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Report for 29th March 2009:

With all title and relegation issues already decided in Division 1, it was just a case of rounding off the season last week. Champions Clinton SC A visited third-placed Bell's Court on Friday and not only emerged with a 3-2 victory, but topped the 100 points mark for the second successive season - a remarkable achievement under the 5 man team format. Highlight of the evening was a 54 clearance by Clinton's Phil Lane to beat Bell's Court professional Andy Hicks. For Bell's Court Bobby Southworth made a 46 break and Dave Fox defeated Gary Bray. Young Aiden Johns played his first match in Division 1 for Clinton and impressed all those present with his ability and dedication. Fourth-placed St Day beat this season's runners-up Illogan HI A 3-2, with Alan Hurley and Nick Mutter winning for Illogan A. Four Lanes (Ryan Curnow 42 break) beat close rivals Godolphin Club 4-1 to finish in a respectable tenth place in their first season back in the top flight. Redruth RBL, much weakened this season, beat Illogan HI B 3-2 to finish just above Godolphin at the lower end of the table. Redruth British Rail finished off their season with a good 4-1 victory over Penponds, for whom Dave Trembath was the only winner. Breage's 4-1 win over bottom team Lanner included two walkovers.
In Division 2 there were a number of matches carried over from the cold snap in February, and the remaining relegation spot hung on the results of these matches. In the event, Porthleven, despite beating Feock 3-2, finished next to bottom, as all the teams just above them, Bell's Court, St Day and Park Bottom, also won. Last season's champions, St Day, beat bottom team Redruth British Rail 4-1, and would have finished in third place without their fifteen point handicap.
The promotion issues had already been decided in Division 3 and only two postponed matches were played. In Illogan's 3-2 victory over Camborne Conservative young Justin Webber played well to beat the experienced Dave Harrington. Bell's Court's team also contains some promising young players, including George Leakey and the Pledger brothers, and last week they combined to beat Redruth Club 3-2.
Illogan's Chris Isaacs is to be congratulated on reaching the Finals of both the Heathcoat Cup and the Andrew Lee Pairs (with partner Gareth Ball) this season. Both Illogan A and Illogan B have reached the Final of the Team Handicap, and Illogan will also be represented in the Finals of two other competitions, making it a highly successful season for the Illogan Club.

Report for 22nd March 2009:

With Clinton SC A having already clinched the Mining Snooker League Division 1 title, Illogan HI A took the runners-up spot on Friday with a 4-1 victory over the Godolphin Club. Chris Timmins was the only winner for the Helston team. Illogan finished third last season, and, with the addition of two quality players this season in Alan Hurley and Rob Bennetts, were expected to figure prominently in the race for honours. Clinton SC A beat Breage 3-2 and need only one point from their last match to complete a century of points for the second successive season under the 5 man team format. Third-placed Bell's Court lost 3-2 at Four Lanes in a high quality match. For Four Lanes Ryan Curnow inflicted professional Andy Hicks' only defeat of the season so far with some fine play, Garth Dower beat Paul Williams on the final black despite a break of 39 by Paul, and Peter Dower won the last frame on the final black against Dave Fox. Chris Mason made a break of 38 for Bell's Court. Elsewhere there was a good break of 75 by St Day's John Dunn as they beat Redruth RBL 3-2, and a 51 break by Jason Kempthorne in Redruth British Rail's 4-1 win over Clinton B. With Lanner already sure to finish bottom, Illogan HI B will now finish next to bottom after losing 4-1 at Playing Place.
Congratulations to Penponds on winning the Division 2 title and to Camborne Conservative on finishing runners-up. Last week Penponds had a good 4-1 victory at Playing Place, while Conservative won 3-2 at Bell's Court. Penponds beat their rivals by four points, and the two teams finished well clear of the remainder. Redruth British Rail are certain to finish bottom of the table, but the remaining relegation place is still not decided, despite last week being officially the last week of fixtures. There are still some outstanding fixtures from the cold snap on 3rd February to be played this week, and mathematically any one of five teams, including Perranporth Golf Club, who have finished their programme, could still finish next to bottom.
Congratulations are also due to Perranporth Golf Club, who have won the Division 3 title, and to Radnor Golf A, who have finished as runners-up. Perranporth clinched the title by beating Clinton SC 4-1 last week, while their rivals lost by a similar score at Redruth British Rail. Having won the title, Perranporth have conceded their postponed fixture to Penponds, who are awarded a 5-0 result. Redruth RBL occupy third spot, but, having completed their fixtures, could still theoretically be overtaken by Camborne Conservative, who have a match still to play this week. Last week Conservative (Dave Bennett 23 break) beat Park Bottom 5-0. There was a 31 break by Chris Isaacs of Illogan in their 3-2 defeat at home to Redruth Club. This Chris is not the Illogan first team player, but his namesake.

Report for 15th March 2009:

It's congratulations once again to Clinton SC A, who have clinched the Mining Snooker League Division 1 title with two matches still to play. On Friday they won 3-2 at Penponds, where Steve Downing made a 70 break and Phil Lane a 36 for Clinton A, with Keith Hosking making a 40 for Penponds to beat Clinton A's Gary Bray and son Simon also winning for Penponds. Illogan HI A have been Clinton A's closest pursuers for most of the season, and have almost wrapped up the runners-up spot after beating third-placed Bell's Court 3-2. It is reported that Bell's Court professional Andy Hicks made a century in this match, but details are not yet available. St Day are in fourth place after a 3-2 win over the Godolphin Club. With Lanner now certain to finish bottom of the Division after losing 3-2 to Clinton B (Darren Davey 30 break), Illogan HI B look favourites to fill the other relegation place, despite a good 3-2 victory over fifth-placed Redruth British Rail. They have the unenviable task of closing a seven point gap to Redruth RBL and Four Lanes in the remaining two weeks. Both of the latter teams lost on Friday, Four Lanes 4-1 at Breage (Peter Williams 30 break) and Redruth RBL 3-2 at home to Playing Place.
In Division 2 Penponds lead Camborne Conservative by three points after beating Redruth RBL 4-1 last week. Camborne Conservative whitewashed Porthleven 5-0. Penponds needed three points from their final fixture at Playing Place this week to be sure of the title. Both teams, however, are certain to finish in the promotion places. John Roberts made a 36 break for Bell's Court in their 3-2 win at Illogan. Redruth British Rail look certain to fill a relegation place after losing 3-2 at home to Feock, but the remaining spot lies between five other teams, four of whom have two matches to play, whereas Perranporth GC have only one. With several of them playing each other, it could be a nail-biting finish.
With some results missing in Division 3, including Radnor Golf A's home match with Penponds, Perranporth Golf Club, 4-1 winners at Park Bottom, lead their rivals by four points. Perranporth GC are now certain of promotion. Redruth RBL have closed up well recently into third-place, but, as things stand, have only a mathematical chance of making the top two, and none if Radnor A gained any points last week.
Division 2 and 3 teams are reminded that any fixtures postponed due to wintry weather on 3rd February must be played on 24th March or before if mutually agreed.

