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Report for 20th December 2009:

Penponds A lead Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League by two points at the halfway stage from reigning champions Clinton SC, with last season's runners-up Illogan HI A a further five points behind. Last week Penponds A beat Breage 5-0 to increase their lead at the top. There were breaks of 33 by Stuart Lugg and a 31 from Simon Hosking for the leaders. The clash between the next two teams resulted in a 4-1 win for Clinton A over Illogan A. Phil Lane made a fine 78 break for Clinton. Chris Isaacs was Illogan A's only winner, although Rob Bennetts made a 35 break, only to lose on the black to Clinton's Steve Downing. Fourth placed Bell's Court (Andy Hicks 76 break) beat bottom team Illogan HI B 5-0 to increase their problems, although Penponds B are also in trouble after losing their third successive 5-0 to Redruth British Rail. Neil Rowe contributed a good 54 break for the Railmen. Playing Place showed better form in beating Clinton SC B 3-2 with wins from Chris Bassett, Phil Davey and Thornton Crawford.
Lanner lead Division 2 by two points from Bell's Court and St Day after last week's matches. Lanner beat fourth placed Illogan HI 3-2 with wins from Dean Abrahams, Wayne Nicholls and Dave Thomas. St Day beat promotion rivals Bell's Court 3-2 to join them in second place. Playing Place's recent revival continued with a 3-2 victory at Perranporth Golf Club A, while the Golf Club's B team had a similar win at Park Bottom. Camborne Conservative are now in a lowly position after being deducted their ten frames handicap, imposed for finishing runners-up last season, but have shown enough form to improve their position during the remainder of the season.
In Division 3 there was a thrilling match between two of the leading contenders, with second-placed Illogan HI pipping leaders Four Lanes 3-2. Highlight of the evening was the frame between Four Lanes' Carl Willey and young Alex Wills. After Carl had made a 27 break to lead 44-0, Alex replied with an excellent 46 break (his highest ever) and eventually won a superb frame on the black 73-72. Brian Mitchell (black ball) and Peter Chegwidden were Illogan's other winners. Redruth British Rail's Paddy Farr also beat the previous high break with a good effort of 39 in their 4-1 victory over Radnor Golf Club. The only other result received saw a good 3-2 win for Camborne Conservative at third-placed Porthleven. The Division is still very close, with only a few points separating a handful of teams.

Report for 13th December 2009:

Penponds A are the new leaders of Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League, with reigning champions Clinton SC A one point behind and last year's runners-up Illogan HI A also in close contention. With one week to go to the halfway point and Illogan HI A due to play Clinton A on Friday, this promises to be one of the more closely contested leagues of recent seasons. On Friday Penponds A beat their own B team 5-0, while Clinton A emerged from a tricky match with Bell's Court as 3-2 victors. Paul Williams and Dave Fox were the winners for Bell's Court. Keith Hosking made a 42 break for Penponds A against their own B team, with son Simon contributing a break of 35. Penponds B are now in trouble near the bottom, while Illogan B gave themselves some hope by beating fellow strugglers Playing Place 3-2. Martyn Bawden made a good 60 break for Playing Place, but they have now won only one of their last nine matches. Elsewhere Terry Kempe made a 50 break in their 3-2 victory at Godolphin Club, for whom Ray Anderson and John Paul Williams were the winners. Breage halted Four Lanes' good recent run with a 3-2 victory and Clinton B also won 3-2 against Redruth British Rail.
Division 2 is still very close with Lanner just one point ahead of Bell's Court and St Day a further point behind. Last week Lanner beat struggling Radnor Golf Club 4-1, while Bell's Court also had a good 4-1 victory over last season's runners-up, Camborne Conservative. Alistair Gay was Conservative's only winner in a black ball frame against young Carl Mitchell. St Day had a close-fought victory over Perranporth Golf Club B, with wins from David Bolt, Peter Simmons and Percy Hosking. Illogan HI and Feock are still in contention before the halfway point, with Feock winning the encounter 3-2 between the two teams last week. Park Bottom are finding life tough this season, and lost for the fifth time in a row, 4-1 at Playing Place.
Four Lanes have established a three point lead at the top of Division 3 after winning 4-1 at Radnor Golf Club. Of their nearest rivals, Illogan HI and Clinton SC both lost 3-2. Illogan HI were beaten 3-2 at home by fourth placed Bell's Court with Melvin Hoon and the evergreen Peter Chegwidden winning for Illogan. Clinton SC lost 3-2 at Redruth British Rail B, with new signing Chris McAvoy and Mike Johns winning for the visitors and Rail's Dave Collins, making a rare appearance, winning a titanic battle over Clinton's Alan Kempthorne by 71 points to 70.

