Cockermouth & District Snooker League
Cockermouth & District Snooker League

Weekly Reports 2017/18

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy – December 13th 2017

Flimby make the Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy semi’s

The Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy again featured in Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League this week with Station Road A, Workington Golf Club and United Club all joining Flimby Social in the semi-finals.

The last games of the 7-a-side handicap competition round robin qualifying matches started with an excellent win for Station Road A as in overcoming significant start advantages and an away tie they defeated Aspatria’s Sun Inn, 4-3. The first frame saw Stephen O’Hagan (+13 handicap) produce his usual dogged performance but with Ben Scott (+33) making the most of his early start it was the Sun Inn cueist who put the Sun Inn 1-0 up. Gary Miller (+40) was probably slight favourite going into frame two but with some fine potting it was Station B’s Simon Frazer (+16) who levelled the scores. In frame three Peter O’Hagan (Scr) used his experience to brush aside the handicap as he overcame Mel Scott (+40) to make it 2-1 to Station B. The next produced a victory for Station B sub Wayne Hardy (+25) to make it 3-1 but frame four was to be the most eventful. A break of 33 from Station B’s Shaun Ayre (+14) looked to be enough to take the frame however as Andrew Scott (+23) made a contribution of 20 he won a game that totalled a league record 177 points. At 3-2 to Station B Mark Tunstall (+15) made short work of his deficit to defeat Joseph Dunn (+40) which in turn booked his team’s semi-finals place with an unassailable 4-2 lead. The last frame went to the Sun Inn but with two defeats in qualifying the Aspatria side are now lined up for a place in the plate.

Top tier league leaders Workington’s Veterans Club went crashing out of the competition with 6-1 away defeat at the hands of the United Club. The first frame saw Paul Mostyn (+18) presented with a couple of chances but as they went astray it was United Clive Lister (+19) who took the frame. The second saw Vets’ Craig Davies (+21) trail early on but with a resolute display he made it 1-1. Frame three moved along quickly and was nicely in the balance but with a telling break of 47 it was Andrew Mitchelhill (+11) who defeated Kevin Basnett (Scr) for a 2-1 United Club advantage. Mark Tatton (+17) dug deep and got to the point where he looked like taking the frame but it was United Tony Hindmoor (+40) who ultimately dealt the killer blow to take his team into a 4-1 lead. At this point the United Club were guaranteed their semi-final spot but in kicking on Willie Fearon (+35) defeated Stuart Ryan (+21) and with a clearance of 34 Dave Holland took out the last against Steve Garroway (+24) as the United Club rounded off an impressive victory.

In the final game of the qualifiers between Station Road A and Maryport Social it needed a landslide victory from either side to have any chance of making the semi-final and with a 4-3 home victory to Station Road A both sides are now relegated to the plate. Maryport Social took the first two frames with victories from Craig Stuart (+23) and Paul Alford (+50) however with wins for Peter Collins (+44), Mark Robertson (+28) and Darren Lawson (+35) Station Road A moved 3-2 up. Tom Thompson (+20) assured the Station A victory in frame six but it was Colin Sealby (+48) who finished the match on a high for the Maryport side with a win in the last.

Week 8 matches – December 6th 2017

Vets stay top

Workington’s Veterans Club kept their top spot in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker league division 1 this week with a 3-3 away draw against their closest rivals Station Road B.

The match nevertheless started particularly well for Station B as the former champions took the first with a convincing win by Tony Elliott and the second with a black ball victory from Peter O’Hagan. The third saw Vets’ Paul Mostyn put a stop to the Station B charge with a victory over Alan McLeod and as Vets captain Kevin Basnett won a close fourth frame the score was 2-2. In the next Mark Tatton puts the Vets 3-2 up with a low scoring victory over Mark Tunstall but it was the final frame of the evening that produced the most drama. Leading by 16 with just the pink and black left Vets’ Stuart Ryan looked like making it 4-2. However in missing the pink altogether he gave Shaun Ayre the points he required and just a few shots later it was the Station B cueist who potted the final black for a 3-3 draw in tense circumstances. Station B stay second in division 1.

