Division 1 Top 4 playoff final - 28th March 2018
Vets Galvanise Fine Season
Workington’s Veterans Club galvanised a fine Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League season with a superb win over Station Road B, 4-2 in the division 1 top 4 playoff final.
Adding to their division 1's title win just a few weeks ago the Vets side maintained their form to defeat one of the league’s most decorated sides in the welcoming surroundings of Flimby Social Club.
In the first frame Vets Paul Mostyn led all the way to the last red but as Mark Tunstall took red, blue and proceeded to clear the colours he faced the black for game. Lining up to a trickier pot than he would have liked the Station B cueist hit the final ball a little two thick and with the steady pace at which he played the black it stopped over the corner pocket for Mostyn to take the frame, 58-46.
Frame two also saw another big lead almost overturned as Kevin Basnett faced Station B's division 1 leading player, Peter O’Hagan. Basnett, nearly 40 points to the good, could only watch as O'Hagan pulled the scores back to within a couple of points with just the brown remaining. Facing a tricky cut back to the green pocket Basnett could only drop the brown if he was to give himself a chance of winning the frame knowing full well a miss would have almost surely cost him the game. Nevertheless as the brown dropped in it made the next two pots a formality and Basnett took the frame 62-44 for a 2-0 Vets lead.
Vets' Mark Tatton made the early running in frame three only to see a resilient Alan McLeod claw himself back into the game with some excellent potting. As a few reds remained Tatton looked to be gaining control again however as a routine black off its spot went awry McLeod gained confidence. This took the Station B player into the colours looking the stronger of the two but with Tatton clinging on the game it went all the way to the black. At this point a cool head was required and with his first chance up stepped McLeod to dispatch the black for a 57-50 victory.
In the fourth Station B's Shaun Ayre was at his flamboyant best right from the off and in missing little he built up a 30 plus point lead against Vets' Craig Davies. A couple of half chances mid frame did give Davies a small ray of hope but with the Vets player unable to capitalise Ayre went from strength to strength. As the frame neared the end the Station B entertainer was now potting everything in sight and with Davies needing a significant amount of snookers he offered his hand to Ayre who took the frame 68-25.
As the score now stood at 2-2 the fifth frame took on extra important whether it be from a Vets reasserting themselves perspective or a Station B maintaining their charge viewpoint. This needed players’ with both grit and determination and none were more suited to the task than Vets Paul Graham and Station B's Stephen O'Hagan. Both players delivered some excellent safety early on but with Graham the first to put some points on the board it was clear to see he was in no mood to give them up. Building on what he had already created Graham was nearly 50 up before O'Hagan got a chance. This proved to be too little too late and with reds still on the table O'Hagan conceded as Graham won 53-11 for a 3-2 Vets lead.
Division 2 top 4 playoff final - March 21st 2018
Flimby do the Double
Flimby Social topped off a fantastic season in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with a fine 4-2 division 2 top 4 playoff win over Workington's Station Road A to add to their division 2 league championship victory.
The match started in a cautious manner with Flimby's Michael Walker winning a scrappy first 56-15 against a resilient Keith Telford to put his team 1-0 up.
Frame two saw Station B's Mike Walker pot confidently in the early stage but as Sal Cakmak held firm he was still in the game with a couple of reds remaining. Walker reasserted himself however and in taking the balls he required he won 61-37 for a 1-1 score line.
Flimby's Kevin Kirkham came out of the traps quickly in the third and with some excellent potting he gained a sizable lead. Even though Station A's Mark Robertson tried hard to get back into the game he could not stop Kirkham taking the frame 75-24 for a Flimby 2-1 lead.
In frame four Station A's Darren Lawson looked in good form and with the better chances he forged a crucial early advantage. Martyn Fisher did manage to drag himself back into the frame nevertheless but in picking up from where he started it was Lawson who delivered parity at 2-2 with a 70-25 victory.
Paul Vickers pretty much led frame five from start to finish. Station A's Tom Thompson tried hard to carve out an opportunity but as a couple of half chances went begging it was Vickers who once again put Flimby in front with a 67-16 win.
At 3-2 to Flimby Richard Kirkham took on Station A's Barry Collins. An early chance for Kirkham yielded a break of 25 and with a couple of minor contributions the Flimby cueist maintained control. Even though Collins made a mid frame flurry he could do nothing to counter Kirkham's measured play and with a fine finish it was the Social player who took his team to the title with a 78-38 triumph.
Top 4 playoff semis - March 14th 2018
League Champions Move Forward To Finals
Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League playoff semi-finals took place this week with Workington's Veterans Club and Station Road B through to the division 1 final and Flimby Social versus Station Road A making up the division 2 final.
In the first of the division 1 semis champions Vets defeated fourth placed Workington Golf Club 4-1 in a match that was closer than the score line suggested.
