visitors every chance, and Wombourne are just six points off second place with six matches to be played.
Kinver’s D team, newly-formed this season, have suffered three 5-0 defeats on their travels and had won only one frame out of ten played at Stourbridge Institute, but they turned the form around with an impressive result taking all five frames against the Institute’s B team. Dan Barker, Marcus Hines, Joe Smith, John Cumiskey and Chris Barker, who pipped Harry Jones on the black, gave the visitors cause for celebration.

WORCESTER INTER LEAGUE Over 40s
Stourbridge A gave themselves a great chance of reaching this season’s final, with back to back wins against Kidderminster B. In the away match at St John’s Club, Stourbridge won all five frames on 1st March then five days later they won 4-1 at Stourbridge Institute. Gavin Sloan, Pete Gibbons and Rob Howen won both of their frames, Dave Oakes and Mark Sheehan and Andy Round one each. Ray Pugh earned Kidderminster a consolation point with a win in the final frame against Andy Round. If they can hold their own against Worcester, Stourbridge A can reach the final of the competition they won seven times in succession, prior to the success of Evesham then Stourbridge B twice in this event in the last three years.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 26-27 February 2020

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 1 (R.Clark) Townsend Social 4 (D.Petch, P & D.Thompson, J.Spence)
Pockets SC A 5 (T.Pepperall 92, G.Smith, R.Pepperall, J.Betton, A.Smith) Hotshots SC B 0
Bearwood Cons 3 (P.Gibson, A.Sohanpal, G.Foy) Brandhall Labour 2 (W.Robbins, R.Howen)
Hotshots SC A 3 (N.Beckley, J.Brown, M.Sutton) Baggeridge Social A 2 (M.Catalano, J.Donoghue 48)
Kingswinford Cons C v Norton Social A postponed
West Midlands Police bye

First Division results:
Amblecote Inst B 1 (M.Cook) Pockets SC B 4 (G.Evans, D.Timmington, J.Shuck, A Kidd)
Baggeridge Social B 2 (L.Whale, D.Whale) Kinver Constitutional B 3 (S.Hadley 34, N.Jennings, R.Smith)
Norton Social B 5 (P.Bowen, L.Grosvenor, A.Brown 34, C.Webb, T.Brown) Amblecote Inst C 0
Kinver Const A 4 (J.Woodhouse, D.Banks, P.Churchman, R.Jeffries) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 1 (S.Thompson)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett, S.Butcher, C.Butcher, R.Brookes) Kinver Const C 1 (A.Sprague)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male) Bahia’s SC A 4 (M.Jeffries, C.Whitehouse, R.Bahia, J.Macdivitt)
Stourbridge Old Edwardians A v Moor Pool & Snooker postponed until 18/3/20

Second Division results:
Wombourne 3 (C.Pirnie, D.Flavell, P.Tristram) Kingswinford SC 2 (M.Surmacz, S.Ballinger)
Bahia’s SC B 3 (N.Harrison, P.Jukes, G.Skinner) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, T.Pardoe)
Amblecote RBL A 2 (Bill Green, P.Botfield) S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (J.Ball, J.Chager, Steve Ball)
Stourbridge Inst D 2 (W.Gardener, P.Robinson) Amblecote Inst E 3 (A.Homer, L.Hackett, S.Marsh)
Kinver Constitutional D 3 (D.Barker, C.Barker, M.Hines) Amblecote RBL B 2 (S.Bull, R.Conway)

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A, bidding to regain the championship they won for the first time two years ago, beat the joint league leaders, Baggeridge Social A 3-2 and have joined their opponents at the top of the league; there are just three matches remaining for both teams. Neil Beckley and Jamie Brown put them 2-0 ahead, but Maria Catalano and Justin Donoghue, with a 48 break, levelled the match, and it was left to Mark Sutton to account for Eliott Bastable in the decider to ensure that Hotshots drew level with Baggeridge as league leaders.
Both teams owe a debt of gratitude to Townsend Social, however, who served up a reminder of why they are defending champions, with a 4-1 win on the tables of Amblecote Institute A, who are now one point adrift of the top two, although they have only two matches left to play. Dan Petch, Phil & Dave Thompson and Jamie Spence won for Townsend, with Rob Clark replying for the Institute, who look likely to fall short in their bid for the title, despite enjoying a very successful season.
Pockets SC A took all five frames at home to Hotshots B with the highlight being a break of 92 by Tom Pepperall, who just failed on the final yellow, when he had a century in his sights.
Bearwood Cons produced one of their best results, with a 3-2 win at home to Brandhall Labour, thanks to Paul Gibson, Avtar Sohanpal and Gavin Foy, who did well to outpoint Andy Round in the deciding frame.

First Division report: Norton Social B edged a little closer towards the First Division championship when they took all five frames at home to the bottom team, Amblecote Institute C. It was their sixth successive victory, and they have stretched their lead to five points. Andrew Brown continued his own good run of form with a break of 34.
Pockets SC B lead the chasing pack following a 4-1 success away to Amblecote’s B team, with Jamie Shuck winning his 18th frame in a row, although he had to come back from 25 points behind after Sam Harrison had made a good start. Gavin Evans, Dave Timmington and Tony Kidd also won for the visitors after Mick Cook had given the hosts a good start.
There were mixed fortunes for the Kinver Constitutional teams also vying for promotion: the A team beat Dudley Ex-Servicemen 4-1 to remain two points off 2nd place, with Paul Churchman and Rob Jeffries enjoying better luck with black ball finishes than in previous matches. Making his debut for Dudley, 16 year old Sam Thompson beat Graham Tranter, also on the black.
Only Adam Sprague could win for Kinver’s C team, however, as the greatly-improved form of Amblecote Institute D continued; Adam Kensett who came from some way behind to win, Steve Butcher, Rich Brookes and Carl Butcher, who did well to hand Gregg Reece only his 3rd defeat, all won for the Institute, last season’s Second Division champions. Kinver are 4 points off 2nd place.
Steve Hadley, who had a break of 34, and black ball success for both Norman Jennings and Ron Smith gave Kinver’s B team a 3-2 win on the tables of Baggeridge Social B, and they are still in a position to challenge for honours along with Bahia’s SC A, who returned to form with a 4-1 result at Kingswinford Cons. Reece Bahia took his personal record to 17 wins in 19 frames. Thomas Male, with the aid of a fortunate pink, secured a consolation point for the Cons.

Second Division report: Whilst their two closest rivals faltered, Old Edwardians B took the opportunity to edge three points clear at the top of the Second Division. They won 3-2 away to Amblecote RBL A, thanks to Jack Ball, Jat Chager and Steve Ball, while their rivals both lost 3-2.
Only Matt Surmacz and the remarkable Steve Ballinger, now 20/20 for the season, won for Kingswinford SC at Wombourne, who retained an interest in the promotion race themselves thanks to Colin Pirnie, Dave Flavell and Paul Tristram. Wombourne trail their opponents by six points.
Amblecote RBL B also slipped up away to Kinver Constitutional D for whom Chris and Dan Barker and Marcus Hines took the honours. At least the frames won by Rich Conway and Steve Bull enabled the Legion to remain within a point of Kingswinford.
Both Stourbridge Institute teams lost 3-2: the B team went down away to Bahia’s SC B, for whom Neil Harrison, Pete Jukes and Gary Skinner all won comfortably while the D team lost at home to Amblecote Institute E; Audie Homer, Lewis Hackett and Shawn Marsh were able to celebrate bringing an end to a run of ten consecutive defeats in this, their first season.

Worcester Inter League at Pershore: Worcester 3 Stourbridge A 2. Worcester won a very closely-fought match thanks to Darren Bott, who beat Mark Colbourne, Antony George, who took the pink to defeat Reece Bahia, and Steve Dunn, who took the pink to take the deciding frame against Paul Garbett. Earlier, Jamie Shuck cleared the last five balls against Dion Whittall, and Gregg Reece battled to beat Andrew Barklam, also on the black, to take a frame each for Stourbridge. The holders of the trophy, Kidderminster, complete the group.







Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 19-20 February 2020

Team Knock Out Quarter-Final Handicap

Cup:
Hotshots SC A (handicap -82) 354 (R.Stokes, M.Sutton 44, N.Beckley 48, B.Sembi, C.Downing 44) Kinver Const B (173) 309
Townsend Social (-60) 284 (K.Ashmore, D.Oakes, D.Thompson, D.Payne) Pockets SC A (-13) 154 (A.Smith)
Pockets SC B (121) 382 (G.Ward, J.Shuck, A.Kidd) Moor Pool & Snooker (160) 355 (N.Gennard, W.Knight)
Stourbridge Inst B (250) 486 (C.Green, M.Daniels, K.Hulme) Bahia’s SC A (172) 392 (D.Smith, R.Bahia)

Plate:
Baggeridge Social B (-27) 407 (L.Whale, D.Hall, M.Catalano, J.Donoghue, E.Bastable) Stourbridge Inst D (250) 372
Amblecote Inst A (-33) 286 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark, D.Oakes, R.Wooldridge) Hotshots SC B (14) 246 (D.Hartley)
Kingswinford Cons A (160) 311 Brandhall Labour (4) 376 (P.Caldeira, S.Perry, J.Bate, W.Robbins, A.Round 59)
Amblecote Inst D (158) 483 (A.Kensett, C.Butcher, R.Brookes) Kingswinford SC (220) 407 (M.Surmacz, P.Curry)

Cup Report: Hotshots SC A had to concede 255 points at home to Kinver Constitutional B but three of their players won by 40+ points, and Neil Beckley by 76 to reduce the deficit to 38. Callum Downing completed the task in the final frame, with the help of a break of 44.
An even match looked likely between Townsend Social and Pockets SC A but Karl Ashmore scored heavily to win by 76 points, and Townsend’s next three players won by 50 points each to establish an overall lead of 175, to leave Pockets’ Andy Smith no chance of recovery in the final frame.
Receiving 39 points start, Moor Pool & Snooker’s Neil Saunders, Neil Gennard & Warren Knight scored heavily on those important final colours on the tables of Pockets SC B, but Jamie Shuck cleared the colours to win by 66 to reduce their lead to 36, and Tony Kidd took advantage of some bad luck on Glyn Whitehouse’s part to secure the result in a good-spirited match on the blue.
Stourbridge Institute B received 64 points start from Bahia’s SC A, but again home advantage made a difference with Carl Green, Mark Daniels and Kevin Hulme all adding to the lead, and Reece Bahia had little chance of retrieving a 79 point deficit against wily Harry Jones in the final frame.

Plate Report: Both joint leaders of the Premier Division enjoyed home advantage as they faced opponents receiving start, but both came good in the end: Amblecote Institute A had to concede 47 points against Hotshots SC B, and in a repeat of their league score against the same opponents the week before, they won four of the frames. Dan Hartley’s 55 point win gave them a real scare however and Rob Clark’s 51 point win against Dawid Konior was much-needed. Rick Wooldridge then completed the recovery against Mark Kelly in the final frame.
By contrast, Baggeridge Social A had to concede 277 points start to Stourbridge Institute D from the Second Division but Luke Whale, Dave Hall, Maria Catalano and Justin Donoghue all scored heavily and Eliott Bastable, by now 20 points behind, secured the match against Paul Robinson.
Amblecote Institute D were indebted to 60+ point wins by Adam Kensett and Carl Butcher as they tried to retrieve not only a 62 point handicap given to Kingswinford Snooker Centre but also narrow victories achieved by Matt Surmacz and Paul Curry, but Richard Brookes held off the challenge of Steve Ballinger in the final frame, to steer the Institute through to the semi-final, where they will face Baggeridge.
Brandhall Labour had to concede 156 points and home advantage to Kingswinford Cons A, and although Stuart Perry and Jon Bate won well, Paul Caldeira and Wayne Robbins were held to narrow margins of victory by Thomas Male and John Byng respectively. Needing to win the last by 32 points against Tim Carter, Andy Round, with the help of a run of 59, achieved it with something to spare.

Two more century breaks in knock out play:
Ashley Sidaway of Amblecote Institute A had a break of 105 in the second frame of a 3-0 quarter-final Premier Singles match away to Mark Jeffries of Bahia’s, while Eliott Bastable of Baggeridge Social struck a 116 in the first frame away to Mark Sutton of Hotshots A, but Mark took the match 3-2. Andy Smith of Pockets A also won his match 3-0 against Hotshots’ Dawid Konior, and the semi-final line up will be completed by one of the Hotshots’ pair, Bal Sembi or Jamie Brown, who play against each other this week.

WEST MIDLANDS INTER TOWN Quarter-Final at Landywood SC: ALDRIDGE B 4-3 STOURBRIDGE
Stourbridge were given a good start by Andy Smith who followed a well-judged snooker with a clearance of the last seven reds and colours for 74 against Jamie Harris, but on the adjacent table Mick Stockley levelled for Aldridge, beating Steve Mason on the pink. The home team took a firm grip on the match when teenager Jack Harris beat Gavin Sloan, and Robbie James compiled a decisive 40 break to defeat Ashley Aston.
Stourbridge tried hard to level the scores, and Tom Pepperall fought his way back into the frame to beat Steve Barton on the pink to raise hope, but within a few minutes on the other table Dave Turner came from 19 behind against Rob Pitt with a 36 break, then laying a difficult snooker which effectively clinched the match. Rich Pepperall had the satisfaction of taking the final frame against Andy Evans to make the final score 4-3.
In the semi-final Aldridge B will face Oldbury, the Hotshots squad of players, while Aldridge A have qualified to play Bridgnorth A, several of whose players are familiar to the Stourbridge League.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 12-13 February 2020

Premier Division results:
Brandhall Labour 3 (S.Perry, A.Round, P.Caldeira) Hotshots SC A 2 (J.Brown, R.Stokes)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (W.Humphries 112, D.Hall 50, J.Donoghue 45) Pockets SC A 2 (R.Pepperall, A.Smith)
Townsend Social 4 (P.Thompson, K.Ashmore 88, D.Thompson, D.Payne) West Midlands Police 1 (M.Sheehan 55)
Hotshots SC B 1 (M.Kelly) Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway, D.Oakes, M.Ganderton, R.Wooldridge)
Norton Social A v Bearwood Cons postponed
Kingswinford Cons C bye

First Division results:
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Evans, A.Kidd, J.Shuck) Kinver Constitutional A 2 (J.Woodhouse, D.Banks 38)
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (P.Garbett 31, C.Cowley) Baggeridge Social B 3 (D.Whale, N.Fellows, L.Whale)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (W.Knight, N.Gennard, I.Priest) Amblecote Inst D 2 (M.Robson, C.Butcher)
Kinver Constitutional C 2 (A.Sprague, T.Postings) Norton Social B 3 (P.Bowen, T.Brown, A.Brown)
Bahia’s SC A 2 (C.Whitehouse, Reece Bahia 50) Kinver Constitutional B 3 (N.Jennings 33, R.Smith, M.Dowler 41)
Amblecote Institute C 0 Amblecote Inst B 5 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne)
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 1 (R.Thompson) Kingswinford Cons A 4 (J.Rees, J.Cowan, J.Byng, T.Carter)

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst E 2 (L.Hackett, S.Mattocks) Amblecote RBL A 3 (Ben Green, Bill Green 31, S.Norton)
S/b Old Edwardians B 5 (J.Ball, Steve & Sam Ball, B.Ball, T.Purslow) Kinver Constitutional D 0
Stourbridge Institute B 2 (L.Ward, H.Jones) Wombourne 3 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell 31, C.Pirnie)
Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Ballinger, P.Curry) Stourbridge Inst D 3 (Dom & Dino Bacciocchi, T.Game)
Amblecote RBL B 3 (M.Lees, W.Crowther, A.Bull) Bahia’s SC B 2 (M.Reece, N.Harrison)

Premier Division report: Baggeridge Social A inched a little closer to the Premier Division championship with a 3-2 win at home to 4th placed Pockets SC A, taking advantage of a slip by the joint leaders, Hotshots SC A. Wes Humphries made a break of 112 against Gary Smith in the opening frame, a great effort which now ranks as the second highest break this season, and Dave Hall’s 50 break helped to make it 2-0. Justin Donoghue made it 3-0 in a rapid frame, bouncing back with 45 then clearing from the last red after John Betton had opened with visit of 54. Rich Pepperall and Andy Smith ensured that Pockets took some consolation from a well-spirited, entertaining match.
Hotshots lost a very close match 3-2 away to Brandhall Labour, for whom Stuart Perry, Andy Round and Paul Caldeira, on the black in the decider against Bal Sembi, took the honours. Frames won by Jamie Brown and Roy Stokes ensured that Hotshots dropped no more than two points off the pace.
They have to be content with 3rd place, however, as Amblecote Institute A won 4-1 on the tables of Hotshots B, to enable them to draw level with Baggeridge. Ash Sidaway, Dave Oakes, Mark Ganderton and Rick Wooldridge all won comfortably but Rob Clark lost on the black to Mark Kelly, to end a great run of ten successive wins, a sequence which began in the reverse fixture, against Mark!
Baggeridge have to play away to Hotshots A, one of four matches they both have left to play, whereas Amblecote Institute have three matches remaining.
The defending champions, Townsend Social beat West Midlands Police 4-1, Karl Ashmore on target again with a clearance of 88, while Mark Sheehan secured the Police’s frame with a break of 55.