Workington Cons joined Station B in a share of second place with a stunning 6-0 away whitewash over fellow townies the United Club. Division 2’s the United Club have been in good form of late however the Cons side gave nothing away in an imperious display. A frame one win by Mike Park followed by a re-spotted black ball victory for Julian Plaza put the Cons 2-0 up. Richard McCarthy produced a break of 45 to take care of frame three and as Alan Moore won the next it was 4-0. Ryan Barker took care of the fifth and with Stuart Shepherd winning a close sixth frame the Cons went home very happy indeed. The United Club slip one place into third in division 2.

Maryport Social and division 2 leaders Station Road A went toe to toe in the division 1 versus division 2 fixture but with nothing to separate the two teams the score ended 3-3. Home side Maryport Social started with a win by Ryan Ismay but with a victory by Mike Walker Station A drew level. Darren Lawson put Station A 2-1 up but this time it was Maryport’s go at returning the score back to parity with a win for John Fleming. John Teasdale put Station A back in front again to make it 3-2 however it was Andrew Henderson who had the final word with a victory in the last to end the match in a draw. Maryport Social stay fourth in division 1.

Division 1’s Workington Golf Club also delivered a solid away win as they defeated division 2’s Flimby Social, 4-2. Kevin Kirkham got Flimby off to a fine start with a win in the first but it was Mark Cowen who tied the scores up with a victory in frame two. Mark Brasted and Stephen Jackson soon made it 3-1 to the Golf Club and with a victory for Phil Sorfleet in the next the Golfers moved into an unassailable 4-1 lead. The scoreline nevertheless didn’t deter Paul Vickers and with a gutsy performance he took the last to pull one back for the Flimby outfit. The Golf Club still bottom of division 1 but Flimby move up one place into second in division 2 on the back of United Club’s defeat.

Finally, Aspatria’s Sun Inn recorded their first win of the season with a 5-1 home victory against fellow division 2 outfit, Workington Legion. A Gary Miller break of 24 took care of the first and with Karl Charters winning the next in even more convincingly fashion he put the Sun Inn 2-0 up. Sandy Smith pulled one back for the Legion side but with Ben Irving, Ben Scott and Joseph Dunn claiming the last three the Aspatria side moved from the bottom of the division 2 table only to be replaced by their opponents.

Week 7 matches – November 29th 2017

Vets join Station B at the top

Workington Conservative Club put last week’s defeat in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League well and truly behind them with a 4-2 win over Station Road B.

The current division 1 league champions produced an all round solid display with the first frame setting the match tone. A break of 32 by Station B’s Tony Elliott would usually be enough to win any frame but with a counter contribution of 49 (the weeks highest) it was Mike Park who took the first. A Richard McCarthy win over Simon Frazer put Cons 2-0 up but as Peter O’Hagan made a break of 31 to defeat Alan Moore Station B pulled one back. Cons Julian Plaza and Stuart Shepherd delivered wins over Mark Tunstall and Stephen O’Hagan to take their side into an unassailable 4-1 match lead but with Shaun Ayre winning the last he delivered an all important point for the Station B outfit. Cons remain third in division 1 and Station B slip to second.

Workington’s Veterans Club finished the week in a sole division 1 leadership position with a 5-1 away win over division 2 leaders, Station Road A. Craig Davies and Paul Graham took the first two for the Vets club however it was Station A’s Mike Walker who produced the performance of the night as with a break of 39 he defeated Mark Tatton with room to spare. Vets’ Kevin Basnett resumed normal service in frame four and as team mate Peter Webster took frame five the match victory was assured. The last was very much a tactical affair but with Neil Henderson getting the better of Keith Telford a Vets’ win was rounded off nicely.