Report for 8th March 2009:

Although Mining League Division leaders Clinton SC A have been favourites to take the title for a good number of weeks, they will have to wait at least until next week to be proclaimed champions for yet another season. With three matches left, they lead Illogan HI A by twelve points. Last week they beat their own B team 3-2, with breaks of 54 by Gary Bray and 46 by Phil Lane. Although faced with an almost impossible task, Illogan HI A have not given up, and on Friday beat Breage 5-0 with a 47 break from Chris Isaacs and a 69 clearance from Alan Hurley. Bell's Court in third place also won 5-0 at the Godolphin Club, and still have an outside chance of the runners-up spot. Andy Hicks made a 72 break for Bell's Court and Paul Williams made a 44 break, but was still pushed hard by Tim Johnson to win narrowly on the final black. Bell's Court would have to beat Illogan A convincingly when the two teams meet at Bell's this week, however, if second place is to become a real possibility. Lanner are now certain to finish in a relegation position after losing 4-1 to fellow strugglers Illogan HI B (Victor Wills 30 break). Four Lanes have performed creditably in their first season back in the top flight and now look certain to survive after losing narrowly 3-2 to Penponds (Matthew Williams 38 and 23 breaks). Elsewhere Playing Place had a good 3-2 win over St Day, with Terry Kempe and Carl Boundy taking the points for St Day. Redruth British Rail beat Redruth RBL 3-2 with John Winn contributing a 41 break. In Division 2 Penponds are now mathematically certain to be promoted after beating Feock 3-2, and Camborne Conservative, 4-1 winners at Park Bottom, need only four more points to join them. The title is still not settled, but Penponds have a four point lead over their rivals with two matches for both teams still to play. With Redruth British Rail losing 3-2 at Bell's Court, they look almost certain to finish bottom, but there is a real dog-fight just above them, with only two points covering the next five teams. Last season's champions St Day are amongst that group, under the burden of a 15 point handicap, but their 4-1 win against fellow strugglers Perranporth Golf Club gives them a fighting chance. Robert Stroud was Perranporth's only winner in that match. Park Bottom, Bell's Court and Porthleven are the other teams still in danger near the bottom. In Division 3 Perranporth Golf Club and Radnor Golf A are still strong favourites to gain promotion, but both teams lost 3-2 last week, to Camborne Conservative and Redruth RBL respectively. Dave Harrington made a 36 break in the match between Conservative and Perranporth. The latter are level on points with their rivals and have a match in hand. Third-placed Redruth RBL have won their last five matches to gain ground on the leaders, but with an eight point deficit, would need a major collapse from at least one of the top teams. The same comment applies to Camborne Conservative in fourth place, who still have a mathematical chance. John Pledger made a 33 break for Bell's Court at Redruth British Rail, and his young son Harry impressed in making breaks of 21 and 17. Rail won the match 3-2. There are some results missing in this Division, and teams are reminded that all cards must be sent in immediately after the match.

Report for 1st March 2009:

Clinton SC A continue to romp away with the Mining Snooker League title and last week recorded their third consecutive 5-0 victory, this time at the expense of Illogan HI B. Phil Lane made a 39 break and Steve Downing a fine 81 in his attempt to recapture the highest break which was taken from him last week. Clinton A now lead by 14 points from Illogan A and the mathematical probability of the title will soon become a reality. Illogan A are also strong favourites for the runners-up spot after their fourth consecutive 4-1 win at Penponds. There was some good play in this match, with Nick Mutter making a 43 for Illogan A, Alan Hurley a 41 and Rob Bennetts a 44 to defeat Penponds' Dave Trembath, who himself made a 36 in the same frame. Bell's Court are seven points back in third place after a good 4-1 at St Day, with Andy Hicks compiling breaks of 70 and 54. Mark Bray won St Day's only frame. Redruth British Rail had a good 4-1 victory at Playing Place, with only Martyn Bawden winning for the home team. Clinton B (Dan Spry 36 break, beat Four Lanes 4-1 with Ryan Curnow (32 and 24 breaks) successful for Four Lanes, although he was pushed hard by Darren Murrish. Lanner may be relegated as early as next week after losing 3-2 to Redruth RBL, for whom young Carl Mitchell must surely be the youngest player to win a frame in the top Division.
In Division 2 Penponds have a five point lead over their nearest rivals Camborne Conservative. Both teams won 3-2 last week, Penponds against Bell's Court and Conservative against Perranporth Golf Club, and both are clear favourites for promotion. Clive Roberts made breaks of 40 and 21 for the Conservative team. Peter Simmons' 39 break was not enough to prevent St Day losing 3-2 to Playing Place, for whom Mike Lawry made a 35 break. St Day are not yet out of relegation danger, but having to play all of their struggling rivals before the end of the season, have their fate in their own hands. Redruth British Rail beat fellow strugglers Porthleven 3-2, but still have much to do to get out of trouble.
In Division 3 Perranporth Golf Club and Radnor Golf A are level on points at the top, but Perranporth have a match in hand. Last week Perranporth beat Radnor Golf B 5-0, while Radnor A lost ground by going down 3-2 at home to Camborne Conservative. Both teams, however, are firm favourites to gain promotion at the end of the season with an eleven point cushion over Redruth RBL in third place. For the latter there was an excellent new highest break of 62 by young James Freeman in their 4-1 win at Redruth Club. Clinton SC are in fourth place after beating Redruth British Rail 4-1, with wins for Mike Johns, son Aiden, Steven Veasey and Brian Davey.
Lovers of billiards will be pleased to learn of an Exhibition by Indian legend Geet Sethi on Thursday 2nd April at the Redruth Club. Tickets cost £8 including pasty supper and are available from Paul Broad on 07756 958356. Please book early as numbers are limited.

Report for 22nd February 2009:

A new highest break and the second century of the Mining Snooker League season was the highlight of last week's matches, with young Bobby Southworth making a 108 clearance in the match between Bell's Court and Breage. Bobby currently plays for both the County Youth and Senior teams, and recently also had a century in one of the County Competitions. The break supersedes the 101 made by Clinton A's Steve Downing three weeks ago, and is believed to be only the third time that two centuries have been made in one League season in recent years. There were also breaks of 40 and 46 by Andy Hicks and one of 40 by Paul Williams in the same match. Clinton SC A can put the champagne on ice for yet another Division 1 title after beating Redruth RBL 5-0. They now lead Illogan HI A by thirteen points with five matches left and do not look like stopping. Scott Bray made a 48 break, Gary Bray a 47, Steve Downing a 32 and Phil Lane a 31 in another power display by the champions elect. Second-placed Illogan HI A beat Clinton SC B 4-1, with Robert Bennetts making a 66 break to add to his 60 in the previous week. Illogan A have a seven point cushion over Bell's Court and St Day in joint third place. David Annear made a 36 break in St Day's 4-1 victory at Redruth British Rail. At the other end of the table Four Lanes (Ryan Curnow 41 and 24) beat Illogan HI B 5-0 to virtually ensure their survival for another season. Four of the frames went to the final pink or black, so the result could have been very different.
In Division 2 last season's champions St Day, playing under the burden of a 15 frame handicap, beat one of the promotion favourites, Camborne Conservative, 5-0, a result which they needed in view of their current position near the bottom of the table. They are still not completely safe, however, and need more good results in the remaining weeks. Penponds, 4-1 winners at Porthleven, now lead the table by five points, and are virtually assured of promotion. With Feock losing 4-1 at Playing Place, however, Camborne Conservative are still strong favourites to be promoted with them, holding a nine point advantage over the third team. Redruth British Rail lost 3-2 at home to Park Bottom and are in trouble in bottom place, while Porthleven lost their fifth consecutive match and are dropping fast into the danger zone.
The position at the top of Division 3 took another twist last week, when Radnor Golf A beat Redruth Club 5-0 and Perranporth Golf Club lost 3-2 at Illogan HI. Radnor now lead by three points over their rivals, who have a match in hand, so it is all to play for in the remaining weeks. Both teams have a healthy advantage over their pursuers. For Radnor Golf A Simon Jones narrowly failed to take the highest break with a good effort of 39, and team-mates Jon Barber and Phil Shaw weighed in with 26 and 25 respectively. Park Bottom won their first match of the season with a 3-2 result at Redruth British Rail, while Radnor Golf B won their second match in a row, 3-2 at Camborne Conservative, aided by a walkover and another frame conceded when a Conservative player was taken ill while playing.

