Cockermouth & District Snooker League
Cockermouth & District Snooker League

Weekly Reports 2016/17

Presentation night – 19th May 2017

North East Duo Show Class In End Of Season Finale

North East pro’s Gary Wilson and Elliot Slessor provided the finishing touch to a superb Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League 16/17 season with a classy display in front of a packed Workington Legion crowd.

2004 Under 21 World Champion Wilson started the revolution that saw a significant change to the end of season celebrations some 10 years ago. Returning with his 22 year old practice partner and up and coming star Wilson and Slessor started the evening with a best of five frame challenge. Coming out on top, delivering a break of 105 in the process, Wilson showed the level of performance that took him within a whisker of beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the World Championships just a few weeks ago.

22 year old Slessor then took on the legion’s very own Andrew McMullen who played an emotional frame in memory of his father (Eric) and brother (Daniel) who this season are sadly no longer with us.

The evening then saw a series of doubles matches come to pass as a number of the season’s winners partnered the pro’s with some hilarious exchanges taking place in the process.

The two main tour pro’s then presented the season’s trophies joining in with the Cumbrian banter along the way.

However one of the highlights of the night was the black ball challenge finale with the pro’s facing a string of league players in a one ball shootout. As one sided as the challenges may have looked none was more entertaining than the very first with Flimby captain Geoff Banton producing probably the pot of the night to defeat an open jawed Wilson.

League Chairman and MC for the evening Kevin Basnett quoted, “Gary and Elliot felt at home here in Workington and endeared themselves to the crowd throughout the evening”. Basnett added, “The poignancy offered as Andrew (McMullen) presented his Dad’s trophy (the newly named Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy) was felt throughout the room. He did his Dad and Daniel proud”.

Eight months in the planning of the presentation evening didn’t come together without the help of some important people namely Pat and Mark of Workington Legion, league treasurer Dave Chapman and league secretary Andrew Mitchelhill, who all played their part in an efficiently run event.

Finally though, the league stressed that the evening wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Leagues Sponsors - Graeme Pritt & Ann-Marie of The Window Outlet, Workington (01900 873555) and the Leagues Website Sponsors – Breakaway Snooker and Pool Services (0191 4826780). Basnett said “I’m delighted everybody thoroughly enjoyed the evening but I cannot thank Gary, Elliott, Graeme, Ann-Marie and Darren enough for the backing they have offered in making this night possible”.

16/17 Season Winners/Runners-up

KO Competitions

Performance Of The Season

Peter Collins

7’s H'cap KO Plate Runners Up

Station Road A

7’s H'cap KO Plate Winners

The Sun Inn

Trebles H'cap Runners Up

Mark Robertson / Mike Walker / John Teasdale

Trebles H'cap Winners

Stephen O'Hagan / Peter O'Hagan / Mark Tunstall

Doubles H'cap Runners Up

Kevin Kirkham / Michael Walker

Doubles H'cap Winners

Robert Sim / Ian Fulton

Singles H'cap Runners Up

Paul Vickers

Singles H'cap Winner

Stephen O’Hagan

7’s H'cap KO Runners Up

Flimby Social

7’s H'cap KO Winners (Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy)

Station Road B

 

 

Division 2

Wooden spoon

Workington Legion

Division 2 High Break

Kevin Basnett (121)

Division 2 High Break Aggregate

Kevin Basnett (821)

Division 2 Leading Player

Kevin Basnett (95 %)

Division 2 Runners Up

Flimby Social

Division 2 Champions

Vets Club

Division 2 Top 4 Runners Up

Flimby

Division 2 Top 4 Winners

Vets Club

 

 

Division 1

Division 1 High Break

Robert Sim (108)

Division 1 High Break Aggregate

Robert Sim (605)

Division 1 Leading Player (Paul Lister Roofing Trophy)

Robert Sim (95%)

Division 1 Runners Up

Station Road B

Division 1 Champions

Workington Cons

Division 1 Top 4 Runners Up

Workington Cons

Division 1 Top 4 Winners

Workington Golf Club

 

Singles Handicap final – April 26th 2017

O’Hagan wins exciting singles final

Stephen O’Hagan (+18 handicap) is the new Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League Singles KO Handicap Champion with a thrilling 4-3 final victory over Paul Vickers (+18).

An exciting singles handicap KO final proved to be a fitting end to another hugely competitive season as the Station B cueist put his teams’ disappointment to one side (pipped in the last game of the season to the division 1 trophy) to win probably the hardest title the league has to offer.

A fine match ended dramatically as O’Hagan won with a double on the pink but only after Vickers had put himself back in a winning position with a successful snooker on the blue.

O’Hagan’s determination throughout the match was as strong as ever and even though this was the Station B cueists first league singles title victory the pressure didn’t show as he held his nerve in the closest of finishes.

In the first frame Flimby’s Vickers started strongly with a break of 21 and with some fine play carried this lead through to the colours. Nevertheless in missing the easiest of browns’ Vickers looked shaken as O’Hagan was still in with a chance. With a safety exchange to follow this gave the Flimby star time to regroup and even though O’Hagan potted the brown Vickers eventually took the blue and pink for a 52-22 victory.

Frame two saw O’Hagan move steadily ahead and with some excellent potting he went 30 points ahead. Not to be discouraged Vickers clawed the deficit back and with the colours remaining he was just 6 points behind. After the yellow and green were shared O’Hagan took the brown and blue but this time it was the Station B players turn to miss a golden opportunity to take the frame as he jawed the pink. Much like Vickers did in the first O’Hagan quickly put it behind him and in taking the pink at his next visit the Station B cueist claimed the frame 67-55.

At 1-1 a scrappy third saw O’Hagan again take an early lead but this time in less spectacular fashion. The style of the advantage didn’t unsettle Vickers in any way and in dragging back the arrears again he was in with a chance with just two balls left. The pink again proved to be O’Hagan’s nemesis but in clearing his thoughts he delivered another frame win (58-45) at the very next visit to lead 2-1.

In the fourth frame both players started to produce good snooker but neither could gain anything as the balls landed awkwardly. This produced a close game with O’Hagan leading by just 5 points with the colours left on the table. A confident pot on the yellow by Vickers nevertheless steered the Flimby player towards a clearance to black for a 53-38 victory.

Frame five proved to be the most one-sided game of the final as O’Hagan started with a break of 30. This largely went unchallenged as the Station B player moved through the gears to win the frame with room to spare 74-14.

An early break of 25 by Vickers in frame six was soon pulled back as O’Hagan countered with a smaller contribution of 18. Not to be deterred Vickers moved ahead again and with just the six colours left the Flimby youngster stood 25 points to the good. This vital lead was realised at the next visit as a foul on the yellow left O’Hagan needing snookers. A few snooker attempts later Vickers eventually got his chance and in potting the green he forced the decider with a 64-30 victory.

In the decider O’Hagan used all his experience to control the frame throughout the early stages and even though Vickers tried hard O’Hagan took a 27 point lead into the colours. As O’Hagan effectively potted frame ball to leave Vickers needing snookers the game looked over. Nevertheless a successful snooker on the blue from Vickers left the Flimby cueist in with a chance of winning. A superb pot on the blue looked like obtaining perfect position on the pink but as the cue ball rested on the side cushion a safety was the only option. Dumping the pink on the opposite side cushion Vickers looked to have left O’Hagan with a tricky safety but in taking the bull by the proverbial horns the Station B captain doubled the pink into the middle pocket for a very satisfying frame (62-43 win), match and title win.

Division 1 top 4 playoff final – April 26th 2017

Golf Club win trilling top 4 final

Workington Golf Club have won the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 top 4 playoff title with a thrilling 4-2 victory over league champions Workington Cons Club.

A fantastic final started in superb fashion as five time county champion Rob Sim delivered a tremendous break of 78 to defeat Cons veteran Julian Plaza 84-0 and put the golf club 1-0 up.

Frame two was a more scrappy affair as Cons’ two time county champion, Alan Moore took on the golf club’s Mark Carruthers. Using his superior experience Moore picked off the balls he required and eventually won the frame 72-31 to tie the scores at 1-1.

The third frame proved to be the longest of the night with Cons’ Mike Park and the golf club’s Mark Brasted both adopting a tactical approach. Into the last part of the frame it was Brasted who started to look the more confident and in taking the balls he required he went onto win 83-36.

The golf club’s Mark Cowen potted well at the start of frame three but never quite managed to string enough balls together to gain a decent lead. This gave Cons Ryan Barker some hope, however as Cowen potted the final blue he needed just the pink for victory. Surprisingly refusing it in favour of a safety shot left Barker with a long pot on the pink. Seizing his chance the Cons cueist not only potted it but gained perfect position on the black which he duly slotted home for a 51-41 Cons win. 

At 2-2 Ian Fulton started frame three with a couple of good pots but with Cons’ Stuart Shepherd managing to get himself in amongst the balls he constructed a nice break of 34. This advantage was carried through to the colours and in just needing a brown that was perched over the middle pocket he looked to be taking his team 3-2 up.  With the white against the cushion a small amount of risk was added to the shot but in going in-off Fulton took his chance and eventually went on to win 58-55.

The final frame of the match was a tale of missed opportunities as the pressure started to show. Cons former county champion Richard McCarthy was offered the better chances nevertheless in failing to capitalise the golf clubs Phil Sorfleet hung on. As the brown remained Sorfleet required all the balls but with one good pot after another the golf club cueist coolly delivered a fine 22 clearance to take the frame 47-41, match and the title to rapturous applause from the Maryport Social crowd.

Thanks to Maryport Social’s Colin Sealby and Craig Stuart for providing the venue and helping with officiating duties.

Division 2 top 4 playoff final – April 19th 2017

Vets complete double

Workington’s Vets Club completed a division 2 double this week in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League by adding top 4 playoff title to their league victory with a 4-2 win over Flimby Social.

After close start to frame one it was Vet’s Paul Graham who was the first to find his form building a 37 point lead leaving four just reds left in the process. Flimby captain Geoff Banton tried hard but could do little to get back into the game as Graham coasted to a 68-20 victory.