Maryport Social recorded the weeks’ most convincing victory as they defeated Workington Legion 6-0 away from home. Ryan Ismay took the first frame easily and as Paul Alford put together a very nice break of 39 in the next Social were soon 2-0 up. Colin Sealby and John Fleming were given a bigger test in frames three and four but with the team momentum in their favour it was 4-0. It was Paul Lister who made five but in the last frame of the evening Andrew Henderson delivered the performance of the week as with breaks of 35 and 41 he completed the whitewash. Social stay fourth in division 1 and Legion remain fourth in division 2.

Division 1’s Workington Golf Club claimed their second win of the season with a 5-1 home win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. Bryan Walker set the ball rolling for the Golf Club with a victory in the first but with the Sun’s Andrew Scott up for the challenge he levelled the match score. Mark Brasted won easily in frame three and with a break of 31 team mate Phil Sorfleet made it 3-1 to the golfers. Mark Cowen notched up a ton plus points in his victory in the fifth and with a contribution of 33 in the last Ian Fulton sealed the Golf Club’s resounding match win. The Golf Club remain bottom of division 1 and the Sun Inn are still bottom of division 2.

Flimby Social and Workington’s United Club battled out a 3-3 draw but in coming from 3-1 down the town side went home the happier. Paul Vickers and Kevin Kirkham gave Flimby a quick fire 2-0 start but in a war of attrition United’s Dave Holland took the third with a win over Richard Kirkham. Frame four saw Flimby’s Sal Cakmak make it 3-1 but it was United’s Clive Lister and Andrew Mitchelhill who showed tremendous fighting spirit to deliver the draw. The United Club and Flimby are second and third in division 2 respectively.

Week 6 matches – November 22nd 2017

Vets join Station B at the top

Workington's Veterans Club moved back into a share of the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 lead this week with a 4-2 home win over Workington’s Conservative Club.

The first frame saw Vets captain Kevin Basnett as the benefactor of fortunate shot on the blue to defeat Richard McCarthy and as Paul Mostyn defeated Julian Plaza he doubled the Vets lead. Frames three and four saw the Cons side get into their stride as Alan Moore and Ryan Barker beat Craig Davies and Neil Henderson respectively. In the next the evenings most one sided game went to Mark Tatton as win over Cons Stuart Shepherd made it 3-2. The final frame saw an early lead of 25 for Cons Mike Park look good for the draw but with a gritty display it was Stuart Ryan who claimed the victory for the Vets in a fascinating encounter. Cons stay third in division 1.

Last week’s top tier leaders, Station Road A were held to an away 3-3 draw against a resilient Flimby Social side. A break of 34 by Tony Elliott was enough to take care of Flimby captain Geoff Banton but as Sal Cakmak beat Station B captain Stephen O'Hagan in the next the scores were level. Frame three saw Station B move back in front with a win for Shaun Ayre however Flimby’s Richard Kirkham produced the most impressive performance of the evening in frame four as a patiently constructed break of 35 was more than enough to defeat the experienced Mark Tunstall. Peter O’Hagan put Station A back in front with a win other Mark Forsyth in frame five but it was Flimby’s Michael Walker who claimed the draw for his team with a victory over Simon Frazer in the last. Flimby remain third in division 2.

Station Road A kept their spot at the top of division 2 with a 3-3 away draw against Workington Legion. Sandy Smith made a good start for the Legion with a win over Karl Newton but as Tom Thompson took the next with a victory over Lee McTiffin the match score was level. In the next two frames a Mike Walker triumph over Legion's Shane Brewer and a Chris Hunter victory over Station A's Darren Lawson took the score to 2-2. Keith Telford put Station A in front with a victory Mark Lavin but it Mark Ritson who levelled the match for Workington Legion with a win over Peter Collins in the last. Workington Legion stay fourth in division 2.