Report for 15th February 2009:

With only six matches left in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League, Clinton SC A lead their nearest pursuers, Illogan HI A, by twelve points. The latter in turn are eight points ahead of Bell's Court and St Day in joint-third place. Clinton SC A are averaging a remarkable four points out of every five in their matches so far. On Friday they whitewashed the previously in-form Playing Place 5-0. Gary Bray made a 47 break for the leaders, with Phil Lane contributing a 38 break and Steve Downing a 32. Illogan HI A beat their own B team 4-1, with Rob Bennetts back to form with a fine 60 break and Chris Isaacs making a 30. The A team captain Victor Wills, standing in as reserve for the B team, made a break of 51 to beat Alan Hurley. Bell's Court played at Penponds on Thursday, beating them 3-2. There was another super display by professional Andy Hicks, who made breaks of 70 and 56, and a break of 66 by Bobby Southworth. Stuart Lugg made a break of 41 in reply for Penponds. St Day beat Breage 4-1, with Ryan Gilbert taking Breage's only frame to overcome a break of 32 from his opponent Terry Kempe. Four Lanes (Ryan Curnow 37 break) beat a much weakened Redruth RBL team 4-1 to give themselves some breathing space near the bottom. Clinton SC B's 4-1 victory over Godolphin Club contained a 38 break from Darren Davey, while Lanner's dismal season continued when they were beaten 5-0 by Redruth British Rail.
Penponds and Camborne Conservative look to have the Division 2 title and runners-up spots to themselves, with Penponds leading their rivals by one point and a gap of ten points back to Feock in third place, although the latter do have a match in hand. Last week Penponds beat Park Bottom 5-0, but also lost a rearranged match 3-2 to a resurgent Perranporth Golf Club. There was some good play in this match, with breaks of 32 and 27 from Clive Thomas, 31 and 20 from his son Craig and a 25 from Simon Pearce in that same frame. Viv Hill also made a 27 for Perranporth. Camborne Conservative kept in touch with a good 3-2 win at Playing Place. Perranporth also won 4-1 at Redruth British Rail on Tuesday, and with St Day losing 4-1 at Illogan, last season's champions, conceding a 15 point handicap, now have some work to do to avoid possible relegation.
Perranporth Golf Club are now favourites to take the Division 3 title. Although level on points with Radnor Golf A, they have a match in hand of their rivals. Last week Perranporth beat Redruth British Rail 4-1, with Brian James the only winner for the Railmen. Radnor A, who had lost their previous match, dropped a further point to their rivals when winning 3-2 at Bell's Court. However, the two leaders have a nine point cushion over the two teams in third place, Clinton SC and Redruth RBL. Kevin Gill was again in form for Penponds, with a 38 break in their 3-2 win at Park Bottom. Radnor Golf B gained only their second win of the campaign when beating Illogan HI 3-2.

Report for 8th February 2009:

With wintry weather causing the postponent of many of the Division 2 and 3 fixtures last week, most of the action concerned Division 1 matches. Illogan HI A gained a point on leaders Clinton SC A, but still have an almost impossible task to close an eleven point gap. They in turn are six points ahead.of third-placed Bell's Court. On Friday Clinton A beat old sparring partners Redruth British Rail 3-2, thus avenging their only defeat of the season so far. Phil Lane made a great 75 break for the leaders, missing a green ball with a century in his sights. Illogan A had a 4-1 victory over Redruth RBL, who are in an unaccustomed eleventh place in the table. Nick Mutter made a break of 44 for Illogan A, with Dave Martin taking RBL's only frame. Bell's Court's 3-2 win over Clinton SC B included a break of 62 from professional Andy Hicks to recover from a big deficit against Darren Davey. Breage dented Penponds' hopes of honours by beating them 3-2 with wins from Justin Watters, Roy Good and Nathan Strick, with Simon Hosking replying with a 53 break for Penponds. Playing Place have hit a purple patch in mid-season and on Friday won 5-0 at Four Lanes, with Chris Bassett making breaks of 26 and a 36 clearance. Four Lanes' troubles were compounded by Illogan HI B's 3-2 victory at the Godolphin Club, the former narrowing the gap to two points in the relegation battle. Lanner's woes also continued when they were beaten 4-1 by St Day, with Graham Vercoe taking their only frame. They are now ten points adrift at the bottom with only seven matches left.
Only one match was reported to have been played in Division 2, with Camborne Conservative beating Illogan HI 4-1 to move into a three point lead over Penponds, who now have a match in hand. Clive Roberts, Alistair Gay, Mark Williams and Steve Lovelock won for Conservative, with John Moore replying for Illogan.
In Division 3 Radnor Golf A slipped up by losing 3-2 to Clinton SC, but still moved to the top by one point over rivals Perranporth Golf Club, who now have a crucial match in hand. The only other match played in difficult travelling conditions also involved Radnor, whose B team lost 3-2 at Redruth British Rail.
The League has decided that clubs may play these postponed matches (from 3rd February only) in the week after the end of the season, i.e. 24th March, unless mutually agreed to play before that date.
The result of the Clinton SC v Park Bottom match postponed from 6th January has been adjudicated by the League as a 4-0 win for Clinton SC, since Park Bottom declined to rearrange the match by the stipulated date.

Report for 1st February 2009:

The highlight of last week in the Mining Snooker League was a magnificent clearance of 101 by Steve Downing for Division 1 leaders Clinton SC A. The break came in Clinton SC A's match against Lanner, played at St Day, which the leaders won 5-0. They now hold a massive twelve point lead over Illogan HI A, who lost 3-2 at Playing Place. Phil Davey made a 53 break for Playing Place, with Chris Isaacs replying with a 37 for Illogan A. Thornton Crawford and Martyn Bawden also played exceptionally well for Playing Place. With none of the other leading teams in outstanding form, Bell's Court's 5-0 win at Illogan HI B carried them into third place, and back into a challenging position for honours. There were breaks a-plenty on Friday, with Darren Davey (60), Dan Spry (50) and Graham Beard (31 & 24) contributing to Clinton B's 3-2 win against Breage, John Dunn (St Day) had a 42 break and Simon Hosking (Penponds) a 37 in the match won 3-2 by Penponds. There was a good frame in the Redruth British Rail versus Four Lanes match in which Andrew Phillips for the away team opened with a 37 break, only to see Neil Rowe come back to win with the aid of a 36 break in reply. British Rail won the match 3-2, with Mike Jenkin also playing particularly well for the home team.
In Division 2 Penponds lead Camborne Conservative by one point after last week's matches, with a further seven points between the second and third team, Feock. Penponds beat St Day 3-2, while Conservative gained a point with a 4-1 win at struggling Redruth British Rail. Peter Simmons made a 39 break for St Day, who, without their fifteen point handicap, would have been in third place. Steve Lovelock made a 37 break for Conservative at British Rail, for whom Paddy Farr was the only winner. Third-placed Feock lost further ground on the leaders when losing 3-2 at home to Park Bottom, whose winners were Jim Broomhead, Louis Allen and Jeff Crouch. Playing Place also lost further ground by losing 4-1 at home to Illogan.
In Division 3 the postponed encounter between the top two teams, Radnor Golf A and Perranporth Golf Club resulted in a 3-2 win for Perranporth. Simon Jones, who has lost only one match this season, and Jon Barber were the winners for Radnor A. With both teams winning 4-1 last week, Perranporth now lead their rivals by one point. There is a further gap of seven points back to Redruth Club in third place, with a top of the table remarkably similar to Division 2. Early season leaders Camborne Conservative dropped further back in fourth place by losing 4-1 at home to Bell's Court. The previous week's match between Bell's Court and Clinton SC ended in a 3-2 win for the latter, with only one frame being claimed by Bell's Court for late arrival.