Frame two presented an excellent early opportunity for Flimby’s Paul Vickers but as he missed an easy red to the middle pocket Vet’s captain Kevin Basnett never looked back. Chipping away with each chance created the Vets cueist won easily, 71-30 for a 2-0 match lead.

Flimby talisman, Kevin Kirkham made some early mistakes in the third but as Vet’s Neil Henderson failed to capitalise Kirkham grew in confidence. A break of 29 gave Kirkham a nice lead and in moving through the gears at a rapid rate of knots the Flimby star won the frame 65-15.

In the fifth frame, Flimby’s Mike Walker produced his best in applying the pressure right from the start against Vet’s Stuart Ryan. Building up enough points to leave Ryan needing snookers with colours remaining was all the Social cueist needed as he eventually went on to win 56-28.

With the mini comeback complete Flimby’s Mark Forsyth was looking to take his team into a match lead however Vet’s Craig Davies had other ideas. Going 25 points up with approximately half the reds potted Davies grew in confidence as Forsyth’s game abandoned him. This set the tone for the rest of the frame with Davies running out a 61-30 winner.

In what proved to be the final frame of the match a surprisingly attacking approach from both players was adopted as Vet’s Steve Garroway took on Flimby’s Sal Cakmak. At 33-33 the frame became more tactical and with Garroway displaying the greater knowledge he moved on to a 59-40 victory for frame match and title to the delight of his team mates.

 

Doubles Final & Playoff Semis – April 12th 2017

 

Golf Club pair win doubles title.

 

Workington Golf Club’s Rob Sim and Ian Fulton have won the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League Doubles Handicap with a 4-1 victory over Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham and Michael Walker in a captivating final.

 

In the first frame Sim and Fulton (+13 handicap) produced the better safety and in extracting a chance it was Sim who produced a break of 35.  This contribution then remained the difference and even though Kirkham and Walker (+17 handicap) fought all the way it was the golf club pairing who ran out 68- 29 winners.

 

A similar pattern to that of the first frame panned out in the next with another break setting the tone; however this time is was Flimby’s Kirkham who broke the deadlock with a smaller contribution of 17 to eventually take his team to a 60-19 victory.

 

The third frame saw a good early opportunity for the golf club pairing and with Sim taking full advantage he recorded a break of 31. The Flimby duo dug in and even though they managed to get themselves to 27 behind with the colours left it was Sim and Fulton who potted the balls they required for a 62-32 win and a 2-1 lead. 

 

In a safety dominated fourth frame Sim and Fulton demonstrated the greater patience to create an opening. Picking off what they could whilst continuing to apply their superior tactical knowledge the golf club pair went on to win the longest frame of the match 72-17.

 

Frame five was again nip and tuck in the early stages but with the golf club’s Sim getting the first clear cut chance he coolly delivered a break of 36. Even though Walker and Kirkham refused to give in the early advantage proved too much to overcome as Sim and Fulton went on to take the frame and the title with a 72-11 victory.

 

In the league top 4 playoff’s just a couple of days later division 1 third placed Workington Golf inflicted a second defeat in as many weeks for league runners-up Station Road B, 4-2 to move into the final. Top break came from Station B’s Mark Tunstall with 49.

 

In the other division 1 top 4 playoff semi-final champions Workington Cons steamrollered fourth placed Maryport Social 4-0 to make the final in two weeks time.

 

Division 2 playoff semi-finals produced a couple of anxious moments for the division’s top two teams but with tensions safely negotiated it was league champions the Vets Club and Flimby Social Club who went through to meet in next week’s final.

 

Workington’s Vet’s Club trailed 2-0 to fourth placed Sun Inn however in moving up a gear they overturned the deficit to defeat the Aspatria side 4-2. The Sun Inn’s only contribution came from Ben Scott with 27. The Vets Club delivered breaks of 36 (Stuart Ryan), 43 (Kevin Basnett) and 31 (Paul Graham) to win the last three games with ease.

 

Flimby’s playoff semi-final win proved to be the closest of them all as a deciding frame victory was required by social talisman Kevin Kirkham to defeat Workington’s United Club 4-3.

 

Week 22 matches (final league games of the season) – April 5th 2017

Cons win division 1

Workington Cons have won the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 title in the very last game of the season.

In match against second placed Station Road B the top tier title had come down to a solitary battle between two powerhouse sides with the Cons team coming out on top 5-1 winners.

Heading the table by a point going into the final game a 3-3 scoreline or better was enough for the Cons outfit and they started superbly against last season champions with wins from Richard McCarthy and Mike Park for a 2-0 lead. Needing all the remaining games Station B’s Shaun Ayre fought valiantly to keep his team in it but it was two time county champion Alan Moore who wrapped the title up for the Cons side with a confident victory. At this point the Cons side kicked on further and in winning two of the last three frames they inflicted a first defeat of the season on the Station B team in what has been a fascinating campaign.

Workington Golf Club finished third in division 1 with a 3-3 draw against fellow divisional opponents Maryport Social who incidentally finish fourth. Highest break of the match came from the golf Clubs Rob Sim with 60 who also took the division 1 aggregate breaks (30+ breaks) trophy on a total of 605. Sim’s win also meant he won the leading player award with 19 wins out of 20 and the highest break which he made earlier in the season with an excellent contribution of 108. The only other break in the match came from the golf clubs Mark Brasted with 31.

After claiming the division 2 title last week Workington’s Vet’s Club finished their season off nicely with a 6-0 win over Workington Legion. The highest break of the match went to Vet’s captain Kevin Basnett with 47 who like Sim in division 1 took division 2’s highest aggregate breaks (821), leading player (19 wins out of 20) and highest break (121). Legion’s defeat left them with the undesirable honour of wooden spoon holders.

Even though division 2’s United Club went down 5-1 to division 1’s Station Road A they still kept their third place in the table. Station A’s win ensured they finished fifth in the table.

Finally, Sun Inn’s first win of the season assured them of a division 2 playoff place as they defeated Seaton Legion 6-0. The result also sees Seaton finish bottom of division 1.

Week 21 matches – March 29th 2017

Vets win division 2

Workington’s Vet’s Club are the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 2 champions.

In a remarkable turnaround of results the Vet’s 6-0 victory over Seaton Legion coupled with a 4-2 loss for last weeks’ leaders Flimby Social, against Workington Cons, meant that even though the two sides were tied on tied on 67 points (and Flimby with no fixture next week) Vets’ better draw ratio was enough for the Workington side to take the title.

No one could have predicted Vets’ whitewash but with their best result of the season the division two side assured promotion and almost certainly sent division 1 opponents, Seaton Legion down to the second tier.

The away victory produced a series of solid performances and none more than Stuart Ryan’s fifth frame win over Seaton’s Mark Tatton. This victory however was rounded off superbly as Vets’ stalwart Steve Garroway coolly cued a break of 36 in the final frame of the match to take his side to the division 2 title.

Workington Cons’ win nevertheless means that, with a draw between Station Road B and Workington Golf Club, a 3-3 or better in their last game against second placed Station B would be enough for them to take the division 1 title.

Cons didn’t didn’t have it all their own way as in trailing 2-1 the pressure was well and truly on. A fortunate win for Cons’ Stuart Shepherd in the fourth followed by breaks of 30 and 32 from team mate Richard McCarthy quickly took the division 1 side 3-2 up. This momentum was then carried through magnificently with Julian Plaza rounding off the match with a solid win over Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham.

Station Road B’s and Workington Golf Clubs’ game was the most closely contested match of the week. With never more than one frame between the two division 1 rivals the toe to toe encounter was a real heavyweight battle. Highest break of the match came from the Golf Club’s Rob Sim with 48 as the draw means Sim’s side finish third.

Division 2’s United Club trounced fellow divisional opponents Sun Inn, 5-1. With the United Club already assured of third place they will now face Flimby in next week’s top 4 playoffs. The Sun Inn need their first win of the season next week against Seaton Legion to dodge the wooden spoon.

Coming back from 3-1 down Maryport Social carved out a 3-3 home draw against Station Road A to guarantee their division 1 top 4 playoff spot. Station Road A must now beat Seaton Legion’s score next week to avoid the drop.

Week 20 matches – March 22nd 2017

Flimby produce their best

Division 2 leaders Flimby Social produced their best performance of the season in Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week as they defeated division 1’s Workington Golf Club 4-2 away.

Flimby’s win puts them in pole position for the division 2 title even though they only have one game to play against every other teams’ two. The Golf Club’s defeat however put an end to their division 1 title hopes as third place is now looking like the Workington sides most probable finish.

The match also put a stop to the only previously unbeaten individual record in either division as Flimby captain Geoff Banton missed nothing to defeat five time county singles champion Rob Sim and end the Golf Club players’ 17 game winning streak. Flimby cueist Paul Vickers produced the only recordable contribution of the contest with a 36 break in his victory over Mark Brasted.

Station Road B made the most of Workington Cons’ fixtureless week to join the leaders at the top of division 1 on 75 points with a 5-1 away victory over club mates Station Road A. Even though next week’s fixtures are still to come a final game of the season between the two great rivals ensures the top tier will see a grandstand finish. Station Road B’s win also delivered its own remarkable performance as Shaun Ayre produced his highest break in the league for some 10 years - a contribution of 65 with team mates’ Peter O’Hagan’s cue! Station B’s Tony Elliott also made an improvement to his break aggregate total with 33. Station Road A remain bottom of division 1.

Workington’s Vets Club kept themselves in with a chance of winning the division 2 title with a 4-2 home win against fellow divisional opponents the United Club. Trailing Flimby by four points leaves them with work still to do - even with a game in hand. The United Club can mathematically finish second but being 12 points behind the Vets Club it is almost certain they will finish third. The only break of the match came from Vets’ captain Kevin Basnett with 31.

Maryport Social put a substantial claim to fourth place in division 1 by means of 5-1 away win against division 2’s Sun Inn. Top breaks came from Socials Ryan Ismay and Craig Stuart with 31 and 37 respectively. Aspatria’s Sun Inn stay fifth in division 2.