First Division report: The top two in the First Division clashed with Norton Social B winning a tight match away to Kinver Constitutional C 3-2 to give themselves a four point cushion. Adam Sprague, with a good win against Luke Grosvenor, and Tom Postings won for Kinver, but Norton secured the vital win thanks to Paul Bowen, Tony Brown and Andrew Brown, who inflicted only the second defeat of the season on Gregg Reece, his former teammate for over 20 years, in the deciding frame.
The teams contesting third place also faced each other, with Pockets SC B just edging another tight affair 3-2 against Kinver’s A team. Gavin Evans and Dean Banks, who had a 38 break, won quite comfortably, but the other frames were decided on the black, against the general run of play in each case, including Jay Shuck’s 17th successive victory against Rob Jeffries to clinch the match for Pockets, who have drawn level with Kinver C. Kinver A are just two points away in 4th position.
Five consecutive 3-2 wins had carried Dudley Ex-Servicemen into 5th place, but they lost ground on the leaders when Kingswinford Cons A paid them a visit and won 4-1 to keep themselves four points clear of the relegation zone, a really good result for the away team to win on those difficult tables.
Bahia’s SC A also slipped to a 3-2 defeat at home to Kinver’s B team despite Reece Bahia making a break of 50, the second best in the division; Ron Smith, Norman Jennings, who had a 33 break, and Mark Dowler, with 41, secured the win for the visitors, who are only 10 points off second spot.
Old Edwardians A went 2-0 up at home to Baggeridge Social B, but Neil Fellows, with a welcome return to the team, Dave Whale, and his son, Luke produced a fine recovery for the visitors.
Similarly, Moor Pool & Snooker went 2-0 ahead at home to Amblecote Institute D, but Mark Robson and Carl Butcher made it 2-2 before Ian Priest, as he’s done so often before, took the decider for the hosts.
Amblecote Institute B exacted revenge upon their C team, who had beaten them earlier in the season, by taking all five frames in the reverse fixture, thanks to Cyril Tromans, Mick Cook, Alan Moore, Sam Harrison and Mark Colbourne.

Second Division report: There are new leaders in the Second Division as Old Edwardians B took full advantage of another slip by the former long-time leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre. The Ball family, Steve and his sons, Jack, Sam and Brett put Old Eds 4-0 ahead at home to Kinver Const D before club steward, Tim Purslow swapped pulling pints for potting balls to beat the leading Kinver player, Dan Barker, to make it 5-0 which enabled his team to take a single point lead at the top.
Kingswinford SC faltered at home against Stourbridge Institute D even though Steve Ballinger made it 19/19 for himself with a narrow win against Chris Crumpton. Tom Game and brothers, Dominic and Dino Bacciocchi took the honours for the visitors. Paul Curry also won for KSC, but their lead over the 3rd placed team has dwindled to just the one point from Amblecote RBL B.
The Legion B team won a very tight match against Bahia’s SC B 3-2, thanks to Mark Lees, Bill Crowther and Alex Bull. Mark Reece and Neil Harrison replied but there was little between the sides in terms of points scored.
Two other teams maintained their challenge for promotion with narrow but important wins: the Legion’s A travelled around the corner to Amblecote Institute where Billy Green, Ben Green and Steve Norton combined to defeat the E team 3-2. They remain in 4th place, just 7 points off the top, two points clear of Wombourne, who avenged the narrowest possible cup defeat on the tables of Stourbridge Institute B, by winning there 3-2, thanks to John Wooldridge, Dave Flavell and Colin Pirnie.







Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 5-6 February 2020

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 3 (D.Oakes, A.Sidaway 102, R.Clark) Baggeridge Social A 2 (J.Donoghue, E.Bastable)
Hotshots SC A 4 (N.Beckley, C.Downing, M.Sutton, J.Brown 58) Norton Social A 1 (R.Pitt 35)
Pockets SC A 3 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall, A.Smith 42) Brandhall Labour 2 (S.Perry, P.Caldeira)
Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester, J.Anderson, P.Gibson) Kingswinford Cons C 2 (A.Coley, W.Whitmore)
West Midlands Police 4 (G.Sloan, M.Sheehan, P.Gibbons, K.Franklin) Hotshots SC B 1 (D.Konior)
Townsend Social bye

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (J.Byng) Pockets SC B 4 (G.Evans, G.Ward, J.Shuck, A.Kidd)
Baggeridge Social B 4 (M.Whale, M.Collingridge, L.Whale 37, A.Baker) Bahia’s SC A 1 (R.Bahia)
Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen, C.Webb) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (S.Dingley, I.Priest)
Kinver Constitutional A 3 (G.Tranter, J.Woodhouse, K.Rollinson) Amblecote Inst C 2 (M.Skidmore, R.Vanes)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, A.Moore) Kinver Const C 3 (G.Reece, T.Postings, S.Nicholls)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (Jordan Taylor, A.Kensett, C.Butcher, M.Robson) S/b Old Edwardians A 1 (D.Woodall)
Kinver Const B 2 (R.Smith, M.Dowler) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (C.Foster, R.Thompson, M.Short)

Second Division results:
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (Dino Bacciocchi) Wombourne 4 (J.Wooldridge, R.Mason, P.Tristram, D.Flavell)
S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (B.Ball, Sam Ball) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Jukes, N.Harrison, M.Reece)
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, M.Surmacz, P.Curry) Amblecote RBL A 2 (P.Botfield, S.Norton)
Amblecote RBL B 2 (R.Conway, W.Crowther) Stourbridge Inst B 3 (H.Jones, L.Ward, C.Green)
Amblecote Inst E 2 (S.Marsh, L.Edwards) Kinver Const D 3 (D.Barker, C.Barker, M.Hines)

Premier Division report: Two of the top the teams in the Premier Division clashed, with Amblecote Institute A beating the leaders, Baggeridge Social A 3-2 to trail by a single point. Ashley Sidaway, who has come so close to a century in league play so often, finally hit the mark with a great effort of 102 against Dave Hall, and Rob Clark and Dave Oakes secured the win before Justin Donoghue and Eliott Bastable countered.
Hotshots SC A eased their way into a share of the lead with a 4-1 win at home to the 4th placed team, Norton Social A. Neil Beckley, Callum Downing, Mark Sutton and Jamie Brown, who had a break of 58, all won although Bal Sembi was outpointed by Rob Pitt.
Pockets SC A edged a point above Norton with a hard-fought 3-2 result at home to Brandhall Labour: Gary Smith and Tom Pepperall put them 2-0 ahead but Paul Caldeira and Stuart Perry levelled before Andy Smith won the decider against Andy Round.
Similarly, Bearwood Cons went 2-0 up at home to Kingswinford Cons C, only for the visitors to make it 2-2. Paul Gibson secured the win for Bearwood in the decider against John Cartwright.
West Midlands Police duly completed the pattern of home wins with a 4-1 success against Hotshots B, thereby exacting a little revenge for their team knock-out defeat by the same team two weeks ago. Dawid Konior took the opener for the visitors before Gavin Sloan, Mark Sheehan, Pete Gibbons and Kev Franklin combined to great effect for the Police.

First Division report: There was little change at the top of the First Division, with the top four teams all winning. Luke Grosvenor, Paul Bowen and Carl Webb struck for a winning lead for Norton Social B but Moor Pool and Snooker’s Simon Dingley and Ian Priest won narrowly to restrict the score to 3-2.
Kinver Constitutional C remained two points behind with a 3-2 win away to Amblecote Institute B. Gregg Reece, enjoying his best-ever season with his 16th win out of 17, won comfortably but Tom Postings was taken to the black by Sam Harrison before Steve Nicholls’ pink in the decider against Mark Colbourne clinched the win for the visitors.
It was a similar story for Kinver’s A team who edged past Amblecote Inst C 3-2 thanks to Graham Tranter, Jim Woodhouse and Keith Rollinson in the deciding frame against Roger McManus, to remain two points further away in 3rd place, but this was a much more encouraging result for the visitors, beaten 5-0 the week before, taking two frames through Mitch Skidmore and Ray Vanes.
A 4-1 win for Pockets SC B on the tables of Kingswinford Cons A enabled them to draw level with Kinver A in third place, but with two black ball frames and one decided on the pink, there was really very little between the teams. Jamie Shuck eventually won well, extending his winning sequence to a remarkable 16 frames in only his third season.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen, in their first season, climbed into 5th place, only 10 points off the top, with a 3-2 win on the tables of Kinver’s B team, thanks to Colin Foster, Rob Thompson and Matt Short, taking the place of Bahia’s SC A, who lost 4-1 away to Baggeridge Social B. Luke Whale, with a break of 37, his brother, Matt and black ball wins for Mart Collingridge & Alistair Baker established a 4-0 lead in their local “derby”, before Reece Bahia cleared the colours to rescue a point for his team.
Amblecote Institute D maintained their revival in form to defeat Old Edwardians A 4-1 at home. Carl Butcher did well to beat Chris Cowley on the black, and there were also narrow wins for Jordan Taylor, Adam Kensett and Mark Robson before Dave Woodall struck back for the visitors.

Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre’s form had dipped, and three defeats in four matches had seen their lead at the top of the Second Division dwindle to a single point but Matt Surmacz and Paul Curry helped the still-unbeaten Steve Ballinger to produce a timely 3-2 win against one of their promotion rivals, Amblecote RBL A, while their two closest rivals both slipped up at home and both continue to share second place, but now three points adrift.
Stourbridge Institute B upset Amblecote RBL B 3-2, with Harry Jones, Lee Ward and Carl Green just coming out best in five very even frames, while Old Edwardians B came unstuck against Bahia’s SC B, also 3-2. Neil Harrison, on his debut for the team, Pete Jukes and Mark Reece won for Bahia’s with Brett and Sam Ball replying for Old Eds, whose run of 6 wins in their previous 7 matches had taken them to within a point of the leaders.
Four successive wins had given Stourbridge Institute D a promotion chance but Wombourne produced one of their better displays to win 4-1 away from home to edge above them in the league table. Dino Bacciocchi gave the Institute a good start but John Wooldridge, Bob Mason, Paul Tristram and Dave Flavell, who beat Chris Crumpton in the last frame, helped to reignite Wombourne’s own bid for honours, and they sit 10 points off the top.
Finally there was another very close match between Amblecote Inst E and Kinver D. Dan Barker, his father, Chris and Marcus Hines all won for Kinver, but with very little to spare, while Lee Edwards and Shawn Marsh, who was able to celebrate his first league success, gave the home side two consolation points.

WORCS INTER LEAGUE OVER 40s at Stratford Sports Club: EVESHAM 3 STOURBRIDGE B 2. Evesham beat the 2018 and 2019 champions, Stourbridge B to give themselves a good chance of reaching this season’s final. The last county individual champion, Carl Saidler, former Countdown champion, Tony Baylis, and the tournament’s secretary, Dean Powell all won, with Neil Rollinson and Rob Pitt taking a frame each for Stourbridge. Having lost the previous week in Kidderminster, also on a deciding frame, Stourbridge need two convincing home wins against these same opponents during March to give themselves a chance of reaching this season’s final.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League 29-30 January 2020

Premier Division results:
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (J.Cartwright) Hotshots SC A 4 (N.Beckley, B.Sembi, M.Sutton 30, J.Brown 45)
Baggeridge Social A 4 (E.Bastable, M.Catalano 36, J.Donoghue, R.Evans 43) West Midlands Police 1 (G.Sloan 33, 36)
Brandhall Labour 3 (S.Perry, P.Caldeira, A.Round) Amblecote Inst A 2 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark)
Norton Social A 2 (S.Thomas, S.Mason) Pockets SC A 3 (R.Pepperall, A.Smith, J.Betton 33)
Hotshots SC B 1 (C.Howell) Townsend Social 4 (J.Spence, P.Thompson, D.Thompson, D.Payne)
Bearwood Cons bye

First Division results:
Baggeridge Social B 1 (M.Whale 37) Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen, C.Webb, T.Brown, A.Brown)
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley 30, S.Tyler) Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, T.Brown, A.Brown)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, N.Gennard, W.Knight) Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Colbourne, M.Cook)
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (M.Short, M.Johnson, T.Pearsall) Bahia’s SC A 2 (C.Whitehouse, R.Bahia)
Amblecote Inst C 0 Kingswinford Cons A 5 (J.Cowan, T.Carter, T.Male, J.Byng, J.Rees)
Kinver Constitutional C 3 (A.Sprague 43, T.Postings 30, G.Reece) Kinver Const A 2 (J.Woodhouse 39, P.Churchman)
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Evans, A.Kidd, J.Shuck) Kinver Const B 2 (A.Tromans, M.Dowler)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (Jordan Taylor, C.Butcher, A.Kensett 32, R.Brookes) Baggeridge Social B 1 (M.Whale)

Second Division results:
Wombourne 3 (J.Perry, R.Mason, D.Flavell) Amblecote RBL B 2 (S.Bull, A.Bull)
Bahia’s SC B 4 (A.Martin, G.Skinner, P.Jukes, B.Jones) Amblecote Inst E 1 (S.Mattocks)
Kinver Const D 3 (C.Barker, D.Barker 34, M.Hines) Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger)
Amblecote RBL A 2 (R.Boylin, S.Norton) Stourbridge Inst D 3 (T.Game, C.Crumpton, P.Robinson)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (M.Daniels) S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (B.Ball, J.Ball, Sam Ball, J.Chager)

Premier Division report: Baggeridge Social A came through another difficult match with a 4-1 win at home to West Midlands Police and they have extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division to three points. Eliott Bastable, Justin Donoghue, Maria Catalano and Reanne Evans all won, with Gavin Sloan earning a consolation point for the Police.
Amblecote Institute A had been joint leaders but they were defeated 3-2 at Brandhall Labour. Stuart Perry, Paul Caldeira and Andy Round, in the decider against his former teammates, won for Brandhall, with Ash Sidaway and Rob Clark consolidating their places at the top of the “most wins” placings with comfortable victories for the visitors.
Hotshots SC A joined Amblecote in a share of second place with a 4-1 win away to Kingswinford Cons C, with Jamie Brown stepping in to help out again making a break of 45, but Norton Social A’s challenge faltered on their own tables when Pockets SC A fought back from 2-0 down to take the match 3-2, thanks to Rich Pepperall, Andy Smith and John Betton. John came from some way behind, just as he’d done the previous week on the same table in a cup-tie against their B team.
Townsend Social, the defending champions, although rather too far adrift to figure this season, kept up the pressure on the top five with a 4-1 win away to Hotshots B. Jamie Spence, Darrell Payne and Phil and Dave Thompson won for them after Chad Howell had given the hosts a good start.

First Division report: By virtue of winning their rearranged match away to Baggeridge Social B 4-1 and following up with a 3-2 result at Old Edwardians A, Norton Social B returned to the top of the First Division, where they have now established a two point lead: Andy and Tony Brown won both of their frames.
The previous joint leaders, Kinver Constitutional A lost 3-2 in a closely-fought game against their C team, who edged two points above them into 2nd place: Adam Sprague, with a 43 break, Tom Postings and Gregg Reece, in the decider, taking his own tally up to an impressive 15/16 wins, clinched the C team’s fifth successive victory.
There’s just another point back to the 4th placed team, Pockets SC B, who edged past another challenging team, Kinver B 3-2, with Gavin Evans in particularly good form, and Jamie Shuck impressing with a 15th straight win.
In their first season, Dudley Ex-Servicemen might only be sixth, but they are only ten points off the lead and they closed the gap to fifth-placed Bahia’s SC A to two points by defeating them at home 3-2. Tom Pearsall won yet again and he was joined by Matt Short and Matt Johnson before Chris Whitehouse and Reece Bahia, who’s lost only twice, hit back for the visitors.
Moor Pool & Snooker extended their fine home record with a 3-2 win against Amblecote Institute B thanks to Neil Gennard, Simon Dingley and Warren Knight, a result which sent their opponents into the bottom three as they were overtaken by Kingswinford Cons A, who took all five frames on the tables of Amblecote’s C team. John Cowan, Tim Carter, Thomas Male, John Byng and John Rees all won quite decisively to achieve only the 7th 5-0 scoreline throughout the entire season.
By sharp contrast, Amblecote’s D team, last year’s Second Division champions, produced their best performance to beat Baggeridge Social B 4-1. Jordan Taylor, Carl Butcher, Adam Kensett and Rich Brookes all won well, with Matt Whale, just as he been against Norton, the only Baggeridge winner.

