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Weekly Reports 2021/22

Singles Handicap Final Report - 18th April 2022
 
Basnett Claims Tenth Singles Title
 
Workington Veterans Club A team captain, Kevin Basnett claimed his tenth L&L Property Contractors Snooker League Singles Handicap title this week with a 4-1 win over the B teams' Michael Walker. 
 
Not only did Basnett add to his already impressive tally of singles titles but in taking the trophy he became the first player in league history to win the singles, doubles and trebles in the same season. 
 
The match started in a swift fashion for Basnett (Scr) as three reds and colours clawed a good proportion of the handicap deficit back. A short safety exchange saw Walker (+28) leave Basnett a long red, and as the Vets A captain stroked it in a 36 break later proved to be enough for him to take the frame 78-39.
 
At 1-0, Basnett wiped Walker's handicap start off in rapid time again as the Vets B player struggled to find any rhythm. Another decent mid range pot soon after put Basnett in amongst balls and with a break of 64 the Vets A captain won 91-28 with Walker failing to pot a ball. 
 
The third frame saw a familiar pattern with Walker's handicap advantage dwindling away early as Basnett piled on even more preasure. In an attempt to force an opportunity Walker let Basnett in again and with the balls well placed the Vets A captain quickly made a break of 70. Walker carried on in order to gain some table time but with the damage already done Basnett went 3-0 up with a 100-47 victory. 
 
After a short interval Walker came back looking refreshed, and with nothing to lose he started to pot some nice balls. This allowed to Vets B cueist to maintain his advantage and with the last four balls left he was 11 points to the good. A great pot on the brown rapidly followed by equally good shots on the blue and pink put the frame out of Basnett's reach as Walker won 65-39 to pull it back to 3-1.
 
Walker was now starting to look a lot more confident and as frame five progressed the Vets B player's cue arm was moving into full flow. As the last red remained Walker had a small lead and as he cracked the red in, followed by a black with perfect position on the yellow, 3-2 looked a real possibility. However, in over screwing the shot on the yellow, position on the green left Walker with a pot that was a lot more difficult than it should have been. As the attempt on the green eluded Walker, Basnett picked up the pieces and in two visits the multiple and defending champion potted the last five balls, culminating with a superb long pot on the black, in fitting end to an impressive performance to take the frame match and title with a 70-56 win. 
 
Doubles Handicap Final Report - 11th April 2022
 
Basnett and Garroway Take Doubles Title
 
L&L Property Contractors Snooker League doubles handicap title was decided this week as Workington Veterans Club A's Kevin Basnett and Steve Garroway defeated United Club's Andrew Mitchelhill and David Chapman 4-1 in a thrilling final held at Whitehaven's Rack Shack. 
 
Receiving just four points start Mitchelhill and Chapman started the better of the two pairings as they moved into an early lead. This however didn't deter the Vets A duo and with a Basnett break of 33 this proved to be enough to take the frame 68-31. 
 
Frame two saw an early safety duel see Mitchelhill in amongst the balls and with three high value colours the United Club team forged ahead. Another round of cautious play yielded yet another chance for the United Club paring and as Mitchelhill stepped in again the frame was soon decided at 68-20 for a 1-1 match scoreline. 
 
The next frame was again dominated by some fine tactical play but with Garroway getting into his stride, the Vets A cueist delivered the lions share of the early points total. Without hesitation the Vets A side then pressed home this advantage and with a 68-20 win they moved 2-1 ahead. 
 
Frame four saw the balls land awkwardly after the initial exchanges but with a small contribution of 23 Garroway gave the Vets duo a handy lead. Trying to their best to drag themselves back into the frame both Mitchelhill and Chapman potted some good balls but as neither managed capitalise Garroway and Basnett went 3-1 with a 61-30 victory.
 
In what turned out to be the final frame of the match Basnett produced an early break of 34 to pile the pressure on the United Club partnership. As the frame moved on Basnett and Garroway maintained a large proportion of this lead but with one red left Mitchelhill and Chapman could still win. A brilliant pot on the red saw Mitchelhill then take the black and after a series of fantastic pots he reached the pink. Unfortunately landing on the side cushion the pink was to elude him only to see Garroway quickly pounce with a good shot on the penultimate ball followed by a superb pot on a tricky black to take the frame, match and title with a 50-49 win. 
 
 
Trebles Handicap Final Report - 4th April 2022
 
Vets A Claim Trebles Cup
 
Workington’s Veterens Club A became the new L&L Property Contractors Snooker League Trebles Team Handicap champions this week, with a hard fought 5-2 win over fellow townies Station Road B.
 
The six red handicap format is always one that can go either way but with some solid play the Vets A side went away worthy winners.
 
In the first frame Kevin Basnett (Scr handicap) started with a break of 29 and even though Mark Tunstall (+7) tried to peg him back the damage was already done, as the Vets A captain went on to win 56-18.
 
Frame two saw Peter O’Hagan (Scr) produce an early contribution of 24 and in following it up with two reds and colours he was out of sight as he won the frame 45-11 to pull Station B back in to the match at 1-1.
 
Station B captain Stephen O’Hagan (+5) made the most of his early chances to take control of frame three but as the frame progressed Steve Garroway (+13) slowly dragged his way back in to it. With the last two balls remaining Garroway was still behind, however a brillant pink and a tricky black later it was the Vets A cueist who proved victorious with a 35-24 win.
 
At 2-1 to Vets A Kevin Basnett was in amongst the balls from the off and with a break of 27 Station A's Peter O'Hagan was up against it. This didn't faze O'Hagan however and in getting to colours the Station B talisman could still win. A safety bout ensued but it was Basnett who crafted the chance he needed to clear for a 49-20 win and a 3-1 Vets A lead. 
 
In the next the Stephen O’Hagan produced some fine pots to keep the scoreboard ticking over, but in being matched all the way to the final ball the Station B player looked likely to lose the frame. By leaving the black to the middle Vets A seemed certain to take a crucial 4-1 match lead. As O’Hagan watched on the black disappeared, but with the white travelling round the table and dropping into the same middle pocket the Station B captain won the frame 36-34 to reduce the match deficit to 3-2.
 
Vets A’s Steve Garroway maintained his small handicap advantage all the way to the colours in frame six with Station B’s Mark Tunstall hanging on. As the remaining balls were well placed it was still anyones frame but in potting good yellow Garroway was in. Taking the green with good position on the brown Garroway confidently completed the clearance to win 43-18 for a 4-2 Vets A scoreline.
 