Finally, division 2’s Workington Legion came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with division 1’s Seaton Legion. The home draw keeps the Legion in a division 2 fifth place and Seaton in a division 1 fourth place.

Trebles Final & Week 19 matches – March 15th 2017

Station B trio win trebles & Cons see lead trimmed

Station Road B trio made up of Mark Tunstall, Stephen O’Hagan and Peter O’Hagan have won Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League Trebles handicap with a 5-3 victory over Station A’s Mike Walker, Mark Robertson and John Teasdale.

In a competition that operates a six red format the Station B side held their nerve magnificently in a victory that saw them come from 3-1 behind.

In the first frame Mike Walker (+12 handicap) remained cool throughout and in potting the blue and pink he defeated Mark Tunstall (+6), 38-30.

Frame two saw Peter O’Hagan (Scr) cancel the handicap out quickly but it was John Teasdale (+13) who kept calm to pot the final three balls of the game to run out a 37-26 winner.

At 2-0 to the Station A side a error strewn third frame went down to the final three balls. Facing the blue Stephen O’Hagan (+9) went all out, however as he missed the pot only to see the blue drop into the opposite pocket, quickly followed by the pink he defeated Mark Robertson (+15), 21-51.

Frame four saw the finals most one sided victory as John Teasdale (+12) faced Stephen O’Hagan. Potting superbly Teasdale missed little in a 31-3 win to take his team 3-1 up.

Every match seems to deliver a crucial turning point and in leading by 10, in amongst the balls and faced with an easy red Mark Robertson looked to be taking his side 4-1 up. Nevertheless by screwing the white in-off Robertson squandered an excellent chance only to see Mark Tunstall kick on to 45-21 victory.

Mike Walker put up a fantastic fight in frame six however as Peter O’Hagan potted one of the shots of the night on the final pink to land perfectly on the black he squared the match up with a 42-31 win.

A cagey start to the next inevitably took the game down to the last few balls but by stroking in the blue, followed by the pink, it was Stephen O’Hagan who took his side 4-3 up with a 39-29 victory over Mike Walker.

Mark Tunstall and John Teasdale went toe to toe in what ended up being the final frame of the match. With nothing to separate the two players only the black would eventually decide the outcome. A first-rate safety exchange ensued but as the final ball was slotted in down the side cushion it was Tunstall who delivered a frame, match and title victory with a 28-22 win.

In the league, Workington Cons lead in the top tier of the was trimmed to five points this week even though they defeated third placed Workington Golf Club 4-2 at home.

However with just three matches of the season left to play the Cons lead still looks ominous even though second placed Station Road B have a game in hand in the point a frame format.

Richard McCarthy, Julian Plaza and Stuart Shepherd proved to be the star performers for the Cons outfit as breaks of 38, 37 and 30 respectively laid down a solid foundation in a confident victory.

Station Road B were in fantastic form this week as they defeated Aspatria’s Sun Inn, 6-0. The 7’s plate winners found it tough going as the current division 1 champions delivered some outstanding individual performances with Mark Tunstall, Peter O’Hagan and Stephen O’Hagan all contributing with breaks of 30, 35 and 57 respectively. The Sun Inn still sit at the bottom of division 2.

Flimby Social also kept their top spot in division 2 with a 3-3 home draw against division 1’s Station Road A. The highest break of the match came from Flimby’s Paul Vickers with 31 as he team maintained their 4 point division 2 lead over Workington’s Vets Club.

Workington’s Vets Club see themselves in a similar chase to that of division 1’s Station Road B as the second placed side division 2 side drew 3-3 away with division 1’s Maryport Social. With a game in hand over leaders Flimby Social the Vets Club need some solid performances to topple the Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy 7 a side runners-up. Vets captain Kevin Basnett top scored on the night with a superb contribution of 64.

Finally, Workington’s United Club almost ensured they could finish no lower than third in division 2 as they defeated fellow second tier side Workington Legion, 6-0. The home whitewash saw a couple of close frames slip through the hands of the Legion players in a match that saw United’s Mark Johnson lead the breaks with 22. Workington Legion remain fourth in division 2.

 

7’s  Handicap TKO Plate Final – 6th March & Week 18 matches – March 8th 2017

Sun Inn ignore league form to win 7’s plate

Aspatria’s Sun Inn are the new 7 a side handicap plate winners with a 4-2 victory over Station Road A. 

 

In a match that that saw the division 2 outfit ignore their league form a solid performance was produced to leave the Station A side licking their wounds. 

 

In the first frame of the match Station A's Mike Walker (+23 handicap) quickly removed the handicap deficit but as Sun Inn's Ben Irving (+40) potted yellow to pink the frame looked in the bag. Nevertheless a missed black let the Station A cueist in and with a confident pot he took the game 77-66.

 

Frame two proved to be a cagey affair as Station A's Peter Collins (+46) took on Karl Charters (+36). Going into the last three colours Collins led by 3 points but in potting a great blue followed by an even better pink it was Charters who squared the match with a 63-55 win. 

 

In the next Station A's semi final hero, Darren Lawson (+35) set off well only to be pegged back by Aspatria’s Jobby Dunn (+40). Maintaining the momentum Dunn capitalized to take his team 2-1 in front with a 49-34 victory.

Station B’s John Teasdale (+25) was to produce the most convincing performance of the final in the next frame to defeated Ben Scott (+31) by the comfortable margin of 82-25.

At 2-2 a scrappy encounter indeed produced the longest frame of the match as Keith Telford (+34) took on Andrew Scott (+27). As the frame went on it came down to the player who made the least mistakes and with Scott coming out on top 39-31 he took the Sun Inn 3-2 up.

The final frame of the match saw Station B’s Tom Thompson (+25) wipe out the handicap deficit quickly but as Aspatria’s Gary Miller (+40) responded with some equally fine potting the frame was in the balance. As Miller continued to pot well he backed it up with some excellent match play to frustrate Thompson and eventually take frame, match and title with a 61-26 win.

In the league top tier leaders Workington Cons could only manage a 3-3 draw as 7’s Plate runners up Station Road A came back from 3-1 down. The only break of the match came from Cons’ Alan Moore with 35. Station Road A’s efforts did not change their position in the table however as they still remain bottom.

Division 2 leaders Flimby Social went 1-0 down on the back of 20 and 22 breaks from the Sun Inn’s Gary Miller. This lead was short lived nevertheless as Flimby roaring back to record a 5-1 away win. Aspatria’s Sun Inn remain bottom of division 2.

Station Road B moved into second place in division 1 on the back of a 3-3 away draw against Workington’s Vets Club. The highlight of the match came from Station B’s Peter O’Hagan as he recorded a superb break of 74. The only other recordable contribution came from Station B cueist Simon Frazer with a fine break of 54. Vets stay second in division 2 four points behind Flimby but with a game in hand.

Maryport Social delivered a thumping 5-1 away win against division 2’s Workington Legion to remain fourth in division 1. As the Sun Inn lost by the same scoreline Workington Legion still stay fourth in division 2.

Finally, Seaton Legion ensured they kept their fifth spot in division 1 with a 5-1 home win against division 2’s United Club. Workington’s Untied Clubs’ chances of breaking into the top two are slowly fading as they now sit 13 points behind the Vets Club with just four fixtures remaining.

Week 17 matches – March 1st 2017

Station B stay unbeaten

Station Road B remained unbeaten in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League with a 5-1 home win against Workington Legion.

The top tier side have now delivered 11 win and 4 draws but with the league operating a point a frame format the current champions still sit in third spot. Division 2’s Workington Legion nevertheless started in the best possible way with Chris Hunter getting the better of Simon Frazer for a 1-0 Legion lead. This advantage was short lived with Mark Tunstall, Tony Elliott, Peter O’Hagan, Shaun Ayre and Stephen O’Hagan all winning for Station B to deliver the match victory in style. Workington Legion remain bottom of division 2.

Division 1 leaders Workington Cons stayed top thanks to a 6-0 home win against division 2’s Sun Inn. Victories by Alan Moore, Richard McCarthy, Mike Park, Julian Plaza, Stuart Shepherd and Ryan Barker ensured the Aspatria side remained winless throughout the 2016/17 league season so far. The Sun Inn stay fifth in division 2.

Division 2 saw a first versus second clash as Flimby Social took on Workington’s Vets Club. A battle was promised and a battle is what the fixture delivered as a 3-3 draw was recorded. Flimby however went home the happier as from 3-1 down Sal Cakmak (27 break) and Mike Walker squared the match up. Vets Kevin Basnett delivered the only other recordable contribution with 38 to maintain his lead in the division 2 break aggregate table on a massive 679 points. Flimby maintain top spot with Vets in second, still with a game in hand.

Workington Golf Club won 4-2 at home to fellow division 1 opponents Station Road A to keep their top tier second place. The only recordable break of the fixture came from the golf club’s Rob Sim with 34 who kept his first place in the division 1 break aggregate table on 409 points. Station Road A are unmoved at the bottom of the table.

Finally, Maryport Social produced one of their most impressive performances of the season with a 5-1 home win over Maryport Social. The clash of the division 1 sides was surprisingly one sided as Ryan Ismay, Craig Stuart, John Fleming, Paul Lister and Henderson (32 break) all won for the Social side.

The Cumbria County Snooker Championship will be held this Sunday (12th March) at the Portland Snooker Club, Carlisle. Roll call is at 1000hrs and is £15 to enter. Entry is open to all residents of Cumbria. Matches will be played over best of 7 frames.

Week 16 matches – February 22nd 2017

Golfers reduce gap at the top.

 

Workington Golf Club closed the gap on top tier leaders Workington Cons in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with a superb 6-0 away win against division 2’s Sun Inn.

 

The Aspatria side could find little to trouble a strong golf club outfit who now sit four points behind Workington Cons. Golf Club wins came from Kenny Kirkwood, Bryan Walker, Mark Brasted, Mark Carruthers and Ian Fulton but it was Rob Sim who produced the contests stand out performance as with a contribution of 88 he increased his division 1 break aggregate lead by some margin. The Sun Inn remain fourth in division 2.