The first frame saw Paul Mostyn take an early lead but with a dogged display Bryan Walker put the Golf Club one up with a win on the pink. Frame two also looked to be going in the Golf Club direction however as Mark Tatton hung on he defeated Mark Brasted on the black for 1-1. A break of 80 in frame three saw Kevin Basnett put the Vets into a 2-1 lead as he beat Phil Sorfleet. In frame four a more tactical affair ensued and with Craig Davies seemingly delivering at more crucial times in the game he defeated Ian Fulton for a 3-1 scoreline. In what proved to be the last frame of the match Vets' Paul Graham and Golf Club's Stephen Jackson went toe to toe, however in using his greater experience it was Graham who finished off the match nicely to take his team into the March 28th final.
In the other division 1 playoff semi final second placed Station Road B produced a confident performance to beat third placed Workington Conservative Club, 4-1. A win in the first frame gave for Richard McCarthy over Station B captain Stephen O'Hagan gave Cons the perfect start but with Tony Elliott and Peter O’Hagan winning the next two against Cons Mike Park and Julian Plaza Station B were 2-1 to the good. Station B's Alan McLeod had too much for Ryan Barker to make it 3-1 and in a close fifth frame it was Mark Tunstall who put his side through to the final with a victory over Cons' Alan Moore.
The division 2 playoff semis started with a victory for champions Flimby as they disposed of Aspatria’s Sun Inn 4-1. The first frame went to the Sun's Ben Scott with a good win over Paul Vickers however as Flimby's Sal Cakmak produced a solid display against Andrew Scott the score was soon 1-1. Frame three went to division 2 leading player Kevin Kirkham with a victory over Aspatria’s Ben Irving and as Michael Walker won the fourth against Graeme Todd Flimby went 3-1 ahead. In the fifth frame, and what turned out to the last of the match, Richard Kirkham delivered his usual tactical mastery to outwit Joseph Dunn and take his team into next week's final.
In the other division 2 semi final third placed league outfit Station Road A defeated second placed United Club 4-1 in the weeks only match to resemble a shock, albeit a minor one. Station A got their tactics spot on and in fielding their best three to start the match they went 2-1 up. A win for Mike Walker over Willie Fearon had put Station A 1-0 and even though Dave Holland had managed to nick the second against Tom Thompson it was Darren Lawson who maintained the Station A advantage with a victory against Mike Dawson. Mark Robertson won a close game against United's Clive Lister to go 3-1 and with Station A's Keith Telford producing a granite like performance against Dave Chapman the third placed side can now look forward to a final against Flimby.
Week 18 matches (final league games) – March 7th 2018
Vets and Flimby take Division 1 & 2 Titles
Workington's Veterans Club and Flimby Social Club are the new Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League division 1 and division 2 champions.
The final week of the league season was an exciting one with division 1 proving to be particularly nail-biting. Level on points with Cons, but with more wins, leaders Vets needed to better the current champions score. However with Station B just two points behind, Vets were also required to produce a match score no more than two points worse than the third placed team to be crowned champions and with a 3-3 away draw against division 2’s United Club they did just that.
As the match finished nevertheless, and the other scores not yet in, the Vets Club team were made to sweat a little before the celebrations could start.
The match couldn't have started any better for the Vets Club as Paul Mostyn (32 break) produced a text book performance to trounch Dave Holland. This however was quickly negated as Mark Suitor beat Craig Davies and Clive Lister defeated Mark Tatton to put the United Club 2-1. Frame four looked to be going in the favour of Vets' Paul Graham but as Mike Dawson used all his experience he put the United Club 3-1. At this point the league title was hanging on a thread but with Vets captain Kevin Basnett proving too Strong for United captain Andrew Mitchelhill, the chase was still on. In the last a measured Steve Garroway executed the game plan superbly and with little challenge from United's Tony Hindmoor he took the title even if Garroway and his team mates didn't know at the time.
Flimby Social's division 2 title claiming win was of a more routine nature as they defeated Workington Legion 5-1 at home. A first frame win for Leigh McTiffin over Paul Vickers gave Flimby something to worry about but as Kevin Kirkham produced a break of 53 to defeat Legion's Shane Brewer in the next the nerves were settled. Kirkham's win ensured he took the division 2 leading player title. With just one more frame needed up stepped Flimby’s captain and with a win on the black Geoff Banton took his team over the line against Legion's Mark Ritson in what has been a fantastic season for the Social side. The match wasn't finished however and with Sal Cakmak, Michael Walker and Richard Kirkham all proving victorious the Flimby outfit completed proceedings in style. Workington Legion ended their campaign bottom of division 2.
Station Road B finished second in division 1 on the back of a 5-1 win against fellow club mates and division 2 side Station Road A. A victory for Darren Lawson over Simon Frazer in the first gave Station A some hope in their chase for a division 2 second spot but with Alan McLeod beating Tom Thompson and Tony Elliott defeating Mike Walker, thanks to a break of 34, Station B were back on track. A Mark Tunstall victory over Mark Robertson and a Leigh Musgrave win against Keith Telford and Station B were 4-1 up. Unknown to the Station Road B side at this moment but with Vets 3-1 down and Cons 3-2 down (see below) Station B were in a fantastic position to grab the title. A victory was still needed to give the Station B lads a chance and who better to complete the job than Station B captain, Stephen O'Hagan. With a typically gritty display O'Hagan kept his cool and dispatched Barry Collins to leave his side in with an outside chance.
