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Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 14-15 November 2018

Premier Division results:
St John’s Social 1 (M.Brezwyn) Townsend Social 4 (K.Ashmore 63, J.Spence, P.Thompson 37, D.Thompson 30)
Norton Social A 4 (A.Smith 56, N.Rollinson 61, S.Mason, R.Pitt 31, 44) Pockets SC B 1 (A.Turner 34)
Stourbridge Inst A 2 (N.Aston, A.Aston) Norton Social B 3 (P.Bowen 30, C.Webb, A.Brown)
Hotshots SC 4 (R.Stokes, N.Beckley, C.Downing, B.Sembi) Baggeridge Social A 1 (E.Bastable)
Pockets SC A 5 (G.Smith, R.Pepperall 38, J.Betton, T.Pepperall, L.Page 41, 38) Brandhall Labour 0
Amblecote Inst A v West Midlands Police postponed

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians A 1 (S.Tyler) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore, A.Coley 22, L.Bennett, J.Cartwright)
Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, D.Flavell) Kinver Const B 3 (A.Sprague, D.Simmonds, S.Nicholls)
Bearwood Cons 3 (M.Cash, G.Foy, J.Chester) Kingswinford Cons 2 (J.Byng, T.Carter)
Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings, S.Hadley) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (N.Gennard, G.Whitehouse, I.Priest 33)
Kingswinford Cons B 0 Amblecote Inst B 5 (C.Tromans, M.Colbourne, A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Cook)
Baggeridge Social B v Kinver Const A postponed
Bahia’s SC A bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (Ranjit Bahia, A.Martin 22, C.Whitehouse) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Ballinger, P.Curry)
S/b Old Edwardians B 5 (Steve Ball, J.Ball 22, B.Ball, Sam Ball, D.Jones) Amblecote RBL 0
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks) Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett 32, C.Butcher, M.Robson, Jordan Taylor)
Amblecote Inst C 2 (Cary Homer, G.Lyons) Stourbridge Inst D 3 (T.Game, B.Harris, P.Robinson)

Premier Division report: There was another shake-up at the top of the Premier Division when last week’s leaders, Baggeridge Social A lost 1-4 at Hotshots and dropped to 4th. Only Eliott Bastable could win for the visitors as Roy Stokes, Neil Beckley, Callum Downing & the still-undefeated Bal Sembi took the match for the reigning champions, who are making a strong defence of their title.
Pockets SC A took over top spot by a single point from Hotshots with another dominant display to beat Brandhall Labour 5-0. Rich Pepperall, who had a break of 38, Lee Page, with visits of 41 and 38, Gary Smith, John Betton & Tom Pepperall all won to add to the team’s impressive home record.
Townsend Social, a further point away, also had a very good result, winning 4-1 on the tables of St John’s Social, with Karl Ashmore making a break of 63, while Jamie Spence did well to beat Tim Steele on the black, despite the latter’s 41 break. Phil Thompson’s break of 37 helped to inflict a rare defeat on Simon Thomas, before Shifnal WMC stalwart, Mick Brezwyn marked his Stourbridge League debut with a win against Darrell Payne to earn a consolation point for St John’s.
Norton Social A beat Pockets SC B 4-1, with some fine break-making by Neil Rollinson 61, Andy Smith 56, Rob Pitt 44 and 31, before Alan Turner countered with 34 to take a frame for Pockets.
Norton Social B recorded their first win of the season, 3-2 away to Stourbridge Institute A in a clash between the two promotion-winning teams. Nick Aston and his son, Ashley won for the home side but Paul Bowen, Carl Webb & Andrew Brown, in the decider against Paul Garbett, enabled Norton to celebrate at last, after suffering four 3-2 defeats since the start of this campaign. Only 3 points separate the four teams trying to stave off relegation.

First Division report: Wayne Whitmore comfortably extended his winning spree to 10/10 in helping Kingswinford Cons C to their third 4-1 win in as many games, this time on the tables of Old Edwardians A, a sequence which has lifted them 8 points clear at the top of the First Division. Bob Guise was their only casualty, on the black against Simon Tyler, in another good team display.
Kinver Constitutional B have turned their season around with five wins in succession, and they moved into second place with a 3-2 win at Wombourne after their A team’s match at Baggeridge Social B was postponed because of a family bereavement. They had to work hard in their latest fixture, with Adam Sprague, Dave Simmonds and Steve Nicholls, who was taken to the pink ball in the decider against Paul Tristram, securing the result.
They remain a point ahead of Bearwood Cons, who also had to dig deep at home to see off the challenge of Kingswinford Cons A. Mick Cash and John Chester, who have lost only 1 of the 18 frames they’ve played between them, won yet again, along with Gavin Foy. John Byng and Tim Carter both did well to beat Pete Montague and Paul Gibson respectively for the visitors.
Norman Jennings and Steve Hadley gave Kinver’s C team a great start at home to Moor Pool & Snooker, but Neil Gennard & Glyn Whitehouse levelled the match before Ian Priest, with the help of a 33 break, completed the recovery against Chris Randle.
Amblecote Institute B enjoyed their best result to date by taking all five frames on the tables of Kingswinford Cons B, thanks to Mark Colbourne, Cyril Tromans, Alan Moore, Mick Cook and Sam Harrison, who won on the black against Mark Reece. The Cons’ dip in form, their third heavy defeat, has taken them into the bottom two.

Second Division report: Kingswinford Snooker Centre’s stay at the top of the Second Division lasted only the one week as they lost a tight match away to Bahia’s SC B. Andy Martin and Ranjit Bahia gave the home team a 2-0 lead but Steve Ballinger and Paul Curry made it 2-2. John Salisbury was just beaten by Chris Whitehouse in the deciding frame, however, and KSC dropped down to share second place with a resurgent Old Edwardian B team. Two defeats had cost Old Eds’ momentum but they followed the previous week’s 4-1 revival with a 5-0 maximum against their former club-mates Amblecote RBL. The frames were keenly-fought however, the highlight perhaps Brett Ball bringing to an end the excellent 8 match unbeaten run of Billy Green.
Despite losing the opening frame to Sam Mattocks, Amblecote Institute D secured the remaining four frames away to Stourbridge Institute C to resume their position at the top of the Second Division by two points. All four wins were hard-pressed, however, none more so than Adam Kensett’s narrow win against Graham Lewis, despite making a 32 break.
Amblecote Institute C’s Cary Homer retained his unbeaten record, now 8/8, with a decisive win at home to Stourbridge Institute D, but the other frames were very closely-fought and those won by Tom Game, Brett Harris and Paul Robinson saw the visitors edge the match 3-2. Gerald Lyons, also on the black, secured another frame for Amblecote, who are now 4th, 4 points adrift of their D team.

Stourbridge & District Snooker League Report 7-8 November 2018

Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 3 (A.Round, A.Sidaway 51, R.Clark) Norton Social A 2 (N.Rollinson, R.Pitt)
Pockets SC B 1 (J.Shuck) St John’s Social 4 (C.Walker 51c, S.Thomas, T.Steele 28, N.Carson 25)
Norton Social B 2 (C.Webb 22, L.Grosvenor) Pockets SC A 3 (R.Pepperall, J.Betton, G.Smith 60)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (J.Hickman, D.Hall 31, E.Bastable) Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston 33, P.Garbett)
West Midlands Police 3 (C.Millward, M.Sheehan, K.Franklin) Brandhall Labour 2 (W.Robbins 32c, P.Caldeira)
Hotshots SC v Townsend Social postponed

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons A 5 (T.Male, J.Rees 21, J.Cowan, J.Byng, T.Carter) S/b Old Edwardians A 0
Kinver Constitutional A 2 (J.Woodhouse 61, R.Jeffries) Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester 28, M.Cash, P.Gibson)
Bahia’s SC A 4 (R.Bahia 23, J.Macdivitt, G.Skinner, A.Boswell) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (S.Dingley)
Amblecote Institute B 3 (C.Tromans, M.Cook, M.Colbourne 24) Kinver Const C 2 (S.Hadley, A.Sloan)
Kinver Constitutional B 5 (D.Simmonds, T.Postings 22, L.Cross, A.Sprague 27, S.Nicholls) Kingswinford Cons B 0
Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore, S.Porter, B.Guise, L.Bennett) Wombourne 1 (D.Flavell)
Baggeridge Social B bye

Second Division results:
Amblecote RBL 4 (B.Green, P.Botfield, S.Norton, R.Boylin) Bahia’s SC B 1 (G.Reece)
Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, Dom. Bacciocelli) Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Westwood, M.Surmacz, J.Salisbury)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (J.Ball, Steve & Sam Ball, D.Jones) Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks)
Amblecote Inst D v Amblecote Inst C postponed