 

Workington Cons threatened to whitewash division 2 form side Workington Vets Club at 4-0 up but with Paul Graham and Kevin Basnett (51 break) winning the last two frames some respectability was injected into the final scoreline in which the Cons Club ended up 4-2 winners. Notable contributions from the Cons team came from Richard McCarthy and Mike Park with breaks of 40 and 30 respectively. The Vets Club drop down to second in division 2.

 

Flimby Social climbed back to the top of division 2 with a thumping 5-1 away win against division 2 bottom side Workington Legion. Nevertheless the best performance of the night came from a Legion player as Andrew McMullen defeated Flimby leading light, Kevin Kirkham in the very first frame of the fixture. The only recordable contribution of the match came in frame four as Sal Cakmak produced a break of 28 in his victory over Lee McTiffin.

 

Division 1’s Seaton Legion snatched a 3-3 draw from 3-1 down against current top tier champions Station Road B and as Station Road A had no fixture this week this allowed the Legion side to lift themselves from the bottom of the table up to fifth. Top breaks came from Legions Ryan Mandale with 28 and Station B’s Peter O’Hagan with 39. The draw sees Station B slip down into a division 1 third spot, six points behind leaders Cons but with a game in hand.

 

Finally, division 1’s Maryport Social delivered a confident 4-2 away win against division 2’s United Club. Social victories came from Ryan Ismay, John Fleming, Colin Sealby and Paul Lister but it was United’s Andrew Mitchelhill who produced the best display of the evening as with a break of 33 he defeated Craig Stuart with room to spare. Social stay fourth in division 1 and United are also unmoved in a division 2 third place.

 

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy – January 18th 2017

Station B win the TKO

 

Workington’s Station Road B are the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League 7-a-side Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy handicap champions.

A win for the division 1 side saw the first trophy of the season decided in convincing fashion as they trounced former champions Flimby Social 4-0.

 

The match begun with Flimby’s Mike Walker (+24 handicap) taking a healthy lead against Station B's Simon Frazer (+11) and with just the last red remaining the Social cueist stood 27 points to the good. Not often do you see a turning point so early in a match but with Frazer clearing with 34 to pip Walker on the black (60-53) the Flimby side were visibly shaken.

 

Frame two kicked into life as Station B's Peter O’Hagan (Scr) made a break of 50 to lead Flimby Captain Geoff Banton (+24) by 19 with the colours left. This glimmer of hope however soon evaporated as O'Hagan stepped up again and in fine form he cleared with 27 to win 50-96. 

 

Even though Flimby’s Sal Cakmak (+30) fought admirably  in the next a 2-0 scoreline soon became 3-0 as he could find nothing to stop Shaun Ayre (+10) delivering a 52-64 frame victory. 

 

In what ended up being the final frame of the match an early lead for Flimby’s Steve Edmondson (+30) looked like being decisive but as Station B's Alan McLeod (+11) pulled back with a break of 23 all the pressure was on the Flimby cueist. A small safety exchange ensued however with McLeod picking off the balls he required a 79-53 frame, match and title victory was assured. 

 

Thanks to the United Club for holding the final but special thanks to Andrew McMullen for presenting the trophy in his dad's memory. 

Week 15 matches – February 8th 2017

Leaders back to winning ways

Workington Cons extended their lead in division 1 of the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with a 6-0 home victory against division 2’s Workington Legion.

In a one sided affair Cons’ Julian Plaza top scored with a break of 47 in his defeat of Louise Evans as Mike Park, Richard McCarthy, Alan Moore and Stuart Shepherd also won for the top tier leaders. Workington Legion still sit at the foot of the division 2 table.

Workington’s Vets Club produced the biggest shock of the week and they defeated division 1 title challengers Workington Golf Club 5-1 away from home. The golfers looked on course for a routine victory as Rob Sim won the first frame and Bryan Walker led frame two thanks to a break of 36, nevertheless with a fine comeback Neil Henderson pinched the game. Even though the Golf Clubs Mark Brasted made a contribution of 32 in the next a 37 clearance by Kevin Basnett took the Vets 2-1 up. Paul Graham and Stuart Ryan soon made it 4-1 but it was Steve Garroway who rounded the match of nicely with a break of 32 in an impressive team performance. The Golf Club sit third in division 1 and Vets climb to the top of division 2.

Division 1 second placed Station Road B were held to a 3-3 away draw against Workington’s United Club. A Richard Nelson win put the United Club one up however a break of 30 from Station B’s Simon Frazer pulled it back to 1-1. United Captain Andrew Mitchelhill made a break of 33 to put him team back in the lead but with Mark Tunstall and Peter O’Hagan winning the next two Station B were in the lead at 3-2. Looking for the victory Shaun Ayre stepped up for Station B but with other ideas it was United’s Dave Chapman who ground out a win to record a very satisfying draw. United Club remain third in division 2.

Last week’s division 2 leaders Flimby Social went down 4-2 at home to division 1’s Seaton Legion but in a match that the Social side trailed 3-0 the final scoreline proved to be less disastrous than it could have been. The highlight of the match came in the very first frame as in needing the last four balls Legion’s Ryan Mandale produced a fine 22 clearance to knock Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham off the top of the division 2 leading player standings. Flimby drop down into a division 2 second place with Seaton still at the bottom of the division 1 table.

Finally, division 1’s Station Road A presided over division 2’s Sun Inn 4-2 in another game that saw the match winners lead 3-0. The best performance of the evening came from Sun Inn’s Ben Irving as a break of 35 enabled the Aspatria cueist to take the last frame of match against Peter Collins. Station A stay fifth in division 1 and the Sun Inn also remain unmoved in a division 2 fourth place.

Week 14 matches – February 1st 2017

Leaders back to winning ways

Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 leaders were back to winning ways this week with a 4-2 away victory over fellow top tier opponents Seaton Legion.

A victory for Richard McCarthy and black ball win for Stuart Shepherd took the Cons side into a swift 2-0 lead. Seaton’s Alan Stephenson managed to stop the rot with a win in frame three but was Cons’ Alan Moore who took a close fourth frame to push his team to 3-1. Julian Plaza extended the match advantage with narrow victory in frame five however it was Legion’s Mark Tatton who eased the pain with a win in the last frame of the match to take a vital point. Seaton still sit at the bottom of table in division 1.

Current division 1 champions Station Road B maintained their chase for the title with a 5-1 away win against Maryport Social. Station B victories came from Simon Frazer, Tony Elliott (34 break), Peter O’Hagan, Shaun Ayre and Stephen O’Hagan with Social’s Craig Stuart offering the only resistance in a convincing win over Mark Tunstall that included a contribution of 34. Station B stay third in division 1 with Maryport remaining fourth, also in division 1.

Division 2 leaders Flimby Social whitewashed the United Club 6-0 away in their best performance of the season so far. It was down to earth with a massive bump for the United Club having beaten division 1 leaders, Workington Cons last week. Flimby produced a series of confident shows with Kevin Kirkham, Paul Vickers, Sal Cakmak, Mark Forsyth and Geoff Banton all winning fairly easily. A number of successful snookers almost gave United’s Dave Chapman a chance to pinch a point but with a fortuitous pot on the black Flimby’s Mike Walker added insult to injury in a frustrating night for the United Club side. United Club stay third in division 2.

Finally, Workington’s Vets Club delivered a fine way victory as they won 5-1 at fellow townies, Station Road A. Vets’ Paul Graham produced the stand out performance of the match, and indeed the week, with a fantastic break of 68 in his win over Keith Telford. The only other notable moment in the match came in frame two as with a re-spotted black ball victory Vets’ Neil Henderson presided over Mike Walker. Vets sit second in division 2 with Station Road A fifth in division 1.

No result for Workington Legion versus Workington Golf Club.

Week 13 matches – January 25th 2017

United produce remarkable victory

Workington’s United Club produced one of the biggest shocks the league has seen in many a year this week in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League as they defeated Workington Cons 4-2.

What makes the scoreline even more remarkable was that the division 2 side also did it away from home. Cons have been one of the top sides since the league was formed more than 60 years ago and with a frame winning break of 40 from Cons’ Alan Moore in the first game of the match it looked like start of a routine victory. Nevertheless a convincing Andrew Mitchelhill win against Julian Plaza in the next followed by a frame winning break of 40 break from Dave Holland against Richard McCarthy in frame three took the United Club 2-1 up. At this point fate seemed to be on the United Club’s side and with black ball victories for both Dave Chapman and Mark Johnson against Ryan Barker and Mike Park respectively the United Club established an unassailable 4-1 lead. Stuart Shepherd did manage to pull one back in the final frame of the match as he defeated Tony Hindmoor. As Station Road were out of action Cons stay top of division 1 and the United Club remain third in division 2.

Flimby moved back to the top of division 2 with a 4-2 home win against division 1’s Maryport Social. Victories for Paul Vickers and Sal Cakmak took the Flimby side into a 2-0 lead but a frame winning break of 31 from Maryport’s Paul Alford reduced the deficit. A Kevin Kirkham break of 34 enabled Flimby to move to 3-1 and with a victory for team mate Mike Walker the 7’s TKO finalists ensured the match win. Some consolation was afforded in the last as Andrew Henderson defeated Steve Edmondson to take an important point. Maryport stay fourth in division 1.

In a battle of the division 1 sides Workington Golf Club drew with Seaton Legion 3-3. Two black ball games could have produced a very different look to the scoreline but as they were shared, one for Seaton’s Karl Newton and the other for the golf club’s Mark Carruthers, a fair conclusion was recorded. Seaton drop down to the bottom and the Golf Club move up one place into second.

Division 1’s Station Road A delivered a convincing performance as they presided over division 2’s Workington Legion 5-1. The games only recordable contribution came in the last frame of the match as Mike Walker made 31 in his victory over Mark Ritson. Station Road A remain fifth in division 1 and Workington Legion still prop up division 2 in fifth.

Finally a contribution of 24 from Sun Inn’s Steve Miller and a brace of 31 breaks Vets Kevin Basnett were the highlights of the clash between the two division 2 sides as the match ran out 3-3. A home draw and 3 points sees Aspatria’s Sun Inn move up one place into fourth in the second tier with the Vets two places above in second.

