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STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE
2017 / 2018 SEASON

KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS ROLL OF HONOUR

PREMIER DIVISION INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION ~ ELIOTT BASTABLE (West Midlands Police) won 4-3
RUNNER-UP ~ LEE PAGE (Pockets S.C. ‘A’)

FIRST DIVISION INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION ~ PAUL GARBETT (Stourbridge Institute ‘A’) won 3-2
RUNNER-UP ~ PAUL BOWEN (Norton Social ‘B’)

SECOND DIVISION INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION ~ REECE BAHIA (Bahia’s S.C.) won 3-2
RUNNER-UP ~ ADAM BOSWELL (Bahia’s S.C.)

OVER 45’s INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION ~ DAVE OAKES (Amblecote Institute ‘A’) won 3-2
RUNNER-UP ~ CHRIS RANDLE (Kinver Const. ‘C’)

OVER 65’s INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION ~ BOB GUISE (Kingswinford Cons. ‘C’) won 3-2
RUNNER-UP ~ ARNIE TROMANS (Kinver Const. ‘C’)

SINGLES HANDICAP CHAMPION ~ LUKE WHALE (Baggeridge Social) won 3-2
RUNNER-UP ~ MATT REDFERN (Bahia’s S.C.)

FOURSOMES CHAMPIONS ~ STEVE BALL & SAM BALL (Amblecote R.B.L.)
RUNNERS-UP ~ THOMAS MALE & TIM CARTER (Kingswinford Cons.)

3-A-SIDE CHAMPIONS ~ KARL WEAVER, JORDAN MACDIVITT, ANDY MARTIN (Bahia’s S.C.)
RUNNERS-UP ~ LUKE GROSVENOR, CARL WEBB, PAUL BOWEN (Norton Social)

ROY TROMANS MEMORIAL CAPTAIN’S CUP WINNER ~ CALLUM DOWNING (Hotshots S.C. ‘A’) won 2-0
RUNNER-UP ~ REECE BAHIA (Bahia’s S.C.)

TEAM K.O. CUP WINNERS ~ KINVER CONST. ‘C’
(Arnie Tromans, Chris Randle, Steve Spruce, Norman Jennings, Andy Sloan, Steve Hadley)
RUNNERS-UP ~ BAGGERIDGE SOCIAL
(Frankie Bennett, Martin Collingridge, Neil Fellows, Luke Whale, Matt Whale, Dave Whale)

TEAM K.O. PLATE WINNERS ~ HOTSHOTS S.C. ‘A’
(Callum Downing, Roy Stokes, Bal Sembi, Milan Krstanovic, Dave Green)
RUNNERS-UP ~ BAHIA’S S.C.
(Matt Redfern, Jordan Macdivitt, Adam Boswell, Karl Weaver, Reece Bahia, Andy Martin,
Chris Whitehouse)

2nd DIVISION TEAM K.O. WINNERS ~ BAHIA’S S.C.
(Matt Redfern, Jordan Macdivitt, Adam Boswell, Karl Weaver, Reece Bahia, Andy Martin,
Chris Whitehouse)
RUNNERS-UP ~ KINVER CONST. ‘C’
(Arnie Tromans, Chris Randle, Steve Spruce, Norman Jennings, Andy Sloan, Steve Hadley)

HIGHEST BREAK IN KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS ~ CALLUM DOWNING (Hotshots S.C. ‘A’) 117
2nd Highest David Oakes (Amblecote Inst A) 111



STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE
2017 / 2018 SEASON

LEAGUE ROLL OF HONOUR
PREMIER DIVISION LEAGUE WINNERS ~ HOTSHOTS S.C. ‘A’ (88 pts)
RUNNERS-UP ~ WEST MIDLANDS POLICE (86 pts)
MOST WINS ~ ELIOTT BASTABLE (West Midlands Police) 18 / 20
JOINT 2ND MOST WINS ~ ANDY SMITH (Norton Social ‘A’) 17 / 20 and
BAL SEMBI (Hotshots S.C. ‘A’) 17 / 20
HIGHEST BREAK ~ ANDY SMITH (Norton Social ‘A’) 108
2nd HIGHEST BREAK ~ BAL SEMBI (Hotshots S.C. ‘A’) 105
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FIRST DIVISION LEAGUE WINNERS ~ STOURBRIDGE INSTITUTE ‘A’ (97 pts)
RUNNERS-UP ~ NORTON SOCIAL ‘B’ (86 pts)
MOST WINS ~ PAUL GARBETT (Stourbridge Institute ‘A’) 21 / 22
JOINT 2nd MOST WINS ~ ASHLEY ASTON (Stourbridge Institute ‘A’) 20 / 22 and
ADAM SPRAGUE (Kinver Const. ‘B’) 20 / 22
HIGHEST BREAK ~ WAYNE WHITMORE (Kingswinford Cons. ‘C’) 74
2nd HIGHEST BREAK ~ ASHLEY ASTON (Stourbridge Institute ‘A’) 65
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
SECOND DIVISION LEAGUE WINNERS ~ BAHIA’S S.C. (82 pts) (Won play-off 3-2)
RUNNERS-UP ~ KINVER CONST. ‘C’ (82 pts)
JOINT MOST WINS ~ MATT REDFERN (Bahia’s S.C.) 16 / 16
PAUL CURRY (Kingswinford S.C.) 16 /20
REECE BAHIA (Bahia’s S.C.) 16 / 21
HIGHEST BREAK ~ ADAM BOSWELL (Bahia’s S.C.) 41
2nd HIGHEST BREAK ~ RAY VANES (Amblecote Institute ‘C’) 40
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Stourbridge Snooker League Presentation and Exhibition 11th May 2018

The League was indebted to Kev Franklin for making the arrangements to secure the services of Kyren Wilson, who took time out from his busy schedule to present the prizes for its annual presentation at Stourbridge Institute last Friday. Kyren had reached the semi-final of the world championship at Sheffield a week before, losing 17-13 to John Higgins in an excellent match.
Afterwards Kyren, 26, treated snooker followers to an exhibition in the club’s match-room, playing against seven of the principal prizewinners on one of the best tables in the league, with Mark Sheehan refereeing. He played against Matt Redfern, who had a share in most wins in the 2nd Division, Reece Bahia, 2nd Division individual champion, Adam Sprague, who had second most wins in the First Division, Paul Garbett, First Division champion, and most wins in that division, Callum Downing, Captains’ Cup champion and highest knock out break of 117, Andy Smith, highest break of 108 in the Premier Division, and second most wins in that division. He won all of those frames with the highlight being a break of 101 against Adam Sprague, together with two further 50+ breaks and two 40+ visits. In the final frame of the evening, however, Kyren missed on 23 against Eliott Bastable, the Premier Division Individual champion, and with most wins in that division, and Eliott stroked in a fine break of 67, just failing to disturb the last two reds, to force the concession.
In closing Kyren wished Callum Downing the best of luck in the Q School qualification programme, as Hotshots SC’s Callum, who came through the junior ranks with his family friend Kyren, is hoping to attempt to join the professional ranks. All local players, including Andy Smith of Norton Social and Pockets Snooker Club, are wished every success in this year’s competitions.

Frame scores:
106 (41) Matt Redfern 22
73 (40) Reece Bahia 49
101 (101) Adam Sprague 0
62 (32) Paul Garbett 43 (20)
85 (54) Callum Downing 34
100 (58) Andy Smith 24 (23)
23 (23) Eliott Bastable 68 (67)


Stourbridge Snooker League Report 1st May 2018

Final of the Roy Tromans Memorial Captains’ Cup held at Stourbridge Institute: Callum Downing (Hotshots SC) (minus 18) beat Reece Bahia (Bahia’s SC) (+32) 2-0. Callum Downing, who conceded 50 points start per frame, gradually recovered the start and took the opening frame on the brown. Having to play safe after taking the first red in the next frame, Callum then potted a long red next visit and cleared the next 12 reds for a superb break of 87 which clinched the match. Reece hadn’t been given a chance, but then cleared the colours to gain a little consolation. A clearance to pink would have enabled Callum to beat his own 117, the highest break in a knock-out event.

It has been an excellent season for Bahia’s, and for Reece, who retained his Second Division individual title, while Callum was able to celebrate yet another championship: he took the final frame of the season on this same table for Hotshots to enable them to lift the Premier League championship, then they added the Plate Handicap, and followed up with the West Midlands “double” of the challenge cup, coming through six rounds, conceding between 70 and 294 points start to their opponents despite enjoying home advantage only once, and the First Division championship. Not content with that haul, Callum also helped his Hotshots’ team-mates, assembling as Oldbury, to beat Landywood 4-2 in the final of the West Midland Inter-Town event the night after securing the two frames required to retain the league title.




Stourbridge Snooker League Report 25-26 April 2018

Second Division Championship play-off at Stourbridge Institute: Bahia’s SC beat Kinver Constitutional C 3-2. The two teams had tied at the top of the Second Division and played off to decide the championship. Although Kinver’s Norman Jennings began well, Matt Redfern struck a fine break of 36 then quickly made sure of the opening frame, whilst on the adjacent table, Arnie Tromans potted well to draw clear of Chris Whitehouse to level the scores. Adam Boswell’s good straight potting enabled him to pull away from Andy Sloan after a tight battle to put Bahia’s 2-1 ahead, and the match appeared to have been settled when Karl Weaver took brown and blue to go 20 points clear of Chris Randle. With the help of two good snookers, however, followed by pink and black, Chris levelled the scores, and so the outcome of the championship went to the final frame. Reece Bahia, in really good touch, potted well and left very little to give Steve Spruce much of a chance, and, in only their second season, Bahia’s were able to lift the Second Division Championship shield, to add to their Second Division Team Knock-Out trophy they had won against the same opponents the week before. They were also finalists in the team knock-out Plate, whilst Kinver had lifted the team knock out Cup the previous month, and both teams can look back with pride at their achievements.

Worcester Inter-League Over 40s Final, first leg at Norton Social: Stourbridge B 4 Stourbridge A 1. The B team were given a fine start when Steve Mason, with the aid of a 39 break, took the first frame against Mark Colbourne, and Simon Thomas then edged the second with the final black to avoid a re-spot against Gavin Sloan. Neil Rollinson began well with a break of 32, and then cleared up from the last red after Carl Southwick’s comeback, to make it 3-0, but Pete Gibbons hit back for the A team to beat Rob Pitt on the blue. Graham Tomkins, in really good touch with potting and safety play then defeated Kev Franklin to put the B team in a strong position, with the second leg to come.

Second leg at Stourbridge Institute: Stourbridge A 2 Stourbridge B 3. A good start was essential for the A team, and when Gavin Sloan took advantage of a miscued escape from a snooker by Simon Thomas, to strike a fine frame-winning break of 44, and Kev Franklin gained revenge on Graham Tomkins with the aid of a 34 break, the recovery began. An early visit of 24 gave Steve Mason the edge over Mark Sheehan, however, while Neil Rollinson cleared up well with the last three reds after David Oakes’ miscue, to win his frame in style. Mark fought back well in the later stages against Steve, but Steve took the brown to clinch the trophy for the B team. In the final frame, Rob Pitt cleared from the last red against Pete Gibbons to make the final score 7-3 overall.
Both teams deserve credit for reaching the final, which was played in the most sporting manner. It was the B team’s first success in the event which their A team had won six times in the previous seven years.


Stourbridge Snooker League Report, 23rd April 2018
Premier Division Singles Final at Amblecote Institute referee Alan Moore: Eliott Bastable (West Midlands Police) beat Lee Page (Pockets SC) 4-3.
Having reached the final at his first attempt, Kidderminster-based Lee Page settled well against the four-time champion, Eliott Bastable, making a fine break of 61, and he won the first frame 74-38 with the help of a good snooker on the yellow. Visits of 24, 28 and 28 enabled him to take the second frame 84-26, but he let his opponent back into the third frame when he missed a black on 21 and Eliott took advantage to find more rhythm to his game and he took the frame 72-34.
A fortunate red following a good safety shot by Eliott, who trailed by 24 points in the fourth frame, set Lee up to clear with 30 and to take the frame 78-24 for a 3-1 lead. Eliott then took advantage of an early opportunity in the 5th frame to clear the last 11 reds to the blue in a very fluent break of 80, taking the frame 89-14, and he levelled the match with the aid of a break of 45, 71-23.
The impetus was now with the 4-time champion and he gradually pulled clear with the help of some well-laid snookers. Lee required two snookers on the last red, yet succeeded to trail by 34 with 35 on. He took the last red and black and, later, the first three colours. In a tense finale, both players had chances on the blue, but finally Eliott seized his chance to clinch his fifth championship to add to those he won in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2016.
Both players deserve credit for reaching the final, and for the sportsmanship shown throughout.


Stourbridge Snooker League Report 18-19 April 2018

First Division Singles Final at Bahia’s SC: Paul Garbett (Stourbridge Institute A) beat Paul Bowen (Norton Social B) 3-2. Paul Garbett, who has enjoyed his most successful season, topping the averages with 21/22 victories as he helped his team to the First Division Championship, won the individual event against Paul Bowen, whose team also secured promotion. The tight match table at Bahia’s SC was difficult to negotiate, with Garbett going 2-0 up, only for his opponent to strike form to draw level, before he took the title on the brown, his first individual championship.

Second Division Singles at Old Edwardians’ Club: Reece Bahia (Bahia’s SC) beat Adam Boswell (Bahia’s SC) 3-2. Reece Bahia made a successful defence of the championship he lifted last season with a hard-fought victory over his team-mate, Adam Boswell. Adam potted a long, straight black to take the opening frame, but Reece fought back to take the next two frames on the colours. Adam drew level but Reece just did enough in the decider to take the match on the pink.

Over 45 Individual Handicap at Stourbridge Institute: David Oakes (Amblecote Inst A) beat Chris Randle (Kinver Constitutional C) 3-2. Receiving 34 points start per frame, Chris Randle took the opening frame on the black, but David Oakes found his touch with a break of 38 to take the second frame comfortably. The third could have gone either way, despite an awkward snooker on the last red costing Chris 32 points. He then missed frame-ball blue, and Dave was able to sink the black to lead 2-1. Chris then drew level and both players had chances to take the deciding frame, before Dave took the black to secure his first-ever championship lifting the Eric Martin Memorial Cup.

Over 65 Individual Handicap at Stourbridge Institute: Bob Guise (Kingswinford Cons C) beat Arnie Tromans (Kinver Constitutional C) 3-2. Bob Guise gave Arnie Tromans 8 points start per frame, but Arnie took the opening frame, and made it 2-1 after Bob had levelled the scores, potting well. Bob then made it 2-2 with a good, long black, after Arnie had cleared yellow to pink, and a snooker costing 30 penalty points helped Bob celebrate his first championship, lifting the Ray Billingham Memorial Cup, thwarting Arnie’s attempt of a third title win.

Second Division Team Knock-Out Final at Amblecote Institute: Bahia’s SC, receiving 20 points start beat Kinver Const C 497-432. Bahia’s were given a fine start by Matt Redfern, who made a break of 30, and Andy Martin, who won narrowly against Steve Hadley, to extend their lead to 58; Chris Whitehouse’s black against Andy Sloan increased the lead to 62, but Steve Spruce brought Kinver back into contention, pulling clear on the colours to win by 38 against Karl Weaver. Reece Bahia, with a lead of 24 saw his opponent, Arnie Tromans take four early blacks, but steadily pulled clear on the last few reds to earn Bahia’s the Sam Harrison shield.
It has been a fine season for both Kinver and Bahia’s: not only have they tied for the Second Division championship, Kinver won the team knock out cup, while Bahia’s were runners up in the plate, won the 3 a side cup, and, between them the teams provided the finalists in all four of the singles handicap competitions.




Stourbridge Snooker League Report 11-12 April 2018

3 a side Handicap Final at Old Edwardians’ Club: Norton Social B (h/cap 50) Bahia’s Snooker Club (144) 297. Karl Weaver gave Bahia’s a great start by defeating the prolific Luke Grosvenor on the black, and then Jordan Macdivitt followed up with a black ball win against Carl Webb to extend Bahia’s lead to 117 points. Andy Martin then held off the challenge of Paul Bowen, who pulled back 35 in the final frame, and Bahia’s could celebrate winning the Charlie Randle Memorial Cup. Both teams did well to reach the final but Bahia’s really earned it the hard way as they were never drawn at home and came through against five powerful teams.

Pairs Handicap Final at Bahia’s S.C: Father and son, Steve & Sam Ball (Amblecote RBL) beat Thomas Male & Tim Carter (Kingswinford Cons) 108-65 on aggregate over two frames. Steve and Sam Ball settled well on the fast, tight match table at Bahia’s, where there was much good safety play between teams competing off the same handicap mark. They established a lead of 25 in the first frame and held off the Kingswinford Cons’ pair, forcing a concession on the blue in the second frame, to lift the Geoff Williams (Wombourne) Memorial Shield for the first time.

Singles Handicap Final at Amblecote RBL: Luke Whale (Baggeridge Social) (h/cap 21) beat Matt Redfern (Bahia’s SC) (h/cap 30) 3-2. Luke Whale began really confidently and secured the first frame comfortably and added the second with a break of 32. Matt Redfern fought back, with a timely visit of 30 to take the third frame, and dug deep to draw level by taking the black in the next frame. Luke then established a good lead in the decider, and although Matt fought back, Luke made sure of lifting the shield for the first time, the trophy which had been won 6 times in its 8 year history by Kev Franklin, on the green ball.

Second Division Team Knock-Out Handicap semi-final at Amblecote Institute: Amblecote RBL A (h/cap 220) 431 Bahia’s SC (208) 472. Bahia’s SC began well when Matt Redfern, with a break of 30, won by 57 points, and Chris Whitehouse beat Paul Botfield by just 2. Although Andy Martin lost by 12 points to Mark Mantom, Karl Weaver built a lead of 50 against Steve Norton, and Bahia’s led by 85 at that point. Steve hit back to clear the last three balls, however, to reduce the lead to 67. Rob Boylin began really well to halve the deficit, but missed a red using the rest, and Reece Bahia saw his team through to the final, where they will play Kinver Constitutional C.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 4-5 April 2018

Worcester Inter-League Semi-Final 2nd leg at Townsend Social: Stourbridge A 344 Redditch B 224 Dan Petch and Phil Thompson played really well to take the first two frames against Steve Long and Max Chambers respectively by a total of 83 points to add to the 45 point advantage earned in the away leg. Although Dave Thompson lost to Curtis Zendell-Ellis by 31 points, Darrell Payne won by 12 to give Rob Thompson a lead of 109 against Paul Roberts at the start of the final frame, and Rob potted well to win by 56 points. Stourbridge will face Evesham or Kidderminster, the holders, in the final.

Second Division Team Knock-Out semi-final at Amblecote RBL. Kinver Const C (handicap 188) 467 Stourbridge Inst D (224) 453. Kinver gradually recovered the 36 point handicap with narrow wins for Steve Hadley, Steve Spruce, Andy Sloan and Chris Randle, although Ron Peplow deserves credit for coming back from almost 40 points adrift to lose by only 3 to Chris. Arnie Tromans had a lead of 10 points going into the last end for Kinver, but Sean Hassett fought back to such good effect that Arnie had to take green to pink to edge Kinver 7 points ahead. Sean potted a good long black, which would have forced a re-spot, but, cruelly, the cue ball disappeared into the middle pocket, and Kinver passed through to a final place against the winners of next week’s match between Bahia’s SC & Amblecote RBL A. It was tough on the Institute who were the first winners of this trophy last season, but another success for Kinver to add to their triumph in the final of the team knock-out cup handicap as well as forcing a play-off in the Second Division league championship.

3 a side Handicap Semi-final at Bahia’s SC. Norton Social B, off a handicap of 50, beat Amblecote Inst C, off 120, 272-258. Norton’s chance of recovering 70 points looked unlikely when Luke Grosvenor was held to a tie by Colin Homer, but Carl Webb’s 62 point win brought them back into the match; Paul Bowen then had to take the final black to prevent Mitch Skidmore taking the tie to a re-spot. Norton will face Bahia’s in the final.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 28-29 March 2018

Team Knock-Out Cup Final played at Stourbridge Institute: Kinver Constitutional C (h/cap 178) 464 Baggeridge Social (125) 414. Joint champions of the Second Division, Kinver were given a great start as Norman Jennings beat Frankie Bennett by 10 points, while Chris Randle held the challenge of Luke Whale to 7 points, to preserve their 53 point handicap start, then Arnie Tromans lost by only 4 points to Matt Whale and Steve Hadley tied with Neil Fellows. Andy Sloan, with a lead of 52 points kept Martin Collingridge at bay, and Kinver were able to celebrate their “double” triumph.

Team Knock-Out Plate Final played at Amblecote Institute: Bahia’s SC (h/cap 200) 337 Hotshots SC A (minus 82) 372. Hotshots, fresh from regaining the Premier Division championship with a 3-2 win on the tables of their closest rivals, West Midlands Police, faced a daunting prospect conceding the joint Second Division champions, Bahia’s SC 282 points. They needed a good start and Roy Stokes’ 82 point win against Jordan Macdivitt, and Callum Downing’s 73 point win against Matt Redfern, which included a fine break of 40, enabled them to reduce the deficit to 127. Bal Sembi, beginning with an excellent positional shot to bring the black into play, produced a super break of 86, unfortunate to miss the 2nd last red, against Karl Weaver, but then ensured that he went on to extend his win to 106 points. On the adjacent table, Dave Green had been held by Adam Boswell, until he stepped in to make a fluent break of 42, and went on to win by 58. Milan Krstanovic therefore had a lead of 37 for Hotshots, and although Reece Bahia did well to keep his team in with a chance with two reds left, Milan stepped in to make certain of the match. Hotshots had completed the double, and were presented with the Plate by one of the referees, Alan Moore, who had donated the prize to the league 16 years ago.

Premier Division Individual semi-finals at Old Edwardians: Ashley Sidaway (Amblecote Inst) looked likely to beat West Midlands Police’s Eliott Bastable when he led 2-1 but his opponent countered to force a respotted black before levelling the match. An early 36 break gave Ash the initiative in the decider but 4-time champion Eliott hit back to reach the final once again.
On the adjacent table, Lee Page of Pockets SC built a 2-0 lead against Townsend Social’s Dan Petch, and after his opponent had taken the third frame with a 50+ break, Lee established a lead in the 4th frame, and a well-laid snooker forced the concession. In his first appearance in the competition, Lee has done well to reach the final.

Other semi-finals: One of the 3 a side handicaps had to be postponed because of a family bereavement but in the other tie, at Amblecote RBL, Maria Catalano & Eliott Bastable of West Mids Police pulled back 156 of Bahia’s SC’s 194 point start against Andy Martin and Karl Weaver but Kev Franklin couldn’t quite complete the task against Jordan Macdivitt, who took the pink to clinch a final appearance against Norton Social or Amblecote Institute.
In the Singles Handicap, Bahia’s SC’s Matt Redfern gave his team-mate, Chris Whitehouse 22 start and won 2-0 at Bahia’s and he will play Baggeridge Social’s Luke Whale, who had a fine break of 45 to go through in style against Pockets’ Tony Kidd at Stourbridge Institute.
The Second Division individual final will feature two Bahia SC team-mates, following Reece Bahia’s 2-0 win against Karl Weaver, while Adam Boswell beat Kingswinford SC’s John Salisbury 2-1 in a close affair, both players reaching this stage in their first season of league competition.
At Kingswinford Cons, Reece Bahia of Bahia’s SC outpointed Hotshots SC B’s Arshad Rehman 2-0 in the Captains’ Cup, and he will play Callum Downing of Hotshots A, who edged past Pockets SC A’s John Betton, giving him 28 start, securing the first frame on a respotted black after a good recovery, then taking an outstanding blue into the tightest of pockets to clinch the match.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 21-22 March 2018

Premier Division results:
West Midlands Police 2 (K.Franklin, M.Catalano 33) Hotshots SC A 3 (D.Green, R.Stokes, C.Downing 54)
Pockets SC B 3 (J.Shuck, A.Turner, G.Ward) St John’s Social 2 (P.Manning, B.Jones)
Kinver Const A 2 (K.Rollinson, D.Banks) Amblecote Inst A 3 (A.Sidaway 30, 33, R.Clark, M.Richards 43)
Baggeridge Social 2 (N.Fellows, F.Bennett) Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall 57, L.Page)
Hotshots SC B 0 Norton Social A 5 (A.Smith, S.Mason, R.Pitt, N.Rollinson, G.Tomkins)
Townsend Social bye

First Division results:
Norton Social B 4 (J.Davies, T.Brown, C.Webb, L.Grosvenor) Stourbridge Inst B 1 (H.Jones)
S/b Old Edwardians 3 (H.Hall, C.Cowley 43, D.Woodall) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Cowan, T.Male)
Amblecote Inst B 3 (M.Cook, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne 24) Kinver Const B 2 (A.Sprague 31, D.Simmonds)
Amblecote RBL B 2 (G.Foster, Sam Ball) Kingswinford Cons C 3 (J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore, B.Guise)

Second Division Team Knock-Out
Bahia’s SC (h/cap 208) 454 (R.Bahia, K.Weaver, M.Redfern) Amblecote Inst D (165) 383 (A.Butcher, R.Brookes)
Kingswinford SC (208) 404 (S.Ballinger) Kinver Const C (198) 483 (C.Randle, A.Tromans, W & T.Spruce)
Amblecote Inst C (196) 433 (Colin Homer, R.Vanes, Cary Homer) Amblecote RBL A (214) (B.Green, S.Norton, R.Boylin)
Stourbridge Inst C (242) 430 (A.Jeffries, B.Taylor) Stourbridge Inst D (230) 456 (G.Lewis, B.Harris, Glen Harris, Gary Harris)

Premier Division report: There was a fittingly thrilling end to the Premier Division Championship when the top two teams clashed in the final league match of the season. West Midlands Police, champions for the last two seasons, had pinned their hopes on a good start entertaining the 2014 champions, Hotshots SC A, but Gavin Sloan lost to Dave Green, and Eliott Bastable lost for only the second time, pipped on the black by Roy Stokes. Maria Catalano, in a fine display then defeated Bal Sembi, and Kev Franklin levelled the scores by beating Milan Krstanovic. The title hinged on the final frame and Hotshots’ captain, Callum Downing rose to the challenge in style against Mark Sheehan, clearing up with a 54 break, a fitting conclusion to the league programme.
Townsend Social had already completed their fixtures, finishing in 3rd place, six points behind the Police, and Norton Social A edged Pockets SC A out of 4th with a 5-0 win away to Hotshots SC B, including a win for Andy Smith, who finished with 17/20 wins, joint second in the list with Bal Sembi, one win short of Eliott Bastable. Andy’s 108 break, achieved last November, remained the highest in the league, although it has twice been exceeded in knock-out matches.
Pockets also ended their campaign with victory at Baggeridge Social, where Rich Pepperall, on an excellent break of 57 might well have threatened the highest break target if his split of the last 4 reds had finished more kindly.
Amblecote Institute A won their last fixture at Kinver 3-2 and finished well clear of the other teams in 6th place, thanks to Ash Sidaway, Rob Clark & Mike Richards, although Keith Rollinson & Dean Banks did well to win for the hosts.
Pockets SC B beat St John’s Social 3-2 with Gareth Ward winning for the sixth time in 7 frames to take the decider after Jay Shuck, who took the black to foil a great comeback by Simon Thomas, and Alan Turner for Pockets and Paul Manning and Beamer Jones for St John’s had made the score 2-2.

