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  1. Published on: 11/02/2019 12:19 PMReported by: roving-eye
    This week saw little action as only one of the top four teams fighting it out for the Division One crown of the Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League played this time around. Firstly, the crucial match between leaders, Aughton Institute E and six times Defending Champions, Fleetwood Hesketh SSC was postponed until the set-aside week in late March due to player illnesses. The Aughton E lads still head the pack narrowly whilst the Southport based side drop into fourth place in the league standings but have an all important match in hand on their three closest rivals above them.

    Also challenging for First Division glory are six times Runners-up, Olympic BC B, who sat out their free week this particular week and this sees them drop into third position in the league proceedings but sit just two points off the leaders.

    With all three of their title rivals not playing this time it gave Red Lion Social A an excellent chance to make up some ground and they certainly didn't need a second invitation. They went into battle with lowly Rainford X SSC and ended their evening with the 'perfect result' as they recorded a superb 6-0 demolition of their opponents. This outcome sees the Red Lion A team moved up into second spot in the table, level on points with the current pace-setters but one win less than them.

    Lathom & Burscough RBL engineered their second successive 5-1 triumph as this week they defeated bottom club, Scarisbrick NSC by that scoreline to continue to have a fine campaign. The result sees them unchanged in fifth slot but find themselves only seven points adrift of the top team but they have played more matches than all four sides above them. On current form they are certainly favourites to capture the Division One Merit League crown for a second time.

    Upholland Social completed a hat-trick of victories in their last three matches and are now certainly looking like the side that had a great season last year. This time around they clashed with Red Lion Social Club B and came out 4-2 victors at theend of good battle between both teams. This outcome sees them continuing in sixth in the standings.

    The other match played this week saw Olympic BC A come up against Aughton Institute A and after a good encounter between both sides it saw them unable to be separated in a 3-3 stalemate. In fact, there was never any more than a single frame in the contest.

    The Division One merit table still sees Scarisbrick NSC at the summit despite a heavy defeat this particular week but had their advantage chopped to just a single point, they sit on 92 points. Lathom & Burscough RBL now occupy second place after another solid win this week, they lie on 91 points. Rainford X SSC drop into third position after their very heavy defeat this time, they continue on 88 points.

    Division 2

    This week saw St Cuthberts get straight back to winning ways in emphatic style after defeats in their last two matches. They clashed with Farmers Club and at the end of proceedings recorded an excellent 5-1 triumph in their quest for an immediate return to the First Division. This result sees them continuing as pace-setters and have now opened up a very handy five point advantage over their nearest rival. The match also saw St Cuthberts Steve McBrinn claim this week's 'Break of the Week' accolade with a fine break of 39 in his frame success. In fact, this contribution was enough to see Steve's break take over as the Division's highest break so far.

    Steve's break began with an excellent long red pot where he gained ideal position on the black ball. Steve dispatched that black ball and took a further three reds with either pink or black balls with that steady, methodical style of his coupled with excellent potting and positional play. With his break at thirty one, Steve potted a fine next red which needed pinpoint positional play and managed as he got on the black ball. He took that black and then Steve suffered some real bad luck as after potting his next red the cue ball finished nestled on the pink ball and this brought a sudden end to an excellent break on thirty nine.

    Steve has played in the Ormskirk League for many years and has always played for
    the St Cuthberts club. Steve's big highlight competing in our league was in the 2002-2003 campaign were Steve became Individual Handicap Champion of the League.

    Skelmersdale Wardens A had their title challenge dented this time around as they suffered the same fate as the pace-setters did the previous two weeks with consecutive defeats. This particular week they clashed with Defending Champions, Aughton Institute D and suffered a 4-2 reversal by them. This outcome sees the Skelmersdale Wardens A outfit remain in second place in the league standings but they now lie those five points adrift of the leaders. This is now certainly the form shown last term by the current Champions with back-to-back wins and ten points taken from a possible twelve but surely it's too late to mount any sort of a serious defence of their crown, they continue in sixth in the table.

    Promotion chasing Stanley Club B came up against in-form Skelmersdale Wardens C this time round and after a competitive battle saw the Skelmersdale C side prevail with a solid 4-2 home success. This result sees the Burscough based team unchanged in third slot but the Skelmersdale Wardens C side move up into fourth place in the league standings and a late promotion push is certainly not out of the question.

    Skelmersdale Wardens B ended their night's work with one of their best results of the current campaign as they produced a 5-1 home victory at the expense of bottom side, Stanley Club C. This outcome sees them continue in seventh in the league proceedings.
    The other match played this time around saw Aughton Institute B clash with club compatriots, Aughton Institute C and after a tense affair it saw the Aughton C outfit come out on top with a 4-2 win. The match was delicately poised at 1-1 early in the contest but it saw the Aughton C team take the next two frames to open up a 3-1 lead and they grabbed one of the last two frames to complete their victory.

    Other notable this week was – G Neale (St Cuthberts 21.
     

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