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Division 1-
Edn A 2 (Lewis Round, Dan Morris) Bay B 3 (Kev West, Garry Owen, Craig Baugh); Bay E 1 (Dave Beyer) Edn G 4 (Steve Powell, Craig Reynolds, Roy Leneveu, Rich Jones); Shi B 4 (Matthew Davies, John Fallows, Aaron Sparkes, Mick Brezwyn) Mad E 1 (Nick Pearce); Had B 1 (Ken Booty) Daw C 4 (Paul Lloyd, Michael Mancini, Steve Clayton, Stephen Minshall); Mad A 5 (Ian Skelton, Phil Davies, Shaun Harris, Leigh France, Ian Duffy) Shi F 0 ();
Division 2+
Match Reports
TREMENDOUS TELFORD 'A' DEFY THE ODDS TO CLAIM THE INTER TOWN TITLE FOR FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS The Staffordshire & West Midlands League boasts some of the UK's finest players and is arguably the strongest league in the country in terms of depth of talent. It's Inter Town competition is the pinacle of team snooker tournaments with current & former professionals competing alongside top amateurs who have achieved accolades at local, national and world level. For Sedgley A to reach this year's final was certainly no surprise, having being crowned champions a staggering 12 times previously. Their 2017 squad contained 2 players from the Cue School hoping to gain their Pro cards for next season:- Reanne Evans who just missed out on the final stages of the 2017 World Championships at the Crucible, she is a former Main Tour Pro and 11 times Women's World Champion. The other is Dan Ward who is a former World Amateur Runner Up. Martin Clark is another former pro having been a Top 16 player for much of the 1980's & 1990's as well as being the current Tournament Director for World Snooker. Andy Highfield is yet another former pro in the Sedgley ranks and he is currently coach to some of the Worlds top players. Simon Hickman is a former West Mids Individual Champion and Rob Jones is a former full time semi-pro. The remaining squad members are all top players in the West Mids league. In reaching the final Sedgley had a bye in the first round before beating Telford B 5-2 in round 2; Bearwood 4-3 in the quarter final then Stafford A 5-1 in the semi final. In stark contrast to the favourites, Telford A had not won the competition for exactly 20 years. Current skipper Paul Lloyd also captained the first Telford side to win the title in 1992, whilst both Matt Davies & Ian Duffy of the current squad were part of the last Telford winning side from 1997. Although considered as long outsiders at the start of this season's competition by some, Telfords squad was built on strength of character, team spirit and lots of bottle as well as more than their fair share of talent too. Skipper Paul Lloyd is himself a former professional and current Telford Individual Champion; Matt Davies is another former pro and former English Amateur Champion who hit a maximum 147 break in competition just last season. Alongside them all of the squad have won various competitions at league and West Mids level and a number play at County level too. On route to the final Telford defeated local rivals Shrewsbury 4-3 in round 1; hotly fancied Oldbury 4-3 in round 2; Kidderminster 5-2 in the quarter final then another of the hot favourites Aldridge 4-3 in the semi final. At Cannock Conservative Club the arena was packed with support for both teams and the atmosphere was electric. The Sedgley contingent were heard to say before the start that this would be an early night and the only chance Telford had was for their big players to all win to take it to the later frames. Anyone who had seen the fighting spirit in the earlier rounds however knew you should write Telford off at your peril. On table 1 Dan Ward opened up for Sedgley against Telford's John Fallows. Despite banging the table after early misses, Dan potted really well and 2 breaks of 29 helped him to a 69-4 victory to take the first frame for Sedgley. On table 2 it was Simon Hickman for Sedgley against Matt Davies for Telford. The frame looked to be going in Simon's favour when he made a 39 break but Matt dug in and an excellent snooker behind the blue led to a miss being called. After missing again Simon passed his cue towards referee Alan Moore asking him to try, but Mr Moore remained unmoved and called a miss. Matt then looked to be favourite as he took the final red. Unfortunately an awkward blue just caught the jaw of the centre pocket with perfect position on the yellow. Simon stepped up and duly clinched the frame 67-55 to put Sedgley 2-0 ahead. Up next to take on Reanne Evans was Telford's Ian Duffy, who also had to contend with the increasingly vocal Sedgley supporters. However he began superbly opening up a nice lead with a 31 break. Reanne dug deep and laid a nasty snooker and when a miss was called she repeatedly questioned the re-positioning of the cue ball. Ian made a tremendous effort narrowly missing the red, then it was Reanne and the Sedgley team who questioned the referee. Under intense pressure referee Frank Williams was superb, he silenced both Reanne and the supporters and remained calm as the frame continued. Whether this lack of respect had unsettled Ian is not clear but a missed black let Reanne in and a 23 break helped her to seal the win 68-40 to put Sedgley a frame away from the title. Beating Sedgley was always going to be difficult but needing to win all 