At the start of the division 1 clash between Workington Conservative Club and Workington Golf Club the Cons side knew they had to beat Vets and Station B's score to take the title but with a 3-3 draw they finished third. The match started with a re-spotted black as Cons' Richard McCarthy beat Ken Kirkwood but with a solid display Golf Club's Mark Cowen beat Julian Plaza to make it 1-1. A Mark Brasted break of 43 was enough to defeat Cons' Stuart Shepherd but with Alan Moore beating Stephen Jackson the score was 2-2. A crucial fifth frame went to the Golf Club's ultra consistent Bryan Walker with a win over Ryan Barker and with the golfers now 3-2 up the Cons were probably resigned to relinquishing their title. A close final frame wasn't without quality and with a contribution of 40 Cons' Mike Park defeated Ian Fulton to complete the draw. As negative the result was for Cons it definitely proved to be a positive one for the Golf Club with the draw ensuring they made the division 1 top 4 playoffs where they will face champions Vets away next week. Cons will face second placed Station Road B away.
Finally, division 1’s Maryport Social defeated division 2’s Sun Inn 4-2 away but in finishing bottom of the table they could not avoid relegation. Ryan Ismay took the first against Andrew Scott and Paul Alford defeated Gary Miller to put Social 2-0 up. Victories for the Sun Inn's two Ben's, Irving and Scott over John Fleming and Colin Sealby delivered parity at 2-2 but with Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson taking the last two over Joseph Dunn and Karl Charters, Social delivered the win. Sun Inn’s two points guaranteed fourth place in division 2 which means they will meet champions Flimby away in next week's division 2 top 4 playoffs. Second placed United Club will meet Station Road A in the other semi final at home.
Week 17 matches – 28th February 2018
Vets in control of their own destiny
Workington's Veterans Club kept their top spot in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week with a 4-2 win over second placed Station Road B.
As both teams were tied on 65 points at the start of the match a victory now means that the Vets Club are now the masters of their own destiny with just one game to go.
Wins for Paul Mostyn and Mark Tatton over Wayne Hardy and Simon Frazer respectively put the Vets Club two up. However as Tony Elliott and Mark Tunstall won the next two over Vets' Craig Davies and Steve Garroway (30 break), Station B pulled it back to 2-2. A contribution of 31 allowed Vets' captain, Kevin Basnett to take the fifth against Shaun Ayre but with the final pink presenting itself to Station Rd B captain Stephen O'Hagan in the last a certain draw looked on. A surprising miss and coolly dispatched pink and black later though and it was Paul Graham who pinched a crucial match victory for the Vets Club. Station Road B are now two points adrift in third place in division 1.
The division 2 title looked even more likely to end up in the hands of Flimby Social as they defeated division 1's Workington Golf Club 4-2 away. Flimby now sit four points ahead of second placed United Club and need just two frames from their last fixture against Workington Legion to secure the trophy. Victories for Richard Kirkham, Sal Cakmak and Paul Vickers over Kenny Kirkwood, Bryan Walker and Phil Sorfleet put Social three up. A Further win for Kevin Kirkham over Mark Brasted put Flimby 4-0 up but it was the Golf Club's Stephen Jackson and Ian Fulton who put some respectability in to the match score with victories over Martyn Fisher and Michael Walker in the last two. The Golf Club now only need one point from their final fixture against Workington Cons to make the division 1 top 4 playoffs.
Workington Conservative Club moved up one place to second in division 1 with a 5-1 home win against division 2’s the United Club. Placed second only by virtue of having less wins, the Cons need to beat the score produced the by Vets Club and Station B next week to be crowned champions. A 39 break by Richard McCarthy and a black ball win by Stuart Shepherd over Dave Chapman and Clive Lister respectively was enough to give the Cons a 2-0 lead. An equally close win for Julian Plaza over Mike Dawson put Cons 3-0 up but with Andrew Mitchelhill winning fairly convincingly over Ryan Barker in the next the United club captain pulled one back. A thumping win for Alan Moore over Tony Hindmoor put Cons 4-1 up and as Mike Park won a close last frame against United’s Dave Holland the Cons gave themselves a real chance of retaining their division 1 title. The United Club maintain their division 2 second place but now sit four points adrift of leaders Flimby.
Station Road A gave themselves an outside chance of taking the division 2 title with a 4-2 home win against division 1’s Maryport Social. They are now tied on the 49 points with the United Club but would require at least a 5-1 win against their B team next week coupled with a capitulation by both Flimby and the United Club. In this week’s win a black ball victory for Mark Robertson over Ryan Ismay and a Tom Thompson win over Craig Stuart produced a 2-0 Station A lead. A break of 40 allowed Barry Collins to beat Socials Paul Alford comprehensively and with Mike Walker defeating John Fleming in the next Station A moved to 4-0. Nevertheless, Maryport didn't give up and with victories for Paul Lister and Andrew Henderson over Darren Lawson and Peter Collins, Social have the smallest of chances of avoiding relegation in their last fixture against Aspatria’s Sun Inn away.
