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Weekly Reports 2021/22

Eric McMullen Memorial TKO Handicap Trophy Qualifying Stage 4 - 5th Jan 2022
 
Semi Final Places Still Undecided 
 
L&L Property Contractors Snooker League took another break this week as cup action prevailed with the Eric McMullen Memorial Handicap TKO Trophy penultimate qualifying round featuring. 
 
In a crucial round of qualifying matches it was group 2's Veterans Club B who recorded the most significant result of the week with a 5-0 victory over Maryport Social to almost guarantee their place in the semi finals finals. David Teasdale (+49 handicap) opened the scoring and with teammate and Vets B captain, Geoff Banton winning the next it was soon 2-0. Victories from Shane Evitts (+29) and Sal Cakmak (+23) made it 4-0 and as Paul Vickers (+11) won the last the whitewash was complete. Workington's Vets B now sit top of qualifying group B on 11 points with Maryport Social now third (plate placing) on 6 points. 
 
In the other group 2 match Whitehaven's Rack Shack delivered a sound home performance to defeat Workington's United Club, 3-2 giving them a slim chance of qualifying for the semi's. A victory for United's Dave Chapman (+25) gave the away side something to build on but with Andy Moore (+35) and Scott McKelvey (+35) winning the next two the Rack Shack snatched the advantage at 2-1. The next saw just the last two balls being enough to split the two players and in holding his nerve it was United's Mark Suitor (+34) who took the match to a decider. The final frame had its twitchy moments but in keeping his cool it was Stephen Harrison who pulled his side over the line for an important Rack Shack victory. The Rack Shack swap places with the United Club in the group 2 table sitting on 7 points, while their opponents reside on 6 points in fifth place. 
 
In group one Vets Club A battled their way to a 3-2 home win against Workington Conservative Club, but with all their matches now played the Vets outfit will have to settle for a plate semi final place. A 32 break from Richard McCarthy (+1) was enough for the Cons to lead 1-0 however as Mark Tatton (+15) rose to the challenge in the next parity was achieved. Frame three saw Alan Moore (+5) win convincingly but with the Vets winning the next a decider ensued. Starting well in the last Kevin Basnett (Scr) soon chalked off the handicap deficit and as he got in amongst the balls a 30 break later proved to be enough to take the frame and match for the Vets A captain. Vets currently sit second in group 1 on 7 points with Cons in fourth on 4 points, but with one game still left to play. 
 
In the only remaining qualifying match of group 1, and indeed the week, saw Workington Golf Club guarantee their spot in the semi finals with a 3-2 away win over fellow townies Station Road A. In the first frame of the match Mark Carruthers (+37) produced one of his best wins of the competition in the first as he put the golfers 1-0 up but with a black ball win in the second Darren Lawson (+25) tied the match score up at 1-1. A thumping win for the Golf Club's Ryan Ismay (+5) gave his side some momentum in the third however with Chris Hunter (+27) in superb form in the next the Station A cueist ensured the match went the distance. Giving away 22 points in handicap advantage in the last Mark Cowen was up against it, nevertheless the Golf Club star produced one of the performances of the match to nick the frame on the last couple of balls and launch his side into the semi finals. The Golf Club are top of qualifying group 1 with 9 points (three wins) however Station A, on 5 points, now need to beat Workington Cons in the only remaining group 1 game to ensure qualification. 
 
Round 9 - 22nd December 2021
 
Cons Narrow Gap At The Top 
 
Workington Conservative Club narrowed the gap against division 1 leaders Station Road B to two points in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week, with a 4-1 home victory over division 2's Maryport Social. 
 
The victory aside, the match started in the best possible fashion for the Maryport outfit as Ben Scott defeated the previously unbeaten Julian Plaza with a fantastic first frame performance. Frame two saw normal service resumed as Ryan Barker squared up the match score, and with teammate Alan Moore taking the next in similar fashion the Cons Club went 2-1 ahead. A relatively close game in the next went in favour of Stuart Shepherd and with Richard McCarthy taking the last in convincing fashion a 4-1 Cons match win was delivered. Cons sit on 29 points in division 1 with Maryport Social remaining bottom of division 2 on 7 points. 
 