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy – January 18th 2017

Station B win the TKO

 

Workington’s Station Road B are the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League 7-a-side Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy handicap champions.

A win for the division 1 side saw the first trophy of the season decided in convincing fashion as they trounced former champions Flimby Social 4-0.

 

The match begun with Flimby’s Mike Walker (+24 handicap) taking a healthy lead against Station B's Simon Frazer (+11) and with just the last red remaining the Social cueist stood 27 points to the good. Not often do you see a turning point so early in a match but with Frazer clearing with 34 to pip Walker on the black (60-53) the Flimby side were visibly shaken.

 

Frame two kicked into life as Station B's Peter O’Hagan (Scr) made a break of 50 to lead Flimby Captain Geoff Banton (+24) by 19 with the colours left. This glimmer of hope however soon evaporated as O'Hagan stepped up again and in fine form he cleared with 27 to win 50-96. 

 

Even though Flimby’s Sal Cakmak (+30) fought admirably  in the next a 2-0 scoreline soon became 3-0 as he could find nothing to stop Shaun Ayre (+10) delivering a 52-64 frame victory. 

 

In what ended up being the final frame of the match an early lead for Flimby’s Steve Edmondson (+30) looked like being decisive but as Station B's Alan McLeod (+11) pulled back with a break of 23 all the pressure was on the Flimby cueist. A small safety exchange ensued however with McLeod picking off the balls he required a 79-53 frame, match and title victory was assured. 

 

Thanks to the United Club for holding the final but special thanks to Andrew McMullen for presenting the trophy in his dad's memory. 

 

Week 15 matches – February 8th 2017

Cons extend their lead

Workington Cons extended their lead in division 1 of the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with a 6-0 home victory against division 2’s Workington Legion.

In a one sided affair Cons’ Julian Plaza top scored with a break of 47 in his defeat of Louise Evans as Mike Park, Richard McCarthy, Alan Moore and Stuart Shepherd also won for the top tier leaders. Workington Legion still sit at the foot of the division 2 table.

Workington’s Vets Club produced the biggest shock of the week and they defeated division 1 title challengers Workington Golf Club 5-1 away from home. The golfers looked on course for a routine victory as Rob Sim won the first frame and Bryan Walker led frame two thanks to a break of 36, nevertheless with a fine comeback Neil Henderson pinched the game. Even though the Golf Clubs Mark Brasted made a contribution of 32 in the next a 37 clearance by Kevin Basnett took the Vets 2-1 up. Paul Graham and Stuart Ryan soon made it 4-1 but it was Steve Garroway who rounded the match of nicely with a break of 32 in an impressive team performance. The Golf Club sit third in division 1 and Vets climb to the top of division 2.

Division 1 second placed Station Road B were held to a 3-3 away draw against Workington’s United Club. A Richard Nelson win put the United Club one up however a break of 30 from Station B’s Simon Frazer pulled it back to 1-1. United Captain Andrew Mitchelhill made a break of 33 to put him team back in the lead but with Mark Tunstall and Peter O’Hagan winning the next two Station B were in the lead at 3-2. Looking for the victory Shaun Ayre stepped up for Station B but with other ideas it was United’s Dave Chapman who ground out a win to record a very satisfying draw. United Club remain third in division 2.

Last week’s division 2 leaders Flimby Social went down 4-2 at home to division 1’s Seaton Legion but in a match that the Social side trailed 3-0 the final scoreline proved to be less disastrous than it could have been. The highlight of the match came in the very first frame as in needing the last four balls Legion’s Ryan Mandale produced a fine 22 clearance to knock Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham off the top of the division 2 leading player standings. Flimby drop down into a division 2 second place with Seaton still at the bottom of the division 1 table.

Finally, division 1’s Station Road A presided over division 2’s Sun Inn 4-2 in another game that saw the match winners lead 3-0. The best performance of the evening came from Sun Inn’s Ben Irving as a break of 35 enabled the Aspatria cueist to take the last frame of match against Peter Collins. Station A stay fifth in division 1 and the Sun Inn also remain unmoved in a division 2 fourth place.

Week 14 matches – February 1st 2017

Leaders back to winning ways

Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 leaders were back to winning ways this week with a 4-2 away victory over fellow top tier opponents Seaton Legion.

A victory for Richard McCarthy and black ball win for Stuart Shepherd took the Cons side into a swift 2-0 lead. Seaton’s Alan Stephenson managed to stop the rot with a win in frame three but was Cons’ Alan Moore who took a close fourth frame to push his team to 3-1. Julian Plaza extended the match advantage with narrow victory in frame five however it was Legion’s Mark Tatton who eased the pain with a win in the last frame of the match to take a vital point. Seaton still sit at the bottom of table in division 1.

Current division 1 champions Station Road B maintained their chase for the title with a 5-1 away win against Maryport Social. Station B victories came from Simon Frazer, Tony Elliott (34 break), Peter O’Hagan, Shaun Ayre and Stephen O’Hagan with Social’s Craig Stuart offering the only resistance in a convincing win over Mark Tunstall that included a contribution of 34. Station B stay third in division 1 with Maryport remaining fourth, also in division 1.

Division 2 leaders Flimby Social whitewashed the United Club 6-0 away in their best performance of the season so far. It was down to earth with a massive bump for the United Club having beaten division 1 leaders, Workington Cons last week. Flimby produced a series of confident shows with Kevin Kirkham, Paul Vickers, Sal Cakmak, Mark Forsyth and Geoff Banton all winning fairly easily. A number of successful snookers almost gave United’s Dave Chapman a chance to pinch a point but with a fortuitous pot on the black Flimby’s Mike Walker added insult to injury in a frustrating night for the United Club side. United Club stay third in division 2.

Finally, Workington’s Vets Club delivered a fine way victory as they won 5-1 at fellow townies, Station Road A. Vets’ Paul Graham produced the stand out performance of the match, and indeed the week, with a fantastic break of 68 in his win over Keith Telford. The only other notable moment in the match came in frame two as with a re-spotted black ball victory Vets’ Neil Henderson presided over Mike Walker. Vets sit second in division 2 with Station Road A fifth in division 1.

No result for Workington Legion versus Workington Golf Club.

Week 13 matches – January 25th 2017

United produce remarkable victory

Workington’s United Club produced one of the biggest shocks the league has seen in many a year this week in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League as they defeated Workington Cons 4-2.

What makes the scoreline even more remarkable was that the division 2 side also did it away from home. Cons have been one of the top sides since the league was formed more than 60 years ago and with a frame winning break of 40 from Cons’ Alan Moore in the first game of the match it looked like start of a routine victory. Nevertheless a convincing Andrew Mitchelhill win against Julian Plaza in the next followed by a frame winning break of 40 break from Dave Holland against Richard McCarthy in frame three took the United Club 2-1 up. At this point fate seemed to be on the United Club’s side and with black ball victories for both Dave Chapman and Mark Johnson against Ryan Barker and Mike Park respectively the United Club established an unassailable 4-1 lead. Stuart Shepherd did manage to pull one back in the final frame of the match as he defeated Tony Hindmoor. As Station Road were out of action Cons stay top of division 1 and the United Club remain third in division 2.

Flimby moved back to the top of division 2 with a 4-2 home win against division 1’s Maryport Social. Victories for Paul Vickers and Sal Cakmak took the Flimby side into a 2-0 lead but a frame winning break of 31 from Maryport’s Paul Alford reduced the deficit. A Kevin Kirkham break of 34 enabled Flimby to move to 3-1 and with a victory for team mate Mike Walker the 7’s TKO finalists ensured the match win. Some consolation was afforded in the last as Andrew Henderson defeated Steve Edmondson to take an important point. Maryport stay fourth in division 1.

In a battle of the division 1 sides Workington Golf Club drew with Seaton Legion 3-3. Two black ball games could have produced a very different look to the scoreline but as they were shared, one for Seaton’s Karl Newton and the other for the golf club’s Mark Carruthers, a fair conclusion was recorded. Seaton drop down to the bottom and the Golf Club move up one place into second.

Division 1’s Station Road A delivered a convincing performance as they presided over division 2’s Workington Legion 5-1. The games only recordable contribution came in the last frame of the match as Mike Walker made 31 in his victory over Mark Ritson. Station Road A remain fifth in division 1 and Workington Legion still prop up division 2 in fifth.

Finally a contribution of 24 from Sun Inn’s Steve Miller and a brace of 31 breaks Vets Kevin Basnett were the highlights of the clash between the two division 2 sides as the match ran out 3-3. A home draw and 3 points sees Aspatria’s Sun Inn move up one place into fourth in the second tier with the Vets two places above in second.

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy – January 18th 2017

Former champions to face each other in the final

The Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League saw the Eric McMullen Memorial 7-a-side Handicap Semi- Finals take place this week with Station Road B and Flimby Social both producing the goods to meet in next month’s final.

As Station Road B travelled to Maryport Social the home benefit plus the handicap advantage put the Maryport side in a strong position but with couple of close frame wins it was Workington’s Station B who ran out 4-1 winners.

The first frame did manage to go the way of the home side as Ryan Ismay (+6 handicap) produced a fantastic break of 51 to defeat Station B’s Dave Todd (+20) with ease. Frame two proved to be vital in the context of the match as Shaun Ayre (+10) fell over the line courtesy of a black ball win against Maryport’s Craig Stuart (+26). In the next Station B’s Peter O’Hagan (scr), giving away a 50 point start, made a wonderful green to black clearance to defeat Paul Alford (+50) and take his team into a 2-1 lead. Station B super sub Alan McLeod (+11) delivered a cool break of 32 to put John Fleming (+15) under pressure in frame four and as the Maryport man could find no answers the former champions moved 3-1 ahead. In what turned out to be the last frame of the match Station B captain, Stephen O’Hagan (+18) showed real bottle to close out the match with a fine win over Social ever-present, Paul Lister (+10) and take his team into the final.