In what turned out to be the final frame of the match another early trade off saw a close frame between the two captains, Kevin Basnett and Stephen O’Hagan. As the last four colours stood Basnett faced a tricky brown, but in missing it Basnett left an equally difficult pot for O’Hagan. Unfortunately, this also eluded the Station B cueist and in leaving a mid distance pot Basnett duly obliged to clear the last four balls for a 40-17 frame match and title victory.
 
 
Eric McMullen Memorial TKO Handicap Final report - 27th April 2022
 
Vets B Romp To Victory 
 
Workington's Veterans Club B put their L&L Property Contractors Snooker League division 2 runners up disappointment to one side this week as they romped to victory in the Eric McMullen Memorial TKO Handicap final with a 3-0 against Workington Golf Club. 
 
The league cup final started with Vets B's Sal Cakmak (+23 handicap) making a few small contributions to move into a tidy lead with the Golf Club's Phil Sorfleet (+16) struggling to make his mark. However, with a couple reds and colours Sorfleet gave himself some hope with just 27 points remaining. As the low value colours were traded Sorfleet could still win, albeit needing the last three balls to force a respotted black. Cakmak was having none of this however and with a good pot on the blue the Vets B cueist eventually went on to win 72-48 for a 1-0 match lead. 
 
The second frame of the match saw both Vets B's Shane Evitts (+29) and the golf club's Lewis Tilley (+35) trade blows throughout to the point where only the colours were left on the table and Evitts was five points to the good. Although this was a only a small lead, by the time Evitts cracked the yellow in and followed it up with green, brown and blue Tilley now needed snookers. Tilley made a fine effort to get the penalty points he required but in potting the pink by mistake Evitts took the frame 53-42 for a Vets B 2-0 advantage. 
 
Vets B's Michael 'Sid' Walker (+28) got off to the best possible start in frame three by adding to his handicap advantage to lead the golf club's Ryan Ismay (+5), 40-0. With the next scoring visit now crucial to the frame outcome both players were now feeling the pressure. This expectation nevertheless didn't seem to bother Walker and with a superb break of 38 the Vets B cueist won the frame 78-10 for a crushing frame, match and title win.
 
TKO Handicap Plate Final report - 20th April 2022
 
Vets A Comeback To Deliver Plate Win
 
Workington's Veterans Club A snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League TKO Handicap Plate final this week, as they came back from 2-0 down to take the title in a 3-2 scoreline against fellow townies Station Road A.
 
In the first frame Vets A captain Kevin Basnett (Scr) made the best start possible as with a break of 27 he wiped out the handicap deficit immediately. Nevertheless with a fine long red Station A's Tom Thompson (+20 start) regained his lead with a contribution of 21. As the frame moved on a 26 break by Basnett gave the Vets A cueist the advantage again with just one red remaining. Nevertheless, Thompson fought back and with the pink and black left the scores were level. A quality safety exchange followed to the point where Basnett left a tempting pot for Thompson, albeit ten foot away with the white on the side cushion. Quickly to the baize Thompson delivered not only a pot on the pink that would have graced any table but in producing a positional shot that allowed him to pot the black the Station A captain topped off a performance of the very highest quality to win 74-61.
 
At 1-0 up Station A's Mike Walker (+11) ensured his team keep their advantage as he scrapped out an early frame two lead. Even though his Vets A opponent chipped away Walker ensured he always kept his nose in-front. As the frame moved on both players traded some brilliant single ball pots but with any semblance of a break seemingly a bridge too far the game was almost level as the colours remained. Again pot for pot was traded however as the black remained the game was still undecided. A fine safety exchange ensued until a slim chance eventually presented itself to Walker in which he stroked it in for a 52-50 frame victory. 
 
Frame three saw Station A's Darren Lawson (+25) get the early chances but with a dreadful run of the ball this allowed Vets A's Mark Tatton (+15) to keep in touch. As the frame progressed Tatton crafted an opportunity and with a quite brilliant break of 32 the Vets A player put himself in pole position. Even though Lawson fought hard the snooker gods seemed to be against him as the deficit grew. This reached the point where Tatton eventually potted green through to pink to record a 67-38 frame victory to keep Vets A in the match at 2-1 down. 
 
The next frame saw Vets Paul Smith (+29) and Station A's Mark Robertson (+22) trade blows early on but as Smith dominated the following tactical encounter he crafted a 25 point lead with just two reds remaining. Robertson wasn't done however and in dragging himself back into the frame the Station A player found himself in with a chance at 13 behind with the pink and black remaining. A good pot on the pink gave Robertson a mid distance black but in stretching a little the final ball eluded him. As the black was still in the open, albeit at distance, Smith composed himself and in coolly dispatching it he took the match to a decider with a 58-44 win. 
 
The final frame of the match was always going to be a nervy encounter but with Vets A's Paul Johnston (+44) making the most of his handicap advantage against Station A's Chris Hunter (+27) he moved 27 points ahead. Just at the point at which Johnston looked to be taking control Hunter stepped in and moved five points ahead with one red remaining thanks to a break of 26. Even though the momentum was now with Hunter this didn't translate into points and Johnston grabbed a two point lead with just the blue, pink and black left. A couple of safety shots later and Johnston had a pot on the blue, but in missing it the chance seemed to have gone only to see it rattle in the jaws, roll twelve feet down the side cushion and fall into the corner pocket. To rub salt into Station A's and Chris Hunter's wounds the white ball came all around the table and landed perfect on the pink. Wasting no time Johnson quickly deposited the match and title winning ball for a remarkable 75-57 frame victory. 
 
 
Division 1 Top 4 Playoff Final report - 13th April 2022
 
Cons Double Up
 
Division 1 champions Workington Conservative Club completed a superb league/playoff double this week in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League with a 3-0 top 4 playoff win over Station Road B. 
 
The first frame started in a surprisingly cautious fashion as Cons Richard McCarthy took on the equally attacking Shaun Ayre. As the game developed McCarthy looked the more assured of the two players as he built a small lead. However, by chipping away Ayre kept himself in with a chance only to make a crucial foul on the blue. This mis-fortune gave McCarthy the opportunity he required and in potting the balls he needed the Cons cueist coolly took the frame 69-39.
 
