The first semi-final of the Group One Knock-out competition took place at Grassmoor WMC between Eckington ‘A’ and Eckington ‘B’ and as it turned out it was one sided as the ‘A’ team proved just too strong against their ‘B’ team who were receiving 25 start which is added at the end of the fourth frame.
The match started with Martin Finnigan playing Pahminder Mudhar and with breaks of 28 and 24 Martin took the frame 86-33.
In the second frame Joel Walker wasted no time in disposing of Robert Kirton 95-17 making breaks of 29, 25 and 24.
The third frame brought together father and son as Adam Duffy played his father Kevin and Adam soon settled in to his stride making an excellent break of 54 followed by a 32 to take the frame 97-41.
Stewart Swindell also saw off Steve Waterhouse quickly taking the fourth frame 70-25 and with the 25 point handicap added it put the ‘A’ team in an unassailable position going into the last frame 207 points in the lead. Kevin Breeze played John Paul Fretwell in the last frame which ended in the ‘A’ team going through to the final 350-210.
In the second semi-final played at Grassmoor between Alfreton ‘B’ and Rileys ‘A’ the match was a much closer contest with Alfreton ‘B’ receiving 45 points start to be added at the end of the fourth frame.
Stuart Wheatley started off playing Jason Renshaw and this game went to a black ball finish with Jason just edging it 50-56.
Robert Ashmore up next against Steve Clayton who impresses me every time I see him play and he potted superbly to win the frame 35-74.
The third frame ran very close with Nick Oakley winning the frame 57-44.
In the fourth frame it brought together the legendry John Smith who in his eighties is still an excellent player and after some very good safety play and very good potting he took the frame 52-37.
With the 45 added to Alfreton’s score it put 12-year-old Connor Rollo going in to the final frame with a 28-point lead against Rileys Chris Bonnar.
Connor just like Steve Clayton impresses me tremendously and after Chris got off to an early start with 18 points Connor settled down and playing some superb safety play and excellent potting he took the frame 88-35 and the match 327-246 to put Alfreton ‘B’ in the final.
On Monday - April 11 - the first semi-final of the President’s Trophy will take place at NEDSC Clay Cross between Craig Swift (Alfreton) and Steve Balfour (NEDSC) 7.30pm start. Referee Dean Sporton.
On Tuesday - April 12 - the second semi-final will take place at NEDSC between Simon Broughton (Clowne Liberal) and Dave Gastrell (Hasland WMC) 7.30pm start. Referee Dave Smith.
On Thursday - April 14 - the final will take place between the winners of the above two matches at NEDSC 7.30pm start. Referee Dean Sporton.