Workington's Station Road A left their fellow division 1 adversaries Workington Golf Club stunned as with three black ball victories they oversaw a 4-1 home win. A first frame winning performance produced a round 9 best break of 47 from Ryan Ismay to put the Golf Club 1-0 up, however with a black ball win from Station A's Darren Lawson in the next the first painful blow was struck. Another victory on the final ball, this time from Chris Hunter, put Station A 2-1 in front and even though Mike Walker delivered a routine victory for 3-1 an unprecedented third black ball win was the final nail in the coffin as Geoff Smith sent the Golfers home in disbelief. The victory moves Station A off the bottom of the division 1 table into fourth on 20 points and the Golf Club stay in third, also in division 1, on 23 points. 
 
Division 1 top team Station Road B delivered their sixth league win in a row, however they didn't have it all their own way as they defeated fellow top tier opponents Workington Veterans Club A by the odd frame, 3-2. The away win started with a battling victory by Simon Frazer, and in a welcome return to league action from team mate Mark Tunstall he doubled the match lead for a 2-0 Station B advantage. The third frame pitted the top two players in the division 1 averages against each other and with a re-spotted black required to split them it was Vets A captain Kevin Basnett who presided over Peter O'Hagan to pull one back. The next saw an open contest go in the favour of Station B with a victory for Shaun Ayre but with a tenacious performance in the last Vets B reduced the final scoreline in what was probably a fair result. Workington's Station B are top of division 1 on 31 points however fellow townies Vets A drop to the bottom of the table on 20 points by a margin of fewer wins.
 
Finally, Workington's Veterans Club B closed the gap on division 2 top side The United Club, to a single point, with a 3-2 away win against division rivals Whitehaven's Rack Shack, 3-2. A win for Vets B's Sal Cakmak was soon cancelled out as Rack Shack captain Nev Stitt took the second. Nevertheless, division 2 leading player Shane Evitts put the Vets B side in front again with a commanding display in frame three for 2-1. A low scoring victory for the Rack Shack's Adam Morilla ensured the match went to a decider but with brilliant captains performance from the in form Geoff Banton it was Vets B who snatched the match victory to disappoint their hosts. Vets B stay on 18 points and the Rack Shack on 13 points in a division 2 second and third place respectively. 
 
Round 8 - 15th December 2021
 
United Club Shock Golfers 
 
Workington's United Club produced the stand out performance in the L & L Property Contractors Snooker League this week with a superb away win against the higher tiered Workington Golf Club, 3-2 to extend their lead to five points at the top of division 2.
 
The golfers started well as Mark Cowen won the first but with United Club captain Andrew Mitchelhill winning the second frame in one of the highest scoring contests of the season the match score was level. United Club team mate Clive Lister soon extended the matching lead with a win in frame three but as Mark Brasted won frame four a decider was required to split the two sides. The golf club were hot favourites to take the match in the last nevertheless a supremely resolute performance from Brian Kendall was enough to claim the match in what turned out to be a satisfying United Club display. The Golf Club remain third in division 1 on 22 points. 
 
Station Road B also stretched their lead, this time at the top of division 1, with a 4-1 away victory against fellow townies Veterans Club B. A narrow Kevin Kirkham win put Station B one up and with an equally close victory in the second Peter O'Hagan made it 2-0. The third frame remained in the balance early on, however with a late break of 35 it was Station B's Shaun Ayre who assured the match win for 3-0. Points on the board now became Vets B's priority and as Michael 'Sid' Walker took out Station B captain Stephen O'Hagan in the next the match score was reduced to 3-1. The final frame of the fixture probably started with Vets B as favourites but with a clinical performance from Station B's Simon Frazer he added to the Vets B pain to make it 4-1. Station B lead division 1 on 28 points and Vets B sit second in division 2 on 15 points. 
 
Station Road A narrowed their deficit at the bottom of division 1 to two points as they defeated division 2's Rack Shack with a 3-2 home victory. A fairly routine win for Tom Thompson put Workington's Station A 1-0 up and as Darren Lawson won the next with a fine contribution of 30 the division 1 side led 2-0. Whitehaven's Rack Shack showed their fight with a black ball win for Peter McAvoy in frame three and with Andy Moore winning frame four the match moved to a decider. Pressure on the home side fell to the ever reliable Chris Hunter, and in delivering in style in was the Station A cueist who pushed his side over the line in a confidence boosting match victory. Station A still sit at the bottom of division 1 on 16 points with the Rack Shack third in division 2 on 11ft points. 
 