Premier Division report: With Hotshots SC, who reached the top of the Premier Division last week, postponing their much-anticipated clash with Townsend Social, their pursuers closed in and only 5 points now separate the top seven teams. Baggeridge Social A took over again at the top but after Jason Hickman & Dave Hall had given them the first two frames at home to Stourbridge Institute A, Ashley Aston and Paul Garbett levelled the scores before Eliott Bastable took the decider after a spirited effort from Sean Hassett.
Pockets SC A trail by a single point after winning 3-2 away to Norton Social B: Luke Grosvenor, who beat Tom Pepperall on the black in a clash between two of the best younger players, and Carl Webb had won for Norton, Rich Pepperall & John Betton for the visitors, before Gary Smith stroked in a 60 break to beat Tony Brown in the decider for another important away win.
Amblecote Institute A just got the better of Norton Social A thanks to Andy Round, Ash Sidaway, who had a 51 break, and Rob Clark who took a respotted black to deny Andy Smith, a win which lifted them into a share of 5th place, although the frames won by Neil Rollinson & Rob Pitt ensured that Norton are only a point away.
St John’s Social won 4-1 away to Pockets SC B, the highlight of which was a clearance of the last three reds and colours, for 51 which enabled Carl Walker to edge past Steve Wright in a high quality contest. Simon Thomas, Tim Steele & Nick Carson completed the win to lift St John’s into a share of 5th place, 4 points off the top, while Jamie Shuck earned a consolation point for Pockets.
There’s an 8 point gap back to the remaining five teams; these are led by Brandhall Labour, although they lost 3-2 away to West Midlands Police. Wayne Robbins, who cleared with a fine 32 to beat Gavin Sloan, and Paul Caldeira won for Brandhall but Colin Millward, who achieved his first win on the black, and Mark Sheehan & Kev Franklin, both convincingly, took the match for the Police.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C won 4-1 at home to the bottom team, Wombourne, but they were made to work for the points. Wayne Whitmore, still with a 100% record, Sam Porter, Bob Guise & Leigh Bennett combined to lift their side 7 points clear before Dave Flavell salvaged a point.
Remarkably, just a single point separates the next five teams: Kinver Constitutional B burst into a share of 2nd place with a 5-0 win at home to Kingswinford Cons B, with Dave Simmonds, Tom Postings, Les Cross, Adam Sprague and Steve Nicholls all winning handsomely. They join their A team, whose winning run came to an end at home to Bearwood Cons, despite a 61 break by Jim Woodhouse. John Chester, another with a 100% record, Mick Cash and Paul Gibson secured the result before Rob Jeffries took another valuable frame for Kinver.
Bearwood lie 3rd, a position they share with Baggeridge Social B, who had a bye, and those two teams were joined by last season’s Second Division champions, Bahia’s SC A, who did well to defeat Moor Pool & Snooker at home 4-1. Jordan Macdivitt, on the black against Lee Whitehouse, Gary Skinner, Reece Bahia & Adam Boswell, who handed Ian Priest only his second defeat, all won, with Simon Dingley taking a consolation frame for the visitors.
Kingswinford Cons A swept to a 5-0 win at home to Old Edwardians A, with John Rees outpointing the normally prolific Chris Cowley, while John Cowan’s black ball frame against Harry Hall lasted over 70 minutes. It was an excellent result for the Cons, their first maximum point haul for over 2 years.
By contrast all five frames at Amblecote Institute were well-contested but their B team managed a tight 3-2 win against Kinver Constitutional C. Cyril Tromans and Mick Cook for the Institute and Andy Sloan and Steve Hadley, who became the first player to beat Alan Moore, shared the first 4 frames, before Mark Colbourne edged past Chris Randle in the deciding frame.
Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D called off their top-of-the-table clash with their C team because of holiday commitments, and this enabled Kingswinford Snooker Centre to step up and take over at the top. They had to work really hard to do so however in their match away to Stourbridge Institute D. Tom Game and Dominic Bacciocelli won against two of the most consistent performers, Steve Ballinger and Paul Curry respectively, but Jamie Westwood, Matt Surmacz, and John Salisbury, who beat Paul Robinson comfortably in the decider, secured a vital 3-2 result for KSC.
Old Edwardians B bounced back to form, after two defeats, with a 4-1 home win against Stourbridge Institute C, thanks to Steve Ball, a narrow winner against Alan Jeffries, his sons, Jack and Sam, and Dan Jones after Sam Mattocks had given the visitors the lead. Old Eds are 4th, 4 points behind K’ford SC.
Amblecote RBL are only one point further behind following their 4-1 win at home to Bahia’s SC B. Billy Green made it 8/8 for the season, narrowly defeating Jan Bahia. Paul Botfield, Steve Norton and Rob Boylin completed the win with Glen Reece taking a frame for the visitors.


Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith, T.Pepperall 35, R.Pepperall, L.Page) Baggeridge Soc A 1 (Rich Lampitt)
Hotshots SC 4 (N.Beckley 24, B.Sembi 68, D.Green 32, 24, C.Downing 24, 35) Pockets SC B 1 (S.Wright 24)
St John’s Social 1 (B.Jones) Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway 23, 27, R.Clark 51, D.Oakes, P.Ward)
Brandhall Labour 4 (A.Hooper, W.Robbins 38, J.Bate, P.Caldeira 27) Norton Soc B 1 (T.Brown 35)
Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith 82, S.Mason, G.Tomkins 23, 48) West Midlands Police 2 (P.Gibbons 37, K.Franklin)
Stourbridge Inst A 1 (A.Cope) Townsend Social 4 (K.Ashmore 44, 28, D.Petch 29, J.Spence, D.Payne)

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons B 1 (M.Reece 28) Kingswinford Cons C 4 (W.Whitmore 48, L.Bennett, S.Porter, J.Cartwright)
Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings, C.Randle) Kinver Const B 3 (A.Sprague, T.Postings, S.Nicholls)
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (N.Gennard, S.Dingley, G.Whitehouse, I.Priest 42) Amblecote Inst B 1 (A.Moore)
Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, R.Mason) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Rees, J.Byng, T.Carter)
Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Collingridge, L.Whale, F.Bennett) Bahia’s SC A 2 (A. Boswell, R.Bahia)
Kinver Const A claimed their match at Old Edwardians A
Bearwood Cons bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (A.Martin, P.Craig, G.Reece) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (Dom. Bacciocelli, P.Robinson)
Amblecote Inst C 4 (Colin Homer, R.McManus, G.Lyons, Cary Homer 33) S/b Old Edwardian B 1 (J.Ball)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (G.Lewis, A.Jeffries) Amblecote RBL 3 (M.Mantom, S.Norton, B.Green)
Kingswinford SC 3 (M.Surmacz, S.Ballinger, J.Salisbury) Amblecote Inst D 2 (C.Butcher, M.Robson)

Premier Division report: Baggeridge Social A, who had climbed to the top of the Premier Division the week before, dropped down to 3rd place after losing 1-4 away to Pockets SC A. Richard Lampitt, in his first appearance, was their only winner, as Gary Smith, who did well to defeat former professional, Dave Hall, Tom Pepperall, who recovered from 40 points behind against Justin Donoghue, Richard Pepperall, who edged out Maria Catalano, and Lee Page, who exacted a modicum of revenge upon Eliott Bastable for a 4-3 defeat in the Premier Singles Final last April, won for 4th placed Pockets.
Reigning champions, Hotshots SC moved to the top of the table with a 4-1 win at home to Pockets SC B: Pockets had begun well when Steve Wright accounted for Dawid Konior, but Neil Beckley, with a respotted black against Tony Kidd, levelled and Bal Sembi, now 8/8 after clearing the first 11 reds impressively with a 68 break, which could have been much higher, Dave Green, who stroked home 7 early blacks and Callum Downing, also hitting top form, swept the champions to the top.
Townsend Social remained a point behind Hotshots when they won 4-1 at Stourbridge Institute A, Karl Ashmore, with a break of 44, Dan Petch, and Jamie Spence, who did well to beat Ashley Aston, all winning convincingly, although Alan Cope played well to earn a consolation point for the hosts.
Norton Social A beat West Midlands Police 3-2 thanks to Andy Smith, who set a new high-break target of 82, Steve Mason & Graham Tomkins, with a run of 40, and they are only six points off the top, one point ahead of Amblecote Institute A who caused something of an upset with a 4-1 win away to St John’s Social, including a 51 break for Rob Clark, who inflicted the first defeat on Simon Thomas. Ash Sidaway, Dave Oakes and Pat Ward also won for them with Beamer Jones replying.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C extended their lead at the top of the First Division to 3 points with a 4-1 victory against their B team. Wayne Whitmore compiled a break of 48 on his way to his 8th win in as many frames, and Leigh Bennett, John Cartwright & Sam Porter, on his seasonal debut, also won, with Mark Reece’s success against Bob Guise the only consolation for their opponents.
Baggeridge Social B returned to second place with a 3-2 win at home to their neighbours, Bahia’s SC A, with Martin Collingridge, Frankie Bennett and Luke Whale proving just too strong, although wins for Adam Boswell and Reece Bahia kept Bahia’s within 5 points of the runners up spot.
Moor Pool & Snooker did well to beat Amblecote Institute B 4-1 and they have joined Bearwood Cons, who had a bye, in a share of 4th place. Neil Gennard returned to form, and Simon Dingley, Glyn Whitehouse and Ian Priest, with a break of 42, completed the win, although there was a first defeat for Lee Whitehouse, who fell victim to Alan Moore, successfully defending his own 100% record.
Wombourne are still without a win; John Wooldridge and Bob Mason won at home to Kingswinford Cons A, but the visitors prevailed, courtesy of John Rees, John Byng and Tim Carter, who took the decider on the pink ball against Dave Flavell.
Kinver Constitutional B’s good form continued with Adam Sprague, Tom Postings and Steve Nicholls combining to edge past their own C team 3-2, while Kinver’s A team, through no fault of their own, were denied the chance to play at Old Edwardians A because of an unfortunate error in communication by their opponents. The six points gained lifted them into 3rd place, 4 points behind the pacesetters.