Report for 25th January 2009:

Clinton SC A and Illogan HI A both won 4-1 last week in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League, so the gap between them remains at nine points in favour of the reigning champions. On Friday they beat third-placed St Day 4-1, and have a massive sixteen point gap over them. Highlight of the evening was the frame between Phil Lane and Carl Boundy, in which Carl made a 54 break, only to see Phil make a 48 clearance to pinch the frame. John Dunn beat Gary Bray for St Day's only success. Second-placed Illogan HI A had a good 4-1 victory over Redruth British Rail, with some good individual performances. Alan Hurley made breaks of 38 and 43, Nick Mutter a 46, and, after making two breaks of 42 in the previous week against Lanner, Chris Isaacs was again on form with a 39 break. Bell's Court beat Redruth RBL 3-2 with Breaks of 40, 25 and 20 from Chris Mason and Penponds also closed in on St Day with a 4-1 win over Clinton SC B. Four Lanes kept their heads just above water by beating bottom team Lanner 3-2, and Illogan HI B did even better with a good 4-1 victory at Breage. Godolphin Club are still not out of danger despite beating Playing Place 3-2. With Lanner already looking doomed, the second relegation place is still far from settled.
The top of the table clash in Division 2 between Camborne Conservative and Penponds resulted in a decisive 4-1 victory for Penponds, who moved above their rivals into a two point lead. Alistair Gay had a good win over Clive Thomas for Conservative's only point. Conservative still hold a five point lead over Feock in third place, however, but the latter have not given up the chase, and last week completed a 5-0 whitewash of struggling Perranporth Golf Club, who have now lost their last eight matches. Playing Place moved back into the top four with a good 5-0 win at Porthleven. Bottom team Redruth British Rail had a welcome 3-2 win at Illogan HI, helped by a rare appearance from Mark Eva, who had a narrow black ball win over Illogan's Keith Barker. St Day continued their climb with their fourth consecutive win, 3-2 over Redruth RBL.
In Division 3 there should also have been an exciting encounter between the top two teams, Radnor Golf A and Perranporth Golf Club, but the match was postponed due to illness. There is still a four point gap to the two teams in third place, Camborne Conservative and Redruth Club. Last week Conservative, struggling to field a full team in recent weeks, lost 3-2 at Redruth British Rail, for whom Rex Jenkin made a 25 clearance and Brian James a 20 break. Redruth Club's form has been variable in recent weeks, but last week they showed better form in beating Park Bottom 4-1. Kevin Gill showed glimpses of former days when making breaks of 23 and 28 in Penponds' 3-2 victory over Illogan HI. There was apparently a dispute over the late arrival of two players in the Bell's Court v Clinton SC match, but no definite result has yet been reported.

Report for 18th January 2009:

Last week Clinton SC A again increased their lead in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League to nine points and already look nailed on for the title once again with ten weeks left of the season. On Friday they took maximum points from Four Lanes with the aid of breaks of 60 from Gary Bray, 50 from Phil Lane and 32 from Steve Downing. Scott Bray also played well with a couple of 20 plus breaks. Second-placed Illogan HI A beat bottom team Lanner 4-1 with Dave Thomas taking Lanner's only frame with a good win over Alan Hurley, and Chris Isaacs winning his frame for Illogan A by 90-0. Third-placed St Day dropped further behind by losing 4-1 to Clinton SC B, with Dave Annear winning their only frame by one point. Jeff Goldsworthy's win over Mark Bray was apparently the highlight of the evening. Playing Place's winning run of five matches came to an end when they lost 3-2 to Bell's Court, for whom professional Andy Hicks made a fine clearance of 82, Paul Williams a break of 33 and Bobby Southworth breaks of 44 and 31. Next to bottom team Illogan HI B lost 3-2 to Penponds, but gained two points on Four Lanes with wins from Maurice Hicks and Darren Jenkin. Godolphin Club gained some breathing space near the bottom with a good 3-2 victory at Redruth British Rail, with wins from Simon Morrish, Chris Timmins and Dave Liddicoat.
Camborne Conservative and Penponds hold a healthy lead over their nearest pursuers in Division 2. Both teams won 4-1 last week, with Conservative beating joint third-placed Redruth RBL and Penponds beating Illogan. With Feock also losing 3-2 at home to St Day, the position is looking increasingly rosy for the top two teams. Redruth RBL's young Carl Mitchell had a good win over Conservative's experienced Clive Roberts to complete his tenth win of the campaign. Park Bottom had a good 4-1 win at Porthleven, for whom Dean Williams was the only winner. Bottom team Redruth British Rail gave a walkover when losing 3-2 at Playing Place. St Day, conceding fifteen frames start, are already out of the relegation zone, albeit with one result missing.
Division 3 looks to be turning into a straight fight for the title between the two Golf Clubs, with Perranporth and Radnor A locked on 45 points. They hold a six point lead over third-placed Camborne Conservative, with Redruth Club a further two points behind in fourth place. Last week Radnor A beat their own B team 4-1, while Perranporth had an important 4-1 win against Redruth Club. Phil Condy was Redruth Club's only winner. Penponds won 3-2 at Redruth British Rail, with a 23 break from Kevin Gill.

Report for 11th January 2009:

In the clash of the top two teams in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker league, Clinton SC A increased their lead over pursuers Illogan HI A to eight points by beating them 4-1 on Friday. With third-placed St Day also losing, Clinton A will prove very hard to overhaul in the rest of the season. Robert Bennetts was the only winner for Illogan HI A at home to leaders Clinton SC A on Friday, bringing to an end a run of seven consecutive victories by the Illogan team. For Clinton A, who have now won nine in a row, Scott Bray made a 43 break, Phil Lane a 42 and Steve Downing a 30. Third-placed St Day were surprisingly beaten 3-2 at home by Four Lanes, with Ryan Curnow, Colin Mills and Peter Dower successful for Four Lanes. Penpoonds beat Redruth RBL 4-1 with Simon Hosking compiling a 43 break and Stuart Lugg a 39, and Dave Martin replying with a 32 for RBL. Playing Place (Chris Bassett 48 break) recorded their fifth consecutive victory with a 3-2 win at Breage. Lanner look to be in desperate trouble at the bottom after losing 5-0 to Godolphin Club. Illogan HI B are also struggling after losing 4-1 to Clinton SC B (Dan Spry 40 break).
Camborne Conservative head Division 2 by one point from Penponds, with a five point gap to the next team, Redruth RBL. Last week Conservative (Steve Lovelock 26 break) beat early season leaders Feock 4-1, while Penponds gained ground with a 5-0 whitewash of bottom team Redruth British Rail. Last season's champions St Day beat Bell's Court 4-1. With their fifteen point handicap now deducted, they will be looking to move to the safety of mid-table in the coming weeks.
Radnor Golf A, 3-2 winners at Illogan, lead Division 3 by four points from Perranporth Golf Club, but with no result reported by Bell's Court, the latter have a match in hand. Jon Barber finished his winning frame with breaks of 18 and 27 for Radnor A. Camborne Conservative and Redruth Club are in joint third place, five points behind the leaders. Conservative gave a walkover at Penponds to lose the match 3-2, while Redruth Club got back on track after a couple of defeats by beating Radnor Golf B 4-1. Redruth Club's Ian Pollock recorded a 73-2 victory in this match. The match between Clinton SC and Park Bottom was postponed due to a bout of flu amongst the home team.


Report for 4th January 2009:

There were no matches for Divisions 2 and 3 of the Mining Snooker League in the first week of the New Year, so attention focuses this week on Division 1. Clinton SC A maintained their five point lead over pursuers Illogan HI A as both teams won 4-1 on Friday, while third-placed St Day gained a point on them both to keep themselves in contention, two points behind. Clinton A beat Godolphin Club 4-1, with Simon Pollard beating Steve Downing for Godolphin's only success. Illogan HI A also won 4-1 at Four Lanes, where there was some good play from several players. Chris Isaacs made a good break of 53, and looked like challenging the highest break until missing a pink in an attempt to get on the yellow ball. Team-mate Rob Bennetts made a 35 break and Nick Mutter a 32, with Ryan Curnow taking Four Lanes' only frame with the aid of a 32 break. St Day beat Illogan HI B 5-0 to keep in the hunt for honours. Breage had a good 4-1 victory at Redruth British Rail, with a 34 break from Ryan Gilbert. For the Railmen Neil Rowe came back from a big deficit to beat Breage's John Pawlyn. Clinton SC B seem to be back on track, beating Redruth RBL 4-1, the latter finding themselves in an unfamiliar position in the bottom half of the table. Playing Place achieved their fourth successive win when they beat a strong Penponds team 3-2. Bottom team Lanner continue to struggle, with only Dave Thomas (31 break) successful in their 4-1 defeat by Bell's Court.
The next League Meeting is this Thursday, 8th January at the Redruth British Rail Club (7.30), when club representatives are warmly invited to attend.
Please note that the new contact for Redruth Club is Mr Peter Flack: Tel No: (Work) 01209 213171 (Home) 01029 218405. Redruth Club No: 01209 215033 after 8 p.m.