The next saw Station B's current county snooker champion Kevin Kirkham take on Cons veteran Julian Plaza. The very early opportunities fell to Plaza but with only a couple of minor contributions to follow Kirkham was still in touch. A safety exchange later and Kirkham's patience was rewarded as he got the chance he was waiting for. As the balls were spread far and wide the Station B talisman looked likely to put to the frame out of reach, nevertheless as Kirkham squandered the opportunity Plaza was visibly buoyed. At this point the balls seemed to turn against the Station B player and with Plaza giving Kirkham nothing on top of this it only added to the misery as the Cons cueist romped home 68-32.
 
Frame three saw Cons two time county champion, Alan Moore take the table against Peter O'Hagan, with the Station B cueist now facing the undesirable job of dragging his side back into the match. An early safety exchange seemed to set the tone but as Moore stamped his authority on the game the Cons veteran moved 33 points in front. Even though O'Hagan was presented with a chance the pressure mounted as each pot was delivered as the Station B player could only muster a break of 17. With years of experience at his disposal and a tactical nous up there with the best Moore was never going to give up what he had left of his lead. Shot by shot Moore then slowly strangled O'Hagan into submission in what ended as a 64-19 frame, match and title winning performance to the delight of his Cons team mates. 
 
 
The League Waves Goodbye To A Legend & United Complete League/Playoff Double - 6th April 2022
 
The Cumbrian Billiards and Snooker community is saddened to learn of the recent passing of Workington’s Mike Dawson, aged 85. 
 
Mike was a true legend of both disciplines in Cumbria there probably isn’t a person involved with either snooker or billiards throughout the county who won’t have a story to tell about Mike and how his unrivalled passion for both sports always shone through.
 
Mike contested five county snooker finals of which he won the title three times; 1973 (he also won the billiards title in the same year), 1976 and 1984. Even though Mike won numerous county billiards championships as well, snooker was always his first love and there was nothing more Mike liked than to share than his knowledge with those who wanted to tap into his expertise. 
 
Mike’s achievements in the Cockermouth and District Snooker League (now the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League) go on and on, with Mike winning every title, trophy, and accolade there is to play for, but a run in particular that many will remember vividly is one that started in the late 70's, run through the 80’s to the early 90’s where Mike formed part of an all-conquering Workington Cons team with the likes of John Graham, Jackie Straugton, Les Tunstall, Gordon Holland, Tom Donnelley, Julian Plaza and Alan Moore to name a few. This was a team with no weak links, and all driven by Mike's desire to be as successful as possible. 
 
Mike, a student of the game for nearly 70 years who learnt to play the game by reading Joe Davis’s ‘How I Play Snooker’ book, not only played snooker at the very highest level as a local amateur but was also was part of a Cumbrian side who won a national County Snooker team title in 1976 beating a Lancashire side who featured none other than the legendary John Virgo.
 
Mike could talk for hours about the game and if anyone wanted to know all the players, every roll on every table in every club, Mike was the ‘go to’ person. 
 
Mike was a fierce competitor, with masses of bottle and a winning mentality that anyone could learn from, but he wasn’t just a player! Mike was also coach, an advisor, an expert but most of all a leader and this was no more evident than during his periods as County Billiards and Snooker Chairman and Cockermouth and District Snooker League Chairman.
 
Mike’s enthusiasm for the game was something to behold and was he a person who operated under the highest of standards, the fact he was always turned out immaculately was evidence in itself, and that shone though during his tenure in both roles of which his goal was always to raise the bar.
 
Mike had many stories to tell, and he often recalled the times when the likes John Spencer, John Pullman, Dennis Taylor and Alex Higgins, all former world snooker champions, visited Cumbria on exhibition tours in the 70 and 80’s and how determined he was to show them what he could do, and beating a few of them to boot.    
 
In summary Mike was a gentleman, a mentor, a talisman, a proper player and a flagbearer for Cumbrian snooker, but most of all someone whose words will resonate around the Cumbrian Snooker community forever.
 
Mike's funeral will be held on Thursday 14th April at Distington Crematorium, 1115hrs. The Cumbrian snooker community also has a 'Just Giving' page on line should anyone wish to contribute in Mike's memory. This can be found by searching for 'Just Giving Mike Dawson' 
 
 
This week’s L&L Property Contractors Snooker League action turned to the first final of the season as the division 2 top 4 playoff final took place at Maryport Social Club. In the final between league champions, Workington’s United Club and second placed Workington Veterans Club B the division 2 winners came out on top in a tense match which culminated in a deciding frame 3-2 victory.
 
In the first frame Vets B’s Sal Cakmak opened up the scoring and with his season’s best break he confidently constructed a well put together contribution of 38. The United Club’s Brain Kendall was not deterred however and in producing some measured potting he slowly clawed his way back in to the frame. Cakmak was having none of this nevertheless and in clearing the colours he required the Vet’s B cueist put his side 1-0 up with a 49-25 win.
 
Frame two between Vets B’s Shane Evitts and United Club’s Dave Chapman saw a safety first approach dominate the early part of the game as it took 15 mins before a ball was potted. Even though the deadlock was eventually broken scoring was stifled as all the reds had accumulated in one corner of the table. As the game progressed Chapman started to look the more assured of the two players and in grinding out the points he required the United Club cueists eventually went on to win 60-51.
 
At 1-1, the United’s Club’s division 2 leading player, Clive Lister, opened frame three with some fine potting and carefully built a small lead. An out of sorts Paul Vickers tried desperately to drag himself back into to game but as a number of chances eluded him the Vets B player was up against it. Needing snookers with the brown remaining Lister potted the aforementioned brown with the long rest only to leave it on the table for the white to strike it. This foul left Vickers a needing only one snooker and with a number of superb attempts Lister was feeling the pressure. Nevertheless, Lister patiently awaited his opportunity and in eventually taking the balls he required the Vets B talisman took frame 76-51 for a 2-1 United Club lead. 
 
Frame four saw the early chances fall to United Club captain Andrew Mitchelhill but in not making as much from them as he would have expected Vets B’s Michael ‘Sid’ Walker grew in confidence. This positivity led to a nice lead for Walker but with a couple of reds remaining Mitchelhill had a chance. Potting a good couple of balls the United Club cueist looked to be pinching the frame however in leaving the yellow it was Walker who cleared the balls he required for a 59-38 victory to take the match to a decider. 
 
The deciding frame started with a good opening red from United Club’s Mark Suitor and with one good pot after another he gave himself what was essentially an 18 point start. This seemed to rattle Vets B captain Geoff Banton and even though he created some decent opportunities for himself he just couldn’t manage to string a break together. This allowed Suitor to maintain his small advantage and the longer the frame progressed the more important the points difference became. As the colours approached Suitor was still in front, and what was now a healthy lead proved to be enough for the United Club player to eventually take the frame 59-24 and clinched the title for a brilliant league/playoff double.
 