2015 champions, Flimby Social produced a superb comeback from 2-1 down to defeat Workington Golf Club 4-2. The first frame saw Sal Cakmak (+30) take full advantage of his handicap start as he presided over the golf club’s Rob Sim (scr). Nevertheless, the next two frames saw the golf club move 2-1 ahead as Bryan Walker (+22) and Mark Brasted (+17) defeated Paul Vickers (+18) and Garry Southern (+15) respectively. At this point Flimby needed to grind out a win and with tactical specialist Richard Kirkham (+35) delivering just that in a victory over Mark Cowen (+19) parity was achieved. Flimby then took the advantage with a Kevin Kirkham (+10) win over Phil Sorfleet (+23) but it was team mate Mike Walker (+24) who took his team through to February’s final with a black ball victory over Andrew Wells (+30).

In the 7 a side TKO plate semi finals Station Road A negioated a final frame decider to defeat former champions the United Club, 4-3. In a match that saw the lead change a number of times Station A’s Darren Lawson (+35) was the one to carry his side over the line as he overcame Mark Johnston in a tense final frame.

In the second TKO plate semi the Sun Inn moved through to the final with a 4-1 victory over Workington Legion. A closer game than the scoreline suggested sees the Aspatria side now in with a chance of retaining a trophy they won last season.

Week 12 matches – January 11th 2017

Sim delivers magnificent century

Rob Sim produced a magnificent break of 108 in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week as his Workington Golf Club drew 3-3 against the United Club. 

 

A fantastic contribution that ended on the yellow (with a possible break of 135 on) came in the first frame of the match.

 

In an up and down fixture Sim's break was followed by further contributions of 46 and 32 from Phil Sorfleet and Mark Brasted respectively as the golfers went 3-0 ahead. This however proved to be the high point for the golf club side as the United Club came roaring back with victories from Mark Johnson, Tony Hindmoor and Andrew Mitchelhill to complete the draw. The golf club remain third in division 1 with the United Club also third in division 2.

 

A break of 48 by Flimby Social’s Kevin Kirkham enabled him to take his side into a 2-0 match lead against current division 1 champions Station Road B. A further contribution of 38 by team mate Sal Cakmak looked like taking the Flimby side to 3-0 but with a gritty performance from Station B’s Tony Elliott he gave his team some hope. This proved to be the start of Flimby’s demise as further victories from Shaun Ayre, Peter O’Hagan and Stephen O’Hagan took Station B to a 4-2 win. Station B stay second in division 1 with Flimby also second in division 2.

Division 1 leaders Workington Cons travelled to take on fellow top tier opponents, Maryport Social and with a confident performance they ran out 4-2 winners. A runaway 4-0 lead, that saw Mike Park (32 break) and Alan Moore (35 and 32 breaks) both produce recordable contributions, was abruptly ended as Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson put some respectability in to the score line and maintain their fourth place in the league.

Station Road A recorded their second win of the season as they defeated fellow division 1 opponents Seaton Legion 4-2. A 2-0 lead thanks to a Peter Collins win from needing two snookers put the Station Road A side in a healthy position. As the next two frames were shared Seaton still had a chance to pull off a draw however with Paul Smith going in-off on the final black against Keith Telford in frame five a Station A win was secured. Seaton drop back down to the bottom of division 1 with Station A swapping places with them moving into fifth.

Workington Legion against Aspatria’s Sun Inn was postponed in a mark of respect for Workington Legion player Daniel McMullen.

Week 11 matches – January 4th 2017

The League Mourns

The Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League is again tainted with sadness as it mourns the death of one of its own. Just months after saying goodbye to Workington Legion stalwart and former chairman Eric McMullen the league was utterly shocked to hear the passing of Eric’s son Daniel in such tragic circumstances. Only last week did Daniel form part of Workington Legion side who took on fellow townies the Vets Club. Daniel was a popular lad with a cheeky side and the league has been flooded with tributes for the sadly departed 29 year old. The league and all associated with it would like to send out our heartfelt condolences to Daniel’s family and to let them know that Daniel’s memory will never be forgotten.

In this week’s matches division 1 leaders Workington Cons went down 4-2 to second placed Station Road B. The home win sees Station B close the gap on Cons to just 2 points. Cons Richard McCarthy produced the only recordable contribution of the match with a break of 30 in his victory over Peter O’Hagan.

Division 2’s United Club showed little sign of a Xmas hangover and continued in their recent run of excellent results with another win, this time over division 1 opponents Station Road A, 5-1. A superb home win was highlighted with a break of 30 by captain Andrew Mitchelhill in his fifth frame victory over Peter Collins. The United Club stay third in division 2 and Station Road A drop to last place in division 1.

Workington Golf Club kept their third place in division 1 with a 4-2 win over fellow top tier opponents Maryport Social. The Golf Club’s Rob Sim led the way with a break of 37 in the first frame to take out Ryan Ismay. Other golf Club victories came from Bryan Walker, Phil Sorfleet and Mark Brasted with Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson winning the last two to put some respectability in the scoreline for the Social side. Maryport stay fourth in division 1.

Seaton Legion made the most of their home advantage as they won 4-2 against division 2’s Sun Inn. The Seaton outfit produced some solid performances to move from the bottom of the division 1 table into fifth. Aspatria’s Sun Inn remain bottom of division 2.

Finally, the fixture between Workington Legion and the Vets Club ended in a 6-0 victory for the Vets with Kevin Basnett top scoring on the night with a contribution of 75 in his win against Shane Brewer. Vets move to the top of division 2 with Legion now sitting in last place.

Week 10 matches – December 21st 2016

Cons stay top and Station B produce remarkable comeback

Workington Cons maintained their top spot in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 this week with a 4-2 home win over division 2’s Flimby Social. Three out of the first four frames were decided on the last few balls but with all of them going in favour of the Cons side a 4-0 lead was ensured. Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham broke the run with a quality frame winning break of 31 to defeat Julian Plaza and in also taking the last frame  defeat was somewhat softened for the division 2 leaders as they still went home with 2 points.

Division 1‘s Workington Golf Club were in determined mood as in gaining a 3-0 lead against Station Road B they guaranteed their unbeaten start and threatened their opponents own unbeaten stretch. Victories by Mark Brasted, Rob Sim and Phil Sorfleet put the golfers in a powerful position however this proved to be a good as it would get for the division 1 third placed side as Tony Elliott (32 break), Peter O’Hagan (38 break) and captain Stephen O’Hagan all won for the Station B outfit in a remarkable comeback that saw the match end in a 3-3 draw.

Workington’s Vets Club and Seaton Legion cancelled each out as the division 2 versus division 1 clash finished in a 3-3 draw. Top break of the match (and the week) came from Vets captain’ Kevin Basnett with a contribution of 74 in his defeat of Ryan Mandale. Equally impressive was Seaton’s Mike Dawson as he defied his oldest player in the league tag with a solid frame winning contribution of 30 against Steve Garroway in the last frame of the match. Vets stay second in division 2 and Seaton remain bottom of division 1 in sixth place.

Maryport Social successfully negotiated two black ball finishes to put them on the right side of a 4-2 score line against fellow division 1 opponents, Station Road A. Social’s Paul Lister was the game’s top scorer as a break of 31 enabled him to defeat Mike Walker. Maryport are still fourth in division 1 however with Station A one place below them the score line sees the gap to fifth increased to 7 points.

Last week’s first win of the season for the United Club gave them the confidence they needed as the Workington side followed it up with another; a 5-1 away win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. The fixtures two break aggregate contributions both came from United players as Mark Johnson and Dave Holland made 30 and 29 respectively. The United Club stay third in division 2 with the Sun Inn two places below at the foot of the table.

Week 9 matches – December 14th 2016

Champions close gap

As Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker league division 1 leaders, Workington Cons were out of action this week it gave second placed current champions, Station Road B a chance to close the gap.

A derby game against fellow club mates Station Road A was always going to be difficult to predict with the match ending in a competitive 3-3 draw. The early charge came from the A team in the shape of a 2-0 lead with wins from Tom Thompson and John Teasdale however this was soon brought to a halt with a frame winning break of 31 from the B team’s Mark Tunstall. Peter O’Hagan tied the contest up at 2-2 but with Peter Collins taking the next he gave the A team a sniff of a win. This hope proved to be short-lived nevertheless as B team captain Stephen O’Hagan won the last convincingly to close the gap at the top of the table to two points. Station Road A keep their fifth place in division 1.

Division 1 third placed Workington Golf Club were in confident mood as they beat division 2 favourites, Flimby Social 4-2 away. With the first two frames shared Bryan Walker took the golfers 2-1 ahead with nicely constructed break of 45. Another two frames were again split but at 3-2 Flimby looked likely to nick the draw. The golf clubs Mark Carruthers had other ideas on the other hand and with a grinding performance he ensured the match win with a victory over Mike Walker. Flimby stay top of division 2.

The United Club recorded their first win of the season in emphatic fashion with a 5-1 home win against Workington’s Vets Club. In the most surprising scoreline of the week United’s Mark Suitor produced the stand out performance of the week in defeating former county champion, Kevin Basnett in the sixth frame of the match. Vets stay second in division 2 with United Club moving up one place, also in division 2, to third.

Maryport Social kept their fourth place in division 1 with 4-2 home win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. At 2-2 the fixture was well balanced but it was Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson who eventually pushed Social over the winning line for their third win in eight games. The Sun Inn remain bottom of division 2.

Finally, Seaton Legion also delivered their first win of the season with a 5-1 home victory against division 2’s Workington Legion. The division 1 outfit produced some assured performances from Karl Newton, Mike Dawson, Allan Stephenson, Mark Tatton, and Alan Cannan in a confidence boosting win. Workington Legion’s only victory came from Louise Evans in her fifth frame win over Paul Smith.

Week 8 matches – December 7th 2016

Cons crash to their first defeat

Top tier Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League leaders, Workington Cons, crashed to their first defeat of the season as they went down 4-2 to home side Workington Golf Club.

A first frame win for Richard McCarthy looked the likely catalyst for a Cons roll however as Mark Brasted, Rob Sim, Ken Kirkwood and Phil Sorfleet all won a Golf Club victory was ensured. Some consolation was offered for the Cons outfit nevertheless, as Ryan Barker took the last to ease the pain.