Division 1’s Maryport Social kept their fourth place in the table with a 4-2 home win over fellow top tier opponents Workington Golf Club. A cool break of 49 by Ryan Ismay went unchallenged as he defeated the golf club's Stuart Phillips in the first. As Paul Alford and Colin Sealby defeated Mark Carruthers and Ken Kirkwood in frames two and three Maryport were 3-0 up. Paul Lister continued the charge in frame four with a break of 41 to defeat Mark Brasted and 4-0 match lead but it was Mark Cowen and Phil Sorfleet who put some respectability into the score with victories over John Fleming and Andrew Henderson in the last two. Workington Golf Club are still bottom of division 2.

Finally, Workington's United Club took sole possession of second spot in division 2 with a 4-2 away win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. Ben Scott took the first for the Sun with a victory over Mike Dawson but it was Dave Holland and Tony Hindmoor who took the lead for the United Club with victories over Joseph Dunn and Gary Miller. Karl Charters delivered a good win over Clive Lister to tie up the match for the Sun Inn, however it was Andrew Mitchelhill and Dave Chapman who pushed home the match victory for the United Club with wins over Andrew Scott and Ben Irving. The Sun Inn remain bottom of division 2.

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy – November 15th 2017

Flimby make the Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy semi’s

Cup action was again to feature in Window Outlet Cockermouth & District Snooker League this week as the Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy took place.

The 7-a-side handicap competition saw the second games of round robin qualifying take place with Flimby Social being the first to make the semi-finals on the back of a 5-2 over Station Road A.

An easy win for Karl Newton (+21 handicap) in the first frame gave Station Road A the perfect start but as Paul Vickers (+13) won just as convincingly in the second Flimby were on level terms. The third frame produced a significant moment in the context of the match as relatively easy opportunity on the final ball of the game went begging for Station A’s Darren Lawson (+35) only to see Martyn Fisher (+30) accept gratefully. Frame four did go to Station A with a win by Mike Walker (+18) to pull the score back to 2-2 but it was Flimby who then moved up a gear with victories from Mark Forsyth (+28) , Michael Walker (+27) and Geoff Banton (+24) to book their last four slot.

In the second of the rounds three qualifying matches Workington’s United Club gave themselves an excellent opportunity of making the semi-finals with a 6-1 over Workington Legion. A home tie must have given the Legion some hope of producing a positive result however as Tony Hindmoor (+40), Clive Lister (+19) and Willie Fearon (+35) all won for the United Club the Legion outfit were under the severest of pressure. A Mark Ritson (+44) victory in frame four did give the Legion some belief nevertheless this soon evaporated as United captain Andrew Mitchelhill (+11) ensured victory with a win over Louise Evans (+40) in the next. Dave Chapman (+25) and Dave Holland (+39) galvanised the match victory with wins in the last two frames and barring a heavy defeat in their final group match the United Club look sure to make the last four. On the other side of the fence two defeats in their two qualifying matches sees the Legion now out of the competition.

Finally, Workington Golf Club delivered a 5-2 home win over Aspatria’s Sun Inn and after a defeat (4-3 to Station Road B) in their first group match this victory at least gives them hope of making the next round. The Golf Club’s Ian Fulton (+30) took the first frame in assured fashion and with a game winning break of 33 in frame two team mate Mark Brasted doubled the match lead. Andrew Scott (+32) pulled a frame back with a victory in frame three but it was Bryan Walker (+24) who put the Golfers 3-1 up with a win in frame four. The Sun’s Ben Scott (+33) reduced the team deficit with the aid of a 24 break in frame five but it was Mark Carruthers (+37) who guaranteed the match victory with a win over Ben Irving (+43) in the sixth. Even though the win was secured the final point could still prove be the difference between making the semis or not and with this in mind the Golf Club’s Mark Cowen (+19) made sure he gave his team a strong a chance as possible with a triumph over Robert Dean (+35) in the last.

Week 5 matches – November 8th 2017

Station B are outright leaders

Division 1’s Station Road B travelled to Aspatria’s Sun Inn in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week and with a 5-1 win they moved to outright leaders in the league’s top tier.