Finally, Workington Conservative Club held off a spirited challenge from fellow division 1 opponents Veterans Club A with a 3-2 home win to maintain a top tier second spot. A first frame victory for Julian Plaza, that was highlighted with a break of 30, gave Cons the lead but as Vets A captain Kevin Basnett won a heavyweight second frame clash the match score was level. Cons' Alan Moore grew stronger as game went on to eventually win frame three but in the performance of the match Mark Tatton came back from nearly 40 points behind to claim match parity at 2-2 with a simply brilliant comeback in frame four. In a deciding frame that was inevitably littered with mistakes it was Stuart Shepherd who finally took control to steer the Cons to victory in a thoroughly absorbing contest. Cons sit second in. division 1 on 25 point with Vets A two places lower on 18 points. 
 
Round 7 - 1st December 2021
 
Leaders Win on the Final Ball
 
L&L Property Contractors Snooker League division 1 leaders, Station Road B, needed the final ball in a fantastic comeback against fellow top tier opponents, Workington Golf Club, in what was ultimately a brilliant away performance that saw captain Stephen O'Hagan deliver the final black ball blow in a 3-2 victory. 
 
Up first for the home team Bryan Walker made short work of his frame to win the game easily and with Ryan Ismay taking out current county champion Kevin Kirkham in the next the Golf Club gained a surprising 2-0 lead. Shaun Ayre suppressed his usual attacking style to steady the ship in frame three and with a gritty display he started the Station B comeback with a victory. Peter O'Hagan maintained his unbeaten league run in the next and with an equally solid performance he took his team to a decider at 2-2. In the final frame of the contest the inevitable safety first policy ensued as the frame and match went all the way to the black. Keeping his cool it was Station B anchor man and captain Stephen O'Hagan who yet again delivered under pressure to nick game 3-2 in a division 1 classic. Station A are top of division 1 on 24 points with the Golf Club third on 20 points. 
 
Workington's Veterans Club B turned over club rivals Vets A, 3-2 in a fantastic performance for the lower divisional side. Shane Evitts made it five league wins out of five in the first as he put Vets B 1-0 up and with Sal Cakmak delivering his best performance of the season by some distance in frame two the Vets B side were quickly 2-0 to the good. Frame three was a much closer affair and even though it went to the black it was Vets B who took the frame again with a win from captain Geoff Banton. The next saw Vets A captain Kevin Basnett take a near 50 point lead but as he was pegged back he still needed the last few balls to fall over the line and pull one back for 3-1. The last saw Vets B's Steve Garroway continue in his recent run of form and with a solid victory a valuable point was obtained in a 3-2 defeat. Vets A stay fourth in division 1 on 16 points and even though Vets B remain second in division 2 on 14 points they have a game in hand over the leaders. 
 
Division 1's Workington Conservative Club were pushed hard against division 2's United Club but in a professional performance it was the higher placed side who ran out 3-2 away winners. A black ball victory for Julian Plaza in the first enabled him to continue in his unbeaten run and with a straightforward victory in the next it was Richard McCarthy who made 2-0 in favour of the Cons. Nevertheless a break of 30 in frame three was enough for Clive Lister to defeat two time county champion Alan Moore for 2-1 but with Stuart Shepherd winning a high scoring fourth frame the Cons outfit gained an unassailable lead at 3-1. Damage limitation was the goal in the last frame of the match for the United Club side and with a confident display it was captain Andrew Mitchelhill who did exactly that to bring the final score back to 3-2 while keeping his own chances of a division 2 leading player award still alive. Workington Cons stay second in division 1 on 22 points and the United Club also maintain their top spot in division 2 on 16 points. 
 
Finally, in the all division 2 clash between Maryport Social and Whitehaven's Rack Shack it was the Whitehaven side who produced a fine away comeback to win 3-2 from 2-0 down. Wins for Ben Scott and Andrew Sharp gave Maryport the ideal start but with Adam Morilla proving victorious in the third the Rack Shack were back in the match. A crucial black ball win for Andy Moore in the fourth delivered match parity and with team mate Steven Harrison finishing the contest off in style the Whitehaven outfit travelled home feeling extremely happy with their evenings work. The Rack Shack and Maryport Social remain third and fourth in division 2 on 9 and 6 points respectively. 
 
Eric McMullen Memorial TKO Handicap stage 3 qualifying - 1st December 2021
 
Vets B Upset Group Leaders
 
Cup action again dominated the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League fixture list this week as the Eric McMullen Memorial TKO Handicap Trophy stage three qualifying took place. 
 
Group B saw the first of its two qualifying fixtures feature Workington's Veterans Club B and group leaders Station Road B, and with a superb performance underdogs Vets B turned over their decorated opponents with relative ease in a 4-1 home victory. 
 
