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Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League

(Weekly Report 09/10/18 & 11/10/18)

Matches when TWO teams are both playing at home

Please be aware that matches played at Farmers Club and when two Skelmersdale Wardens teams are at home it will ALWAYS be a 7.30pm start. Thank you for your co-operation.

Postponed Matches

All postponed matches during the first half of the season MUST BE PLAYED BY FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2018. Any matches that are postponed during the second part of the season MUST BE PLAYED BY FRIDAY 29TH MARCH 2019. This is to give me time to put any outstanding result(s) on the website in time for the last two matches of the season in Division One on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 & Tuesday 9th April 2019 and the last three matches in Division Two on Thursday 4th April 2019, Thursday 11th April 2019 & Thursday 18th April 2019. This is also so no team has any advantage playing their last league matches were titles, promotion & relegation are at stake. Failure to comply will mean penalties imposed at the Executive Committee's discretion.

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), during the match, to inform me of this and I will immediately 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 time around saw no change at the top of the First Division league table of the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League. Leaders, Aughton Institute E went into battle with six times reigning Champions, Fleetwood Hesketh SSC and it saw the Champions prevail with a hard-working 4-2 victory. This outcome saw the Aughton E lads continue to lead the pack, despite their first defeat of the campaign, and still hold a useful three point advantage, the Fleetwood Hesketh sit in mid table but have only played two matches so far. The match also saw Fleetwood Hesketh's prolific Gareth Hibbott in great nick with a really nice frame- winning break of 48.

Gareth's break began with six reds of the frame remaining were he held a small lead over his opponent. Gareth certainly didn't disappoint as he potted the first five reds of the break with blacks in that usual clinical, fluent style of his coupled with precise potting and pinpoint positional play to quickly reach forty. With the final reds lying a little awkward, Gareth produced a terrific pot and gained ideal blue ball position to seal the frame. He dispatched that blue ball followed by the yellow but missed a very difficult green ball to bring an end to a fine break on forty eight.

Gareth joined the Ormskirk League at the commencement of the 1999-00 season and represented Southport SC every year since its sad closure just after the conclusion of the 2011-12 campaign. With Southport SC, Gareth won the First Division Title on no fewer than seven occasions, four Kenney Cup triumphs within the space of five seasons including a hat trick of wins and two Le Rose Cup successes. Gareth then joined Les Dodd SC and has helped his side capture the Division One crown for four seasons but then they moved to Southport Conservative Club early in the 2016-17 season were they won a further two crowns to make it a fantastic six consecutive titles. At the start of this campaign they have moved again to Fleetwood Hesketh SSC were they will be looking for an incredible seven successive titles. On a personal note, Gareth has the huge distinction of recording a run of 73 matches unbeaten, spanning over three and a half years starting on 12th October 2010 and ending 4th February 2014, an astounding fact particularly in one frame matches. Gareth has also been Individual Champion of the League five times in 2007-08, 2009-10, 2013-14, 2016-17 and again last season. He has also been Pairs Handicap Champion on four occasions with his partner Andy Booth. With the invention on the UK League Snooker Tournament by site founder, Richard Ormiston in 2009, Gareth has been an ever present in the team representing the Ormskirk League and he has been an invaluable member of the team as he has helped us capture the Title an amazing three times. In 2010 in Manchester and again in 2012 where we triumphed at the superb South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester and again in 2016 at The Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds were he won the 'Player of the Tournament' award with a magnificent ten wins from ten matches played. He will be representing the team again next month for an amazing tenth time and is one of two players in our squad who has played in every year of this terrific tournament. Gareth also won the ApolloBet.com Merseyside Snooker Open in 2016, a very prestigious event steeped in history. Finally, Gareth now owns an amazing fifteen spaces on the Ormskirk League's Centurion Plaque and no one will be surprised if he adds to that this term.

Upholland Social made it three wins on the bounce with a sold 4-2 away triumph at the expense of Red Lion Social Club B. The Upholland Social boys will be looking to go one better in the Division One Merit League this term after last season's second place finish.

This result sees them remaining in second position in the league standings those three points adrift of the pace-setters. The match also saw Red Lion B's Larry Swindells in good form with a nice break of 32 in his frame success.

Lathom & Burscough RBL continue unchanged in third slot after a solid 5-1 away victory over Scarisbrick NSC to make it three wins out of three matches to maintain their 100% start to the campaign which is a massive improvement on last term thus far. They close to four points off the leaders and have an important match in hand over them.

Red Lion Social Club A also continued their impressive start to the season with their third win from as many matches. This week they comfortably defeated Rainford X SSC 5-1 to maintain fourth in the league table but have reduced their arrears over the top team to five points and they too have a match in hand over them. This match also saw Red Lion A's Stan Hughes in fine touch with a nice break of 32 in his frame win.

The other match played this time saw Olympic BC A record their first win of the campaign with a 4-2 away triumph over reigning Merit League Champions, Aughton Institute A. This outcome sees them move up in the league proceedings, the Aughton Institute A outfit lie unchanged in sixth.

Olympic BC B sat out their free week this time around.

Other notable breaks this week were R Wilson (Aughton Institute E) 32, J Holmes (Fleetwood Hesketh SSC) 31 & M Budd (Rainford X SSC) 31.

As previously mentioned, I will start writing a brief report of the Merit League standings after three matches are played when the table start to take a little shape. This will now be from next week.

Division 2

This particular week saw St Cuthberts remain as pace-setters of Division Two and continue their impressive start to the season with their fourth win. This time they went into battle with fellow title challengers, Skelmersdale Wardens A and at the end of the evening came out with a 4-2 triumph. This result saw them double their lead to four points over their nearest rival and are now the only team in the Division to remain unbeaten, the Skelmersdale Wardens A outfit continue in fourth spot.

Farmers Club clashed with Skelmersdale Wardens B this time around and at the end of the match both sides could not be separated as a 3-3 draw was recorded. The Farmers lads will probably be the slightly disappointed of the two sides as they held a 2-0 advantage early in the encounter but the outcome saw Ormskirk outfit move into joint second position in the league table those four points off the leaders.

Stanley Club B now find themselves occupying joint second place after suffering their first defeat of the current campaign. They came up against struggling Aughton Institute C and it was the Aughton C side who prevailed with a 4-2 victory to register their first success of the season.

Skelmersdale Wardens C were another team achieving their first success of the campaign with a solid 5-1 away win over bottom team, Stanley Club C. This outcome sees them move up into sixth in the league table and they will certainly looking to push on and move up the standings in the coming weeks.

The other match played this time around saw another Aughton 'Derby' match as Aughton Institute D and Aughton Institute B came up against each other and it saw the reigning Champions, Aughton Institute D come firmly out on top with an excellent 5-1 success. This was the Aughton D team's first win of the current campaign and they will definitely be looking to raise up the league proceedings to put a firm defence of their title. The match saw Aughton D's Vinnie Siner in good touch with a nice break of 22 in his frame victory.