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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Ismay’s titanic achievement sees him rise up

THE latest round of Eddie Shimmings premiership fixtures saw Maryport’s Ryan Ismay finally put his demons to rest as he climbed off the foot of the premiership in convincing fashion.

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Ryan Ismay: Well fought victories see him rise up the table

The Maryport Social Club cueist buoyed by his recent place in this season’s county singles semi-finals maintained the momentum leapfrogging both his recent opponents into the bargain. Firstly he was challenged by Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham, spending his first season in the top flight. Ismay was comfortably 2-0 up with breaks of 35 & 30 in frame two to boot before Kirkham battled his way back to level the match with help of a 34 break in the third. However Ismay found that little bit extra to clinch the match 3-2 and earn the win bonus point.

Ismay’s second tie of the week was much more convincing as opponent Steven O’Hagan of Workington could find no answers to avoid a 5-0 defeat. Ismay leaps into fifth place whilst both O’Hagan and Kirkham slip one place to occupy the bottom two slots.

The main tie of the week however fell to Workington’s Peter O’Hagan versus Vito Shipley of Whitehaven in what could be seen as a pivotal tie in the race for the title. Shipley got off to the sharper start as he found himself 2-0 up despite taking the second frame on the black after O’Hagan had constructed a 31 break. With his back against the wall O’Hagan then made a 32 break to win a convincing third and levelled the match with a hard fought fourth. The deciding frame reflected the significance of the desperately needed win for both players as O’Hagan edged over the line all on the black for 3-2. O’Hagan holds a four point lead.

Shipley maintained the pressure on the leader with a further hard fought win over Ryan Adams of Workington. Adams took a comfortable opening frame only to see Shipley come back strongly to lead 2-1. Adams levelled with a black ball fourth. Shipley experienced his second final frame decider in the same week which also went down to the black, this time the tie went in the favour of the Marchon Club cueist for 3-2 to place him in third place four points behind Adams but with two matches in hand.

In division one Shipley’s club colleague Ryan Henry edged closer to automatic promotion but almost suffered a shock result with Maryport’s Shaun Moore taking the early lead in this bottom versus top clash. Henry then claimed the lead at 2-1 with two comfortable frames before Moore levelled the match to within touching distance of his first victory of the season. However Henry was able to grind out a convincing final frame for 3-2 and a ten point lead over his rivals although his three nearest challengers all have a number a games in hand of the Whitehaven player.

Moore found himself so near and yet so far from his first win with his second match within a week away to Harrington’s Andrew Mitchelhill too. Moore’s improvement in recent form saw the Glasson player go 2-0 up to Mitchelhill before Mitchelhill stemmed the tide with a hard earned third for 1-2. With his first frame on the board Mitchelhill was able to win the final two frames in similar fashion comfortably for 3-2. Mitchelhill remains sixth.

Clifton veteran Mike Dawson edged into second place by virtue of his higher win count as he moved up two places to second after some dogged resistance by Flimby’s Geoff Banton. Dawson was 2-0 up in a competitive encounter before Banton dug deep to claw his way back to 2-2. However Dawson’s experience was the difference in the end as the Workington Cons player won 3-2. Banton remains seventh.

DIVISION One in the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League remains a close affair as Whitehaven’s Marchon Club closed the gap to just a point on league leader’s Workington Cons with a 5-1 away win over Keswick’s Derwent Club.

Contributions of 28 from Marchon’s Captain Vito Shipley and 42 from team mate Ryan Henry took care of the first two frames in their victories over Derwent’s Paul Killingley and Vince Peet respectively. Recently moving to Whitehaven from Carlisle, David Currie made an impressive league debut in frame three as he defeated Keswick’s 2009 League Individual H’cap champion, Chris D’Leny, convincingly. Frame four produced the heaviest defeat of the match as with a break of 28 Marchon’s Gavin Simpson left Derwent captain John Thwaites powerless to take the score to 4-0. Andrew Austin offered some Derwent resistance in frame five as he beat Sal Cakmak but with Rob Sim turning on the style for Marchon in the last, with a break of 44 against Mark Forsyth, a fine match win was capped.

Workington Cons maintained winning form as they defeated Flimby Social Club 4-2 but at 2-2 the match could have gone either way. A black ball win in frame one for Flimby’s Mike Walker over Ryan Ismay was quickly countered with a victory from Cons’ Andrew Sharpe, over Martyn Fisher, to make it 1-1. Flimby captain Geoff Banton took care of frame three, with a win against Julian Plaza, but Alan Moore tied up the match score again in the next with victory over David Teasdale. Kirkham brothers Kevin and Alan probably looked good enough to gain at least a draw for Flimby in the last two but with Cons’ Captain Ryan Adams and Mike Park up for the task a superb match win was fought out.

