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Burton and District Pool League round-up

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

By Mick Hugh

WINNING HABIT . . . Monks Bridge's (l-r) Tom Kavanagh, Phil Foster, Martin Brister, Craig Tunnicliffe and Dermot Bishop

WINNING HABIT . . . Monks Bridge's (l-r) Tom Kavanagh, Phil Foster, Martin Brister, Craig Tunnicliffe and Dermot Bishop

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BURTON & District Pool League title rivals Joiners and Wellington C met in the quarter-final of the League Cup last week and it was the holders who emerged victorious to take their place in the last four.

Joiners, champions for the last two seasons, capitalised on some bad luck for championship-hopefuls Wellie, who potted the black in the first doubles, but saw the white also fly in.

The Joiners could do no wrong and won the first five frames to secure victory and passage into the semi-finals.

Shobnall A, who currently lead the way in the top tier, took on their Division Two stable-mates Shobnall B who, in the bottom two, looked to have a tough task on their hands.

And so it proved, as the A team were too good for their rivals, who also tumbled out in a 5-0 defeat.

The Spread Eagles – tenth in Division One – took on seventh-placed Beacon B in what had all the hallmarks of being a tight affair.

The Eagle had won their last two league games, but came back down to earth with a bang as they lost a one-sided match 5-1.

The fourth quarter-final did produce a thriller, as Division Two leaders Dart A lost to Division One's fourth-placed Doveside B.

Hit squad number three Lionel Lewis was in super form, and with Dave Shenton also shining, the Dart flew into a 3-1 lead.

Doveside have been in fabulous form though, and even Lewis' three wins could not save the Dart.

Doveside won four of the last five racks to finally overcome a gallant Dart side, who will certainly be back in Division One next season.

The semi-finals will pitch Joiners against Shobnall and Doveside against Beacon.

In the Norman Greatorex Team Knockout, there was yet another 5-0 success, as the Navigation, sixth in Division Three, were toppled by Rileys Rebels.

Eighth-placed Jubilee took on Division Four high-flyers Great Northern B and the underdogs put up some tough resistance.

Hit men Luke Allsopp and Alex Ingley fought back after the Jubilee had powered 3-0 ahead and there was only one tack between them.

In the end, it was jubilation for the Jubilee as they finally proved too strong and won the match 5-2.

The last two games were very exciting affairs, as Division Four side South Stapenhill pulled off a mighty coup against Division Three big boys Beacon C.

They led 3-2 before Beacon skipper Mick Mitchell won two in a row to turn it all around.

It looked good for the Beacon, but a Polish potter polished them off.

Alex Matyszewski has been an inspiration this season, and the most improved player in the team was the star man on this occasion, winning the last singles and partnering Paul Hardwick to snatch a last-gasp victory.

The final match saw an all-Division Three clash between fifth-placed Beech and seventh-placed Grange C.

In the league encounters, the tally was one win each, so this always looked a close affair.

And it was the Beech, piling on the pressure, who forged ahead 3-0 and then 4-2, with the Grange hanging on by their fingernails.

Only two players were keeping the tie alive as Kev Bailey and Mick Brown both won two each to level the scores.

The deciding doubles went to a black ball-thriller, and for the first time in the match, the Grange edged in front just at the winning post.

The semi-finals will see Jubilee take on Grange C and South Stapenhill meet Rileys Rebels.

In the Consolation Cup, the four Division One sides left in the competition did not play.

Division Four giant killers the Branston Arms had already toppled one Crown side and did the same to another as they knocked out the Crown Jewels.

Again they showed why they are top of Division Four, as another super show took them through.

The other match saw another Crown side, Crown C, also crash out as they lost to the in-form Monks Bridge.

The Monks are looking like real promotion contenders on present form and it looked all over as they stormed 4-0 ahead.

The Crown would not abdicate though, winning the next three to drag themselves back into contention.

It was time for the Monks' star men to step forward and Craig Tunnicliffe did not fail, securing a 5-3 win.

The last four sees Branston take on the winners of the clash between Rileys and Royal Oak A, while Monks Bridge face Doveside A or Grove.

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