Report for 21st December 2008 (halfway)

Clinton SC A extended their lead to five points in Division 1 of the Mining League on Friday, after last week's second-placed team, St Day, crashed to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Illogan HI A, who leap-frogged them into second place. Clinton A beat Bell's Court 4-1, with Phil Lane beating Paul Williams and Bobby Southworth taking Bell's Court's only frame. Alan Hurley made a 31 clearance to beat Carl Boundy in Illogan HI A's shock 5-0 win over rivals St Day. Redruth British Rail had a good 4-1 victory over Penponds with Neil Rowe making a 43 break and Jason Kempthorne scoring most of the points for both players in his win over Cornie Piredda. Playing Place moved into a safe position in mid-table after beating Clinton B 3-2 for their third consecutive win. Despite conceding a walkover, Godolphin Club clawed back a point on Four Lanes just above them by beating them 3-2, with Simon Pollard playing well to beat Ryan Curnow. Redruth RBL salvaged some pride by beating Illogan HI B 4-1 to keep them in the danger zone at the halfway stage of the season.
Camborne Conservative lead Division 2 by two points after beating Bell's Court 4-1. New recruit Ian Grant was the only winner for Bell's Court. Penponds also beat Playing Place 4-1 to remain in second place, with Feock lying in third after achieving the same result at Illogan HI. Redruth RBL's 4-1 victory at Redruth British Rail contained some fine play by young Troy Lynes, who made breaks of 48 and a 27 clearance in his frame. St Day completed a nap hand of 4-1 victories with a good 4-1 win over Porthleven, for whom Dean Williams was the only winner. St Day are apparently lying in a good position, but will see their tally shrink by 15 points in the second half, when their handicap is deducted.
Radnor Golf A moved ahead of rivals Perranporth Golf Club at the top of Division 3 by virtue of a 4-1 win over Redruth British Rail, while Perranporth (Dave Mugford 29 break) could only win 3-2 at Clinton SC. Camborne Conservative are currently in third place after beating Park Bottom 4-1. Phil Press made a 21 break for Redruth Club, but saw his team lose 4-1 to Illogan HI and slip to fifth place after holding an early season lead in the Division. v Please note that the new contact for Redruth Club is Mr Peter Flack: Tel No: (Work) 01209 213171 (Home) 01029 218405. Redruth Club No: 01209 215033 after 8 p.m.

Report for 14th December 2008:

Mining Snooker League Division 1 leaders Clinton SC A saw their lead reduced to four points by St Day on Friday. Illogan HI A are in third place, a further two points behind. While Clinton A won 3-2 at Breage, St Day took maximum points from Redruth RBL, who are no longer the force of old and are languishing in the lower half of the table. Breage's Justin Watters made a 38 break in beating Clinton A's Andrew Martin and Robin Cripps had a good win over Gary Bray. For Clinton A Phil Lane made a great 53 clearance to overcome a 47 point deficit against Ryan Gilbert and Steve Downing made a break of 50. Penponds stalwart Keith Hosking rolled back the years with a fine new highest break of 70 in his team's 4-1 victory over struggling Lanner. He was backed up by a 34 break from team-mate Cornie Piredda. Paul Williams made a 50 break for Bell's Court in their 4-1 win over Four Lanes, who also conceded a walkover. Playing a friendly frame against Graham Allen, Chris Mason had two visits of 24 and 72, but unfortunately for Chris the break did not count for League purposes. Clinton SC B had their first win for five weeks when beating Redruth British Rail 3-2. Playing Place moved clear of danger by beating Illogan HI B 5-0, but Godolphin Club continue to struggle, losing 4-1 to Illogan HI A, with J.P.Williams their only winner.
Camborne Conservative hold a two point lead in Division 2 despite losing 3-2 at Porthleven. Dean Williams made a 39 break for Porthleven, with Clive Roberts and Mark Williams successful for the leaders. Penponds are in second place after their fourth successive victory, 3-2 at Redruth RBL, for whom Sean Wills made a 30 break. Feock showed better form by beating Redruth British Rail 3-2, and are in joint-third place with Porthleven. There were also wins for Park Bottom, 3-2 over last season's champions St Day, and for Playing Place by a similar score over Perranporth Golf Club.
It's the battle of the golf clubs in Division 3, with Perranporth and Radnor A now sharing the lead. Both teams won 5-0 last week, Perranporth's victory coming against Park Bottom with a 30 break from Dave Mugford. Simon Jones made a 27 break as Radnor A also won 5-0 at Penponds. Redruth Club are now in third place despite losing 3-2 at Redruth British Rail, but there was a worse result for Camborne Conservative, who were beaten 4-1 by Redruth RBL. As he himself had predicted, Conservative's Brian Lawry was obviously jinxed by your correspondent last week, losing his unbeaten record to RBL's highest break holder, Simon Cheung!

Report for 7th December 2008:

Mining Snooker League Division 1 leaders Clinton SC A beat Penponds 3-2 on Friday and continue to lead Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League by six points. St Day, who won 3-2 at the Godolphin Club, are in second place. Simon Pollard and Simon Morrish were the winners for Godolphin. Illogan HI A had a good 4-1 win over rivals Bell's Court and now lie in third place, just a point behind St Day. Rob Bennetts made breaks of 52 and 31 for Illogan A, with Dave Fox making a 32 to take Bell's Court's only frame. It was a good week for the teams near the bottom of the Division, with four of the bottom five winning their matches. Bottom team Lanner celebrated their first win of the season in beating Clinton SC B 3-2, a result which meant that Clinton SC B had taken only four points from their last four matches. Unfortunately for Lanner, Illogan HI B, Four Lanes and Playing Place also won, so they failed to make any real progress. The most notable result was Illogan HI B's 3-2 victory at Redruth British Rail, achieved without some of their regular players. Winners for Illogan B were Darren Jenkin, Victor Wills and the evergreen Peter Chegwidden. Four Lanes beat Breage 3-2, while Playing Place also won 3-2 at home to Redruth RBL. The Legion's Robert Charman set a new highest break in this match with a fine effort of 68. Dave Martin also made a 32 for the visitors. The final frame was very close, with Place's Martyn Bawden, trailing by 37 points, coming back with a 36 break, then making a 22 clearance to beat Jake Stewart on the final black.
Camborne Conservative now lead Division 2 by three points after a 4-1 win against Park Bottom last week. Clarence Richards was Park Bottom's only winner. Penponds now lie in clear second place after achieving the result of the week, a 5-0 whitewash of previous leaders Feock, for whom this was only the second defeat of the season. The third placed position just behind Penponds is also very closely contested by a number of teams. There were 3-2 wins for Porthleven, St Day and Playing Place.
The top of Division 3 is once more a grandstand battle as a result of Camborne Conservative's 4-1 away victory over last week's leaders Perranporth Golf Club. These two teams, together with Radnor Golf A and Redruth Club, now share the lead with Clinton SC just two points behind in fifth place. Radnor Golf A beat Redruth RBL 3-2 last week and Redruth Club won their fifth consecutive match with a 3-2 defeat of Penponds. Clinton SC's 4-1 win over Illogan HI took them a step closer to the leaders.