Second Division report: The long-time leaders of the Second Division, Kingswinford Snooker Centre, lost for the third time in their last four matches, 3-2 away to Kinver Constitutional D. Only Paul Curry and the unbeaten Steve Ballinger could win as Chris Barker, Dan Barker, with a break of 34, and Marcus Hines secured the match for Kinver, who have also beaten two of the other title contenders on their own tables. Kingswinford’s lead remained at a single point.
Amblecote RBL B, who had been the closest challengers, couldn’t take advantage as they went down 3-2 at Wombourne, Jon Perry, Bob Mason and Dave Flavell reviving the home team’s own promotion challenge, whereas Old Edwardians B had a solid 4-1 win away to Stourbridge Institute B, and they, too are only a point behind KSC. Steve Ball lost narrowly to Mark Daniels, but his sons, Brett, Jack and Sam, and Jat Chager, who did well to beat Harry Jones completed a good night for Old Eds.
Amblecote RBL A could field only four players and lost 3-2 at home to Stourbridge Institute D, but are still only six points off the top. Tom Game and Chris Crumpton secured the Institute’s fourth win in a row, and they are only three points further adrift.
Finally, Bahia’s SC B followed up their win away to the league leaders with a 4-1 home win against Amblecote Institute E. Andy Martin, Gary Skidmore, Pete Jukes and Ben Jones won with Sam Mattocks replying for the Institute.

WEST MIDLANDS INTER TOWN last 16 at Shifnal War Memorial Club
TELFORD A 3 (K.Price, C.Wraight, P.Lloyd) STOURBRIDGE 4 (G.Sloan, A.Aston, S.Mason, R.Pepperall) Keith Price and Callum Wraight, who had a break of 45, gave Telford a fine start, but Gavin Sloan, with the help of a 37 break pulled a frame back, and Ashley Aston, who was given a reprieve when Mike Dorey failed on a brown to the middle pocket, cleared well to the pink to level the match at 2-2. Paul Lloyd, with visits of 28, 40 and 33 quickly made it 3-2 to Telford, but Steve Mason, in a frame of fluctuating fortunes, potted a good black against Ian Duffy to make it 3-3.
In the deciding frame, Richard Pepperall, trailing 25-6 to Darren Weston, cleared the last nine reds in a break of 58 under great pressure, to clinch a quarter-final place for Stourbridge, away to Aldridge B, to be held at Landywood Snooker Club on 21st February.
Other Quarter-final ties are: Aldridge A v Wednesfield, Dudley v Oldbury, a tie which will feature a number of players from Townsend Social and Hotshots SC respectively, and Telford C v Bridgnorth A, whose players also feature in both the Stourbridge League and West Midlands League.

WORCESTERSHIRE INTER LEAGUE at Stratford Sports Club:
EVESHAM 4 (S.Watson, C.Saidler, N.Parker, J.Rogers) STOURBRIDGE B 1 (L.Whale)
The highlight of this match was a fine break of 89 by Stuart Watson, and he and Carl Saidler took the opening frames for Evesham. Luke Whale hit back for Stourbridge but Neil Parker made the match safe for Evesham, who then made the score 4-1 when Joe Rogers beat Andy Brown on the black!





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 22-23 January 2020

Team Knock Out Handicaps

Cup
Norton Social B (h/cap 86) 304 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen) Pockets SC A (-14) 327 (R.Pepperall, A.Smith 51, J.Betton)
Hotshots SC A (-82) 311 (N.Beckley 51, M.Sutton, B.Sembi 67, C.Downing) Kingswinford Cons C (129) 279 (M.Moon)
Pockets SC B (121) 452 (G.Evans, D.Timmington, J.Shuck, G.Ward, A.Kidd) Bahia’s SC B (236) 365
Moor Pool & Snooker (160) 366 (N.Gennard, G.Whitehouse) Norton Social A (-44) 322 (S.Thomas 44, A.Aston, R.Pitt)
Townsend Social (-66) 355 (K.Ashmore 71, P.Thompson, D.Oakes, D.Petch, D.Thompson) Baggeridge Social B (117) 254
Bahia’s SC A (148) 434 (J.Macdivitt, K.Weaver, M.Jeffries) Amblecote Inst B (178) 360 (M.Cook, S.Harrison)
Kingswinford SC (220) 494 (M.Surmacz, R.Loftus, P.Curry, S.Hill, S.Ballinger) Amblecote RBL B (226) 399
Stourbridge Institute B v Wombourne no result received

Plate

Amblecote Inst A (-51) 378 (A.Sidaway 62, D.Oakes, R.Clark, M.Ganderton, R.Wooldridge 47c) S/b Old Edwardians B (194) 341
Amblecote Inst D (160) 440 (A.Kensett, C & A.Butcher, R.Brookes) Kinver Const D (234) 421 (K.Stanley)
Brandhall Labour (14) 325 (S.Perry, R.Howen, P.Caldeira, A.Round) S/b Old Edwardians A (118) 312 (C.Cowley)
Kingswinford Cons A (160) 453 (T.Male, J.Cowan, T.Carter) Bearwood Cons (110) 384 (M.Cash, G.Foy)
Kinver Const B (161) 474 (N.Jennings, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowler) Amblecote RBL A (220) 432 (Bill Green)
Kinver Const C (131) 313 Baggeridge Social A (-59) 344 (E.Bastable 31, A.Highfield, D.Hall, M.Catalano, J.Donoghue)
Stourbridge Inst D (216) 485 (D & D.Bacciocchi, C.Crumpton, T.Game) Amblecote Inst C (208) 362 (A.Jeffries)
West Midlands Police (22) 265 (G.Sloan, M.Northover, M.Sheehan) Hotshots SC B (21) 312 (D.Konior, M.Kelly)

Cup Report: Six of the lower-handicapped teams made their way through to the quarter-finals of the cup competition, one of the casualties being defending champions, Baggeridge Social B, who received 183 points start away to Townsend Social. Karl Ashmore, with a break of 71, and Dan Petch recovered the handicap between them for Townsend, who went on to win by 101 points in total.
Hotshots SC A had to concede 211 points to Kingswinford Cons C, and although Mike Moon had a narrow win, home advantage counted for a lot as Neil Beckley, with a break of 51, Bal Sembi with 67, and Mark Sutton reduced the deficit to 39 points at the start of the final frame, and Callum Downing duly steered Hotshots through without too much difficulty.
The top two teams in the Second Division clashed, with Kingswinford Snooker Centre avenging the league defeat inflicted upon them on their own tables by Amblecote RBL B just three weeks before. This time KSC edged each of the first four frames to build a lead of 56 points to make victory certain.
Moor Pool & Snooker received 204 points start from Norton Social A, and although Simon Thomas, Ashley Aston & Rob Pitt scored heavily for the visitors, Neil Gennard’s win against Steve Mason gave Glyn Whitehouse a 34 point lead, one which he defended successfully in the final frame.
Jordan Macdivitt continued his fine season for Bahia’s SC A and he and Karl Weaver helped to establish a 20 point lead at home to Amblecote Institute B, and Mark Jeffries gradually extended their advantage in the final frame against Mark Colbourne.
Both Pockets teams made it through to the quarter-finals: the A team, conceding 100 points away to Norton Social B, lost the opening frames narrowly to Luke Grosvenor and Paul Bowen, but Andy Smith struck a 51 break to claw back 76 points, and John Betton, still 33 adrift, completed the recovery on the colours in the last frame against Carl Webb. Meanwhile, Pockets B gave 115 points to Bahia’s B, but turned the match in their favour with a 62 point win for Jamie Shuck, and a vital finish on those crucial last colours by Gareth Ward.

Plate Report: Once again, home advantage counted for a great deal in the Plate competition, but two Premier Division teams defied those odds to qualify for the quarter-finals. Baggeridge Social A faced a difficult task giving Kinver Constitutional C, currently in 2nd place in the First Division, 190 start away from home, but Maria Catalano produced a fine performance to win by 112 points, and that helped to secure a quarter-final berth.
In an otherwise tight match, Hotshots SC B’s Dawid Konior’s 76 point win on the tables of West Midlands Police more than offset the narrow defeats of three teammates and Mark Kelly, with a 32 point advantage, held off Kev Franklin in the last frame.
The closest finish of the round came at Brandhall Labour where the visiting Old Edwardian A team, partly thanks to Chris Cowley’s good win, still held a lead of 53 out of their original 104 point start, but Andy Round clawed back the deficit and clinched the match on the pink.
There were contrasting fortunes for the three Amblecote Institute teams: the A team had to score well to retrieve the 245 points given to Old Edwardians B, and Ash Sidaway, with a 62 break, Rob Clark and Mark Ganderton all won decisively, but Brett Ball still held a narrow lead for Old Eds in the final frame until Rick Wooldridge cleared with 47 to clinch the match.
Like the A team, the D team also had a home draw, and they were able to chip away at the 74 point start held by Kinver Constitutional D, until Richard Brookes, still 21 adrift in the 5th frame, took the match against Marcus Hines on the colours. The C team were drawn away, however, against Stourbridge Institute D, a newly-formed team which has suddenly hit top form in the league. Only Alan Jeffries could take a frame for Amblecote, as Stourbridge went on to win comfortably, Tom Game taking his frame by 60 points.
With home advantage, Kinver Constitutional B gave Amblecote RBL A 59 points start, but had to dig deep to win after Billy Green’s 46 point win for the visitors. Chris Randle gave Kinver the edge with a 56 point win and Mark Dowler held Rob Boylin’s challenge in the last frame.
Kingswinford Cons A had a 50 point start at home to Bearwood Cons but thanks to handsome wins for Thomas Male and John Cowan, Tim Carter had the luxury of a 59 start to counter the challenge of John Chester in the fifth frame and he duly clinched a quarter-final place.

More century breaks.
Two century breaks were made this week in the last 16 of the Premier Division singles. Andy Smith of Pockets, the current champion, made a 110 on his way to a 3-1 win away to Jamie Spence of Townsend Social, then Jamie Brown of Hotshots A made 100 in the second frame of his 3-1 win against Andy’s father, Gary, on the same table that he recorded his 143 clearance in the previous week’s league match. The highest knock out break so far this season is Eliott Bastable’s 115 at Baggeridge Social in a first round tie against Townsend’s Phil Thompson.






Stourbridge & District Snooker League 15-16 January 2020

Premier Division results:
Bearwood Cons 1 (P.Gibson) West Midlands Police 4 (C.Millward 30, G.Sloan 42, P.Gibbons, M.Sheehan 76)
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith 35, T.Pepperall 39, A.Smith 41, R.Pepperall) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (L.Bennett)
Amblecote Inst A 3 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway, D.Oakes 30) Norton Social A 2 (S.Mason, R.Pitt)
Hotshots SC A 5 (M.Sutton 49, N.Beckley 45, B.Sembi 44, R.Stokes 44, Jamie Brown 143) Bearwood Cons 0
West Midlands Police 2 (M.Sheehan, C.Millward) Brandhall Labour 3 (S.Perry 42, R.Howen, A.Round)
Townsend Social 2 (K.Ashmore, D.Thompson) Baggeridge Social A 3 (L.Payne, D.Hall, E,Bastable)
Hotshots SC B bye

First Division results:
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor 39, 40 P.Bowen A.Brown, T.Brown) Amblecote Inst D 1 (A.Kensett 31)
Bahia’s SC A 2 (J.Macdivitt, R.Bahia) Pockets SC B 3 (J.Shuck, G.Evans, D.Timmington)
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (S.Childs, M.Short, T.Pearsall) Baggeridge Soc B 2 (F.Bennett, M.Collingridge)
Kinver Const A 2 (D.Banks, G.Tranter) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (W.Knight, N.Gennard, I.Priest)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, A.Moore) S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (D.Woodall, G.Dunn, P.Garbett)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Rees, T.Carter) Kinver Constitutional C 3 (A.Sprague, T.Postings, G.Reece)
Kinver Const B 4 (N.Jennings, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowler 32) Amblecote Inst C 1 (Colin Homer)

Second Division results:
Kingswinford SC 2 (R.Loftus, S.Ballinger) Bahia’s SC B 3 (G.Skinner, A.Martin, P.Jukes)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (Bill & Ben Green, R.Boylin) Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, R.Mason)
S/b Old Edwardians B 1 (Steve Ball) Amblecote RBL B 4 (S.Bull, W.Crowther, R.Conway, A.Bull)
Stourbridge Institute D 5 (D. & D.Bacciocchi, C.Crumpton, W.Gardener, P.Robinson) Kinver Const D 0
Amblecote Inst E 1 (S.Mattocks) Stourbridge Inst B 4 (H.Jones, M.Daniels, T.Pardoe, T.Hamilton)

Premier Division report: The highest ever league break in the 72 year history of the Stourbridge & District Snooker League was made on Hotshots Snooker Club’s newly-installed Star table when Jamie Brown compiled a 143 total clearance, an achievement all the more worthwhile as the pockets on such a table are tighter than those of any other club table and even those featured on TV. Jamie’s great effort came against Gavin Foy of Bearwood Cons, to complete a 5-0 victory to keep Hotshots A within three points of the joint leaders of the Premier Division.
The break equalled that of Alan Hooper of Brandhall Labour, who achieved that feat in a knock-out match 21 years ago, whereas the highest league breaks had been Terry Murphy’s 142 for On Cue SC in 1993 and Jon Pritchett’s 141 at the Shenstone Club in 2009, coincidentally against Gavin Foy’s teammate, Paul Gibson.
The division’s joint leaders both won 3-2 against high-ranking opponents: Amblecote Institute A went 3-0 ahead against 3rd placed Norton Social A, who fought back with the last two frames, while Baggeridge Social A edged past defending champions, Townsend Social away from home, thanks to Eliott Bastable’s comfortable win in the decider.
Pockets SC A defeated the bottom team, Kingswinford Cons C 4-1 to stay within ten points of the leaders, while Brandhall Labour’s Andy Round took pink and black in the decider away to West Midland Police’s Kev Franklin. Earlier in the week, in a rearranged match at Bearwood Cons, the Police’s Mark Sheehan had to settle for a 76 break, when fractionally out of position on the last red.

First Division report: Six successive victories had taken Kinver Constitutional A to the top of the First Division but they lost 3-2 at home to Moor Pool & Snooker and were joined at the top by their own C team. Warren Knight, with a black ball success and Neil Gennard gave the visitors a 2-0 lead, but Dean Banks and Graham Tranter levelled the match. In the decider Ian Priest of Moor P & S beat Jim Woodhouse, to end a sequence of 15 home wins, stretching back 14 months for the Kinver player.
Kinver’s C team won 3-2 on the tables of Kingswinford Cons A thanks to Adam Sprague, Tom Postings and Gregg Reece, who was able to celebrate his 14th win out of 15 on his return to his former club; John Rees and Tim Carter earned some consolation for the hosts.
Two successive defeats had cost Norton Social B their position as league leaders but they bounced back with a 4-1 win at home to Amblecote Institute D with Luke Grosvenor’s breaks of 39 and 40 giving them the ideal start. They are only three points off the Kinver teams with a match in hand, sharing third place with Pockets SC B, who swapped places with Bahia’s SC A, after winning 3-2 on their tables. Given a good start by Jamie Shuck with his 14th straight win and Gavin Evans, Pockets went 3-0 up before the home team fought back.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen continued their progress at home to Baggeridge Social B, with Tom Pearsall winning his third successive deciding frame, and they were joined in sixth place by Kinver’s B team, 4-1 winners at home to Amblecote Instutute C, with Chris Randle and Mark Dowler in fluent form.
Old Edwardians A won 3-2 away to Amblecote Institute B, Paul Garbett taking the decider to lift them into 8th position, yet only 10 points off the top of this competitive league; with 11 rounds of matches still remaining, there is much to play for.

Second Division report: Bahia’s SC B shocked the Second Division leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre with a 3-2 win away from home. Gary Skinner, Andy Martin and Pete Jukes won, but Rich Loftus, and the still unbeaten Steve Ballinger at least secured the frames to keep the leaders on top, albeit by the slenderest of margins…one point.
Amblecote RBL B’s fine run of form continued with their seventh win in a row, 4-1 away to Old Edwardians B, to enable them to climb above their opponents into second place. Steve & Alex Bull, Bill Crowther and Richard Conway won four closely-fought frames, with Steve Ball replying.
Rob Boylin’s deciding frame win for Amblecote RBL A at home to fellow challengers, Wombourne, enabled them to close to within three points of Old Eds, six points from the top, while Stourbridge Institute D, who were able to celebrate a second 5-0 scoreline in two weeks, at home to Kinver D, maintained their progress into 5th place, still ten points adrift, but closing fast in this, their first season together.
Another new team, Amblecote Institute E, also competed well at home to Stourbridge Institute B, but had only Sam Mattocks’ frame to show for their efforts. The visitors’ 4-1 success lifted them out of the bottom two, and included a 12th win of the season for sprightly Harry Jones.