First Division report: With Stourbridge Inst A having taken the First Division championship a couple of weeks ago, Norton Social B completed their fixtures with a 4-1 win at home to the Institute’s B team. Although they were 11 points behind top spot they finished 10 points clear of the 3rd placed team, achieving the promotion spot which has narrowly eluded them in previous seasons. Joe Davies, Luke Grosvenor, Tony Brown and Carl Webb all won, and although Paul Bowen lost to Harry Jones, he too has played a full part in their success.
Last year’s Second Division champions, Kingswinford Cons C acquitted themselves well after their promotion, and a 3-2 win in their final match at Amblecote RBL B earned them 4th place, just a point off 3rd placed Moor Pool & Snooker, who had completed their fixtures. John Cartwright, Wayne Whitmore and Bob Guise won for them with Geoff Foster and Sam Ball replying for the hosts.
Fifth-placed Amblecote Inst B also ended with a 3-2 win at home to Kinver Constitutional B but not before the visitors’ Adam Sprague reached 20 wins in 22 frames to share second most wins with Stourbridge Inst A’s Ashley Aston, but both were a step behind Ash’s team-mate, Paul Garbett.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians beat Kingswinford Cons A 3-2, with wins for Harry Hall, Chris Cowley, who had a break of 43, and Dave Woodall; John Cowan and Thomas Male won for the Cons.

Second Division Team Knock Out Handicap: The two teams who dominated the Second Division Championship, with, literally, nothing to separate them, made it through to the semi-finals: Bahia’s SC beat Amblecote Inst D with Reece Bahia winning by 20 points against Adam Kensett, while Chris Whitehouse held Richard Brookes to just nine points. Kinver Const C were given a fine start by Chris Randle and Arnie Tromans, who won by 92 points between them at Kingswinford SC, and they were in no danger of defeat thereafter.
Stourbridge Inst C had beaten their D team in a league match a month ago, but the D team got their revenge with a narrow victory in this handicap event. Alan Jeffries gave the C team a fine start but the D team came out on top thanks to Brett Harris, who held Brian Taylor to a tie, Graham Lewis & Gary Harris, who both stepped in to lend a hand, and Glen Harris, whose win against the prolific Sam Mattocks made a big difference. The team won this trophy in its inaugural season in 2017.
Amblecote RBL A just came through their clash at Amblecote Inst C, despite Cary Homer’s 61 point win for the home side, with good results for both Steve Norton and Rob Boylin.

WORCESTER INTER_LEAGUE RESULTS: Semi-Final first leg at Astwood Bank Social Club, REDDITCH B 298 STOURBRIDGE A 343. There were narrow victories for Dan Petch, who made a break of 60 against Curtis Zendell-Ellis, and Dave Thompson, who beat Steve Long, but the tie was memorable for Karl Ashmore’s excellent break of 89, jawing the last pink when a century beckoned, against Paul Roberts. Stourbridge have a lead of 45 points to take into the second leg.

Over 40s group matches: Kidderminster 2 Stourbridge A 3. This was a match the home side could have won, as Neil Chapman had established a good lead against Gavin Sloan, who fought back to win, while Pete Gibbons had to recover from 23 behind with 18 on to beat Gareth Ward on a re-spotted black. Gary Smith and Ray Pugh, who played particularly well, won for Kidderminster, and Charles Newey lost on the pink to Kev Franklin in the deciding frame.
Stourbridge A 5 Worcester 0. Stourbridge, perennial finalists in this competition, booked themselves another final place with a comprehensive victory over Worcester at Stourbridge Institute. Mark Sheehan, Pete Gibbons, Dave Oakes, Kev Franklin, who had a break of 43, and Gavin Sloan all won. It appears that their opponents will be Stourbridge B, who finished level on points with Dudley, but go through based upon the aggregate points scored.



GRAHAM JONES – Kinver Constitutional Club
Please note that the funeral service of Graham Jones will take place at Kinver Church on Friday 23rd March at 1.15pm and afterwards at the Constitutional Club.
Graham played league snooker with his father, Lionel at Kinver and Enville Social Club in the 1970s: when that club closed they then played regularly for Kinver Constitutional Club, and Graham was a permanent member of one of their teams up to the season 2010-11, when his team-mates were Arnie Tromans, Ron Smith, Robin Hall, Rob Taylor and the late Frank Golding. Stepping out of retirement to help his team, Graham’s last league match was in November 2012, and, typically, he won.
Graham had most wins in the First Division in 1988-89, quite an achievement to top the list of about 80 regular players, and in 1990 he won the 3 a side Handicap Shield in the company of Ron Smith and Steve Jones.
Players who came into contact with Graham remember him as a hard but fair opponent, and even after he’d finished playing he would always provide a warm welcome to any old friends who entered his club.
The Stourbridge & District Snooker League extends its deepest sympathy to Graham’s family and friends.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 14-15 March 2018

Team KO Cup Semi-Finals:
Amblecote Inst A (h/cap minus 36) 189 (A.Sidaway 37, R.Clark) Baggeridge Social (125) 382 (L.Whale 38, N.Fellows, M.Whale 40) at Stourbridge Institute
Kinver Const C (178) 412 (N.Jennings, C.Randle) Pockets SC A (21) 352 (C.Newey, T.Pepperall, J.Betton) at Amblecote Institute

Receiving 161 points start, Baggeridge Social, whose only league victory in a difficult season had come against their opponents, Amblecote Institute A, were given a fine start by Luke Whale, who made a break of 38 in winning his frame by 65 points, offsetting Ashley Sidaway’s 63 point success on the adjacent table. Neil Fellows then ensured his team’s passage through to the final by beating David Oakes and Matt Whale celebrated with a break of 40 in the final frame for the 2012 champs.
In the other semi-final, a much tighter match, Kinver Constitutional C held the challenge of Pockets SC A, receiving 157 points. Norman Jennings, whose win against another high-ranking Premier Division opponent from Townsend Social in the quarter-final had played a major part in his team’s progress, beat Rich Pepperall by 7 points to give Kinver the edge although Charles Newey’s 58 point win reduced Pockets’ arrears to 106. Tom Pepperall then turned the tie in Pockets’ favour with an 84 point win, although John Betton was held to a 14 point win by Steve Hadley. Kinver’s advantage had been whittled away to 8 points, but Chris Randle produced a great effort to defeat Gary Smith, Pockets’ leading player, in the final frame.

Team KO Plate Semi-finals:
Hotshots SC A (minus 82) 252 (D.Green 45, C.Downing 32, 54, 25, M.Krstanovic) Hotshots SC B (20) 226 (D.Konior, L.Garland 49, 41) at Hotshots SC
Kingswinford SC (200) 397 (J.Salisbury) Bahia’s SC (202) 458 (M.Redfern, K.Weaver, C.Whitehouse, Reece Bahia) at Stourbridge Institute

Dave Green, in fine form with a 45 break, retrieved the 102 points start personally in the first frame, although his opponent did little wrong, but on the adjacent table, Dawid Konior kept the B team in the tie with a 50 point win. Luke Garland gave the B team a boost with a 49 break followed by a 41 clearance against Bal Sembi, who simply wasn’t given a shot, but Callum Downing bettered that with visits of 32, 54 and 25 against Wayne Robbins, who had begun well, and the A team went on to win when Milan Krstanovic recovered the remaining 34 points against Arshad Rehman, although the match was in the balance until the final blue.
In another closely-fought match Kingswinford SC’s John Salisbury’s 27 point win on one table was countered by Matt Redfern’s 27 point win for Bahia’s on the other. Chris Whitehouse, with a 3 point win, and Karl Weaver, who took a vital pink and black, stretched Bahia’s lead to 16, and Reece Bahia comfortably held off Paul Curry to take his team through to contest the Plate Final, which they won last season.

First Division results:
Stourbridge Inst A 4 (N.Aston 32, A.Aston, S.Howell 38, P.Garbett) Wombourne 1 (R.Mason)
Kingswinford Cons B 4 (G.Reece, M.Reece, D.Reece, A.Brown) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (N.Gennard)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (L.Bennett, J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (C.Green, H.Jones)

In a match held over from the snow-affected week, Kingswinford Cons C went 2-0 behind at home to Stourbridge Inst B, Carl Green, with a respotted black & Harry Jones on the mark for the visitors, but bounced back through Leigh Bennett, John Cartwright & Wayne Whitmore to win 3-2.
Two matches were brought forward from the last week of the league programme, with Kingswinford Cons B beating the 3rd placed team, Moor Pool & Snooker 4-1 thanks to Andrew Brown and the Reece family, Dave, and his sons, Gregg and Mark, after Neil Gennard had put the visitors ahead, whilst the champions, Stourbridge Inst A finished in style with a 4-1 win at home to Wombourne, their 16th win in succession. Nick Aston, his son, Ashley, Steve Howell and Paul Garbett, who topped the list for most wins, a remarkable 21/22, won although Alan Cope lost on the black to Bob Mason.

Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL A 3 (R.Boylin, M.Mantom, S.Norton) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (R.Peplow, G.Harris)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Cary Homer 31, Colin Homer 25) Kinver Const C 3 (C.Randle, N.Jennings, A.Tromans)

The last two matches, held over from the snow on 1st March, were played with Amblecote RBL A finishing on a winning note with a 3-2 result against Stourbridge Inst D, but of greater significance was the match around the corner where Kinver Const C’s Chris Randle & Norman Jennings put them 2-0 ahead, only for Cary Homer, with a break of 31, and Colin Homer to level the match for Amblecote Inst C. Arnie Tromans then won the decider for Kinver against Roger McManus, which has resulted in a tie for the championship with Bahia’s Snooker Club. Both teams have had excellent seasons, and it is possible that they might decide on a play-off to determine the overall champions.

SEMI-FINALS OF KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS:
Steve & Sam Ball (Amblecote RBL) beat Townsend’s Alan Price & Steve Shaw, who gave 28 start over two frames, 147-123 in the Pairs Handicap and in the final they will play Tim Carter & Thomas Male (Kingswinford Cons) who received 82 points from Ash Sidaway and Rick Wooldridge (Amb Inst) and won 138-108.
Paul Bowen (Norton Social) beat last season’s finalist, Jason Hickman (Kinver) 2-1 and he will play Stourbridge Inst’s Paul Garbett, a 2-0 winner against Adam Boswell (Bahia’s) in the First Division final.
David Oakes (Amb Inst) defeated Mark Sheehan (West Mids Police) 2-1 in the over 45 handicap singles and he will play Kinver’s Chris Randle, a 2-0 winner against Pockets’ Gareth Ward.
In the over 65 handicap singles, Kinver’s Arnie Tromans, a two-time champion, defeated John Wooldridge (Wombourne), the winner six years ago, 2-0, and he will play Bob Guise of Kingswinford Cons, who beat St John’s Social’s Dave Hayward 2-0; Dave kindly agreed to a delayed start because of his opponent’s car breaking down.

WEST MIDLAND INTER-TOWN SEMI-FINAL at Stafford Institute: Landywood 5 Stourbridge 2. Stourbridge were given a fine start at a very well-prepared venue by Ashley Aston’s 43 break and Andy Smith’s 36, both winning decisively to go 2-0 ahead, but Landywood drew level when Jack Harris potted a good long red and went on to clear the last 14 reds for 89 against Steve Mason, while Robbie James left very little for Gavin Sloan. Landywood made the tie safe through assured performances from Steve Barton, who had a break of 47 against Luke Grosvenor, and Dave Turner, with 31 against Graham Tomkins. Finally Mick Stockley came from behind with a 33 break to go on to beat Rick Wooldridge on the colours.
They will play Oldbury in the final. The Hotshots SC players won 4-3 in a very tight match at Cannock Cons against Wolverhampton, trading frame for frame until Dave Green took the final frame 59-54 against Colin Reade. Earlier, Callum Downing, Bal Sembi and Jamie Brown had won for Oldbury.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 7-8 March 2018

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 3 (G.Smith 28, T.Pepperall, L.Page 55) Pockets SC B 2 (J.Shuck, G.Ward 28, 36)
Townsend Social 2 (D.Petch, D.Thompson) Hotshots SC B 3 (L.Garland, D.Hartley, P.Caldeira)
Norton Social A 3 (R.Pitt 33, S.Mason, A.Smith) Baggeridge Social 2 (D.Whale, L.Whale)
Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Stokes, C.Downing 57, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic) Kinver Const A 1 (K.Rollinson)
St John’s Social 1 (S.Thomas 47) West Mids Police 4 (G.Sloan, E.Bastable 34, M.Catalano, M.Sheehan)
Amblecote Inst A bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (N.Gennard, P.Taylor) S/b Old Edwardians 3 (G.Dunn, C.Cowley, D.Woodall)
Kinver Const B 1 (L.Cross) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (N.Aston, A.Aston 27, A.Cope, P.Garbett)
Amblecote Inst B 3 (A.Moore, M.Cook 31, M.Colbourne) Kingswinford Cons C 2 (W.Whitmore, A.Coley)
Wombourne 3 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell, J.Perry) Kingswinford Cons B 2 (D.Reece, A.Brown)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (J.Rees) Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen 21. 23 C.Webb, L.Grosvenor 23, J.Davies)
Stourbridge Inst B 2 (C.Green, S.Tyler) Amblecote RBL B 3 (B.Ball, J.Ball, Steve Ball)

Second Division results:
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (A.Jeffries) Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, J.Salisbury, P.Curry)
Kinver Const C 4 (N.Jennings, C.Randle, A.Sloan, S.Spruce) Amblecote Inst D 1 (R.Brookes)
Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Salisbury, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger 25) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (R.Peplow, B.Harris)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, A.Simmonds 26) Bahia’s SC 3 (M.Redfern, C.Whitehouse, K.Weaver)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (R.McManus, Colin Homer 22, M.Skidmore) Amblecote RBL A 2 (M.Mantom, S.Norton)

Worcester Inter-League Over 40s, at Stourbridge Institute:
Stourbridge A 4 (M.Sheehan, D.Oakes, C.Cowley, K.Franklin 57) Kidderminster 1 (R.Pepperall)
At Pershore: Evesham 2 (T.Baylis, D.Powell) Stourbridge B 3 (S.Mason 49, A.Kidd, A.Davies)

Premier Division report:
The top two teams in the Premier Division both recorded 4-1 victories and they are level on points with one match left to play…against each other! Defending champions, West Midlands Police lost the opening frame at St John’s Social, Kev Franklin beaten by Simon Thomas, who had a break of 47, but they secured the next 4 frames through Gavin Sloan, Eliott Bastable, despite his opponent Tim Steele’s 38 break, Maria Catalano & Mark Sheehan, who took the pink to beat Nick Carson.
Hotshots SC A defeated Kinver Const A at home by the same scoreline thanks to Roy Stokes, Callum Downing, who had a break of 57, Bal Sembi & Milan Krstanovic, but Keith Rollinson struck back for the visitors with a good win against Dave Green. The Police have home advantage in the last match, as they bid to retain the championship for the second time.
Townsend Social, who have also enjoyed a successful season, cannot be caught for third place, despite slipping to a 3-2 defeat at home to Hotshots SC B. Since losing their first match of the season at home, they had won every match on their own tables, until Luke Garland, Dan Hartley, who beat Karl Ashmore, and Paul Caldeira, who took the decider on the black against Darrell Payne, created this surprising result; Dan Petch and Dave Thompson won for Townsend.
Pockets SC A and Norton Social A are having their own battle for 4th spot and are level on points after both teams won at home 3-2. Norton beat Baggeridge Social 3-2, through Rob Pitt, Steve Mason & Andy Smith, although the visitors deserve credit with Dave Whale and his son, Luke, taking a frame each. Meanwhile Pockets A beat their B team with Gary Smith, Tom Pepperall who cleared the colours to pip Alan Turner, and Lee Page, with a fine 55 break, racing into a 3-0 lead before Jay Shuck and Gareth Ward, in particularly impressive form with successive visits of 28 and 36, hit back.

First Division report: Stourbridge Institute A, who had required only two frames out of their last two matches, achieved that target in style away to Kinver Constitutional B when Nick Aston inflicted only the second defeat on Adam Sprague, and Ashley Aston, his son, won the first two frames. Les Cross did well to beat Steve Howell, despite the latter’s 37 break, but the Institute went on to win the match 4-1 courtesy of Alan Cope, who has hit peak form just at the right time, and Paul Garbett, remarkably consistent with his 20th win in 21 frames. Marshalled by Martin Harris, the Institute went to the top of the league with a 5-0 success over their closest rivals, Norton Social B, in the midst of a 15 match winning run, but they would have given thought to their former team-mate, Richard Rudge, who lost his battle against cancer just a few days before this title clincher.
Norton Social B won a hard-fought battle at Kingswinford Cons A 4-1, thanks to Paul Bowen, Carl Webb, and Joe Davies, who all had little to spare, and Luke Grosvenor, before John Rees hit back for the hosts, and, because Old Edwardians did them a favour by beating Moor Pool & Snooker 3-2, Norton, who were league leaders for most of the season, only need one frame from their final match to guarantee promotion, a fitting reward for the team’s consistency.
Moor Pool & Snooker’s home form has been most impressive, their only defeat coming at the cues of the eventual champions, but they were undone by Old Edwardians’ Gavin Dunn, Chris Cowley & Dave Woodall, who had a great win against Ian Priest in the deciding frame. Neil Gennard and Paul Taylor won for Moor P & S, but both had to take black to win.
Amblecote Institute B and Kingswinford Cons C had been in a tie for 4th place, but the Institute just edged ahead of the Cons thanks to Mark Colbourne’s black ball decider against Simon Spittle, and Wombourne eased past Kingswinford’s B team 3-2 through John Wooldridge, Dave Flavell and Jon Perry.
It has been a difficult season for Stourbridge Inst B and Amblecote RBL B, who will occupy the bottom two positions, although both teams lost experienced players from their squads; the Legion came out on top in their clash thanks to Steve Ball and his sons, Brett and Jack, with Carl Green and Simon Tyler replying for the Institute.

Second Division report: Bahia’s Snooker Club were restricted to a 3-2 win on the tables of Stourbridge Inst C, and their lead at the top of the Second Division was trimmed to 4 points by Kinver Constitutional C who did well to beat Amblecote Inst D 4-1. Chris Whitehouse, Karl Weaver & Matt Redfern, who defeated the long-time leader in the race for most wins, Sam Mattocks, won for Bahia’s, with Brian Taylor, a respotted black winner against Jordan Macdivitt, and his daughter, Adele Simmonds, producing a season’s best performance in defeating Reece Bahia, taking a frame each for the hosts. Reece’s 11 frame winning run had enabled him to take the lead in the “most wins” list but now he will have to share that honour with two others, including his colleague, Matt Redfern, who has won all 16 frames since returning to the team in October.
Kinver were given a fine start by Norman Jennings who beat the prolific Adam Kensett, and Chris Randle, Andy Sloan & Steve Spruce made it 4-0 against Amblecote Inst D before Rich Brookes hit back against Arnie Tromans. A 3-2 win in their final match against Amblecote’s C team, a match postponed because of the recent snow, would take Kinver level on points with Bahia’s, who have finished their league programme, and a bigger victory would take the title outright, but, whatever the outcome, both teams can be proud of their achievements throughout the season.
Kingswinford SC finished their campaign well, with a 4-1 success in the rearranged match at Stourbridge Inst C, where Paul Curry played particularly well to beat Sam Mattocks, and then they beat the Institute’s D team 3-2, a result which enabled them to finish joint third, with Amblecote Inst D. As it happened, a win for Paul Curry would have given him the honour of most wins, but he was beaten on the black by Brett Harris, so he’ll have to settle for a one-third share with Messers Reece and Redfern.
Amblecote Inst C beat their neighbours, Amblecote RBL A 3-2 with Roger McManus, Colin Homer and Mitch Skidmore combining to good effect. Both teams have a rearranged match to play.

Worcester Inter-League Over 40s: Defending champions, Stourbridge A, got off to a fine start in their group with a 4-1 success at home to Kidderminster. Despite Rich Pepperall giving the visitors the opening frame against Pete Gibbons, Mark Sheehan, David Oakes, Chris Cowley and Kev Franklin, with a break of 57, gave them an important victory in this group of 3, with Worcester the other team.
Meanwhile at Pershore, Stourbridge B completed their final group match against Evesham, with Steve Mason giving them a boost with a break of 49 to pull clear of county champion, Carl Saidler. Tony Kidd won narrowly against Neil Parker to make it 2-0, and Tony Davies made the match safe with a comfortable win against Joe Cockerton. Evesham countered when Tony Baylis laid a difficult snooker on the pink against Graham Tomkins enabling him to recover from 10 points adrift to win by 21, and Dean Powell then cleared the colours to defeat the Stourbridge captain, Rob Pitt.
Stourbridge B lead the group with 11 points; Dudley require six frames from their two matches against Evesham to qualify, whereas Evesham would need to win eight of those frames to have a chance of qualification.


PRESENTATION NIGHT 2018
Your attention is drawn to a change in the date of our Presentation Evening which has been brought forward to 7pm Friday 11th May 2018 at Stourbridge Institute Social Club.
This is to coincide with the Exhibition being given at 8pm by Masters runner-up Kyren Wilson upstairs in the match-room, and it is anticipated that Kyren will be able to present our prizes prior to the exhibition.
Tickets are now available from Kev Franklin, priced at £20 for the exhibition, but entry to the Presentation is free of course.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 28 Feb-1 March 2018

Premier Division results:
Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter) St John’s Social 4 (C.Walker 32, S.Thomas, N.Carson, T.Steele 35)
West Midlands Police 3 (M.Sheehan, E.Bastable, M.Catalano) Pockets SC A 2 (L.Page, G.Smith 47)
Pockets SC B 1 (G.Ward) Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, J.Donoghue, G.Tomkins, A.Smith 36, 41)
Baggeridge Social 0 Townsend Social 5 (D.Thompson 31, D.Petch 46, D.Payne 27, R.Thompson, K.Ashmore 30)
Amblecote Inst A 0 Hotshots SC A (R.Stokes, C.Downing 69, D.Green 56, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic 53)
Hotshots SC B bye

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians 4 (C.Cowley 30, H.Hall, K.Cosnett 22, D.Woodall) Wombourne 1 (R.Mason)
Amblecote RBL B 1 (J.Ball) Kingswinford Cons A 4 (T.Carter, J.Cowan, T.Male, J.Byng)
Stourbridge Inst A 3 (N.Aston, A.Cope, P.Garbett) Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne)
Norton Social B 4 (C.Webb 25, T.Brown 27, J.Davies, L.Grosvenor) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (N.Gennard)
Kingswinford Cons B 2 (S.Small, A.Brown) Kinver Const B (A.Sprague, L.Cross, D.Simmonds)
Kingswinford Cons C v Stourbridge Inst B postponed because of the weather.

Second Division results:
Bahia’s Snooker Club 4 (A.Boswell, Reece Bahia, C.Whitehouse, M.Redfern 23) Amblecote Inst D 1 (R.Brookes)
Amblecote Inst C v Kinver Const C, Amblecote RBL A v Stourbridge Inst D, Stourbridge Inst C v Kingswinford SC were all postponed because of the weather.

Worcester Inter-League Over 40’s: Dudley 3 (P.Lewis, J.Colbourne, D.Payne) Stourbridge B 2 (S.Mason, R.Pitt 69)

Worcester inter-league quarter-final 2nd leg: Stourbridge A 336 (K.Ashmore, D.Petch, D.Thompson, D.Payne) Redditch A 215 (S.Carmichael 58)

Premier Division report: West Midlands Police were joined at the top of the Premier Division by Hotshots SC A, and both teams have one game each before they clash in an almost certain title decider. Mark Sheehan, Eliott Bastable and Maria Catalano made sure of the Police’s home win against Pockets but the visitors fought back through Lee Page, who beat Gavin Sloan on the black, and Gary Smith, who made a break of 47 to defeat Kev Franklin.
The Police are bidding for their 3rd championship in succession, but they were joined at the top when the 2015 champions, Hotshots SC A, took all five frames at Amblecote Institute A. Callum Downing, Dave Green, Roy Stokes, Milan Krstanovic and Bal Sembi, who has now won 16 out of his 18 frames, just one behind Eliott Bastable in the race for most wins, were all on target. Hotshots face Kinver at home, the Police St John’s away, before the crunch match on 21st March.
Third-placed Townsend Social are only one point back after taking all five frames at Baggeridge Social, where Dan Petch made a break of 46, but they have only one match to play, so they have to hope that both Kinver and St John’s produce major upsets. Those two teams clashed at Kinver where St John’s came away with a 4-1 win, thanks to Carl Walker, Simon Thomas, Nick Carson & Tim Steele, with Graham Tranter taking some consolation for the hosts.
Norton Social A, the 2014 champions, are the only team to have won at Townsend and also at Hotshots A, and they moved into a share of 4th place with a 4-1 win at Pockets SC B, Andy Smith in great form with visits of 36 and 41. Gareth Ward rescued a point for Pockets with a very fortunate pink and black against Rob Pitt.

