Leaders bounce back after shock defeat PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 February 2017

TPaul Graham.jpgHE Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League Division One leaders were back to winning ways this week.

Workington Conservative Club scored a 4-2 away victory over fellow top tier opponents Seaton Legion.

A victory for Richard McCarthy and black ball win for Stuart Shepherd took the Cons side into a swift 2-0 lead.

Seaton’s Alan Stephenson managed to stop the rot with a win in frame three but it was Cons’ Alan Moore who took a close fourth frame to push his team to 3-1.

Julian Plaza extended the match advantage with narrow victory in frame five, however it was Legion’s Mark Tatton who eased the pain with a win in the last frame of the match to take a vital point.

Seaton still sit at the bottom of the Division One table.

Current Division One champions Station Road B maintained their chase for the title with a 5-1 away win against Maryport Social. Station B victories came from Simon Frazer, Tony Elliott (34 break), Peter O’Hagan, Shaun Ayre and Stephen O’Hagan with Social’s Craig Stuart offering the only resistance in a convincing win over Mark Tunstall that included a contribution of 34.

Station B stay third in Division One with Maryport remaining fourth, also in Division One.

Division Two leaders Flimby Social whitewashed the United Club 6-0 away in their best performance of the season so far.

It was down to earth with a massive bump for the United Club having beaten Division One leaders, Workington Cons last week.

Flimby produced a series of confident shows with Kevin Kirkham, Paul Vickers, Sal Cakmak, Mark Forsyth and Geoff Banton all winning fairly easily.

A number of successful snookers almost gave United’s Dave Chapman a chance to pinch a point but with a fortuitous pot on the black Flimby’s Mike Walker added insult to injury in a frustrating night for the United Club side. They stay third in Division Two.

Finally, Workington’s Vets Club delivered a fine away victory as they won 5-1 at fellow townies, Station Road A.

Vets’ Paul Graham (pictured above) produced the stand out performance of the match, and indeed the week, with a fantastic break of 68 in his win over Keith Telford.

The only other notable moment in the match came in frame two as with a re-spotted black ball victory Vets’ Neil Henderson presided over Mike Walker.

Vets sit second in Division Two with Station Road A fifth in Division One.

No result has been received for Workington Legion versus Workington Golf Club.

Full details on all the week’s results can be found on the leagues website at

Workington’s Kevin Basnett and Whitehaven’s Robert Sim have successfully defended their Cumbria County Doubles Snooker Championship. The pair, with Sim on the left, are pictured below.

In doing so they were claiming their twelfth title in the last seventeen years with a 4-1 victory over Carlisle’s Robert Barbour and Mike Griffiths.

The score-line suggests an easy victory for the multiple champions however the match was a lot closer than the margin implies.

The first frame saw Sim in first and with a coolly constructed break of 71 he took the frame in one visit, 75-4.

The second frame saw some excellent safety and with the scores almost tied with some eight reds left Sim stepped in to make a decisive break of 40 to take the defending champions into a 2-0 lead with a 69-29 victory.

Frame three again proved to be a tactical affair but with some smaller contributions Sim and Basnett gradually built up a lead and eventually won 64-17.Alex Johnstone Wigton.jpg

Not to be deterred by the 3-0 score-line the Carlisle pairing still retained their focus and with the balls at his mercy Barbour stepped in to make a crucial break of 35 which in turn was enough for the duo to take the game 73-38.

In what ended up being the final frame of the match Barbour and Griffiths used the momentum from their previous frame victory to forge an 18 point advantage with just the colours remaining.

Facing an easy yellow Barbour looked to be in the perfect position to pull back another frame but in missing it Basnett stepped in to produce a measured clearance and a twelfth County Doubles title.

In the first of the semi finals the Barbour and Griffith duo overturned a 2-1 deficit to defeat former three-times County Singles Champion, Mike Dawson and partner Mark Tatton, 3-2.

The second semi final saw Sim and Basnett go through 3-0 against Barrow’s Tony Mason and Danny MacDonald in another match that was closer than the score intimates.

The event also saw a plate competition held for all first round losers with Flimby’s Kevin Kirkham and Sal Cakmak presiding over Workington brothers Peter and Stephen O’Hagan, 3-2.

Thanks to Ron and to Ron & Mary Wilson of the Portland Club, Carlisle for providing an excellent venue.


First round

Brown & Pitts (Barrow-in-Furness) beat P. O’Hagan & S. O’Hagan (Workington), 3-2.

Basnett & Sim (Workington/Whitehaven) beat Wright & Lancaster (Carlisle), 3-2.

Walker & Thompson (Whitehaven) beat Garroway and Ryan (Workington), 3-0.

Mason & McDonald (Barrow-in-Furness)) beat Kirkham and Southern (Flimby/Carlisle), 3-2.

Ismay & Barker (Maryport) beat Thwaites & Peet (Keswick), 3-1.

Dawson & Tatton (Workington) beat Mandale & Newton (Workington), 3-1.

Moore & McCarthy (Allonby/Egremont) beat Forsyth & Dover (Keswick), 3-0.

Griffiths & Barbour (Carlisle) beat Cakmak & Mitchell (Workington), 3-0.

Quarter finals

Basnett & Sim (Workington/Whitehaven) beat Brown & Pitts (Barrow-in-Furness) 3-0.

Mason & MacDonald (Barrow-in-Furness) beat Walker & Thompson (Whitehaven) 3-0.

Dawson & Tatton (Workington) beat Ismay & Barker (Maryport), 3-2.

Griffiths & Barbour (Carlisle) beat Moore & McCarthy (Allonby/Egremont), 3-2.

Semi finals

Basnett & Sim (Workington/Whitehaven) beat Mason & MacDonald (Barrow-in-Furness), 3-0.

Griffiths & Barbour (Carlisle) beat Dawson & Tatton (Workington), 3-2.


Basnett & Sim (Workington/Whitehaven) beat Griffiths & Barbour (Carlisle), 4-1.


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