Report for 30th November 2008:

Clinton SC A continue to lead Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League by six points after last week's matches. On Friday they beat their own B team 4-1, with Steve Downing making a 57 break for the A team, and Darren Davey winning the B team's only frame with the aid of a 30 break. St Day still hold second place on their own, closely pursued by Redruth British Rail. Rail's result last week was in fact sent on time, but failed to arrive. It was a 3-2 win for Rail against Playing Place, in which the highlight was a 48 break by Playing Place's Thornton Crawford. Place's Phil Davey went in off the final black to lose his frame to Neil Rowe and Chris Bassett pipped Mike Jenkin, also on the black. Rail's latest result was a good 4-1 win away to neighbours Redruth RBL. St Day had beaten rivals Bell's Court 4-1 in the previous week, but Bell's bounced back on Friday by beating Godolphin Club 5-0. Club professional Andy Hicks made a 70 break in this match, which will not count as the highest break, however. While Four Lanes were beaten 4-1 at Penponds, Illogan HI B gained ground at the lower end of the table by beating Lanner 4-1 and increasing the latter's isolation at the bottom. Illogan HI A maintained their recent run of form by winning 4-1 at Breage, with Chris Isaacs making a 41 break and Justin Watters winning Breage's only frame despite a 31 break from Rob Bennetts.
Camborne Conservative, relegated from Division 1 last season, are the new leaders of Division 2 after winning 5-0 at Perranporth Golf Club. Mike Smith, recently returned from overseas, made a 31 break for the leaders. Previous leaders Feock beat rivals Redruth RBL 3-2 to lie just above them in second place. Penponds, Porthleven and St Day are close behind the top three, but St Day will have their points adjusted at the halfway stage. Last week Penponds won 3-2 at Bell's Court with wins from Clive Thomas, son Craig and Matthew Williams. Redruth British Rail are still bottom, but won their second successive match, 3-2 at Porthleven, to haul themselves closer to the teams above them. Park Bottom are competing well after promotion last season, and last week beat Illogan HI 3-2, including a win by 86-0 from new signing Mitch Featherbe.
The top of Division 3 is still closely contested this week, but Perranporth Golf Club broke last week's deadlock by winning 5-0 away to bottom team Radnor Golf B. They have now opened a two point gap over Radnor Golf A and Redruth Club in joint second place. Last week Radnor A beat close rivals Camborne Conservative 3-2, although Brian Lawry maintained his unbeaten record for the Conservative team. There is apparently no truth in the rumour that he has picked all the rabbits! Redruth Club won 3-2 at Redruth RBL despite another good break of 31 from RBL's Simon Cheung. Clinton SC had a good 4-1 win at Redruth British Rail, where young Aiden Johns made a 21 break but still lost his frame to Rail's Bernard Williams. Bell's Court, struggling near the bottom in their first season, had a tonic 3-2 victory at Penponds.

Report for 23rd November 2008:

Clinton SC A maintained a six point lead over their nearest pursuers in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker league by beating Illogan HI B 4-1 on Friday. Victor Wills took Illogan B's only frame by beating Clinton ace Steve Downing on the final black. With two results missing involving three of the top teams, second place is currently held by St Day, who beat Playing Place 4-1 in a match played in advance for 28th November. Carl Boundy made a 32 break in this match, with Phil Davey taking Playing Place's only frame. Illogan HI A are now in third place after beating Penponds 4-1. Alan Hurley made a 30 break for Illogan A, and there was an interesting frame between Illogan's Gareth Ball and Penponds' Simon Hosking. Simon, who is enjoying his best ever season so far, led by over 50 points before Gareth came back with a 30 break, only to lose on the final black. Lanner are getting further adrift at the bottom and last week were beaten 5-0 by Redruth RBL, for whom Jake Stewart continued to impress with breaks of 39 and 32. Four Lanes, by contrast, are showing improved form after a tough start, and on Friday beat Clinton SC B 4-1 to move out of the bottom three. Godolphin Club dropped below them, losing 4-1 to Breage. Justin Watters made a 33 break for Breage, with Chris Timmins making a 31 break to take Godolphin's only frame.
Feock are back on top of Division 2 by one point from Camborne Conservative and Redruth RBL in joint second place. Feock had suffered their first defeat of the season in the previous week when Bell's Court beat them 3-2, but returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over Playing Place last week. Camborne Conservative beat last season's champions St Day 3-2 with breaks of 32 from Clive Roberts and 30 from Alistair Gay. Redruth RBL beat Bell's Court 5-0 to share second place with them. Porthleven are still well in contention despite losing 3-2 to Penponds and conceding a walkover. Redruth British Rail are still in bottom place, despite achieving their first victory since the first week of the season by beating Park Bottom 3-2.
Division 3 is becoming a fascinating tussle, with four teams now sharing top spot after last week's matches. Redruth Club beat last week's leaders Radnor Golf A 3-2 for their second successive victory over one of their rivals. Redruth Club's Ian Pollock trailed Marcus Tresidder by 40 points before coming back to win the frame, while Radnor's Simon Jones potted extremely well to win 54-1. Camborne Conservative maintained their challenge with a 4-1 win at Radnor Golf B, although Andrew Oliver played well for the home team with breaks of 23 and 20. Perranporth Golf Club beat Illogan HI 5-0 to share top spot. Redruth RBL have had a mixed season, but last week won 4-1 at Bell's Court, where RBL's Simon Cheung made a new highest break of 40.

Report for 16th November 2008:

Mining Snooker League Division 1 leaders Clinton SC A now hold a six point lead over three teams in joint-second place after Friday's matches. Clinton A beat perennial rivals and neighbours Redruth RBL 3-2, with young Jake Stewart for Redruth RBL beating Gary Bray and Anthony Curnow taking a tight frame on a respotted black against Clinton's Phil Lane. Clinton SC B, who had been enjoying a great start to the season, crashed 5-0 against Illogan HI A, who have been showing inconsistent form so far. Alan Hurley made a 41 break, with Gareth Ball and Rob Bennetts both winning black ball games for Illogan A. Bell's Court moved into joint second place with a 5-0 whitewash of Breage, with Paul Williams making a 56 break for Bell's. St Day and Redruth British Rail, who are also in joint-second, clashed with each other, with St Day (Mark Bray 43 break) emerging 3-2 winners. Penponds were the third team to win 5-0 on the night, at the expense of Godolphin Club, and Simon Hosking, who has been putting in some great performances this season, took over as front-runner for the highest break prize with a fine effort of 67. Playing Place (Roger Golley 38 break) beat Lanner 4-1 to keep them anchored at the bottom, while Four Lanes (Ryan Curnow 33 and 24 breaks), just pipped Illogan HI B 3-2 to edge above them.
With no result to hand from Bell's Court v Feock in Division 2, Camborne Conservative and Porthleven jointly head the table on 18 points from Feock and St Day, Feock having a match in hand of the other three. Last week Camborne Conservative had a shock 5-0 win over near rivals Playing Place. There were several close frames in this match, including a black ball win for Richard Mitchell over Alan Williams. St Day continued their better recent run by beating Illogan HI 4-1, for whom Stuart Mannell was the only winner. St Day, of course, are handicapped 15 frames, and these points will be deducted later in the season. Park Bottom are gradually adjusting to life in the higher Division and last week had a good 3-2 win over a strong Penponds team. Redruth British Rail continue to struggle, and last week lost 3-2 to Perranporth Golf Club.
Radnor Golf A had a 5-0 victory over Bell's Court in Division 3, and now proudly head the table. Close rivals Redruth Club and Camborne Conservative played each other last week, with Redruth Club taking Conservative's unbeaten record with a 3-2 win. Darren Condy (23 break), Justin Thomas (22) and Phil Condy were Redruth Club's winners, with John Buddle and Brian Lawry replying for Conservatives. There was a 28 break from Paul Riddle of Radnor Golf B, but his team lost 3-2 to Illogan HI and have yet to win a match in the Division, sharing bottom place with Bell's Court. Only four points separate the top six teams, with Illogan HI and Penponds in joint-fifth place. v A reminder that Cornwall take on Devon next Sunday, 23rd November with matches at the Redruth Club (billiards), Redruth RBL (Youth Snooker) and Clinton SC (Senior Snooker). Matches start at 12.30 with Redruth Club opening its doors at 12 noon (Bar available).