Out first Vets B's Shane Evitts (+29 handicap) found in no need for his handicap start advantage as he won comfortably for a 1-0 lead. Frame two followed a similar pattern with Richard Kirkham (+33) making it 2-0 and as Michael 'Sid' Walker (+28) thrashed Station B talisman Peter O'Hagan (Scr) in the next it was soon 3-0. In frame four Kevin Kirkham (+6) gave his team something to shout about as with a contribution of 35 he pulled a point back for the Station B outfit to make it 3-1. Even though the match win had been secured earlier every frame matters in the group qualifying format and with that in mind it was Flimby captain Geoff Banton (+32) who completed the 4-1 match victory with a simply brilliant pot on the final black to give his team an excellent chance of qualification. 
 
The other match in qualifying group B saw Whitehaven's Rack Shack give themselves a slim chance of making the semi finals with a 4-1 home victory against Maryport Social Club. Stephen Harrison (+37) and Nev Stitt (+35) produced two steady performances for the Whitehaven side to make it 2-0 and with team mate Adam Morilla (+35) also proving to be equal to the task the score moved to 3-0. Nevertheless, Gary Miller (+35) was still in confident mood leading up to frame four and with a good win he pulled one back for 3-1. The last frame turned out to be the closest of the evening and in a tactical encounter it was Peter McAvoy (+35) who galvanised the victory in satisfying Rack Shack 4-1 win. 
 
Qualifying group A saw only one match feature with home side Station Road A taking on Veterans Club A. In what turned out to be a resolute display it was the Station A side who fought off a Vets A comeback to run out 3-2 victors. A first frame win for Tom Thompson (+20) gave the Station A side the lead and with Chris Hunter (+27) taking the next on the black it was 2-0 to the home side. The comeback began as Vets A captain Kevin Basnett (Scr) essentially won the next frame in two visits and with Steve Garroway (+25) displaying a welcome return to form in frame four a decider was needed to split the two teams. Darren Lawson (+25) started the final frame well and even though there was a minor wobble in the middle the Station A cueist maintained control to grab a pleasing qualifying victory. 
 
Round 6 - 24th November 2021
 
United Club Shock Vets A
 
Workington's United Club shocked their higher tiered opponents, Workington Veterans Club A, in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week with a 3-2 away win to top division 2 on fourteen points. 
 
Division 1's Vet's A started the match on the front foot with an excellent victory in frame one from Mark Tatton but it was the second frame that ultimately proved to be the deciding factor in a closely contested match. As all the reds congregated towards the top cushion and the colours along the side cushion Brian Kendall ground out a superb victory against a dangerous opponent in form of Vets A's Paul Mostyn for a 1-1 match scoreline. A swift third frame thanks to breaks of 35 and 40 enabled Vets A captain Kevin Basnett to make it 2-1 but as Clive Lister won the next on the black parity was restored. The decider started in a disjointed manner, however with United Club captain Andrew Mitchelhill eventually wresting control he cantered to victory for a very satisfying match win. Vets A sit fourth in division 1 on fourteen points. 
 
Division 1's Workington Conservative Club took advantage of league leaders Station Road B's free week to close the gap at the top to 2 points with a 4-1 home victory against division 2's Workington Veterans Club B. Even though the scoreline suggested a sweeping win the Cons outfit didn't have it all their own way. A Julian Plaza first frame success put the Cons 1-0 up but as the in-form Shane Evitts dispatched quality opposition in Richard McCarthy in frame two the match score was level. A thumping win for Alan Moore that included a break of 31 put Cons 2-1 up and even though Dave Holland eventually made it 3-1 it needed a black ball victory to improve the Cons lead. The final frame of the match looked to be going in the direction of the Vets B side but with another black ball win it was Ryan Barker who galvanised the Cons victory to send a deflated Vets B side home. Vets B stay second in division 2 on eleven points. 
 
In the match between division 2's Maryport Social and Workington's Station Road A the travelling division 1 side simply had more in the locker as they cantered to a 4-1 victory. Frames one and two delivered almost identical scorelines as Station A captain Tom Thompson and team-mate Darren Lawson romped to victory for 2-0. An equally confident performance moved the score to 3-0 with a victory from Mike Walker and even though the Social outfit offered a little more in the next the same conclusion was offered up as Mark Robertson made it 4-0. In the last extreme resilience was required if a 5-0 defeat was to be averted and resilience in abundance was delivered as Andrew Scott avoided the whitewash with a victory on the last ball of the match to snatch a point for Maryport outfit. 
 
