THE second half of the Burton & District Snooker League season started with a bang for champions Burton Cons A after they beat Alrewas A 8-0.
John Shilton began proceedings with a comprehensive victory over Ian Hiley which included a break of 34 and a 55 clearance in the second frame.
Mat Milnes potted convincingly on the other table, beating Dave Trueman to put the Cons 4-0 up at the break.
Darren Coady and Owen Jones, who knocked in a 34 and a string of 20 plus breaks, then completed the rout by beating Colin Kinsella and Carl Poulton respectively.
Nearest rivals Ivanhoe A were held to a draw by Swadlincote Snooker Centre A.
Andy Marriott was unfortunate to meet Andy Goldingay in the mood he was in as the Swadlincote man showed no mercy taking both frames, aided by breaks of 40 and 37.
Ian Rennocks then continued his impressive season, taking both frames from the visiting side’s captain, Chris Dewey, helped by breaks of 36 and a lovely 61 to leave the scores all square at the break.
Mick Kirk then lost his game with Steve Ayre to put the visitors in the driving seat. Ivanhoe captain Ant Moore came to the rescue, beating John Davis to end the match as a well-contested draw.
Willington A beat Belmont A 5-3 in a closely fought encounter.
Jan Pawlazych started the match against young Josh Gebbie. Both players took a frame each with Gebbie knocking in a 25.
Daz Lester then potted well in taking a frame from the Belmont talisman Ian Archer.
Dean Johnston and Mark Press then continued the pattern of the match, drawing their game, with Press grabbing a 25 break.
The decisive factor proved to be Gaz Barker yet again for Willington as he beat Fran McInulty with a break of 43. McInulty also knocked in a 25 break but it was to no avail.
Alrewas B hosted Willington B in what proved to be a fruitful night for the visitors. John Sharpe was first up against Steve Gaunt and his opponent played very well in taking both frames, aided by breaks of 37 and 34.
Alan Wilson drew with Tony Clements to leave the score at 3-1 at the break.
Phil Marklew was then held to a draw by John Hardy, despite knocking in a 36 break.
Will Sherratt then met Andy Jenkins needing to take both frames to force a draw.
Unfortunately that did not materialise as Jenkins potted well throughout to take both frames, which included a 41 break to leave the final score at 6-2.
Rileys A and Tutbury A shared the points in a well-contested match.
Tom Elliot knocked in a 35 but it did not stop his opponent, Dave Mabbott, taking both frames to put the visitors in front.
Andy Spiers then drew with Chris Mabbott and Ade Harper and Dave Powell followed suit.
Mark Stirling forced the draw by defeating Steve Hathaway, helped by a 44 break.
Belmont B and Ivanhoe B also shared the spoils on the night.
Micky Morris beat Jerry Cook to put the Belmont side ahead, but back came Ivanhoe with Steve Cockerham taking both against an out-of-sorts Arron Vaughan.
Mark Vaughan was then unlucky to lose the first against Gaz Dolman but was well beaten in the second.
This meant that Brett Craddock needed to take his frames against Daz Wilson to force a draw. He did it in some style, knocking in a 35 and playing some great snooker to leave the match all square.