Report for 6th December 2009:

With Clinton SC A having a bye last week, Illogan HI A are the new leaders of Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League, by one point from Clinton SC A, with Penponds A just a further point behind. Illogan HI A, however, have played a match more than their two rivals and have their bye this week. On Friday Illogan A beat Godolphin Club 5-0, with Alan Hurley making a fine 84 break. Alan missed the final brown with a possible 106 break on the table. Penponds A beat Clinton SC B 3-2 with Darren Davey compiling a good break of 63 for Clinton B. Illogan HI B are now three points adrift at the bottom after losing 5-0 at Redruth British Rail, and Playing Place occupy next to bottom spot after losing 4-1 at home to Bell's Court (Bobby Southworth 34 and 32 breaks). Four Lanes have moved to relative safety in mid-table after a 5-0 victory over Penponds B, with Ryan Curnow making a nice break of 63. St Day have had a below par season so far, but last week beat Breage 3-2. Peter Williams and Roy Good (32 break) were Breage's winners.
It is still very close in Division 2, with Lanner currently occupying top spot, but Bell's Court and St Day are only a point behind and several other teams are in close contention. Last week Lanner won 3-2 at Perranporth Golf Club, with wins for Dean Abrahams, Dave Thomas and Robin Nicholls, Kirk Razzell and Robert Stroud replying for Perranporth. St Day also beat Park Bottom 3-2 to keep up the pressure, but Bell's Court were beaten 3-2 at Illogan, who are currently in fourth place. Park Bottom and Radnor Golf Club, who lost 3-2 at home to Feock, jointly prop up the table and are five points adrift of Perranporth Golf Club B.
In Division 3 Four Lanes still lead by one point after beating Penpond B 3-2 last week. Kevin Gill and Bill Eathorne continued their good record for Penponds, while Four Lanes' Robin Matthews cleared the last five colours for 25 to pip Martyn Rowe and maintain his own unbeaten record. Clinton SC and Illogan HI share second place after Illogan recovered from their first defeat to beat Clinton 3-2 on Tuesday. Bell's Court are still well in contention after beating bottom team Radnor Golf Club 3-2.

Report for 29th November 2009:

Clinton SC A hold a four point lead over their nearest rivals, Illogan HI A and Penponds A in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League. However, Penponds A have a match in hand, and with the leaders having a bye this week could get even closer on Friday. Last week Clinton A and Penponds A both won 4-1, while Illogan A could only win 3-2 at Breage. Roger Golley took the only point for Playing Place at Clinton A, while Maurice Hicks was the winner for Illogan HI B against Penponds A. Alan Hurley made a 46 break for Illogan HI A at Breage, for whom Ryan Gilbert and Justin Nurse were the winners, the latter taking the last three balls to win on the black. Fourth placed Bell's Court (Nathan Bastin 32 break and Bobby Southworth 44 break) had a good 4-1 victory over Redruth British Rail, whose John Winn took their only frame. Four Lanes have recovered from a difficult start and last week beat Clinton SC B 3-2, with Ryan Curnow making breaks of 33 and 22, while Darren Murrish made a 30 break for Clinton B. Penponds B went down to a narrow 3-2 defeat at home to St Day, with good wins for father Clive and son Craig Thomas.
Division 2 is still very closely contested, with only five points covering the top eight teams. Bell's Court and Lanner share the lead, with St Day just behind. Last week Bell's Court beat struggling Radnor Golf Club 4-1, with Darren Condy taking the final frame for Radnor to avoid a second successive whitewash. Lanner beat fifth placed Redruth RBL 3-2, for whom Paul Broad and Simon Cheung were the winners. After a poor spell by their standards, Playing Place showed improved form to beat St Day 3-2 with David Bolt and Peter Simmons winning for the visitors. Camborne Conservative, who are set to concede ten frames handicap this season, beat Park Bottom 5-0. The latter and Radnor Golf Club are five points adrift of the other teams.
In Division 3 Illogan HI suffered their first defeat of the season, 3-2 at the hands of a resurgent Porthleven, with whom they now share second place. Four Lanes moved into a one point lead by beating Stithians 3-2, despite Darren Shovel suffering his first defeat at the hands of Glyn Furnival. Camborne Conservative showed better form than of late by beating Redruth British Rail
A 5-0 and are now in joint fourth place with Clinton SC, who have a result missing.

Report for 22nd November 2009:

Mining Snooker League Division 1 leaders Clinton SC A suffered their first defeat of the season on Friday, 3-2 at the hands of the Godolphin Club, and now lead the table by just three points from Illogan HI A, who beat Penponds B 4-1. Clinton A's last defeat in the League was over a year ago, when they lost 3-2 to Redruth British Rail, and Friday's reverse came as something of a shock. Winners for Godolphin Club were Tim Johnson, Jon Paul Williams and a good win by Ray Anderson over Gary Bray. Steve Downing (43 break) and Phil Lane were Clinton's winners. Nick Mutter made a great 60 break and Rob Bennetts breaks of 41 and 26 in Illogan A's 4-1 victory over Penponds B, for whom Matthew Williams was the only winner. Penponds A are in third place after beating Bell's Court 3-2, and, although eight points behind, have two matches in hand. Mike Jenkin made a 50 break for Redruth British Rail, but saw his team go down to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Playing Place (Martyn Bawden 46 break). Four Lanes have crept off the bottom after a difficult start to the season, and last week beat fellow strugglers Illogan HI B 3-2, with Ryan Curnow contributing a 58 break and Julian Osborne breaks of 30 and 23.
Only two points separate five teams at the top of Division 2 in what promises to be a close contest for honours. Lanner, 4-1 winners over Playing Place, and St Day, who won by the same score at Camborne Conservative, share the lead, with Bell's Court and Illogan HI just one point adrift, and Redruth RBL also in close contention. Mike Lawry was the only winner for Playing Place at Lanner, while Clive Roberts took Conservative's only frame against St Day. Bell's Court also won 4-1 at Perranporth Golf Club, where Simon Pearce was the winner, and Illogan HI lost the first frame to Park Bottom's Clarence Richards before winning the remainder. Radnor Golf Club are now bottom after losing 5-0 to Perranporth Golf Club B.
With Illogan HI having a bye in Division 3, the top of the table is even closer than Division 2, with three teams sharing the lead on 20 points, and two more teams just one point behind. New joint leaders Four Lanes (Dave Hares 22 break) beat Redruth British Rail A 4-1, for whom Julian Knowles made a 23 break to take their only frame, and Clinton SC kept up their good run by beating Penponds 3-2. Porthleven are in close contention after beating the luckless Radnor Golf Club 5-0, with Dean Williams making a 31 break and Wayne Tucker a 22. Redruth
British Rail B are also close behind after beating Camborne Conservative 3-2.