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 8-9 January 2020

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 4 (K.Ashmore 45, P. & D.Thompson, D.Payne) Bearwood Cons 1 (M.Cash)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (B.Guise) Amblecote Inst A 4 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway 54, M.Richards, D.Oakes)
Bearwood Cons 2 (J.Anderson, M.Cash) Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall 46, G.Smith, A.Smith 62)
Norton Social A 4 (A.Aston, S.Thomas, R.Pitt, S.Mason 45) West Midlands Police 1 (K.Franklin)
Baggeridge Social A 5 (W.Humphreys 56, D.Hall, E.Bastable, J.Donoghue, R.Evans) Hotshots SC B 0
Brandhall Labour 2 (W.Robbins, R.Howen) Townsend Social 3 (P. & D.Thompson, K.Ashmore 64)
Hotshots SC A bye

First Division results:
Dudley ex-Servicemen 3 (S.Childs, M.Short, T.Pearsall) Pockets SC B 2 (A.Kidd, J.Shuck)
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, H.Hall) Kinver Const A 3 (K.Rollinson, D.Banks 46, J.Woodhouse)
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (W.Knight, N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male)
Kinver Constitutional C (D.Reece, A.Sprague, G.Reece) Kinver Const B 2 (C.Randle, M.Dowler 31)
Amblecote Institute C 2 (R.McManus, J.Read) Bahia’s SC A 3 (J.Macdivitt, D.Smith, R.Bahia)
Amblecote Inst D 2 (C.Butcher, R.Brookes) Amblecote Inst B 3 (A.Moore, R.Grainger, M.Colbourne)
Baggeridge Social B v Norton Social B postponed

Second Division results:
Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, D.Flavell) S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (Steve Ball, J.Chager, J.Ball)
Bahia’s SC B 0 Stourbridge Institute D 5 (T.Game, D. & D.Bacciocchi, C.Crumpton, P.Robinson)
Amblecote RBL B 5 (M.Lees, S.Bull, W.Crowther, R.Conway, A.Bull) Amblecote Inst E 0
Kinver Constitutional D 4 (A.Stanley, C.Barker, M.Hines) Amblecote RBL A 2 (P.Botfield, S.Norton)
Stourbridge Institute B 1 (K.Hulme) Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, M.Surmacz, S.Hill, P.Curry)

Premier Division report: Baggeridge Social A moved back into a share of top place in the Premier Division by taking all five frames at home to Hotshots SC B, the highlight being a break of 56 by Wes Humphreys. They joined Amblecote Institute A, for whom Ash Sidaway made a break of 54 in a 4-1 success on the tables of Kingswinford Cons C. Bob Guise was the Cons only winner, just as he had been in the reverse fixture in September.
Norton Social A beat West Midlands Police 4-1 to ease into 3rd place, just 4 points off the top, a point above previous leaders, Hotshots SC A, who had a bye, while defending champions, Townsend Social forced their way back into contention with a 4-1 win against Bearwood Cons in a rearranged match and a hard-fought 3-2 victory away to Brandhall Labour. Phil and Dave Thompson won both of their frames, along with Karl Ashmore, who followed up the 102 break he made in his last match with visits of 45 and 64.
Pockets SC A won 3-2 at Bearwood Cons, thanks to Tom Pepperall, who had to settle for a break of 46, when set for considerably more, Gary Smith and his son, Andy, who had a break of 62. Joe Anderson and Mick Cash, who had been their winner against Townsend, replied for Bearwood.

First Division report: Kinver Constitutional’s A and C teams still lead the way in the First Division after another round of extremely competitive matches. The A team came through 3-2 at Old Edwardians A, despite Graham Tranter losing for only the second time against Chris Cowley; Dean Banks made a break of 46 for Kinver A in helping to maintain their two point advantage over their C team, 3-2 winners against Kinver B. Gregg Reece continued his great run of form, now 13/14, and his father, Dave and Adam Sprague helped to secure that coveted second place.
Bahia’s SC A went 2-0 down away to Amblecote Institute C, for whom Roger McManus and John Read did really well to beat Mark Jeffries and Karl Weaver respectively, but Daniel Smith and Reece Bahia levelled the scores before Jordan Macdivitt completed the recovery in the decider.
Bahia’s are now in third place, four points off the top, easing a point above Pockets SC B, who lost 3-2 on the tables of Dudley ex-Servicemen. Tom Pearsall won the deciding frame for Dudley, the best of the evening, against Gareth Ward in a fine finish, after Pockets’ Jamie Shuck extended his fine record to 13/14.
Moor Pool & Snooker had suffered four successive defeats but got their season back on track with a 4-1 win against Kingswinford Cons A, and Amblecote Institute B followed up their excellent result away to Norton Social B with a 3-2 win against their own D team, with their ever-patient reserve, Roy Grainger stepping in to help secure the result.

Second Division report: Two recent defeats against close rivals had cost Second Division leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre some momentum, but they recovered their poise with a 4-1 win on the tables of Stourbridge Institute B. Steve Ballinger took his personal tally to a remarkable 15/15, while Matt Surmacz did well to inflict a rare defeat on Harry Jones.
They stretched their lead to three points from Old Edwardians B, who did well to win 3-2 at Wombourne, Jat Chager’s pink ball win in the closest frame proving crucial, and a point further away, following a 5-0 maximum against their neighbours, Amblecote Inst E, are Amblecote RBL B. it was the league newcomers’ sixth win in a row but both Mark Lees and Rich Conway were taken to the black by Sam Mattocks and Audie Homer respectively.
Amblecote RBL A’s Billy Green lost for only the third time, against Kinver Constitutional D’s Chris Barker, playing only his fourth frame since joining the team and Kinver went on to take the match 3-2 thanks also to Ash Stanley and Marcus Hines.
Bahia’s SC B have a good home record and only once had they failed to take at least two frames, but they lost all five against Stourbridge Institute D, whose leading player, Paul Robinson was again on target in a very good result for his team.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report for 2nd January 2020

Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL A 2 (Bill Green, P.Botfield) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Jukes, G.Skinner, M.Reece)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (T.Game, C.Crumpton, P.Robinson) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, K.Hulme)
Kinver Constitutional D 4 (C.Barker, K. & A.Stanley, M.Hines) Wombourne 1 (J.Perry)
Kingswinford SC 1 (S.Ballinger) Amblecote RBL B 4 (S.Bull, W.Crowther, R.Conway, A.Bull)
Amblecote Institute E 2 (A.Homer, S.Mattocks) S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (B.Ball, Sam Ball, A.Pitt)

Report: The ultimate destination of the Second Division championship was thrown into confusion when the long-time leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre, lost 4-1 at home to one of their closest rivals, Amblecote RBL B. Only Steve Ballinger, now unbeaten in 14 frames, could win as Steve Bull, Bill Crowther, Richard Conway and Alex Bull saw the league newcomers spring a surprise, doing their own title challenge no harm either as they closed to within five points of the league leaders in joint 3rd place.
Second placed Old Edwardians B are now only two points off the pace following a hard-earned 3-2 result away to Amblecote Institute E, their 4th win in a row. Sam Ball, extending his winning sequence to seven, Brett Ball and Andy Pitt won for Old Eds, but Audie Homer and Sam Mattocks ensured that the Institute took two important frames against Steve and Jack Ball respectively.
Amblecote RBL A’s run of success had taken them into the runners up spot but they lost 3-2 at home to Bahia’s SC B, their third defeat in four matches, yet they remain only five points off the lead. Billy Green extended his record to 12/14 but Pete Jukes, Gary Skinner and Mark Reece secured only the visitors’ second away win, completing the double over their opponents.
Wombourne’s challenge also faltered when they suffered their worst defeat of the season away to Kinver Constitutional D. Previously they had always taken at least two frames, but only Jon Perry, on his return to a former club, could win, as Chris Barker, Kelly and Ash Stanley and Marcus Hines made light of the huge difference in league experience between themselves and their opponents.
Stourbridge Institute D had been knocked out of the cup competition by their own B team, but they exacted a little revenge with a 3-2 win back in the league. Tom Game, Chris Crumpton and Paul Robinson just did enough for them, with Harry Jones and Kevin Hulme replying for the B team.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 18-19 December 2019

Rearranged league matches:
Norton Social A 1 (A.Aston) Baggeridge Social A 4 (E.Bastable, M.Catalano, J.Donoghue, C.Jones 60)
Kingswinford SC 3 (R.Loftus, M.Surmacz, S.Ballinger) Amblecote Inst E 2 (A.Homer, S.Mattocks)

Team Knock Out Handicap cup matches:
Kinver Constitutional C (h/cap 123) 301 Hotshots SC A (Minus 82) 319 (N.Beckley, C.Downing 63, R.Stokes, B.Sembi, M.Sutton)
Amblecote Inst (248) 427 (S.Mattocks) Amblecote Inst B (149) 481 (M.Cook, M.Colbourne, S.Harrison, R.Grainger)
Kingswinford Cons A (160) 401 (T.Male, S.Spittle) Dudley ex-Servicemen (102) 375 (M.Johnson, M.Short, J.Dear)

Baggeridge Social A beat Norton Social A 4-1, thus avenging their cup defeat four weeks before. Justin Donoghue played well to win decisively, but the remaining frames were well-contested: the result enabled Baggeridge to draw level with Amblecote Institute A and Hotshots SC A at the top of the Premier Division.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre stretched their lead at the top of the Second Division to five points with a 3-2 home win against Amblecote Institute E. Rich Loftus, Matt Surmacz and Steve Ballinger, who is still undefeated after 13 games, won for them but they were given a test by their improving opponents, who were rewarded with frames won by Audie Homer and Sam Mattocks.

In the cup knock out matches, Amblecote Institute E received 99 points start from their B team, and were given a good start by Audie Homer who held Mark Colbourne to three points, but Mick Cook, Sam Harrison and Roy Grainger all won decisively to give the B team a 76 point lead. Sam Mattocks soon retrieved 44 points but Alan Moore recovered to see the B team through to the last 16.
Kinver Constitutional C had a start of 205 points against Hotshots SC A but Neil Beckley and Callum Downing, who had a break of 63, reduced that to 61 after the first two frames. Tom Postings then gave Kinver every chance by holding Bal Sembi to 7 points and Steve Nicholls still had a lead of 27 at the start of the final frame. Mark Sutton however gradually recovered the deficit and took the match for Hotshots on the final pink.
Kingswinford Cons A, with home advantage and a start of 58 points fought hard to maintain that lead against Dudley ex-Servicemen; Thomas Male, with a narrow win and Simon Spittle, who did well to beat Steve Childs by 25 helped to give John Rees a 47 point lead in the final frame, and this proved to be just a little too much for Jason Dear to recover.

Worcestershire Inter League at Lickey End Social Club: Redditch 4 Stourbridge B 1. Stourbridge were given a great start by Luke Grosvenor on the excellent tables at Lickey End Social Club, but Redditch responded well to take the other four frames in this, the first of four group matches.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 11-12 December 2019

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 3 (K.Ashmore 102, P.Thompson, J.Spence) Norton Social A 2 (S.Thomas, R.Pitt)
West Midlands Police 3 (G.Sloan, P.Gibbons, K.Franklin 85) Kingswinford Cons C 2 (W.Whitmore, L.Bennett)
Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall, J.Betton) Hotshots SC A 2 (N.Beckley, C.Downing)
Hotshots SC B 2 (D.Konior 53, M.Kelly) Brandhall Labour 3 (W.Robbins, P.Caldeira, A.Round)
Amblecote Institute A 3 (A.Sidaway 40, R.Clark, M.Ganderton) Bearwood Cons 2 (P.Gibson, J.Anderson)
Baggeridge Social A bye

First Division results:
Baggeridge Social B 3 (L.Whale, M.Whale, D.Whale) Pockets SC B 2 (A.Turner, J.Shuck)
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley, R.Hill, P.Garbett) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Cowan, J.Byng)
Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (N.Gennard, W.Knight) Kinver Const B 3 (S.Hadley, C.Randle, M.Dowler)
Norton Social B 2 (L.Grosvenor, C.Webb) Amblecote Inst B 3 (C.Tromans, M.Colbourne, A.Moore)
Kinver Constitutional C 4 (A.Sprague, S.Nicholls, T.Postings, G.Reece) Bahia’s SC A 1 (M.Jeffries)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Cary Homer, R.Vanes) Dudley ex-Servicemen 3 (J.Bond, M.Johnson, T.Pearsall)
Amblecote Inst D 2 (C.Butcher, A.Kensett) Kinver Const A 3 (D.Banks, G.Tranter, J.Woodhouse)

Second Division results:
Wombourne 4 (R.Mason, J.Wooldridge, J.Perry, C.Pirnie) Amblecote Inst E 1 (A.Homer)
Bahia’s SC B 3 (A.Martin, M.Reece, G.Skinner) Kinver Constitutional D 2 (K.Stanley, M.Hines)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (H.Jones) Amblecote RBL A 4 (J.Green, B.Green, P.Botfield, R.Boylin)
Amblecote RBL B 3 (S.Bull, W.Crowther, A.Bull) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dom Bacciocchi, P.Robinson)
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (Sam Ball, Steve Ball, B.Ball) Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger)

Premier Division report: Amblecote Institute A beat Bearwood Cons 3-2, taking advantage of a 3-2 defeat for Hotshots SC A at Pockets to join their Oldbury-based rivals at the top of the league. Ash Sidaway, Rob Clark and Mark Ganderton, comfortably in the decider, won for Amblecote, although Paul Gibson and Joe Anderson ensured that they were restricted to a 3-2 result.
It was a close-run affair at Pockets where John Betton sank the final black against Mark Sutton to secure a 3-2 win for the home team. Earlier, Hotshots’ Neil Beckley and Callum Downing won with Tom Pepperall and his father Richard, who did well to defeat Bal Sembi, replying for Pockets.
Norton Social A couldn’t rise above 4th place as they could take only two frames at Townsend Social for whom Karl Ashmore struck a break of 102 against Ashley Aston, the highest of the season to date, beating his own 99. His 137 total clearance was the only century throughout last season.
Karl’s great effort might have been beaten later in the evening when West Midlands Police’s Kev Franklin broke down on 85 against John Cartwright of Kingswinford Cons C, with 3 reds remaining in the decider. Earlier Gavin Sloan and Pete Gibbons had given the Police a 2-0 lead which had been clawed back by Wayne Whitmore and Leigh Bennett in an encouraging recovery by the Cons.
Hotshots SC B lost 3-2 at home to Brandhall Labour, despite a 53 break for Dawid Konior and a good win by Mark Kelly. Wayne Robbins’ black ball win and comprehensive victories for Paul Caldeira and Andy Round shaded the match for the visitors.

First Division report: In a series of closely-contested matches only one of the top four teams won, Kinver Constitutional A, and they now have a two point lead at the top of the First Division. Dean Banks, Graham Tranter, who is now one of three players to have won 12/13 frames, and Jim Woodhouse, in the decider against Rich Brookes, won for Kinver away to Amblecote Institute D.
Former joint leaders, Norton Social B lost 3-2 at home to Amblecote Institute B for whom Cyril Tromans and Mark Colbourne, both on the final black, and Alan Moore secured a fine result, and Norton were joined in second place by Kinver Constitutional C, who leapt above Bahia’s SC A by defeating them 4-1. Adam Sprague, Steve Nicholls, Tom Postings, and Gregg Reece, who handed Reece Bahia only his second defeat in extending his own tally of wins to 12/13, registered an impressive result for their team.
Jamie Shuck, the third player with a 12/13 record, and Alan Turner brought Pockets SC B back level on the tables of Baggeridge Social B, after Luke and Matt Whale had given the hosts a fine start, and Gareth Ward looked sure to complete the recovery until Dave Whale drew applause for an excellent pot on the final blue, effecting perfect position off three cushions onto the pink and black to seal a home win. Pockets lie 4th, a point behind the second placed teams, and a point above Bahia’s.
Kinver’s B team completed a trio of wins for their club with a 3-2 win at Moor Pool and Snooker. Steve Hadley, Chris Randle and Mark Dowler, who did well to beat Ian Priest in a black ball decider, won for Kinver, and there were equally as narrow finishes in the other two matches.
Dudley ex-Servicemen won 3-2 away to Amblecote Institute C, thanks to Jack Bond, Matt Johnson, and Tom Pearsall who took the black in the decider against Mitch Skidmore, after Cary Homer and Ray Vanes enjoyed good results for the hosts against Rob Thompson and Steve Childs respectively.
Long-established campaigners, John Cowan and John Byng won for Kingswinford Cons A on the tables of Old Edwardians A, but Chris Cowley, Robert Hill, who cleared the last 4 balls including a fortuitous black on his debut, and Paul Garbett edged a 3-2 result for the home team.