Top 4 Playoff Semi Final report - 30th March 2022
 
Playoff Finals Decided 
 
The top two sides in both division's of the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League will meet each other in the coming weeks' finals as all four teams won in their respective semi finals in this week matches. 
 
Division 1 champions Workington Conservative Club faced fourth placed Workington Veterans Club A in the first of the semi finals and with a 3-1 victory they will now meet second placed Workington's Station Road B who defeated third placed Workington Golf Club 3-0.
 
The division 2 semi finals saw champions Workington's United Club defeat Maryport Social 3-1 and runners up Workington's Veterans Club B defeat Whitehaven's Rack Shack 3-2. 
 
In the division 1 Cons versus Vets A semi-final Dave Holland turned round an early arrears to put the Cons Club 1-0 up. Frame two saw a solid performance by Richard McCarthy put some real pressure on the Vets A side but with a fine tactical display it was Vets A captain Kevin Basnett who pulled one back to reduce the deficit to 2-1. In what turned out to be the final frame of the match Ryan Barker started in assured fashion and with some fine safety backed up with some superb single ball potting the Cons cueist ensured his team will make the April 13th final. 
 
The second of the two division 1 semi-finals featuring Station B and Workington Golf Club begun with a win from the season's highest break prize winner, Kevin Kirkham, to put Station B 1-0 up. In the second frame Station B ramped up their assault as Shaun Ayre won easily to make it 2-0. The momentum was well and truly with the Station B side as frame three resumed and with Peter O'Hagan restricting his opponent to just two points the Station B talisman powered his side through to the final. 
 
In the first of the of division 2 semi finals between league champions United Club and Maryport Social the underdogs went 1-0 up as Ben Scott delivered a confident win. Frame two saw some good snooker from both, but with some assured potting it was Dave Chapman who levelled the match score with an impeccable performance. Mark Suitor was at his diligent best in the next and in giving his opponent little opportunity he put his team 2-1 up. As frame four started Andrew Mitchelhill looked determined to finish the job and with a captains performance he put his team through to give them a chance of a unique league/ playoff double.
 
The final match of the evening, and the second of the division 2 semis, produced the closest match of the week, but with Vets B's Shane Evitts constructing a frame winning break of 33 in the first Whitehaven's Rack Shack were fully aware of what was required. Frame two nevertheless proved to be a huge turning point as the Rack Shack looked to be making it 1-1, however as Paul Vickers pinched the frame on the black an important 2-0 Vets B lead was delivered. At this point in the match the Rack Shack could have been excused for being a little downbeat but with Andy Moore and Adam Morilla refusing to lie down the Whitehaven cueists secured a decider at 2-2. The expectation had now shifted in the Whitehaven teams' favour but in spite of this the Vets A captain, Geoff Banton, put in a leaders showing to drag his team through to next week's division 2 playoff final. 
 
 
Round 18 - 23rd March 2022
 
Workington Cons Claim Division 1 Title 
 
Workington Conservative Club have claimed the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League division 1 title
in the very last game of the season. 
 
Going into the final game of the season the Cons Club side knew they needed a win to see them as champions and with a 3-2 away victory against division 2's Maryport Social Club they did just that. 
 
Richard McCarthy got Cons off to the perfect start with a win in the first however Andrew Scott levelled the match with a solid victory in the second for 1-1. An impressive win for Ben Scott put Maryport 2-1 up but with Cons now facing real danger of not only losing their season long unbeaten run but also the league title calm was required. Up to the challenge, Cons' Ryan Barker coolly took the fourth to force a decider and as team mate Julian Plaza won the final frame on the last couple of balls the league title was secured. 
 
Division 1 challengers Station Road B went into their final match with the thought that only a convincing win would give them a chance to take the title, however as opponents Workington's Veterans Club A chose the last game of the season to produce their best performance of the season the Station A side went down 4-1 at home. The first frame looked like going in favour of the Vets A side nevertheless a twist a fate in Station A's favour saw Simon Frazer put his side 1-0 up. Frame two was finely balanced throughout and could have gone either way but with a couple of fine pots at the death Vets A's Steve Garroway made it 1-1. A break of 40 in the next by Vets A captain, Kevin Basnett was not only enough to win the frame but also ensured he secured the break aggregate trophy. The next produced another win for the Vets A side and with Mark Tatton clearing in brilliant fashion in the last the Workington side finished in style. 
 
Workington Golf Club finished a comfortable third in division 1 on the back of a 5-0 home win over now relegated Station Road A. A thumping win for Ryan Ismay in the first gave the golfers the momentum and as team mate Bryan Walker won the next the score moved to 2-0. The third proved to be the closest frame of the night but in stretching their advantage Phil Sorfleet made it 3-0. Mark Brasted careful carved out the fourth to make it 4-0 and with Mark Cowen chipping away in the last another golf club victory eventually delivered to complete the whitewash. 
 
Finally, Workington's Veterans Club B ended a frustrating second half of the season with a 4-1 home win over fellow division 2 opposition, Whitehaven's Rack Shack. A Michael 'Sid' Walker win in the first gave Vets A a lead that was soon doubled as Paul Vickers won the next. Dave Teasdale was on top form in the third frame to win on the black for 3-0 and Sal Cakmak cued superbly in the fourth to deliver the evening's most convincing victory to put the Vets A outfit 4-0 up. Not to deterred by the scoreline however, Rack Shack's Peter McAvoy went about his business quietly and with a good performance his took the last to avoid the whitewash.
 
Final Standings 
 
Division 1 
1. W'ton Cons P16, W16, 59Pts (P) 
2. W'ton Station Road A P16, 11, 54Pts (P) 
3. W'ton Golf Club P16, W10, 47Pts (P) 
4. W'ton Vets A P16, W7, 43Pts (P) 
5. W'ton Station Road A P16, W7, 33Pts (R) 
 
Division 2
1. W'ton United Club P16, W10, 41Pts (P & Promoted) 
2. W'ton Vets B  P16, W7, 31Pts (P) 
3. W'haven Rack Shack P16, W3, 25Pts (P) 
4. M'port Social P16, W1, 23Pts (P) 
 
Playoff Semi-Final Draws
 
Division 1 
W'ton Cons v Vets A
Station A v W'ton GC
 
Division 2
United Club v M'port Social 
Vets B v Rack Shack 
 
Division 1 Individual Accolades 
Leading Player: Kevin Basnett P16, W16
Highest Break: Kevin Kirkham 105
Aggregate Breaks: Kevin Basnett 344Pts
 
Division 2 Individual Accolades 
Leading Player: Clive Lister P15, W12
Highest Break: Clive Lister 37
Aggregate Breaks: Clive Lister 67Pts
 
Key: 
P = Playoff place
R = Relegated
 
Round 17 - 16th March 2022
 
United Club Claim Division 2 Title 
 
Workington's United Club have claimed the division 2 title in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week even though they went down 3-2 to division 1's Workington Golf Club in a hard fought contest.
 