Finally, division 2's bottom two sides Workington Legion and the Sun Inn battled it out with the fixture ending in a predictable 3-3 draw. The Sun Inn made an excellent start to their away game with victories for Andrew Scott and Ben Scott over Iain Torley and Steven Huston. Mark Lavin pulled one back for the Legion with a win over Gary Miller and Sandy Smith levelled the score with a triumph over Joseph Dunn. Ben Irving gave the Sun Inn a sniff of a match win with a victory over Chris Hunter but it was Shane Brewer who ensured parity was delivered with a win over Graeme Todd in the last.
Week 16 matches – 21st February 2018
Station B defeat Cons
Station Road B defeated fellow division 1 side Workington Conservative Club, 4-2 at home in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week to go second in the table and knock their opponents down to third.
The first frame went to Station B's Simon Frazer with a win over Ryan Barker but the score was soon 1-1 as Cons' Julian Plaza defeated Tony Elliott. The third frame went to went to Cons with a Richard McCarthy victory over Alan McLeod however, as the fourth went in the opposite direction with a win for Mark Tunstall against Stuart Shepherd the match score was 2-2. The key fifth frame produced an excellent victory for Station B captain, Stephen O'Hagan over two time county champion Alan Moore and with team mate Shaun Ayre taking the last a crucial 4-2 win was delivered.
Workington’s Veterans Club moved to the top of division 1 again, on the most wins rule, with a 4-2 home victory against division 2’s Station Road A. Mark Tatton took the first against Station A's Tom Tom Thompson and with breaks of 48 and 40 Vets captain Kevin Basnett made it 2-0 with a victory over Darren Lawson. Mike Walker nicked the third with a good colours clearance against Vets' Paul Graham but with a convincing win for Station A's Mark Robertson over Peter Webster the score was 2-2. Vets' Paul Mostyn beat Keith Telford easily to make it 3-2 and it was Steve Garroway who in potting a great pink and black sealed the match win with a victory over the valiant Peter Collins. Station Road A sit third in division 2.
Flimby Social overtook opponents the United Club with a 4-2 away win to go top of the division 2 table. Clive Lister won the first for the United Club with a win over Paul Vickers but Kevin Kirkham levelled the match score with a victory against Mike Dawson. Mark Forsyth delivered an excellent win against United's Andrew Mitchelhill in the next however as Willie Fearon defeated Flimby’s Sal Cakmak in the fourth the match score was 2-2. At this point in the match Flimby upped their game and with two battling wins from Michael Walker and Richard Kirkham, against United Club's two Dave's Holland and Chapman, Social finished the match sitting at the top of the division.
Division 1's Maryport Social could not lift themselves off the bottom of the table even though they managed a 4-2 home win against division 2’s Workington Legion. Victories for Colin Sealby (28 break), Paul Lister, Ryan Ismay and Andrew Henderson was enough for the social outfit to take the match win. Chris Hunter and Iain Torley were the only two who could offer any resistance from the Legion with the division 2 outfit also rooted to the bottom of their respective table.
Finally, Workington Golf Club recorded a 4-2 away win at Aspatria’s Sun Inn and are now favourites to secure what is likely to be the final division 1 top 4 playoff place. Wins for Bryan Walker, Phil Sorfleet and Mark Brasted gave the golf club the perfect start but as the Sun Inn came back with victories from Ben Scott and Ben Irving the draw looked a distinct possibility. Nevertheless, the golf clubs Ian Fulton was having none of this and in winning by nearly 90 point he assured the match win.
Week 15 matches - 14th February 2018
Cons and United make impressive move to the top
Workington Conservative Club pulled out all the stops in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week as they rose to the top of division 1 on the back of a 5-1 home win against last week’s leaders, Workington's Veterans Club.
With just three games go the Cons side have picked a crucial time to produce their best with the top tier now looking like going down to the wire.
In the first frame a real heavyweight clash between Cons Richard McCarthy and Vets Kevin Basnett kicked the fixture off. A rapid McCarthy 40 point lead was soon followed up with a superb break of 48 as the Cons cueist trounced the previously unbeaten Vets captain to lead 1-0. The second was a dour affair but with the brown remaining it was Vets Craig Davies who faced a frame winning chance. In potting the brown the game looked over but with the cue ball going into the middle pocket it was left to Stuart Shepherd to pot the balls he needed to take the game. Julian Plaza applied his usual tactical excellence in frame three and with fine finish he defeated Vets' Paul Mostyn for a 3-0 Cons advantage. Vets' Neil Henderson saw a series of early opportunities go astray in frame three and Ryan Barker's confidence built as a result. A 33 break later and Barker was out of sight as he took his team to 4-0. The fifth began with an Alan Moore break of 32. Again with experience in abundance the Cons player was never going to make it easy and in protecting his lead he defeated Mark Tatton with ease for 5-0. The last ebbed and flowed with Mike Park taking on Steve Garroway. Going down to the wire only the pink and black separated the two players but with probably the pot of the night it was Garroway who stroked home the pink with aplomb to offer the Vets small consolation. Vets drop down to the third, two points behind Cons.