Second Division report: The leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre, lost for only the second time, 3-2 away to Old Edwardians B, their closest pursuers. Sam and Brett Ball put Old Eds 2-0 ahead, and their father, Steve, clinched the win, although Paul Curry and Steve Ballinger’s then replied to ensure that KSC still have a one point lead, although they also have a match in hand.
Amblecote RBL A shrugged off the disappointment of losing to their own B team the previous week, to win 4-1 away to Stourbridge Institute B, although there was little to spare in all four frames won by Jamie and Billy Green, Paul Botfield and Rob Boylin: the Legion trail Old Eds by just one point.
Amblecote RBL B beat Stourbridge Institute D 3-2, thanks to Steve Bull, who had a very good win against Chris Crumpton, Bill Crowther and Alex Bull, and they lie 4th, three points further away.
Wombourne had a 4-1 win at home to Amblecote Institute E; Bob Mason, John Wooldridge, Jon Perry and Colin Pirnie all won against opponents who have acquitted themselves well in their first attempt at league snooker, and Audie Homer’s win against the very experienced Dave Flavell, would have encouraged the team. Fifth-placed Wombourne are only six points away from the leaders.
Kinver Constitutional D, also in their first season, lost 3-2 away to Bahia’s SC B. Again the experience of Andy Martin, Mark Reece and Gary Skinner saw the hosts through to another win, with Marcus Hines and Kelly Stanley, in a successful first appearance, taking some consolation for Kinver.





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 4-5 December 2019

Premier Division results:
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (S.Porter) Townsend Social 4 (J.Spence, D.Petch, D.Thompson, K.Ashmore)
Brandhall Labour 1 (J.Bate 75) Baggeridge Social A 4 (J.Donoghue 30, W.Homphreys, E.Bastable 54, L.Payne)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, A.Aston, G.Tomkins, R.Pitt 31, 54) Hotshots SC B 1 (D.Hartley 43)
Hotshots SC A 3 (C.Downing 85, B.Sembi, M.Sutton 41) Amblecote Institute A 2 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark)
Bearwood Cons v West Midlands Police postponed

Pockets SC A bye
First Division results:
Pockets SC B 4 (G.Evans, A.Kidd, J.Shuck, G.Ward) Amblecote Institute C 1 (Cary Homer)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (D.Smith, M.Jeffries, Reece Bahia, C.Whitehouse) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (I.Priest)
Kinver Constitutional A 5 (P.Churchman, J.Woodhouse, R.Jeffries, G.Tranter, K.Rollinson) Norton Social B 0
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 2 (J.Bond, S.Childs) Kinver Const C 3 (L.Cross, S.Nicholls, G.Reece 32)
Amblecote Inst B 1 (M.Cook) Baggeridge Social B 4 (F.Bennett, M.Whale, A.Baker, M.Collingridge)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Cowan, J.Byng, T.Male) Amblecote Inst D 2 (A.Butcher, M.Robson)
Kinver Const B S/b Old Edwardians A postponed

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 2 (G.Skinner, A.Martin) Wombourne 3 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell, J.Perry)
Kinver Const D 3 (D.Barker, A.Stanley, C.Barker) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, C.Green)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (P.Robinson) S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Sam & Steve Ball, J.Ball, J.Chager)
Amblecote RBL A 2 (Bill Green, J.Green) Amblecote RBL B 3 (M.Lees, R.Conway, S.Bull)
Kingwinford SC v Amblecote Inst E postponed until 18/12/19

Premier Division report: The joint leaders clashed with Hotshots SC A, bidding to regain the championship they won in 2018, just coming out on top 3-2 at home against Amblecote Institute A. Callum Downing, with a break of 85, Mark Sutton, with 41, and Bal Sembi eased Hotshots two points clear at the top, with Ash Sidaway and Rob Clark replying for the visitors.
Third-placed Baggeridge Social A moved to within 3 points of the top with a good 4-1 win on the tables of Brandhall Labour, thanks to Justin Donoghue, Wes Humphreys, Eliott Bastable, who had a break of 54, and Lee Payne, making his first league appearance since Riley’s SC competed 18 years ago. The highlight of the match however was Jon Bate’s fine clearance of 75 against Dave Hall for Brandhall’s consolation frame.
Three points further adrift are Norton Social A, who avenged their opening day defeat by Hotshots B with a 4-1 success in which Rob Pitt cleared with a 54 break. Both Simon Thomas and Dan Hartley had 40+ breaks in their high-quality frame, Dan stepping in with the last two balls after an unlucky in-off pink cost Simon victory.
It’s almost certainly too late for Townsend Social to mount a serious attempt to retain their title but they followed the previous week’s 5-0 against the league leaders with a 4-1 win at bottom club Kingswinford Cons C. Frames were well-contested however, particularly Sam Porter’s black ball success against Phil Thompson for Cons’ point.

First Division report: Norton Social B’s seven successive wins had forged a six point lead at the top of the First Division, but they crashed 5-0 away to Kinver Constitutional A, who joined them at the top of the league. Paul Churchman, Jim Woodhouse, Rob Jeffries, Graham Tranter and Keith Rollinson all won; in most cases there was relatively little between the scores, but it was a great result for Kinver.
The teams who had shared second place both recorded 4-1 home wins, but now have to be content with joint third, albeit just a point behind the leaders. Bahia’s SC A did well to beat Moor Pool & Snooker, with Reece Bahia extending his record to 11/12 wins, while Pockets SC B beat Amblecote Institute C by the same score, with Jamie Shuck winning his 11th frame in a row.
Kinver’s C team returned to form with a 3-2 win on the tables of Dudley Ex-Servicemen and they are only two points further away in 5th place. Gregg Reece, with a 32 break, secured the deciding frame against the formidable Rob Thompson to clinch a really good result for his team.
Three recent defeats had caused Baggeridge Social B to lose impetus but their fortune changed for the better with a 4-1 win away to Amblecote Institute B although Frankie Bennett and Martin Collingridge were taken to the final black by Roy Grainger and Mark Colbourne respectively.
This result enabled Kingswinford Cons A to put a little daylight between themselves and the bottom three, by virtue of a 3-2 home win against Amblecote Institute D. John Cowan, John Byng and Thomas Male all won with Adrian Butcher and Mark Robson replying.

Second Division report: The leaders of the Second Division, Kingswinford SC’s match had been postponed for two weeks, which gave the chasing teams the opportunity to erode the seven point advantage KSC had established.
Old Edwardians B moved into the runners up spot with a 4-1 win away to Stourbridge Institute D, thanks to Steve Ball, Jat Chager, Brett Ball and a black ball success for Sam Ball, who did particularly well to beat Chris Crumpton on the black. They trail the leaders by three points.
They have a two point break on Amblecote RBL A who lost a tight match against their B team 3-2, with Mark Lees, Richard Conway and Steve Bull just edging it for the B side, who lie 4th, just four points off second place.
Wombourne also crept a little closer, courtesy of yet another closely-fought away match, easing past Bahia’s B 3-2. John Wooldridge, Jon Perry and Dave Flavell, with about 150 years’ combined experience behind them, ensured that Wombourne also stayed in touch, six points off 2nd place.
Kinver’s D team set aside the disappointment of the previous week’s 5-0 defeat to beat Stourbridge Institute B 3-2. Ash Stanley, Dan Barker and his father, Chris all won for the newly-formed team.









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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 27-28 November 2019

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 2 (A.Smith, R.Pepperall) Amblecote Inst A 3 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway 32, 37, M.Ganderton)
Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore, L.Bennett, S.Porter, J.Cartwright) Hotshots SC B 1 (M.Kelly)
Hotshots SC A 3 (J.Brown, N.Beckley, M.Sutton) West Midlands Police 2 (C.Millward, M.Sheehan)
Norton Social A v Baggeridge Social A postponed until 18/12/19
Bearwood Cons v Townsend Social postponed date tba
Brandhall Labour bye

First Division results:
Kinver Constitutional C 1 (G.Reece 33) Pockets SC B 4 (G.Evans, A.Kidd, J.Shuck, G.Ward)
Baggeridge Social B 1 (L.Whale) Amblecote Inst C 4 (R.Vanes, Cary Homer, R.McManus, M.Skidmore)
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (G.Dunn, H.Hall, J.Chager) Bahia’s SC A 2 (M.Jeffries, R.Bahia)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett, C.Butcher, R.Brookes) Kinver Constitutional B 2 (R.Smith, M.Dowler)
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen, T.Brown, A.Brown) Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Carter)
Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (N.Gennard, W.Knight) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (M.Johnson, T.Pearsall, R.Thompson)
Amblecote Inst B 1 (M.Colbourne) Kinver Constitutional A 4 (G.Tranter, P.Churchman, K.Rollinson, R.Jeffries)

Second Division results:
Kingswinford SC 3 (P.Curry, J.Salisbury, S.Ballinger) Wombourne 2 (C.Pirnie, J.Perry)
Amblecote Inst E 0 Stourbridge Inst D 5 (T.Game, Dino Bacciocchi, C.Crumpton, S.Donoghue, P.Robinson)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (J.Ball, S.Barclay 30, B.Ball, Sam Ball) Amblecote RBL A 1 (S.Norton)
Stourbridge Inst B 3 (L.Ward, M.Daniels, H.Jones) Bahia’s SC B 2 (A.Martin, G.Skinner)
Amblecote RBL B 5 (W.Crowther, R.Conway, S.Bull, M.Lees, A.Bull) Kinver Const D 0

Premier Division report: Co-leaders Baggeridge Social A’s match away to 4th placed Norton Social A had been postponed, and their rivals, Amblecote Institute A and Hotshots SC A edged four points clear having been made to work for 3-2 victories.
Amblecote won away to Pockets SC B thanks to Rob Clark, Ash Sidaway who put them 2-0 ahead, and Mark Ganderton, who took the decider after Rich Pepperall and Andy Smith had levelled the scores, while Hotshots beat West Midlands Police, courtesy of wins for Neil Beckley, Mark Sutton and Jamie Brown, who did well to beat Gavin Sloan, despite his opponent making a 53 break. Bal Sembi lost only his second frame, on the black against the Police’s Mark Sheehan.
Kingswinford Cons C, who have found it so much more difficult in the top flight, since winning the First Division, were finally able to celebrate their first league win, 4-1 at home to Hotshots B. Wayne Whitmore, Leigh Bennett, Sam Porter and John Cartwright all won but Mike Moon was just outpointed by Mark Kelly.

First Division report: Norton Social B won their 7th successive match, 4-1 at home to Kingswinford Cons A, and they are now six points clear at the top of the First Division. Luke Grosvenor, Paul Bowen and Tony and Andrew Brown took the first four frames before Tim Carter struck for the visitors.
There is a three way tie for 2nd place: Bahia’s lost 3-2 at Old Edwardians A for whom Gavin Dunn, Harry Hall and Jat Chager, who stepped up from the B team with a most significant effect, secured the win. Mark Jeffries and Reece Bahia, who withstood a 45 break by Chris Cowley to take his personal record to 10/11 wins, at least earned the visitors a share of second place.
They were joined by Kinver Constitutional A, who took the first four frames on the tables of Amblecote Institute B, including another success for Graham Tranter, one of four players with most wins in the division, 10/11, and Pockets SC B, who eased a point ahead of their opponents, Kinver C, with a closely-contested 4-1 result. Again there were impressive performances by two more of the players with most wins, Gregg Reece for Kinver, and Jamie Shuck for the visiting Pockets team.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen exacted a little revenge on Moor Pool & Snooker for the narrowest of defeats in the previous week’s cup tie, by beating them 3-2 on their own tables. Matt Johnson and Tom Pearsall won quite comfortably but Rob Thompson had to go to the final black against Ian Priest to secure the result which kept league newcomers, Dudley, within six points of second place.
Amblecote Institute’s C and D teams, having earned promotion from the Second Division, have struggled for consistency but both achieved their best results so far this campaign. Adam Kensett, Carl Butcher, who ended Chris Randle’s six game winning run, and Richard Brookes combined for the D team to register a 3-2 win against Kinver’s B team, while the C team went one better visiting Baggeridge Social B. Although Alan Jeffries lost to Luke Whale, Ray Vanes, Cary Homer, Roger McManus and Mitch Skidmore all produced really good efforts on this, their first visit to the club. Although the C and D teams still occupy the last two league places, there are only five points covering the bottom four with two weeks to go to the mid-season point.

Second Division report: There was a mixture of fortunes for the top two in the Second Division: the leaders, Kingswinford SC came out on top in a home match against the 4th placed team, Wombourne, but their closest pursuers, Amblecote RBL A lost to 3rd placed Old Edwardians B.
Paul Curry, and the unbeaten pair, John Salisbury and Steve Ballinger, who handed Dave Flavell only his second defeat, just did enough for Kingswinford Snooker Centre, while Old Edwardians closed to within a point of Amblecote RBL A after defeating them 4-1. Handy reserve Stewart Barclay, Jack Ball, Brett Ball and Sam Ball, who beat the prolific Bill Green on the black, all won, while Steve Ball potted the black against Steve Norton only for the cue ball to catch a middle pocket jaw and go in-off. The leaders have a 7 point margin but now 6 points cover the next four teams.
Amblecote RBL B took full advantage of the teams above them dropping points by beating Kinver’s D team 5-0, courtesy of Bill Crowther, Richard Conway, Mark Lees, and Steve and Alex Bull, and they are only 4 points off second place in this, their first season.
Similarly, Stourbridge Institute D enjoyed a really good result, taking all five frames on the tables of Amblecote Institute E, who couldn’t match their previous week’s cup heroics against West Midlands Police. Tom Game, Dino Bacciocchi, Chris Crumpton, Paul Robinson and Steve Donoghue were able to celebrate their biggest win since coming together as a team.
Finally Stourbridge’s B team beat Bahia’s SC B 3-2 with the experienced pair of Mark Daniels and Harry Jones combining with Lee Ward, by contrast in his first season of competitive snooker, to seal another win for their newly-assembled team.




West Midlands Inter Town first round
Stourbridge 6 Stafford C 1 at Norton Social Club, referees Alan Checketts & Mike Moon
Frame scores: Andy Smith 79 - 44 Stuart Jones
Ashley Aston 43 67 – 49 Steve Smart
Steve Mason 40 68 - 57 39 Mick Fox
Gavin Sloan 72 – 28 Chris Ward
Rob Pitt 12 – 103 97 Rob Wharne
Tom Pepperall 66 – 27 Matt Hyden
Rick Wooldridge 70 – 23 Steve Heath
Stourbridge were given a fine start by Andy Smith and Ashley Aston before Steve Mason and Gavin Sloan gave them an unassailable 4-0 lead; all four played well although it is fair to add that Stafford could easily have shared those four frames, so closely were they contested.
Rob Wharne then looked likely to clear the table until missing the blue off its spot on 97, much to his disappointment, before Tom Pepperall and Rick Wooldridge completed an excellent result for Stourbridge.
They go into the last 16 along with Dudley, who were indebted to Alan Moore of Amblecote Institute & Kingswinford SC for winning the deciding frame away to Wednesfield. The draw will be made week commencing 2nd December, with the next round being played in January.