The penultimate fixture started well for division 2 leaders with a black ball victory from Dave Chapman but with the Golf Club hitting back with a victory from Stephen Jackson the match score was level at 1-1. Another nail biter saw Mark Carruthers put the Golf Club 2-1 up however it wasn't all doom and gloom for the defeated Clive Lister as his superior win percentage means he takes the division 2 leading player title. A thumping win in frame four for Lewis Tilley ensured the golfers won the match, nevertheless it was United Club captain Andrew Mitchelhill who ensured his team won the division 2 title outright with a victory in the last to the delight of his team mates. The United Clubs title claim is on the back of the fact that cannot be caught by Workington's Veterans Club B and win the division on 41 points due to having no fixture next week. Division 1's Workington Golf Club sit on a 42 point total and barring a colaspe next week coupled with other results going against them they are almost guaranteed to finish third.
 
Division 1 league leaders Workington Conservative Club came back from 2-0 down away to Workington Veterans Club A to record yet another 3-2 victory in a season that has seen them win 15 out of 15. The match started with a win from Vets A captain Kevin Basnett and in constructing a break of 64 in the process the division 1 leading player also moved to the top of the break aggregate table. A late season return to form saw Mark Tatton control frame two and eventually put Vets A 2-0 up but it was Cons two time county champion Alan Moore who started the comeback trail in style, winning by 80 points to pull it back to 2-1. Cons' Ryan Barker seemed to feed off Moore's confidence in the next to take it to a decider and as Stuart Shepherd made his season's best break of 39 in the final frame it proved to be enough to take his team over the line. Even though Cons are unbeaten in division 1 the point a frame format sees them lead by a slender 2 points (56 in total) going into next weeks final fixture - any victory against division 2's Maryport Social would guarantee them the title however. As other results returned in the Vets A's favour, their current total of 39 points ensures they will be playing division 1 snooker again next season.
 
Workington's Station Road B made sure they went into the final week of the season with a chance of retaining their division 1 title with a 5-0 home win against fellow townies Vets Club B. A 32 break from Shaun Ayre took care of the first and as Simon Frazer won frame two easily Station B took a 2-0 lead. Peter O'Hagan wasted no time in making it 3-0 and with team mate Alan McLeod winning a high scoring fourth frame Station B led 4-0. In the final frame of the match Station B captain Stephen O'Hagan made sure that concentration levels were maintained to record a victory that could make all the difference with just next week's game against Vets A remaining. 
 
Finally, Whitehaven's Rack Shack put themselves in an an extremely strong position with the respect to securing the remaining division 2 top four playoff spot with a 3-2 home win over Workington division 1 side, Station Road A. A Stephen Harrison victory put the Rack Shack 1-0 up but with Tom Thompson winning the next comprehensively parity was achieved at 1-1. Chris McKelvey put the Whitehaven team in the lead again in a relatively high scoring third frame however it was Station A who quickly returned the favour with a victory from Mike Walker to take the match to a decider. In the final frame of the match a close affair developed, nevertheless it was Wayne Sinclair who grabbed the initiative to take the frame and match in a competitive contest. The Rack Shack sit fourth in division 2 on 21 points and unfortunately Station A face relegation from division 1 as their 31 point total cannot be improved on sufficiently enough to avoid it. 
 
Round 16 - 9th March 2022
 
Cons Strong Favourites 
 
L & L Property Contractors Snooker League division 1 leaders Workington Conservative Club are looking stronger as each week passes and now with just two games left they look like hefty favourites to take the title as they lead by 4 points over Station Road B on the back of this weeks 3-2 win against division 2's United Club. 
 
The Cons side have won every match they have played this season and as Julian Plaza opened up with a win that saw his opponent score only one point the leaders signalled their strength in depth. Frame two however delivered a victory for the underdog as United’s Mark Suitor tied the match at 1-1. A Ryan Barker win in the next put Cons in the lead once again but back game the United Club with a victory from division 2 leading player Clive Lister, that included a break of 37. The decider had the United Club as likely winners on paper but in showing his and his teams' resilience Dave Holland demonstrated this superbly to close out his frame for a 3-2 match victory. Cons sit on a division 1 53 point total with the United Club still top of division 2, and almost guaranteed to to claim the title, on 39 points. 
 
Workington's Station Road B now face a mammoth task if the division 1 title holders have aspirations of retaining their pre-COVID 2019 trophy as they went down 3-2 to a travelling Workington Golf Club side.  A 2-0 lead for Station B thanks to victories from Kevin Kirkham (30 break) and Peter O'Hagan gave the impression that an easy match win was on the cards, nevertheless the golf club bounced back in one of the turnarounds of the season with victories from Phil Sorfleet, Mark Brasted and Stephen Jackson to upset the title holders in tremendous fashion. Station B remain second in division 1 on 49 points with the Golf Club third in the same division on 39 points. 
 
Club derby game between the two Veterans Club teams saw the division 2 outfit preside over their division 1 counterparts as the B team beat the A team 3-2. A brilliantly constructed break of 30 from Vets A's Paul Smith was more than enough to win the first and as team mate, captain and leading division 1 player Kevin Basnett won the next the score was 2-0. This didn't faze the div 2 side however and with probably one of the shots of the season on the final black Sal Cakmak made it 2-1. With confidence now on the B teams' side Shane Evitts delivered a nearly flawless performance in the next to force a decider. Managing to compose proceedings the A team looked to be ones coming out on top however with a cool finish it was B side captain Geoff Banton who delivered the match winning blow in an excellent team performance. Vets A stay fourth in division 1 on 37 points and Vets B look certain to the capture second in division 2 on 30 points. 
 