Wins for Simon Frazer, Tony Elliott and Mark Tunstall put the Station B side in a fantastic position and with a frame winning break of 33 in frame four Peter O’Hagan put his team 4-0 up. The Sun Inn’s Andrew Scott did manage to stop the charge with a victory over Shaun Ayre but it was Station B captain Stephen O’Hagan who finished the match of nicely with a contribution 34 in his win over Ben Irving. The Sun Inn remain bottom of division 2.

Workington’s Veterans Club slipped into second place in division 1 as they could not match the Station B score but still managed a win as they defeated division 2’s Flimby Social 4-2 away. Neil Henderson and Craig Davies took the Vets Club into a 2-0 led that was soon to become 3-0 as Peter Webster beat Michael Walker in frame three. Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham got his team on the score sheet with a black ball win in frame four and as Sal Cakmak won frame five a Flimby comeback was a real possibility. In the last frame of the night however a break of 36 with his very first visit was enough for the Vets’ Kevin Basnett to defeat fellow captain Geoff Banton and take a hard earned match win. Flimby stay second in division 2.

In the fixture between Station Road A and Workington Cons an intensely fought game ended in a 3-3 draw. Station A victories for Darren Lawson and Tom Thompson saw the division 2 side win two out of the first three games but triumphs in frame four and five from Julian Plaza and Stuart Shepherd saw the Cons move 3-2 ahead. The last frame looked nicely balanced, but it was Mike Walker who in the end pulled away from Cons’ Ryan Barker to take the frame and record a very pleasing draw. Station Road A stay top of division 2 and Cons remain third in division 1.

Workington Golf Club recorded their first win of the season with a moral injecting 5-1 home victory over Workington Legion. The Golf Club’s Mark Carruthers made a break of 22 in the first frame of the night but could not defeat Chris Hunter as the Legion moved 1-0 up. Frames two and three were scrapped out but with the Golf Club taking both they took a 2-1 lead. Frame four produced breaks of 21 & 22 from the Legions’ Shane Brewer however with grit and determination it was Phil Sorfleet who made it 3-1. Frame five saw Mark Cowen make it 4-1 to the Golf Club and with team mate Ian Fulton delivering a break of 44 to win the last a confidence boosting victory was underlined. The Golf Club are still bottom of division 1 with Workington Legion fourth in division 2.

Finally, Maryport Social and the United Club produced a match that rapidly swung one way then another but ultimately the two teams could not be separated as the fixture ended in a 3-3 draw. A frame winning contribution of 48 from Ryan Ismay put Maryport 1-0 up but as Willie Fearon, Mike Dawson and Andrew Mitchelhill all won for the United Club the Workington outfit moved into a 3-1 lead. The last two frames proved to be fairly tight affairs but with Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson both winning for Maryport a superb comeback to deliver the draw was complete. Maryport Social are fourth in division 1 with the United Club third in division 2.

Week 4 matches – November 1st 2017

Vets join league leaders

Workington’s Veterans Club jointed Station Road B at the top of the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 this week with a 5-1 home win over division 2’s Sun Inn.

Just a month into the new season the league table can change very quickly however with four wins out of four the Vets side couldn’t have started better. Victories for Craig Davies, Mark Tatton, Kevin Basnett (35 break), Stuart Ryan and Neil Henderson gave the Vets Club the win with the Ben Irving delivering the Sun Inn’s only point in his victory over Paul Mostyn. The Sun Inn sit bottom of division 2.

Station Road B travelled to Maryport Social and even though they were 2-0 down an impressive comeback later and they recorded a 4-2 victory. Ryan Ismay and Paul Alford were the two Social victors with Alan McLeod, Peter O’Hagan (66 break – the highest of the season so far), Mark Tunstall and Shaun Ayre delivering the win for the Station B outfit.

Division 2’s Station Road A inflicted a fourth straight defeat on division 1’s Workington Golf Club with a 4-2 victory. The first three frames summed up the golf clubs recent fortunes as they all went to wire but ended up in the hands of their opponents as Mark Robertson, Mike Walker & Darren Lawson won for Station A. Steven Jackson managed to pull one back for the golfers but the match victory was assured as Keith Telford won the fifth. Nevertheless, Ian Fulton did manage to finish the match on a high note for the golf club with a victory in the last and an all important point. Station Road A are top of division 2 with Workington Golf Club bottom of division 1.