First Division report: Stourbridge Inst A beat Amblecote Inst A 3-2, and they now require just two more frames to become First Division champions. Nick Aston, Alan Cope and Paul Garbett clinched the result, although Steve Howell lost on the black to Mark Colbourne and Ashley Aston lost only his 2nd frame, beaten on the pink by Alan Moore.
Norton Social B beat Moor Pool & Snooker at home 4-1, a result which enabled them to leapfrog above their opponents, who had taken the runners up spot just a week before, by three points. It could have gone the other way however, as Carl Webb, Tony Brown & Joe Davies all won in close finishes, while Luke Grosvenor, and Neil Gennard for the visitors, won with more authority.
Kingswinford Cons A lost the opening frame to Jack Ball at Amblecote RBL B, but Tim Carter, John Cowan, Thomas Male & John Byng then secured a 4-1 win which lifts them clear of the relegation fight, at the likely expense of their opponents, and the two frames won by Steve Small & Andrew Brown ensured the Cons’ B team’s survival although Adam Sprague, Les Cross & Dave Simmonds went on to take the match for Kinver Constitutional B.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians had lost six of their previous seven matches, but got the better of Wombourne 4-1 in yet another, well-contested match, a result which also ensured that neither team could be dragged into a relegation battle.

Second Division report: The weather played havoc with the league programme and only one match could be completed, but it was of great significance as Bahia’s Snooker Club, who had drawn level with long-term leaders, Kinver Const C the previous week, defeated the 3rd placed team, Amblecote Inst D 4-1 at home. Two of the candidates for “most wins” clashed with Reece Bahia beating Adam Kensett on the black, to take his total to 16, and Adam Boswell, Chris Whitehouse & the unbeaten Matt Redfern completed the result to take Bahia’s five points clear. Rich Brookes replied for the visitors.

Worcester inter-league over 40s: Just as they did in the reverse fixture, Stourbridge went 2-0 ahead through Steve Mason and Rob Pitt, who had a fine break of 69, but Dudley hit back with great effect, through Pete Lewis and Jason Colbourne, before Darrell Payne just got the better of Graham Tomkins in the decider once more, this time on the pink, rather than the black in the first match. Dudley look set fair to qualify for the final if they can see off the challenge of Evesham.

Worcester inter-league quarter-final 2nd leg: Stourbridge A, who brought a lead of 4 points into this second leg, began in top form as Karl Ashmore beat Mark Weafer by 49 points and Dan Petch beat Graham Hawkins by 58. Scott Carmichael gave Redditch hope with a break of 58, but Dave Thompson made certain of a semi-final place with an 82 point victory, and Darrell Payne had the luxury of a lead of 124 points in the final frame. Redditch B are their opponents in the semi-final, whilst the other semi-final will feature Evesham and Kidderminster.





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 21-22 February 2018

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 5 (K.Ashmore, P.Thompson, D.Payne, D.Petch, D.Thompson 36) Pockets SC B 0
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith, W.Dobson, L.Page, J.Betton) Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter 41)
St John’s Social 3 (T.Steele 24, C.Walker 47, N.Carson 26) Amblecote Inst A 2 (R.Clarke, D.Oakes 45)
Norton Social A 2 (A.Smith 31, 28, N.Rollinson 32) West Midlands Police 3 (E.Bastable, M.Catalano 37, K.Franklin)
Hotshots SC B 3(W.Robbins, L.Garland 64, Y.Aslami) Baggeridge Social 2 (N.Fellows 33, L.Whale)
Hotshots SC A bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, L.Whitehouse 39, G.Whitehouse, I.Priest) Amblecote RBL B 1 (Sam Ball)
Stourbridge Inst A 4 (A.Aston 57, 32, 24, N.Aston, A.Cope, P.Garbett) Kingswinford Cons B 1 (M.Reece)
Wombourne 4 (D.Flavell, J.Wooldridge, J.Perry, P.Tristram) Norton Social B 1 (L.Grosvenor 35, 25)
Amblecote Inst B 3 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne, S.Harrison) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (H.Jones, S.Tyler)
Kinver Const B 3 (L.Cross, A.Sprague, D.Simmonds) S/b Old Edwardians 2 (C.Cowley 25, D.Woodall 32)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (J.Byng) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (A.Coley, S.Porter, W.Whitmore 22, J.Cartwright)

Second Division results:
Kinver Const C 2 (S.Spruce, A.Tromans) Bahia’s SC 3 (A.Boswell, M.Redfern, Reece Bahia)
Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, M.Surmacz, P.Curry, J.Westwood) Amblecote Inst C 1 (M.Skidmore)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett, M.Robson, S.Butcher, R.Brookes 36, 24) Amblecote RBL A 1 (B.Green)
Stourbridge Inst D 2 (R.Peplow, S.Hassett) Stourbridge Inst C 3 (R.Plumb, B.Taylor, A.Simmonds)

Team KO Cup QF: West Midlands Police (h/cap -68) 214 (G.Sloan 39, M.Catalano, K.Franklin) Pockets SC A (10) 290 (L.Page, J.Betton)
Team KO Plate QF: Bahia’s SC (h/cap 206) 392 (M.Redfern) Norton Social A (h/cap 1) 376 (S.Mason, R.Pitt 28,22, N.Rollinson 36,37, G.Tomkins)

Worcester Inter-League over 40s Stourbridge B 2 (R.Pitt 43, N.Rollinson) Dudley 3 (P.Lewis, J.Colbourne, D.Payne)
Stourbridge B 4 (S.Thomas, A.Davies 28, N.Rollinson, P.Bowen) Evesham 1 (C.Saidler)

Premier Division report: West Midlands Police won 3-2 away to Norton Social A to ease two points clear of Hotshots SC A, who had a bye, and now both teams have two games to play before they play each other in the last match, in what could be a championship decider. Andy Smith gave Norton a good start against Mark Sheehan, but Eliott Bastable levelled the score against Steve Mason. Neil Rollinson then gave Norton the edge with a fine display against Gavin Sloan, but this was countered by an impressive win for Maria Catalano against Rob Pitt. In the decider, Kev Franklin built a 49-1 lead but Graham Tomkins hit back with 36, just failing on the yellow, and his opponent cleared the colours for the Police’s 3-2 result, which enabled them to return to the top of the table.
Townsend Social did all they could to maintain pressure on the top two with a comfortable 5-0 win at home to Pockets SC B, although Phil Thompson had to work hard to beat Alan Turner on the pink, and they are just a point behind Hotshots but have only two matches to play.
There’s a long-looking 11 point margin back to 4th placed Pockets SC A who beat Kinver Const A 4-1, Tom Pepperall their only loser against Graham Tranter who had a break of 41. Pockets took advantage of Amblecote Inst A’s 3-2 defeat at St John’s Social, as they drop down to 5th place. Tim Steele and Carl Walker, who cleared with 47 to beat Ash Sidaway, gave St John’s a 2-0 lead but Rob Clark and David Oakes, with a 45, levelled the scores before Nick Carson cleared from the last red to beat Rick Wooldridge in the decider.
Luke Garland celebrated his return to action for Hotshots SC B with a break of 64 at home to Baggeridge Social; Wayne Robbins, hard-pressed by Frankie Bennett, and Yama Aslami completed the win although Neil Fellows, with a 33 break, and Luke Whale hit back for the visitors.

First Division report: Stourbridge Inst A, with their 13th successive win, seem in a hurry to claim the First Division championship. They defeated Kingswinford Cons B 4-1, with Ashley Aston, who had visits of 57, 32 and 25, and Paul Garbett taking their personal records to 18/19 wins each.
They have 11 points in hand of Moor Pool & Snooker, who defeated Amblecote RBL B 4-1, with Lee Whitehouse having a break of 39 and Ian Priest extending his tally to 17/19 wins; they have taken 2nd place from Norton Social B, who slipped to a 4-1 defeat at Wombourne. Luke Grosvenor’s frame for Norton kept them within a point of Moor P & S, but it was Wombourne’s best result of the season, with Dave Flavell, John Wooldridge, Jon Perry and Paul Tristram combining to great effect.
Kingswinford Cons C remain in 4th place following a 4-1 win against their A team, Wayne Whitmore maintaining his good form, with his 11th win in his last 12 frames, but they still trail Norton by six points and it is a further two points to Amblecote Inst B, who resumed winning ways after two defeats with a 3-2 result against the bottom team, Stourbridge Inst B. Alan Moore, Sam Harrison and Mark Colbourne clinched the win with hardy veteran Harry Jones, and the consistent Simon Tyler replying for the spirited Stourbridge team.
Kinver Constitutional B’s form has improved recently, and Les Cross and Dave Simmonds backed up the remarkably consistent Adam Sprague, who notched his 18th win out of 19, to defeat Stourbridge Old Edwardians 3-2.

Second Division report: Kinver Constitutional C, who have led the way in the Second Division for most of the season were joined at the top by Bahia’s Snooker Club who visited Kinver and came away with a 3-2 win. Andy Martin and Matt Redfern, who had a late start to the season, but is now unbeaten in 14 frames, gave them a fine start and Reece Bahia made sure of victory before Steve Spruce and Arnie Tromans hit back for Kinver. The destination of the championship will now be determined over their last two matches.
Amblecote Inst D beat their neighbours, Amblecote RBL A 4-1, with Adam Kensett holding on to a share of most wins in the division, and Rich Brookes continuing to enjoy a fine run of form with a 7th successive win, with visits of 36, 24 and 20. They trail the leaders by six points, while the 4th placed team, Kingswinford SC ended a poor run of league form with a 4-1 win against Amblecote Institute C, with Paul Curry, another with a share in most wins, 15, again on target.
Stourbridge Institute D looked set to beat their C team, when Ron Peplow and Sean Hassett, with a respotted black to beat Sam Mattocks, another with a stake in most wins, put them 2-0 ahead but the C team hit back through Richard Plumb, who was able to celebrate his first victory of the season after 12 defeats, Brian Taylor, with his own respotted black, and Adele Simmonds, who took the decider against Steve Donoghue.

Team Knock-Out Quarter-finals: The two remaining matches, held over from Valentine’s Day, were played off, with Bahia’s SC just getting the better of Norton Social A, from whom they received 201 points start. Steve Mason and Rob Pitt retrieved 135 in the first two frames, but Andy Martin deserves credit for holding Graham Tomkins to 14, while Jordan Macdivitt did well to restrict Neil Rollinson, who had breaks of 36 and 37, to 44. Matt Redfern had a lead of only 12 to defend against Justin Donoghue, but played extremely well, and a thin cut on the blue, clinched a semi-final place.

Premier League leaders, West Midlands Police, had to concede 78 points at home to Pockets SC A, but a 59 point win for the visitors’ Lee Page against Mark Sheehan made their task extremely difficult. Gavin Sloan was held to 27 points by Gary Smith, Maria Catalano to 41 by Charles Newey, and Kev Franklin could win by only 11 points, after Tom Pepperall’s comeback. Trying to pull back 58 points, Eliott Bastable missed an early opportunity, and John Betton steered Pockets through with no further alarm.

Worcester Inter-League over 40s: Stourbridge B played the two home matches of the mini-league with mixed results. Rob Pitt, with a break of 43, and Neil Rollinson, put them 2-0 up against Dudley at Old Edwardians, but Pete Lewis and Jason Colbourne levelled the match before Darrell Payne, who led 46-17 against Graham Tomkins, with 2 reds remaining, saw his opponent fight back to great effect before sinking the black to win 53-52 and Dudley were able to celebrate a successful return to this event.
In another fine match against previous champions, Evesham, at Norton Social Club, Rob Pitt lost narrowly in a good match against county champion, Carl Saidler, but Simon Thomas, Tony Davies, who was in particularly impressive form, and Neil Rollinson put Stourbridge 3-1 ahead, and Paul Bowen dug deep to take the black against Dean Powell to make the final score 4-1.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 14-15 February 2018

Team Knock Out Handicap Cup Quarter-Finals
Amblecote Inst A (h/cap minus 36) 390 (M.Richards, A.Sidaway, R.Clark, D.Oakes, R.Wooldridge) Stourbridge Inst D (218) 382
Kinver Const C (180) 358 (N.Jennings) Townsend Social (minus 48) 307 (P & D.Thompson, K.Ashmore 60, D.Payne)
S/B Old Edwardians (150) 365 (C.Cowley 46) Baggeridge Social (125) 460 (F.Bennett 25, L & M.Whale, M.Collingridge 21)
West Midlands Police v Pockets SC A rearranged for 23/2/18

Team Knock-Out Handicap Plate Quarter-Finals
Hotshots SC A (minus 82) 347 (C.Downing 117, B.Sembi 66, D.Green, R.Stokes) Stourbridge Inst A (66) 223 (A.Aston, P.Garbett)
Kingswinford Cons A (144) 322 (J.Rees) Hotshots SC B (38) 393 (P.Caldeira, W.Robbins, D.Hartley, A.Rehman)
Kingswinford SC (206) 425 Amblecote Inst B (98) 404 (M.Colbourne, A.Moore, C.Tromans, M.Cook, J.Colbourne)
Bahia’s SC v Norton Social A postponed until 20/2/18

Second Div result: Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, R.McManus, M.Skidmore) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (S.Hassett, G.Harris)

West Midland Inter Town Quarter-Final at Norton Social Stourbridge 4 (S.Mason, G.Sloan, G.Tomkins, R.Wooldridge) Wednesfield 3 (R.Bood 43, D.Ludgate, P.Harrison 57)

Cup and Plate Report: Callum Downing cleared the last 12 reds and all the colours for a tremendous break of 117, to help Hotshots SC A make light of the 148 points they had to concede to First Division leaders Stourbridge Institute A in the plate. Bal Sembi, with a break of 66, also won decisively and Dave Green held Ashley Aston to a tie, to make certain of the result.
Hotshots will be joined in the semi-finals by their own B team who successfully conceded 106 points start to Kingswinford Cons A away from home with the impressive Paul Caldeira making a couple of 30+ breaks to see them on their way, and their other players did more than enough to complete the task. In contrast, Kingswinford Snooker Centre, receiving 108 points start from Amblecote Inst B, made the most of home advantage, and although they lost all five frames, they avoided any crushing defeats to win by 21 points.
In the cup competition, Second Division leaders, Kinver Constitutional C, receiving 228 points start from Townsend Social, lying 3rd in the Premier Division, were given a perfect start by Norman Jennings, who beat Dan Petch by 42 points and Chris Randle, who held Phil Thompson to 7 points. Dave Thompson and Karl Ashmore, who had a break of 60, reduced the deficit to 90, but it wasn’t enough as Arnie Tromans held off the challenge of Darrell Payne in the final frame.
The 2016 champions, Old Edwardians entertained the 2012 winners, Baggeridge Social, receiving 25 points start, but the visitors played really well to take the match by 95 points. Martin Collingridge won by 80, Frankie Bennett by 65, and although Chris Cowley had a break of 46 for Old Eds, Baggeridge went through with ease.
Amblecote Institute A had to concede 254 points to Stourbridge Institute D, but Ashley Sidaway, Mike Richards and David Oakes all won comfortably, and Rick Wooldridge, 41 adrift at the start of the final frame, secured the match on the blue.

Second Division. One match postponed from two weeks ago, was played with Amblecote Institute C beating Stourbridge Institute C 3-2, thanks to Colin Homer, Roger McManus & Mitch Skidmore.

West Midland Inter-Town Quarter-Final. Stourbridge won a very tight tie 4-3 at home to Wednesfield on the tables of Norton Social, refereed by Alan Moore and Steve Heath. Robin Bood struck the first blow for the visitors, greatly helped by an unintentional red off a safety shot which triggered a break of 43, against Andy Smith, but Steve Mason levelled the scores, clearing the colours after a well-laid snooker, despite his opponent, Oliver Spooner’s earlier 36 break. Danny Ludgate put Wednesfield 2-1 ahead, coming back to win a black ball game after Luke Grosvenor’s 44 break stalled on what would have been a frame-clinching blue. Gavin Sloan played some very solid snooker to defeat Lee Payne to make it 2-2.
After a scrappy start to the next frame, Paul Harrison stepped in with a 57 to take control against Tom Pepperall to put Wednesfield 3-2 ahead, but Stourbridge countered when Graham Tomkins began well against Dean Evans and withstood the inevitable comeback to sink green and brown to leave his opponent needing one snooker, although a desperately close in-off pink added to the tension, but the scores were level again at 3-3.
Unfortunately, Wednesfield couldn’t field a 7th player, so Rick Wooldridge walked over to clinch a 4-3 win for Stourbridge, and a place in the semi-final, where they will be joined by Wolverhampton, 4-3 winners against Stafford, Landywood, who beat Telford 4-3, and the winners of the Bearwood v Oldbury clash.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 7-8 February 2018

Premier Division results:
Kinver Const A 0 Norton Social A 5 (A.Smith, S.Mason 69, R.Pitt 56, G.Tomkins, N.Rollinson)
Hotshots SC A 5 (C.Downing 98, R.Stokes 64, D.Green 52, M.Krstanovic 37, B.Sembi 30) St John’s Social 0
Pockets SC B 4 (D.Timmington, A.Turner, G.Ward, A.Kidd) Hotshots SC B 1 (D.Konior)
Amblecote Inst A 3 (P.Ward, A.Sidaway 84, R.Wooldridge) Pockets SC A 2 (L.Page 33, J.Betton)
West Midlands Police 3 (M.Sheehan 41, 33, G.Sloan, M.Catalano) Townsend Social 2 (D.Petch, K.Ashmore 42)
Baggeridge Social had a bye

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians 0 Stourbridge Inst A 5 (N.Aston 30, A.Aston 34, A.Cope, S.Howell, P.Garbett 45, 32)
Norton Social B 3 (P.Bowen 30, T.Brown, L.Grosvenor) Kinver Const B 2 (A.Sprague, L.Cross)
Kingswinford Cons B 3 (S.Small 32, M.Reece, D.Reece 22) Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne)
Amblecote RBL B 2 (Steve Ball, J.Ball) Wombourne 3 (J.Wooldridge, R.Mason, J.Perry)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (S.Tyler) Kingswinford Cons A 4 (J.Cowan, T.Carter, T.Male 22, J.Byng)
Kingswinford Cons C 2 (J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore 31) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (I.Priest, S.Dingley, N.Gennard)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 4 (A.Boswell, A.Martin, Reece Bahia, M.Redfern) Kingswinford SC 1 (J.Salisbury)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett 39, S.Butcher, R.Brookes 22) Amblecote Inst C 2 (Cary Homer, M.Skidmore)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (R.Peplow, S.Hassett 37, B.Harris) Kinver Const C 2 (A.Sloan, A.Tromans)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (P.Botfield, B.Green, R.Boylin) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, A.Simmonds)

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A eased two points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 5-0 victory at home to St John’s Social, which included several good breaks. Roy Stokes had a 64, Dave Green 52, and Callum Downing reached 98, but had snookered himself behind the green, with one red left. He got out of the snooker, potted the red but the cue ball leapt from the table and finished on the floor; that’s one way to end a frame, but a great effort to reach 98 in the first place!
West Midlands Police held on to 2nd place with a 3-2 home win against Townsend Social who had to be content with 3rd; they went 2-0 ahead through Mark Sheehan, in a frame with just 3 scoring visits, 41 and 33 for Mark and 33 by Darrell Payne, and a less frenetic, but equally effective, Gavin Sloan who edged past Phil Thompson. Maria Catalano then made sure of the win with a 43 break against Dave Thompson, but Townsend countered through Dan Petch, who had to withstand a comeback by Eliott Bastable, whose in-off brown, gave Dan the chance to inflict the first defeat of the season on his opponent after 15 wins, and Karl Ashmore, who defeated Kev Franklin thanks to a break of 42 and a well-laid snooker. Townsend trail Hotshots by 7 points, and they both have three matches remaining, while the Police have 4 to play, including the final match against Hotshots.
Amblecote Inst A moved back into 4th place, ousting Pockets SC A, who they defeated 3-2, and again, a century break looked certain when Ash Sidaway missed the last straight red into the green pocket, with all the colours on their spots, against Tom Pepperall, when on 84. Pat Ward and Rick Wooldridge, in the decider against Rich Pepperall, also won for the Institute, with John Betton and Lee Page, who got two snookers and cleared with 33 to beat Dave Oakes, replying for Pockets.
A third chance of a century came at Kinver Const A, where the visitors, Norton Social A exacted revenge for a defeat in the first half of the season. Steve Mason missed a pink on 69 with the colours remaining, and Rob Pitt also had a break of 56, as the visitors secured all five frames in a fine display.
Pockets SC B edged a little further from the relegation zone with a 4-1 win at home to Hotshots SC B. Alan Turner played well to beat Wayne Robbins, and Dave Timmington recovered with a well-laid snooker, followed by pink and black to thwart Paul Caldeira. Dawid Konior, who has most wins for his team, won for the visitors, but a much in-form Gareth Ward secured the match for Pockets and Tony Kidd made it 4-1.

First Division report: Stourbridge Institute A followed up their 5-0 win against their closest rivals Norton Social B with another maximum points haul on the tables of Stourbridge Old Edwardians, and they have stretched their lead to 8 points with four matches remaining. Nick Aston, and his son, Ashley took the first two well-contested frames, Steve Howell won decisively, and Alan Cope deserves credit for coming back strongly with the last three balls to beat Chris Cowley who hadn’t lost a home match since the opening game of the season. Paul Garbett, with a visit of 45, which ended with a lucky snooker, from which he added 32, completed the evening with a flourish.
Norton, who were league leaders for most of the season, beat Kinver B 3-2 thanks to Paul Bowen, Tony Brown and Luke Grosvenor, and they kept their 3 point advantage over Moor Pool & Snooker intact. The latter team came through 3-2 at Kingswinford Cons C after a close struggle with Ian Priest, Simon Dingley, on the black, and Neil Gennard just doing enough to take the match, a result which leaves the Cons 7 points back in 4th place.
Kingswinford Cons’ other teams fared better, the B team’s 3-2 home win prevented Amblecote Inst B making any impression on the top four, with Steve Small, Mark Reece, on the black against Mick Cook, and Dave Reece securing the result, while the A team’s 4-1 win away to Stourbridge Inst B lifted them 9 points clear of the bottom two teams, and included a 5th win in a row for Thomas Male and a 4th for Tim Carter.
Steve and Jack Ball both won for Amblecote RBL B at home to Wombourne but the considerable experience of John Wooldridge, Bob Mason and Jon Perry, probably a combined 150 years’ worth, took the match 3-2 for the visitors, who are also 9 points clear of the relegation zone.
Second Division report: Kinver Constitutional C’s run of 9 wins in 10 matches had taken them clear at the top of the Second Division but a 3-2 defeat allied with a 4-1 win for their closest pursuers, Bahia’s SC, saw their lead trimmed to two points.
Ron Peplow, Sean Hassett, with a break of 37, and Brett Harris gave Stourbridge Institute D a fine victory before Andy Sloan and Arnie Tromans, who was pressed hard by Steve Donoghue, at least ensured that Kinver kept their grip on the leadership by those two precious points.
Since losing to Kinver at the start of December, Bahia’s have now won six games in a row, culminating in a 4-1 success at home to Kingswinford Snooker Centre. Adam Boswell and Matt Redfern just got the better of the consistent pair, Paul Curry & Steve Ballinger respectively, and Andy Martin and Reece Bahia completed a good result for the hosts, Karl Weaver their only loser, against John Salisbury.
Amblecote Institute D beat their own C team 3-2 but they now trail Bahia’s by 7 points. Adam Kensett, with a break of 39, Steve Butcher and Rich Brookes made sure of the win with Cary Homer, on his debut for the team, and Mitch Skidmore earning some consolation for the C team.
Finally, Amblecote RBL A just got the better of Stourbridge Inst C 3-2; Paul Botfield and Billy Green, with a respotted black against Alan Jeffries, had won for the Legion, and Brian Taylor and his daughter, Adele Simmonds had won for the Institute, who looked on course for an away win when Sam Mattocks, who has most wins in the division, established a good lead in the decider, but Rob Boylin fought back with great effect to turn the frame around.
It was Sam’s first defeat after ten straight wins, and he still has most wins with 15, but Adam Kensett, Paul Curry and Reece Bahia have 14 each, and Matt Redfern 13, as the campaign enters the last three weeks of competition.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 31st January & Ist February 2018

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 4 (J.Spence 31, P.Thompson 32, 41, D.Thompson 35, R.Thompson) Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter)
Pockets SC A 2 (L.Page, G.Smith) Hotshots SC A 3 (B.Sembi, D.Green, M.Krstanovic)
Baggeridge Social 1 (M.Collingridge) Pockets SC B 4 (A.Kidd, J.Shuck 27, A.Turner, G.Ward)
Hotshots SC B ! (D.Konior) West Midlands Police 4 (E.Bastable, G.Sloan, M.Sheehan 56, K.Franklin 41)
Norton Soc A 3 (S.Mason 32, R.Pitt 64, A.Smith 38) Amblecote Inst A 2 (R.Clark 36, R.Wooldridge 26)
St John’s Social had a bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, P.Taylor) Stourbridge Inst B 1 (S.Tyler)
Kinver Const B 5 (L.Cross, A.Sprague, D.Simmonds 21, S.Nicholls, M.Hines) Amblecote RBL B 0
Kingswinford Cons B 2 (D.Reece, S.Small) S/b Old Edwardians 3 (K.Cosnett, C.Cowley, D.Woodall)
Stourbridge Inst A 5 (A.Aston 33, N.Aston 27, S.Howell 28, N.Khan 22, P.Garbett) Norton Social B 0
Amblecote Inst B 2 (S.Harrison, M.Colbourne) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Carter, J.Rees 22, T.Male)
Wombourne 0 Kingswinford Cons C 5 (W.Whitmore, S.Porter, B.Guise, A.Coley, J.Cartwright)

Second Division results:
Kinver Const C 4 (N.Jennings, C.Randle, A.Tromans, A.Sloan) Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks)
Stourbridge Inst D 0 Amblecote Inst D 5 (A.Kensett, S.Butcher, M.Robson, R.Brookes, Jordan Taylor)
Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger) Amblecote RBL A 3 (J.Green, M.Mantom, B.Green 25)
Amblecote Inst C 0 Bahia’s SC 5 (M.Redfern, K.Weaver, J.Macdivitt, C.Whitehouse, Reece Bahia)

Premier Division report: West Midlands Police drew level with Hotshots SC A at the top of the Premier Division in their quest to win three championships in succession. Hotshots faced a tough task away to Pockets SC A, and, given that Lee Page and Gary Smith put the hosts 2-0 ahead against Callum Downing and Roy Stokes respectively, the visitors deserve credit for coming back to take the match 3-2 thanks to Dave Green, Bal Sembi & Milan Krstanovic, who did well to beat Rich Pepperall.
Meanwhile, the Police had a more comfortable 4-1 win away to Hotshots’ B team, where Eliott Bastable secured his 15th win in as many frames, and Mark Sheehan had a 56 break; Maria Catalano lost to the consistent Dawid Konior. The Police have a game in hand, but the joint leaders clash in the final match of the season, which could prove to be a title decider.
Townsend Social maintained the pressure on the top two with a 4-1 win at home to Kinver Const A and trail by 3 points; the three Thompson brothers, Phil, Dave and Rob, combined to good effect along with Jamie Spence, who was hard-pressed by Rob Jeffries. Graham Tranter had a good win against Dan Petch for Kinver’s frame.
Norton Social A swept into a 3-0 lead at home to Amblecote Inst A, thanks to Rob Pitt, with a 64 break, Steve Mason & Andy Smith, before Rob Clark & Rick Wooldridge hit back for the visitors.
Pockets SC B won 4-1 at Baggeridge Social, with Jay Shuck in particularly good form, but the other frames were very much in the balance as Alan Turner recovered to win on a respotted black, after his opponent, Luke Whale had made a fluent 47 break, and Gareth Ward took a fine pink and black to complete a comeback against Frankie Bennett. Martin Collingridge did well to recover from 30 points adrift to take the black against Dave Timmington for Baggeridge’s well-deserved point.