Finally, Workington Golf Club travelled to Whitehaven's Rack Shack and with a 4-1 win they moved on to a division 1 thirteen point total. The Golfers have been in good form of late and with two close frame wins from Ryan Ismay and Bryan Walker the confidence was evident as they moved 2-0 up. Another game decided on the last few balls gave the Rack Shack hope as Andy Moore pulled one back for the division 2 side at 2-1. This however proved to be as good it would get for the Rack Shack with Mark Brasted and Phil Sorfleet winning fairly convincingly to lead the Golf Club to an industrious match victory. The Rack Shack remain third in division 2 on six points. 
 
Round 5 - 17th November 2021
 
Station B Extend Their Lead
 
Workington’s Station Road B extended their division 1 lead to six points in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League with an assured 4-1 victory against division 2 opponents, The Rack Shack.
 
Even though the win ended in a sweeping fashion for the Station B side the early exchanges saw the league leaders having to fight hard to gain their advantage. Stephen Harrison started the match with the performance of the season so far as he defeated Station B’s current county champion and league century break maker, Kevin Kirkham on the black. Frame two also ended on the black but with victory tipping Station B’s way it was Simon Frazer who levelled the match score for 1-1. The next frame delivered a further improvement for Station B with Alan McLeod winning on the last few balls to put his side 2-1 up. At this point in the match, and with momentum building, Station B quickly made it 3-1 with the help of 35 break from captain Stephen O’Hagan and with the victory now secured Peter O’Hagan ended in the match in style with an evening’s best contribution of 44 to put his team on an impressive 21 points. Whitehaven’s Rack Shack sit third in division 2 on five points.
 
In the all division 2 clash between Workington Veterans Club B and Maryport Social Club the match started with an outstanding Vets B display and with the associated confidence reverberating throughout the team the Workington side motored to a 5-0 home win. No sooner had the match started Paul Vickers produced breaks of 33 and 30 to trounce his opponent, and with Shane Evitts delivering a thumping victory in frame two Vets B led 2-0. Frame three proved to be different prospect however and even though Vets B captain Geoff Banton trailed for almost the entire frame he was first over the line thanks to a pot on the final ball to make it 3-0. The next frame saw Richard Kirkham limit his opponent to just four points with the Vets B cueist making it 4-0 and with teammate Sal Cakmak beating the in-form Gary Miller in the last Vets B maintained their second place in division 2 on ten points. Maryport Social prop up division 2 on three points.
 
Workington Golf Club leapfrogged fellow division 1 opponents Workington Veterans Club A on the back of a 4-1 home win and are now positioned third on fourteen points with the Vets dropping down into fourth on twelve points. An unfortunate in-off in frame one led to the Golf Club’s Ryan Ismay winning the first but as Vets A captain Kevin Basnett held off a late flurry in frame two parity was achieved. This however proved to be a good as it would get for the Vets A side with Phil Sorfleet, Mark Brasted and Mark Cowen all proving victorious with relative ease.
 
Finally, Workington’s Station Road A delivered a 3-2 home win against division 2 opponents in Workington’s United Club, however after leading 3-0 they ended the match feeling they could have got more. The division 1 side started tremendously with straightforward wins from Tom Thompson, Mike Walker and Darren Lawson but as United’s Clive Lister broke the momentum to make it 3-1, teammate and captain Andrew Mitchelhill followed it up nicely with a last frame win to end the match on a positive United Club note. Station Road remain bottom of division 1 on nine points with United Club top of division 2 on eleven points.
 
Eric McMullen Memorial TKO Handicap - 10th November 2021
 
Golf Club Secure Second Qualifying Win
 
The L&L Property Contractors Snooker League took another break for cup action this week with Workington Golf Club securing their second qualifying win in as many attempts and now look favourites to top group 1 in the Gray's Luxury Ice Cream sponsored Eric McMullen Memorial TKO handicap trophy. 
 
In a 3-2 home victory against Workington's Veteran Club the golfers didn't have it all their own way however as Craig Davies (+27 handicap) took the first for a 1-0 Vets lead. A solid display by Lewis Tilley (+35) soon levelled the match score and as Phil Sorfleet (+16) defeated Vets captain Kevin Basnett (Scr), with some excellent potting in frame three, the golf club stood 2-1 to the good. A victory for the Vets Club in frame four took the match to a decider with Mark Cowen (+14) facing Steve Garroway (+25) for the match win. A disjointed start soon settled and as Cowen found his form the frame slowly slipped away from Garroway as the golf club cueist eventually took the frame and match in convincing fashion. 
 