Second Division report: Only three points separate the top three Second Division teams following the latest round of matches which saw 3rd placed Kingswinford Snooker Centre defeat the leaders, Amblecote Institute D at home 3-2. Matt Surmacz did really well to beat the prolific Adam Kensett while Steve Ballinger had an equally good result against Rich Brookes to give KSC a 2-0 lead. Mark Robson and Carl Butcher levelled the match, and, in a fitting finale, John Salisbury just got the better of Jordan Taylor on the black to secure the result for Kingswinford who are now 3 points off the top.
Amblecote’s C team closed to within a point of their club mates with a 4-1 home win against 4th placed Old Edwardians B. Colin Homer, on the black, Roger McManus, Gerald Lyons & Cary Homer, in good touch with a 33 break, won for the Institute before Jack Ball hit back for the visitors.
Bahia’s SC B returned to winning ways with a hard-earned 3-2 result against Stourbridge Institute D, Andy Martin, Glen Reece and Paul Craig just edging the match, while Amblecote RBL denied Stourbridge Institute’s C team their first win when Billy Green outpointed Sam Mattocks in the deciding frame against Sam Mattocks. Earlier, Graham Lewis, stepping in to help out, and Alan Jeffries had won for the Institute, with Mark Mantom and Steve Norton squaring the match for the Legion.


Premier Division results:
Amblecote Inst A 2 (M.Richards, R.Clark) Hotshots SC 3 (R.Stokes, B.Sembi, D.Konior)
Norton Social A 2 (G.Tomkins, N.Rollinson) St John’s Social 3 (B.Jones 22, 25, N.Carson, S.Thomas)
Pockets SC B 1 (G.Evans) Stourbridge Inst A 4 (N.Aston, P.Garbett 28, C.Crumpton, A.Aston)
Brandhall Labour 2 (R.Howen 30, W.Robbins) Baggeridge Social A 3 (D.Hall 61, Darren Oakes, E.Bastable 51)
West Midlands Police 3 (G.Sloan, P.Gibbons, K.Franklin) Norton Social B 2 (J.Davies, A.Brown)
Townsend Social v Pockets SC A postponed
Rearranged match:
Hotshots SC 5 (C.Downing, R.Stokes, B.Sembi 36, N.Beckley 37, D.Konior) West Midlands Police 0

First Division results:
Kinver Const A 4 (K.Rollinson 26, D.Banks, G.Tranter, P.Churchman) Wombourne 1 (J.Wooldridge)
Bahia’s SC A 2 (R.Bahia, K.Weaver) Amblecote Inst B 3 (A.Moore, S.Harrison, M.Colbourne)
Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male 20, T.Carter) Kingswinford Cons B 3 (G.Reece 21, D.Reece, M.Reece 22)
Baggeridge Social B 3 (M.Whale, L.Whale 36, 26, D.Whale) Bearwood Cons 2 (J.Chester 25, 21 P.Gibson)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (A.Coley, J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore) Kinver Const C 2 (A.Sloan, R.Smith)
Kinver Const B 4 (L.Cross 24, A.Sprague, T.Postings, S.Nicholls 36) Moor Pool & Snooker 1 (G.Whitehouse)
S/b Old Edwardians A bye

Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 1 (Sam Ball) Kingswinford SC 4 (P.Curry, M.Surmacz, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger)
Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett 25, Jordan Taylor, C.Butcher) Bahia’s SC B 2 (Janice Bahia, C.Whitehouse)
Stourbridge Inst C 0 Amblecote Inst C 5 (G.Lyons, Colin & Cary Homer, R.McManus, M.Skidmore)
Amblecote RBL 3 (M.Mantom, S.Norton, B.Green) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (W.Gardener, P.Robinson)

Premier Division report: Baggeridge Social A, in their first season in the Premier Division, eased to the top of the league with a hard-earned victory on the tables of Brandhall Labour. Darren Oakes and David Hall, who accounted for Alan Hooper with a break of 61, gave Baggeridge a perfect start but Wayne Robbins and Rob Howen levelled the scores, before Eliott Bastable, comfortably with a 51 break, swept his team to the top, taking over from Townsend Social, who called off their match with Pockets SC A.
Hotshots SC won their rearranged match against West Midlands Police 5-0, and moved to within a point of the leaders with a 3-2 win away to Amblecote Inst A, thanks to Roy Stokes, Bal Sembi, who remains undefeated after 7 frames, and Dawid Konior, who has begun the season so impressively. For the Institute, Mike Richards and Rob Clark did well to beat Neil Beckley & Callum Downing respectively.
With the scoreline 2-2 at Norton Social…Graham Tomkins & Neil Rollinson for their A team, and Beamer Jones & Nick Carson for the visiting St John’s Social side, two former Pockets’ team-mates put their unbeaten records on the line: Andy Smith looked sure to beat Simon Thomas in the decider until the final green jawed, and Simon cleared up with the help of a fine blue to ease St John’s into a share of 4th place, a point ahead of their opponents.
Last season’s impressive First Division champions, Stourbridge Institute A, had found the going more difficult in the Premier Division but they proved too strong for Pockets SC B, with Nick Aston, Paul Garbett, Chris Crumpton & Ashley Aston combining for a 4-1 success after Gavin Evans had given Pockets a good start.
In the clash between the teams yet to win a match, West Midlands Police went 2-0 ahead through Pete Gibbons and Gavin Sloan, who had to thwart a great comeback by Luke Grosvenor to prevail on the black, but were pulled back to 2-2 when Joe Davies, also on the black, and Andrew Brown won for the visiting Norton Social B team. Kev Franklin quickly stretched clear of Tony Brown in the deciding frame to clinch the match for the Police.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C regained outright leadership of the First Division with a 3-2 win at home to Kinver Constitutional C. Adam Coley, John Cartwright and Wayne Whitmore, now with 7/7, all won decisively but Andy Sloan & Ron Smith drew some consolation for the visitors.
The Cons were indebted to Baggeridge Social B, however for an excellent comeback against the previous leaders, Bearwood Cons. John Chester, also with 7 wins in 7 frames, and Paul Gibson gave Bearwood a 2-0 lead, but the brothers, Matt and Luke Whale, who had visits of 36 and 26, levelled the match. Mick Cash’s early 32 break gave him the advantage in the decider, but Dave Whale, Matt & Luke’s father, completed a real family affair for Baggeridge, taking the frame 73-53, Mick’s first defeat, and the teams are now tied for second place, two points behind the leaders.
Fourth-placed Bahia’s SC A couldn’t take advantage; their 2-0 lead at home to Amblecote Inst B slipped as Alan Moore, Sam Harrison and Mark Colbourne, who handed Adam Boswell his first defeat, turned the match around, and Bahia’s now have to share their place with Kinver’s A team, who followed up their two 5-0 wins with a 4-1 success at home to Wombourne.
Kinver Constitutional B also won 4-1, continuing their return to form against Moor Pool & Snooker, a win which included Tom Posting’s first success, a notable one against Simon Dingley, and a break of 36 for Steve Nicholls against Ian Priest.
In the all Kingswinford Cons’ clash the B team beat the A team 3-2, with the Reece family emulating the achievement of the Whales 4 miles down the road. Father Dave, with a respotted black result and sons, Gregg and Mark, with a little more to spare, lifted their team away from the relegation zone.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D bounced back from their first defeat with a 3-2 win at home to Bahia’s SC B. Adam Kensett, Jordan Taylor, who’s had to wait patiently for his seasonal debut, and Carl Butcher all won comfortably but Janice Bahia, on the pink and Chris Whitehouse, on the black, earned the visitors two points.
Amblecote’s C team closed to within 4 points of their club-mates with a 5-0 victory away to Stourbridge Institute C, which included a 6th win in as many games for Cary Homer, and a black ball win for Mitch Skidmore against Sam Mattocks.
Old Edwardians B had held second place but only Sam Ball could win for them at home to Kingswinford SC, whose 4-1 victory lifted them into 3rd place, two points ahead of their opponents. Paul Curry, Matt Surmacz, Jamie Westwood and Steve Ballinger, also with his 6th unbeaten frame, combined to great effect for KSC.
Amblecote RBL’s Billy Green also recorded his 6th win out of six, and with the help of Steve Norton & Mark Mantom the Legion beat Stourbridge Institute D 3-2. Paul Robinson, with his 5th success in a fine start to his first season, and Will Gardener took a frame each for the Institute.