First Division report: The joint leaders of the First Division clashed with Stourbridge Institute A making the most of home advantage with all five frames against Norton Social A. Ashley and Nick Aston, Steve Howell and Naz Khan all won decisively, but Paul Garbett was taken to the black by Luke Grosvenor. The result puts the Institute six points clear with five matches to play.
Moor Pool & Snooker closed to within 3 points of Norton with a 4-1 win at home to the bottom team, Stourbridge Inst B. Neil Gennard, Simon Dingley, Lee Whitehouse & Paul Taylor posted good wins but their leading player, Ian Priest, lost for only the second time, beaten by Simon Tyler.
Six wins on the spin had lifted Amblecote Inst B into a clear 4th place but Kingswinford Cons A ended that run when Tim Carter, John Rees and Thomas Male earned a much-needed 3-2 win to lift Cons six points clear of the relegation zone. Sam Harrison and Mark Colbourne took a frame each as the Institute slipped to 5th place, six points adrift of Moor Pool & Snooker.
They were overtaken by Kingswinford Cons C, whose challenge had stalled with two recent defeats, but who bounced back to take all five frames at Wombourne. Sam Porter won well, but three other frames went to the black, and the last one went to John Cartwright’s respotted black!
Kinver B had won only two of their previous 10 matches, but they rediscovered their touch with all five frames at home to Amblecote RBL B, although their leading player, one of three with most wins in the division, Adam Sprague was taken to the black by the much in-form Steve Ball.
By contrast there was a close contest at Kingswinford Cons B, who went 2-0 up through Steve Small and Dave Reece, only for Old Edwardians to level courtesy of Keith Cosnett & Chris Cowley; in the decider, Old Eds’ Dave Woodall pipped Andrew Brown on the black to complete the recovery.

Second Division report: Second Division leaders, Kinver Const C edged a little closer towards the title with a 4-1 win at home to Stourbridge Inst C, with Norman Jennings, Chris Randle, Arnie Tromans & Andy Sloan winning with a little to spare. Sam Mattocks earned a point for the visitors against Steve Spruce, whilst remaining a step in front of his pursuers for most wins in the division.
Bahia’s Snooker Club are certain to chase Kinver for top spot, and they secured a 5-0 maximum on the tables of Amblecote Institute C; they had to work hard, however as Matt Redfern was taken to the pink by Colin Homer to extend his unbeaten sequence to 12 frames, and Karl Weaver was also taken to the pink by John Read. The clash between Kinver and Bahia’s in three weeks time might well prove decisive.
Three successive defeats seemed to have cost Amblecote Institute D dear but they have rediscovered their form of late and their 5-0 win away to Stourbridge Inst D was their 4th in a row, making 3rd place their own, still six points behind Bahia’s. Rich Brookes has found his form again, Adam Kensett now has 13/15 wins and Jordan Taylor did well to beat Sean Hassett on the black.
By contrast, four consecutive 3-2 defeats have cost Kingswinford Snooker Centre the chance to challenge for the title, as they slipped to 4th place, ten points off Bahia’s in 2nd place. Paul Curry, who has the second-most wins in the division and Steve Ballinger both won again, but Amblecote RBL A took the honours through Mark Mantom, on the black, and Jamie Green and Billy Green, both of whom are enjoying successful first seasons for the team, with eight and nine wins respectively.






MARK SELBY EXHIBITION 27 JAN 2018 at Stourbridge Institute
Members of, and visitors to Stourbridge Institute were treated to a wonderful exhibition of snooker by the reigning world champion, Mark Selby, who played nine frames against club members plus one against the one of the evening’s raffle-prize winners, Mrs Jan Bahia.
Pete Gibbons had the honour of breaking in the opening frame, a good break too, but Selby set the tone for the evening with an excellent opening red, and cleared the table except the final black for 132. He then went on to make a number of fine breaks, including two further centuries, one against Adele Simmonds who plays for one of the Institute teams, always ready to exchange humour with his opponents and the audience throughout the evening, but the highlight of the night came in the ninth frame, after Martin Harris broke off, as Mark compiled an outstanding maximum 147, which had begun to look a possibility after the first two blacks, but it required a great deal of skilful positional play to gradually clear the reds, with the audience willing him on, and they were thrilled to be able to witness an outstanding feat, the highest the sport can offer.
Mark’s final frame was against former Midland champion, Kev Franklin, still one of the finest local players, who had known Mark as a teenager at Willie Thorne’s snooker club in Leicester in the late 1990s. Although Mark took an early lead, Kev had a break of 50, but the world champion fluked the brown and cleared up to win on the black.
During the mid-evening interval, Mark posed for many photographs with members of the audience, and entertained with a question and answer session following the final frame. There have been several enjoyable exhibitions at Stourbridge Institute since the refurbishment of it’s matchroom three years ago, but those fortunate enough to be present on this occasion will always remember this latest event with “maximum” affection.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 24-25 January 2018

Premier Division results:
Kinver Const A 2 (M.Hatton, K.Rollinson) Hotshots SC B 3 (W.Robbins 31, P.Caldeira, D.Hartley)
St John’s Social 1 (C.Walker) Pockets SC A 4 (T & R.Pepperall, J.Betton, L.Page 53)
Amblecote Inst A 0 Townsend Social 5 (D.Petch, K.Ashmore 83, J.Spence, D & P.Thompson)
Hotshots SC A 2 (R.Stokes 32, B.Sembi) Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith 38, N.Rollinson, S.Mason)
West Midlands Police 5 (E.Bastable, M.Catalano, M.Sheehan, K.Franklin 74, G.Sloan) Baggeridge Social 0
Pockets SC B had a bye

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians 2 (H.Hall, C.Cowley 24) Amblecote Inst B 3 (M.Cook 26, J.Colbourne, M.Colbourne)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Carter, T.Male 22) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (L.Whitehouse, S.Dingley, I.Priest)
Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen 40, 24, T.Brown, J.Davies 24, L.Grosvenor) Kingswinford Cons B 1 (G.Reece)
Amblecote RBL B 2 (Steve & Jack Ball) Stourbridge Inst A 3 (S.Howell, A.Aston 65, P.Garbett)
Stourbridge Inst B 2 (J.Tyler, T.Pardoe) Wombourne 3 (J.Wooldridge, R.Mason, D.Flavell)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (A.Coley, L.Bennett, W.Whitmore 31) Kinver Const B 2 (M.Hines, A.Sprague)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 3 (Reece Bahia, K.Weaver, M.Redfern 27, 22) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (G.Harris, S.Hassett)
Amblecote RBL A ! (B.Green 21) Bahia’s SC 4 (M.Redfern, J.Macdivitt 25, C.Whitehouse, Reece Bahia)
Kinver Const C 3 (C.Randle, S.Spruce, A.Tromans) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Ballinger 24, P.Curry 26)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (A.Jeffries, S.Mattocks) Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett, M.Robson, R.Brookes 30)
Amblecote Inst C v Stourbridge Inst D postponed

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A’s bid to regain the Premier Division title they last won in 2014 suffered a setback when they lost at home to Norton Social A 3-2. They went 2-0 behind when Dave Green lost to Neil Rollinson, and Callum Downing had his 40+ lead surpassed in a fine comeback by Andy Smith, but Roy Stokes and Bal Sembi then made it 2-2, only for Milan Krstanovic to be defeated by Steve Mason in the deciding frame; it was Hotshots’ first home defeat, and only their third in all, one of which came at Norton Social in the first half of the season.
The leaders’ advantage was cut to a single point as their closest pursuers, West Midlands Police secured all five frames at home to Baggeridge Social, with Eliott Bastable extending his unbeaten record and Kev Franklin compiling a break of 74, while Townsend Social remained three points further behind in 3rd place when they took all five frames on the tables of Amblecote Institute A. Karl Ashmore had a break of 83 and Jamie Spence stepped in for his first match since October; previously, apart from a 4-1 defeat by the Police, Amblecote had lost only 3 frames out of 30 on their own tables, to put Townsend’s achievement into context.
Pockets SC A took advantage to move a point above Amblecote into 4th place with a 4-1 win away to St John’s Social, where Tom Pepperall did well to beat Simon Thomas and Lee Page completed proceedings with a 53 break. Earlier, Carl Walker had taken the opening frame for the hosts, whittling away the lead established by Gary Smith.
Four successive league defeats halted Hotshots SC B’s progress but Wayne Robbins, Paul Caldeira and Dan Hartley all won to put them back on track at Kinver A. Mark Hatton and Keith Rollinson, who beat the in-form Dawid Konior, earned some consolation for Kinver.

First Division report: The top five teams in the First Division all won, but now there are joint leaders as Norton Social B won 4-1 whereas Stourbridge Inst A only managed to win 3-2. Indeed, it could have been worse for the Institute who had a touch of good fortune to win at Amblecote RBL B. Steve Howell and Ashley Aston, who had a break of 65, won well, but Paul Garbett had to take pink and black after his opponent, Geoff Foster potted a frame ball blue but snookered himself behind the black. Jack Ball and Steve Ball, who continued his good form against Nick Aston, won for the hosts.
Norton dropped only the one frame to Gregg Reece of Kingswinford Cons B as their win took them level on points with the leaders, Paul Bowen in particularly good touch with visits of 40 & 24.
Moor Pool & Snooker are now 8 points off the pace in 3rd position, as Lee Whitehouse, on the black, Simon Dingley, and Ian Priest, in yet another decider, this time sinking the pink to beat John Rees, edged past Kingswinford Cons A away from home, and Amblecote Inst B also enjoyed a hard-fought away win with Mick Cook, and cousins, Jason and Mark Colbourne proving just too strong for Old Edwardians, to hold on to 4th place three points adrift of Moor P & S.
Marcus Hines and Adam Sprague gave Kinver B a great start at Kingswinford Cons C but Adam Coley, Leigh Bennett & Wayne Whitmore turned the match around to keep the Cons in touch with the top three, 3 points behind Amblecote.There’s much to play for in this last third of the season for all of these promotion hopefuls.
Stourbridge Inst B fought back well when John Wooldridge & Bob Mason put the visiting Wombourne team 2-0 ahead, Trevor Pardoe and John Tyler, in an all-too-rare appearance, levelling the scores, but Dave Flavell took the decider comfortably to steer Wombourne closer towards mid-table comfort.

Second Division report: Second Division leaders, Kinver Const C took another step towards the championship, with Chris Randle, Steve Spruce & Arnie Tromans combining to see off the challenge of one of their closest rivals, Kingswinford SC 3-2, but another of their rivals, Bahia’s Snooker Club, in only their second season, made 2nd place their own, with two victories.
In a rearranged match they defeated Stourbridge Inst D, with whom they’ve shared some close battles in league and cup, 3-2, and they then won 4-1 on the tables of Amblecote RBL A. Reece Bahia and Matt Redfern, their most consistent players, won both of their matches. Jordan Macdivitt would have won both of his but for following in the black against the Institute’s Glen Harris, while Chris Whitehouse made a winning debut at Amblecote.
Six points behind Kinver, Bahia’s are also six clear of the joint third-placed teams, one of which is Kingswinford SC, and the other is Amblecote Inst D, who kept their hopes of promotion alive with a 3-2 win, their third in a row, away to Stourbridge Inst C. Adam Kensett, Mark Robson and Rich Brookes won for them with Alan Jeffries and Sam Mattocks replying.

WORCESTER INTER LEAGUE 2nd leg Redditch B 294 Stourbridge B 245. Carrying a lead of 42 points into the second leg of their quarter-final tie at Astwood Bank Social Club, last season’s finalists Stourbridge B went out of the competition on a respotted black. Luke Whale just missed out on pink and black as Curtis Zendell-Ellis won by 15 points, while Simon Thomas cleared the colours well yet still lost by 26 points to Max Chambers. Luke Grosvenor gave another accomplished display with a fine break of 41 to go well clear, but Paul Roberts fought back to reduce the margin of victory to six. Aston Lloyd played well to defeat Graham Tomkins by 42 to give Redditch a 35 point lead overall. Steve Mason reduced the deficit gradually, went ahead, and looked certain to win after laying a fine snooker on the blue, but missed the pink and a relieved Steve Long sank the respotted black after drawing level.





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 17-18 January 2018

Team Knock-Out Cup Handicap 2nd Round
Pockets SC B (h/cap 111) 283 Townsend Social (minus 48) 329 (P.Thompson, D.Petch, D.Thompson 30, 32, D.Payne 27, K.Ashmore 43)
Wombourne (168) 278 Pockets SC A (minus 11) 434 (G.Smith, J.Betton 26, L.Page, T.Pepperall 39, 31, R.Pepperall)
Stourbridge Old Edwardians (150) 486 (C.Cowley, H.Hall, G.Dunn, G.Birch, D.Woodall) Kingswinford Cons B (151) 332
Baggeridge Social (125) 503 (F.Bennett, L.Whale, M.Collingridge, M.Whale, N.Fellows) Amblecote Inst C (226) 409
Amblecote RBL B (180) 457 (Steve Ball, J.Ball) Stourbridge Inst D (242) 509 (R.Peplow, B.Harris, S.Hassett)
West Midlands Police (minus 49) 342 (M.Sheehan, G.Sloan 31, 48, E.Bastable 58, K.Franklin 50) Kingswinford Cons C (116) 264 (S.Porter)
Stourbridge Inst C (242) 443 (A.Jeffries, S.Mattocks) Kinver Const C (178) 481 (C.Randle, N.Jennings, S.Spruce, A.Sloan)
Amblecote Inst A (minus 36) 425 (A.Sidaway, M.Richards, D.Oakes 50, R.Clark, R.Wooldridge) Amblecote Inst D (165) 285

Team Knock-Out Plate 1st Round
Hotshots SC A (minus 82) 369 (C.Downing 80, R.Stokes, D.Green 24, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic 36) Kinver Const B (139) 230
Kingswinford SC (200) 466 (S.Ballinger 29, J.Salisbury 24) Moor Pool & Snooker (129) 408 (N.Gennard 35, L.Whitehouse 22, I.Priest)
Bahia’s SC (200) 426 (Reece Bahia, K.Weaver, A.Boswell) Norton Social B (102) 333 (M.Northover, P.Bowen)
Kinver Const A (109) 356 (G.Tranter, M.Hatton) Amblecote Inst B (98) 403 (J.Colbourne, M.Colbourne, A.Moore)
Kingswinford Cons A (144) 388 (T.Male, J.Cowan, J.Byng) St John’s Social (43) 266 (C.Walker, S.Thomas)
Stourbridge Inst B (228) 373 Hotshots SC B (38) 434 (W.Robbins, P.Caldeira, D.Hartley, A.Rehman, D.Konior)
Amblecote RBL A (228) 417 (R.Boylin) Stourbridge Inst A (66) 435 (A. & N.Aston, S.Howell, A.Cope)
Norton Social A had a bye

Inter-Town last 16 at Norton Social Club, referee Steve Heath: Stourbridge 6 (S.Mason 59, A.Smith 76, L.Grosvenor 42, 55, G.Sloan, R.Wooldridge, R.Pepperall) Bridgnorth ! (C.Lewis)

Cup Report: West Midlands Police, having to concede 160 points start to Kingswinford Cons C, lost the opening frame when Pete Gibbons lost by 25 to a fine effort by Sam Porter, and with Mark Sheehan being held to 38 points by Wayne Whitmore, they were still 147 behind with 3 frames to play. Gavin Sloan, with breaks of 31 and 48, and Eliott Bastable, with a 58, then turned the tie around, winning by a combined total of 175 points, giving Kev Franklin the advantage of a 28 point lead in the final frame, and a break of 50 then put the result out of Cons’ reach.
Townsend Social appeared to face a difficult task conceding 159 points away to Pockets SC B, and after Phil Thompson was forced to dig deep to win by only 22 by Gareth Ward and Dan Petch was held to just two points by Jay Shuck, they trailed by 135 with three frames to play. A top-form Dave Thompson then won by 86 points, and, crucially, Darrell Payne cleared the colours after laying a snooker against Alan Turner, to win by 25; Karl Ashmore won comfortably with a break of 43 to see his team through to the quarter-final.
Norman Jennings’ 82 point win for Kinver Constitutional C away to Stourbridge Inst C laid the foundation for a 38 point win by the visitors, whereas strong performances by both Ron Peplow and Sean Hassett, returning to the scene of his over 65 individual championship win, secured an excellent result for Stourbridge Inst D on the tables of Amblecote RBL B, last season’s semi-finalists, despite a huge win for the home team’s Steve Ball.
Normally the application of the handicaps produces a number of close finishes, but in the other 4 last 16 ties, it made little difference to the result. Wombourne, receiving 179 points, still lost by 156 points at home to Pockets SC A, for whom Tom Pepperall made breaks of 31 and 39, while Baggeridge Social conceded 101 points start to Amblecote Inst C, and Luke Whale and Martin Collingridge helped to ease them to a 94 point win, although Matt Whale was held to 8 points by Roger McManus.
Conceding 201 points to their D team proved to be of little consequence to Amblecote Inst A who still went on to win by 140, with Ash Sidaway and Dave Oakes, who made a 50 break, winning by 200 points between them.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians, who lifted the cup two years ago, made light of their task at home to Kingswinford Cons B and took all five frames en route to a resounding 154 point success.

Plate Report: The theme of large-scale victories continued in the Plate: Hotshots SC A had to give 221 points start to Kinver Const B, and a 99 point win for Callum Downing, which included a break of 80, gave them the impetus to go on and take the match by 139 points, and they were joined in the last 8 by their B team who had to visit Stourbridge Inst B and won by 61 points having conceded 190. Paul Caldeira and Wayne Robbins won by 130 between them to set them on their way.
On their way to winning the First Division title in their first season last year, St John’s Social had won 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons A, and, drawn to play there in the Plate, Carl Walker and Simon Thomas clawed back 74 of the 103 points start in the opening two frames. The home team fought back however with Thomas Male winning by 45, and John Cowan edging past Nick Carson by 10, and John Byng readily held off Tim Steele in the final frame.
There were two ties which featured teams from the top three in the Second Division having home advantage against top teams from the First Division, and both produced similar results. Steve Ballinger and John Salisbury both won for Kingswinford SC against Moor Pool & Snooker, while Matt Surmacz held Neil Gennard to 18 points despite Neil’s 35 break. With their 71 start, KSC built a lead of 89 which was too much for Ian Priest to pull back in the final frame against Paul Curry.
Bahia’s SC entertained Norton Social B in receipt of 98 points and Reece Bahia, Karl Weaver and Adam Boswell all did well to supplement that advantage by beating their First Division opponents on their quick tables. At the end Bahia’s were successful by 93 points.
In what looked to be an attractive match, Amblecote Inst B from the First Division visited Premier Division Kinver A, conceding 11 points. There were good wins for the cousins, Jason and Mark Colbourne, partly offset by Graham Tranter and Mark Hatton for the hosts, and Alan Moore extended the Institute’s 15 point lead in the final frame.
Finally, the last match played produced the closest result. First Division leaders, Stourbridge Inst A visited Amblecote RBL A, to whom they conceded 162 points. Billy Green, in his first season for the hosts, held the experienced Ashley Aston to 34, but substantial wins for Nick Aston, Steve Howell & Alan Cope established a 37 point lead for the visitors after 4 frames. Rob Boylin, who has a history of recovering deficits for the Legion against the Institute, had reduced the arrears to just three, before Paul Garbett sank brown blue and pink to clinch the match.

Inter-Town report: Steve Mason, with a 59 break against Sam Roberts, gave Stourbridge an excellent start against Bridgnorth, and Andy Smith soon followed up to come from behind against his father, Gary, clearing the last 9 reds with 8 pinks and a blue, and the colours to the blue, for 76. Luke Grosvenor then sparkled against Carl Walker with visits of 42 and 55, to make it 3-0. In a lengthy, tight 4th frame, Gavin Sloan took advantage of an in-off by Simon Thomas, to take the last red, clearing to pink to take the score to a match-winning 4-0.
Chris Lewis then began well for Bridgnorth, but Graham Tomkins drew level with a break of 31, only for his opponent to step in to clear the colours. Rick Wooldridge just did enough to ease past Tim Steele and Rich Pepperall potted well to beat Paul Manning to make the score 6-1, securing a quarter-final tie at home to Wednesfield, a match scheduled for Friday 16th February.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 10-11 January 2018

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 3 (K.Ashmore 52, P.Thompson, D.Payne) Hotshots SC 2 (C.Downing 55, B.Sembi)
Pockets SC B 1 (J.Shuck 22) West Midlands Police 4 (P.Gibbons, G.Sloan 36, E.Bastable 30, K.Franklin 28)
Norton Social A 5 (A.Smith 67, S.Mason 41, G.Tomkins, R.Pitt 41, N.Rollinson 25) St John’s Social 0
Hotshots SC B 0 Amblecote Inst A 5 (R.Clark, D.Oakes, M.Richards, P.Poole, R.Wooldridge)
Baggeridge Social 2 (L.Whale 32, M.Collingridge) Kinver Const A 3 (D.Banks, P.Churchman, K.Rollinson)
Pockets SC A had a bye

First Division results:
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (S.Tyler) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (N.Aston, A.Aston, S.Howell, P.Garbett)
Stourbridge Inst A 4 (A.Aston 42, S.Howell, P.Garbett, A.Cope) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (J.Cartwright)
Kinver Const B 4 (A.Sprague, M.Hines, S.Nicholls 29, S.Roper) Stourbridge Inst B 1 (H.Jones 25)
S/b Old Edwardians 2 (G.Dunn, C.Cowley 34) Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, T.Brown, P.Bowen 22)
Amblecote Inst B 3 (C.Tromans, J.Colbourne 37, M.Colbourne) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (P.Taylor 24, S.Dingley)
Wombourne 2 (D.Flavell, J.Perry) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, T.Carter, J.Rees)
Kingswinford Cons B 3 (G.Reece, M.Reece, A.Brown) Amblecote RBL B 2 (Steve Ball 21, Sam Ball)

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst D 3 (M.Robson, R.Brookes, A.Kensett) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Hill, P.Curry)
Stourbridge Inst C 4 (S.Mattocks 36, S.Metcalfe-Taylor, B.Taylor, A.Jeffries) Amblecote Inst C 1 (R.Vanes)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (J.Green, S.Norton, M.Mantom) Kinver Const C 2 (S.Spruce, C.Randle)
Bahia’s SC v Stourbridge Inst D postponed.

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A’s lead at the top of the Premier Division was trimmed to five points when they lost only their second match of the season, 3-2 away to 3rd placed Townsend Social. Callum Downing gave them a fine start with a break of 55, and Bal Sembi also won, but Karl Ashmore, with a 52 break, Phil Thompson & Darrell Payne, who took the decider against Milan Krstanovic, completed a good night, not only for Townsend, but also for West Midlands Police who are bidding to take the championship for the third year in succession.
The Police won 4-1 away to Pockets SC B, to stretch their advantage over Townsend to 3 points, with Eliott Bastable retaining his unbeaten record, along with comfortable wins for Gavin Sloan, Pete Gibbons & Kev Franklin, although Jay Shuck rescued a point for Pockets with a clearance of the last four balls to thwart Carl Southwick.
Amblecote Inst A secured all five frames away to Hotshots SC B to move into 4th place, two points further adrift, a good result against an in-form team, although both Mike Richards and Rick Wooldridge were pushed to win against Wayne Robbins and Dawid Konior respectively.
Apart from a good win against the league leaders in October, little has gone right for the 2015 champions, Norton Social A, but they returned to top form at home to St John’s Social taking all five frames. Andy Smith broke down on 67 when looking set to challenge his own high break target of 108, and, in a fitting finale to a sporting evening, Neil Rollinson cleared the last five balls to complete a fine comeback from 0-54, after Simon Thomas’ 50 break.
In a tight match at Baggeridge Social, Kinver A returned to winning ways thanks to Dean Banks, Paul Churchman and a black ball finish by Keith Rollinson. Luke Whale had given the hosts a good start and Martin Collingridge earned them another valuable point in the last frame.

First Division report: Two hard-fought 4-1 victories, one in match delayed from the previous week, carried Stourbridge Inst A to the top of the First Division for the first time. They avenged one of only two defeats suffered in the first half of the season with a 4-1 win against their own B team, and then they defeated Kingswinford Cons C by the same score, with Ashley Aston making a 42 break; both he and Paul Garbett were successful in both games and have identical 14/15 winning records.
Previous leaders, Norton Social A came through a difficult match 3-2 at Old Edwardians, with Paul Bowen proving just too strong for Dave Woodall in the deciding frame, a victory which meant that they trail the new leaders by just a single point.
Third-placed Moor Pool & Snooker had enjoyed five consecutive 3-2 wins, but they came unstuck at Amblecote Inst B, when Ian Priest, successful in all nine deciders, lost the final frame, yet another decider, to Mark Colbourne, relinquishing the last unbeaten record in this division. Earlier Paul Taylor, in fine form, and Simon Dingley had won for the visitors, and Cyril Tromans and Jason Colbourne, with a 37 break, had won for Amblecote, who lie 4th, 3 points behind Moor P & S, but still 10 points short of Norton.
Kinver Constitutional B pulled themselves back into mid-table with a 4-1 win at home to the bottom team, Stourbridge Inst B, who will keep fighting, with Adam Sprague now one of 4 players with a share in most wins…14/15.
The two other Kingswinford Cons teams won to ease relegation worries: the A team edged a closely-fought match at Wombourne 3-2, thanks to Thomas Male, Tim Carter and John Rees, in a high-scoring decider, but the B team had fortune on their side when Gregg and Mark Reece came from way behind to win black ball frames against Jack Ball and Geoff Foster respectively of Amblecote RBL B. Steve and Sam Ball both won for the Legion to level the match, only for Andrew Brown’s convincing decider to make it 3-2 for Cons.