Report for 15th November 2009:

Reigning champions Clinton SC A hold a five point lead over last season's runners-up, Illogan HI A, after last week's matches in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League. Clinton A beat Redruth British Rail 4-1, while in the room next door Illogan A beat Clinton SC B 3-2. Mike Jenkin was the only winner for Redruth British Rail against the leaders. Clinton SC B went 2-0 up against Illogan A through Darren Davey and Darren Murrish, but Illogan A fought back with wins from Nick Mutter, Alan Hurley and Rob Bennetts (41 break). Penponds A, in third place, are nine points behind the leaders, but have two matches in hand after their match at Playing Place was postponed due to electricity supply problems. Bell's Court's Paul Williams made a 45 break and Dave Fox breaks of 32 and a 25 clearance in their 3-2 victory over Four Lanes, who have now moved off the bottom of the table. Illogan HI B now share that position with Playing Place after losing 5-0 to St Day (Terry Kempe 32 break). Breage are in mid-table after beating Godolphin Club 4-1, for whom Simon Morrish was the only victor.
The top of Division 2 is now extremely close, with St Day just one point ahead of three other teams, and the position could be even closer when the result of the Feock v Lanner match is known. Last week St Day lost 3-2 to Illogan HI, who are one of the teams in joint second place. Kieran Lynch, John Moore and Stuart Mannell were the winners for Illogan. Redruth RBL and Bell's Court are the other two in second place after Redruth RBl beat their rivals 4-1 on Tuesday to move into contention. Camborne Conservative are showing better form of late and beat Playing Place 4-1, with Mike Lawry winning Place's only frame. Perranporth Golf Club A won a close derby match against their own B team by three frames to two. Park Bottom won their second match in a row, 3-2 against Radnor Golf Club, with whom they now share bottom place.
Illogan HI still lead Division 3 by three points after their sixth successive win last week, 3-2 against Redruth British Rail B. Clinton SC are in second place after a 4-1 victory at Stithians, while Four Lanes (Robin Matthews 27 clearance) are only four points behind with a match in hand after a good 4-1 win over Camborne Conservative, with Darren Shovel still unbeaten for Four Lanes. John Buddle was the Con Club's only winner. Elsewhere Penponds beat Porthleven 3-2, where Kevin Gill made a 23 break and Martyn Rowe a 25, Martyn scoring only two more points in losing 27-70 to Porthleven's Dean Williams. There was also a 25 break by Jason Pledger in Bell's Court's 3-2 win at Redruth British Rail A. Julian Knowles made a 22 break for British Rail A and Mike Davis was their other winner.

Report for 8th November 2009:

There were two outstanding breaks last week in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League. Alan Hurley made a fine 82 for Illogan HI A in their 4-1 victory over their own B team, but this had already been beaten by Bobby Southworth with a superb effort of 90 the previous evening in the match between St Day and Bell's Court, which Bell's Court won 3-2. Anthony Williams also made a 64 and John Dunn a 35 for St Day in a fine evening of snooker. Clinton SC A now hold a four point lead over Illogan HI A after last weeks' matches. Clinton A had a 5-0 victory at Breage, where Gary Bray had a 52 break and Scott Bray a 33. There was a great frame between Breage's Justin Nurse and Clinton's Phil Lane, in which Justin made an opening 39 break, only to see Phil reply with a 33 and edge the frame on the final black. Penponds A are still in third place, only five points behind the leaders with a match in hand, but lost their second match in a row, going down 3-2 at home to Redruth British Rail. Matthew Williams made a 35 break for Penponds B at Godolphin Club, but saw his team go down to a 4-1 defeat. Four Lanes (Ryan Curnow 46 break) won their first match of the season, 4-1 at home to Playing Place and now share bottom spot with both Playing Place and Illogan HI B.
Bell's Court and St Day now share the lead in Division 2, with Lanner just a point behind. Last week Bell's Court beat Lanner 3-2, aided by a 37 break from Jon Hendy and a good win from young Carl Mitchell. Graham Vercoe and Wayne Nicholls were Lanner's winners. St Day moved up with a 4-1 victory at Radnor Golf Club, whose Jon Barber was their only winner. Feock are in joint fourth place after a good 4-1 win at Playing Place. Park Bottom gained their first win of the season, 3-2 at Perranporth Golf Club A, but still occupy bottom place. Camborne Conservative, who are conceding a 10 point handicap this season as a result of finishing runners-up last season, beat Illogan HI 3-2, but are still in the lower half of the table. The League Committee has confirmed the 5-0 result for Playing Place against Perranporth Golf Club B, who conceded their opening match of the season.
Illogan HI maintained their unbeaten record in Division 3 with a 3-2 victory at Camborne Conservative, and now lead the table by three points from Redruth British Rail B, who beat Radnor Golf Club 3-2. Brian Lawry and David Bennett were the winners for Camborne Conservative, with Brian Mitchell putting in a great display of potting for Illogan. Clinton SC kept up their good run in third place by beating Redruth British Rail A 3-2. Robert Buckingham made a 32 break for Stithians at Porthleven, but saw his team lose 3-2, with Dean Williams making a 27 and Ryan Hughes breaks of 22 and 25 for Porthleven. Bell's Court beat Four Lanes 3-2, but both teams are still in a good position with a match in hand.