Premier Division results:
Baggeridge Social A 5 (J.Hickman, Rhys Lampitt, D.Hall, J.Donoghue, Darren Oakes) Norton Soc B 0
Brandhall Labour 1 (A.Hooper) Townsend Social 4 (D.Petch, P. & D.Thompson, D.Payne)
Norton Social A 3 (T.Davies 33, S.Mason, A.Smith) Hotshots SC 2 (B.Sembi, D.Konior 44)
Pockets SC A 3 (T.Pepperall, L.Page, J.Betton) Pockets SC B 2 (S.Wright, G.Ward)
Stourbridge Inst A 0 Amblecote Inst A 5 (R.Clark, A.Sidaway 38, M.Richards 47, 21 David Oakes, R.Wooldridge)
St John’s Social 3 (N.Carson 28, P.Manning, S.Thomas 30) West Midlands Police 2 (G.Sloan 30, K.Franklin)

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons B 0 Kinver Const A 5 (P.Churchman, R.Jeffries, G.Tranter, J.Woodhouse 52, D.Banks)
S/b Old Edwardian A 3 (C.Cowley, G.Dunn, S.Tyler) Baggeridge Social B 2 (F.Bennett 31, D.Whale)
Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest) Kingswinford Cons C 2 (J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore)
Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester, P.Montague, M.Cash) Bahia’s SC A 2 (A.Boswell, Reece Bahia 29)
Kinver Const C 2 (C.Randle, A.Sloan) Kingswinford Cons A 3 (J.Rees, T.Carter, S.Spittle)
Amblecote Inst B 2 (S.Harrison, A.Moore) Kinver Const B 3 (L.Cross, A.Sprague 33, D.Simmonds)
Wombourne Club bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 1 (A.Martin) S/b Old Edwardian B 4 (B.Ball, Sam Ball, Steve Ball, J.Ball)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (R.McManus, R.Vanes, M.Skidmore) Amblecote RBL 2 (J.Green, B.Green 35)
Kingswinford SC 3 (J.Salisbury, J.Westwood, S.Ballinger) Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, A.Jeffries 21)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (B.Harris, P.Robinson, T.Game) Amblecote Inst D 2 (A.Kensett, C.Butcher)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social came through a difficult fixture at Brandhall Labour with a 4-1 victory thanks to Dan Petch, Darrell Payne, Phil Thompson and Dave Thompson, who was taken to the black by Rob Howen, after Alan Hooper had taken the opening frame for Brandhall. Their lead was trimmed to two points, however, after one of their closest pursuers, Baggeridge Social A took all five frames at home to Norton Social B.
As they did last week, Andrew and Tony Brown came closest to taking a frame for Norton, who are yet to win a match in the top flight, but Dave Hall and Justin Donoghue respectively prevailed to help Baggeridge record their first maximum points haul in their first season together. Although they lost their first match away to Norton A, they have now won five in a row, which included inflicting Townsend’s only loss.
Tom Pepperall, Lee Page and John Betton combined to enable Pockets SC A to return to winning form after their first defeat the previous week, with a 3-2 result against their B team. Steve Wright, who played particularly well to win his frame, in only his 5th start, and Gareth Ward won for their opponents.
Norton Social A, who have also lost only once, maintained the pressure on the top three with a fine 3-2 win against defending champions, Hotshots SC. Tony Davies, with a break of 33, Steve Mason and Andrew Smith, still unbeaten after six frames, secured the result with Bal Sembi and Dawid Konior, who had a run of 44, replying for Hotshots.
Also now with a perfect six, Simon Thomas helped his St John’s Social team to a 3-2 win against last season’s runners-up, West Midlands Police. Nick Carson, and the much in-form Paul Manning also won, although Gavin Sloan and Kev Franklin’s respotted black against Tim Steele earned two points for the Police.
Amblecote Institute A forced their way into the top six by taking all five frames on the tables of Stourbridge Institute A. Mike Richards had a break of 47, Ash Sidaway a 38, with Alan Cope coming closest to taking a consolation frame for the home team, losing on the black to Dave Oakes.

First Division report: The leaders, Kingswinford Cons C were beaten 3-2 at Moor Pool & Snooker with Simon Dingley, Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest, who won the deciding frame on the black against Adam Coley, taking the honours, and the Cons were joined at the top by Bearwood Cons, 3-2 winners at home to Bahia’s SC A. John Chester and Mick Cash retained their unbeaten records for Bearwood and Pete Montague helped to secure the result. For the visitors, Adam Boswell, also undefeated, & Reece Bahia took a frame each which kept Bahia’s in 4th place, now 3 points off the top. Fifth-placed Moor Pool & Snooker, with a match in hand, are a point further away.
Baggeridge Social B lost their first match, following five 3-2 wins when they were beaten on the final black at Stourbridge Old Edwardians. In yet another very close match, Frankie Bennett & Dave Whale won for the visitors, who now lie 3rd, just two points adrift, but Chris Cowley, Gavin Dunn and Simon Tyler, who sank that last ball against Matt Whale, just did enough to take the match for Old Eds.
After recording back-to-back 5-0 victories after a slow start, Kinver Const A are just a point away from joining the top six; their latest success came away to Kingswinford Cons B, where Jim Woodhouse made a break of 52 although Paul Churchman & Dean Banks were taken to the black by Steve Small & Gregg Reece respectively.
Kinver’s B team returned to winning ways with a 3-2 result at Amblecote Inst B, courtesy of Adam Sprague, Les Cross and Dave Simmonds, who took the decider on the final ball against Mark Colbourne after Alan Moore & Sam Harrison had levelled the match for the hosts.
Kinver’s C team slipped to their 4th defeat after an encouraging start, when they lost 3-2 at home to Kingswinford Cons A. John Rees, Tim Carter & Simon Spittle secured the Cons’ win with Andy Sloan & Chris Randle, despite his opponent, Thomas Male’s 40 break, replying for Kinver.

Second Division report: The last unbeaten team’s record perished when the Second Division leaders, Amblecote Inst D lost narrowly away to Stourbridge Institute D. In an extremely tight affair, Adam Kensett & Carl Butcher won for the leaders but Brett Harris, who accounted for the in-form Richard Brookes, and Paul Robinson had levelled the match at 2-2 before Tom Game took the decider against Ade Butcher to give the recently-formed Stourbridge team their best result.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians B closed the gap on the leaders to 4 points with a 4-1 win away to Bahia’s SC B; the Ball family were out in force, Steve and sons, Brett, Sam and Jack all won although all bar Jack were taken to the final black, before Andy Martin rescued a point for Bahia’s.
Roger McManus, Ray Vanes & Mitch Skidmore all won for Amblecote Institute C, who beat the neighbouring Amblecote RBL team 3-2, but Jamie Green and Billy Green, who had a break of 35, ensured that the visitors didn’t return empty-handed.
The Institute share 3rd place with Kingswinford SC, two points behind Old Eds, following KSC’s latest win, another closely-fought match with Stourbridge Inst C. John Salisbury, Jamie Westwood and Steve Ballinger, who did well to defeat Sam Mattocks in the final frame, won for KSC, while their visitors had Brian Taylor and Alan Jeffries to thank for salvaging two consolation points.