Even though Workington Golf Club turned over the division 1 leaders the point a frame format meant they slipped into third place as Station Road B won at Aspatria’s Sun Inn 6-0. As convincing as the scoreline was the match surprisingly only saw one recordable contribution; a 25 break from Sun Inn’s Ben Irving in a defeat by Station B captain Stephen O’Hagan.

Flimby Social kept their place at the top of division 2 with a 3-3 away draw against Station Road A. John Teasdale produced the best performance of the evening as a break of 30 from Flimby’s Paul Vickers left him staring defeat in the face. However showing tremendous resilience, Teasdale recovered from needing a snooker to pinch the frame on the black. Station Road A stay fifth in division 1.

In another draw division 2 side Workington Vets Club held division 1’s Maryport Social to a 3-3 scoreline. A 2-1 Vets Club lead was quickly turned on its head as Paul Lister and Craig Stuart put Social 3-2 ahead. Nevertheless it was Vets captain, Kevin Basnett who had the last word as with a brace of 30 breaks he defeated Andrew Henderson to ensure the spoils were shared. Vets remain second in division 2 with Maryport Social fourth in division 1.

Workington Legion produced a shock result in the battle of the division 2 sides as they defeated the United Club 5-1. Fellow townies the United Club started the match well with a victory for Dave Chapman but as Shane Brewer, Iain Torley, Steven Lowery, Chris Hunter and Mark Lavin all won the rout was complete. Workington Legion move from the bottom of division 2 into third and United Club drop down one place into fourth.

Week 7 matches – November 30th 2016

Cons move further ahead

Workington Cons stretched their lead to 8 points at the top the Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League this week with a 6-0 home win over fellow top tier opponents, Station Road A.

A 4-0 Cons scoreline delivered with victories from Alan Moore, Julian Plaza, Richard McCarthy and Stuart Shepherd was rounded off nicely with breaks of 31 and 35 from Mike Park and Ryan Barker respectively in a devastating whitewash. Station Road A slip down one place into a division 1 fifth place.

With division 1 second placed Workington Golf Club without a match this week third placed Station Road B took full advantage with a 4-2 home win against division 2’s Vets Club. The current top tier champions were pushed all the way nevertheless with the turning point coming in the fifth frame of the match. With the score at 2-2 and Vets’ Stuart Ryan leading by 30 points a 3-2 lead looked almost inevitable; however a superb break of 30 from Station B’s Simon Frazer proved to be enough for him to take the frame. This gave Station B captain, Stephen O’Hagan the confidence to close out the match and with a solid performance against Steve Garroway he did just that. Vets stay second in division 2.

Flimby Social extended their division 2 lead to four points with a 4-2 home victory over Aspatria’s Sun Inn. In closely contested match Flimby had the tactical edge with their wins coming from Geoff Banton, Mike Walker, Sal Cakmak and Kevin Kirkham. The Sun Inn remain in a division 2 fourth spot.

Division 1’s Maryport Social swept aside division 2’s Workington Legion with a 5-1 home victory. In a match that saw a break of 33 from Social’s John Fleming take his team 4-0 up, a whitewash looked on the cards. However Legion’s Shane Brewer had other ideas and with a battling victory over Scott Lister a point was on the board. This hope proved to be short lived nonetheless as Andrew Henderson closed out the match with a close fought victory over Legion’s Chris Hunter. Workington Legion remain bottom of division 2 and Maryport Social climb two places in division 1 to fourth.

Finally, Workington’s United Club and Seaton Legion could not be separated as the fixture ended in a 3-3 draw. In the division 2 versus division 1 clash home side the United Club had the lead on three occasions but in being pegged back each time Seaton showed their fighting qualities. The United Club stay third in division 2 with Seaton still bottom of division 1.

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy – November 23rd 2016

Holders are knocked out of the cup

The Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League was put on hold this week to make way for the quarter-finals of the league’s premier cup competition, the Eric McMullen Memorial 7-a-side Handicap Trophy.

2015 7’s TKO winners Flimby Social moved into the semi-finals with a convincing 4-1 home win to knock out holders the United Club. Getting the match off to a perfect start Flimby’s Paul Vickers (+18 handicap) defeated Richard Nelson (+19) in a close first frame and with team mate Kevin Kirkham (+10) making a break of 50 against United’s Dave Holland (+35) the score was soon 2-0 to the home side. Tony Hindmoor (+40) pulled one back for the United outfit with another close frame win but it was Flimby’s Sal Cakmak (+30) who took his team to within one frame from victory with narrow victory against Dave Chapman (+24). Often the frame to take the overall victory can be the hardest to win but with Flimby’s Mike Walker (+24) in fine form he disposed of Mark Johnston (+31) with ease to take his team into the last 4.

Workington Golf Club also moved into the semi-finals with a 4-2 home win against division 2’s Vets Club. A first frame win for Vets’ captain Kevin Basnett (Scr) gave his team hope but with victories for Mark Cowen (+19) & Mark Brasted (+17) the Golf Club went 2-1 ahead. A classy break of 68 by Rob Sim (Scr) took the golfers further in front and even though Stuart Ryan (+22) pulled one back for the Vets it was Ian Fulton (+25) who took the Golf Club through into the semis with a win in the sixth frame of the tie.

Current league division 1 champions, Station Road B saw a 2-0 lead pegged back to 2-2 by Seaton Legion but with defiant fifth and sixth frame wins from Tony Elliott (+1) and Shaun Ayre (+10) they progressed to the last 4. Station B’s other victories came from Stephen O’Hagan (+) and Simon Frazer (+11).

Finally, division 1 league leaders, Workington Cons found the handicaps hard to deal with as they went down 4-3 against a travelling Maryport Social side. Victories for Craig Stuart (+26), Paul Alford (+50), Scott Lister (+50) and Colin Sealby (+46) was enough for the Social side to move into the semis.

Week 6 matches – November 16th 2016

Basnett makes 121 break

Workington Vets Club captain, Kevin Basnett produced the stand out performance in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with a superb 121 clearance in his teams’ 4-2 home victory over Flimby Social.

A record for division 2 was recorded in the fifth frame of the match (beating Rob Sim’s previous best of 110) with David Farrell’s role reduced to that of spectator.

In the battle of the division’s top two sides Flimby could well have come out as victors with a number of close frames going the Vets Club way. The captains frame win was backed up with victories from Paul Mostyn, Ryan Warwick and Steve Garroway with Flimby’s points coming from Sal Cakmak (30 break) and Mike Walker (38 break). Flimby stay top of division 2 with Vets two points behind with a game in hand.

Division 1 league leaders, Workington Cons Club made it six out of six with a 4-2 away victory at Aspatria’s Sun Inn. Frame of the night went to the Sun Inn’s Gary Miller as a break of 25 proved to be enough to take his frame against Cons’ Ryan Barker who also recorded a contribution of 28. The only other Sun victory came from Ben Irving with Richard McCarthy, Stuart Shepherd, Alan Moore and Mike Park proving victorious for the Cons. The Sun Inn stay fourth in division 2.

Workington Golf Club maintained their second place in division 1 with a 3-3 away draw against fellow top tier opponents, Station Road A. The Golf Club’s Rob Sim recorded the only break of the contest with 36 as he took the second frame. Other Golf Club wins came from Bryan Walker and Phil Sorfleet with Station A’s victories being supplied by Tom Thompson, Barry Collins and Mike Walker.

Current division 1 champions Station Road B remain ominously placed in third, having played one less game, with a 4-2 away victory over division 2’s Workington Legion. Displaying tremendous resilience the multiple title winners put the points on the board with wins from captain Stephen O’Hagan, Tony Elliott, Mark Tunstall and Peter O’Hagan. Workington Legion victories were delivered by Daniel McMullen and Chris Hunter. The Legion stay rooted to the bottom of division 2.

Finally, division 1 bottom side, Maryport Social swapped places with Seaton Legion with an impressive 5-1 away win. Despite any recordable contributions the Social side were in fine form with victories from Craig Stuart, Ryan Ismay, John Fleming, Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson with Seaton’s sole win coming from Mike Dawson.

Week 5 matches – November 9th 2016

Station B’s perfect start

Current division 1 champions, Station Road B kept up their perfect start to the 16/17 Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League campaign this week with a 4-2 home win over Seaton Legion.

As Station B moved 2-1 ahead Peter O’Hagan increased his teams’ advantage limiting Allan Stephenson to just 8 points with a 36 break to boot. Team mate Shaun Ayre produced a match best contribution of 44 to take it to 4-1 but it was the Legion’s Paul Smith who softened the defeat with a victory over Station B captain, Stephen O’Hagan in the last. Having played one game less than leaders Cons, Station B sit nicely placed in third with Seaton two places lower in fifth.

Workington Cons maintained their top spot in division 1 with a 5-1 home victory against division 2’s Vets Club. At 1-0 to the top tier leaders Craig Davis looked like levelling the match for the Vets as he led by 40 points. This however proved to be the motivation for Richard McCarthy to deliver a classy contribution of 43 and eventually take the match to a 2-0 scoreline. Further Cons wins for Alan Moore, Stuart Shepherd and Ryan Barker soon took the fixture to 5-0 but it was Vets captain Kevin Basnett who averted the whitewash with a break of 47 to take the last. The Vets drop down to second in division 2.

Flimby Social moved to the top of division 2 with a 5-1 home victory against fellow division 2 opponents, Workington Legion.  At 1-0 down Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham produced a potting master class with breaks of 36 & 34 to defeat Iain Torley with room to spare. This proved to be the inspiration the Flimby lads needed as further wins for Mark Forsyth, Geoff Banton and Sal Cakmak ensured their unbeaten start to the season was upheld.

A Ryan Ismay break of 32 and Andrew Henderson contribution of 33 was enough for the two Maryport Social cueists to record extremely convincing frame victories, nevertheless this did not deter Workington’s United Club and with a series of battling performances the match eventually ended in a 3-3 draw. Social remain winless in last place (6th) in division 1 with the United Club third in division 2.