Report for 1st November 2009:

Last week saw the eagerly awaited clash between the top two teams in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League, Clinton SC A and Penponds A, both of whom were previously unbeaten, and it was reigning champions Clinton A who emerged as 3-2 winners. For Penponds A Simon Hosking beat Phil Lane and Cornie Piredda made a 38 break in overcoming Graham Denning. But Clinton A fought back to take the match through Gary Bray, Steve Downing and Scott Bray. Steve Downing equalled his own highest break of 67. Penponds A are still only two points behind, however, with a match in hand. Last season's runners-up, Illogan HI A are in third place after a 3-2 win at Bell's Court, with Alan Hurley beating professional Andy Hicks. Gareth Ball (37 break) and Nick Mutter were Illogan's other winners, while for Bell's Court Chris Mason made a 34 break and Paul Williams a 33. Penponds B, in their first season in Division 1, are making a very good start and last week beat Breage 4-1 with Steve Fisher making a 40 break. Roy Good was Breage's only winner. St Day showed improved form to beat Playing Place 4-1, with Martyn Bawden (31 break) the only winner for Place, who have slipped to second bottom. Four Lanes have had a very difficult start and are three points adrift at the bottom, a position which would have been even worse if they had not recovered from 3-0 down at Redruth British Rail to take the last two frames through Peter Dower and Mark Shovel.
Bell's Court and Lanner now share the lead in Division 2 after the two teams had varying fortunes last week. Lanner lost their unbeaten record, 3-2 at Perranporth Golf Club B, while Bell's Court beat Feock 3-2, with Jon Hendy beating Jamie MacCuish with the aid of a 31 break. Illogan HI, Playing Place and St Day share third place just one point behind, so there are five teams covered by just one point at the top. Last week Illogan HI beat Playing Place 3-2, while St Day had a 4-1 victory over Perranporth Golf Club A, for whom Kirk Razzell made a 36 break to take their only point. Last season's runners-up, Camborne Conservative had a better result in beating Radnor Golf Club 3-2.
Unbeaten Illogan HI moved into a clear three point lead in Division 3 after a 5-0 whitewash of Radnor Golf Club. Last week's joint leaders, Camborne Conservative, crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Bell's Court, allowing Redruth British Rail B, 3-2 winners at Penponds, to climb above them into second place. Kevin Gill made a 25 break for Penponds in this match. Four Lanes lost their unbeaten record, going down 3-2 at home to Clinton SC. Young Aiden Johns played very well for Clinton to win his frame, and his father Mike came back well to beat Four Lanes' Carl Willey, despite Carl making the highest break so far with 33. David Hares played exceptionally well for Four Lanes.
Thanks to all those captains or club contacts who are emailing or phoning results and reports during the period of the postal dispute.