4 remaining frames looked almost mission impossible. In frame 4 Tom Maxfield potted everything in sight and breaks of 36 & 22 helped him to a convincing win over Reanne's brother Richard Evans 75-42 to take the match into the second session at least. After the interval Darren Weston started solidly for Telford and a 22 break helped him open up a 30 point advantage over the dangerous Gurdip Sidhu. After a red and a colour for 'Sid' and with play in progress on the other table, one of the Sedgley players shouted across to the marker that he had got the scores wrong and put 20 points on Darren's score instead of Sid's. In the confusion the marker took 20 points off Darren to leave him on just 17, this after he had already had a 22 break! Once again experienced ref Frank Williams was superb as he took control to correct the scores and play once again resumed. Meanwhile on the other table Rob Jones for Sedgley and Shaun Harris for Telford were battling hard with the lead changing hands several times. Eventually it was Shaun who held his nerve best and a lovely clearance from blue to black sealed the frame 55-44 and reduce the deficit to just a single frame. All eyes were now back on Table 1, the silence was deafening and the pressure increasing. Darren showed great character as he combined some good potting with assured safety to leave his opponent needing 2 snookers. Sid dug in however and laid a good snooker to put Darren back under pressure. After missing once he remained calm to get out of the snooker before taking his opportunity when it arose, winning 75-37 to remain the only 100% man from the 5 rounds, but more importantly, levelling the tie at 3-3 and it was game on. Going to the wire was a fitting finale and all attention now fell on the young potter Alfie Southall who took on Telford veteran, skipper Paul Lloyd. Right from the off Paul made his intentions clear and he began to boss the frame with some stunning pots and clinical safety. Alfie remained within touching distance but as the frame went on and he tried to force his way back in, the tension showed as he missed again going in-off. Paul took on an awkward green along the baulk rail but it didn't drop giving Alfie a lifeline. He sank the green but then left Paul a chance on the brown. Drawing on all his experience, the Telford skipper put in a true captains performance, clearing the colours for a 65-37 victory to complete the comeback of all comebacks and take the title for Telford A. It was even more remarkable as Paul only got the team together last year and they went out 4-2 to Sedgley A at the first hurdle. This year every single player has contributed with vital wins at crucial stages of each match which sums up the fantastic team ethos that has been developed. Who could bet against them retaining their title in 2018? On the back of this success Telford fielded 3 teams in the competition this year with both the 'B' & 'C' teams making the last 16. The 'A' teams success has inspired interest and it looks likely that 4 teams will be entered next year. An inter town challenge will be held in September and the 2018 squads will be selected from these matches. Anyone interested in being part of the team's please contact Noel Hitch on 07816 325499 or email to: 1992 winning team: Paul Lloyd; Nigel Fletcher; Daryl Grainger; Paul Harper; Adrian Gunnell; Richie Hulme & Matt Davies 1997 winning team: Steve Fletcher; Nigel Fletcher; Paul Harper; Daryl Grainger; Ian Duffy; Matt Davies & Johnathan Lewis 2017 winning team: Paul Lloyd; Matt Davies; John Fallows; Darren Weston; Shaun Harris; Ian Duffy; Tom Maxfield & Zenon Lembicz
This seasons AGM will be held on THURSDAY 20TH JULY 7.30PM at SIR JOHN BAYLEY CLUB. Any proposals to be considered at the AGM must be put in writing to league secretary Mr Alan Turner to be received no later than THURSDAY 6TH JULY. Please note proposals cannot be submitted on the night of the AGM Alan's contact details can be found under the CONTACT US tab at the top of this page. Also the team registration form for next season can be found under the NEWS tab.
Andy Kendrick | Wed 7 Jun (17:50)
It was announced at the latest committee meeting that ALAN TURNER intends to step down at the next AGM. Firstly I am sure that all players in the league past and present would like to thank Alan for his amazing contribution to the league over many years. The secretary is responsible for formulating the league programme and maintaining the league over the course of the season as well as attending the monthly committee meetings, taking minutes and generally contributing to all league matters. Any interested parties should attend the AGM on THURSDAY 20TH JULY at Sir John Bayley Club but in the meantime please contact Chairman Mr Rob Withington to express their interest. Once again a big thank you to Alan!
Andy Kendrick | Fri 21 Apr (10:26)
Click on the COMPETITIONS tab at the top of this page to see this seasons team and individual competition winners and runners up - REMEMBER you must attend the annual presentation to claim your prize!
Andy Kendrick | Fri 21 Apr (09:43)
Check out our new Facebook page at TELFORD SNOOKER LEAGUE - Thanks to Josh Devey from Bayley Lads for setting it all up.
Andy Kendrick | Sun 19 Feb (11:10)
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