Things tight at the top as the league approaches its climax

By Tim Leigh in Snooker

Ivybridge A remain in the box seat for the Totnes and District Snooker League Division One title despite having their bye week.

Their closest challengers and clubmates Ivybridge B played two matches in the week and would have been looking to take top spot.

Ivy had a rear­ranged fixture from an earlier postponement against Halwell B which went the way of the form book.

Charlie Kneil took the opening frame for Halwell, but it was one-way traffic from there on in as Ben Steed and Mark Col­mer comfortably won their two frames and captain Ryan Colmer rounded it off to give Ivy a 5-1 away win.

Earlier in the week Ivy travelled to Wood­lands looking to secure victory and take them closer to the top spot.

Clearly Colin Drury hadn’t seen the script, though, as his two frames gave Wood­lands the impetus following Steve Cairns’ demolition job in the opener. Drury took his first frame despite his opponent making a break of 31.

Mark Tomlinson had replied for Ivy with two wins to leave the match delicately poised at 3-2 in favour of the hosts going into the final frame. Up stepped Woodlands skipper Adrian Rendle to secure the win on the final black to give his side the victory and deal a severe blow to Ivy’s title credentials at the same time.

Ivy now reside four points behind their clubmates, although it could all come down to the final league match of the season, when the two meet in what will surely be the title decider.

Dartmouth will still harbour hopes of honours this season following a 5-1 win away at Totnes. Wes Aber­crombie fired the hosts into an early lead, but Dartmouth came back strongly to take the next five.

Dave Nicholls and captain Phil Harris made the most of their opportunities to take both of their respective frames with Noel Edmonds picking up the final point on offer.

The win sees Dart­mouth handily placed in third, just three points back from Ivy­bridge B, and two points ahead of Regal in fourth. Regal closed the gap on the teams above nicely with a 6-0 whitewash away to Halwell B.

Regal were in control from start to finish with Steve Pound, Chris Edmonds and captain John Wood all picking up two wins. Halwell captain Colin Finch put up a good fight in both of his frames, but ultimately to no avail and Halwell will now be anxiously looking over their shoulders in the remaining matches.

The final fixture of the week saw bottom side Halwell C host Modbury.

Modbury ran out comfortable 5-1 winners.

Earlier captain Mike Collins had picked up another two wins and a break of 35 in the process – ideal preparation before he jetted off to play in the Gibraltar Open over the weekend.

Collins was well supported by Steve Caithness, who picked up his first double of the season and Dan Wills took the other point for Modbury who stay fifth.

Mill B returned to the summit of division two after a 5-1 win over clubmates Mill A.

Eddie Inch was the only point scorer for A, but that was enough to see them stay off the bottom, just a couple of points ahead of Diptford, who went down by the same score at Mill C.

Mill captain John Trant set the ball rolling for his side and George Banfield followed to make it 2-0.

Luke Beard dominated his two frames, but Diptford captain Graham Lethbridge did pull one back for the visitors before Rob Vaughan took the final frame of the evening for Mill.

The final match saw Hallwell G host clubmates Halwell K. The form book had this down as a comfortable home win, but Chris Reeve and his K side had other ideas and quickly roared into a 4-0 lead as Reeve and Andy Dix both took of their frames.

Barrie Taylor stemmed the flow with a break of 22 for G on his way to the fifth frame to make it 4-1, but K wouldn’t be denied and Rob Reeve took the final point on offer to give K an unexpected 5-1 win.

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