The only other match to feature this week took place in group two with Maryport Social producing an excellent away win against Workington's United Club, 4-1. A Ben Scott (+26) win in the first followed by an Andrew Sharp (+28) victory in the second put the travelling Social side in an excellent position at 2-0 up. Another close frame win, this time from Andrew Scott (+32), put the Social in an unassailable position at 3-0, nevertheless Tony Hindmoor (+40) pulled one back in the next for what could be a vital United Club point. The last frame of the match however proved to be the highlight of the night as Gary Miller (+35) continued in his rich vein form to sweep aside United captain Andrew Mitchelhill (+9) with a 42 break to boot. 
 
Round 4 - 3rd November 2021
 
Station B Deliver Whitewash Again
 
In round 4 of the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League Workington's Station Road B delivered their second whitewash in as many weeks as they defeated club rivals Station Road A 5-0 to maintain their top spot in the Division 1 table on 17 points. 
 
Two scrappy victories for Kevin Kirkham and Simon Frazer gave Station B a 2-0 advantage but with a brilliant break of 49 Peter O'Hagan took the standard up a level to move the scoreline to 3-0. Another relatively low scoring win, this time from Shaun Ayre, made it 4-0 and with Station B captain Stephen O'Hagan winning the last on the black the drubbing was complete. Station A prop up the division 1 table on 6 points. 
 
The United Club took full advantage of their home fixture to defeat fellow Division 2 side in Workington's Veterans Club B, 3-2 to top the table on 9 points. A victory for Vets B's Shane Evitts in the first was soon cancelled out by United's Mark Suitor and as team mate Clive Lister won the next the United Club stood 2-1 to the good. The most comprehensive win of the night went down to Vets B's Richard Kirkham in the next to take the match to a decider, however as Andrew Mitchelhill chipped away in the last the United captain led his team to a very satisfying victory. Vets B sit second in the Division 2 table on 5 points. 
 
Workington Conservative Club stay second in Division 1 on 15 points as they defeated Whitehaven's Rack Shack with a 4-1 home victory. Richard McCarthy and Dave Holland quickly made it 2-0 to the Cons outfit but with a solid win in the third Rack Shack's Andy Moore pulled one back. The Cons Club were having none of the comeback pressure however and with a sweeping victory for Julian Plaza followed by steady win from Ryan Barker the Workington side romped to victory. The Rack Shack stay third in the Division 2 table on 4 points. 
 
Finally, Division 1's Workington Golf Club produced a brilliant away win as they defeated Division 2's Maryport Social, 5-0. Ryan Ismay looked to be on the losing end of a black ball win in the first but as his opponent went in off on the final ball the golfer's went 1-0 up. The Golf Club's momentum then gradually gathered pace and as each frame passed the job seemed to get easier with Mark Brasted, Mark Cowen, Stephen Jackson and Phil Sorfleet all running out victors in a comprehensive match win. The Golf Club sit fourth in Division 1 on 10 points and Maryport Social remain at the bottom of Division 2 on just 3 points. 
 
Round 3 - 27th October 2021
 
Station B Deliver Whitewash 
 
Workington's Station Road B moved to the top of division 1 in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week with a 5-0 whitewash of division 2's United Club. 
 
Even though the scoreline suggested one way traffic a couple of relatively close frames ultimately proved to be United's undoing with the home side taking full advantage. Victories for Shaun Ayre, Kevin Kirkham, Simon Frazer, Peter O'Hagan and captain Stephen O'Hagan delivered all five points for the Station B side as the United Club slumped to their first defeat of the season. 
 
A confident Workington Conservative Club outfit maintained their winning start to the season as they defeated fellow townies and division 1 opponents, Station Road A, 4-1. However, the match started with Station A on front foot as Tom Thompson defeated top quality opposition in the form of former county champion Richard McCarthy to put his side 1-0 up. At that point it went all down hill for the away side with Julian Plaza, Alan Moore, Ryan Barker and Dave Holland all winning with room to spare for the home team to maintain their excellent start to the 2021/22 campaign. 
 
Division 1's Veterans Club A made the short journey up the coast to face division 2's Maryport Social A and with a solid performance the travelling side went home with a 4-1 victory. To start the match a grinding win for Mark Tatton followed by an excellent comeback by Paul Mostyn put the Vets A in a great position at 2-0 up. The away side then looked to be going 3-0 up but with a late flourish from Ben Scott the Social cueist pulled one back for 2-1. A victory in the next put the Vets A 3-1 up and as captain Kevin Basnett limited his opponent to just three points in the last the Vets A side made it three league wins out of three to sit second in the division 1 table. 
 