Premier Division results:
Pockets SC B 2 (G.Evans, G.Ward 22) Brandhall Labour 3 (J.Bate, C.Southall, P.Caldeira)
Amblecote Inst A 3 (M.Richards 39, A.Sidaway 68, R.Wooldridge) Pockets SC A 2 (R.Pepperall, J.Betton)
Townsend Social 5 (D.Petch 73, J.Spence, P & D.Thompson, D.Payne) Norton Social B 0
Norton Social A 3 (N.Rollinson 33, A.Smith 30, 32 R.Pitt 50) Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston, P.Garbett)
St John’s Social 2 (C.Walker, S.Thomas) Hotshots SC 3 (N.Beckley, B.Sembi 38, 21 D.Green 36)
West Mids Police 2 (M.Sheehan 38, K.Franklin) Baggeridge Soc A 3 (Darren Oakes, J.Donoghue 38, 32 E.Bastable)

First Division results:
Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester, M.Cash 36, G.Foy) S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, G.Dunn)
Bahia’s SC A 5 (R.Bahia, K.Weaver, A.Boswell, G.Skinner, J.Macdivitt) Kinver Const B 0
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (D.Whale, M.Collingridge, L.Whale) Wombourne 2 (J.Wooldridge, J.Perry 26)
Kinver Const A 5 (J.Woodhouse 23, P.Churchman, D.Banks, G.Tranter 31, K.Rollinson) Kinver Const C 0)
Kingswinford Cons A 1 (T.Male) Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, N.Saunders, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
Kingswinford Cons C 5 (J.Cartwright, A.Coley, L.Bennett 28, B.Guise 35, W.Whitmore 28) Amblecote Inst B 0
Kingswinford Cons B bye

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst D 5 (A.Kensett, R.Brookes, C.Butcher, M.Robson, A.Butcher) Amblecote RBL 0
Kingswinford SC 3 (S.Ballinger, S.Hill, J.Westwood) Amblecote Inst C 2 (Cary Homer, M.Skidmore 21)
S/b Old Edwardians B 4 (Steve Ball 26, J.Chager, B.Ball, J.Ball) Stourbridge Inst D 1 (D.Bacciocelli)
Stourbridge Inst C 2 (B.Taylor, S.Mattocks) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Craig, A.Martin, C.Whitehouse)

Premier Division report: Pockets SC A became the last team to relinquish its unbeaten record when they were beaten 3-2 on the final black on the tables of Amblecote Inst A. Mike Richards, with a break of 39 and Ashley Sidaway, with a run of 68 won decisively for the Institute but Rich Pepperall & John Betton, who were equally as effective, levelled the score at 2-2 before Rick Wooldridge sank the final black against former professional, Lee Page to complete a fine match.
Townsend Social took full advantage of Pockets’ slip to return to the top of the table courtesy of a 5-0 maximum points haul at home to Norton Social B. Dan Petch provided the highlight with a break of 73, failing on a long blue, with three reds remaining, but Norton’s Browns, Andy and Tony gave the Thompsons, Phil and Dave, a good contest before Townsend eased two points clear at the top.
Baggeridge Social A maintained the pressure on the top two with a hard-fought 3-2 battle away to West Midlands Police. Wins for the home team’s Mark Sheehan and Kev Franklin and the visiting side’s Darren Oakes and Justin Donoghue left the score at 2-2 and the Police looked set for victory when Gavin Sloan led Eliott Bastable by 30 with just one red left, but a vital snooker, which yielded 12 penalty points, a clearance to the blue, followed by a long pink against his former team-mate, enabled Eliott to take the decider: Baggeridge lie 3rd, three points behind the leaders, Townsend.
Norton Social A swiftly completed a match-winning lead against Stourbridge Inst A, Neil Rollinson and Andy Smith with a flurry of thirties, and Rob Pitt with 50 leading the way, but the visiting Institute team earned some respite with a win against his former team-mates for Ashley Aston and another for Paul Garbett.
Hotshots won 3-2 at St John’s Social, where the best frame saw the home team’s Paul Manning make a break of 41 in between visits of 38 and 21 by Bal Sembi, who went on to win on the colours. Neil Beckley and Dave Green also won for the visitors with Carl Walker and Simon Thomas taking a frame each for St John’s.
An excellent seasonal debut by Jon Bate set Brandhall Labour off to a good start away to Pockets SC B, but a successful “cocked-hat” double on the black by Gavin Evans made the match all-square. Chris Southall for Brandhall and Gareth Ward, who took a good last red and cleared to blue, made it 2-2 before Paul Caldeira took the deciding frame for the visitors with a fine display of potting.

First Division report: Traditionally, matches are very tight in the First Division, so it is surprising to report that there were no fewer than three 5-0 victories in the latest round of matches. Pride of place went to Kingswinford Cons C who took all five frames at home to Amblecote Institute B, and now lead the division by two points. Wayne Whitmore made it 5/5 wins, while Bob Guise had a break of 35. Roy Grainger came closest to taking a frame for Amblecote but lost on the final black to Leigh Bennett.
Bahia’s SC B’s maximum points win at home to Kinver Constitutional B lifted them into 4th place, 3 points off the top, a win which saw Reece Bahia defeat the prolific Adam Sprague, and Adam Boswell extend his unbeaten start to 5/5 against Les Cross. Jordan Macdivitt was taken to the black by Marcus Hines.
Bearwood Cons’ strong start continued with a 3-2 win at home to Old Edwardians A, with both John Chester and Mick Cash, who had a 36 break, extending their winning sequence to 5/5. This was a closely-fought contest, however, with Gavin Foy taking the deciding frame against Simon Tyler, after Chris Cowley and Gavin Dunn had taken frames for the visitors.
Bearwood have to share 2nd place with Baggeridge Social B, who enjoyed a 3-2 win over Wombourne, remarkably their fifth result by that score, and they remain undefeated, although Frankie Bennett lost his first match, a good result for John Wooldridge, whose team still seek their first win.
Moor Pool & Snooker won 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons A, with Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest still yet to lose, now with 4 wins each, and they look set to challenge for honours. Neil Gennard was their only casualty, losing to Thomas Male.
Kinver Constitutional A lifted themselves from the foot of the table when they swept away the challenge of their C team 5-0, the closest frame being Keith Rollinson’s black ball win against Andy Sloan. They now look set to climb the table after an unusually slow start.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D continued their rich vein of form and following two 4-1 wins they notched their first 5-0 maximum against their neighbours, Amblecote RBL, which has lifted them 7 points clear at the top of the Second Division. Adam Kensett & Rich Brookes won decisively once again and they were backed up by Mark Robson, Adrian & his son, Carl Butcher.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians B moved into 2nd place with a 4-1 home win against Stourbridge Inst D. Steve Ball & Jat Chager gave them a good start, and Steve’s sons, Brett and Jack secured the win although Dominic Bacciocelli had cause to celebrate his first league win, a noteworthy one against Sam Ball on the black, to earn some consolation for the visitors.
Amblecote Inst C relinquished 2nd place when they lost 3-2 at Kingswinford SC, a very tight affair which went the way of the home side through the narrowest of victories for Steve Ballinger, Steve Hill and Jamie Westwood. At this early stage of the season, the Institute’s Cary Hill has most wins: he is the only player to have a perfect 5/5 after success against Paul Curry, who had a share in “most wins” last season. Mitch Skidmore also won for the visitors to give them a share of 3rd place with their opponents, a point behind Old Edwardians.
After a good start, one of the new teams, Bahia’s SC B had lost two matches but they returned to form with a 3-2 win away to Stourbridge Inst C. Brian Taylor and Sam Mattocks gave the Institute a good start but Paul Craig, Andy Martin and Chris Whitehouse effected a fine recovery.


Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 4 (G.Smith 46, T.Pepperall, L.Page 50, J.Betton) Norton Social A 1 (A.Smith)
Baggeridge Soc A 4 (J.Donoghue, D.Hall 47, E.Bastable 71, Darren Oakes) Townsend Soc 1 (D.Payne)
Norton Social B 2 (P.Bowen, L.Grosvenor 28) Pockets SC B 3 (D.Timmington, G.Ward, S.Wright 25)
Brandhall Lab 3 (A.Hooper 60c, R.Howen, R.Crowley) Amblecote Inst A 2 (A.Sidaway, R.Wooldridge)
Stourbridge Inst A 2 (A.Aston, P.Garbett) St John’s Social 3 (S.Thomas, P.Manning, B.Jones)
Hotshots SC v West Midlands Police postponed

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians A 2 (C.Cowley, D.Woodall) Bahia’s SC A 3 (A.Boswell 30, K.Weaver, J.Macdivitt)
Moor Pool & Snooker 4 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, N.Saunders, I.Priest) Kinver Const A 1 (J.Woodhouse)
Amblecote Inst B 3 (M.Cook, A.Moore, M.Colbourne) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male, J.Byng)
Kingswinford Cons B 2 (S.Small 44, D.Reece) Baggeridge Soc B 3 (M.Collingridge, M.Whale, F.Bennett)
Wombourne 1 (D.Flavell) Bearwood Cons 4 (P.Gibson, J.Chester, M.Cash, P.Montague)
Kinver Const B 2(L.Cross, M.Hines 33) Kingswinford Cons C 3(W.Whitmore, A.Coley, L.Bennett 25)
Kinver Const C bye

Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 2 (Ranjit Bahia, A.Martin) Amblecote Inst C 3 (Cary Homer, G.Lyons, R.Vanes)
Amblecote RBL 3 (S.Norton, R.Boylin, B.Green) Kingswinford SC 2 (S.Hill, J.Salisbury)
Amblecote Inst D 4 (A.Kensett 32, R.Brookes, M.Robson, A.Butcher) S/b Old Edwardian B 1 (J.Ball 22)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (W.Gardener, B.Harris, P.Robinson) Stourbridge Inst C 2(B.Taylor, S.Mattocks 35)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social suffered their first defeat of the season when only Darrell Payne could win on the tables of Baggeridge Social A. Justin Donoghue, Dave Hall, with a break of 47, Eliott Bastable, back on form with a run of 71, and Darren Oakes completed a 4-1 home win for the Baggeridge team who look set for a very successful season.
The clash between the other two unbeaten teams saw Pockets SC A defeat Norton Social A 4-1, a result which lifted them to the top of the league, 2 points ahead of Townsend, and 3 above Baggeridge. Gary Smith, with a break of 47, and Tom Pepperall gave Pockets a 2-0 lead and Lee Page’s 50 break made the result safe. Although Andy Smith struck back for the visitors, John Betton completed a good night for Pockets, especially as their B team also won away to Norton Social B.
Dave Timmington won on the black for the visitors but Paul Bowen levelled the match; Gareth Ward played particularly well to restore Pockets’ lead and Steve Wright secured the result with his first win in a very sporting contest, just denying Tony Brown on the final black. Luke Grosvenor quickly took the final frame for Norton with an impressive display of potting.
Brandhall Labour won their first match in a closely-fought home encounter with Amblecote Institute A, exemplified by Alan Hooper’s fightback; trailing 52-6 to Rob Clark, who’d had a break of 41, Alan cleared to pink with 60. Rob Howen and Richard Crowley also won for Brandhall with Ash Sidaway and Rick Wooldridge replying for the Institute.
St John’s Social returned to winning form with a 3-2 win away to Stourbridge Institute A. Simon Thomas was taken to the black by Nick Aston, but Paul Manning and Beamer Jones won with rather more in hand, while Ashley Aston and Paul Garbett, a respotted black winner against Nick Carson, took a frame each for the hosts.

First Division report: Baggeridge Social B made it 4/4 wins with another 3-2 scoreline at Kingswinford Cons B. Steve Small, more used to scoring centuries on the cricket pitch these days, gave the home team a good start with a 44 break but Martin Collingridge levelled the match. Dave Reece gave Cons a boost in beating the prolific Luke Whale, but Matthew Whale made it 2-2 before Frankie Bennett edged past Martin Wilson on the black to keep Baggeridge on top of the First Division although it’s an honour that they must share, at least for the time being, with two other teams, Bearwood Cons and Kingswinford Cons C.
Bearwood had to make the long trip to Wombourne, but made it pay with a 4-1 win, thanks to Paul Gibson, Pete Montague and the unbeaten pair, John Chester and Mick Cash, although Mick was taken to the black in a fine, determined seasonal debut by John Cumisky. Dave Flavell took a consolation frame for Wombourne, who are still chasing their first win.
Kingswinford Cons C edged a very tight match 3-2 away to Kinver Constitutional B, with Wayne Whitmore beating Adam Sprague on the pink, Adam Coley pipping debutant Tom Postings on the black, and Leigh Bennett clearing the last 5 balls to take the decider against Steve Nicholls. Kinver’s winners were Les Cross, on the black, and Marcus Hines, more comfortably with a 33 break.
Kinver Constitutional A continued to struggle following their relegation from the Premier Division, and despite being given a good start by Jim Woodhouse, they lost 4-1 at Moor Pool & Snooker with Simon Dingley, Neil Saunders, Lee Whitehouse & Ian Priest making the most of home advantage.
By contrast, Bahia’s SC A, promoted as Second Division champions, have begun well, particularly with Adam Boswell in top form, his 4th win, with a break of 30, coming at Old Edwardians A. Karl Weaver and Jordan Macdivitt completed a 3-2 result, while Chris Cowley & Dave Woodall, who did well to beat Reece Bahia won for Old Eds.
Amblecote Institute B won their first match, 3-2 at home to Kingswinford Cons A thanks to the ultra-reliable trio of Mick Cook, Alan Moore and Mark Colbourne, who took the decider against John Cowan after Thomas Male and John Byng had won for the visitors.

Second Division report: There was no change at the top of the Second Division although Amblecote Inst D stretched their lead with a 4-1 win against Old Edwardians B. Adam Kensett, with a break of 32, and Rich Brookes won decisively, and Mark Robson and Adrian Butcher completed another good result although Carl Butcher lost to Jack Ball, who cleared the last four balls.
The Institute’s C team remained in second place, now 4 points adrift, but they did well to come away from Bahia’s SC B with a 3-2 win. Cary Homer, one of only two players with 4/4 wins, Gerald Lyons and Ray Vanes won for them with Ranjit Bahia and Andy Martin responding for the hosts.
Amblecote RBL kept in touch, 5 points off the top with a 3-2 home win against Kingswinford SC, courtesy of Steve Norton, Rob Boylin and Billy Green, also with a 4/4 record after his frame was conceded. Steve Hill and John Salisbury ensured KSC took two points by way of consolation.
Stourbridge Institute D’s inexperienced team won again, 3-2 in the tightest of matches against their C team. Will Gardener and Brett Harris had won for the D team, and Brian Taylor and Sam Mattocks, who made a break of 35, had made it 2-2, before Paul Robinson won on the final black to beat Alan Jeffries in the deciding frame.


Premier Division results:
St John’s Social 2 (C.Walker, S.Thomas) Pockets SC A (T.Pepperall 27, R.Pepperall 68, J.Betton 33c)
Pockets SC B 1 (D.Timmington) Baggeridge Social A 4 (J.Donoghue 23, 24 J.Hickman, M.Catalano, Darren Oakes)
Norton Social A 4 (N.Rollinson 39, 27 A.Smith 34, R.Pitt, G.Tomkins) Brandhall Lab 1 (R.Howen)
Hotshots SC 5 (C.Downing, D.Green, B.Sembi, N.Beckley, D.Konior 38) Stourbridge Inst A 0
West Midlands Police 1 (G.Sloan) Townsend Social 4 (J.Spence, K.Ashmore, P.Thompson, D.Thompson 35, 30)
Amblecote Inst A 4 (A.Sidaway, M.Richards, R.Clark, David Oakes 46) Norton Social B (T.Brown)

First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians A 3 (C.Cowley 27, 58 G.Dunn, S.Tyler) Wombourne 2 (D.Porter, R.Mason 22)
Kinver Const A 3 (G.Tranter 30, D.Banks, R.Jeffries) Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook, M.Colbourne)
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (L.Whale, M.Collingridge, F.Bennett) Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings 23, A.Sloan)
Bahia’s SC A (R.Bahia, K.Weaver, A.Boswell 20, 24) K’ford Cons C 2 (A.Coley, W.Whitmore)
K’ford Cons A 1 (J.Rees) Kinver Const B 4 (L.Cross, A.Sprague, S.Nicholls, M.Hines)
Bearwood Cons 4 (J.Chester, G.Foy, M.Cash, P.Gibson) K’ford Cons B 1 (M.Reece)
Moor Pool & Snooker bye

Second Division results:
S/b Old Edwardians B 3 (J.Ball 22, Sam & Steve Ball) Amblecote RBL 2 (B.Green, R.Boylin)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (G.Lyons, Cary Homer, R.Vanes) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, P.Robinson)
Kingswinford SC 5 (M.Surmacz, S.Hill, S.Ballinger, R.Lees, P.Curry) Bahia’s SC B 0
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Mattocks 35) Amblecote Inst D 4 (R.Brookes, M.Robson, C & A.Butcher)

Premier Division report: Townsend Social remained the early-season leaders with a good 4-1 victory away to West Midlands Police. Jamie Spence took the opening frame for them, on the black after Mark Sheehan had made a break of 40, and their three undefeated players, Karl Ashmore, Dave Thompson, with breaks of 35 and 30 and Phil Thompson who had a notable win against Kev Franklin, carried on their good work.
Townsend are one of three teams as yet unbeaten: Pockets SC A had to dig deep to win 3-2 at St John’s Social thanks to good performances from Tom Pepperall, Rich Pepperall, with a fine break of 68, and John Betton who cleared up with 33 in the decider against Nick Carson. Earlier Carl Walker and Simon Thomas had won for the hosts in a match which lasted little more than an hour in total.
Norton Social A also won their 3rd match with Neil Rollinson, Andy Smith and Rob Pitt quickly making sure of the result against Brandhall Labour, who countered through Rob Howen before Graham Tomkins completed a 4-1 win for Norton; they trail Pockets by one point and Townsend by three.
Reigning champions, Hotshots, who slipped up at Pockets the week before, bounced back with all five, albeit well-contested frames at home to Stourbridge Inst A, with Dawid Konior following last week’s 68 break with a run of 38, while the other promoted team, Norton Social B made Amblecote Inst A work hard for victory, but only had Tony Brown’s black ball success as consolation. Earlier, Dave Oakes had made a break of 46 for the Institute.
Justin Donoghue and Jason Hickman took the first two frames in impressive manner away to Pockets SC B, and Maria Catalano & Darren Oakes, on his debut, made it 4-0 but Dave Timmington, who had a huge slice of luck potting blue and developing the frame-ball pink, earned a consolation point against Eliott Bastable who had most wins last season and also won the Premier Division Individual title for the 5th time.