Finally, division 1’s Workington Golf Club were in top form as they steamrollered Aspatria’s Sun Inn 5-1. A confident home win for the golfers included breaks of 40, 43 & 46 from Rob Sim, Mark Brasted and Ian Fulton respectively. The Aspatria’s side resistance came from Andrew Scott with a victory over Mark Cowen. Workington Golf Club are second in division 1 with the Sun Inn fourth in division 2.

Week 4 matches – November 2nd 2016

Cons go top of div 1

Division 1’s Workington Cons moved to the top of the Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League this week with a 5-1 away victory over division 2’s Workington Legion.

Even though the season is still in its early stages the former top tier champions have made the perfect start with four wins from four. Victories from Richard McCarthy, Stuart Shepherd, Alan Moore, Mike Park & Julian Plaza enabled the Cons to take a 5-0 lead however it was Legion captain Mark Lavin who had the final say with a win over Ryan Barker.

Flimby Social recorded their first win of the season as they defeated division 1’s Seaton Legion 5-1 away. An away win is always a nice feeling but to defeat opponents from a higher division was all the more pleasing for the division 2 outfit. A Kevin Kirkham break of 42 enabled him to beat Mike Dawson to zero in the pick of the Flimby performances, however other victories from Sal Cakmak, Mark Forsyth, Steve Edmondson and Captain Geoff Banton underlined the social sides’ dominance.

Division 2’s Sun Inn were more than happy as they recorded a 3-3 home draw against division 1’s Station Road A. The Aspatria teams’ wins came from Ben Scott, Karl Charters and Ben Irving with Workington’s Station A victories being delivered by Tom Thompson, John Teasdale and Mike Walker.

Workington’s Vets Club held division 1’s Workington Golf Club to a 3-3 draw. The division 2 side made the most of their home advantage as Craig Davies, Captain Kevin Basnett (40 break) and Steve Garroway all won for Vets. Nevertheless, the Golfers were not to be deterred as Mark Cowen (41 break), Rob Sim and Mark Brasted ensured the division 1 outfit stayed unbeaten.

Finally, Station Road B delivered their third win out of three with a 5-1 home win against fellow townies, the United Club. In the division 1 versus division 2 fixture the current top tier champions recorded victories for Simon Frazer (35 break), Shaun Ayre, Peter O’Hagan (36 break), Mark Tunstall and Stephen O’Hagan with the United Clubs sole win coming from Mark Johnston.

The draw for the next round of the Eric McMullen 7-a-side Memorial Trophy has been made with; Workington Golf Club v Vets, Workington Cons v Maryport Social, Station Road B v Seaton Legion & Flimby Social v United Club making up the last 8. Ties are to be played on Wed 23rd Nov.

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy Prelims – October 26th 2016

The Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy Kicks Off

A break in the Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League fixtures was enough to make way for newly named Eric McMullen 7-a-side Memorial Trophy.

The first of the rounds three prelims saw Workington’s Station Road A take on Seaton Legion. An interesting draw in what looked like on paper as having all the markings of close contest saw the Seaton outfit run out surprising 4-1 winners. The competitions handicap format is always one to bring the teams closer together so a comprehensive away victory makes Seaton’s passage to the last 8 even more impressive. Seaton’s points came from Ryan Mandale (+35 handicap), Alan Cannan (+37), Allan Stephenson (+26), and Mark Tatton (+14) with the only resistance offered by Station A’s Mike Walker (+23).

Workington’s Vets Club travelled to take on the Sun Inn and with the home side faring well in last season’s handicapped events the Aspatria side were well fancied. This however proved to a burden too big to carry as the Vets side romped home 4-1 winners. Victories for Paul Mostyn (+17), Neil Henderson (+25) and Ryan Warwick (+43) set the win up for Vets captain Kevin Basnett (Scr) to complete with a superb break of 69.

The rounds final tie saw the lead change a number of times but it was Flimby Social who held their nerve to defeat Workington Legion, 4-3 in yet another away team victory.

Week 3 matches – October 19th 2016

Mostyn makes cool clearance and Basnett delivers 74 break

Division 2’s Vets Club produced two moments of real quality to defeat top tier opponents Station Road A 4-2 in the Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League this week.

At 1-0 up and 28 points in front with three reds left in frame two away side Station Road A were starting to stamp their authority on the match. This however proved to be the turning point in the match as cool clearance of 42 by Paul Mostyn stunned Station A’s John Teasdale and started the Vets revival. Two frames later Vets captain, Kevin Basnett made it 3-1 with a break of 74 and with the last two frames being shared the relegated side have begun the season with an impressive 10 points out of a possible 12.

The United Club put in a strong performance in the first part of their match against division 2’s Flimby Social by taking a 3-1 lead that included a break of 44 by United captain Andrew Mitchelhill. Not to be deterred by this the Flimby side stuck in and with victories from Kevin Kirkham and Sal Cakmak the Social outfit delivered a very creditable home draw against their divisional rivals.

A Rob Sim contribution of 58 and a Ian Fulton break of 41 helped division 1’s Workington Golf Club record their second 6-0 victory in just three matches. Almost powerless against anything the top tier outfit threw at them, home side Workington Legion tried hard to trouble the scorers but with strength in depth being the golf club’s most important asset the legionnaires sunk to their first whitewash of the season.

Current division 1 champions, Station Road B demonstrated their fighting spirit with aplomb as with no recordable contributions they still ran out 4-2 winners against travelling fellow division 1 side, Maryport Social.

Finally, home side Workington Cons produced another powerhouse performance as they defeated Seaton Legion 5-1. With the two division 1 sides looking to build on last season’s second and fourth places it was the Cons outfit that illustrated the greater potency, particularly evident in frame three as Mike Park limited Seaton’s Karl Newton to just 9 points with a top break of 30.

Week 2 matches – October 12th 2016

Two out of two for Cons

Last season’s top tier runners up, Workington Cons made it two wins out of two in the Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League this week as they defeated divisions 2’s United Club 4-2 away.

A win for Richard Nelson over Mike Park in the first frame of the match made for a good United Club start, however as Richard McCarthy, Alan Moore and Julian Plaza won the next three the Cons moved into a 3-1 lead. Dave Chapman gave the United Club a chance of a draw with a victory in the next but with Cons’ Stuart Shepherd nicking the last a relief inducing win was recorded.

Relegated Workington Vets Club set out their stall with a 6-0 home win over Aspatria’s Sun Inn. In a battle of the division 2 sides a 31 break for Sun Inn’s Gary Miller in the first frame of the evening looked enough for him to take his team into an early match lead, however displaying tremendous resilience it was Vets’ Neil Henderson who managed to turn around a 40 point deficit to record a satisfying victory. The Vets side never looked back as Paul Mostyn, Paul Graham, Craig Davies, Stuart Ryan and Kevin Basnett took the next five for a comfortable win.

Division 1 sides Seaton Legion and Workington Golf Club could not be separated as they drew 3-3. Again it was the first frame of the night that produced the most drama. Seaton’s Ryan Mandale was largely outplayed by Bryan Walker but with five balls remaining the Seaton cueist was still in it. Showing calmness under pressure Mandale coolly cleared green to black to deliver a superb win. A break of 31 by Mark Cowen and 39 by Rob Sim followed by a win from Mark Brasted put the golfers 3-1 ahead. This however was not to deter Seaton as a black ball win for Paul Smith and a similarly close victory for Mark Tatton in the last produced a battling draw.

Division 2’s Flimby moved 3-1 ahead of division 1’s Maryport Social on the back of a Kevin Kirkham 38 break but it was the Maryport outfit who battled back with wins from Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson to pinch the draw.

Finally, division 1’s Station Road A defeated division 2's Workington Legion 4-2.

Week 1 matches – October 5th 2016

Eric is remembered and Station B start well

The 2015/16 Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League season kicked off this week and with last season’s cross divisional format continuing a mixed bag of results were produced.

As the week 1 fixtures were played the season begun with the thoughts of each and every player going out to the family Eric McMullen. The summer break may have delivered some very sad news but Eric will always be remembered for his fantastic commitment to the league not only as a player but more recently as Chairman.

 For some 15 years (up to 2007) Eric delivered some real stability to the league pretty much running it as a ‘one man band’ for a large proportion of his time at the helm. Continually listening to views of the players Eric was well respected and at all times acted with integrity. One word was often used when Eric’s name was mentioned and that was ‘gentleman’. Whether it was a league win/loss or facing a potential contentious decision as chairman Eric’s conduct was always without reproach. Eric’s contribution will never be forgotten and in a mark of respect the league has re-named its 7-a-side TKO cup the Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy adding more prestige to the league’s premier cup competition.

As the season commenced last season’s division 1 winners Station Road B travelled to Flimby and even though the promoted side put up a spirited fight it was the top tier champions who ran out 4-2 victors. At 2-2 the match was finely poised but with Station B’s Peter O’Hagan and Shaun Ayre both winning on the last couple of balls against Mike Walker and Flimby captain Geoff Banton respectively, a winning start for the division 1 powerhouse side was guaranteed.

Division 1’s Workington Golf Club delivered the perfect start to the season with a 6-0 victory over relegated United Club. Rob Sim was the star of the show for the golf club side with a solid break of 57 to defeat Dave Holland convincingly in frame two. The other notable performance from the golf club came from super sub Mark Carruthers as with breaks of 20 & 22 he beat Mark Johnston with room to spare.

Workington Cons produced a solid performance to kick their season off as they defeated fellow Division 1 opponents Maryport Social 5-1 at home. Ryan Ismay was Social’s only victor with a first frame win over Cons veteran Julian Plaza.

A battling 3-3 draw between promoted Station Road A and Seaton Legion was an early indication that there could be little to choose between these two Division 1 sides come the end of the season. With never more than one frame between the two sides it was the Legions Paul Smith who took the last to tie up the proceedings with a win over Mark Robertson.

Finally, Division 2 sides Sun Inn and Workington Legion could not be separated as a 3-3 draw ensued. Performance of the night came from Workington Legion’s Mark Lavin as a superb contribution of 34 allowed him to defeat Aspatria’s Greg Todd easily.

Workington’s Vets Club had a free week.

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