Finally, division 2's Veterans Club B could not push their home advantage through as they went down 4-1 to division 1's Workington Golf Club. A victory for Ryan Ismay put the golfers 1-0 up but as Shane Evitts returned the favour the match score stood at 1-1. The third frame was to prove key in the momentum stakes with the Golf Clubs Mark Cowen producing the performance of the match to put his side 2-1 up. A narrow win for Phil Sorfleet made it 3-1, and as Mark Brasted won the last with ease the Golf Club travelled home feeling much the happier of the two sides. 
 
Division 2's the Rack Shack were awarded a walkover due their opponents Workington Legion unfortunately having to pull out of the league. All previous matches again Workington Legion have now been made null and void. 
 
Eric McMullen Memorial TKO trophy qualifying - 20th October 2021
 
League Breaks For Cup Action 
 
As the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League took a break this week it made way for the Grays Luxury Ices sponsored Eric McMullen Memorial TKO trophy qualifying.
 
Up first in group 2 the handicap advantage that home team Maryport Social possessed didn't seem to phase former champions Station Road B as with room to spare the Workington side ran out 4-1 winners. Victories for Stephen O'Hagan (+9 handicap), Alan McLeod (+16), Peter O'Hagan (Scr) and Simon Frazer (+23) ensured the best possible start to qualifying for Station Road B however, the performance of the night went the Socials Gary Miller (+35). After a number of years out of league action the Social cueist made a fantastic winning comeback with a superbly constructed break of 31 to grab a point.
 
In the other match in group 2 home side the United Club ran out very narrow winners against the newly located Veterans Club B side (formerly Flimby Social), 3-2. A win for Tony Hindmoor (+40) followed by a re-spotted black victory for Willie Fearon (+36) put the United Club 2-0 up. Vets B clawed one back with a black ball victory for captain Geoff Banton (+32) and with a simply brilliant showing from team mate Paul Vickers (+11) the score was 2-2. In the decider Vets B looked to have the advantage, nevertheless with an extremely solid outing it was Mark Suitor (+34) who claimed the win for the United side in a tidy qualifying victory.
 
Group 1's first match saw a travelling Workington Golf Club avenge their earlier season league defeat to prove victorious over Workington Conservative Club, 3-2. A first frame win for Dave Holland (+29) put the Cons 1-0 up but with a turn of pace the Golf Club ran away with the match victory on the back of wins from Lewis Tilley (+35), Stephen Jackson (+33) and Ryan Ismay (+5). However, with a point still to play for Ryan Barker (+21) eased the Cons pain with a comfortable victory in the last.
 
The only other match of the week, and the second of the group 1 matches, unfortunately ended in 5-0 scoreline as due to unforseen circumstances Workington Legion had to forfeit their match to home side Workington Veterans Club A.
 
Round 2 - 13th October 2021
 
Kirkham Produces Magnificent Ton 
 
Round 2 of the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League started with a real heavyweight clash and as the inevitable deciding frame ensued it was away side Workington Conservative Club who nicked the win with a 3-2 victory over fellow townies Station Road B. 
 
That said the match will go down in the memory for a simply superb individual performance. Fresh from a TV pool debut just two days earlier multiple county pool and current county snooker champion, Kevin Kirkham, joined an exclusive league century break club with a magnificent contribution of 105 to take the first frame of the match. After the applause had died down the fixture moved on and with next two frames shared, Richard McCarthy winning for Cons and Peter O'Hagan proving victorious for Station B, the scoreline stood at 2-1 in Station B's favour. At this point in the match the Cons side started to up their game as Ryan Barker won the next and team mate Julian Plaza carried on the momentum to win the decider to claim a brilliant 3-2 away victory against their close rivals. 
 
Division 1's Workington Veterans Club made it two wins out of two with a 4-1 home victory over Whitehaven division 2 outfit The Rack Shack. Paul Mostyn took the first for the Vets but with a superb performance in frame two Peter McAvoy levelled the score for the Rack Shack. Frame three also went the way of the home side and with Vets captain, Kevin Basnett, making decisive breaks of 30 and 31 in the next he ensured the match score moved to 3-1. In the last what initially looked like a straight forward win took a slight twist toward the end, however Steve Garroway managed to keep his cool to carry Vets to a 4-1 match victory. 
 
