S&DPL Premier One
(Wednesday, October 19, 2011)
Replay 6 Team Rileys 6
Rileys begin their S&DPL Winter League campaign with the toughest of openers with the visit of seven-time Premier One champs Replay. But with a side buoyed by the signing of Alty star Jason King the hosts fancy their chances of causing an early upset…
Team Rileys 1 Replay 0
Last season’s Prem Two runners-up fear the worst when Pete Bruce is left contemplating a dry break. But like a miniature yet over-tattooed Popeye lacking spinach Harry Roberts’ challenge weakens with each subsequent shot. The miss finally arrives and The Nuisance punishes in emphatic style to give Rileys the perfect start.
Team Rileys 2 Replay 0
Jason King opens his Rileys account with a sublime break and dish against youngster James Ruffell. Replay’s youngest player can only watch on in admiration as Kingy works his way through the balls. The Rileys debutant pots his penultimate yellow and cannons his final colour. Too thick a contact and Kingy would be left snookered. Too much pace and the result would be the same. Kingy plays the pot to perfection to move Rileys 2-0 up with a clearance of impressive quality.
Team Rileys 2 Replay 2
Kyle Wilson and Bob Grant both have good opportunities to extend Rileys’ advantage over the Prem One favourites. Captain Fudge particularly is left to rue a very makeable but over-cut black into the middle as Replay ride their luck to pull the match back to 2-2.
Team Rileys 3 Replay 2
The noise from the watching Replay squad – which had risen from a whimper to a whisper – descended back to nothingness as Dave Walker takes centre stage. The scurge of Replay continues his superb form against the league favourites by taking out their top dog Phil Clarke. The Pub Player requires only a sniff before racing through a clearance to fire Rileys back in front.
Team Rileys 3 Replay 3
A huge slice of fortune helps Tony White take rack six. White misses a mid-range pot by some distance – only for the ball to run round the angles and cannon another yellow into the pocket. White then clears to deny Andy Jones an opportunity to do some damage.
Team Rileys 3 Replay 4
Andy Jones plays back to back racks and is again unfortunate as the run of the balls go Replay debutant Mark Beeson’s way. But there’s no denying the quality of ‘The Beast’s’ penultimate shot to gain position on the black as Replay move into the lead for the first time.
Team Rileys 5 Replay 4
Pete Bruce emulates his successful match opener with more of the same against rack eight victim Derrick Lawley. Steve Pardner follows up with a demonstration of confident potting in and around the black spot to inch Rileys back in front.
Team Rileys 6 Replay 4
Replay suffer the Dave Walker blues once again as Rileys secure at least a draw from the night’s proceedings. Tony White makes the fatal mistake of going in-off when in control of the frame, giving the Pub Player two shots. With his yellows awkwardly placed the clearance is anything but simple for mere mortals. But Walker is in super-hero potting mode and a difficult opener into the middle followed by a nice cannon shot and a mid-range plant and it’s 6-4 to TR.
Team Rileys 6 Replay 6
Dom Mills does little in rack 11, leaving Jason King as Rileys’ last hope for the win. Phil Clarke has no answer to Kingy’s impeccable potting and white ball control and isn’t given a sniff before King embarks on a clearance attempt. The black is moved into a pottable position with the white which is played off two cushions – but Rileys’ last man is left hampered on his next shot. King is forced to play the cannon. The intended ball drops but the object ball is left awkward. Another cannon fails to hit the mark and Clarke takes advantage with a composed clearance to give Replay a barely deserved draw.