First Division report: Only two teams are yet to lose in the First Division, and after their third 3-2 success Baggeridge Social B are one of the teams at the top. Luke Whale, Mart Collingridge & the reliable Frankie Bennett just did enough to secure a home win against Kinver Const C, but they have to share top spot with Kingswinford Cons C, who suffered their first defeat away to Bahia’s SC A.
Adam Coley and Wayne Whitmore won tight frames for the Cons but Reece Bahia, Karl Weaver and Adam Boswell edged the match 3-2.
In this very competitive division only four points separate the top eight teams: Old Edwardians beat Wombourne 3-2 with Chris Cowley making a break of 58, but they had to rely on a great comeback by Simon Tyler who came from 38 points adrift to beat Dave Flavell in the decider. They share 3rd place with Bearwood Cons who dropped only one black ball frame to Kingswinford Cons B’s Mark Reece. John Chester and Mick Cash have both begun well, taking their first three matches.
After the misfortune of Kingswinford Cons’ C and B teams, their A team could only take a single frame at home to Kinver Const B, John Rees taking the black against Dave Simmonds. Les Cross, Adam Sprague, Steve Nicholls & Marcus Hines all won for Kinver, who are also unbeaten, although they have played just the two games.
Kinver’s A team celebrated their first win thanks to Graham Tranter, Dean Banks & Rob Jeffries before Mark Colbourne, who thwarted Jim Woodhouse’s attempt for a debut win, and the ultra-consistent Mick Cook fought back for Amblecote Institute B.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D lead the way in the Second Division, and they are now the only unbeaten team. They responded well to losing the opening frame away to Stourbridge Institute C, when Adam Kensett fell victim to an inspired Sam Mattocks, who had a break of 35, by taking the remaining four frames through Rich Brookes, Mark Robson and Ade & Carl Butcher.
Stourbridge Old Edwardians B beat Amblecote RBL 3-2 to ease into 2nd place, and it was thanks to the Ball family, Steve and sons, Jack and Sam, who all won most convincingly. Billy Green and Rob Boylin ensured that the Legion took some consolation from the fixture.
Amblecote Institute C won a close encounter with Stourbridge Inst D 3-2, thanks to Gez Lyons, the unbeaten Cary Homer, and Ray Vanes, with their opponents replying through Tom Game, also yet to lose, and Paul Robinson.
Kingswinford Snooker Centre have made steady improvement over their 4 seasons together and they finally achieved their first ever 5-0 victory, which came at the expense of Bahia’s SC B, who had made a good start by winning their opening two matches in this, their first season. Matt Surmacz, Steve Hill, Steve Ballinger, Roger Lees and Paul Curry won for KSC but they were made to work hard for their success particularly by Paul Craig, who lost on the black.


Premier Division results:
Pockets SC A 3 (W.Dobson, G.Smith, R.Pepperall) Hotshots SC 2 (B.Sembi, D.Konior 68)
Townsend Social 5 (P.Thompson, K.Ashmore 56, D.Petch, D.Thompson, D.Payne) Pockets SC B 0
Brandhall Labour 2 (A.Hooper, P.Caldeira) St John’s Social 3 (N.Carson, S.Thomas 51, T.Steele 27)
Baggeridge Social A 3 (D.Hall 32, M.Catalano, E.Bastable) Amblecote Inst A 2 (R.Clark, D.Oakes)
Norton Social B 2 (L.Grosvenor 30, A.Brown) Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith, R.Pitt, A.Davies)
West Midlands Police 2 (K.Franklin, G.Sloan) Stourbridge Inst A 3 (C.Crumpton, N.Aston, P.Garbett)

First Division results:
Kingswinford Cons A 4 (T.Male, T.Carter, S.Spittle, J.Cowan) Bahia’s SC A 1 (A.Boswell)
Kinver Const A 0 Kingswinford Cons C 5 (L.Bennett, B.Guise, A.Coley, J.Cartwright, W.Whitmore)
Moor Pool & SC 2 (L.Whitehouse 35 I.Priest) Baggeridge Soc B 3 (N.Fellows M.Collingridge F.Bennett)
Bahia’s SC A 3 (J.Macdivitt, A.Boswell 23, R.Bahia) Wombourne 2 (P.Tristram, J.Perry)
Kingswinford Cons B 1 (M.Reece) S/b Old Edwardians A 4 (C.Cowley 23, 27 D.Woodall, H.Hall, S.Tyler)
Kinver Const C 2 (N.Jennings, S.Hadley) Bearwood Cons 3 (J.Chester, P.Gibson, M.Cash)
Kingswinford Cons C 3 (W.Whitmore B.Guise 24 J.Cartwright) Kingswinford Cons A 2 (T.Male T.Carter)
Kinver Const B 4 (A.Sprague 28, D.Simmonds, L.Cross, S.Nicholls) Kinver Const A 1 (G.Tranter)

Second Division results:
Amblecote Inst C 2(Cary Homer M.Skidmore) Amblecote Inst D 3(A.Kensett 35 R.Brookes, C.Butcher 32)
S/b Old Elizabethan B 4 (J.Ball, Steve and Sam Ball, D.Jones) Stourbridge Inst C 1 (S.Jeffs)
Stourbridge Inst D 3 (W.Gardner, P.Robinson, T.Game) Kingswinford SC 2 (P.Curry, S.Ballinger)
Amblecote RBL 2 (R.Boylin 32, B.Green) Bahia’s SC B 3 (P.Craig, A.Martin, G.Reece)

Premier Division report: Pockets SC A surprised last season’s champions, Hotshots 3-2; having been given a perfect start by Wayne Dobson and Gary Smith, who beat Neil Beckley & Roy Stokes respectively, Rich Pepperall made sure of victory before Bal Sembi and Dawid Konior, with a fine break of 68, gave Hotshots some consolation.
Townsend Social overwhelmed Pockets’ B team 5-0, with the highlight being a break of 56 by Karl Ashmore: this follows their opening win on the tables of Amblecote Institute A, where they dropped only one frame, so they are the early pacesetters, a point ahead of Pockets A.
Alan Hooper and Paul Caldeira gave Brandhall Labour the first two frames at home to St John’s Social, but Nick Carson, Simon Thomas, with a 51 break, and Tim Steele, with a timely 27 turned the match around on their team's first visit to the club.
Nick Aston and Chris Crumpton did well to establish a 2-0 lead for Stourbridge Institute A, “away”, upstairs, against West Midland Police’s Pete Gibbons and Mark Sheehan, but Kev Franklin and Gavin Sloan made it 2-2 before Paul Garbett, who lost only one frame in last year’s title-winning season, took the decider to clinch a first win for his team in the top flight.
Baggeridge Social A, in their first season, beat Amblecote Inst A 3-2 thanks to David Hall, with a 32 break, Maria Catalano & Eliott Bastable, and Norton Social A just got the better of their B team by the same scoreline. Andy Smith and Rob Pitt won the opening frames but Tony Davies was taken to the black to secure the win, with Luke Grosvenor and Andrew Brown replying for the B team.

First Division report: Kingswinford Cons C have made an impressive start to the season: they took all five frames away to Kinver Constitutional A in a rearranged match and followed up with a 3-2 win at home to their own A team, with Bob Guise, John Cartwright & Wayne Whitmore successful in both matches while Thomas Male and Tim Carter won again for the A team.
Baggeridge Social B are the only other team to have won both of their fixtures, their latest 3-2 win being achieved at Moor Pool & Snooker where Neil Fellows and Martin Collingridge gave them a great start. Frankie Bennett made sure of the result before Lee Whitehouse, with a 35 break and Ian Priest hit back for the home team.
Newly-promoted Bahia’s SC A lost 4-1 in their rearranged match away to Kingswinford Cons A but found their stride with a 3-2 result at home to Wombourne, thanks to Jordan Macdivitt, Adam Boswell and Reece Bahia; Paul Tristram & Jon Perry did well to take a frame each for the visitors.
Old Edwardians A lost their opening match at home but responded well by winning 4-1 away to Kingswinford Cons B where Simon Tyler made a successful debut for the team after Dave Woodall, Chris Cowley and Harry Hall had made the match safe.
Kinver’s C team went 2-0 ahead at home to Bearwood Cons thanks to Norman Jennings and Steve Hadley but the visitors fought back with Paul Gibson, John Chester and Mick Cash completing a full recovery.
Kinver’s B team lost the first frame to their A team’s Graham Tranter but Adam Sprague, Dave Simmonds, Les Cross and Steve Nicholls all won quite decisively to turn the match around.