Report for 9th November 2008:

Mining Snooker League Division 1 leaders Clinton SC A came back to form with a bang after suffering their first defeat in the previous, winning 5-0 against Playing Place. There were some good breaks for the leaders, with Gary Bray equalling the previous highest with a 62, Steve Downing making a 61 and Scott Bray with two breaks of 57 and 39. Clinton A now lead by five points from their own B team and Redruth British Rail in joint second place. Clinton SC B (Darren Murrish 31 clearance) won 3-2 at the Godolphin Club while the Railmen went one better with a 4-1 result against Lanner. Fourth placed St Day lost 3-2 at Breage despite winning the first two frames through John Dunn and Carl Boundy. Breage hit back with wins from Nathan Strick, Roy Good and Peter Williams, the last two being black ball deciders. Illogan HI B scored their second successive victory when beating their own highly rated A team 3-2, with wins from Darren Jenkin, Keith Philp and Richard May. Redruth RBL won 3-2 at Four Lanes, helped by a break of 39 from young Jake Stewart in a superb potting display and a 35 from Anthony Curnow. There was a 54 break from Bell's Court professional Andy Hicks, making a rare appearance this season in a 3-2 victory over Penponds. Lanner now occupy bottom place in the Division, but are just one point adrift of Four Lanes and Illogan HI B.
In the clash of last week's two top teams in Division 2, Feock beat Porthleven 4-1, and, in their first season in the higher Division, proudly head the table on their own ahead of Playing Place and Redruth RBL. Wayne Tucker was the only winner for Porthleven, with Ben Trewern gaining a good win over Porthleven's Dean Williams. Playing Place gained their third 4-1 victory of the campaign at the expense of Bell's Court, while Redruth RBL beat Park Bottom 3-2, with another win from 10 year old Carl Mitchell. St Day finally came good with a 5-0 win at Redruth British Rail, who are languishing at the bottom with only one win in their first match this season. There are only five points between Feock at the top and Perranporth Golf Club in ninth place.
With Camborne Conservative having to postpone their match due to an epidemic of flu, Redruth Club have taken over at the top of Division 3. Last week they won 5-0 at Bell's Court, while nearest rivals Radnor Golf A won 3-2 at Clinton SC. Third placed Perranporth Golf Club lost their first match of the season, going down 3-2 at home to Penponds, despite a good win by Dave Mugford over Penponds' Kevin Gill. There was a 30 break by Andrew Roskrow for Park Bottom, but his team lost 3-2 at home to Redruth RBL. Redruth British Rail came out of a bad spell of three successive defeats by winning 5-0 at Radnor Golf B.

Cornwall take on Devon on Sunday 23rd November, with matches at the Redruth Club (Billiards), Redruth RBL (Youth Snooker) and Clinton SC (Senior Snooker). Matches start at 12.30, with Redruth Club opening its doos at 12 noon (bar available).

Report for 2nd November 2008:

Mining Snooker League Division 1 leaders Clinton SC A suffered their first defeat of the season on Friday when going down 3-2 at fourth-placed Redruth British Rail. However, they still lead Clinton SC B and St Day by three points at the top of the table. Winners for Redruth British Rail were Neil Rowe, Robert Mason and John Winn (39 break), with Steve Downing (40 break) and Gary Bray replying for Clinton A. St Day moved into joint-second place after beating Lanner 4-1, for whom Dave Thomas was the only winner. Clinton B beat Bell's Court 3-2 to maintain their challenge at the top, despite losing the first two frames to Paul Williams and Bobby Southworth. Redruth RBL had a good 3-2 win over Illogan HI A, with Robert Charman making breaks of 40 and 24 and wins for Anthony Curnow and young Jake Stewart. Robert Bennetts and Chris Isaacs played well in reply for Illogan A. New entrants Four Lanes continue to struggle, losing 4-1 at Playing Place, but Andrew Phillips won his first frame for them, and two other frames were very close. For Playing Place Chris Bassett came back from needing snookers to beat Colin Mills on the final black. There was better news for Illogan HI B, who won their first match 3-2 against Goldolphin Club, but they are still just bottom. Penponds beat Breage 3-2, and there was some more fine play from Simon Hosking with breaks of 44 and 50, and a 55 break from Breage's Justin Watters,
Two unbeaten teams, Feock and Porthleven, share the lead in Division 2, but there are a further four teams just one point behind them, so it promises to be a well-contested Division. Feock maintained their good start in the higher league by winning 3-2 at Park Bottom, who were promoted with them last season. Porthleven also had a narrow 3-2 victory over Bell's Court, for whom Nathan Bastin, making his debut, made a fine 52 break. Camborne Conservative beat Redruth British Rail 4-1 to maintain their challenge near the top, while Penponds increased St Day's woes by beating them 4-1. St Day's fifteen point handicap as set by the League looks a very stiff task on current form.
Camborne Conservative have edged ahead in Division 3 after their fourth successive win, 4-1 at Bell's Court. Perranporth Golf Club and Radnor Golf A are just one point behind, and the top half of the table is very close. Radnor Golf A are enjoying their best start yet, and last week beat Park Bottom 4-1 for their third victory out of four. Perranporth Golf Club are still unbeaten, winning 3-2 at Redruth RBL. Illogan HI have lost only one match, beating Redruth British Rail 4-1 last week, and in one frame Rail's Mike Downing made a 20 break, only to be pipped by a 22 clearance from Illogan's Chris McAvoy. One unusual occurrence last week was a new high break of 32 by Dean Hoskins of Radnor Golf B in a frame which he actually lost to Tim Fox of Penponds. The match was won 3-2 by Penponds.

Report for 26th October 2008:

Reigning champions Clinton SC A have opened up a four point lead over their own B team in Division 1 of the Mining Snooker League. On Friday they beat Lanner 5-0, aided by breaks of 40 and 38 from Steve Downing and two walkovers conceded by their opponents. Clinton B won 3-2 at Breage after losing the first two frames to Justin Watters and Roy Good. Penponds dropped from third place last week down to joint seventh place after losing 5-0 at home to St Day, while the latter moved back up to joint third place. After some disappointing results, Illogan HI A came back to form to beat Playing Place 5-0, with a 48 break from Alan Hurley. Redruth British Rail won 4-1 at Four Lanes, although there were several close frames. Ryan Curnow took the opening frame for Four Lanes, then Rail moved into a 2-1 lead. Rail's Jason Kempthorne then led Robert Buckingham by 30 points, but Robert came back strongly, losing only on the colours. Peter Dower also played well to lead John Winn by 30 points, but John then made a 32 break, and finished by potting green to pink to win. After gaining only one point from their first four matches, bottom team Illogan HI B took two points at Bell's Court through Darren Jenkin and Keith Philp. Godolphin Club beat Redruth RBL 3-2 despite losing the first two frames to Robert Charman and Anthony Curnow.
Three teams now share the lead in Division 2 after Porthleven beat rivals Playing Place 3-2 last week and promoted Feock maintained their unbeaten record in the higher league by beating Perranporth Golf Club 4-1. Playing Place went 2-0 up on Porthleven through Jonathan Crowle and Dave Hewitt, but Porthleven came back to win the match through Justin Uren, Wayne Tucker and Dean Williams. Vivian Hill was Perranporth Golf Club's only winner at Feock. Redruth RBL are one point behind the joint leaders, despite losing 3-2 to St Day, who were winning their first match this season. Promoted Park Bottom also got off the mark by winning 3-2 at Bell's Court.
There are also three joint leaders in Division 3, with still unbeaten Camborne Conservative and Perranporth Golf Club sharing the lead with Redruth Club. Last week Perranporth Golf Club beat previously unbeaten Radnor Golf A 3-2, while Redruth Club won 4-1 at Park Bottom. Radnor Golf A went 2-0 up on Perranporth Golf Club through Simon Jones and Daniel Abraham, but Perranporth came back to win the match through Steve Cox, Steve Ryder and Gary Marson. Camborne Conservative also won 4-1 against Redruth British Rail, with breaks of 25 by Brian Lawry, another 23 from team-mate Dave Harrington and a 22 from Rail's Brian James.