Also in Division One, Workington’s John Street Club produced a flurry of breaks (S O’Hagan – 29, P O’Hagan – 33 & M Tunstall – 33) to lead Seaton Legion 5-0 but it was Allan Stephenson who averted the whitewash winning the last by just a point over John Street’s Steve Buchanan.

Finally in Division One Workington’s Station Road A inflicted a yet another defeat on fellow townies United Club A as they edged the contest 4-2. Top scorers on the night were United A’s Paul Graham (25 break), albeit in a defeat against Grant Porter and Kevin Basnett (28 break).

In Division Two Workington’s league leaders Senhouse B increased their lead to three points over club rivals Senhouse A with a 6-0 drubbing of wooden spoon placed Maryport Labour. Senhouse B’s Shaun Ayres win in the first frame of the match against Labour Captain Stephen Armstrong keeps him at the top of the division two averages with 11 wins out of 11.

Senhouse A recorded their own victory however to keep winning momentum with a 4-2 result over Workington’s United Club B. Yet another frustrating result for the United B side was all the more difficult to take as a bizarre snooker in the last frame from Manny Stalker eventually led to the Senhouse cueist taking the last four colours against the unfortunate Clive Lister.

Workington Legion’s improved form of late continued with Captain Mark Lavin and Eric McMullen winning the last two frames of their contest against Maryport Social Club to force a home 3-3 draw. Both Social and the Legion remain in the all important playoff spots at third and fourth respectively.

This week also saw the conclusion of the next round of all league handicap KO competitions starting with the Individual.

In probably the victory of the round Station Road’s Karl Newton (+30 handicap) made the most of his home advantage to record 3-1 win over Marchon’s Vito Shipley and will now face United A’s Kevin Basnett (Scr) who defeated Workington Cons’ Ryan Adams 3-2 on the black. Also moving into the quarter-finals Marchon’s Robert Sim (Scr) and John Street’s Stephen O’Hagan (+22) both recorded impressive 3-0 victories over United A’s Steve Garroway (+15) and Paul Graham (+18) respectively and will face each other in the last eight. Seaton Legion’s Scott Messenger (+27) and United’s Bryan Walker (+30) both won last frame deciders, 3-2 over Station Road A’s Peter Collins (+41) and United A’s Neil Henderson (+26) and will meet each other in the next round. Finally in the individual handicap United B’s Andrew Mitchelhill made a tricky trip to Seaton Legion to defeat Mark Tatton, 3-1 and Derwent’s Vince Peet beat team mate Paul Killingley, 3-2 to make up the last quarter-final tie.

The Doubles handicap KO saw a move to the semi final stage with Flimby’s Geoff Banton and Wayne King (combined h’cap +22) delivering the victory of the round as they defeated Marchon favourites Rob Sim and Vito Shipley (+5), 3-2. Leading 2-0 the Flimby pair looked good but with the Whitehaven duo making full use of the home advantage the score was 2-2. In the decider the Marchon team stood on the verge of a remarkable comeback but with Wayne King clearing superbly from green to pink the Flimby pair booked their semi-final place.

United Club A’s Kevin Basnett and Paul Graham (+9) managed to win a tight first frame against their tie against Workington Legion’s Mark Robertson and Chris Hunter (+34). In never looking back they missed little in the next two to record a resounding 3-0 victory and will now face Flimby’s Banton/King.

The second semi final will be made up of O’Hagan brothers Peter and Stephen (+11), who defeated last year’s finalists Luke Naylor and Mike Middlehurst (+34), and Station Road A’s Barry Collins and Karl Newton (+25) who were fortunately awarded a walkover due to the work commitments of Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham and Paul Vickers (+25).

Finally, the Trebles Handicap KO semi-finals were completed with John Street team of Peter O’Hagan, Stephen O’Hagan and Mark Tunstall defeating valiant United B side of Dave Chapman, Andrew Mitchelhill and Clive Lister, 4-2 to move into the Wed 29th Feb showpiece. They will face stiff competition though in Marchon’s Rob Sim, Vito Shipley and Stuart Shepherd who also won 4-2 over the equally brave Flimby side of Gary Southern, Martyn Fisher and Wayne King.

League tables, player stats and all KO competition draw are on www.workingtonsnooker.co.uk

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