Flimby Social gave Workington Cons a jolt as the division 2 side came back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against their division 1 opponents.  Stuart Shepherd won the first easily for the Cons but a Paul Vickers break of 30 was enough to take the next for Flimby. An easy win for Mike Park and a break of 39 from Alan Moore was all the Cons needed to go 3-1 up. At this point most will have expected the Cons to push for a win but with trouble-free victories Sal Cakmak and Kevin Kirkham the Flimby side went home feeling pleased with their nights work. Flimby are second in division 2 with Workington Cons third in division 1.

Workington Legion produced their best result of the season so far as they drew 3-3 with fellow division 2 opponents, the United Club. Chris Hunter, Mark Ritson and Shane Brewer did the damage for the Legion with Mike Dawson, Andrew Mitchelhill and Clive Lister offering the opposing blows for the United Club. Workington Legion are fourth in division 2 with the United Club sitting one place higher in third.

Week 3 matches – October 25th 2017

Top two finish in a stalemate

The top two teams in division 2 went head to head in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with Flimby Social versus Station Road A ending in a draw.

Given the form over the last few seasons this fixture was always going to be close but it’s home side Flimby who go into week 4 the happier in coming back to 3-3 from 3-1 down.

After the first two frames were shared it was Station A’s Darren Lawson and Mark Robertson who forced the advantage with two highly convincing wins. At this point Flimby needed some inspiration as Geoff Banton took the table. Quick out of the blocks the Flimby captain wasted no time and with a victory over Karl Newton the score was soon 3-2. The final frame of the match was made up of a much slower pace and for a large part of the game it looked as though Peter Collins was leading Station A to victory. Nevertheless with a fine clearance of brown to black it was Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham who completed the comeback to the delight of his team mates.

Division 1’s Station Road B moved to the top of their league by a point as they defeated division 2’s Workington Legion, 5-1. Making the most of their home advantage the 2015 division 1 champions raced to a 5-0 lead thanks to victories from Stephen O’Hagan, Simon Frazer, Peter O’Hagan, Mark Tunstall and Tony Elliott (35 break). Even though a whitewash was looming the Legion’s Chris Hunter thought otherwise. Playing confidently he sharply applied the brakes to defeat Shaun Ayre in the last to offer the Legion some consolation.

The United Club produced the shock of the week as the division 2 side defeated division 1’s Workington Golf Club, 5-1. Again with the first two frames shared a close match looked on the cards. A close victory for Tony Hindmoor made it 2-1 to the United Club and with a frame winning break of 38 from Mike Dawson the score moved to 3-1. A contribution of 30 from the golf clubs Mark Cowen looked likely to pull one back but with Clive Lister showing superb resilience he assured the match victory at 4-1. Phil Sorfleet was determined to grab the remaining frame for the golf club but with Dave Holland feeding off his team mates success the United cueist took the last to round off a fine match win.

The Vets Club travelled to face fellow division 1 side Maryport Social and came away with 4-2 victory. The first frame looked like going in favour of the Social side as Ryan Ismay led Kevin Basnett by 38 points with just 35 left on the table. However a couple of snookers and a fine pot on the black later the Vets captain had his team 1-0 up. The next two frames also went in the direction of the Vets club albeit with black ball victories for Paul Mostyn and Craig Davies. Frame four proved to be the most resounding victory of the night as Mark Tatton made it 4-0 to the Vets with a crushing win over John Fleming. Even though defeat had already been realised Maryport didn’t give up as Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson took the remaining frames for what could be two very important points.