Finally, Maryport Social recorded a morale boosting victory as they won 3-2 away to Whitehaven's Rack Shack in the all division 2 fixture. A victory, and a 1-0 lead, for the Rack Shack's Nev Stitt was short lived as Andrew Sharp levelled the match score. Wayne Sinclair put the Whitehaven side in front again at 2-1 but Maryport rallied with a victory from Gary Miller for 2-2. The final frame saw a relatively low scoring encounter ebb and flow but in grabbing the initiative it was Andrew Scott who claimed the frame and match win for Maryport in an intriguing contest. Maryport Social's victory sees them level on a division 2 21 point total with their opponents, however with the Rack Shack having played a game less the Whitehaven side look the more likely of the two teams to make the playoffs. 
 
Eric McMullen Memorial TKO Handicap Semi Final report - 2nd Mar 2022
 
Workington Golf Club To Face Vets B In Cup Final
 
L&L Property Contractors Snooker League stepped aside again this week as Eric McMullen Memorial Handicap TKO Trophy semi final action took place, and in two deciding 3-2 frame wins it was Workington Golf Club and fellow townies Veterans Club B who will now meet in the 27th April Final. 
 
As the Golf Club finished top of their qualifying group they made the most of home tie advantage with a 3-2 victory over Workington's Station Road B. 
 
A 30 break for Ryan Ismay (+5 handicap) in the first frame was enough to put the golf club 1-0 up, however with a contribution of 32 from Station B's Peter O'Hagan (Scr) in the next the score was soon 1-1. Frame three saw Shaun Ayre (+13) win easily to put Station A 2-1 in front but this time it was the golf clubs turn to level the score, and take the match into a decider, with a victory from Mark Brasted (+8). In the decider Phil Sorfleet (+16) started well and in continuing this trend he ran out a fairly comfortable winner to take his team through to the April showpiece final. 
 
In the other semi final Workington's Veterans Club B maximised their handicap advantage as they defeated division 1 leaders, Workington Conservative Club, 3-2.
 
Julian Plaza (+12) outfoxed his opponent in the first to give Cons the lead but with Vets A's Shane Evitts (+29) in top form in the next parity was achieved. Alan Moore (+5) used all his experience in the next to put Cons in the lead once again at 2-1, but with a measured display in frame four Vets B captain Geoff Banton (+32) ensured the match went to a final frame shoot-out. The decider proved to the inevitable safety first affair but with a tactical master class it was Richard Kirkham who took the Vets B side through to the final to the delight of his teammates. 
 
The TKO plate semi-finals also took place this week with the Veterans Club A and Station Road A both making it through to the 20th April final. 
 
In the first of the semi's Vets A coasted through against Workington's United Club 3-0 with Paul Smith (+29) opening up and captain Kevin Basnett (Scr) rounding off the win. 
 
The second plate semi saw an equally convincing match victory as Station A presided over Whitehaven's Rack Shack by the same 3-0 scoreline. Peter Collins (+44), Tom Thompson (+20) and Darren Lawson (+25) provided the Station A solidity in what turned out to be a one sided contest. 
 
Round 15 - 23rd Feb 2022
 
Cons Whitehaven Vets B
 
Workington Conservative Club re-established themselves at the top of division 1 table in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week with a superb away performance that ended in a 5-0 whitewash of division 2's Veterans Club B. 
 
A grinding win for Julian Plaza in the first was surpassed with aplomb in the second frame as team mate and former county champion Richard McCarthy constructed an excellent break of 70 to give Cons an early 2-0 lead. Adding to the Vets A pain it wasn't long before Cons stalwart Alan Moore made it 3-0 and as Stuart Shepherd delivered another experienced Cons performance the scoreline moved towards an inevitable whitewash at 4-0. A cagey fifth and final frame followed a familiar safety conscious scenario and even though it looked as if it could have gone either way it was Ryan Barker who won on the black to complete the 5-0 destruction. Cons lead division 1 by 3 on 50 points and Vets B sit second in division 2 on 27 points. 
 
Division 2 debutants Whitehaven's Rack Shack won their second match of the season with a brilliant away performance as they defeated Workington Golf Club 3-2. The division 2 side saw Stephen Harrison put them 1-0 up and with an excellent victory against quality opposition in frame two the Rack Shack led 2-0 thanks to a Chris McKelvey masterclass. Stephen Jackson produced a classy 33 break in the third to pull one back and as team mate Bryan Walker won the next the golfers took the match into a decider. With a win within touching distance the Rack Shack's Andy Moore could have been forgiven showing a little nerves however in winning with room to spare he guided his team to an impressive victory. Rack Shack stay third in division 2 on 19 points and Workington Golf Club remain third in division 1 on 36 points. 
 
Division 2 leaders The United Club won the first and the last frame against fellow Workington townies, Veterans Club A but with their usually reliable middle order failing them they went down 3-2 to the division 1 outfit. A first frame win from Dave Chapman gave The United Club some confidence but as Kevin Basnett won easily in frame two, with a 40 break to boot, it was soon 1-1. The third frame proved to be key with Paul Smith trailing all the way to the final final blue. A brilliant pot later followed by two equally superb bits of cueing enabled the Vets A player to nick the frame on the black for a 2-1 scoreline. Frame four was fairly evenly matched early on, nevertheless a 38 break later Steve Garroway ensured the match victory was guaranteed as Vets A now led 3-1. An error strewn beginning to the final frame saw Mark Suitor eventually take control and in improving significantly the United Club player earned an important point for the home side. The United Club now lead division 2 by a margin of 10 on 37 points and Vets A stay fourth in division 1 on 35 points. 
 
Finally, Workington's Station Road A ended a three match losing run to defeat division 2's Maryport Social 3-2 in a competitive home fixture. Tom Thompson opened up with a win in the first  to force a lead for Workington's Station A that would be eventually doubled as Darren Lawson proved victorious in the second. Gary Miller added another victory to his tally in the third to see Maryport pull one back, however Mike Walker converted in the next to assure Station A delivered the match win at 3-1. The final frame of the fixture saw Andrew Scott dig deep and with a with an excellent win he pulled a point back to offer his team some consolation. Station Road A still prop up division 1 on 31 points and Maryport also reside at the bottom of their table on a division 2 points total of 18.
 
 
Round 14 - 16th Feb 2022
 
Station B Go Top
 
Workington's Station Road B climbed to the top of the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League division 1 this week on the back of a 5-0 home whitewash against Whitehaven division 2 side the Rack Shack.
 
