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Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League

(Weekly Report 11/01/22 & 13/01/22)

Player Handicaps 2021-22 File

The Player Handicap file can be found on our website under the DOCUMENTS section. Representatives are expected to print this out and display in your appropriate club and maybe a good idea would be for all captains or a team player to take a picture of it and store on your phone, deleting each month and replacing it with the new one. THE PLAYER HANDICAP LIST WILL BE UPDATED EVERY MONTH IN READINESS FOR THE FIRST MATCHES OF A NEW MONTH THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SEASON. Thank you for your co-operation in advance.

Early Start Matches

Please be aware that matches played at Farmers Club and HOME MATCHES involving AUGHTON INSTITUTE F will ALWAYS be a 7.30pm start. Thank you for your co-operation in advance.

Reminder Submitting Results

Can I ask all team captains that if you are borrowing a player from another team (within the league rules) that you text myself (Barry Adlington) IMMEDIATELY to inform me of this and I will place that players name in your team list. This enables you to submit your result correctly. Thank you for your co-operation on this matter.

Neutral Venues Now On Website

Neutral venues for Semi-finals & Finals can now be viewed on our website. I emailed site owner and founder, Richard Ormiston and he kindly put this function in place as it was now available to be used. This obviously makes it easier for players to view their information without having to contact myself or wait until they are next in their club to consult the monthly circular.

Olympic Bowling Club Dress Code

I have been asked by the Olympic BC committee to remind everyone around the league of their dress code when visiting the club. Smart jeans and trainers are now allowed to be worn but they still have the minimum requirement of a collared shirt or t-shirt. This has not been adhered to recently and can I remind everyone that we must respect the club rules for future visits. Thank you.

Division 1

This week saw league action continue in the First Division of the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League.

Aughton Institute A, leading the way since very early November, continue to churn out excellent results and they remain in top form in their quest to capture the Division One title. This time around saw them clash with club compatriots, Aughton Institute F, in another Aughton 'Derby' match and at the end of the evening saw them come away with a well earned 4-2 success. This 'Derby' affair began with the Aughton A boys getting straight into their stride by taking the opening two frames to find themselves 2-0 up. The same pattern emerged with the middle two frames and they soon arrived at an incredible 4-0 scoreline and obviously a guaranteed win. The Aughton F side, much to their credit, continued to battle hard and were rewarded with grabbing the final two frames of the contest to halve their deficit. This result sees the Aughton Institute A team increase their lead for the second successive week and now hold a very useful five point advantage.

Multiple Defending Champions, Fleetwood Hesketh SSC, went into battle with Upholland Social and it saw the Southport-based side in fine nick as they recorded a very solid 4-2 triumph. The Fleetwood Hesketh lads were very swiftly off the mark as they won the first two frames to open up a commanding 2-0 advantage and after frames three and four saw them in firm control as they arrived at 3-1. The final two frames of the match were shared to see the Fleetwood team through to their hard fought victory. This outcome sees the Fleetwood Hesketh outfit move up to second position in the league standings were they sit those five points adrift of the leaders but do have an all-important match in hand over them. Meanwhile, the Upholland Social side continue in third spot in the league table, some six points off the leaders. This match also saw Fleetwood's Chris Hoare in great touch again as he, amazingly, captured his fourth 'Break of the Week' prize of the current campaign which is only just pass the halfway stage. This time around he compiled a terrific break of 61 but, staggeringly, was the second time Chris has done this and not won the frame. Also producing superb half-century breaks in the contest was Fleetwood's Dean Oliver with a brilliant 60 break, the prolific Gareth Hibbott with a terrific 57 & Jon Holmes with an awesome 55 as well as a 34 break.

Chris's break began after some early safety exchanges which included Chris being snookered and giving twelve foul points away to leave himself forty nine points adrift of his opponent. Chris opened with a terrific long red pot to gain ideal position on the pink ball and an excellent chance of getting right back into the frame. Chris didn't let himself down as in no time he had potted that pink ball together with a further four reds, all with pinks as the black was out of commission due to several reds sitting in that area, to quickly reach the thirty five point mark . After dispatching his next red he screwed up the table for the blue ball to try and come back down to disturb a cluster of four reds just sitting behind the pink which sat on its own spot. Chris potted that blue and engineered the shot with aplomb to open up the small bunch of reds. A further two reds followed with another two high valued colours. With a very big break looks a distinct possibility, Chris amazingly missed a very easy red ball probably caused by a clouded mind of whether to use a cushion or not quite simply. With that miss a huge disappointment for him it was still a fantastic break he had produced.