Stourbridge & Didtrict Snooker League Report 20-21 November 2019
Team Knock-Out Handicap
Amblecote RBL A (h/cap 220) 378 Amblecote Inst A (minus 51) 316
Amblecote RBL B (226) 377 Bahia’s SC A (142) 425
Amblecote Inst E (248) 430 West Midlands Police (24) 393
Brandhall Labour (4) 310 Kingswinford Cons C (129) 383
Dudley Ex-Servicemen (129) 382 Moor Pool & Snooker (160) 398
Hotshots SC B (21) 311 Amblecote Inst B (149) 433
Kingswinford SC (192) 393 Norton Social B (93) 424
Kinver Constitutional B (171) 528 Kingswinford Cons A (156) 400
Norton Social A (minus 44) 323 Baggeridge Social A (minus 59) 183
Pockets SC A (1) 464 Amblecote Institute D (198) 295
Pockets SC B (121) 452 Amblecote Institute C (220) 372
Stourbridge Institute D (226) 484 Stourbridge Institute B (236) 529
S/b Old Edwardians A (118) 344 Kinver Constitutional A (110) 404
Townsend Social (minus 52) 389 S/b Old Edwardians B (188) 330
Wombourne (198) 464 Kinver Constitutional D (224) 450
Postponed: Bahia’s SC B v Bearwood Cons & Kinver Constitutional C v Hotshots SC A
Bye: Baggeridge Social B
Amblecote Institute A, one of the Premier Division co-leaders, had to concede 271 points and home advantage to Amblecote RBL A, and although Mark Ganderton won by 82 points, the rest of the team couldn’t quite win well enough, and Rob Boylin had enough in hand to steer the Legion to a 62 point margin of victory.
Baggeridge Social A, another of the co-leaders, were given a tremendous start by Eliott Bastable’s 99 point win in the opening frame on the tables of Norton Social A. On the adjacent table, Ashley Aston, with a break of 49, kept the visitors’ lead down to 40, but the match was transformed by Simon Thomas of Norton, who, with visits of 36 and a 72 clearance to the blue, beat Maria Catalano 128-0, while Rob Pitt scored consistently well against Andrew Highfield to secure victory for Norton.
Receiving 240 points start away to Townsend Social, Old Edwardians B still had 197 in hand after Jat Chager & Steve Ball restricted the hosts in the first two frames, but Darren Oakes and Dave Thompson clawed back 177 in frames 3 and 4, and Darrell Payne beat Sam Ball decisively in the final frame, to complete a remarkable recovery by Townsend.
League newcomers, Amblecote Institute E entertained the Premier Division’s West Midlands Police, receiving 224 points start, and despite a 94 point win by Gavin Sloan, the visitors couldn’t do enough to recover the deficit in the face of good performances by Audie Homer, Shaun Baggott and Sam Mattocks, and the Institute prevailed by 37 points.
Another top-flight team were eliminated when Hotshots SC B failed to retrieve 128 points at home to Amblecote Institute’s B team, despite being given a flying start by Dan Hartley, who had a break of 46. Dawid Konior was held to 8 points by Mark Colbourne, while Mark Kelly lost by 8 points in a fine result for Sam Harrison. With a break of 40, Mick Cook gave Amblecote a lead of 98, which Alan Moore extended to 122 points in the final frame, by far the most decisive win by any away team.
Two of the Kinver Constitutional teams won fairly comfortably: the A team were given a perfect start by Jim Woodhouse’s 103 point win away to Old Edwardians A, and although the home team won three frames, Kinver had enough in hand to go through. Ron Smith and Chris Randle had very decisive wins for the C team at home to Kingswinford Cons A and although the other three frames were closely-contested, Kinver were worthy winners.
Kinver’s D team, in their first season, lost in a close finish at Wombourne, where Marcus Hines went in-off the pink having recovered all but two of the 38 points he had to retrieve in the final frame against Dave Flavell who then potted pink to win.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen looked to have it all to do in their match at home to Moor Pool & Snooker after Warren Knight’s good win had put the visitors 72 ahead going into the last frame. Rob Thompson’s great effort failed only when the final pink hovered over the centre pocket, leaving a relieved Glyn Whitehouse to make the winning pot.
Having been promoted as First Division champions, little has gone right for Kingswinford Cons C, losing all nine Premier Division matches, but they took advantage of a 125 point start away to Brandhall Labour to progress through to the cup competition. All five members of their team played their part, with Wayne Whitmore and Leigh Bennett both winning their frames.
Second Division leaders, Kingswinford Snooker Centre entertained Norton Social B, who top the First Division, with a 99 point start. Jamie Westwood won a frame for KSC, however, and Norton had to work hard to win, Andrew Brown just edging the match on the final colours against Steve Ballinger.
Bahia’s SC A had to concede 84 points start to Amblecote RBL B, away from home, and they were reliant on Reece Bahia taking the final frame convincingly after they gradually recovered the deficit.
The two Stourbridge Institute teams were drawn together, with the B team coming out on top of the D side; crucially, Harry Jones held Chris Crumpton to a 25 point margin of victory adding to wins for Mark Daniels and Carl Green.
The two Pockets SC teams were drawn to face teams from Amblecote Institute. Pockets A overpowered the Institute’s D team recovering the 198 point start comfortably in the first four frames, with Tom Pepperall making a break of 55, and the B team eased past the Institute’s C team, with Tony Kidd and Jamie Shuck winning decisively in an otherwise even contest.





MICK FAULKNER
Mick played for three teams in the Stourbridge League Premier Division, initially for Riley’s Snooker Club, Wolverhampton, then Stourbridge Cons, until its closure and then on to Kinver Constitutional Club. While with Riley’s he became the Premier Division Individual Champion in 2001, beating a young David Hall of Stourbridge Cons in the final held at Kinver.
He represented Stourbridge in inter town and inter league competitions until he decided to focus more on his West Midland League commitments from 2010, becoming Grand Masters Champion in 2015. He also coached successfully until his sudden death. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mick’s family and friends.
The funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church, Leveson Street, Willenhall WV13 1DA at 2pm on Thursday 28th November, then at Bushbury Crematorium at 3pm followed by a reception at Short Heath RBL.

BOB OAKLEY
It is also sad to report that Bob Oakley of Amblecote Institute has passed away. He played for the club throughout his playing career, and was always willing to step in to help out if necessary if any of the teams required his help. Funeral details will be available in due course.

ARWYN THOMAS
Arwyn Thomas of Old Edwardians has passed away towards the end of last month after a long battle against illness. He was a regular attendee at league meetings particularly during his club’s earlier membership of the League from 2015. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Arwyn’s family and friends.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 13-14 November 2019

Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 4 (D.Hall, E.Bastable, J.Donoghue, Reanne Evans 46) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore)
Hotshots SC B 2 (M.Kelly, D.Konior) Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Anderson 41, P.Montague, M.Cash)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Thomas, G.Tomkins, S.Mason, A.Aston) Brandhall Labour 1 (W.Robbins)
Townsend Social 5 (K.Ashmore 99, P.Thompson, J.Spence, D.Thompson, D.Petch) Hotshots SC A 0
West Midlands Police 2 (G.Sloan, K.Franklin 34) Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall 57, L.Page 36, A.Smith)
Amblecote Inst A bye

First Division results:
Pockets SC B 3 (A.Turner, J.Shuck, A.Kidd) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley)
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 2 (R.Thompson, T.Pearsall) S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley, P.Garbett, G.Dunn)
Kinver Const A 5 (J.Woodhouse, P.Churchman, G.Tranter, R.Jeffries, K.Rollinson) Baggeridge Soc B 0
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Colin Homer, R.McManus) Kinver Const C 3 (G.Reece, S.Small, S.Nicholls)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (M.Jeffries, J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia, C.Whitehouse) Amblecote Inst D 1 (S.Butcher)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, J.Cowan, J.Byng) Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne)
Kinver Const B 2 (R.Smith, C.Randle 36) Norton Social B 3 (A.Brown, L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 2 (B.Jones, M.Reece) Amblecote RBL B 3 (S.Bull, M.Lees, R.Conway)
Wombourne 3 (R.Mason, D.Flavell, P.Tristram) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, L.Ward)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (C.Crumpton) Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, P.Curry, J.Salisbury)
Amblecote RBL A 5 (R.Willetts, Bill & Ben Green, S.Norton, R.Boylin) Amblecote Inst E 0
Kinver Const D 3 (D.Barker, J.Cumiskey, J.Smith) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (Sam Ball, B.Ball)

Premier Division report: Last season’s champions, Townsend Social have really struggled to find their touch in the first two months of this campaign but they hit top form against Hotshots SC A, whose seven consecutive wins had taken them to the top of the Premier Division. Townsend took all five frames, with the highlight being Karl Ashmore’s attempted clearance which failed on the final pink at 99. Phil Thompson & Jamie Spence beat the in-form pair of Neil Beckley and Mark Sutton, Dave Thompson cleared the last five colours to hand Bal Sembi his first defeat, and Dan Petch took the black against Jamie Brown to complete the remarkable scoreline.
Baggeridge Social A beat Kingswinford Cons C 4-1, with Reanne Evans making a break of 46 and they have joined Hotshots and Amblecote Institute A, who had their bye, at the top of the league; there’s still no joy for Cons, promoted as First Division champions, although Wayne Whitmore took a frame.
Norton Social A came through a difficult match 4-1 at home to Brandhall Labour, and they remain in 4th place, now three points ahead of Pockets SC A, who did well to win 3-2 on the tables of West Midlands Police. Tom Pepperall’s fine, long opening red was the prelude to a break of 57 for Pockets.
Bearwood Cons, the other promoted team, won their third match, courtesy of Joe Anderson, who had a break of 41, Pete Montague and Mick Cash, who combined to win 3-2 away to Hotshots B.

First Division report: Norton Social B came through a difficult match away to Kinver Constitutional B 3-2 to retain their three point lead at the top of the First Division. Andrew Brown and Luke Grosvenor put them 2-0 ahead but Ron Smith and Chris Randle levelled the scores, and they had to rely on Paul Bowen’s pink against Mark Dowler to secure a valuable win.
Kinver’s C team also edged a tight match away to Amblecote Institute C. Gregg Reece, Steve Small, who recovered from 33 points behind to pip Ray Vanes, and Steve Nicholls clinched the 3-2 result, while Roger McManus and Colin Homer, who did well to beat Adam Sprague, won for the hosts.
Pockets SC B, for whom Alan Turner and Jamie Shuck, who extended his winning sequence to nine, were in fine form, beat Moor Pool & Snooker 3-2 to hold on to 3rd position, although they were joined by Kinver’s A team, who took all five frames, some quite narrowly, against Baggeridge Social B, a very good result with Graham Tranter taking his personal tally to 9/10 wins.
Bahia’s SC A also made progress into 5th place with a 4-1 home win against Amblecote Institute D, with Reece Bahia and Jordan Macdivitt continuing their successful run of form, having lost only three times between them. They are 7 points off top spot with a match in hand of all of their rivals.
Kingswinford Cons A brought an end to a run of six defeats, with a 3-2 win at home to Amblecote Institute B, thanks to Thomas Male, John Cowan and John Byng, lifting them above their opponents in the league table, while Old Edwardians A put daylight between themselves and the bottom four with a 3-2 victory away to Dudley Ex-Servicemen: Chris Cowley, Paul Garbett & Gavin Dunn all won with Rob Thompson and Tom Pearsall replying.

Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre brushed off the disappointment of being the last team to be defeated with a 4-1 win away to Stourbridge Institute D. John Salisbury and Steve Ballinger are yet to lose and Jamie Westwood and Paul Curry completed the result. Chris Crumpton, on his debut, rescued a point for the hosts.
Their lead at the top, however, was trimmed to four points because the team which ended their run, Amblecote RBL A, stormed to a 5-0 win at home to Amblecote Institute E, Ryan Willetts winning on his first appearance, and Billy Green making it 9/10 although he was hard-pressed by Audie Homer.
Old Edwardians B are now five points further back in 3rd place, after suffering a 3-2 defeat away to Kinver Constitutional D. Only Sam and Brett Ball could win as Dan Barker, John Cumiskey and Joe Smith took the match for Kinver.
Veteran Harry Jones and newcomer Lee Ward gave Stourbridge Institute B a great start at 4th placed Wombourne, but the home team hit back through Bob Mason’s respotted black against Kevin Hulme, Dave Flavell, who’s lost only once, and Paul Tristram, in the decider against Carl Green.
Successive defeats had caused Amblecote RBL B’s challenge to falter, but they returned to winning ways, 3-2 away to Bahia’s SC B. Steve Bull, Mark Lees and Richard Conway won for them with Ben Jones and Mark Reece taking some consolation for Bahia’s.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 30-31 October 2019

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 2 (K.Ashmore, D.Thompson) Amblecote Inst A 3 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway, D.Oakes)
Hotshots SC B 2 (D.Hartley 38, M.Kelly) Pockets SC A 3 (W.Dobson, A.Smith, J.Betton)
Brandhall Labour 5 (W.Robbins, J.Bate 48, A.Round, P.Caldeira, R.Howen) Bearwood Cons 0
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason 51, A.Aston 48, A.Davies, G.Tomkins) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore)
Baggeridge Social A 2 (M.Catalano, Reanne Evans) Hotshots SC A 3 (N.Beckley, R.Stokes, B.Sembi)
West Midlands Police bye

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, T.Carter) Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Whale, F.Bennett, M.Collingridge)
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Evans, G.Ward 32, J.Shuck) Amblecote Inst D 2 (R.Brookes, C.Butcher)
Kinver Const C 5 (G.Reece, A.Sprague 39, D.Reece, L.Cross, T.Postings) Moor Pool & Snooker 0
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 2 (M.Johnson, R.Thompson) Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen, A.Brown)
Kinver Const B 4 (N.Jennings, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowling) Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter)
Bahia’s SC A v Amblecote Inst B postponed
Amblecote Inst C v S/b Old Edwardians A postponed until 4/11/19

Second Division results:
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (Dom & Dino Bacciocchi, W.Gardener) Amblecote RBL A 2 (Bill Green, R.Boylin)
Amblecote Inst E 2 (S.Mattocks, Cary Homer) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Jukes, G.Skinner, G. Reece)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Sam Ball, J.Chager, B.Ball, Steve Ball) Stourbridge Inst B 1 (H.Jones)
Kingswinford SC 5 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger 33, J.Westwood, J.Salisbury, M.Surmacz) Kinver Const D 0
Amblecote RBL B 1 (R.Conway) Wombourne 4 (D.Flavell, P.Tristram, J.Wooldridge, R.Mason)

Premier Division report: There is no change at the top of the Premier Division with Amblecote Institute A retaining their single point lead over Hotshots SC A after both teams recorded hard-fought 3-2 away victories.
Rob Clark, Ashley Sidaway and Dave Oakes all won decisively for Amblecote at Townsend Social, before the reigning champions hit back through Karl Ashmore and Dave Thompson, while Hotshots had to work a little harder, but no less effectively, at Baggeridge Social, securing the result through Neil Beckley, Roy Stokes and Bal Sembi. The home team responded via the 12 time Ladies World Champion, Reanne Evans and Maria Catalano, who has reached the ladies’ final five times, frames which at least kept their team in 4th place, five points off the pace.
Norton Social A had a 4-1 win at home to Kingswinford Cons C, Steve Mason with a break of 51, and Ashley Aston with 48 leading the way, but they were deprived of maximum points by Wayne Whitmore’s black ball success against Rob Pitt, but closed to within 3 points of the leaders.
Pockets SC A maintained their challenge with a 3-2 win away to Hotshots SC B, thanks to handy reserve, Wayne Dobson, Andy Smith and John Betton’s respotted black win in the decider against Dawid Konior. Dan Hartley, and Mark Kelly, who beat former professional Lee Page on the black, won for the hosts.
Brandhall Labour lifted themselves into mid-table respectability with all five frames at home to Bearwood Cons, with Jon Bate making a break of 48, and yet another good win for Wayne Robbins.

First Division report: Joint leaders Bahia’s SC A postponed their match, which left the way clear for Norton Social A to ease 4 points ahead of them with a 3-2 win at Dudley Ex-Servicemen thanks to Luke Grosvenor, Paul Bowen and Andrew Brown.
Kinver Constitutional C stormed into 2nd place with a 5-0 win at home to Moor Pool & Snooker, a rare scoreline in this competitive division. Adam Sprague, with a 39 break, gave them their usual good start and Les Cross did well to hand Simon Dingley only his second defeat in a fine season.
Baggeridge Social B stayed within five points of the leaders with a 3-2 win at Kingswinford Cons A, but the result would have gone the other way had Frankie Bennett not got the snooker he needed on the colours on his way to a last gasp win against John Byng. Matt Whale & Mart Collingridge also won for the visitors, with Thomas Male and Tim Carter taking a frame each for the Cons.
They were joined in 4th place by Kinver’s B team who had a very good result, beating their own A team 4-1. Only Graham Tranter, who’s lost only once, could win for the A team as Norman Jennings, Arnie Tromans and the in-form pair Chris Randle and Mark Dowler took the honours for the B team.
Just a point further away are Pockets SC B, who won 3-2 at home to Amblecote Institute D, with Gavin Evans, Gareth Ward and Jay Shuck all winning well. Rich Brookes and Carl Butcher gave the visitors, last season’s Second Division champions, two useful points.