As last weeks division 1 league leaders Workington Conservative Club were without a game this week Station B took full advantage and with wins from Shaun Ayre, Mark Tunstall, Peter O'Hagan, Kevin Kirkham and Stephen O'Hagan they left the Rack Shack stunned to move to the apex of the top division on 47 points. The Rack Shack remain third in division 2 on 16 points. 
 
The United Club ensured they maintained their 8 point lead at the top of division 2 with a 3-2 win against division 1's Station Road A. An excellent victory against their higher divisional opponents might have seen the United Club go 2-1 down, with Station A's Tom Thompson and Mark Robertson proving victorious against a United Club Clive Lister win, nevertheless the leaders powered to victory with wins from Andrew Mitchelhill and Dave Chapman to rock the Station A outfit. 
 
A 3-2 away victory for Workington Golf Club in their all division 1 fixture against fellow townies the Veterans Club A ensured they kept third spot in the table on 34 points. The golfers did the damage in the early part of the match as they went 2-0 up with victories from Bryan Walker and Ryan Ismay. Vets A managed to pull one back for 2-1 but as Mark Brasted rallied to win the fourth the match win was secured. A final frame point was still to play for however and as Vets A captain Kevin Basnett won the last a respectable 3-2 score line was delivered. Vets stay fourth in division 1 on 32 points. 
 
Finally, Veterans B travelled to Maryport Social and with a battling performance the away side snatched a 3-2 win in the all division 2 clash. A victory for Paul Vickers gave Vets B a 1-0 advantage but in a solid display frame two went Maryport's way as Andrew Sharp levelled the score. A 36 break from Sal Cakmak ensured Vets B took the lead at 2-1 but back came Maryport again with Gary Miller taking frame four for 2-2. In the decider Vets B captain Geoff Banton made sure that the match victory was never in danger and with a commanding performance he guided his team to a 3-2 match win. Vets B sit on 27 points with Maryport residing on 16 points in a division 2 second and fourth place respectively. 
 
Round 13 - 9th Feb 2022
 
United Club Defeat Close Rivals
 
Domestic action returned in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week with Workington's United Club recording the most significant result of the round as they beat fellow townies The Veterans Club B 4-1 away in a crucial top of division 2 table clash. 
 
Opening up the match Sal Cakmak gave the home side the start they were looking for in taking a 1-0 Vets B lead, however as Mark Suitor and division 2 leading player Clive Lister took the next two momentum quickly shifted as the United Club now led 2-1. Frame three was a close affair but with United Club captain, Andrew Mitchelhill, winning the next on the black the match win was assured. In the final frame of the fixture yet another close game ensued and with Dave Chapman more than up to the challenge he took the frame for a 4-1 United Club victory. The United Club stretch their lead at the top of division 2 to 8 points, 32 points in total, over their opponents who sit in second on 24 points. 
 
Workington Conservative Club made sure they maintained the division 1 top spot with a 4-1 away win against division 2's Rack Shack. A victory for Peter McAvoy gave Whitehaven's Rack Shack some initial hope, nevertheless Richard McCarthy and Alan Moore (31 break) soon nullified that with solid wins for a 2-1 Cons lead. Dave Holland was quick to make it 3-1 with a crushing victory in frame four and as Ryan Barker won a closely contested fifth and final frame of the match the Cons win was complete. Workington Cons sit top of division 1 on 45 points with The Rack Shack third in division 2 on 16 points. 
 
Workington's Station Road B kept in touch with division 1 leaders Workington Conservative Club with a 4-1 win against club rivals Station Road A. In yet another match that saw the first frame result in the only point the losing team would claim, Tom Thompson put Station A 1-0 up. Station B immediately hit back however as Simon Frazer won the next in convincing fashion to claim parity. Frame three was the stage where Station B stamped their authority on the match and with Peter O'Hagan delivering an imperious performance that included breaks of 44 and 37 he put his team 2-1 up. With confidence now flowing through the Station B side Mark Tunstall continued in his fine form to make it 3-1 and as Kevin Kirkham produced an equally powerful performance the B side ran out 4-1 winners. Station B are second in division 1 on 42 points with Station A bottom of division 1 on 26 points. 
 
Finally, Workington Golf Club improved their position in the division 1 table from fourth to third with a 3-2 home victory against division 2's Maryport Social Club. The match begun with a runaway victory from the Golf Club's Phil Sorfleet but in the lowest points total win this season Andrew Sharp levelled the match for Maryport. Stephen Jackson took frame three on the black to put the golfers ahead once again but in another close game Gary Miller ensured the scores were level for the second time in the match with a victory in frame four. The decider didn't quite deliver the usual drama and in a fairly routine win Mark Cowen carried his team over the line as the Golf Club won 3-2. The Golf Club are on a division 1 31 point total with Maryport propping up division 2 on 14 points. 
 
 
Final Eric McMullen Memorial Handicap TKO qualifying report - 2nd Feb 2022
 
Cup Semis Are Decided
 
As domestic matches in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League took a break this week the final group qualifying games in the Eric McMullen Memorial Handicap TKO Trophy took place, with the resultant line up seeing Workington Golf Club taking on Station Road B and Workington Veterans Club B  up against Workington Conservative Club in the semi finals to take place on Wednesday 2nd March. 
 
Previous qualifying games in group A had already seen Workington Golf Club through with 9 points but as Workington Cons faced Station Road A in the only outstanding group A fixture, the remaining semi final spot went to the Cons Club with a 4-1 home win. Victories for Dave Holland (+29 handicap) , Richard McCarthy (+1) and Alan Moore (+5) took the Cons to 3-0 but a win for Keith Telford (+43) gave the Station A side a slim chance of qualification in the frames won format. In the last, a tight affair could have gone either way but in securing the proceedings on the black Ryan Barker (+21) took his team through to the semis. 
 
Station Road A finished fourth in qualifying group A and and go into the plate with third placed finishers, Vets Club A. 
 
In group B four of the five teams all had the opportunity to qualify and even though the Rack Shack defeated Vets B 3-2, and the United Club beat Station B 3-2, the point a frame format still saw both losers progress to the semi finals. 
 
In the game between Station B and the United Club a victory in the first from Simon Frazer (+23) put Station B 1-0 up however as Clive Lister (+19) won the next parity was achieved. A 43 break from Station B's Peter O'Hagan (Scr) took care of frame three but back game the United Club as Andrew Mitchelhill (+9) put in a captains performance to make short work of frame four for 2-2. In the decider Mark Suitor (+34) made the most of his handicap advantage and in winning on the the colours he guided his team to victory albeit in a scoreline that just fell short of qualification. 
 