Second Division report: A seven match winning run had carried Kinver C to the top of the Second Division and despite suffering a 3-2 defeat at Amblecote RBL A, they were able to retain their 10 point lead as their closest pursuers also lost.
Jamie Green, in his first season, Steve Norton & Mark Mantom won for Amblecote against three of Kinver’s highly experienced players, before Steve Spruce, on the black, and Chris Randle were able to take two frames for Kinver but Kingswinford Snooker Centre couldn’t take advantage as they lost 3-2 away from home to the resurgent Amblecote Inst D team.
Mark Robson, on the black, Rich Brookes and Adam Kensett gave the Institute a winning lead before Steve Hill and Paul Curry limited the damage for the visitors, important in that they kept KSC two points ahead of their opponents. Bahia’s SC’s match was postponed unfortunately; they lie between the other two teams in 3rd place, now with a match in hand on both.
Amblecote Inst C’s challenge for the top three positions faltered as they lost to a good performance from Stourbridge Inst C. Stephen Metcalfe-Taylor and Sam Mattocks, who had a break of 36, put Stourbridge 2-0 ahead and although Ray Vanes countered, Brian Taylor made the result safe. Alan Jeffries then took pink and black and a respotted black against Mitch Skidmore to make it a 4-1 result, their second in successive weeks.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 3-4 January 2018

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall, L.Page) Norton Social A 1 (N.Rollinson)
Kinver Const A 2 (D.Banks, M.Hatton 27) Pockets SC B 3 (G.Evans, A.Turner, A.Kidd)
Amblecote Inst A 4 (P.Ward, M.Richards, R.Clark, D.Oakes) Baggeridge Social 1 (M.Whale)
St John’s Social 3 (C.Walker, S.Thomas, T.Steele) Townsend Social 2 (D.Petch, D.Payne)
Hotshots SC A 3 (C.Downing, D.Green, B.Sembi) Hotshots SC B 2 (Y.Aslami, D.Konior 43)
West Midlands Police had a bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest) Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell)
Norton Social B 2 (J.Davies 27, P.Bowen) Amblecote Inst B 3 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne, S.Harrison 21)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, J.Byng, J.Cowan) Kinver Const B 2 (G.Taylor, A.Sprague)
Amblecote RBL B 3 (J.Ball, Steve Ball 22, G.Foster) S/b Old Edwardians 2 (H.Hall, D.Woodall 37)
Kingswinford Cons C 2 (W.Whitmore, J.Cartwright) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (S.Small, A.Brown, A.Davies)
Stourbridge Inst B v Stourbridge Inst A postponed until 8/1/18

Second Division results:
Stourbridge Inst C 4 (B.Taylor, S.Metcalfe-Taylor, A.Jeffries, S.Mattocks) Amblecote RBL A 1 (J.Green)
Amblecote Inst C 1 (R.McManus) Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett 38, M.Robson, R.Brookes, S.Butcher)
Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Ballinger, P.Curry) Bahia’s SC 3 (M.Redfern 20, Reece Bahia, A.Boswell)
Kinver Const C 4 (C.Randle, A.Tromans, S.Spruce, R.Smith) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (R.Peplow)

Premier Division report: Taking advantage of a bye for their nearest pursuers, West Midlands Police, Premier Division leaders, Hotshots SC A extended their advantage to 8 points although they had to work hard to thwart the challenge of their own B team 3-2. Callum Downing, Dave Green & Bal Sembi, in the deciding frame, clinched the victory, although Yama Aslami & Dawid Konior, who had a break of 43, both won decisively for the B team.
Third-placed Townsend Social slipped 10 points off the pace when they lost 3-2 at St John’s Social; Dan Petch & Darrell Payne both played extremely well, winning decisively for Townsend, but Carl Walker, who pipped Karl Ashmore on the black, Simon Thomas & Tim Steele secured the hosts’ win.
Pockets SC A closed to within two points of Townsend with a 4-1 win at home to Norton Social A, thanks to Lee Page, Rich Pepperall and his son, Tom, and Gary Smith, who could be forgiven for having mixed feelings in defeating his own son, Andy, who had won 9/11 frames for Norton.
Amblecote Institute A also won 4-1 at home to Baggeridge Social, with their two leading players, Rob Clark & David Oakes both on the mark and they remain in 5th place, two points off Pockets A, while Pockets’ B team ended a run of 7 defeats with a 3-2 win away to Kinver Constitutional A. Alan Turner and Gavin Evans played well to put them 2-0 ahead, but Kinver levelled thanks to black ball success for both Dean Banks, against Dave Timmington, and Mark Hatton, who had to withstand Jay Shuck’s fine recovery from 40 points adrift. Tony Kidd took the decider on the blue against Keith Rollinson.

First Division report: Although Joe Davies gave the First Division leaders, Norton Social B a good start at home to Amblecote Institute, three excellent performances from Alan Moore, who handed Luke Grosvenor only his 3rd defeat, Mark Colbourne and Sam Harrison secured the visitors a win, which edged them into a share of 4th place, ten points off the league leaders, for whom Paul Bowen then secured another important frame to limit the damage to their title hopes.
Second-placed Stourbridge Inst A’s match was postponed, and Moor Pool & Snooker drew level on points with them after Simon Dingley, Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest, in yet another decider, his 9th, in 14 unbeaten frames, eased past Wombourne 3-2 at home.
Kingswinford Cons C’s winning run had carried them into 4th place, but they faltered against their B team, going down 3-2 thanks to the combined efforts of three team-mates of some 25 years’ standing, Steve Small, Andrew Brown and Tony Davies, who won the decider against Leigh Bennett.
Kingswinford Cons A had lost six matches in succession, five by a 3-2 scoreline; they went 2-0 down at home to Kinver B’s Graham Taylor & Adam Sprague, but Thomas Male and John Byng levelled the match before John Cowan completed the recovery in the final frame against Simon Roper.
Amblecote RBL B’s revival had stalled following three heavy defeats but the Christmas break worked in their favour when Jack Ball, his father, Steve and Geoff Foster combined to defeat Stourbridge Old Edwardians 3-2. Harry Hall and his doubles partner, Dave Woodall, who had a break of 37, earned some consolation for the visitors.

Second Division report: A 4-1 home win for Kinver Constitutional C, and a narrow defeat for their closest rivals, enabled the Second Division leaders to extend their advantage to 9 points. Steve Spruce, Ron Smith, Chris Randle & Arnie Tromans won reasonably comfortably against Stourbridge Inst D after Ron Peplow had given the visitors a winning start against Andy Sloan.
Their closest pursuers, Kingswinford Snooker Centre, lost a tight match 3-2 at home to Bahia’s SC, who leap-frogged above their opponents by a single point. Steve Ballinger and Paul Curry won for KSC but Matt Redfern, Reece Bahia and Adam Boswell all seem to be in top form at present for Bahia’s, and they duly completed another victory, their 6th in the last seven matches.
Four successive defeats had cost Amblecote Inst D dear but the former league leaders put their promotion drive back on course with a 4-1 win against their own C team. Adam Kensett, with a 38 break, Mark Robson, Rich Brookes and Steve Butcher earned the result after Roger McManus had given the C team a good start. The D team are five points away from 2nd place.
Stourbridge Inst C lifted themselves from the foot of the table with a home win against the in-form Amblecote RBL A team, whose only defeat in the last five games had been 3-2 against the league leaders. Brian Taylor, black ball wins for both Steve Metcalfe-Taylor and Alan Jeffries, and Sam Mattocks, who has most wins in this division, with 12/14, quite an achievement considering the quality and experience throughout the teams, combined to great effect, with Jamie Green rescuing a point for the Legion.


The following team knock-out draws will be distributed at next Tuesday's League meeting:

STOURBRIDGE & DISTRICT SNOOKER LEAGUE

Team Knock-Out Cup 2nd round

Wednesday 17th January 2018
AMBLECOTE INST A -36 v AMBLECOTE INST D 165
(Richards Sidaway Clark Oakes Wooldridge) (Robson, Brookes, Kensett S.Butcher Taylor)
AMBLECOTE RBL B 180 v STOURBRIDGE INST D 218
(Steve & Sam Ball B & J Ball, G.Foster) (Peplow, Newton, G & B Harris, S.Hassett)
BAGGERIDGE SOCIAL 125 v AMBLECOTE INST C 212
(Collingridge, Fellows, Bennett, L & M Whale) (Homer, Vanes, McManus, Lyons, Skidmore)
POCKETS SNOOKER CLUB B 118 v TOWNSEND SOCIAL -48
(Turner, Timmington, Evans Shuck Kidd) (Payne, Ashmore, Petch, D & P Thompson)
STOURBRIDGE OLD EDWARDIANS 150 v KINGSWINFORD CONS B 145
Woodall, Hall, Cowley, Dunn, Birch) (S.Small, A.Brown, D.Reece, G. & M.Reece)
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE -58 v KINGSWINFORD CONS C 116
(Bastable, Catalano, Franklin, Sloan, Gibbons) (Bennett Coley Cartwright Whitmore, Guise)
WOMBOURNE 168 v POCKETS SNOOKER CLUB A -11
(Flavell, Tristram, Mason, Wooldridge, Perry) (J.Betton, R & T.Pepperall, L.Page, G.Smith)
Thursday 18th January 2018
STOURBRIDGE INSTITUTE C 218 v KINVER CONST C 180
(Mattocks, Jeffries, Simmonds, B.Taylor, Daniels) (Tromans R.Smith C.Randle A.Sloan Spruce)

Team Knock-Out Plate 1st round

Wednesday 17th January 2018
BAHIA’S SNOOKER CLUB 200 v NORTON SOCIAL B 102
(Macdivitt Smith Redfern Weaver Reece Bahia) (Grosvenor Davies Webb Bowen Northover)
HOTSHOTS SNOOKER CLUB A -82 v KINVER CONST B 139
(Green Stokes Sembi Krstanovic Downing) (Sprague Simmonds Nicholls Roper Taylor)
KINGSWINFORD CONS A 144 v ST. JOHN’S SOCIAL CLUB 41
(J.Byng J.Cowans J.Rees T.Male T.Carter) (S.Thomas T.Steele Walker S.Jones Carson)

KINVER CONST A 109 v AMBLECOTE INSTITUTE B 98
(Banks, Churchman, Tranter, Hatton, Rollinson) (Cook, M & J.Colbourne, A.Moore, Tromans)
STOURBRIDGE INSTITUTE B 200 v HOTSHOTS SNOOKER CLUB B 42
(Green, Jones, Pritchard, Tyler, Pardoe) (Konior Caldeira Rehman, Robbins, Richards)

Thursday 18th January 2018
AMBLECOTE RBL A 228 v STOURBRIDGE INSTITUTE A 66
(Botfield R.Boylin B & J Green Norton) (N & A Aston, P.Garbett, A.Cope, S.Howell)
KINGSWINFORD SNOOKER CENTRE 200 v MOOR POOL & SNOOKER CLUB 127
(Surmacz Curry Ballinger Salisbury Westwood) (Gennard Dingley L & G Whitehouse Priest)

NORTON SOCIAL A (R.Pitt, S.Mason, A.Smith, G.Tomkins, N.Rollinson) -24 have a bye.

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Stourbridge & District Snooker League 13-14 December 2017

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 3 (D.Petch, P.Thompson, D.Payne) Pockets SC A 2 (C.Newey, T.Pepperall)
Pockets SC B 2 (G.Evans, J.Shuck) Amblecote Inst A 3 (R.Clark 36, R.Wooldridge, D.Oakes 33)
Hotshots SC B 2 (D.Konior, Y.Aslami) St John’s Social 3 (C.Walker, B.Jones, N.Carson)
West Midlands Police 4 (P.Gibbons, E.Bastable, G.Sloan 51, K.Franklin 64) Kinver Const A 1 (D.Banks)
Baggeridge Social 1 (L.Whale) Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Stokes, C.Downing 41, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic 39)
Norton Social A bye

First Division results:
Stourbridge Inst A 3 (A.Aston 43, S.Howell 29, P.Garbett) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Rees, J.Byng)
Norton Social B 5 (P.Bowen, J.Davies, C.Webb, L.Grosvenor, T.Brown) Amblecote RBL B 0
Amblecote Inst B 3 (M.Cook 39, A.Moore, S.Harrison) Wombourne 2 (D.Flavell, J.Perry)
Kingswinford Cons B 2 (G.Reece, A.Brown) Stourbridge Inst B 3 (H.Jones, M.Pritchard, A.Long)
Kinver Const B 2 (D.Simmonds, A.Sprague) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (L.Whitehouse, S.Dingley, I.Priest)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (B.Guise, A.Coley, W.Whitmore 74) S/b Old Edwardians 2 (G.Dunn, D.Woodall)

Second Division results:
Kingswinford SC 3 (M.Surmacz, J.Westwood, P.Curry) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (S.Mattocks, A.Simmonds)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (S.Hassett) Amblecote RBL A 4 (M.Mantom, R.Boylin, J.Green, B.Green)
Amblecote Inst D 1 (R.Brookes) Bahia’s SC 4 (M.Redfern, J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia, A.Boswell 41, 32)
Kinver Const C 4 (A.Tromans, A.Sloan, C.Randle 25, R.Smith) Amblecote inst C 1 (M.Skidmore)
Worcester Inter League quarter final first leg Stourbridge 302 (L.Whale, L.Grosvenor 53) Redditch 260 (M.Chambers, P.Roberts, S.Long)

Premier Division report: There’s still a gap of 4 points between Hotshots SC A and West Midlands Police as the top two Premier Division teams recorded 4-1 victories. Callum Downing, Bal Sembi & Milan Krstanovic all won well for Hotshots at Baggeridge Social, but Roy Stokes was pushed to the final black by Frankie Bennett, before Luke Whale secured a point for the home team.
The Police dropped the first frame to Kinver’s Dean Banks, but Pete Gibbons, Eliott Bastable, now with 12/12 wins, Gavin Sloan, with a break of 51, and Kev Franklin, with 64, effected the recovery.
Fine performances by Charles Newey and Tom Pepperall gave Pockets SC A a great start away to Townsend Social, against Dave Thompson & Karl Ashmore respectively, but third-placed Townsend countered with equally good results for Dan Petch, Phil Thompson & Darrell Payne to extend their advantage over 4th placed Pockets to 5 points, just 4 points behind the Police.
Amblecote Institute A, so dominant at home until their loss to the Police the previous week, won their first away match, beating Pockets SC B 3-2 thanks to Rob Clark, with a timely 36 break, and Rick Wooldridge & Dave Oakes, who fought back with the last two frames after Gavin Evans & Jamie Shuck, a black ball winner against Ashley Sidaway, had put the home team 2-1 ahead.
St John’s Social did well to win at Hotshots SC B, despite their leading player, Simon Thomas, being outpointed by the impressive Dawid Konior. Yama Aslami also won for Hotshots but Carl Walker, Beamer Jones and Nick Carson, who did well to defeat Paul Caldeira, completed St John’s 3-2 result.

First Division report: First division pacesetters, Norton Social B’s lead had been trimmed to a single point but they responded in the best way possible by taking all five frames at home to Amblecote RBL B, although they were made to work hard for most of the frames by their opponents’ efforts, typical of the competitive nature of this division. They have restored their 3 point lead.
Stourbridge Inst A were hard-pressed to defeat Kingswinford Cons A 3-2 to remain in second place; Ashley Aston, with a break of 43 and Paul Garbett won decisively but Steve Howell was taken to the black by Thomas Male, while John Rees and John Byng earned Cons some consolation. Meanwhile, Harry Jones, with a respotted black, Mike Pritchard, with a black ball win, and Alex Long combined to give the Institute’s B team a 3-2 win away to the Cons’ B team, completing a club double, and ending an unlucky run of defeats.
Kinver Const B went 2-0 up at home to 3rd placed Moor Pool & Snooker, with Adam Sprague registering his 12th win in 13 frames but the visitors fought back through Lee Whitehouse, Simon Dingley and, the still undefeated, Ian Priest to turn the match around. They remain 4 points off Stourbridge Institute A.
Kingswinford Cons C maintained pressure on the top three with a 3-2 win at home to Stourbridge Old Edwardians; Bob Guise did well to beat the prolific Chris Cowley on the black, and Adam Coley put Cons 2-0 ahead before Wayne Whitmore clinched the match in great style with a break of 74, beating the previous highest target in the division of 62.
Two points further away in 5th place, Amblecote Institute B just got the better of Wombourne 3-2. Mick Cook, with a break of 39, and Alan Moore gave the Institute a fine start but Dave Flavell and Jon Perry levelled the scores, before Sam Harrison took the decider against Paul Tristram.

Second Division report: The top three teams in the Second Division all won, with Kinver Const C extending their lead to 7 points. They defeated Amblecote Inst C 4-1 but Arnie Tromans, Andy Sloan & Chris Randle all had to dig deep to win their frames before Ron Smith won more convincingly, and Mitch Skidmore earned a consolation point for Amblecote.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre had to settle for a 3-2 result at home to Stourbridge Institute C, for whom Sam Mattocks and Adele Simmonds played really well to win; Matt Surmacz, Jamie Westwood and Paul Curry did enough to keep KSC in 2nd place but their advantage over 3rd placed Bahia’s SC was reduced to a single point.
This followed Bahia’s 4-1 win on the tables of Amblecote Inst D, but again, at least a couple of frames could have gone the other way. Matt Redfern, Jordan Macdivitt and Reece Bahia made certain of the win, with Rich Brookes replying, before Adam Boswell sealed the result with breaks of 41 and 32 in a fine performance, setting a new highest break target as well.
Finally, Amblecote RBL A, who fell behind to Sean Hassett’s opener at Stourbridge Inst D, fought back to take the match 4-1 thanks to Mark Mantom, Rob Boylin, and Jamie and Billy Green. Their improved form has seen them win four of their last five matches.

WORCESTER INTER-LEAGUE. STOURBRIDGE B 302 REDDITCH B 260: Stourbridge B won the first leg of a closely-fought match against Redditch B at Norton Social. Paul Bowen and Simon Thomas both lost on the black in the opening frames to Max Chambers & Paul Roberts respectively. Luke Whale then won on the black against Curtis Ellis, and Graham Tomkins recovered from 40 points adrift to lead, only for his opponent, Steve Long to take the last 4 colours, winning by 18 points. Luke Grosvenor then produced a fine performance in the final frame to make a break of 53 in an assured display against Aston Lloyd, and, despite the Redditch player taking pink and black, Luke’s 61 point win ensured that his team take a lead of 42 points into the second leg due to be played at Astwood Bank Social Club on 26th January 2018.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League 6-7 December 2017

Premier Division results:
Hotshots SC A 3 (C.Downing 54, R.Stokes, M.Krstanovic) Pockets SC B 2 (J.Shuck, A.Kidd)
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith 36, R.Pepperall, T.Pepperall, L.Page 39, 51) Hotshots SC B 1 (D.Konior 32, 35)
Norton Social A 2 (A.Smith, N.Rollinson) Townsend Social 3 (K.Ashmore, D.Petch 47, D.Payne)
Amblecote Inst A 1 (D.Oakes) West Midlands Police 4 (M.Sheehan, E.Bastable, G.Sloan, K.Franklin 41)
St John’s Social 3 (T.Steele, N.Carson 47, S.Thomas) Baggeridge Social 2 (F.Bennett, L.Whale)
Kinver Const A bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (S.Dingley, I.Priest) Stourbridge Inst A 3 (N.Aston, A.Aston, S.Howell)
Amblecote RBL B 1 (G.Foster) Amblecote Inst B 4 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, A.Moore, M.Colbourne)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (S.Tyler) S/b Old Edwardians 4 (C.Cowley 27, E.Davies, K.Cosnett, G.Birch)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Carter, J.Byng) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (S.Small, G.Reece, A.Brown)
Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, D.Flavell) Kinver Const B 3 (G.Taylor 22, A.Sprague, L.Cross)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (W.Whitmore 30, S.Porter, J.Cartwright 21) Norton Social B 2 (C.Webb, J.Woodcock)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 2 (Reece Bahia, M.Redfern) Kinver Const C 3 (C.Randle, S.Spruce, R.Smith 21)
Stourbridge Inst C 5 (S.Metcalfe-Taylor, B.Taylor, A.Jeffries, A.Simmonds, S.Mattocks) Stourbridge Inst D 0
Amblecote Inst C 2 (R.McManus, M.Skidmore) Kingswinford SC 3 (M.Surmacz, J.Salisbury 24, J.Westwood)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (B.Green, S.Norton, J.Green) Amblecote Inst D 2 (A.Butcher, S.Butcher)

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A’s lead at the top of the Premier Division was trimmed to four points as they had to settle for a 3-2 win at home to Pockets SC B, while their closest rivals, West Midlands Police won their match at Amblecote Institute A 4-1. Callum Downing, with a break of 54, and Roy Stokes gave Hotshots a good start but they were pegged back when Jamie Shuck played well to beat Dave Green and Tony Kidd inflicted only the second defeat on Bal Sembi. Alan Turner’s crucial blue jawed and Milan Krstanovic was able to step in to take the decider for the leaders.
Although Dave Oakes gave Amblecote Institute A, who had won 23 of their 25 frames at home, the opener against the Police, Mark Sheehan, Eliott Bastable, Gavin Sloan & Kev Franklin, with a break of 41, turned the match around for the visitors, seeking to recover from last week’s defeat at Hotshots.
Third-placed Townsend Social also came through a difficult away tie thanks to Darrell Payne’s decider at Norton Social A. Earlier, Karl Ashmore & Dan Petch, with a 47 break, for the visitors, and Andy Smith, who produced a fine clearance of the last red and all the colours after his opponent, Phil Thompson had struck a 54 break, and a top-form Neil Rollinson for Norton had shared the honours.
Townsend now trail the Police by 3 points and they are that same amount ahead of Pockets SC A in 4th, after Pockets recovered from dropping the opening frame to Hotshots B’s Dawid Konior, who had runs of 32 and 35, to take the other 4 frames decisively, Lee Page making breaks of 39 and 51.
Frankie Bennett and Luke Whale both did well to take a frame each for Baggeridge Social at St John’s Social, but Tim Steele, Nick Carson, who had a 47 break, and Simon Thomas enjoyed fairly comfortable victories to take the match 3-2 for the hosts.

First Division report: The top four teams in the First Division were in action against each other: two, predictably tight, 3-2 results enabled Stourbridge Institute A to close the gap on the leaders, Norton Social B, to a single point. Nick & Ashley Aston and Steve Howell won for the Institute at Moor Pool & Snooker, before Simon Dingley, who inflicted the first defeat on Paul Garbett, and Ian Priest, still unbeaten in 12 frames, fought back for the hosts, who remain in 3rd place, 4 points further away.
Norton lost for only the second time, 3-2 away to the resurgent Kingswinford Cons C team, courtesy of Wayne Whitmore, Sam Porter and John Cartwright’s decider, although John Woodcock and Carl Webb’s wins for Norton at least ensured their team remained in pole position. The Cons’ great run of form has taken them to within eight points of the leaders.
Amblecote Inst B and Stourbridge Old Edwardians both enjoyed 4-1 away wins to close within two points and three points respectively of the top four: the Institute won at neighbouring Amblecote RBL B, although all frames were well-contested, while Old Eds won at Stourbridge Institute B with both Ed Davies & Keith Cosnett winning after stepping in to help out. Also Chris Cowley made it 10/12 wins before Simon Tyler salvaged a point for the hosts.
Five successive defeats had halted Kinver Constitutional B’s promotion hopes but they returned to winning form, 3-2 at Wombourne, with Adam Sprague now sporting an 11/12 record, although they were indebted to Graham Taylor and Les Cross both successful on returning to the team.
Kingswinford Cons A’s six match luckless run continued with yet another 3-2 defeat, this time against their B team. Tim Carter & John Byng levelled the scores after Steve Small & Gregg Reece had given the B team a 2-0 lead, but Andrew Brown had the final say for the B team in the decider against John Rees.