Station Road B put themselves alongside Vets in division 1 with a 5-1 away win against division 2 table toppers Flimby Social. Home form has been a real problem for the Flimby outfit this season but with a Paul Vickers break of 30 in the first the Social outfit made the perfect start as he defeated Shaun Ayre. However, a Peter O’Hagan victory over Geoff Banton and a Mark Tunstall win against Michael Walker saw Station B go 2-1 up. A black ball win for Alan McLeod over Sal Cakmak put Station B 3-1 up and with Tony Elliott proving victorious on the pink over Martyn Fisher, Flimby were now 4-1 down. In the final frame of the match Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham was probably favourite to beat Stephen O'Hagan but, in applying his tactical knowhow coupled with calmness under pressure it was the Station B captain who completed the win in style. Flimby drop to second in division 2.
Division 2's United Club moved into top spot on the back of a 4-2 home win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. In a similar move to that of division 1’s Cons Club the Workington side, who have largely spent the season in third, see themselves one point in front of second placed Flimby Social with just a trio of fixtures to go. The match started well for the Sun Inn side as an Andrew Scott break of 25 was enough to take the first frame against Mike Dawson. A fantastic performance by Ben Scott in frame two allowed him to beat United captain, Andrew Mitchelhill but that was the point at which the Sun Inn's charge ended. The United Club took all the remaining frames of the match as Willie Fearon, Dave Holland, Dave Chapman and Clive Lister to complete the turnaround. The Sun Inn remain fourth in division 2.
Station Road A got their challenge for the division 2 title back on track with 5-1 home win against the division's bottom club, Workington Legion. A Tom Thompson victory over Legion's Leigh McTiffin in the first was cancelled out in the second as Sandy Smith beat Station A's Keith Telford. Darren Lawson and Mark Robertson soon put Station A 3-1 up with victories over Louise Evans and Iain Torley. In the final two frames Station A moved up a couple of gears and completed a comprehensive match win as Mike Walker and Barry Collins defeated Shane Brewer and Mark Ritson respectively with ease. Station Road A remain in third but close the gap at the top from six points to three.
Finally, Workington Golf Club increased their division 1 fourth place lead over opponents Maryport Social from three to five points with a 4-2 home win. A playoff place for the Golf Club looks a likely prospect now and given their start to the season it's one they should be proud of. Nevertheless it was another match that saw a remarkable recovery as from 2-0 down the Golf Club managed to squeeze out a victory. A contribution of 29 saw Maryport's Craig Stuart take the first against Mark Cowen and with a Ryan Ismay victory over the Golf Club's Stephen Jackson in frame two, Social were in the ascendancy. This position of dominance faltered quickly however as Phil Sorfleet beat Colin Sealby, Mark Brasted defeated Paul Lister, Bryan Walker beat John Fleming and Ian Fulton defeated Andrew Henderson to see the golfers end the fixture very happy indeed.
Week 14 matches – February 7th 2018
Vets suffer first defeat
Division 2 leaders, Flimby Social Club produced the stand out result in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week as they beat previously undefeated division 1 leaders, Workington's Veterans Club 4-2.
Even more impressively for the Flimby side was that it was achieved away from home as they recorded their fifth win of the season.
The first frame of the match however went the way of the Vets Club in emphatic circumstances as Kevin Basnett produced breaks of 54 and 37 to defeat Mark Forsyth. Frame two saw Paul Vickers produce a break of 34 and even though Vets' Craig Davies came back it was the Flimby man who levelled the score. Sal Cakmak took the third to put Flimby 2-1 up but it was Vets’ Paul Graham who eased past Mike Walker to achieve parity one again. At this point Flimby upped their game and with a tactically astute victory in the fifth by Martyn Fisher and a one sided win by Kevin Kirkham, which included a break of 30, in the last the Social side left the Vets licking their wounds.
Workington’s Station Road B failed to capitalise on Vets’ defeat as they could only manage a 3-3 home draw against division 2’s Sun Inn. Stephen O’Hagan took the first for Station B but it was Ben Scott who levelled the score with a close victory over Simon Frazer. A break of 33 was enough for Peter O’Hagan to make it 2-1 to Station B however as Gary Miller and Andrew Scott won the next two for the Aspatria side another shock was a distinct possibility. Shaun Ayre was having none of this nevertheless and by winning the last by nearly 90 points he assured the draw. Station B drop down to third in division 1 and the Sun Inn remain fourth in division 2.
Workington Cons crept up into second place in the division 1 table on the back of a 5-1 home win against division 2’s Station Road A. Tom Thompson gave Station A hope of ending their miserable run of form as he took the first with a win over Julian Plaza, however as the next went to Mike Park on the black the signs didn’t look good. Further victories for Stuart Shepherd (34 break), Ryan Barker, Alan Moore (43 break), and Richard McCarthy sealed a win which allowed Cons to overtake Station B in the division 1 table. Leading division 2 after Xmas Station A had been looking good but with just four points from their last four matches they are now third six points adrift from leaders Flimby.