Report for 25th October 2009:

Reigning champions Clinton SC A lead Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League with 19 points out of a possible 25, but saw their lead whittled down to one point last week by Penponds A, who also have a match in hand. On Friday Clinton A could only beat Penponds B 3-2, while Penponds A maintained their superb start by beating Four Lanes 5-0. For Penponds B Clive Thomas had a good win over Gary Bray and Matthew Williams, making his first appearance of the season, played well to beat Scott Bray. Simon Hosking was in great form for Penponds A at Four Lanes, making a 38 break and several smaller contributions to total over 100 points. With the rest of the team also playing well, the only frame to go close was the black ball win by Stuart Lugg over Mark Shovel. Illogan HI A in third place gained a point on the leaders with a 4-1 win over Playing Place. Alan Hurley made a 38 break for Illogan A. Breage are having a good start to the season and last week beat Clinton B 4-1 to join them in fourth place. Graham Beard was Clinton B's only winner. St Day, by contrast, are having a poor start by their standards, and on Friday were beaten 4-1 at home by Redruth British Rail. John Winn had a 37 break for Rail, but could only beat Mark Bray on the final black. John Dunn had a similar win over Neil Rowe for St Day's only success. Illogan HI B had their second win of the season, 4-1 at the Godolphin Club, with John Fisher compiling a 38 break for the visitors.
Relegated from Division 1 last season, Lanner now head Division 2 after a 4-1 victory over struggling Park Bottom. Clarence Richards won his second frame in a row to take Park Bottom's only point. Last week's leaders Playing Place were beaten 4-1 at home by Bell's Court, who joined them in second place, one point behind Lanner. Camborne Conservative, who are set to concede 10 points handicap this season, have not made a good start and were beaten 4-1 last week by Perranporth Golf Club A, with Clive Roberts taking their only frame. Perranporth Golf Club B also won 3-2 at Feock, but Feock's Jamie MacCuish beat the highest break, previously held by team-mate Pat Isherwood, with a fine effort of 55. After winning their first match, newly promoted Radnor Golf Club are finding life tougher in the higher Division, losing 4-1 to Illogan HI on Tuesday.
Camborne Conservative and Illogan HI jointly head Division 3 on nine points after three matches. Last week Conservative beat Radnor Golf 4-1, while Illogan had their third successive win, 3-2 win over Penponds. Kevin Gill made a 26 break for Penponds, but this was not enough to take the highest break, as Brian James made a 31 break for Redruth British Rail B in their 4-1 win over new entrants Stithians. Rob Buckingham took Stithians' only point in this match. The other new entrants, Four Lanes, had a good 4-1 win at Porthleven, and lie in joint third place, a point behind the leaders with a match in hand. Dean Williams was Porthleven's only winner.

Report for 18th October 2009:

Clinton SC A still lead Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League with sixteen points from four matches, but Penponds A are only three points behind with a match in hand at this early stage. On Friday Clinton A could only beat bottom team Four Lanes 3-2, while Penponds A continued their good start with a 4-1 win over a strong St Day team. For Clinton A Gary Bray made a 43 break, but wins by Four Lanes' Garth Dower over Graham Denning and Ryan Curnow over Scott Bray took the match into a deciding frame, where Steve Downing beat Peter Dower to clinch the win for Clinton A. Next door Clinton SC B beat Penponds B 4-1, with Andrew Phillips beating Darren Davey for Penponds B's only frame. Carl Boundy was St Day's only winner at Penponds A, who continue to close on the leaders. Last season's runners-up Illogan HI A had a good 4-1 win at Redruth British Rail to lie in joint third place with Clinton SC B. Playing against Mike Jenkin, Illogan A's Rob Bennetts had what is described as 'the best fluke ever seen' when he got out of a snooker on the yellow off four cushions and potted the yellow ball to set up the frame win. John Winn was the only winner for British Rail. Bell's Court (Andy Hicks 73 clearance) beat Godolphin Club 4-1 to lie in fifth place in the table. Maurice Hicks made a 43 clearance for Illogan HI B against Breage, but saw his team lose 3-2 to Breage.
Assuming that their first match walkover is ratified, Playing Place lead Division 2 with nine points out of a possible ten after beating Radnor Golf Club 4-1 last week. Stephen Jones beat Jonathan Crowle for Radnor's only success. Likely contenders for honours St Day and Lanner played each other, with Lanner coming out 3-2 winners. Dave Thomas, Graham Vercoe and Wayne Nicholls were Lanner's winners, with Peter Simmons (71-0 winner) and Percy Hosking replying for St Day. Pat Isherwood recorded the highest break so far with a 39 break for Feock in their 4-1 win at Park Bottom.
Division 3 looks like being a very closely contested league with only two points separating first place and next to bottom after two weeks, although some teams have matches in hand. Illogan HI are so far the only team to have won both of their matches, last week winning 3-2 against new entrants Stithians. Redruth British Rail B beat their own A team 3-2 last week, with wins for Brian James, Mike Downing and Rex Jenkin. The only breaks reported so far both came in the same match, Clinton SC v Camborne Conservative, where Gerald Kempthorne made a 23 and Mike Johns a 22 for the home team in their 3-2 victory.

Report for 11th October 2009:

Reigning Mining Snooker League champions Clinton SC A have dropped only two frames so far out of a possible fifteen. On Friday they beat their own B team 4-1, despite losing the first frame when Clinton's B Darren Davey beat Scott Bray. With Gary Bray making a 45 break and Steve Downing a 67, the season's highest so far, the A team then took the remaining four frames. Penponds A, in second place, however, have a match in hand of the leaders and have dropped only one frame in two matches. Last week they had an excellent 4-1 win over last season's runners-up, Illogan HI A. Alan Hurley was the only winner for Illogan A with Jake Stewart, Simon Hosking, Cornie Piredda and Stuart Lugg successful for Penponds A. St Day beat Four Lanes 4-1 for their first victory of the campaign, with Carl Boundy making breaks of 36, 23 and 23. Terry Kempe made a break of 29 and Ryan Curnow, with a break of 32, won Four Lanes' only frame, although John Dunn was taken to a respotted black by Peter Dower. Illogan HI B won their first match of the season with a close-fought 3-2 win over new entrants Penponds B, who have acquitted themselves well so far. Playing Place slumped to their first defeat of the season, 3-2 at the Godolphin Club, who were also gaining their first win of the season. Bell's Court also won for the first time, 3-2 at Breage, with Dave Fox recording a 43 break for Bell's.
Last week saw the first matches for Divisions 2 and 3. Relegated Lanner opened their Division 2 campaign with a good 4-1 victory over last season's runners-up Camborne Conservative, who were one player short on the night. Mark Williams was the only winner for Conservative, who are set to concede a 10 point handicap this season. Radnor Golf made a good start to their first season in Division 2 with a 4-1 win at Perranporth Golf Club A, while Illogan HI won 3-2 at Redruth RBL with wins from Mick Ross, Keith Barker and John Moore. Young Brett Broad and Gary Marshall were RBL's winners. Promoted Perranporth Golf Club B were unable to fulfil their fixture at Playing Place and a League decision will be made on the result. Two other results are still awaited, and clubs are urged to send in their results promptly.
Division 3 saw good starts from relegated Porthleven and new entrants Four Lanes, both teams winning 4-1 in their first matches. Illogan HI and Camborne Conservative both won 3-2.