Finally, division 1’s Workington Cons headed to Aspatria to take on division 2’s Sun Inn and returned with a 4-2 victory. Cons’ Richard McCarthy and Mark Park took the first two and even though Aspatria’s Ben Scott made a break of 27 in the next he could not prevent Alan Moore from making it 3-0. Julian Plaza again applied his superior tactical knowledge to make it 4-0 but it was the Sun Inn’s Karl Charters and Ben Irving who put some respectability into the score with wins over Ryan Barker and Stuart Shepherd in the last two.

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy - October 18th 2017

Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy kicks off

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

This year sees a new structure with the 7-a-side handicap competition being made up of three groups of three playing off in a round robin format. Winners of each group move on to the semis with the best second placed team completing the final four.

In group 1 Station Road B produced a great comeback from 3-2 down as in winning the last two frames they defeated Workington Golf Club 4-3. The division 1 sides delivered a real slug fest but it was the Golfers who took the early advantage with wins from Mark Carruthers (+37 handicap) and Bryan Walker (+24). Station B were not to be deterred however and with breaks of 41 and 37 from Peter O’Hagan (Scr) and Alan McLeod (+11) respectively the score was 2-2. A black ball triumph for Phil Sorfleet (+21) gave the golfers a sniff of victory but with Station B’s Simon Frazer (+16) winning easy in the next a decider loomed. Every final frame needs a cool nerve and with Stephen O’Hagan (+13) delivering with aplomb he swept aside the golf club’s Ian Fulton (+30) for a very pleasing match victory.

Group 2 saw Flimby Social get off to a flying start with a 6-1 away win over Maryport Social. In the first frame of the match Maryport’s Ryan Ismay (+7) produced a fine break of 31 but could not prevent Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham (+5) from taking the game. Frames two and three were equally close affairs but it was Flimby’s Richard Kirkham (+35) and Mark Forsyth (+28) who came out on top. Maryport’s Craig Stuart (+23) pinched the fourth frame however normal service was soon resumed as Paul Vickers (+13) and Mike Walker (+27) made it 5-1 to Flimby. In the last Flimby captain, Geoff Banton (+24) clawed back the handicap deficit with confidence as he defeated Scott Lister (+50) for a satisfying match win.

Finally in group 3 Workington’s Vets Club staked their claim with a 5-2 home victory against Workington Legion. In the first of the evening Andrew McMullen (+38) did his dad proud but could not stop the Vet’s Paul Mostyn (+18) from winning on the black. Frame two delivered a convincing win for the Legion’s Sandy Smith (+33) but with Mark Tatton (+17) proving victorious in the third he took the Vets’ 2-1 up. Frame four saw Ian Torley (+42) pot a fantastic black to bring the Legion back to 2-2 but with a fine display it was the Vets’ Peter Webster (+35) who made it 3-2. A break of 42 in frame six from Vets captain, Kevin Basnett (Scr) sealed the victory and it was Paul Graham (+12) who rounded the match off nicely with an easy win in the last to give the Vets an excellent chance of making the semis.

Week 2 matches – October 11th 2017

Station B make it two out of two

Division 1’s Station Road B made it two wins out of two in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with a 5-1 away victory over fellow divisional opponents, Workington Golf Club.

Following on from last week’s excellent start Station B’s Simon Frazer took the first only to see Phil Sorfleet level the fixture with a win over Stephen O’Hagan. Tony Elliott however regained the 2015/16 champions lead with a frame winning break of 32 in the next and it was Shaun Ayre who widened the gap to 3-1 with a victory over Mark Brasted in the fourth. Frame five proved to be an easy win for Mark Tunstall and with Peter O’Hagan nicking the last on the black against Ian Fulton it was the Station B side who went home the happier.

Last season’s division 1 champions, Workington Cons needed a couple of close frame wins in their home victory over fellow top tier challengers Maryport Social, nevertheless they still recorded a 5-1 score line. Cons wins came from Richard McCarthy, Alan Moore, Mike Park, Julian Plaza and Ryan Barker with Paul Lister offering Socials only resistance in the fifth frame of the night as he defeated Cons’ Stuart Shepherd.