The United Club maintained their division 2 momentum with a 5-1 away win at division 1’s Maryport Social. Wins for Willie Fearon, Dave Holland, Mike Dawson, Clive Lister (33 break) and Andrew Mitchelhill kept the United Club in touch for the division 2 title. Maryport’s John Fleming was the only one who could offer any resistance as he defeated Tony Hindmoor with room to spare. Maryport Social slip to the bottom of division 1 as a result.
Week 13 matches – January 31st 2017
Vets maintain their lead
Workington’s Veterans Club maintained their five point lead at the top of division 1 in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League this week on the back of a 4-2 away win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn.
Even though the top tier side were victorious the second division outfit certainly didn’t go without a fight as a number of frames went all the way. In the first frame of the match a win on the pink for Paul Mostyn put the Vets 1-0 up but it was soon 1-1 AS Karl Charters levelled the score. A break of45 was enough for Kevin Basnett to put the division 1 leaders 2-1 in front however it was Aspatria’s Andrew Scott (24 break) who levelled the scores for the home side again as he defeated Vets’ Mark Tatton. Steve Garroway soon made it 3-2 in Vets favour and it was team mate Paul Graham who sealed the match win with a black ball victory in the last over Ben Irving. The Sun Inn stay fourth in division 2.
Flimby Social increased their division 2 lead to three points even though they were defeated 4-2 at home to Workington’s Conservative Club. A close victory for Kevin Kirkham in the first gave Flimby the perfect start nevertheless as Julian Plaza, Ryan Barker and Stuart Shepherd won the next three the Cons Club were 3-1 up. A good win for Paul Vickers over Alan Moore did give the division 2 side some hope of a draw but a Mike Park break of 39 soon put paid to that as he defeated Flimby’s Michael Walker to deliver the match victory. Cons remain third in division 1.
Division 1’s Workington Golf Club produced a quality performance as they comprehensively defeated Station Road A, 5-1 at home. Win’s for the three Mark’s, Carruthers, Cowen and Brasted put the Golf Club 3-0 up. Station B’s Mike Walker won on the black to pull it back to 3-1 but with Phil Sorfleet and Ian Fulton winning the last two it was the Golf Club who won with room to spare. The Golf Club are still bottom of division 1 with Station A second in division 2.
Week 12 matches – January 24th 2017
Workington Legion produce massive shock
Home side Workington Legion produced the biggest shock in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League for some 20 years plus as they defeated Station Road B, 4-2.
In a real David versus Goliath fixture the bottom of division 2 outfit overcame the top tiers second placed side to give both divisions a very different feel.
The match started in what could be considered routine circumstances as Alan McLeod defeated Legion’s Chris Hunter with ease. The second frame went down to a re-spotted black and with Iain Torley presiding over Station B’s Simon Frazer the score was 1-1. The third produced a straightforward victory for Peter O’Hagan to take his side 2-1 up but that was the point at which everything changed. Mark Ritson battled for a win in frame four and with Shane Brewer and Mark Lavin doing pretty much the same in frames five and six the Station B side were left in a state of shock. Station B stay second in division 1 and Workington Legion moved off the bottom of the division 2 table for the first time this season
Workington's Veterans Club stretched their lead in division 1 to five points on the back of a 6-0 victory at home to Maryport Social. A 75 clearance by Vets captain, Kevin Basnett put paid to the first frame and as Craig Davies won the second the Workington side were soon 2-0 up. Paul Mostyn produced a break of 40 to take frame three and team mate Mark Tatton won a close fourth against Paul Lister to make it 4-0. Socials Andrew Henderson looked strong in the early stages of the fifth frame but as the game progressed Paul Graham just got better and better and eventually won convincingly. The last frame saw Steve Garroway produce break of 35 and with little to challenge this it was the Vets man who delivered the frame victory to complete the whitewash. Maryport Social stay fourth in division 1.
Division 1 third placed team, Workington Conservative Club, also delivered a 6-0 whitewash with division 2's Sun Inn being the victims. The Workington side took full advantage of their home fixture with victories for Mike Park, Richard McCarthy, Ryan Barker, Julian Plaza, Alan Moore and Stuart Shepherd in a confident Cons performance. Aspatria’s Sun Inn drop down to the bottom of division 2.
Flimby Social Club put one over on their division 2 title rivals as they beat Station Road A 5-1 away to overtake them at the top of the table. Wins for Martyn Fisher and Paul Vickers put Flimby two up but with Mark Robertson winning frame three he pulled one back for Station A. Frames four and five went to Flimby with victories by Sal Cakmak and Michael Walker but it was team mate Kevin Kirkham who produced the performance of the evening with a division's best contribution of 71 to round the match win off nicely.
Finally, division 1’s Workington Golf Club were held to a 3-3 home draw in a game that saw division 2’s United Club come back from 3-1 behind. The Golf Club's Stephen Jackson took the first and team mate Bryan Walker quickly followed this up with a frame winning break of 43 in the second. Frame three went to United's Mike Dawson but as Mark Carruthers won frame four the golfers were on the cusp of victory. Nevertheless Willie Fearon and Dave Holland had other ideas and with triumphs in the last two a satisfying draw was delivered. The Golf Club are still bottom of division 1 with the United Club third in division 2.