Second Division report: Amblecote Institute D had a flying start in their local derby against their C team. Adam Kensett, with a break of 35 and Rich Brookes, with an emphatic win put them 2-0 ahead, then Carl Butcher, who had a break of 32, quickly put the outcome beyond doubt. To the C team’s credit, however Cary Homer and Mitch Skidmore earned some consolation.
Old Edwardians’ B team enjoyed their first win, with Steve Ball, his sons, Sam and Jack, and Dan Jones proving just too strong for Stourbridge Institute C, although Steve Jeffs, in a welcome return to league action, averted a whitewash.
The Institute’s D team had better fortune, however. This, the least experienced team in the division, combined to defeat Kingswinford SC 3-2. Will Gardner and Paul Robinson gave them the upper hand and Tom Game clinched the match, despite Paul Curry and Steve Ballinger securing a frame each.
Bahia's SC B, having begun the season with a win, carried on the good work with a 3-2 victory at Amblecote RBL. Paul Craig, Andy Martin and Glen Reece won for them with Billy Green and Rob Boylin, who had a break of 32, taking a frame each for the Legion.

Premier Division Results:
St John’s Social 4 (T.Steele, C.Walker, S.Thomas 25, 24, B.Jones) Norton Social B 1 (P.Bowen)
Pockets SC B 4 (A.Turner 27, G.Evans, J.Shuck 26, A.Kidd) West Mids Police 1 (K.Franklin 29)
Hotshots SC 4 (C.Downing, R.Stokes, N.Beckley, B.Sembi) Brandhall Labour 1 (A.Hooper)
Stourbridge Inst A 0 Pockets SC A 5 (L.Page 37, G.Smith 35, R.Pepperall, T.Pepperall, J.Betton)
Norton Social A 3 (A.Smith 42, S.Mason, G.Tomkins) Baggeridge Soc A 2 (J.Hickman, E.Bastable 73)
Amblecote Inst A v Townsend Social postponed
First Division results:
S/b Old Edwardian A 2 (G.Dunn, H.Hall 24) Kinver Const C 3 (A.Sloan, C.Randle, A.Tromans)
Baggeridge Soc B 3 (D.Whale, L.Whale 23, F.Bennett) Amblecote Inst B 2 (M.Cook 30, 24, A.Moore)
Bearwood Cons 2 (J.Chester, M.Cash) Moor Pool & Snooker 3 (S.Dingley, L.Whitehouse, I.Priest)
Wombourne 1 (J.Perry 24) Kingswinford Cons B 4 (F.Dent, G.Reece, M.Reece, M.Wilson)
Kinver Const A v Kingswinford Cons C & Kingswinford Cons A v Bahia’s SC A postponed
Kinver Const B bye
Second Division results:
Bahia’s SC B 3 (Ranjit Bahia, J.Bahia, G.Reece) Stourbridge Inst D 2 (T.Game, B.Harris)
Amblecote Inst C 3 (Colin Homer, Carey Homer, R.Vanes) S/b Old Edwardian B 2 (Steve Ball, D.Jones)
Kingswinford SC 2 (M.Surmacz, S.Ballinger) Amblecote Inst D 3 (A.Kensett 24, C.Butcher, M.Robson)
Stourbridge Inst C 1 (A.Jeffries) Amblecote RBL 4 (J.Green, M.Mantom, P.Botfield, B.Green)

Premier Division report: Bidding to retain the Premier Division championship won with the final frame of last season, Hotshots SC had a good start with a 4-1 win at home to Brandhall Labour. Callum Downing, Roy Stokes & Neil Beckley won decisively but Bal Sembi was taken to the black by Richard Crowley; Alan Hooper beat Dave Green to secure a consolation point for the visitors.
The best finish of the week came at Norton Social, whose A team went 2-0 ahead through Andy Smith (42 break) and Steve Mason, but they were pulled back to 2-2 by Baggeridge Social A, thanks to Jason Hickman and Eliott Bastable, who had a fine break of 73. In the tightest of deciding frames, Graham Tomkins took a respotted black against David Hall, making a welcome return to the league after a 15 year absence, to clinch the win for Norton.
The two promoted teams lost heavily: Stourbridge Institute A, whose superb 16 match winning run swept them to the First Division title, lost all five frames at home to Pockets SC A. Lee Page, Gary Smith, who did well to beat Ashley Aston, Rich and Tom Pepperall and John Betton found the Institute’s tables to their liking. Meanwhile, Norton Social B, who were First Division runners up, lost the first four frames at St John’s Social before Paul Bowen earned a consolation point. Earlier, Tim Steele, Carl Walker, Simon Thomas and Beamer Jones had established an unassailable lead.
West Midlands Police, champions in 2016 and 2017, last season’s runners up, fielded a weakened team at Pockets SC and only Kev Franklin could win as the home team, given a good start by Alan Turner and Gavin Evans, made sure of the win through Jamie Shuck, before Tony Kidd took advantage of a run of bad luck for Gavin Sloan.

First Division report: Moor Pool & Snooker, last season’s 3rd placed team had a fine start with a 3-2 victory away to Bearwood Cons, making a welcome return to the league. Simon Dingley, on the black against Paul Gibson, Lee Whitehouse and Ian Priest took the honours, with John Chester and Mick Cash replying for the hosts.
Dave Whale, his son, Luke, and Frankie Bennett combined to give Baggeridge Social B a good start at home to Amblecote Inst B for whom Mick Cook, in particularly good form, and Alan Moore replied.
Jon Perry gave Wombourne the opening frame at home to Kingswinford Cons B, but Fred Dent, Gregg Reece, Mark Reece and Martin Wilson, on the black, fought back to take the match 4-1 for the Cons, while Stourbridge Old Edwardians, courtesy of Harry Hall & Gavin Dunn, went 2-0 up at home to newly-promoted Kinver Constitutional C but Andy Sloan, Chris Randle and Arnie Tromans, a black ball winner against Dave Woodall, turned the match around.

Second Division report: Bahia’s SC B, making their first appearance in the league, were able to celebrate a win at home to Stourbridge Institute D, another new team, also with very little league experience: Ranjit and Janice Singh and Glen Reece won for the hosts, with Tom Game and Brett Harris earning a point apiece for the Institute.
The Institute’s C team had only Alan Jeffries’ success to cheer as the visiting Amblecote RBL team enjoyed a good 4-1 win. Mark Mantom, Jamie & Billy Green and Paul Botfield ensured that the Legion had the best possible start to the season.
The two Amblecote Institute teams began with hard-earned, competitive victories: Adam Kensett, Carl Butcher, a volleyball international making a welcome return to the area, and a last-gasp Mark Robson win helped the D team to a 3-2 win at Kingswinford SC, before Matt Surmacz and Steve Ballinger fought back, while the C team beat Stourbridge Old Edwardians B, a new team with some experienced players, 3-2. Colin Homer, Cary Homer and Ray Vanes all did well to win for the Institute, with Steve Ball and Dan Jones, making his league debut, gaining some consolation for the visiting Old Eds.

LATEST NEWS: We're really pleased to report that Norton Social A will be able to fulfil their fixtures. The website shows fixtures for the first few weeks of the season which begins Wed 12th September. A new feature is that the handicap mark of virtually every player will be shown, for information only, of course, as all league matches are played off scratch. The handicap mark will be useful if and when changes are made to your 5 a side knock-out team.

2018-2019 SEASON

The first few weeks fixtures will be appearing on the League's website very shortly.

There are again 3 divisions: 12 teams in the Premier Division, producing 22 matches per team, although it must be noted that Norton Social A, who are trying to recruit one extra, regular player, might have to withdraw. The league programme is scheduled to end 20th March 2019. Hotshots SC B dropped out of this new season but Brandhall Labour Club return and Baggeridge Social have introduced a new team to the league. Stourbridge Institute A and Norton Social B were promoted whilst Kinver Const A and the original Baggeridge Social team were relegated.
There are 13 teams in the First Division, so, unfortunately there will be a bye in each half of the season. Each team will have 24 matches, and the league campaign will run until 17th April 2019. Bahia's Snooker Club and Kinver Const C were promoted, and Bearwood Conservative Club have re-joined.
There are 8 teams competing in the Second Division and will play each other 3 times, producing a 21 match season, which is due to end in March 2019 before the start of the division's knock out competition. Unfortunately Stourbridge Institute B had to withdraw through lack of players, but Bahia's and the Old Edwardian Club have entered a second team. The former Amblecote RBL B team withdrew but some of their players have transferred to the Old Edwardian Club.

The League welcomes these new and returning teams and extends it's thanks to the teams which have withdrawn for their past, loyal membership.

Kev Franklin and Tony Kidd