Report for 19th October 2008:

Reigning champions Clinton SC A head Division 1 after four weeks of the season. On Friday they beat St Day 4-1 and now lead their own B team by two points with Penponds a further point behind in third place. Carl Boundy beat Scott Bray for St Day's only frame against the leaders. Clinton SC B tasted defeat for the first time, going down 3-2 to Penponds (Simon Hosking 35 break). Illogan HI A, fancied by many to be strong contenders this season, amazingly crashed to a 5-0 defeat at Redruth British Rail, and last year's runners-up, Redruth RBL also lost 5-0 at home to Bell's Court. Breage, with one of their newcomers, Robin Cripps, making a 27 clearance, were the third team to win 5-0 against struggling Illogan HI B, who have taken only one point from their first four matches. Playing Place had a close match with the Godolphin Club. Martyn Bawden made breaks of 30 and 25 in his frame for Playing Place, and with the score at 2-2 Thornton Crawford fluked the respotted black to give Playing Place a 3-2 victory. Four Lanes (Graham Allen 45 break) finally got off the mark by beating Lanner 3-2, coming back from a 2-0 deficit.
Playing Place, who beat Redruth British Rail 4-1, head Division 2 with eight points, with Porthleven and Redruth RBL one point behind in joint second place. After winning their first match 5-0, Redruth RBL were beaten 3-2 by Camborne Conservative last week. Feock have made a good start in the higher Division and last week beat last season's Division 2 champions, St Day, 3-2. Porthleven recorded their second victory of the campaign by winning 4-1 at Park Bottom.
Perranporth Golf Club and Radnor Golf A are joint leaders of Division 3 on seven points. Last week Perranporth won 3-2 at Redruth Club, while Radnor A beat their own B team 4-1. Camborne Conservative had a closely fought 3-2 victory over Clinton SC, in which Conservative's Brian Lawry made a 20 break, team-mate Dave Harrington a 23 and two breaks of 14, and Mike Johns a 27 clearance for Clinton SC. Bell's Court beat Park Bottom 3-2, aided by two walkovers from the away team.

Report for 12th October 2008:

The third week of the Mining League Snooker season saw Divisions 2 and 3 start their campaigns. In Division 1 last week's 100% leaders St Day crashed to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of another high-flying team, Clinton SC B. Darren Davey made a break of 35 for Clinton B and team-mate Jeff Goldsworthy a 37. David Annear beat Dan Spry for St Day's only point. Clinton B are now joint-leaders of the Division along with their A team, who won 5-0 at Four Lanes. St Day drop to joint-third place with Penponds, who also beat bottom team Illogan HI B 5-0. Illogan HI A were the third side to win 5-0 last week, against Lanner, with Chris Isaacs making a 40 break to beat Graham Vercoe from some way behind. Bobby Southworth made a good 41 break in Bell's Court's 3-2 victory over Playing Place, and there were also 3-2 wins for Redruth British Rail at Godolphin Club and Redruth RBL at Breage. The two new entrants to the Division, Illogan HI B and Four Lanes are already finding life much tougher in the top flight.
Division 2 got under way last week with Redruth RBL making the best start by beating Illogan HI 5-0, with young Carl Mitchell winning his first frame in the higher Division. Playing Place beat newly-promoted Park Bottom 4-1 with a 31 break from Mike Rees. Last season's Division 3 champions, Feock, also made a good start by beating Camborne Conservative 3-2, the latter having come down from Division 1 at the end of last season. Redruth RBL had a good 3-2 result at Penponds and Porthleven won by a similar score against Perranporth Golf Club, who were a player short. St Day, who have to concede a 15 frame handicap as a result of winning the Division last season, did not make a good start to their campaign when losing 3-2 at Bell's Court.
There were no 5-0 results in the first week of Division 3, the most successful teams being Perranporth Golf Club, Redruth Club and Redruth British Rail, all of whom won 4-1. For the latter Brian James made a 25 clearance to post the highest reported break. Rodney Roskilly made a 22 break for the new entrants, Park Bottom. His team, however, lost 3-2 to Clinton SC. There were also 3-2 wins for Radnor Golf A and Camborne Conservatives.

Report for 5th October 2008:

The second week of the Mining League Snooker season saw Division 1 complete their second set of fixtures, with the other two Divisions due to start on Tuesday this week. St Day proudly head the Division 1 table with a 100% frames record after beating newly promoted Four Lanes 5-0 on Friday. They are followed by Clinton SC B in second place on nine points, with reigning champions Clinton SC A on eight points in third. The clash between two of this season's potential top teams, Clinton SC A and Illogan HI A, ended in a 3-2 victory for the Clinton A side. Steve Downing made two 40 breaks for the home team to leave his opponent pointless, and Andrew Martin and Phil Lane made it 3-0. However Robert Bennetts (39 break) and Alan Hurley (40 break) pulled Illogan A back to a respectable score. St Day made it ten frames out of ten by beating Four Lanes 5-0. John Dunn made breaks of 38 and 35 for St Day in a fine display of break building. There was a close frame between Four Lanes' Ryan Curnow and Terry Kempe, in which Terry led by 30 points on the last red. Needing all the balls, Ryan took them up to the blue, narrowly failing to gain position on the pink ball, and eventually leaving his opponent an easy pot to win the frame. Clinton SC B have made a fine start to the season, and beat new entrants Illogan HI B 4-1 on Friday to make it nine points out of ten. John Fisher made a 32 break for Illogan B to take their only frame. Last season's runners-up, Redruth RBL, got off the mark this week with a good 3-2 victory over Penponds. Elsewhere Redruth British Rail beat Bell's Court 3-2 with some fine play by Jason Kempthorne, making three breaks over 20 in his frame. There were also 3-2 wins for the Godolphin Club at Lanner and for Playing Place against Breage.
From 10th October onwards, Lanner will play all their remaining home matches at St Day, due to building and refurbishment work at the Lanner club.
The closing date for team and individual competitions has now been extended to next Monday, 13th October. Entries and fees must be received by Keith Manley by that date to be included in the draw.

Report for 28th September 2008:

The start of the Mining League Snooker season involved only Division 1 in the first week, with the other two Divisions having to wait until 7th October for their first matches. Last season's top two teams had contrasting fortunes, with reigning champions Clinton SC A taking full points from their visit to the Godolphin Club, while last season's runners-up, Redruth RBL, albeit with a big change of personnel, went down to a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Clinton SC B. Steve Downing made a 46 break for Clinton A, with team-mate Scott Bray rowing in with a 40 break. For Clinton B Jeff Goldsworthy made a nice 42 break and Darren Murrish a 36. So both Clinton teams share the lead after the first week's matches, along with St Day, who also beat new entrants Illogan HI B 5-0. With Illogan HI A now fielding an even stronger team than when they finished third last season, it was a little surprising that they could only beat newly-promoted Four Lanes 3-2. Gareth Ball and Alan Hurley, with a fine 62 break, took the first two frames for Illogan A, but Four Lanes replied with a good frame from Ryan Curnow to beat Chris Isaacs (formerly Wills) and Colin Mills played very soundly to defeat the dangerous Robert Bennetts. Nick Mutter took the deciding frame for Illogan A. Penponds made a good start by beating Playing Place 4-1, with Simon Hosking playing very well to make breaks of 36 and 32. Breage, fielding some new young players, had a good 3-2 victory over Redruth British Rail, while Bell's Court started with a 3-2 win over Lanner (Wayne Nicholls 32 break).
From 10th October onwards, Lanner will play all their remaining home matches at St Day, due to building and refurbishment work at the Lanner club.
Although the closing date for team and individual competitions has officially passed, the deadline has now been extended to allow teams and players more time to process their entries.