Report for 4th October 2009:

With only two weeks played of the Mining Snooker League Division 1, a familiar pattern is already emerging. Reigning champions Clinton SC A already head the table with nine points out of a possible ten and last season's runners-up, Illogan HI A share second place with Clinton's B team. On Friday Clinton A dropped their first point at St Day, where St Day's John Dunn beat Clinton's Graham Denning for their only frame. St Day's Mark Bray lost narrowly on the final black against Clinton's Steve Downing. After two weeks St Day find themselves in an unaccustomed position, almost at the foot of the table, having taken only two frames so far. Clinton SC B won their second match, 4-1 against Illogan HI B, whose John Fisher won their only frame to date. Illogan HI A, seeking honours again this season with a very strong team, could only win 3-2 at Four Lanes, where Illogan's Rob Bennetts was in fine form with breaks of 45 and 31. Four Lanes' Garth Dower played exceptionally well for a convincing win over the dangerous Alan Hurley and Julian Osborne, playing his first match for several seasons, overcame a 30 point deficit to pip Nick Mutter on the final black. Chris Isaacs, Gareth Ball and Rob Bennetts were Illogan A's winners. Shock result of the week was the 3-2 victory of new entrants Penponds B at Bell's Court. Despite a great break of 109 from Bell's professional Andy Hicks, Penponds B took the honours with wins from Stephen Fisher over Dave Fox, Clive Thomas against Paul Williams and son Craig over Chris Mason, Craig finishing off with breaks of 25 and a 22 clearance. Playing Place (Chris Bassett 30 break) gained their second win, 3-2 at the expense of Breage and Redruth British Rail also won their second match, 3-2 against Godolphin Club. These two teams share fourth place. Divisions 2 and 3 start their seasons this Tuesday, 6th October.
It has been decided to extend the date for competition entries to Thursday 15th October, so any clubs with further entries must send them to Keith Manley with fees by that date.
Clubs are reminded that, unless their full results, (including players' names and scores), are sent to Graham Allen ( by email, results cards must still be sent in by post as soon as possible.

Report for 27th September 2009:

The Mining Snooker League started its new season on Friday, with Division 1 having its first round of fixtures. There are 13 teams involved this season, with Redruth RBL having dropped out of the top flight for the first time in living memory. The League is completed by new entrants Penponds B, who won Division 2 last season. Lanner have been relegated to Division 2 and last season's Division 2 runners-up, Camborne Conservative, having been unable to field a team on Friday nights, have been placed back in Division 2 with a 10 frame handicap. Reigning Champions Clinton SC A got off to a good start with a 5-0 victory over Illogan HI B. Penponds A also got a flying start by beating Godolphin Club 5-0. Young Jake Stewart, formerly of Redruth RBL, had a convincing win over Godolphin's Chris Timmins and Penponds A's Simon Hosking recovered from a 24 point deficit on the colours to pip Tim Johnson. Last season's runners-up Illogan HI A also had a good start, beating a strong St Day team 4-1. St Day's Carl Boundy was their only winner, compiling a 30 break, which was the only break of any significance reported this week. Penponds B, playing their first match in the higher league, lost narrowly 3-2 at home to Playing Place, with Stephen Fisher and Tim Fox successful for the home team. Breage also lost 3-2 at home to Redruth British Rail, with Peter Williams and John Pawlyn winning the last two frames after they had found themselves 3-0 down. Clinton B won 3-2 against a Bell's Court team lacking the services of Paul Williams and professional Andy Hicks, with Chris Mason and Dave Fox winning their frames for the visitors from Falmouth. Divisions 2 and 3 will start their seasons on Tuesday 6th October, with 12 teams in Division 2 and 11 teams in Division 3. Perranporth Golf Club will have two teams in Division 2 with the promotion of their second team last season, and will be joined by Radnor Golf Club's first team. Redruth British Rail and Porthleven are relegated to Division 3, where they will be joined by a new team from Stithians and an additional team from Four Lanes.