Week 11 matches – January 10th 2017
League positions remain unchanged
The Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League saw division 1 and 2 league positions remain pretty much unchanged this week as teams matched each other’s results around them.
At the top of division 1 Workington’s Veterans Club maintained their unbeaten run with a 5-1 home victory against division 2 bottom club, Workington Legion. The match started with wins for Paul Mostyn and Craig Davies but with a break of 31 it was Mark Tatton who put the Vets 3-0 up. Frame four saw Stuart Ryan deliver a comprehensive victory to take the Vets to 4-0 but with Chris Hunter potting the last three balls in his frame against Neil Henderson he pulled one back for the Legion. The last started off in a tactical fashion but as Vets captain Kevin Basnett created an opportunity he produced a frame winning break of 49 to round off the match victory nicely.
Station Road B ensured the Vets division 1 lead was kept to just a single point as they too recorded a 5-1 victory, away to fellow division 1 side Workington Golf Club. The game nevertheless started well for the golfers as Mark Carruthers produced a fine victory over Tony Elliott to take the first. This ended up being as good as it got for the golf club as Simon Frazer, Peter O’Hagan, Alan McLeod, Shaun Ayre and Stephen O’Hagan all proved victorious to see the Station B outfit apply maximum pressure on the league leaders. Workington Golf Club are still bottom of division 1.
Division 2 leaders, Station Road A were defeated by a surprising 5-1 scoreline against fellow second tier side, The United Club. United Club captain Andrew Mitchelhill took the first fairly easily but was team mate Ian Graham who produced the shock of the night as he defeated the division’s number 2 ranked player, Mike Walker in the second. Barry Collins did manage to pull one back for Station A but it was Mike Dawson, Dave Holland and Clive Lister who pushed home their teams’ earlier advantage to record their third win of the season. The United Club stay third in division 2.
In a battle between two division 1 top four sides, Maryport Social held Workington Conservative Club to a 3-3 draw. Last season’s champions went into the fixture as firm favourites and with a frame winning Richard McCarthy break of 55 in the first the Cons side started in the best possible way. As this lead was doubled with a Julian Plaza victory in frame two the Cons side were in a strong position. However, after Ryan Ismay victory and Paul Lister win, that included a contribution of 40, the match stood at 2-2. Alan Moore put the Cons 3-2 up with a victory in frame five but it was Andrew Henderson who took the last for a well-earned draw. Workington Cons are third with Maryport Social in fourth.
Finally, Flimby Social closed the gap on division 2 top side Station A with a 4-2 away victory against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. A win for Kevin Kirkham put Flimby 1-0 up but the lead didn’t last long as Ben Irving took the second for the Sun Inn side. Sal Cakmak won a remarkable third frame after needing a snooker and with team mate Paul Vickers taking the fourth in a confident manner the Flimby side forged a 3-1 lead. Ben Scott won the fifth to give the Aspatria side a chance of a 3-3 and as the black remained in the last Gary Miller looked like doing just that. However after a long pot went awry Miller left the black for Flimby’s Michael Walker to duly oblige and subsequently deliver the match win.
Week 10 matches – January 3rd 2018
Station B move to within a point
Workington’s Station Road B moved to within a point of the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker league division 1 lead with a 6-0 away thrashing of division 2’s United Club.
Station Road B’s Simon Frazer started off the match in fine fashion with a break of 36 and as this largely went unchallenged he took the frame. The next was won in an equally convincing manner as Tony Elliott defeated United’s Willie Fear on and with Peter O’Hagan taking the third against United veteran, Mike Dawson Station B were 3-0 up. A 32 break by Alan McLeod put paid to frame four with Station B team mate Shaun Ayre soon making it 5-0 with a win over Clive Lister. The last saw a battle of the captain’s as United’s Andrew Mitchelhill took on Station B’s Stephen O’Hagan. A well matched frame went all the way and even though Mitchelhill took it all the way to the black he could not avoid the whitewash as O’Hagan prevailed. The United Club stay third in division 2.
Division 1 leaders, Workington’s Veterans Club, negotiated a tricky away fixture as they defeated fellow top tier opponents Workington Golf Club 4-2. A solid performance from the Golf Club’s Bryan Walker took care of frame one and a scrappy second also looked like going in the same direction but with great fighting spirit it was Vets’ Paul Graham who levelled the score with a defeat of Mark Brasted. Frames three and four also went the way of Vets’ with Craig Davies and Mark Tatton proving victorious over Phil Sorfleet and Stephen Jackson respectively. The Golf Club’s Mark Cowen pulled the score back to 3-2 with a win over Neil Henderson but it was Vets captain Kevin Basnett who delivered the win with a victory over Ian Fulton in the last. The Golf Club are still bottom of division 1.
Station Road A extended their lead to five points at the top of division 2 with a 5-1 home win against Aspatria’s Sun Inn. Mark Robertson put Station A 1-0 up however it was Karl Charters who made it 1-1 with a win over Tom Thompson. A contribution of 22 allowed Darren Lawson to take frame three and as Mike Walker won frame four easily the Station A cueists made it 3-1. A victory for Barry Collins made it 4-1 to Station A and it was Collins senior (Peter) who finished off the match nicely with good win over Andrew Scott. The Sun Inn still sit fourth in division 2.