Workington's United Club also added to last week's win with another 3-2 scoreline, this time against fellow division 2 side in the form of Maryport Social Club. Ben Scott took frame one to make the perfect start for Social side but as the United Club took the next three with wins from Mark Suitor, Clive Lister and captain Andrew Mitchelhill the match win was guaranteed. The final frame of the evening offered some consolation for the Social outfit as Andrew Scott claimed the remaining point to pull the scoreline back to a match ending 3-2. 
 
Workington Golf Club produced a confident performance as they defeated Workington Legion 4-1 away. Ryan Ismay and Mark Brasted took the first two for division 1's Golf Club but with Iain Torley in fine form he claimed the third as division 2's Legion trailed 2-1. Phil Sorfleet dug deep in frame four as a solid display ensured the Golf Club took the match win at 3-1. The fifth and final frame of the contest produced the evening's best break with Mark Cowen constructing a cool 33 to win the frame and match with considerable room to spare. 
 
In the round's final game of the week division 1's Station Road A defeated division 2's Flimby Social 3-2 in a match that saw every frame decided on the colours. Station A's Tom Thompson and Darren Lawson took the first two for the home side but in unusually dogged fashion Flimby captain Geoff Banton pulled one back for Flimby at 2-1. The next would prove to be decisive from a match win perspective and with a typically grinding performance it was Station A's Keith Telford who delivered an unassailable match scoreline in winning frame four. Again, with a match point to play for Flimby weren't giving up and with a routine victory in the last it was Shane Evitts who pulled one back to finish the game at 3-2.
 
Round 1 - 6th October 2021
 
Snooker is Back! 
 
The Cockermouth and District Snooker League is finally back after a near twenty month break and what's more with the addition of new sponsors in the form of Workington based L&L Property Contractors and Dearham's Gray's Luxury Ices. As a result the league will now be known as the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League with Gray's Luxury Ices being the primary sponsors of all cup competitions. The local firms come with a wealth of experience in their relevant fields and the league is absolutely delighted to be forming these new and exciting partnerships.
 
On the playing front the unfinished 2019/20 season had to be unfortunately scraped but it wasn't all bad news as the addition of Whitehaven's Rack Shack sees the league expand its coverage back into Copeland. Now with ten teams each playing on a home and away basis in the new five frame format, but still split into two divisions, the league has a more balanced feel.
 
Round 1 started with some intriguing fixtures and with Maryport Social facing division 1's Station Road B it was the division 2 side's chance to catch the multiple title winners cold. Nevertheless showing no signs of any rustiness it was Station B who ran away to victory claiming all 5 points in a thumping 5-0 away win. Victories for Shaun Ayre, Simon Frazer and Kevin Kirkham put the Workington side 3-0 up but the story of the night, and indeed the round, was that of Peter O'Hagan's masterclass in frame four as with breaks of 66 and 44 the Station B cueist looked like he'd never been away. A difficult one to follow but not to be put off in any way Station B captain, Stephen O'Hagan, completed the whitewash in the final frame of the evening for a superb start to the 2021/22 campaign for the title chasing side. 
 
Newcomers the Rack Shack faced fellow division 2 opposition the United Club and even though competitive snooker was a first for the Whitehaven outfit they took their experienced Workington based rivals down to the very last ball going down 3-2. Dave Chapman and captain Andrew Mitchelhill won frames one and three for the United Club with Peter McAvoy and Wayne Sinclair winning frames two and four to tie the proceedings up. Frame five proved to be a twitchy affair but it was United's Brian Kendall who stood firm to seal the match win.
 
All division 1 clash between home side Workington Golf Club and Workington Conservative Club was a lot closer than the 4-1 scoreline suggested but with solid work on the colours it was the Cons side who ran out winners. Dave Holland, Richard McCarthy, Alan Moore and Julian Plaza did the damage for the Cons outfit with Bryan Walker being the sole resistor in what was a frustrating evening for the golf club side.
 
Flimby Social made a brilliant start to their division 2 campaign as 5-0 away victory against fellow second tier opponents, Workington Legion, sees them set their stall out early. Wins for Michael 'Sid' Walker, Richard Kirkham, Paul Vickers, David Teasdale and Geoff Banton saw the Flimby team take all five points in an early table topping performance.
 
Finally, Workington's Veterans Club made the short journey to face fellow townies Station Road A and from 2-1 down they won the last two to run out 3-2 winners. Frames one and three went to Station A with wins from Mark Robertson and Darren Lawson but with a victory from captain Kevin Basnett in frame two and another Vets victory in frame four the match went to a decider. Holding his nerve in the last it was Vets stalwart Steve Garroway who carried his side over the line with a typically stylish victory.

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