Second Division report: Kinver Constitutional C strengthened their lead at the top of the Second Division with a 3-2 win on the tables of one of their biggest rivals, Bahia’s SC. Chris Randle, Steve Spruce and Ron Smith just did enough in a closely-matched game, with Reece Bahia and Matt Redfern earning Bahia’s the two points which keeps them clear of the 4th placed teams.
Bahia’s lost their share of second place as Kingswinford Snooker Centre beat Amblecote Inst C 3-2, away from home, Matt Surmacz’s black ball win against Colin Homer a vital factor before Jamie Westwood and John Salisbury made the match safe.
Amblecote RBL A had another good win, their 3rd in the last 4 weeks against teams from the top four, this time 3-2 at home to Amblecote Inst D. Billy Green’s black ball win ended Adam Kensett’s excellent run of nine straight victories since joining the team. Steve Norton & Jamie Green clinched the match for the Legion with Ade and Steve Butcher having the consolation of keeping the Institute within 4 points of the runners-up berth, so there’s much to play for.
Finally, Stourbridge Inst C took all five frames against their own C team, an unexpected result between two well-matched teams; Brian Taylor, his son Stephen Metcalfe-Taylor, daughter Adele Simmonds, and Alan Jeffries and Sam Mattocks all won with varying degrees of difficulty.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 29-30 November 2017

Premier Division results:
St John’s Social 3 (C.Walker 100, S.Thomas 55, 39, T.Steele) Pockets SC B 2 (J.Shuck, A.Kidd 24)
Pockets SC A 4 (L.Page, G.Smith 32, T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall) Baggeridge Social 1 (F.Bennett)
Amblecote Inst A 5 (A.Sidaway, D.Oakes, R.Clark 45, M.Richards, R.Wooldridge) Kinver Const A 0
Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Haney, D.Green, B.Sembi 42, M.Krstanovic) West Mids Police 1 (E.Bastable)
Norton Social A 2 (A.Smith, R.Pitt 30, 28) Hotshots SC B 3 (D.Hartley, D.Konior 34, Y.Aslami 26)
Townsend Social bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Kingswinford Cons B 2 (S.Small, D.Reece)
Kinver Const B 1 (A.Sprague) Amblecote Inst B 4 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, J.Colbourne, M.Colbourne)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, J.Byng) S/b Old Edwardians 3 (G.Dunn, H.Hall, D.Woodall)
Wombourne 1 (J.Perry) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (A.Aston, N.Aston, S.Howell, P.Garbett)
Stourbridge Inst B 2 (C.Green, H.Jones) Norton Social B 3 (M.Northover, C.Webb, L.Grosvenor)
Kingswinford Cons C 5 (A.Coley, S.Porter, J.Cartwright, L.Bennett, W.Whitmore) Amblecote RBL B 0

Second Division results:
Kingswinford SC 4 (M.Surmacz, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger 27, P.Curry) Amblecote Inst D 1 (A.Kensett)
Stourbridge Inst D 0 Bahia’s SC 5 (M.Redfern, A.Martin, Reece Bahia, D.Smith, K.Weaver)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (C.Homer, R.Vanes 40, G.Lyons) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, S.Mattocks)
Kinver Const C 3 (A.Tromans, C.Randle, S.Spruce) Amblecote RBL A 2 (M.Mantom, B.Green 25)

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A put themselves in prime position to regain the Premier Division championship, which they won in 2014, when they defeated their closest rivals, defending champions, West Midlands Police 4-1. Eliott Bastable, who did well to beat Callum Downing to retain his unbeaten record, was the only Police winner as Richard Haney, in only his 2nd appearance, Bal Sembi, Dave Green and Milan Krstanovic made full use of home advantage to go 5 points clear at the halfway stage of the league programme. Townsend Social, who had a bye, lie 3rd, two points away.
Amblecote Institute A, who have lost only two out of 25 frames at home, beat Kinver 5-0, with Rob Clark making a break of 45, although Mike Richards had to pot a respotted black to beat Rob Jeffries, and they share 4th place with Pockets SC A, 4-1 winners at home to Baggeridge Social. Gary Smith, who has lost only twice, won again, with Frankie Bennett taking the visitors’ consolation.
Hotshots SC B’s run of success continued with a fine 3-2 win on the tables of Norton Social A. Dawid Konior, with a 34 break, won well, Yama Aslami and Dan Hartley both cleared up to pink, and it could have been even better as Paul Caldeira lost on the black to Andy Smith, and Wayne Robbins was leading 38-0 before Rob Pitt turned the frame around.
Both Hotshots SC B and St John’s Social have pulled six points clear of the three teams fighting relegation, the latter beating Pockets SC B 3-2 at the St John’s club, which witnessed an excellent clearance of the last 13 reds plus yellow and green for a break of 100 by Carl Walker, his first competitive century, against Alan Turner. His team-mate, Simon Thomas, then followed up with consecutive visits of 55 and 39, but it took a clearance to the black by Tim Steele against Dave Timmington to clinch victory, with Jamie Shuck and Tony Kidd taking a frame each for Pockets.

First Division report: Norton Social B ensured they would have the halfway leadership of the First Division when they came away from Stourbridge Inst B with a 3-2 win. Matt Northover, Carl Webb and Luke Grosvenor all won but the Institute made them battle for it, and Carl Green and Harry Jones, two hardy veterans, both did well to win for the hosts.
Stourbridge Institute A closed the gap at the top to three points when they visited Wombourne and put a hold on their resurgence of form. Ashley & Nick Aston, Steve Howells, taken to the black by Bob Mason, and the consistent, unbeaten Paul Garbett all won with Jon Perry earning the hosts a point.
Neil Gennard & Simon Dingley put 3rd placed Moor Pool & Snooker 2-0 ahead at home to Kingswinford Cons B only for Steve Small & Dave Reece to make it 2-2, but Ian Priest made it 11/11 for himself with yet another black ball finish to beat Andrew Brown and to keep Moor P&S within five points of the leaders.
Kingswinford Cons C have firmly laid to rest their poor start to the season, and they recorded their second successive 5-0 scoreline, this time at home to Amblecote RBL B. All of their players have struck form and this, their 5th win in 6 matches lifted them into 4th place, 5 points off the top three.
Amblecote Inst B shrugged off their defeat at Kingswinford to ease back into 5th place with a 4-1 win away to Kinver Constitutional B, with Cyril Tromans, Mick Cook, who did well to beat Jason Hickman, and Jason & Mark Colbourne combining to great effect.
There was a much closer match at Kingswinford Cons A which saw Gavin Dunn and Harry Hall put Old Edwardians 2-0 ahead, before Thomas Male & John Byng levelled the scores. Dave Woodall took the final frame on the black against John Cowan to give Old Eds the victory.

Second Division report: Despite only winning 3-2 at home, Kinver Constitutional C extended their lead at the top of the Second Division to six points. Arnie Tromans & Chris Randle won fairly comfortably but Kinver had to work hard for the third frame, Steve Spruce winning on the black against Rob Boylin, with Mark Mantom and Billy Green winning tight frames for the visitors.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre dislodged Amblecote Institute D from second place, despite Adam Kensett remaining unbeaten, as they secured the next four frames through Matt Surmacz, Jamie Westwood, Steve Ballinger and Paul Curry, although they have to settle for a share of the runners-up place as they were joined by Bahia’s Snooker Club. They took all five frames away to Stourbridge Institute D, a great result for them although Reece Bahia, Dan Smith & Karl Weaver all had to go to the final black, after Matt Redfern and Andy Martin had won with a little more to spare. Bahia’s were exacting a little revenge against the team who beat them in last season’s inaugural Second Division Cup Final.
Amblecote Inst C joined their D team in a share of 4th place after beating Stourbridge Inst C 3-2 at home. Colin Homer, Ray Vanes, who set a new high-break target with a fine effort of 40 against Adele Simmonds, and Gerald Lyons, who beat Alan Jeffries on the black, won for Amblecote, with Brian Taylor, on his return to his former club, and Sam Mattocks taking a frame each for Stourbridge.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 22-23 Nov 2017

Premier Division results:
Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Stokes, C.Downing 80, B.Sembi, D,Green) Amblecote Inst A 1 (P.Poole 51)
Kinver Const A 0 Hotshots SC A 5 (R.Stokes, C.Downing 38, D.Green 47, B.Sembi 105, M.Krstanovic 65, 55)
Pockets SC B 2 (D.Timmington, A.Kidd) Pockets SC A 3 (G.Smith 47, R.Pepperall, T.Pepperall)
West Mids Police 4 (G.Sloan, M.Catalano, K.Franklin, E.Bastable 33) St John’s Social 1 (S.Thomas 65)
Baggeridge Social 2 (D.Whale, L.Whale 31) Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith 56, G.Tomkins 28, S.Mason)
Hotshots SC B 2 (P.Caldeira, D.Hartley) Townsend Social 3 (D.Petch 32, P.Thompson 50, K.Ashmore 73)
Amblecote Inst A bye

First Division results:
Stourbridge Inst A 4 (N.Aston 30, A.Aston 53, 35, A.Cope, P.Garbett) Kinver Const B 1 (A.Sprague 25)
S/b Old Edwardians 2 (H.Hall, C.Cowley) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest)
Kingswinford Cons B 2 (G.Reece, A.Brown) Wombourne 3 (D.Flavell, J.Perry, R.Mason)
Amblecote RBL B 3 (B.Young, B.Ball, Steve Ball) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (M.Pritchard, S.Tyler)
Norton Social B 4 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen, C.Webb, J.Davies) Kingswinford Cons B 1 (J.Byng)
Kingswinford Cons C 5 (S.Porter 32, J.Cartwright 27, A.Coley 38, L.Bennett, W.Whitmore 31) Amblecote Inst B 0

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 4 (Reece Bahia 38, A.Boswell, D.Smith, M.Redfern) Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks 23)
Amblecote Inst D 2 (A.Kensett, Jordan Taylor) Kinver Const C 3 (N.Jennings, A.Sloan, A.Tromans)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (R.Boylin, M.Mantom, B.Green) Amblecote Inst C 2 (C.Homer, R.Vanes)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (R.Newton) Kingswinford SC 4 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, M.Surmacz)

Premier Division report: Oldbury based Hotshots SC A, bidding to regain the Premier League championship they won in 2014, eased to the top of the league with two impressive victories. In a rearranged match, they defeated Amblecote Institute A 4-1, with Callum Downing making a break of 80, before going on to take all five frames at Kinver Constitutional Club, where Bal Sembi made an excellent clearance of 105 on the tighter of the two match tables, and Milan Krstanovic had visits of 65 and 55. As the league programme nears its halfway mark, Hotshots have a one point lead over reigning champions, West Midlands Police, whom they entertain next week.
The Police also did well to recover from the loss of the opening frame to St John’s Social’s Simon Thomas, who had a break of 65, to take the remaining four frames, including another win for Eliott Bastable, the only undefeated player with 9 wins from as many frames.
Although they have played one match more than their two rivals, Townsend Social are just one point further adrift, following a 3-2 win away to Hotshots SC B; Karl Ashmore had a break of 73, Phil Thompson 50, and their other winner was Dan Petch, although he was hard-pressed by Wayne Robbins. Paul Caldeira and Dan Hartley did well to take a frame each for the hosts.
The 4th and 5th placed teams now trail the leaders by a long-looking ten points following 3-2 wins: Dave Whale and his son, Luke both did well to take a frame for Baggeridge at home to Norton Social A, for whom Andy Smith, with a break of 56, a much in-form Graham Tomkins, and Steve Mason, in the deciding frame, secured the win, while Pockets SC A also won 3-2 against their own B team. Gary Smith, who made a break of 47, Rich Pepperall and his son, Tom, taken to the pink by Jay Shuck, won for them, with Dave Timmington, who foiled John Betton’s late rally, and Tony Kidd, who came from 30 behind to pip Lee Page on the black, earned some consolation for the B team.

First Division report: Norton Social B took another step towards the First Division championship with a 4-1 win at home to Kingswinford Cons B. Luke Grosvenor made it 9 wins out of 10, while Paul Bowen has lost only twice as Norton maintained their lead at the top to four points.
Stourbridge Institute A also won 4-1 at home to Kinver Constitutional B, shrugging off the loss of the first frame, despite Steve Howell’s 38 break, which Adam Sprague won on the black, thanks to Nick Aston, his son, Ashley, who had breaks of 53 and 35, Alan Cope and 10/10 star, Paul Garbett. The Institute now stand alone in 2nd place as Moor Pool & Snooker only won 3-2.
In reality it was a very good result for Moor P & S to visit their cup conquerors, Old Edwardians, and win a very tight match, in the narrowest way, an excellent respotted black by Ian Priest to preserve his unbeaten run, after Dave Woodall had taken pink and black to draw level.
Kingswinford Cons C, promoted after running away with the Second Division, had been at the foot of the league table after losing 4 of their first five matches, but they have now transformed their season, culminating with their latest success, a 5-0 victory over Amblecote Institute B, a rare scoreline in this competitive division; Sam Porter, John Cartwright, Adam Coley, with a break of 38 against his former team-mates, Leigh Bennett and Wayne Whitmore were all in good form as they took the Institute’s place in the top four, 8 points off second place.
Wombourne have also shown much-improved form since losing their first four matches and Dave Flavell, Jon Perry and Bob Mason earned them a fairly comfortable success on the tables of Kingswinford Cons B, and 5th place, while Amblecote RBL B edged further from the foot of the table with a 3-2 win at home to Stourbridge Institute B; Barry Young and Brett Ball both had to go to the black, and Steve Ball completed the win. Mike Pritchard & Simon Tyler replied for the visitors.

Second Division report: Kinver Constitutional C eased 5 points clear at the top of the Second Division with a hard-fought victory on the tables of their closest rivals, Amblecote Institute D. Adam Kensett, yet to lose after 8 frames, and the promising Jordan Taylor won for Amblecote but a black ball success for Norman Jennings against Steve Butcher was crucial for Kinver and Andy Sloan and Arnie Tromans completed the 3-2 win.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre’s attempt to challenge for honours improved when Paul Curry, Steve Ballinger, Jamie Westwood and Matt Surmacz combined to come away from Stourbridge Inst D with a 4-1 win and they moved into 3rd place two points behind 2nd spot, which followed Amblecote Inst C’s 3-2 defeat at neighbours, Amblecote RBL A.
Although Colin Homer and Ray Vanes gave the Institute a fine start, Rob Boylin, Mark Mantom and Billy Green turned the match around for the Legion.
Bahia’s Snooker Club moved into a share of 4th place with a 4-1 win at home to Stourbridge Inst C, and they could feature in the promotion chase as they trail the 2nd club by only three points. Reece Bahia made a break of 38, the highest to date in the division, and Adam Boswell, Dan Smith and Matt Redfern completed their win. Sam Mattocks’ fine season continued, with his 8th success in 10 frames, to take a consolation point for the visitors.

Team knock-out rearranged: Stourbridge Inst D (h/cap 218) 505 (S.Hassett, B.Harris 25, G.Harris) Stourbridge Inst B (h/cap 188) 454 (H.Jones, M.Pritchard) The Institute’s D team, receiving 30 points start, held their rivals, with a series of very tight frames. Glen Harris’s 21 point win helped to establish a healthier lead, but his brother, Brett helped considerably by holding the threat of Simon Tyler.



Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 15-16 Nov 2017

Rearranged League matches:
Amblecote Inst B 4 (M.Cook, J.Colbourne 31, M.Colbourne, C.Tromans) Kingswinford Cons B 1 (M.Reece)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett 23, M.Robson, S.Butcher) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (S.Hassett, R.Newton)

Team Knock-Out Cup First Round:
St John’s Social (h/cap 52) 351 (N.Carson, C.Walker, P.Manning, B.Jones) Wombourne (h/c 174) 375 (J.Perry 30)
Townsend Social (-48) 347 (D.Petch, K.Ashmore, P.Thompson, D.Thompson 40, D.Payne) Kinver Const A (109) 244
Moor Pool & Snooker (127) 361 (N.Gennard, G.Whitehouse) S/b Old Edwardians (150) 389 (C.Cowley, H.Hall, D.Woodall)
Pockets SC A (-11) 343 (T.Pepperall 36, 30) R.Pepperall, L.Page 40) Kinver Const B (89) 304 (A.Sprague, D.Simmonds)
Amblecote Inst B (98) 374 (S.Harrison, M.Colbourne) Pockets SC B (115) 409 (J.Shuck, A.Turner, A.Kidd)
Bahia’s SC (220) 369 Amblecote Inst A (-36) 373 (A.Sidaway, M.Richards, R.Clark, D.Oakes, R.Wooldridge)
Kingswinford Cons B (166) 388 (M.Reece, G.Reece) Norton Social B (90) 359 (P.Bowen, C.Webb, J.Davies, L.Grosvenor)
Stourbridge Inst A (66) 267 (A.Aston) West Midlands Police (-58) 326 (E.Bastable 37, K.Franklin 41, M.Catalano 48, G.Sloan 45)
Norton Social A (-24) 318 (A.Smith 31, 36, N.Rollinson, S.Mason, G.Tomkins) Amblecote Inst D (165) 355 (A.Kensett)
Hotshots SC A (C.Downing, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic) (-82) 263 Baggeridge Social (125) 382(L.Whale, A.Crowther)
Kinver Const C (170) 384 (A.Tromans 45, N.Jennings) Hotshots SC B (38) 321 (W.Robbins, P.Caldeira, D.Hartley)
Stourbridge Inst C (242) 472 (B.Taylor, A.Simmonds, A.Jeffries, S.Mattocks) Amblecote RBL A (234) 410 (R.Boylin)
Kingswinford SC (206) 373 (S.Ballinger) Kingswinford Cons C (118) 476 (A.Coley 34, J.Cartwright, L.Bennett 24, W.Whitmore 23)
Amblecote Inst C (216) 474 (P.Willis, M.Skidmore) Kingswinford Cons A (144) 421 (J.Rees, T.Male, J.Cowan)
Stourbridge Inst D v Stourbridge Inst B postponed
Amblecote RBL B bye

League report: In the two rearranged league matches, Amblecote Inst B eased into a share of 4th place in the First Division, five points off a promotion spot, with a 4-1 victory over Kingswinford Cons B, while the Institute’s D team moved back into 2nd place in the Second Division with a 3-2 win against Stourbridge Inst D.

Cup Report: The first round of the team knock-out cup was completed, and last season’s champions, Kinver Constitutional B made a spirited defence before losing away to Pockets SC A. Despite Tom Pepperall’s 40 point win, Pockets, who had to concede 100 points start, still trailed by 58 points going into the final frame but former professional Lee Page soon eased any worries with a break of 40 to steer Pockets through to the last 16, while Kinver must seek a first ever Plate win.
The closest finish came at Bahia’s Snooker Club, who received 256 points start from Amblecote Institute A. Reece Bahia and Dan Smith held Ash Sidaway and Rob Clark to 57 and 29 points respectively, and an 80 point win by Dave Oakes was vital for the visitors, but Bahia’s still lead by 42 points going into the last frame. Rick Wooldridge sank the black against Adam Boswell to take the match for Amblecote, last season’s beaten finalists; Bahia’s will therefore try to defend the Plate which they won in their first ever foray into league competition.
St John’s Social looked set for victory at home against Wombourne, to whom they conceded 122 points start, after Nick Carson’s 71 point win, but John Wooldridge & Dave Flavell restricted their opponents’ winning margin to 3 and 6 points respectively, and in the final frame, with points level, against the prolific Simon Thomas, Jon Perry made a fine break of 30 to win 62-40, reminiscent of the time he was the most consistent player in the league, some 40 years ago!
There were two all-premier division clashes, with two of the top teams having to concede significant starts: Townsend Social, despite Dan Petch being held to 17 points by Paul Churchman, gave Kinver A 157 points start and still won by 97, with Karl Ashmore and Dave Thompson in great form, but Hotshots SC A failed in their bid to concede 207 points start at home to Baggeridge Social, for whom Luke Whale and Andrew Crowther played extremely well to beat Neil Beckley and Dave Green respectively.
Two other Premier teams failed to retrieve large handicaps: Norton Social A’s task to give Amblecote Institute D 189 points start, despite home advantage, stalled when Rob Pitt lost to Adam Kensett, who is now unbeaten in all 8 frames since his debut for the team. Neil Rollinson and Andy Smith won well to give Norton a ghost of a chance, but 19 year old Jordan Taylor, defending a lead of 66 in the final frame against Graham Tomkins, demonstrated his growing maturity to keep his experienced opponent at bay. By contrast, Hotshots SC B, with Paul Caldeira in good form, looked likely to claw back the 208 points they had to concede away to Kinver C, until Arnie Tromans struck a timely 45 break for the hosts, and Norman Jennings, with a 62 lead, held the challenge of Dawid Konior.
Moor Pool & Snooker’s venue is something of a fortress to them, so Stourbridge Old Edwardians deserve great credit for going there with just a 23 point start, which they held throughout the match. Moreover, Simon Dingley, Lee Whitehouse & Ian Priest had lost only 4 frames between them all season for Moor P&S but Chris Cowley, Harry Hall & Dave Woodall were able to register narrow, but crucial, wins over all three to maintain their advantage.
Kingswinford Cons C had a huge win on the tables of Kingswinford Snooker Centre, with Adam Coley, Leigh Bennett and Wayne Whitmore making light work of the 88 points concession, and Mark Reece’s win for the Cons’ B team at home to First Division leaders, Norton Social B, allied with his team’s 76 point start, enabled his brother Gregg to hold at bay the challenge of Luke Grosvenor in the final frame. The Cons’ A team couldn’t complete the treble, in a very tight match at Amblecote Institute C. They’d retrieved most of the 72 points conceded in the first four frames, but Mitch Skidmore took the final frame fairly decisively to clinch a last 16 spot for the Institute.
The Premier Division leaders, West Midlands Police, fared better, however, conceding 124 points start away to Stourbridge Institute A. The Institute were in control until Maria Catalano & Kev Franklin knocked in 40+ breaks in frames 3 and 4 and Gavin Sloan, with a 45 break, recovered the last 32 points with a degree of comfort in the fifth frame.
The Institute’s C team went through however with Alan Jeffries and Adele Simmonds having decisive wins in the 3rd and 4th frames after Rob Boylin had taken the opener for Amblecote RBL A.
Finally Alan Turner and Jay Shuck extended Pockets SC B’s advantage at Amblecote Institute B to 61 points in the opening frames, but Sam Harrison and Mark Colbourne reduced the arrears to 22. In a tense finale Jason Colbourne just failed to complete the turnaround against Tony Kidd.






Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 8-9 November 2017

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 4 (P.Ward, M.Richards, R.Clark, R.Wooldridge) Norton Social A 1 (G.Tomkins)
Norton Social A 4 (A.Smith 108, S.Mason 31, G.Tomkins, R.Pitt 36) Pockets SC B 1 (G.Ward)
Townsend Social 5 (K.Ashmore, D.Petch, P.Thompson, D.Payne, D.Thompson) Baggeridge Soc 0
Pockets SC A 2 (C.Newey, J.Betton 35) West Mids Police 3 (M.Sheehan, E.Bastable, K.Franklin)
St John’s Social 4 (S.Thomas 38, C.Walker 35, B.Jones, T.Steele) Kinver Const A 1 (P.Churchman)
Hotshots SC A v Amblecote Inst A postponed until 21/11/17

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (S.Dingley, I.Priest) Norton Social B 3 (C.Webb, L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (C.Tromans, A.Moore) Stourbridge Inst A 3 (A.Aston, A.Cope, P.Garbett)
Wombourne 4 (S.Taylor, J.Wooldridge 23, J.Perry, D.Flavell) S/b Old Edwardians 1 (C.Cowley)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Carter, J.Cowan) Amblecote RBL B 3 (J.Ball, B.Young 25, Sam Ball)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (S.Tyler) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore, S.Porter, J.Cartwright 29, A.Coley)
Kinver Const B 2 (J.Hickman 32, A.Sprague) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (M.Reece, S.Small, A.Brown)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 3 (M.Redfern, D.Smith, A.Boswell) Amblecote Inst C 2 (P.Willis, R.Vanes)
Stourbridge Inst 2 (S.Metcalfe-Taylor, S.Mattocks) Kinver Const C 3 (C.Randle, A.Tromans, A.Sloan)
Amblecote Inst D v Stourbridge Inst D postponed until 14/11/17
Amblecote RBL A 3 (R.Boylin, M.Mantom, B.Green) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood)

Premier Division report: West Midlands Police remained at the top of the Premier Division, defending the title for the third time, with a hard-fought win on the tables of Pockets SC A. Mark Sheehan did well on his return to the Police team to beat Tom Pepperall, but Gavin Sloan lost to an impressive display by Charles Newey; Maria Catalano recovered from 40 points adrift of John Betton, but John stepped in when Maria’s frame-ball pink missed, although Eliott Bastable levelled the scores when he withstood Gary Smith’s fightback. In the deciding frame, Kev Franklin took advantage of an unlucky in-off pink by Rich Pepperall to ensure the Police remained top of the league, although there they were joined by Townsend Social, who took maximum points again.
Townsend’s opponents were Baggeridge Social, who contested all five frames well and this should give them encouragement for the future; Phil Thompson has lost only once, and Karl Ashmore twice in Townsend’s winning streak, and they climbed above Hotshots SC A whose match against Amblecote Inst A has been postponed for two weeks.
Earlier in the week, Amblecote defeated Norton Social A 4-1 in a rearranged match, their third defeat in a row, but Norton returned to winning ways with a 4-1 win at home to Pockets SC B, the highlight being an excellent break of 108 by Andy Smith, his first Stourbridge League century after a few 90+ breaks, against his good friend, Jay Shuck. That should test their friendship!
Like Norton, St John’s Social had also lost three in succession, but they bounced back to form with a 4-1 win at home to Kinver Constitutional A, with Carl Walker bringing to an end Graham Tranter’s fine five match winning run.

First Division report: After suffering their first defeat at home to Wombourne, Norton Social B regained the winning thread on the tables of their closest pursuers, Moor Pool & Snooker. Carl Webb and Luke Grosvenor, who handed Lee Whitehouse his first defeat, won narrowly and Paul Bowen more decisively to steer Norton to a 4 point advantage over their rivals. Simon Dingley and Ian Priest, now with a 9/9 winning record, at least ensured Moor P & S remained in 2nd place.
They were joined by Stourbridge Institute A, who did well to visit Amblecote Institute B and come away with a 3-2 win; Cyril Tromans and Alan Moore won for Amblecote, but Ashley Aston, Alan Cope, a last-gasp winner against Jason Colbourne, and Paul Garbett, who did well to beat Mark Colbourne to preserve his own unbeaten record, just did enough for the visitors.
Wombourne looked set for another difficult season when they lost their opening four matches, but they’ve since won four of their next five, culminating in a 4-1 home win against Old Edwardians. Stuart Taylor, John Wooldridge, Jon Perry & Dave Flavell won for them on another great evening after the previous week’s win at Norton B, with Chris Cowley replying for Old Eds.
Meanwhile Kinver Constitutional B’s challenge has faltered with their third straight defeat coming at home to Kingswinford Cons B. Jason Hickman, in a close battle with Dave Reece, and Adam Sprague gave them a good start but Mark Reece, Steve Small & Andrew Brown turned the match around for the visitors to lift them away from the foot of the table, but Kinver are still only five points off 2nd.
Amblecote RBL B also pulled away from the relegation zone with a 3-2 win away to Kingswinford Cons A, thanks to Jack Ball, who did well to beat John Rees, Barry Young and Sam Ball, while Kingswinford Cons C’s form has also picked up, and they continued their rise with a 4-1 victory at Stourbridge Inst B. John Cartwright and Adam Coley won decisively, but the outcome would have been different but for Wayne Whitmore & Sam Porter’s black ball successes in the first two frames against Carl Green and Mike Pritchard respectively. Simon Tyler had a substantial win in the final frame to rescue a point for the Institute.