The other match in group B and the only remaining qualifying game started with a Andy Moore (+35) victory to put the Rack Shack 1-0 up however as Michael 'Sid' Walker (+28) and Vets B captain, and team mate, Geoff Banton (+32) winning the next two fortunes were soon reversed. Back came the Rack Shack with a Stephen Harrison (+37) win in the next and as Peter McAvoy (+35) took the decider the Whitehaven side ended qualifying on a positive note even though they just missed out finishing third in group B. 
 
The Rack Shack and fourth placed United Club both go on to the plate competition.
 
 
Round 12 Report - 26th Jan 2022
 
United Club Deliver Season's Best
 
Division 2 leaders The United Club produced the shock of the season so far to defeat division 1's Station Road B 3-2 in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week. 
 
In the battle between the two Workington sides Station B's century break maker Kevin Kirkham gave the away side the best possible start, however as division 2 leading player Clive Lister took the second the United Club levelled the fixture. A victory for the Peter O'Hagan put Station B in front again at 2-1 but back came United Club again with a win from team captain Andrew Mitchelhill that included a 36 break to boot. In the decider the usually reliable Station B captain, Stephen O'Hagan, came up against an extremely determined Mark Suitor and with a surprisingly comfortable win it was the United Club cueist who delivered the match win to the delight of his team mates. The United Club sit at the top of division 2 on 28 points and Station Road B remain second in division 1 on 38 points. 
 
Travelling division 1 leaders Workington Conservative Club took their winning run to eleven games with a 5-0 whitewash of fellow townies and top tier opponents Station Road A to move 3 points ahead of their closest rivals Station Road B. Richard McCarthy and Dave Holland opened up with wins in the first two frames and as former county champion Alan Moore took the next it was soon 3-0 to the Cons side. A black ball win for Ryan Barker made it 4-0 and with Julian Plaza proving victorious in the last the drubbing was complete. Cons are top of the division on 41 points with Station A bottom on 25 points.
 
Workington's Veterans Club A maintained their third place in division 1 with a 3-2 home win against division 2's Maryport Social. A battling black ball victory for Vets A captain Kevin Basnett got the match going and even though Vets A led the second frame for the duration a fortunate pot on the final ball by Maryport's Andrew Sharp was enough to level the match score. A convincing win for Paul Smith put the Vets A outfit 2-1 up and in taking the fourth the home side extended their lead to 3-1. The last saw a much improved Gary Miller deliver yet another solid performance and in winning relatively comfortably he put some respectability in the scoreline by helping Maryport pull back a point in a match ending 3-2 result. Vets A sit third in division 1 on 30 points and Maryport Social remain bottom of division 2 on 12 points. 
 
Finally, Workington Golf Club ensured they kept within division 1's top four with a 3-2 home win against division 2's Veterans Club B. The match started as the Golf Club's Bryan Walker won the first with a fantastic pot on the pink and as Ryan Ismay proved victorious in the next a 2-0 lead was apparent. A black ball win for Stephen Jackson took it to 3-0 but with another victory on the final ball this time it Vets B's turn to put a point on the board as Sal Cakmak made it 3-1. The final frame of the match saw Vets B continue where they left off in frame four and with one of the most one sided victories of the week Paul Vickers delivered in style to end the match just one frame adrift at 3-2. Workington Golf Club are fourth in division 1 on 28 points and Vets B are second in division 2 on 23 points. 
 
Round 10 Report - 12th Jan 2022
 
Station B Extend Advantage
 
Workington's Station Road B extended their lead at the top of division 1 in the L&L Property Contractors Snooker League this week with a 4-1 home win against division 2's Maryport Social. 
 
In the top versus bottom clash Maryport's Andrew Sharp made the perfect start for the underdogs with a fine win to put his team 1-0 up, nevertheless the Station B charge started in frame two as Simon Frazer won on the black. Frame three resulted in a fairly routine win for Station B's Peter O'Hagan and as team mate Mark Tunstall produced the best break of the round with 47 in the next it was soon 3-1. The last again saw Stephen O'Hagan take up his usual anchor role and with a solid victory the Station B captain galvanised the match win with aplomb. Station Road B sit on 35 points in division 1 while Maryport Social remain bottom of division 2 on just 8 points. 
 
As Workington's Veterans Club B were without a fixture this week it gave division 2 leaders The United Club a chance to put some distance between themselves and their rivals, and in a closely contested match they did just that with a 3-2 home victory against Whitehaven's Rack Shack. Another victory for the in form Stephen Harrison gave the Rack Shack a 1-0 lead but with United's Dave Chapman winning the next the scores were level. A mid match burst saw the United Club go 3-1 up with victories from Mark Suitor and Clive Lister but it was Andrew Moore who put some respectability into the score with a superb win in last to pull the final match score back to 3-2. The United Club are on a first placed 22 point total with Rack Shack third, also in division 2, on 15 points. 
 
Even though Workington Conservative Club recorded their ninth win out of nine, with a 3-2 home victory over Workington Golf Club, the point a frame format sees them still in a division 1 second spot. The Golf Club were the side who started the better nevertheless, and with wins in the first two frames from Ryan Ismay and Bryan Walker a first Cons defeat looked a real possibility. However with pure grit and determination, and a few pink and black finishes later, Alan Moore, Ryan Barker and Julian Plaza did the business for the Cons club in a superb comeback to record the match win. Workington Cons are on 32 points with Workington Golf Club one place behind on 25 points. 
 
Finally, Station Road A leapfrogged opponents Veterans Club A in the division 1 table with a 3-2 away victory that ended in dramatic fashion. There hasn't been much to separate two Workington sides this season but as Tom Thompson (34 break) and Chris Hunter crushed their Vets A opponents in the first two frames an easy win seemed the most likely outcome. An error strewn third could have gone either way but it was Vets A captain Kevin Basnett who eventually took control to stop the rot at 2-1. A near 40 point deficit in the fourth looked to be going in the Station A direction but with one of the performances of the season it was Vets A's Steve Garroway who levelled the score with some superb match play snooker. At 2-2 and with just three reds left the Vets A side looked almost certain to be recording a brilliant comeback win, however an outstanding 33 break later followed by a good pot on the pink it was Mike Walker who delivered a Houdini style escape to nick the match win for the Station A outfit. Station A are fourth in the top division on 23 points with Vets A bottom of the table on 22 points. 
 
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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