Chris made his debut in the Ormskirk League at the commencement of the 2014-15 campaign but has played in our neighbour league, the Southport League since the start of the 2007-08 campaign and is also a participant in the Preston League. Chris has been part of the Les Dodd SC/Southport Conservative Club and currently, Fleetwood Hesketh SSC team since then as they captured the First Division crown in all five seasons he has played and is very much a pivotal member of this highly successful side. He also earned himself a coveted spot on our League Centurion plaque with his sensational 100 break he compiled in week seventeen of the 2017-18 season and is still the holder of that plaque to date as it was the last league century break compiled within our league. Chris is also a member of the very successful Ormskirk League Representative side and again competed for us at the Crucible Club, Reading last November which was the latest renewal of the prestigious UK League Snooker Tournament.

Olympic BC clashed with Scarisbrick NSC and after a close match it saw the Walton-based, Olympic B lads come away with a well earned 4-2 win. The opening two frames of the match were split between both sides to see it delicately poised at 1-1 but the next two frames of this encounter saw the Olympic BC B side turn up the heat somewhat as they took both frames to move 3-1 ahead. With the final two frames also divided between both teams to see the Olympic B team over the line. The result saw the Olympic BC B boys move up two places, and into fourth, in the league proceedings and very much in the hunt for silverware this term.

The fourth and final match played this week saw struggling Aughton Institute E start their second half of the season on a very positive note as they manufactured their second win with a very solid 4-2 home success over Stanley Club A. The Aughton E side were quick out the blocks as they raced into a firm 2-0 advantage. The middle two frames of the match saw each team claiming one apiece to still seeing the Aughton Institute E lads in charge at 3-1. The final two frames of the match were also shared which was enough to take the Aughton E outfit to their much needed victory. This match saw Aughton E's Robbie Wilson in good heart with a really nice break of 36 in his frame but sadly was just not enough to clinch that frame.

This particular week saw Rainford X SSC sit out their free week.

Other notable breaks this week were A Booth (Fleetwood Hesketh SSC) 45, A Bridge (Stanley Club A), P Cuerden (Fleetwood Hesketh SSC) 34 & D Jones (Aughton Institute E) 33.

Division 2

League action also continued in Division Two this time around.

Long time leaders, Aughton Institute D postponed their match this week with Stanley Club C and it will be played on Thursday 24th March which is the week set aside later in the campaign for teams to play outstanding matches. The Aughton Institute D outfit still find themselves at the summit of the league table with a two point lead but an all-important match in hand over the two teams directly below them.

Aughton Institute B came up against Stanley Club B this time and at the end of the evening saw the Aughton Institute B boys come away with a hard fought 4-2 victory. The match saw the Aughton B team get straight into their groove as they took both opening frames to take early command as they arrived at 2-0. The middle two frames saw both teams grab a frame each to see the Aughton Institute B outfit firmly in charge at 3-1. The final two frames were again shared between the two sides which saw the Aughton Institute B outfit clinch their win. This outcome sees the Aughton B team move up into second place in the standings, those two points behind the pace-setters. The match also saw Stanley B's Steve O'Hare in good touch with a nice break of 23 in his frame but unfortunately wasn't enough to grab the frame.

Another team on the up and now completing the set of the three Aughton Institute sides currently occupying the first three places in the league table are Aughton Institute C. This particular week they clashed with St Cuthberts and after a close, tense battle saw them engineer a 4-2 away triumph. The match was always a very close affair as the first two frames of this match were shared to see the match all square at 1-1. In fact, this trend continued as the contest sat at 2-2. The final two frames saw the Aughton Institute C move up a gear and capture both these frames to seal their victory. As previously mentioned, it saw the Aughton Institute C boys move up into third slot in the standings were they lie four points off top spot. The match also saw St Cuthberts Phil Banks in fine nick with a really nice break of 28 in his frame success.

The third and final match played this week saw Skelmersdale Wardens A and Olympic BC A go into battle and by the end of the match it saw Skelmersdale Wardens A record their second successive win, albeit a month apart with the Christmas and New Year break and their free week in between, with a 4-2 success. The match saw the Skelmersdale Wardens A outfit very soon in charge as they took the first two frames of the encounter to hold a commanding 2-0 advantage. The next two frames saw them divided between both sides as the Skelmersdale A team arrived at 3-1. Once again, the final two frames were shared to see the Skelmersdale Wardens A lads through to their fine win. The match also saw Skelmersdale A's Dave Fenney in excellent form as he compiled a terrific break of 39 in his frame victory and this break was enough to see him now hold the Divisional highest break so far this season.

This time around saw Farmers Club sit out their free week.

Other notable breaks this week were P Holcroft (Skelmersdale Wardens A) 24 & J Neale (St Cuthberts) 22.