Workington’s Vets Club seem to be enjoying life back in division 1 as they too made it their second 5-1 win in as many weeks, this time over division 2’s Workington Legion. A victory on the road is always pleasing as Paul Mostyn, Mark Tatton, Kevin Basnett, Stuart Ryan and Steve Garroway all won fairly comfortably. Legion’s Chris Hunter did however produce a solid performance in his victory over Neil Henderson to offer some consolation.

Station Road A added to last week’s 6-0 victory with a 4-2 home win over Workington’s United Club. The division 2 sides may have looked close on paper before the match but it was the Station A side who made the most of the home advantage as they powered to a 4-0 lead thanks to Tom Thompson, Darren Lawson (33 break), Mike Walker and Mark Robertson. United’s Dave Holland brought the Station A charge to an abrupt halt with a victory of Keith Telford and even though Peter Collins made a break of 22 in the last he could not prevent United’s Andrew Mitchelhill from pulling another frame back.

Finally, Division 2’s Flimby Social put last week’s defeat firmly to the back of their minds with a 5-1 home win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. Ben Scott did get the Sun Inn side off to a winning start with a victory over Paul Vickers but it was Mike Walker, Sal Cakmak (24 break), Richard Kirkham, Geoff Banton and Kevin Kirkham who took the points for the Flimby outfit.

Week 1 matches – October 4th 2017

Champions make impressive start

Workington based uPVC firm the Window Outlet are again to sponsor the Cockermouth & District Snooker League. A eighth term sponsorship for company owners Graeme & Ann-Marie Pritt sets the 2017/18 season off to another great start.

The new campaign will see all 10 teams face each other; however the league will still operate its existing two tier structure.

In the first of week 1 fixtures current division 1 champions, Workington Cons ran out easy away winners with a 5-1 result against division 2’s Workington Legion. Victories for Richard McCarthy, Stuart Shepherd, Mike Park, Alan Moore and Ryan Barker took the Cons to 5-0 but it was Legion’s Andrew McMullen who produced the performance of the evening to defeat Julian Plaza with a 27 break to boot.

Division 2 champions and promoted side the Vets Club made an excellent start to the season as they romped home 5-1 against division 1’s Workington Golf Club. A victory for the Golf Club’s Bryan Walker in the first looked ominous but with home wins for Paul Mostyn, Stuart Ryan, Mark Tatton and Neil Henderson the Vets went 4-1 up. The last frame was again to produce the highest break of the match (and the week) as Vets captain; Kevin Basnett made a frame winning 63 with his first real scoring opportunity to round off the match victory nicely.

Last season’s division 1 runners-up, Station Road B also made the most of their home fixture as the powered to a 5-1 victory over division 2’s United Club.  Simon Frazer, Mark Tunstall and Tony Elliott quickly took it to 3-0 but it was team mate Peter O’Hagan who produced the games stand out performance with breaks of 41 and 33 to trounce United’s Dave Holland. A frame winning contribution of 35 from United captain; Andrew Mitchelhill stopped the rot but normal service was soon resumed as Station B captain Stephen O’Hagan finished the match off with a win over Tony Hindmoor.

No recordable contributions in the match between Aspatria’s Sun Inn and Workington’s Station Road A (both of division 2) didn’t stop the town side displaying similar dominance as in previous fixtures. A 6-0 away victory stamped a huge statement of intent across their division 2 title aspirations as Darren Lawson, Peter Collins, Mike Walker, John Teasdale, Keith Telford and Tom Thompson delivered the whitewash.

Finally, division 1’s Maryport Social swept aside division 2’s Flimby Social with a 5-1 home victory. Wins for Ryan Ismay, Craig Stuart (29 break), John Fleming, Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson (31 break) left the Flimby side with some re-grouping to do. Only Kevin Kirkham could give the Flimby outfit any hope as he defeated Paul Alford with room to spare.

Could all teams please ensure they have all KO competition entries in the Friday before the next meeting (Monday 6th November, 730pm in Workington Legion).

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