Flimby Social produced a solid home performance as the division 2 side held division 1's Maryport Social to a 3-3 draw. The match started with a 36 break from Maryport's Ryan Ismay as he defeated Flimby captain, Geoff Banton. This advantage was short-lived nevertheless as Paul Vickers and Michael Walker put Flimby 2-1 up with victories over Paul Alford and Colin Sealby respectively. However a black ball victory for John Fleming over Richard Kirkham and a convincing win for Paul Lister against Sal Cakmak put Maryport 3-2 up. In the last Maryport's Andrew Henderson potted some nice balls but in the end had to concede to Kevin Kirkham's superior play as the Flimby man delivered the draw in style. Flimby are second in division 2 with Maryport third in division 1.
Finally, Workington Conservative Club kept in touch with the top two in division 1 with a 5-1 home win against Workington Legion. Victories for Richard McCarthy, Stuart Shepherd and Julian Plaza over Legion's Sandy Smith, Louise Evans and Shane Brewer put the Cons 3-0. An Alan Moore win over Iain Torley soon made it 4-0 but it was the ever reliable Chris Hunter who stopped the rot as he defeated Ryan Barker in frame five. This however only proved to delay the inevitable as Mike Park eased home in the last against Legion's Mark Lavin to round off the match victory nicely. Legion remain at the foot of the division 2 table.
Week 9 matches – December 20th 2017
Vets lead at half way point
Workington’s Veterans Club went into the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker league Xmas break still sitting at the top of division 1 on the back of a 4-2 home victory against division 2’s United Club.
From 2-2 the Vets side showed their fighting spirit to deliver the win as the league reached its half way point. In the first frame of the match United’s Dave Holland dug deep and even though Paul Graham fought back a double on the black put the division 2 side 1-0 up. Vets’ captain Kevin Basnett won easily to make it 1-1 but it was Paul Mostyn who in producing the highest break of the night with 40 put the Vets 2-1 in lead. United’s Mike Dawson used all his experience in frame four to defeat Mark Tatton however the game of the night took place in frame 5. Trailing by nearly 20 points with the green left Vets’ Stuart Ryan delivered an incredible clearance to nick the frame from underneath Andrew Mitchelhill nose. In the last Vets’ Steve Garroway pushed home his teams’ advantage and with a solid performance he assured the match victory. Vets lead division 1 by three points with the United Club still in third 5 points behind joint leaders Station Road A and Flimby.
Station Road A maintained their top spot in division 2 even though they were defeated 4-2 by division 1 club mates Station Road B. Victories by Tom Thompson and Darren Lawson against Shaun Ayre and Mark Tunstall respectively put the A side into an unexpected 2-0 lead nevertheless this advantage was short-lived as Alan McLeod and Peter O’Hagan quickly pulled the score back to 2-2 with convincing wins over Mark Robertson and Keith Telford. Frame five was the closest frame of the night and even though Mike Walker battled hard it was Tony Elliott who gave the B side a 3-2 lead. The final frame of the evening proved to be somewhat of an anti-climax as B team captain Stephen O’Hagan dispatched Peter Collins with room to spare for a relief inducing team victory. Station Road B are second in division 1.
Division 1’s Workington Conservative Club made their chase for the title that much harder as they went down 4-2 at home to fellow top tier opponents Workington Golf Club. The match started in an even fashion with the first two frames shared with Stuart Shepherd winning for the Cons and Bryan Walker victorious for the Golf Club. A break of 30 by Mark Brasted was enough to take the golfers 2-1 up but it was two time county champion Alan Moore who soon made it 2-2 with an easy win over Mark Carruthers. Frame five saw Ian Fulton also win without difficulty and as team mate Kenny Kirkwood took the last the Golf Club went home very happy indeed. The Golf Club are still five points adrift at the bottom of division 1 with the Cons in third two points behind second placed Station Road B.
Flimby Social joined Station Road A at the top of division 2 with a 4-2 away win at Workington Legion. Frame one saw Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham put his side one up however Sandy Smith assured parity with a victory in frame two. Paul Vickers won a close third for the Social outfit and as team mate Sal Cakmak delivered a convincing fourth frame victory Flimby were 3-1 up. The next produced the games’ best performance as Geoff Banton delivered a frame winning break of 38 to put his team into an unassailable 4-1 lead. In the last Legion’s Mark Lavin offered some resistance as a victory over Richard Kirkham put some respectability back into the score. Workington Legion are still bottom of division 2.
Finally, Maryport Social maintained their fourth place in division 1 as they defeated Aspatria’s Sun Inn 4-2 at home. Social’s Ryan Ismay made short work of the first but it was Ben Scott who pulled it back with a win in frame two. Colin Sealby took frame three but it was Aspatria’s Andrew Scott who drew the scores level again with a victory over John Fleming. Social’s Paul Lister delivered a close victory to make it 3-2 and it was Andrew Henderson who pushed home his teams’ advantage with a win over Gary Miller to claim the match victory.
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
Cons bounce back
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).