Second Division report: There’s still no stopping Kingswinford Snooker Centre, who stretched 7 points clear at the top of the Second Division, with their 8th win out of eight. Steve Ballinger, who had visits of 21 and 33 and John Salisbury are yet to lose and Jamie Westwood, Paul Curry and Matt Surmacz completed a good result against opponents who held their own in at least three frames.
Both Amblecote British Legion teams are challenging for honours but both slipped up: the A team lost 3-2 away to Stourbridge Institute D for whom Dominic and Dino Bacciocchi and Will Gardener just did enough to earn their inexperienced team one of their best results, while only Richard Conway’s black ball win gave the B team any joy at home to Wombourne.
Dave Flavell, Paul Tristram, John Wooldridge and Bob Mason all won quite comfortably for Womboune, who climbed above their opponents into 4th place, three points off the Legion A’s second place, but 10 points adrift of Kingswinford.
Old Edwardians B also took advantage with a 4-1 victory in a well-contested match against Stourbridge Institute B, a result leaving them in 3rd place, 8 points off the top. Brett Ball won handsomely but there was very little between the players in the other four frames.
Bahia’s SC B won their first away match, 3-2 on the tables of Amblecote Institute E. Pete Jukes, Gary Skinner and Glen Reece secured the result, with the experienced duo, Sam Mattocks and Cary Homer replying for the hosts.
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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 23-24 October 2019

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 5 (D.Oakes, A.Sidaway 39, R.Clark 42, M.Ganderton 53, R.Wooldridge) Hotshots SC B 0
Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall, A.Smith 42) Baggeridge Social A 2 (J.Donoghue, M.Catalano 40)
West Midlands Police 3 (G.Sloan 50, P.Gibbons, K.Franklin) Townsend Social 2 (P.Thompson, J.Spence)
Hotshots SC A 5 (B.Sembi 69, C.Downing, N.Beckley 37, 30, R.Stokes, M.Sutton) Brandhall Labour 0
Bearwood Cons 1 (J.Anderson) Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, S.Thomas, G.Tomkins, R.Pitt)
Kingswinford Cons C bye

First Division results:
Baggeridge Social B 3 (D.Whale, L.Whale, F.Bennett) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (S.Dingley, I.Priest)
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (D.Woodall, C.Cowley 30, P.Garbett) Kinver Const C 2 (L.Cross, S.Small)
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor 48, C.Webb, A.Brown, T.Brown) Pockets SC B 1 (J.Shuck)
Kinver Const A 3 (J.Woodhouse, G.Tranter, D.Banks) Bahia’s SC A 2 (J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, S.Harrison) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (R.Thompson, S.Childs, T.Pearsall)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male) Kinver Const B 4 (R.Smith, A.Tromans, C.Randle, M.Dowler)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (C.Butcher, S.Butcher, Jordan Taylor) Amblecote Inst C 2 (R.McManus, R.Vanes)

Second Division results:
Wombourne 2 (D.Porter, J.Wooldridge) Amblecote RBL A 3 (P.Botfield, S.Norton, R.Boylin)
Bahia’s SC B 1 (P.Jukes) Kingswinford SC 4 (M.Surmacz, J.Salisbury, P.Curry, S.Ballinger 40)
Amblecote RBL B 4 (R.Conway, W.Crowther, M.Lees, A.Bull 34) S/b Old Edwardians B 1 (Steve Ball)
Kinver Const D 4 (M.Hines 40, D.Barker, J.Smith, A.Stanley) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (T.Game)
Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, T.Pardoe) Amblecote Inst E 3 (A.Homer, L.Edwards, S.Mattocks)

Premier Division report: Amblecote Institute A climbed to the top of the Premier Division with a 5-0 win at home to Hotshots SC B, taking advantage of Baggeridge Social’s first defeat. Mark Ganderton, with a break of 53, Rob Clark and Ash Sidaway all won well but Dave Oakes, a black ball winner against Dan Hartley, who had a run of 44, and Rick Wooldridge, who narrowly beat Dawid Konior, were taken to the limit by Hotshots B, who have made a great success of their return to the league.
Baggeridge were pushed down to third place as Hotshots SC A took all five frames at home to Brandhall Labour, with Bal Sembi taking his own tally to 6/6 wins in style with a break of 69, his fourth 50+ break to date. They are a point off the lead, but with a match in hand.
Justin Donoghue of Baggeridge also retained his unbeaten record, but he was taken to the black by Gary Smith in the opening frame away to Pockets A. Tom Pepperall and Andy Smith gave Pockets the lead, but Maria Catalano levelled the scores, before Rich Pepperall secured the match for the hosts with a decisive win against Eliott Bastable, his first loss, exacting some revenge against an opponent who had beaten him 3-2 in last season’s individual championship.
Two defeats had cost Norton Social A some momentum but they responded well by coming away from Bearwood Cons with a 4-1 success, crucially taking the first two frames narrowly through Steve Mason and Simon Thomas, both of which could have gone to Bearwood’s Pete Montague and Paul Gibson respectively. Norton are four points off the pace being set by the leaders.
West Midlands Police beat Townsend Social 3-2, the best frame seeing Gavin Sloan clear from the green to beat Karl Ashmore, who had fought back well after his opponent’s early half-century break. Pete Gibbons continued his excellent start to the season for the Police, who were indebted to Kev Franklin for taking the decider against Dave Thompson.

First Division report: Bahia’s SC A slipped to a 3-2 defeat on the tables of Kinver Constitutional A, and were joined at the top of the league by Norton Social B, 4-1 winners at home to Pockets SC B.
Only Reece Bahia and Jordan Macdivitt could win at Kinver, as Jim Woodhouse, Graham Tranter and Dean Banks, who did well to beat 7 time individual champion, Mark Jeffries, eased the hosts into a share of third place, four points off the top. Meanwhile Norton Social B’s Luke Grosvenor compiled a fine break of 48, failing to pot blue, with three reds remaining, as they went 4-0 up against Pockets. They had to settle for 4-1 when Paul Bowen lost to Jamie Shuck in the most entertaining frame.
Kinver C’s Gregg Reece became the last player to lose his unbeaten record, the victim of a fortunate black by Old Edwardian A’s Dave Woodall. Old Eds went on to take the match 3-2 thanks to Chris Cowley and Paul Garbett, and Kinver had to settle for a share of 3rd place with their A team.
Indeed a mere two points cover no fewer than seven teams, one of which, Kinver B, enjoyed a 4-1 win away to Kingswinford Cons A, although Chris Randle and Mark Dowler were both taken to the final black and there was very little to separate the teams in the other three matches.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen had another good result, winning 3-2 away to Amblecote Institute B, when Tom Pearsall took the decider against Mark Colbourne, and Baggeridge Social B edged past Moor Pool & Snooker 3-2 thanks to Dave Whale, his son Luke, and Frankie Bennett.
Finally, in the clash between the two promoted teams, Amblecote Institute D just got the better of their own C team, courtesy of Carl and Steve Butcher and Jordan Taylor, with Roger McManus and Ray Vanes replying in another extremely close match.

Second Division report: Seven weeks into the season, Kingswinford Snooker Centre have the only unbeaten record in the league and they extended their lead at the top of the Second Division to three points with a 4-1 win away to Bahia’s SC B. John Salisbury and Paul Curry won comfortably but Matt Surmacz and Steve Ballinger, who found his touch with a break of 40, had little to spare against Andy Martin and Mark Reece respectively. Pete Jukes earned a consolation point for Bahia’s.
Their closest rivals, Amblecote RBL A lost the first two frames at Wombourne, so deserve credit for recovering to take the match 3-2: Billy Green lost his fine unbeaten record to John Wooldridge, while Ben Green lost on the black to Dave Porter, but Paul Botfield & Steve Norton levelled the scores and Rob Boylin completed the recovery in the decider, handing Dave Flavell his first defeat.
The Legion’s B team eased into a share of 3rd place with Old Edwardians B by virtue of a 4-1 win against them: Richard Conway, Bill Crowther, and Mark Lees all had little to spare but Alex Bull won decisively with a 34 break. Steve Ball, always likely to play Steve Bull, earned a consolation point.
Both Stourbridge Institute teams were beaten, the D team losing 4-1 away to Kinver’s D team for whom Marcus Hines struck a break of 40, and the B team lost 3-2 at home to Amblecote Institute E with Carl Green losing his first match, in the decider against Sam Mattocks.






Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 15-16 October 2019

Premier Division results:
Brandhall Labour 1 (W.Robbins 45) Pockets SC A 4 (T.Pepperall 38, A.Smith 75, L.Page 72, R.Pepperall)
Hotshots SC B 3 (C.Howell, C.Nicholls, M.Kelly) West Midlands Police 2 (P.Gibbons 36, M.Sheehan)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (E.Bastable 70, J.Donoghue, Darren Oakes) Amblecote Inst A 2 (A.Sidaway, M.Ganderton)
Norton Social A 1 (A.Aston) Hotshots SC A 4 (N.Beckley 67, M.Sutton, C.Downing 31, B.Sembi 67)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore 39) Bearwood Cons 4 (P.Montague, J.Anderson, M.Cash, G.Foy)
Norton Social A 2 (S.Mason, R.Pitt 36 32) Amblecote Inst A 3 (David Oakes, A.Sidaway, M.Ganderton)
Townsend Social bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, W.Knight, I.Priest) S/b Old Edwardians A 1 (C.Cowley)
Kinver Const C 4 (A.Sprague, L.Cross, T.Postings, G.Reece) Amblecote Inst D 1 (G.Foster)
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Ward, J.Shuck, D.Timmington) Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, S.Harrison)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (K.Weaver, M.Jeffries, J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia) Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Carter)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Colin Homer, R.Vanes) Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, T.Brown, A.Brown)
Dudley ex-Servicemen 1 (S.Parsons) Kinver Const A 4 (P.Churchman, J.Woodhouse, R.Jeffries, G.Tranter)
Kinver Const B 1 (C.Randle) Baggeridge Social B 4 (M.Whale, A.Southall, F.Bennett, M.Collingridge)

Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL A 4 (Bill & Ben Green, S.Norton, R.Boylin) Kinver Const D 1 (J.Stokes)
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (J.Ball, Steve Ball, B.Ball) Wombourne 2 (R.Mason, D.Flavell)
Amblecote Inst E 3 (S.Mattocks, L.Edwards, A.Homer) Amblecote RBL B 2 (M.Lees, W.Crowther)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (Dom Bacciocchi, W.Gardener, P.Robinson 31) Bahia’s SC B 2 (M.Reece, P.Jukes)
Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Salisbury, S.Ballinger, P.Curry) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (M.Daniels, C.Green)

Premier Division report: Having defeated one of their closest rivals, Norton Social A 3-2 in a rearranged match, Amblecote Institute A had edged to the top of the Premier Division but they then lost 3-2 on the tables of Baggeridge Social A in yet another tightly-fought match. Eliott Bastable, with a break of 70, Justin Donoghue and Darren Oakes took the honours for Baggeridge, the only undefeated team in the top flight, who returned to the top by a single point, although they have a match in hand of the Institute.
Hotshots SC A forced their way into third place, another point away, with a 4-1 success away to Norton Social A, who dropped down to 4th. Neil Beckley, who cleared with 67 when 32 points behind Steve Mason, Mark Sutton, who cleared the last four balls to beat Tony Davies, Callum Downing and Bal Sembi, who clinched his frame with a 67 break, put the visitors 4-0 ahead before Ashley Aston earned a little consolation for Norton, now 4 points off the leaders in 4th place.
They are two points ahead of Pockets SC A, who bounced back to form with a 4-1 win at Brandhall Labour, thanks to Tom and Rich Pepperall, Andy Smith, who had a break of 75, and Lee Page, who potted nine reds and blacks, breaking down on 72 in an all-too-rare appearance to assist the team. Earlier Wayne Robbins made it 5 wins out of six for the hosts, with the aid of a break of 45 against Gary Smith.
Chad Howell, in his first appearance, Craig Nicholls and Mark Kelly combined to enable Hotshots B to defeat West Midlands Police 3-2, and in the clash between the two promoted teams, Bearwood Cons won 4-1 on the tables of Kingswinford Cons, with Pete Montague, Joe Anderson, Mick Cash and Gavin Foy all on target.

First Division report: Bahia’s SC A extended their lead at the top of the First Division to three points with a 4-1 win at home against Kingswinford Cons A. Mark Jeffries and Reece Bahia would have been expected to feature prominently in the “most wins” category, but not only have they both won 5/6 frames, Jordan Macdivitt, also with five wins and Karl Weaver with four, have played equally important roles. All won again after Tim Carter had given Cons a good start.
Norton Social B are their closest pursuers but were given a difficult match on the tables of Amblecote Institute C. Colin Homer and Ray Vanes won for the hosts, but Luke Grosvenor, Tony Brown and Andrew Brown edged the match 3-2 for Norton, which keeps them just at the head of nine teams who are separated by just five points.
Kinver Constitutional C lie third, returning to form with a 4-1 success at home to Amblecote’s D team, with Gregg Reece continuing his impressive, unbeaten start to the season, the only player with a 6/6 record, while Kinver’s A team bounced back to form with a 4-1 win away to Dudley Ex-Sevicemen, Graham Tranter having a very good result against Steve Childs.
Moor Pool & Snooker, so tough to beat on their own tables, defeated Old Edwardians A 4-1, with both Simon Dingley and Ian Priest again winning comfortably, and they joined Pockets SC B in 4th place. Jay Shuck and Gareth Ward, who foiled Amblecote Inst B’s Cyril Tromans’ fine recovery on the pink, had given Pockets a 2-0 lead; Sam Harrison and Alan Moore levelled the scores before David Timmington clinched the match for Pockets on the pink after another recovery by Mark Colbourne.
Baggeridge Social B continued their improved form with a 4-1 win away to Kinver’s B team, with Martin Collingridge inflicting the first defeat on Mark Dowler. Chris Randle did well to beat Luke Whale for Kinver’s consolation frame.

Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre beat Stourbridge Institute B 3-2, their 6th win out of six. Steve Ballinger made it 6/6 for himself but he was taken to the black by wily Harry Jones, and John Salisbury and Paul Curry secured the result before their opponents hit back well through Mark Daniels and Carl Green, another to extend a perfect record to 6/6.
Their lead at the top of the table was trimmed to two points however as Amblecote RBL A enjoyed a 4-1 win at home to Kinver’s D team, with Billy Green’s great run of form continuing. It is now 11 months since he lost a league match.
Amblecote moved a point clear of Old Edwardians B, 3-2 winners at home to Wombourne. Steve Ball and his sons, Jack and Brett, who took the black to pip Jon Perry, all won with Bob Mason, and Dave Flavell, also sporting an unbeaten record, replying for Wombourne. Incidentally it was Brett Ball who was the last player to beat Billy Green last November.
Stourbridge Institute D’s improved form continued with a tight 3-2 battle against Bahia’s B: Dominic Bacciocchi, on the black, Will Gardener, and Paul Robinson, with a 31 break in the deciding frame against Andy Martin, took the honours, and there was an improved result for Amblecote Institute E, who had begun the season well and had then seen their form wane.
They beat fellow league newcomers, Amblecote RBL B 3-2. Sam Mattocks, Lee Edwards and Audie Homer won three close frames, with Mark Lees and Bill Crowther replying for the Legion.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 9-10 October 2019

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway, R.Clark, Dave Oakes, R.Wooldridge 62) Brandhall Labour 1 (W.Robbins)
Pockets SC A 0 Norton Social A 5 (R.Pitt, S.Thomas 37, S.Mason 42, A.Davies, A.Aston)
West Mids Police 1 (P.Gibbons 37) Baggeridge Social A 4 (Darren Oakes, M.Catalano, J.Donoghue, E.Bastable 35)
Townsend Social 1 (D.Thompson) Hotshots SC B 4 (D.Hartley, M.Kelly, C.Nicholls, D.Konior)
Hotshots SC A 5 (N.Beckley C.Downing 66, R.Stokes B.Sembi 78, M.Sutton 52) Kingswinford Cons C 0
Bearwood Cons bye

First Division results:
Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Collingridge, M.Whale, F.Bennett) S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, P.Garbett)
Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen 36, L.Grosvenor, C.Webb, T.Brown) Kinver Const C 1 (G.Reece)
Kinver Const A 1 (J.Woodhouse) Pockets SC B 4 (J.Shuck, D.Timmington, G.Ward, A.Turner)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne) Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, A.Jeffries, R.McManus)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (J.Cowan) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 4 (R.Thompson, S.Parsons, T.Pearsall, S.Childs)
Amblecote Inst D 1 (Jade Taylor 34) Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, W.Knight, N.Saunders, I.Priest 52)
Kinver Const B 2 (N.Jennings, C.Randle) Bahia’s SC A 3 (J.Macdivitt, K.Weaver, M.Jeffries)

Second Division results:
Wombourne 2 (C.Pirnie, D.Flavell) Kinver Const D 3 (J.Cumiskey, D.Barker, M.Hines)
Bahia’s SC B 4 (G.Skinner, P.Jukes, B.Jones, A.Martin) Amblecote RBL A 1 (Bill Green)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Steve Ball, J.Chager, B.Ball, J.Ball 30) Amblecote Inst E 1 (S.Mattocks)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (C.Green) Stourbridge Inst D 4 (T.Game, Dom & Dino Bacciocchi, P.Robinson)
Amblecote RBL B 2 (R.Conway, S.Bull) Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, J.Salisbury)

Premier Division report: There were a number of top perfomances but two in particular stood out: Norton Social A visited Pockets SC A, and took all five frames, while Hotshots SC B came away from current champions Townsend Social with a 4-1 victory.
Rob Pitt, Simon Thomas & Steve Mason were all on top form to put Norton 3-0 ahead, and then Tony Davies beat former team-mate Andy Smith, before Ashley Aston completed a remarkable result on the tables of Pockets who finished a close third last season.
Meanwhile, Townsend Social lost the first four frames at home to Hotshots B, Dan Hartley, Mark Kelly, Craig Nicholls and Dawid Konior all winning with something to spare, before Dave Thompson pulled a frame back for the defending champions.
Baggeridge Social A top the table, however, retaining their unbeaten record with a 4-1 result away to West Midlands Police. Pete Gibbons gave the hosts a good start to foil Dave Hall’s recovery, but Darren Oakes, Maria Catalano, with a timely clearance, and Justin Donoghue put Baggeridge 3-1 ahead. Gavin Sloan’s 50 break gave the Police the advantage in the final frame until Eliott Bastable potted a fine last red and cleared with 35, to make it 4-1, to maintain a 3 point lead at the top.
Amblecote Institute A are one of three teams tying for 2nd place, having beaten Brandhall Labour 4-1 at home; Rick Wooldridge ended Rob Howen’s winning run with a break of 62. Wayne Robbins secured the visitors only frame beating Mark Ganderton, despite the latter’s 37 break.
Finally, the 2018 champions, Hotshots SC A were in great form at home to newly-promoted Kingswinford Cons C, taking all five frames with Callum Downing making a break of 66, Bal Sembi a 78, and Mark Sutton a 52. Along with Amblecote & Norton, Hotshots share 2nd place after 4 matches.