Second Division report: Kinver Constitutional C won 3-2 away to Stourbridge Institute C and have now increased their lead at the top of the Second Division to 6 points. Steve Metcalfe-Taylor and Sam Mattocks both won for the Institute but Kinver had the final say through Chris Randle, Arnie Tromans & Andy Sloan, who secured the deciding frame.
As Amblecote Inst D had rearranged their match, their C team were able to move above them into 2nd place, although they had to settle for only two frames on the tables of Bahia’s SC. Pat Willis and Ray Vanes, who had a good win against the consistent Reece Bahia, won for them, but Matt Redfern, Dan Smith and Adam Boswell, on his debut for the team, took the match 3-2 and Bahia’s are now only 3 points off 2nd place.
A win for Kingswinford Snooker Centre would have lifted them into at least a share of 2nd place but they lost 3-2 away to Amblecote RBL A. Steve Ballinger and Jamie Westwood won well enough but the Legion’s Rob Boylin, Mark Mantom and Billy Green, who inflicted only the second defeat on Paul Curry in the decider, clinched the match

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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 1-2 November 2017

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC B 0 Townsend Social 5 (K.Ashmore, D.Petch 30, P.Thompson, D.Payne, D.Thompson 30)
Kinver Const A 2 (D.Banks, G.Tranter 38) Pockets SC A 3 (W.Dobson, J.Betton, G.Smith 27)
Amblecote Inst A 5 (A.Sidaway, D.Oakes, A.Round, R.Clark, R.Wooldridge 41) St John’s Social 0
Baggeridge Social 2 (N.Fellows, L.Whale) Hotshots SC B 3 (W.Robbins, P.Caldeira 30, D.Richards)
West Midlands Police 4 (M.Catalano 30, 25, G.Sloan, E.Bastable, K.Franklin 76) Norton Social A 1 (A.Smith)
Hotshots SC A bye

First Division results:
Kinver Const B 2 (J.Hickman 42, A.Sprague) Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, C.Webb, P. Bowen)
S/b Old Edwardians 4 (D.Woodall, G.Dunn, C.Cowley 29, H.Hall) Kinver Const B 1 (S.Nicholls)
Norton Social B 2 (T.Brown, P.Bowen) Wombourne 3 (S.Taylor, R.Mason 25, P.Tristram)
Kingswinford Cons B 1 (M.Reece) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (A.Aston 41, N.Aston, S.Howell, P.Garbett)
Stourbridge Inst B 1 (M.Pritchard) Amblecote Inst B 4 (M.Cook, A.Moore, J.Colbourne, M.Colbourne)
Amblecote RBL B 2 (Steve Ball, B.Young) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (W.Whitmore, A.Coley, B.Guise) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Rees, J.Byng)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 5 (Ranjit Bahia 25, J.Macdivitt, Reece Bahia, D.Smith, M.Redfern) Amblecote RBL A 0
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett 27, Jordan Taylor, M.Robson) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (A.Jeffries, S.Mattocks)
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (R.Newton) Amblecote Inst C 4 (C.Homer, R.McManus, G.Lyons, R.Vanes)
Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger 21) Kinver Const C 3 (A.Tromans, R.Smith, A.Sloan)

Premier Division report: West Midlands Police shrugged off the disappointment of last week’s defeat at Townsend Social, to ease back to the top of the Premier Division, beating Norton Social A 4-1, thanks to Maria Catalano, Gavin Sloan, Eliott Bastable, who stands alone with 7/7 wins, and Kev Franklin, who compiled a break of 76. Andy Smith took a consolation frame for Norton. The Police lead by a single point from Hotshots SC A, who had a bye, and both teams have played 7 matches.
Townsend Social continued their dominant form and are just one point back in 3rd place after taking all five frames on the tables of Pockets SC B, where Karl Ashmore & Dave Thompson were in particularly good touch; similarly Amblecote Institute A had an impressive 5-0 win at home to St John’s Social, although Ash Sidaway was taken to the black by Simon Thomas.
Pockets SC A crept into 4th place, 7 points off the leaders, with a 3-2 win at Kinver Const A. John Betton did well to beat Mark Hatton, who has made a good start to the season, while Wayne Dobson and Gary Smith, who took the decider, completed the win. For Kinver, Dean Banks won on the black and Graham Tranter had a 38 break on his way to his 5th win in 6 frames, another great start.
Hotshots SC B continued to pull away from the relegation zone with a 3-2 win at Baggeridge Social, with Wayne Robbins, Paul Caldeira & Dennis Richards just doing enough. Neil Fellows and Luke Whale, whose opponent accidentally knocked the final black off the table, won for the hosts.

First Division report: Early in the week in a rearranged match, Paul Bowen’s black ball in the decider at Kinver, enabled Norton Social B to ease 4 points clear at the top of the First Division, but this lead was halved when Norton became the last team in the league to relinquish their unbeaten record when they were surprised 3-2 at home by Wombourne. Luke Grosvenor lost his first frame, to Stuart Taylor on the black, and Joe Davies also lost on the final ball to Bob Mason. Paul Tristram then found his best form of the season to clinch victory for Wombourne, although Tony Brown, on the black against Jon Perry and Paul Bowen each secured frames to keep Norton ahead in the title race. The evening belonged to Wombourne, however, whose form has improved after a slow start.
Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest retained their 100% records for Moor Pool & Snooker, after Simon Dingley’s opener, in a 3-2 win at Amblecote RBL B, to hold onto second place, but Stourbridge Inst A had a fine 4-1 win at Kingswinford Cons B, and they closed the gap to two points in 3rd place. Ashley Aston had a break of 41, while Paul Garbett took his winning record to an impressive 8/8. Mark Reece’s consolation for Cons was his first win since returning from over 20 years’ absence.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians enjoyed their best result of the season, when they went 4-0 up at home to the strong Kinver Constitutional B team. Dave Woodall and Gavin Dunn both did well to defeat Jason Hickman & Adam Sprague respectively, the latter’s first loss, before Chris Cowley & Harry Hall extended Old Eds’ advantage. Steve Nicholls’ final frame win at least enabled Kinver to keep a point ahead of their opponents, in 4th place, seven points off the top.
Amblecote Institute B won 4-1 away to Stourbridge Institute B, a fairly comfortable victory, with Cyril Tromans their only loser, pipped on the black by Mike Pritchard and a win in the match in hand they are about to play would lift them into the top five.
Kingswinford Cons C continue to grow in confidence, and Wayne Whitmore, Bob Guise & Adam Coley just did enough to clinch a 3-2 win against their A team, although John Rees and John Byng both did well to take a frame each for the A team at the expense of John Cartwright & Leigh Bennett respectively, both of whom having enjoyed some good recent results.

Second Division report: The top two teams in the Second Division had to work hard for narrow wins. The experienced Kinver Constitutional C team won 3-2 at Kingswinford Snooker Centre, with Arnie Tromans’ success against John Salisbury, who has made a great start to his first season with KSC, a crucial factor. Kinver remained top, and their opponents 4th, but now there’s 6 points between them.
Amblecote Institute D still trail Kinver by three points after a 3-2 win at home to Stourbridge Inst C. Adam Kensett, still to lose, Jordan Taylor, who had another good win against Mark Daniels, and Mark Robson, on the black, won for Amblecote, with Alan Jeffries and Sam Mattocks replying for the visitors.
Amblecote’s C team’s unbeaten away run continued, with their latest 4-1 success coming on the tables of Stourbridge Inst D whose 4 match winning spree had lifted them into 3rd place. Colin Homer, Roger McManus, Gerald Lyons & Ray Vanes won with varying degrees of difficulty before Roy Newton earned a consolation point for the hosts. Amblecote edged into 3rd place themselves, a point behind their D team.
Bahia’s Snooker Club demonstrated that they could also mount a challenge with a 5-0 win at home to Amblecote RBL A, thanks to Ranjit Bahia, his son, Reece, Jordan Macdivitt, Dan Smith & Matt Redfern, for whom this was a 3rd win in as many frames since making a belated reappearance.




JIM PRICE, Stourbridge Institute Social Club
Local players will be saddened to hear of the sudden death on 12th October of Jim Price of Stourbridge Institute, formerly of Stourbridge Conservative Club, who played in the local league for over 40 years. Jim was 88 years of age and his funeral will be held at Stourbridge Crematorium at 2.50pm on Monday 6th November.
Jim was a member of the Stourbridge Cons team which won the First Division championship winning all 22 matches in 1973, a feat which has been equalled only once since then. In that team he played with the late Peter Baylie, the late Trevor Smith, and also Mike Powell, Barry Roscoe & Tony Kidd, and, in the final match of that season, Jim had the distinction of winning the deciding frame after his team had recovered from 2-0 down at Kingswinford Cons.
Later, it was another member of Kingswinford Cons, a fine player, Dennis Duffy, who couldn’t come to terms with the fact that Jim used an aluminium cue, and, much to the amusement of both teams, Jim seemed to reserve his best form for when he played Dennis.
Jim always played with great humour and a ready smile, before returning to the lounge in the company of his beloved wife, Barbara, and friends, ready for a pint of good beer and for the finest cigar in his collection, a subject upon which he had great expertise.
Following the closure of Stourbridge Cons Jim became a well-respected member of Stourbridge Institute, continuing old friendships and forging new ones.
The League extends its deepest sympathies to Barbara and family and to their many friends for their sad loss.










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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 25-26 October 2017

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 3 (D.Thompson, K.Ashmore, P.Thompson) West Midlands Police 2 (K.Franklin, E.Bastable)
Pockets SC A 3 (G.Smith 30, R.Pepperall, L.Page) Amblecote Institute A 2 (A.Sidaway, D.Oakes)
Hotshots SC B 4 (D.Konior, Y.Aslami 28, A.Rehman, D.Richards) Pockets SC B 1 (G.Ward 53, 23)
Norton Social A 2 (S.Mason 36, 27, R.Pitt 37) Kinver Const A 3 (G.Tranter, M.Hatton, K.Rollinson)
St John’s Social 1 (S.Thomas 23, 25) Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Stokes, D.Green 28, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic 34)
Baggeridge Social bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Kingswinford Cons C 2 (L.Bennett, J.Cartwright)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (T.Male, J.Cowan, J.Byng) Stourbridge Institute B 2 (H.Jones, S.Tyler)
Wombourne 3 (D.Flavell, S.Taylor, R.Mason) Amblecote RBL B 2 (B.Young, Sam Ball)
Stourbridge Institute A (A.Aston, A.Cope, P.Garbett) S/b Old Edwardians 2 (D.Woodall, C.Cowley)
Amblecote Institute B v Kingswinford Cons B & Kinver Const B v Norton Social B postponed

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 2 (M.Redfern, D.Smith) Kingswinford SC 3 (P.Curry, J.Westwood, J.Salisbury)
Amblecote RBL A 3 (D.Corbett, S.Norton, R.Boylin) Stourbridge Institute C 2 (B.Taylor, A.Jeffries)
Stourbridge Institute D 4 (R.Peplow, S.Hassett, B.Harris, R.Newton) Kinver Const C 1 (S.Spruce)
Amblecote Institute D 2 (S.Butcher, Jordan Taylor) Amblecote Institute C 3 (C.Homer, P.Willis, M.Skidmore)

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A visited St John’s Social Club in Kidderminster and came away with a 4-1 win, which, because of a defeat for their closest rivals, West Midlands Police, extended their lead at the top of the Premier Division to four points. Roy Stokes, Dave Green, Bal Sembi & Milan Krstanovic all won but Simon Thomas earned a point for the hosts against Callum Downing.
Meanwhile the Police lost for the first time on a visit to the much in-form Townsend Social team. Dave Thompson beat Maria Catalano on the black, and Karl Ashmore defeated Gavin Sloan on the pink to give Townsend a great start, but Eliott Bastable & Kev Franklin made it 2-2 before Phil Thompson, who’s been in excellent form in both the Stourbridge & West Midlands Leagues, won comfortably in the decider, and his team remain in 3rd place, 7 points adrift of Hotshots.
Not unexpectedly, it was a struggle for Kinver Constitutional A last year in their first season in the top flight, but they have begun well this term, and, despite going 2-0 down to Steve Mason & Rob Pitt at Norton Social A, Graham Tranter, who took advantage of Graham Tomkins’ in-off green, and Mark Hatton, who just edged past Andy Smith levelled the scores. The decider saw a battle of the Rollinsons, with some fine tactical play on both sides before Keith potted a long blue and pink to secure victory against Neil, taking the match 3-2 for Kinver, arguably their best ever result.
Gary Smith, Rich Pepperall and Lee Page combined to give Pockets SC A a 3-2 win at home to Amblecote Institute A, to enable them to move level with Norton in fourth place, 10 points off the top, but with a match in hand. Dave Oakes & Ash Sidaway replied for the Institute.
There was a fine start to the Hotshots B v Pockets B match when the visitors’ Gareth Ward took advantage of a fortuitous red off a well-played safety and opened with a break of 53. Wayne Robbins replied with a fine 31 before Gareth took the last 3 reds and the frame in quick time. Hotshots went on to win 4-1, through Yama Aslami, in good form, Dawid Konior, Arshad Rehman & Dennis Richards, and they also look set to enjoy a better season than last year, rather like Kinver.

First Division report: The clash between the top two sides in the First Division, Kinver B v Norton B was postponed because of holiday calls, but this gave Moor Pool & Snooker and Stourbridge Institute A the chance to squeeze into the top three, which they both duly achieved but were hard-pressed to do so.
Neil Gennard & Simon Dingley gave Moor P & S a good start with narrow wins at home to Kingswinford Cons C but Leigh Bennett & John Cartwright won very decisively to level the scores, but Ian Priest, as he has a habit of doing, won the deciding frame, to take his team into joint leadership. Stourbridge Institute A also had a difficult match at home to Old Edwardians: Ashley Aston was taken to the black by Harry Hall, but Alan Cope had a good win against Gavin Dunn. For Old Eds, Dave Woodall did well to beat Steve Howell, while Chris Cowley levelled the match at 2-2 against Martin Harris. Paul Garbett secured the final frame to leave the Institute three points off the top, and he and Ian Priest are the only players to date who have perfect 7/7 winning records.
Only four points cover the bottom seven teams, with both Kingswinford Cons A and Wombourne helping their cause with hard-fought victories against fellow strugglers. Thomas Male and John Cowan gave Cons a good start at home to Stourbridge Institute B and John Byng made the match safe despite Harry Jones and Simon Tyler hitting back for the visitors, while Wombourne held the challenge of Amblecote RBL B 3-2 thanks to Dave Flavell, Stuart Taylor & Bob Mason’s black ball success. Barry Young and Sam Ball won for the Legion in yet another match which could have gone the other way.

Second Division report: The top two teams in the Second Division were both defeated which meant that Kinver Constitutional C’s lead was trimmed to three points but now there are 4 challengers to them, separated by only two points.
Stourbridge Institute D moved into a challenging position with their best ever result since forming a team just over a year ago, defeating the experienced Kinver team 4-1. Ron Peplow, on the black, Sean Hassett, Brett Harris and Roy Newton all won although Glen Harris lost to Steve Spruce. They moved into a share of 3rd place.
Second placed Amblecote Institute D lost 3-2 to their own C team; Steve Butcher and Jordan Taylor, both of whom are enjoying fine runs of form, won for the D team but Colin Homer, Pat Willis and Mitch Skidmore took the honours for the C team who are only two points behind their rivals.
Bahia’s Snooker Club looked set for victory at home to Kingswinford Snooker Centre when Daniel Smith and Matt Redfern, who accounted for the prolific Steve Ballinger, took the opening frames but Reece Bahia then lost to Paul Curry and Jamie Westwood and John Salisbury completed the turnaround to ease Kingswinford into a share of 3rd place.
Brian Taylor and Alan Jeffries won narrowly for Stourbridge Institute C at Amblecote RBL A but Darren Corbett & Steve Norton won convincingly for the Legion and Rob Boylin then did well to beat the in-form Sam Mattocks to earn a 3-2 win for the home team.







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Stourbridge & District Snooker Report 18-19 October 2017

Premier Division results:
Hotshots SC A 3 (R.Stokes 29, B.Sembi 102, D.Green) Pockets SC A 2 (T.Pepperall, C.Newey 37)
Pockets SC B 4 (J.Shuck 22, G.Evans, G.Ward, A.Kidd) Baggeridge Social 1 (F.Bennett)
Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter 32) Townsend Social 4 (K.Ashmore 29, D.Payne, P. & D.Thompson)
West Mids Police 3(E.Bastable, G.Sloan, C.Southwick) Hotshots SC B 2 (W.Robbins, D.Konior 46)
Amblecote Inst A v Norton Social A postponed until 7/11/17
St John’s Social bye

First Division results:
Stourbridge Inst B 2 (C.Green, A.Long) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
S/b Old Edwardians 2 (H.Hall, C.Cowley 28, 28) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (G. & D.Reece, A.Brown)
Norton Social B 3 (L.Grosvenor, P.Bowen, C.Webb) Stourbridge Inst A 2 (S.Howell, P.Garbett)
Amblecote RBL B 1 (Sam Ball) Kinver Const B 4 (J.Hickman, A.Sprague, D.Simmonds, M.Hines)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (J.Rees, T.Carter) Amblecote Inst B 3 (S.Harrison, J.Colbourne, M.Colbourne)
Kingswinford Cons C 4 (S.Spittle, J.Cartwright, L.Bennett 32, W.Whitmore) Wombourne 1 (D.Flavell)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 3 (M.Redfern, Reece Bahia 24, D.Smith) Amblecote Inst D 2 (A.Kensett, S.Butcher)
Amblecote Inst C 0 Kinver Const C 5 (R.Smith, A.Tromans 25, A.Sloan, S.Spruce, C.Randle)
Amblecote RBL A 1 (R.Boylin) Stourbridge Inst D 4 (R.Peplow, S.Hassett, R.Newton, G.Harris)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (A.Jeffries, S.Mattocks) Kingswinford SC 3 (M.Surmacz, J.Salisbury, S.Hill)

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A remain a point clear at the top of the Premier Division after beating one of their title rivals, Pockets SC A, 3-2. They had a scare, however, when Callum Downing lost to the progressive Tom Pepperall, while Roy Stokes was taken to the pink by Wayne Dobson. Bal Sembi then stroked in an excellent break of 102 against John Betton, reminiscent of the 107 he made against John 18 months ago while representing Brandhall Labour, and Dave Green made the match safe for Hotshots, taking the black to avoid a re-spot against Gary Smith, for whom it was his first defeat. Charles Newey then took another point for Pockets, his 37 break helping to defeat Milan Krstanovic, who hadn’t lost a frame at home for a year.
Hotshots’ B team looked likely to do their A team a favour when opening up a 2-0 lead away to reigning champions, West Midlands Police thanks to Wayne Robbins & Dawid Konior, who had a lucky 3rd red on the way to a fine 46 break, but Eliott Bastable & Gavin Sloan won comfortably to level the scores and Carl Southwick completed the recovery to take the match 3-2 for the Police.
Townsend Social look certain to press for title honours and Karl Ashmore, Darrell Payne and Phil & Dave Thompson gave them a 4-1 win at Kinver Const A, and they lie 3rd, five points further away; Graham Tranter, with the help of a break of 32, defeated Dan Petch for Kinver’s point.
Pockets SC B beat Baggeridge Social 4-1 partly thanks to a good result for Jamie Shuck against Luke Whale, and a vital clearance of yellow to pink by Gareth Ward after Neil Fellows had taken the lead. Gavin Evans & Tony Kidd also won for Pockets with Frankie Bennett replying for the visitors.

First Division report: Norton Social B, who have often looked capable of winning the First Division title over the last three years, made it 6/6 wins in a titanic battle at home against one of their likeliest rivals, Stourbridge Inst A. Luke Grosvenor won on the pink against Nick Aston but Steve Howell countered with a decisive win for the visitors. Paul Bowen then won comfortably for Norton but again the Institute levelled thanks to Paul Garbett’s outstanding pink-ball finish. Ashley Aston then looked sure to take the decider but Carl Webb came to Norton’s rescue by clearing the last three balls to complete a great contest between the teams.
Moor Pool & Snooker won 3-2 away to Stourbridge Inst B with Simon Dingley, Lee Whitehouse & Ian Priest all on target and they remain 4 points behind Norton in 2nd place, although they were joined by Kinver Constitutional B who came away from Amblecote RBL B with a 4-1 win. Here Jack Ball deserves credit for coming back from 40 points adrift, clearing yellow to pink, only for Jason Hickman to take a superb black to take the frame. Adam Sprague won his 6th successive frame for Kinver before Sam Ball earned a deserved consolation point for the Legion.
Dave Reece and his son, Gregg gave Kingswinford Cons B a 2-0 advantage at Old Edwardians but Harry Hall and Chris Cowley, a decisive winner with two visits of 28, levelled the scores. Andrew Brown took the decider for Cons in another close contest, with a fine blue and a pink using the rest down the side cushion, after George Birch had gone in-off after potting blue.
John Rees & Tim Carter gave Kingswinford Cons A a 2-0 lead at home to Amblecote Institute B but Jason Colbourne & Sam Harrison levelled the scores before Mark Colbourne completed the recovery in the deciding frame against John Cowan.
Dave Flavell gave Wombourne a good start away to Kingswinford Cons C but the home team, who have taken a while to adjust after last season’s promotion, took the match 4-1 thanks to Simon Spittle, making his first appearance for the team, John Cartwright, Leigh Bennett, who had a break of 32, and Wayne Whitmore, to lift themselves from the foot of the league table.

Second Division report: Kinver Constitutional C took advantage of a slip by joint-league leaders, Amblecote Institute D at Bahia’s SC, to move 4 points clear at the Second Division by virtue of a 5-0 victory secured, ironically, on the tables of the Institute’s C team. Frame scores were very tight but Kinver, for whom Ron Smith, Chris Randle & Andy Sloan have won all bar two frames so far, took the balls which mattered most of all.
Adam Kensett, now with 5/5 wins, and Steve Butcher with 5/6, won again for Amblecote Institute D at Bahia’s, but the home team, who did well to finish 3rd in their first season last year, took the match 3-2 with Matt Redfern, Daniel Smith & Reece Bahia all winning quite comfortably.
Stourbridge Institute D came away from Amblecote RBL A with a 4-1 success, with Sean Hassett making a return to the venue where he won last season’s over 65 handicap final; the addition of Roy Newton to their team has had a significant impact and they look set for another good season. Ron Peplow & Glen Harris also won for the visitors with Rob Boylin taking a frame for the Legion.
Paul Curry and Steve Ballinger had each won their first five frames to give Kingswinford Snooker Centre a solid start to the season, but both lost in black-ball finishes at Stourbridge Inst C, against Alan Jeffries, who needed snookers on the colours and Sam Mattocks respectively, but their team-mates, Matt Surmacz, John Salisbury & Steve Hill all won quite decisively to rescue the match 3-2.




Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 11-12 October 2017

Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall, J.Betton, G.Smith) St John’s Social 2 (S.Thomas, T.Steele 24)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, R.Pitt 31,31, A.Smith 36, N.Rollinson) Hotshots SC A 1 (B.Sembi 44)
Hotshots SC B 2 (W.Robbins, P.Caldeira) Kinver Const A 3 (G.Tranter, M.Hatton, K.Rollinson)
Baggeridge Social 1 (M.Whale) West Mid Police 4 (G.Sloan, M.Catalano, P.Gibbons, E.Bastable 26,30)
Townsend Social 4 (D.Petch 37, P.Thompson 58, D.Payne, J.Spence 42) Amblecote Inst A 1 (R.Clark)
Pockets SC B bye

First Division results:
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, L.Whitehouse, P.Taylor, I.Priest) Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male)
Stourbridge Inst A 3 (A.Aston 36,30, S.Howell, P.Garbett) Amblecote RBL B 2 (Sam Ball, J.Ball)
Kinver Const B 3 (A.Sprague, S.Roper, S.Nicholls) Kingswinford Cons C 2 (W.Whitmore, J.Cartwright 29)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (A.Moore, M.Colbourne) S/b Old Edwardians 3 (D.Woodall, G.Dunn, C.Cowley 48)
Kingswinford Cons B 1 (G.Reece) Norton Social B 4 (P.Bowen, J.Davies, M.Northover, L.Grosvenor 62)
Wombourne 4 (S.Taylor, D.Flavell, R.Mason, J.Perry) Stourbridge Inst B 1 (A.Long)

Second Division results:
Kinver Const C 4 (A.Sloan, R.Smith, C.Randle, S.Spruce) Bahia’s SC 1 (K.Weaver)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett 24, R.Brookes 21, Jordan Taylor, S.Butcher) Amblecote RBL A 1 (P.Botfield)
Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger) Amblecote Inst C 3 (C.Homer, G.Lyons, M.Skidmore)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (S.Hassett, B.Harris, G.Harris) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (S.Metcalfe-Taylor, S.Mattocks)

Premier Division report: There were some fine performances with the best achievement that of Norton Social A, who inflicted the first defeat on Hotshots SC A, the 2015 champions beating the 2014 league winners. Rob Pitt had two 30+ breaks to defeat current individual champion, Callum Downing, while Steve Mason & Andy Smith extended their unbeaten starts and Neil Rollinson accounted for Roy Stokes; Bal Sembi’s 44 break enabled Hotshots to hold on to top spot.
West Midlands Police, the current champions, trail by a single point, with a match in hand, following a 4-1 win at Baggeridge Social. Here, Gavin Sloan & Eliott Bastable remained unbeaten before Matt Whale earned a welcome point for the hosts. The Police are the only team yet to lose a match.
Townsend Social enjoyed their best result with a 4-1 win at home to Amblecote Institute A. Phil Thompson had a break of 58, Jamie Spence a 42, Dan Petch 37, and Darrell Payne won on his seasonal reappearance, while Pockets SC A had to recover from Lee Page’s first-ever home defeat, to Simon Thomas, to beat St John’s Social 3-2. Tim Steele also did well to win for the visitors but Tom Pepperall, John Betton & Gary Smith, still to lose a frame, just did enough for Pockets in their local “derby”, an all-Kidderminster clash.
Hotshots SC B went 2-0 up at home to Kinver Const A but Graham Tranter then did really well to beat the consistent Dawid Konior, and comfortable wins for Mark Hatton & Keith Rollinson turned the contest in Kinver’s favour.