First Division report: Bahia’s SC A won a closely-contested match away to Kinver Constitutional B to move two points clear at the top of the First Division. Jordan Macdivitt, Karl Weaver and Mark Jeffries, in the decider against Arnie Tromans, secured a 3-2 win, with Norman Jennings and Chris Randle, who ended Reece Bahia’s unbeaten run, replying for Kinver.
Kinver’s C team lost for the first time on the tables of Norton Social B, although Gregg Reece, who beat his former team-mate Andrew Brown for the visitors’ frame, is still undefeated with 5/5 wins. Paul Bowen, Luke Grosvenor, Carl Webb and Tony Brown were able to lift Norton into second place two points ahead of a cluster of teams in third place. Indeed, in this competitive division there are only eight points between the top 12 teams.
Pockets SC B enjoyed their best result so far with a 4-1 win away to Kinver’s A team thanks to Jamie Shuck, Gareth Ward, Alan Turner and Dave Timmington, who ended Graham Tranter’s unbeaten start but the best frame of the evening saw Kinver’s Jim Woodhouse lose the tip off his cue, then borrow a colleague’s cue to clear the last three balls against Gavin Evans.
Dudley Ex-Servicemen joined Pockets and Kinver C in a share of third place with a very good result, 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons A. Rob Thompson, Stuart Parsons, Tom Pearsall and Steve Childs, who was taken to the black by John Rees, won for Dudley after John Cowan’s good start for Cons.
In a rare start, Jade Taylor made a break of 34 to give Amblecote Institute D the advantage at home to Moor Pool & Snooker, but the visitors took the match 4-1 with Simon Dingley in top form while Ian Priest set a new high-break target with a fine 52.
Amblecote’s C team were able to celebrate their first win thanks to Colin Homer, Alan Jeffries, who did well to beat Mick Cook, and Roger McManus who combined to defeat their B team 3-2, while Old Edwardians A went down 3-2 at Baggeridge Social B despite being given a perfect start by Chris Cowley and Paul Garbett. Martin Collingridge and Matt Whale, with a black ball finish against Harry Hall, levelled the scores, and Baggeridge won by default as Old Eds were a player short.

Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre acquired outright leadership of the Second Division with a 3-2 win away to one of their closest rivals, Amblecote RBL B. In a clash between two unbeaten players, KSC’s Steve Ballinger beat Bill Crowther on the black, and Jamie Westwood and John Salisbury completed the win, the fifth in five matches, the team’s best ever start to a season.
They have a three point lead as only Billy Green could win for Amblecote RBL A away to Bahia’s SC B; Gary Skinner, Pete Jukes, Ben Jones and Andy Martin clinched a 4-1 victory for Bahia’s, a great result which lifted them from the foot of the table.
Old Edwardians B beat Amblecote Institute E 4-1 at home to take a share of second place, with Jat Chager helping Steve, Brett and Jack Ball to secure the result before Sam Mattocks made a winning debut for the visitors, who have slipped to the foot of the table after a bright start.
John Cumiskey made a successful return to Wombourne to help his new team, Kinver D, to a 3-2 win, handing Jon Perry his first defeat. Dan Barker and Marcus Hines made sure of the result, before Colin Pirnie and Dave Flavell ensured that Wombourne stayed within four points of the leaders.
Finally, Stourbridge Institute D were able to celebrate their first win, perhaps all the better for being at the expense of their own B team. Tom Game’s black ball success handed Harry Jones his first defeat, and Dominic and Dino Bacciocchi and Paul Robinson made it 4-0 before Carl Green at least preserved his own 100% record for the B team’s consolation.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 2-3 October 2019

Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 4 (D.Hall, M.Catalano, E.Bastable, J.Donoghue 33) Townsend Social 1 (D.Payne)
Brandhall Labour 4 (W.Robbins, A.Round, R.Howen, J.Bate) West Midlands Police 1 (K.Franklin)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (A.Coley) Pockets SC A 4 (J.Betton, R & T.Pepperall, A.Smith 77)
Bearwood Cons 0 Hotshots SC A 5 (N.Beckley 47, C.Downing, R.Stokes, B.Sembi, M.Sutton)
Norton Social A v Amblecote Inst A postponed
Hotshots SC B bye

First Division results:
Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (J.Bond, T.Pearsall, M.Short) Kinver Const B 2 (A.Tromans, M.Dowler)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Colin Homer, M.Skidmore) Kinver Const A 3 (G.Tranter, P.Churchman, D.Banks)
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, P.Garbett 33) Amblecote Inst D 3 (R.Brookes C.Butcher A.Kensett)
Kinver Const C 3 (A.Sprague 35, G.Reece, T.Postings) Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, M.Colbourne)
Pockets SC B 3 (G.Evans, J.Shuck, A.Kidd) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Cowan, J.Rees)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (R & R.Bahia, K.Weaver, J.Macdivitt) Baggeridge Social B 1 (A.Baker)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Norton Social B (T.Brown, C.Webb)
Amblecote Inst B 4 (M.Cook, A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne 47) Amblecote Inst D 1 (C.Butcher)

Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL A 3 (Billy Green, P.Botfield, S.Norton) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, C.Green)
Kinver Const D 4 (M.Hines, D.Barker, J.Smith, A.Stanley) Bahia’s SC B 1 (A.Martin)
Amblecote Inst E 0 Wombourne 5 (J.Perry, C.Pirnie, D.Flavell, R.Mason, P.Tristram)
Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Salisbury, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger) S/b Old Edwardians B 2 (Sam Ball, B.Ball)
Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, R.Peplow) Amblecote RBL B 3 (R.Conway, W.Crowther, A.Bull)

Premier Division report: Last season’s runners up, Baggeridge Social A, eased to the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 win at home against the reigning champions, Townsend Social. David Hall, Maria Catalano & Eliott Bastable took the first three frames before travelling on to help their club win a West Midlands league match at Wednesfield Cons. Justin Donoghue made it 4-0 before Darrell Payne’s black ball success against Darren Oakes ensured the visitors returned with a point.
Brandhall Labour’s good start continued with a 4-1 win at home to West Midlands Police, thanks to Wayne Robbins, Andy Round, Jon Bate and Rob Howen, the only player in the division with 4 wins out of 4, and they are a point adrift of the leaders having played one more match.
Pockets SC A, a close third last campaign, won 4-1 on the tables of last year’s First Division champs, Kingswinford Cons C. Adam Coley gave Cons a good start but John Betton, Rich & Tom Pepperall, and Andy Smith, who had a 77 break on his return to the team, took the match for Pockets.
The other promoted team, Bearwood Cons lost all five frames in their home match against the 2017-18 winners, Hotshots SC A: Neil Beckley, with a 47 break, Callum Downing, Roy Stokes, Bal Sembi & Mark Sutton all scored heavily.

First Division report: By virtue of a 4-1 success at home to neighbours, Baggeridge Social B, Bahia’s SC A edged to the top of the First Division by a single point. Alistair Baker beat Mark Jeffries to give the visitors a great start but Ranjit Bahia, Karl Weaver, Jordan Macdivitt and Reece Bahia, one of only four players yet to taste defeat, swept Bahia’s to the top of the league.
The other unbeaten players all represent Kinver Constitutional Club: Gregg Reece helped their 2nd-placed C team to a 3-2 win at home to Amblecote Institute B, preserving their undefeated start while Graham Tranter led the A team to a 3-2 win away to Amblecote Institute C, despite the prolific Jim Woodhouse losing only his 3rd frame since joining the team over a year ago, beaten on the black by Mitch Skidmore. The A team now share 3rd place with their B team, three points off the top, after the latter’s 3-2 defeat away to Dudley Ex-Servicemen.
Mark Dowler, who beat Rob Thompson on the black to extend his unbeaten run, and Arnie Tromans won for the B team but Jack Bond, Tom Pearsall & Matt Short secured the match for Dudley.
Amblecote Institute B won 4-1 in a rearranged match against their D team, with Mark Colbourne setting a new high break target of 47, but then the D team opened their account for the season, surprising Old Edwardians A 3-2 away from home, with Rich Brookes, Carl Butcher and Adam Kensett just doing enough in a closely-fought match.
In another tight affair Neil Gennard and Simon Dingley gave Moor Pool & Snooker a 2-0 lead at home to Norton Social B but Tony Brown and Carl Webb levelled for the visitors before Ian Priest ran away with the decider for the host club.
Gavin Evans and Jamie Shuck, who had to withstand a good recovery by Tim Carter, put Pockets SC B 2-0 ahead at home to Kingswinford Cons A. Tony Kidd then had to take the pink to foil Simon Spittle’s comeback to secure the match for Pockets, with John Cowan and John Rees replying for some deserved consolation points for the visitors.

Second Division report: Only 4 points separate the top six teams in the Second Division, although the two unbeaten sides lead the way but both were very hard-pressed to win. Amblecote RBL A just edged past Stourbridge Institute B 3-2 thanks to Paul Botfield, Steve Norton and Billy Green, joint-winner of the “most wins” last season, and now one of eight players to have a perfect 4/4 start.Harry Jones and Carl Green maintained their 100% records for the visitors.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre went 2-0 down at home to Brett and Sam Ball of Old Edwardians B but came back strongly through John Salisbury, Jamie Westwood & Steve Ballinger, another yet to lose, to take the match 3-2 and they share top spot with the Legion.
Wombourne really hit form with all five frames on the tables of Amblecote Institute E to lift themselves into 3rd place. Dave Flavell and Jon Perry continued their impressive starts to help their team climb to within two points of the lead, a point clear of Amblecote RBL B, who had to settle for a 3-2 win on the tables of Stourbridge Institute D.
Bill Crowther, also 4/4, Richard Conway and Alex Bull won for the Legion, as the Institute still chase their first victory. Kinver Constitutional D, on the other hand, were able to celebrate their first success, a 4-1 home win at the expense of Bahia’s SC B. Marcus Hines, Dan Barker, Joe Smith and Ash Stanley took their first 4 frames before John Cumiskey was outpointed by Andy Martin.





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 25-26 September 2019

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 5 (G.Smith, W.Dobson, R & T.Pepperall, J.Betton) Bearwood Cons 0
Townsend Social 2 (P & D.Thompson) Brandhall Labour 3 (W.Robbins 53, P.Caldeira 41, R.Howen)
Hotshots SC B 1 (C.Nicholls) Baggeridge Soc A (J.Donoghue, E.Bastable 78, R.Haney, Darren Oakes)
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway 80, R.Clark 48, David Oakes, R.Wooldridge 41) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (B.Guise)
West Midlands Police 2 (P.Gibbons, K.Franklin 47) Norton Social A 3 (S.Thomas, S.Mason 44, A.Aston)
Hotshots SC A bye

First Division results:
Bahia’s SC A 2 (M.Jeffries, R.Bahia) Dudley Ex-Servicemen 3 (R.Thompson, J.Bond, S.Childs)
Norton Social B 2 (P.Bowen 40, L.Grosvenor) S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley, D.Woodall, G.Dunn)
Amblecote Inst B 4 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, A.Moore, S.Harrison) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (I.Priest)
Kinver Const A 2 (J.Woodhouse, G.Tranter) Kinver Const C 3 (A.Sprague, S.Nicholls, G.Reece)
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (M.Collingridge M.Whale F.Bennett) Amblecote Inst D (A.Butcher, C.Butcher 35, 27)
Kingswinford Cons A 4 (T.Male, J.Rees, S.Spittle, T.Carter) Amblecote Inst C 1 (R.McManus)
Kinver Const B 3 (S.Hadley, C.Randle, M.Dowler 30, 26) Pockets SC B 2 (A.Kidd, J.Shuck)

Second Division results:
Wombourne 4 (C.Pirnie, J.Perry, R.Mason, D.Flavell) Bahia’s SC B 1 (M.Reece)
Amblecote Inst E 1 (S.Baggott) Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, P.Curry, R.Loftus, M.Surmacz)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (S.Barclay 23,25, Steve Ball, B.Ball, Sam Ball) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (P.Robinson)
Amblecote RBL B 1 (W.Crowther) Amblecote RBL A 4 (Bill Green, S.Norton, P.Botfield, R.Boylin)
Stourbridge Inst B 4 (H.Jones, M.Daniels, K.Hulme, C.Green) Kinver Const D 1 (A.Stanley)

Premier Division report: Amblecote Institute A top the table after just three weeks of the season, courtesy of a 4-1 victory at home to Kingswinford Cons C. Ashley Sidaway struck a break of 80, the best so far, and Rob Clark, with a 48, Rick Wooldridge 41 & Dave Oakes completed the result. The Cons, still seeking their first win, will be encouraged by Bob Guise’s success against Mark Ganderton.
West Midlands Police and Norton Social A are just a point adrift following their clash which Norton won 3-2: Simon Thomas, who nipped in with the last two balls after Gavin Sloan had looked set to win the opener, Steve Mason, with a run of 44, and Ashley Aston took the match for the visitors, with Pete Gibbons, who cleared the last four balls and Kev Franklin, clearing with 47 to beat Andy Smith earning some consolation for the Police.
Last season’s champions, Townsend Social were surprised 3-2 at home to Brandhall Labour for whom Wayne Robbins, with a 53 break, Paul Caldeira, with 41, and Rob Howen, who edged past Darrell Payne in the decider, took the honours, but there were very good results for the teams who tried to chase down Townsend in the last campaign.
Baggeridge Social came away from Hotshots SC B with a 4-1 win, the highlight being a break of 78 by Eliott Bastable after Craig Nicholls had taken the opening frame for the hosts. Rich Haney won on his debut but Justin Donoghue and Darren Oakes were taken to the black by Mark Kelly & Dan Hartley respectively. Pockets SC A took all five frames at home to Bearwood Cons, with a particularly solid performance by Gary Smith, who defeated Joe Anderson, standing in for the incapacitated John Chester.

First Division report: Three weeks into the season sees four teams sharing top spot, but only one of them, Kinver Constitutional C, can boast an unbeaten record. This follows their 3-2 win against their A team, Adam Sprague, Steve Nicholls and Gregg Reece, who just did enough in the decider against Keith Rollinson, steering them to victory.
Two of the other leaders, Norton Social B and Bahia’s SC A suffered their first defeats, both on their own tables. Chris Cowley, Dave Woodall & Gavin Dunn won three closely-contested frames to give Old Edwardians A a 3-2 result at Norton, and Bahia’s went down by the same scoreline as Jack Bond, Rob Thompson and Steve Childs combined to give Dudley Ex-Servicemen their first success.
Kinver’s B team joined their club colleagues at the top with a 3-2 home win against Pockets SC B. Steve Hadley, thwarting a good recovery from Gavin Evans, Chris Randle and Mark Dowler, who followed his break of 30 with a clearance of 26 in the decider against Gareth Ward, all played particularly well.
Amblecote Institute D took the first two frames at Baggeridge Social B through Adrian Butcher and Carl Butcher, who had visits of 35 and 27, but Martin Collingridge, Matt Whale & Frankie Bennett, on the final black, turned the match around. Amblecote’s C team secured their first frame, via Roger McManus, on the tables of Kingswinford Cons A, but the home team took the match 4-1, with Thomas Male still unbeaten, and they are just a point behind the top four teams.
Amblecote’s B team won their first match; Cyril Tromans, Mick Cook, Alan Moore & Sam Harrison opened up a 4-0 lead at home to Moor Pool & Snooker before Ian Priest hit back for the visitors.

Second Division report: Something had to give when two of the three hitherto undefeated teams clashed, and Amblecote RBL A came out on top, beating their B team 4-1. In a series of closely-fought frames, Billy Green, Steve Norton, Paul Botfield and Rob Boylin preserved the A team’s fine start and they now share first place with Kingswinford Snooker Centre, who won 4-1 away to Amblecote Institute E.
Again the frame scores were very tight, but after Shaun Baggott took the opening frame for the hosts, Steve Ballinger, Paul Curry, Richard Loftus and Matt Surmacz secured the match for K’ford SC.
Stewart Barclay, with visits of 23 and 25, made a successful debut for Old Edwardians B at home to Stourbridge Institute D and the Ball trio of Steve, Sam and Brett went on to take the match 4-1, to leave themselves two points off the pace.
Old Eds are level with the Institute’s B team who beat Kinver D 4-1. The vastly-experienced Harry Jones and Carl Green won yet again, and they were joined by Mark Daniels and Kevin Hulme, who, by contrast, won for the first time in just his third league match. Likewise, Kinver’s consolation was achieved by Ash Stanley, his first win at the third attempt.
Wombourne’s Colin Pirnie, making a return to league snooker, won his first frame for the team, who went on to defeat Bahia’s SC B 4-1, their first win after two narrow defeats. Both Jon Perry and Dave Flavell, taken to the black by Andy Martin, remained unbeaten, as did Bahia’s Mark Reece, who has enjoyed a fine start to the season.




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:

https://gofundme.com/f/charlie-cowley-charity-day


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.








WORCESTER ASSOCIATION INTER-LEAGUE FINALS REPORT

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.