First Division report: Norton Social A, yet to taste defeat, held on to their 4 point lead at the top of the First Division with a 4-1 success away to Kingswinford Cons B. Greg Reece gave Cons a good start but Paul Bowen, who beat Mark Pearce, returning to competitive snooker after an absence of many years, Joe Davies & Matt Northover won for the visitors before Luke Grosvenor compiled a break of 62, the highest in the division to date, all the more praiseworthy as it was achieved on the tightest of tables at the club.
Moor Pool & Snooker are in 2nd place after defeating Kingswinford Cons A 4-1, Lee Whitehouse & Ian Priest now both 5/5 for the season, while Kinver Constitutional B share 3rd place, a point further away, after making it a bleak week for Cons, with a 3-2 win against their C team. Adam Sprague, Simon Roper, on the black & Steve Nicholls won for Kinver, but John Cartwright and Wayne Whitmore, who did well to beat Jason Hickman, gave Cons, last season’s Second Division champions, who are struggling a little this term, great cause for optimism.
Ashley Aston, with 36 & 30 breaks, Steve Howell & Paul Garbett all won decisively to give Stourbridge Inst A a 3-2 win at home to Amblecote RBL B, and a share of 3rd place, but both Sam & Jack Ball fought back to provide the Legion with two consolation points.
Old Edwardians won 3-2 at Amblecote Inst B thanks to Dave Woodall, Gavin Dunn, who managed to edge past Jason Colbourne, and Chris Cowley who had a break of 48. Alan Moore, on his debut for the Institute & the reliable Mark Colbourne won for the home side.
Wombourne won their second successive match, when Stuart Taylor, Dave Flavell, Bob Mason & Jon Perry combined to defeat Stourbridge Inst B 4-1, with Alex Long making a winning debut in reply.

Second Division report: The top three teams won again and just two points separate them: Kinver Const C beat Bahia’s SC 4-1 at home, with Steve Spruce managing to beat the Second Division individual champion, Reece Bahia on the black. Karl Weaver, one of only three players to have won their first 5 frames, secured a point for the visitors.
A 4-1 win for Amblecote Inst D at home to neighbours, Amblecote RBL A, including a 4th win in as many frames for Adam Kensett, and another encouraging win for Jordan Taylor against the experienced Steve Norton, enabled them to share the lead with Kinver, and there are now two points back to their C team, who also did well to win at Kingswinford Snooker Centre.
Paul Curry and Steve Ballinger were on the mark again for the Snooker Centre, and both have 5/5 perfect records, so the Institute’s C team had to work hard to win 3-2 through Colin Homer, Gerald Lyons, who became the first player to beat John Salisbury, and Mitch Skidmore in the decider.
Stourbridge Inst D beat their own C team 3-2, with Sean Hassett, the current over 65 champion, and brothers Brett & Glen Harris seeing their team to victory. Stephen Metcalfe-Taylor, on his seasonal bow, and Sam Mattocks, who beat Roy Newton on the final black, earned some credit for the C team.



Stourbridge Snooker League Report 4-5 October 2017

Premier Division results:
West Mids Police 4 (G.Sloan, M.Sheehan, K.Franklin, E.Bastable) Amblecote Inst A 1 (Dave Oakes)
St John’s Social 3 (C.Walker, S.Thomas, T.Steele 29) Norton Social A 2 (S.Mason 54, A.Smith 49)
Hotshots SC A 3 (R.Stokes, R.Haney, M.Krstanovic 35) Townsend Social 2 (K.Ashmore, D.Petch)
Kinver Const A 3 (P.Churchman, G.Tranter, M.Hatton) Baggeridge Social 2 (M.Collingridge 25, F.Bennett)
West Mids Police 3 (G.Sloan 32, 48, M.Sheehan, E.Bastable 29) Pockets SC B 2 (D.Timmington 25, G.Ward 27)
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway 81, M.Richards, R.Clark, R.Wooldridge) Hotshots SC B 1(A.Rehman 35)
Pockets SC A bye

First Division results:
Amblecote RBL B 4 (B.Young, Steve Ball 24, G.Foster, Sam Ball) Kingswinford Cons B 1 (G.Reece)
Norton Social B 4 (J.Woodcock, M.Northover, P.Bowen, L.Grosvenor) S/b Old Edwardians 1 (C.Cowley)
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard 25, 24, S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest) Amblecote Inst B 1 (S.Harrison)
Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Rees, J.Cowan, T.Male) Wombourne 2 (J.Perry, S.Taylor)
Stourbridge Inst B 0 Kinver Const B 5 (J.Hickman 38, A.Sprague, M.Hines, S.Roper, S.Nicholls)
Kingswinford Cons C 1 (L.Bennett) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (A.Aston, N.Aston, A.Cope, P.Garbett)

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC 2 (Ranjit Bahia, K.Weaver) Stourbridge Inst D 3 (R.Peplow, Glen Harris, R.Newton)
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks) Amblecote Inst C 4 (C.Homer, G.Lyons, P.Willis, M.Skidmore)
Amblecote RBL A 1 (J.Green) Kinver Const C 4 (R.Smith, T.Spruce, A.Sloan 22, A.Tromans)
Amblecote Inst D 1 (A.Kensett) Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, M.Surmacz 27, J.Salisbury, P.Curry)

Premier Division report: The 2014 champions, Hotshots SC A, hold a five point lead at the top of the Premier Division but they had to work hard to edge past Townsend Social. Roy Stokes & Rich Haney gave them a good start but Dan Petch, who did well to beat Bal Sembi, and Karl Ashmore made it 2-2, only for Milan Krstanovic to steer Hotshots to their 4th win in succession.
They and defending champions, West Midlands Police, who have a match in hand, are now the only unbeaten teams following the latter’s 4-1 win at home to Amblecote Institute A, a match held over from the start of the season, and their 3-2 win at home to Pockets SC B. Gavin Sloan, in fine form with visits of 32, 48 & 23, Mark Sheehan & Eliott Bastable saw them through while for Pockets, Dave Timmington produced a fine clearance of the colours and Gareth Ward played extremely well to outpoint Kev Franklin, who lost only twice last season.
Steve Mason, with a 54 break, and Andy Smith with 49 both won for Norton Social A at St John’s Social, but the newly-promoted side won the match thanks to Carl Walker, Simon Thomas, who is recovering from an operation to his wrist, and Tim Steele, who took the decider to inflict Norton’s first defeat.
Amblecote Institute A recovered from their defeat away to the Police to defeat Hotshots SC B 4-1 to move into 3rd place, with Ashley Sidaway setting an early season target for one of the highest breaks with 81; Dave Oakes, despite making a break of 39, lost for the first time when Arshad Rehman replied with his own break of 35 to earn Hotshots a point.
Kinver Constitutional A won their first match of this campaign, 3-2 at home to Baggeridge Social, thanks to Paul Churchman, Graham Tranter and Mark Hatton, although Martin Collingridge and Frankie Bennett took two important points for Baggeridge and only 5 points cover the last 7 teams.

First Division report: Norton Social B preserved their unbeaten record with a 4-1 success at home to Old Edwardians, with Luke Grosvenor maintaining his unbeaten start, and they have a four point lead over a trio of chasing teams.
One of these, Moor Pool & Snooker enjoyed their own 4-1 result at home to Amblecote Institute B, with Ian Priest and Lee Whitehouse, pressed to the black by Mark Colbourne, keeping their 100% records intact, and, similarly, both Ashley Aston and Paul Garbett have yet to lose as Stourbridge Institute A, another of the 2nd placed teams, won 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons C.
Kinver B joined the other two runners up with the only maximum points haul of the week, with all five frames at Stourbridge Institute B. Adam Sprague, also yet to lose, won decisively and there was a successful return to the team after an 18 month absence for Simon Roper.
Amblecote RBL B had a very good result at home to Kingswinford Cons B, with Barry Young narrowly beating Tony Davies and Steve Ball spoiling the comeback of Mark Reece, making a welcome return to competitive snooker after a 22 year absence.
The Cons’ A team enjoyed better fortune than their C and B teams when John Rees, John Cowan & Thomas Male eased them into a winning position at home to Wombourne, before Jon Perry & Stuart Taylor earned their team a little respite in a division again in which 5 points separate the final 7 teams.

Second Division report: The last of the division’s unbeaten records tumbled as Amblecote Institute D’s fine start ended with a 4-1 defeat at home to Kingswinford Snooker Centre. Only Adam Kensett could win for the hosts as Steve Ballinger, Matt Surmacz, John Salisbury & Paul Curry produced arguably their team’s best performance. Three Amblecote players suffered their first defeats.
The Institute still lead the division but they were joined by Kinver Constitutional C, 4-1 winners at Amblecote RBL A with Ron Smith, Tom Spruce, Andy Sloan and Arnie Tromans just doing enough, and the Institute’s C team also took advantage to move into 3rd place, only a point adrift, after a 4-1 win at Stourbridge Inst C. Colin Homer, Gerald Lyons, Pat Willis and Mitch Skidmore all won quite comfortably but there was a first defeat for Roger McManus, who fell victim to another impressive display by Sam Mattocks.
Another unbeaten run came to an end at Bahia’s SC when Reece Bahia lost on the black to Stourbridge Inst D’s Glen Harris, and Ron Peplow and Roy Newton, in another strong performance, clinched victory for the visitors in a repeat of their win against the same opponents in last season’s Second Division Cup final. Ranjit Bahia & Karl Weaver won for Bahia’s.





Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 27-28 September 2017

Premier Division results:
Townsend Social 4 (D.Petch, P.Thompson, R.Thompson, J.Spence) St John’s Social 1 (C.Walker)
Hotshots SC B 1 (W.Robbins 40) Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Stokes, C.Downing 54, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic)
Pockets SC B 3 (A.Turner, D.Timmington, A.Kidd) Kinver Const A 2 (P.Churchman, M.Hatton)
Baggeridge Social 3 (N.Fellows, M.Collingridge, L.Whale) Amblecote Inst A 2 (D.Oakes 46, R.Clark)
Norton Social A 4 (S.Mason, R.Pitt 55, G.Tomkins, A.Smith) Pockets SC A 1 (G.Smith)
West Mids Police bye

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians 2 (G.Dunn, C.Cowley) Amblecote RBL B 3 (G.Foster, Steve & Sam Ball)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook 23, M.Colbourne 24) Norton Social B 3 (C.Webb, L.Grosvenor, J.Woodcock)
Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston 55, P.Garbett) Stourbridge Inst B 3 (C.Green, M.Pritchard, S.Tyler)
Kingswinford Cons B 1 (A.Davies) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (B.Guise, L.Bennett, S.Porter 30, W.Whitmore)
Wombourne 2 (D.Flavell, R.Mason) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, L.Whitehouse 24, 23, I.Priest)
Kinver Const B 2 (J.Hickman 50, A.Sprague) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Byng, T.Male 23, T.Carter)

Second Division results:
Stourbridge Inst D 1 (R.Newton) Amblecote Inst D 4 (M.Baker, S.Butcher, M.Robson, Jordan Taylor)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (R.McManus, R.Vanes, M.Skidmore) Amblecote RBL A 2 (B.Green, P.Botfield)
Kingswinford SC 4 (S.Ballinger, J.Westwood, P.Curry, J.Salisbury 30) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (S.Donoghue)
Kinver Const C 1 (R.Smith) Amblecote Inst D 4 (S.Butcher, M.Robson, Jordan Taylor, A.Kensett)
Stourbridge Inst C 3 (B.Taylor, M.Daniels, S.Mattocks) Bahia’s SC 2 (Reece Bahia 22, K.Weaver)

Premier Division report: Hotshots SC A eased 5 points clear at the top of the Premier Division with a 4-1 win against their own, much-improved B team. Callum Downing, with a 54 break, & Bal Sembi won well but Roy Stokes & Milan Krstanovic were stretched by Dan Hartley & Paul Caldeira respectively. Wayne Robbins, with the aid of a 40 break, earned a point for the B team.
Norton Social A beat the strong Pockets SC A team 4-1 at home; Steve Mason, Rob Pitt, with a visit of 55, and Graham Tomkins made the result safe before Gary Smith pulled a frame back for Pockets. Andy Smith’s decisive win against Lee Page sealed a significant victory in Norton’s title challenge.
Newly-promoted Baggeridge Social had a great start when both Neil Fellows & Martin Collingridge took the final black at home to Amblecote Institute A. Despite Dave Oakes, with a 46 break, pulling a frame back, Luke Whale beat Andy Round to earn a hard-fought 3-2 win against one of the top teams in the division.
The return of the Thompson brothers, Phil & Rob, sparked Townsend Social’s first win of the season, 4-1 at home to St John’s Social. Dan Petch & Jamie Spence clinched the win, with Carl Walker taking a frame for the visitors.
Pockets SC B also achieved their first win thanks to Alan Turner, Dave Timmington & Tony Kidd just doing enough in a close tussle at home against Kinver Const A. Paul Churchman, with a good comeback, and Mark Hatton took a frame each for Kinver, the only team now chasing their first win.

First Division report: In a week of fairly surprising results, all matches were won by the visiting team, and three of the 4 unbeaten teams lost, leaving Norton Social B unscathed at the top of the league. They did well to come away from Amblecote Inst B with a 3-2 win thanks to Carl Webb, Luke Grosvenor & John Woodcock, despite good wins for Mick Cook & Mark Colbourne for the hosts.
Four teams achieved their first wins of the season: Geoff Foster, Steve Ball & Sam Ball earned Amblecote RBL B a 3-2 result at Old Edwardians, while Carl Green, Mike Pritchard & Simon Tyler of Stourbridge Inst B will have enjoyed their 3-2 win at the expense of their own A team, for whom Ashley Aston made a break of 55. It was the first defeat for both home teams.
Similarly only Tony Davies could lift Kingswinford Cons A who crashed to their first loss when their C team suddenly struck form in the shape of Bob Guise, Leigh Bennett, Sam Porter & Wayne Whitmore, and the Cons’ A team, having lost the first two frames at Kinver, Jason Hickman making a another half-century, fought back to register their first win through John Byng, on the black, Thomas Male & Tim Carter.
Wombourne have yet to win after losing 3-2 to Moor Pool & Snooker, although their first victory was within their grasp until Ian Priest gradually took the last five colours to deprive Jon Perry; earlier Dave Flavell & Bob Mason for the home team and Neil Gennard & a top form Lee Whitehouse for MP&S had shared the first four frames.

Second Division report: Following their 4-1 win in their rearranged match at Stourbridge Inst D earlier in the week, a game in which Martin Baker made a winning debut, Amblecote Institute D had a tough task away to Kinver Constitutional C in the battle between the only unbeaten teams. Ron Smith gave the hosts a good start but black ball wins for Steve Butcher & Mark Robson, and slightly more comfortable wins for Jordan Taylor and Adam Kensett enabled Amblecote to win 4-1, and take a 4 point lead at the top of the league at this early stage.
Amblecote Inst C returned to form with a closely-fought 3-2 win against their neighbours, Amblecote RBL A, Mitch Skidmore deserving credit for beating Steve Norton in the deciding frame, while two of the other teams achieved their first, morale-boosting wins.
Stourbridge Institute C defeated Bahia’s SC 3-2, thanks to Brian Taylor, Mark Daniels and Sam Mattocks, who played particularly well in the decider, while Kingswinford Snooker Centre lost the opener to Stourbridge Inst D’s Steve Donoghue, but Steve Ballinger, Jamie Westwood, Paul Curry and John Salisbury, who made an impressive debut, beating the well-regarded Roy Newton, hit back to take the match 4-1.

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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 20-21 Sept 2017

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 5 (M.Richards, A.Sidaway, D.Oakes 39, R.Clark, R.Wooldridge) Pockets SC B 0
Hotshots SC A 5 (C.Downing, R.Stokes 40, N.Beckley 32, B.Sembi, M.Krstanovic 66) Baggeridge Soc 0
Kinver Const A 0 West Mids Police 5 (G.Sloan, M.Catalano, P.Gibbons, K.Franklin, E.Bastable 38)
Pockets SC A 3 (G.Smith 34, T.Pepperall 40, L.Page 54) Townsend Social 2 (A.Price, D.Thompson)
St John’s Social 1 (N.Carson 39) Hotshots SC B 4 (W.Robbins, P.Caldeira, D.Hartley, D.Konior)
Norton Social A bye

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians 5 (H.Hall, G.Dunn, D.Woodall, C.Cowley, G.Birch) Kingswinford Cons C 0
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (L.Whitehouse, S.Dingley, I.Priest) Kinver Const B 2 (A.Sprague, M.Hines)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, J.Rees) Stourbridge Inst A 3 (A.Aston, N.Aston, P.Garbett)
Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, J.Perry) Amblecote Inst B 3 (R.Grainger, M.Cook 51, S.Harrison)
Amblecote RBL B 1 (J.Ball 24) Norton Social B 4 (C.Webb, L.Grosvenor, J.Davies, P.Bowen)
Stourbridge Inst B 2 (C.Green, H.Jones) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (S.Small, F.Dent, A.Davies)

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst C 2 (R.McManus,G.Lyons) Stourbridge Inst D 3 (S.Hassett, B.Harris, R.Newton)
Kinver Const C 3 (A.Sloan, C.Randle, N.Jennings) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Ballinger, P.Curry)
Amblecote RBL A 2 (S.Norton, J.Green) Bahia’s SC 3 (Ranjit Bahia, K.Weaver, Reece Bahia)
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks 23) Amblecote Inst D 4 (M.Robson, A.Kensett, S.Butcher, Jordan Taylor)

Premier Division report: Three of the teams who are expected to contest this season’s championship all recorded 5-0 maximums, although they were pressed hard in a few of those frames. Hotshots SC A beat Baggeridge Social, but Callum Downing had to clear the last three balls to beat Luke Whale, and Bal Sembi had to pot the black to defeat Frankie Bennett. Milan Krstanovic had a 66 break.
The champions for the last two years, West Midlands Police took all five frames at Kinver Const A, but Maria Catalano had to take pink and black to force a re-spot to beat Paul Churchman, and Amblecote Institute A overwhelmed Pockets SC B, although Ash Sidaway had to clear the colours to take his frame against Tony Kidd.
A tight match was expected when Townsend Social visited Pockets SC A; although Tom Pepperall and Gary Smith gave the home side a good start, Dave Thompson and Alan Price levelled the match, before Lee Page, with a 54 break, just got the better of Karl Ashmore to clinch victory for Pockets.
Hotshots SC B have a stronger team than that which struggled last season, but, even so, they did really well to win 4-1 away to St John’s Social, who have been promoted as First Division champions. Wayne Robbins, Paul Caldeira, who ended Simon Thomas’s 20 game unbeaten run, Dan Hartley and Dawid Konior secured the first four frames before Nick Carson, with a 39 break, replied for St John’s.

First Division report: Three of the five unbeaten teams share the honours at the top of the league. Old Edwardians took all five frames at home to newly-promoted Kingswinford Cons C, but all were decided on the final colours of what could have been a very even contest.
Norton Social B won 4-1 at Amblecote RBL B, with Joe Davies being taken to the black by Steve Ball, whose son, Jack was the Legion’s only winner against the debutant, Matt Northover, but the third co-leader, Kingswinford Cons B went 2-0 down at Stourbridge Inst B before Steve Small, Fred Dent, making a welcome return to help out, and Tony Davies turned the match around.
Kinver Const B looked set to join the pace-makers when Marcus Hines & Adam Sprague gave them a fine start at Moor Pool & Snooker but Lee Whitehouse, Simon Dingley and Ian Priest completed a 3-2 turnaround for the home team.
Stourbridge Inst A also won again, with Ash and Nick Aston setting them on their way at Kingswinford Cons A, but Thomas Male and John Rees made it 2-2 before Paul Garbett just had the edge on John Byng in the decider.
Finally, in a good contest at Wombourne, John Wooldridge & Jon Perry won decisively for the home team but Roy Grainger and Sam Harrison won two tight frames for Amblecote Institute B, and Mick Cook sealed victory for the visitors with an excellent break of 51.

Second Division report: Kinver Const C, one of only two unbeaten teams, lead the way after a 3-2 win at home to Kingswinford Snooker Centre. Andy Sloan, Chris Randle & Norman Jennings all won fairly comfortably, as did Steve Ballinger & Paul Curry in earning some consolation for Kingswinford.
Steve Norton & Jamie Green for Amblecote RBL A and Ranjit Reece & Karl Weaver of Bahia’s SC shared the first four frames with little to spare, before Reece Bahia won the final frame in decisive fashion for Bahia’s Snooker Club in only their second season of competitive snooker.
Amblecote Inst D eased into a 4-0 lead away to Stourbridge Inst C after wins for Mark Robson, who had to dig deep to beat Adele Simmonds on the black, Adam Kensett, on his debut, Steven Butcher & Jordan Taylor, but Sam Mattocks gave the home side some cheer by taking the final frame.
There was a much closer contest at Amblecote Institute, whose C team just lost to Stourbridge Inst D. Sean Hassett, Brett Harris and, in the final frame in his first appearance for the club, Roy Newton just did enough for Stourbridge after Roger McManus and Gerald Lyons had kept the scores level.


Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 13/14 September 2017

Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social 1 (L.Whale) St John’s Social 4 (T.Steele 25, S.Thomas 30, C.Walker, S.Carson)
Hotshots SC B 1 (D.Konior) Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall, R.Pepperall, L.Page 56)
Pockets SC B 1 (G.Evans) Hotshots SC A 4 (R.Stokes, C.Downing 29, 85, B.Sembi 38, M.Krstanovic)
Townsend Social 0 Norton Social A 5 (S.Mason, R.Pitt, N.Rollinson, A.Smith, G.Tomkins)
West Mid Police v Amblecote Inst A postponed

First Division results:
Amblecote Inst B 3 (M.Cook, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne) Amblecote RBL B 2 (B.Young, Sam Ball)
Kingswinford Cons B 5 (S.Small, G.Reece 44, D.Reece, A.Brown, M.Wilson) Kingswinford Cons A 0
Kinver Const B 4 (J.Hickman 52, A.Sprague, L.Cross, G.Taylor) Wombourne 1 (S.Taylor)
Norton Social 4 (J.Davies, L.Grosvenor, J.Woodcock, C.Webb) Kingswinford Cons C 1 (W.Whitmore 28)
Stourbridge Inst A 3 (N.Aston, A.Aston 60, P.Garbett) Moor Pool & Snooker 2 (L.Whitehouse 40, I.Priest)
S/b Old Edwardians 3 (G.Dunn, D.Woodall, G.Birch) Stourbridge Inst B 2 (S.Tyler, M.Pritchard)

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst C 3 (R.McManus, C.Homer, P.Willis) Bahia’s SC 2 (K.Weaver, Reece Bahia)
Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger) Amblecote RBL A 3 (B.Green, S.Norton, J.Green)
Kinver Const C 5 (N.Jennings, A.Tromans, S.Spruce, T.Tromans, C.Randle) Stourbridge Inst C 0
Stourbridge Inst D v Amblecote Inst D postponed

Premier Division report: Champions for the last two seasons, West Midlands Police were unable to play as their opponents couldn’t raise a team, but Hotshots SC A, who ran the Police close last year, began well with a 4-1 win at Pockets SC B. Roy Stokes, with a good start and finish, Bal Sembi, with a 38 break on his debut for the team, and Milan Krstanovic were very solid but the highlight of the evening was an excellent clearance of the last 8 reds and colours for an 85 break by the Premier Singles champion, Callum Downing on a difficult table. Gavin Evans earned a point for Pockets, reaping the rewards for a well-judged snooker.
Pockets’ A team came away from Hotshots SC B with a 4-1 win thanks to Gary Smith, Rich and Tom Pepperall and Lee Page, who had a break of 56; the reliable Dawid Konior took a frame for the hosts.
Last season’s promoted teams clashed at Baggeridge Social, the scene of a first defeat for the runaway champions, St John’s Social last season. The visitors exacted revenge, however, with a 4-1 win, courtesy of Tim Steele, who thwarted Martin Collingridge’s fight back, Simon Thomas, Nick Carson and Carl Walker on his debut. Luke Whale’s black ball finish earned Baggeridge a frame.
Norton Social A looked to have a difficult visit to Townsend Social, but the 2015 champions rose to the challenge by taking all five frames. Steve Mason, Rob Pitt, Graham Tomkins, Andy Smith, who did well to beat Karl Ashmore, all won along with Neil Rollinson, who just did enough to beat Alan Price, making a welcome Stourbridge League reappearance, having been the most consistent player in the league for 15 years up to the mid 1980’s, with a string of individual and team honours for Cradley Heath Conservatives and then On Cue SC.

First Division report: Last season was difficult for Kingswinford Cons B who failed to win a single match in the top flight and were relegated, but they couldn’t have had a better start when they took all five frames against their A team. Steve Small, Gregg Reece, who had a 44 break, Dave Reece, Andrew Brown & Martin Wilson all won quite comfortably.
Amblecote Inst B, narrowly denied promotion last season, began well when Mick Cook, Sam Harrison & Mark Colbourne gave them a 3-2 win at home to their neighbours, Amblecote RBL; Barry Young & Sam Ball earned some consolation for the Legion. Kinver Constitutional B who won the Cup after a fine league campaign, beat Wombourne 4-1, with Jason Hickman making a 52 break, and they look set for an effective title challenge.
Nick Aston and his son, Ashley made their debuts for Stourbridge Inst A at home to Moor Pool & Snooker; both won, with Ashley making a break of 60, jawing green when trying to clear up. Paul Garbett made the match safe for the Institute, while Lee Whitehouse, who made a break of 40, and took an excellent black to pip Steve Howell, and Ian Priest hit back for Moor P & S.
Last season’s Second Division champions, Kingswinford Cons C began well at Norton Social B courtesy of Wayne Whitmore in his first appearance, but they had to concede a frame and Joe Davies, Luke Grosvenor & John Woodcock combined to seal a 4-1 success for Norton. Old Edwardians were given a good start by Dave Woodall & Gavin Dunn, who had to recover from 30 points adrift to beat Carl Green, in their home match against Stourbridge Inst B, but Mike Pritchard & Simon Tyler, who also came from a long way behind to beat Chris Cowley, levelled the match, leaving another successful debutant, George Birch to clinch the match in style for Old Eds, oddly against OE’s steward, Tim Purslow, who, despite losing, still provided the after-match buffet!

Second Division report: A new-look Kinver Constitutional C team began well with all five frames at home to Stourbridge Inst C. Norman Jennings, Arnie & Ted Tromans, Steve Spruce & Chris Randle were decisive winners.
Paul Curry and Steve Ballinger did really well for Kingswinford Snooker Centre last year and both won on their reappearances but the visiting Amblecote RBL A team took the match 3-2 with both Billy & Jamie Green, successful in their first frames for the team, and Steve Norton on target.
Amblecote Inst C have enjoyed some keen tussles with Bahia’s SC in the recent Dudley Summer League, and they edged another 3-2 victory in their latest clash, thanks to Roger McManus, Colin Homer & Pat Willis. Karl Weaver and the Second Division individual champion, Reece Bahia took a frame each for the visiting Bahia’s SC team.