The first week of this monthly period we returned to the Snooker Individuals quarter final stage and these were best of three frames.
Mark Neale of Hyde Snooker beat Lewis Kerfoot of Staly Vegas 2-0 and Vas Patel of Mossley A beat Gareth Robinson of Mossley B by the same score.
In the other matches Ian Carter of Mossley B beat Phil Vidler of St Peters by the same score and Alex Tate of Staly Vegas beat Ian Whittaker of St Peters by 2-1 , after losing the first frame.
In the billiards quarter finals one week later, which were only over one frame, Dan Tipping of Hyde Snooker beat Nathan Burrows of Mossley B and Josh Wright of Hyde Snooker beat Lewis Kerfoot of Staly Vegas.
In the other frames Vas Patel of Mossley A beat Gareth Robinson of Mossley B and Chris Edwards beat Mark Neale of Hyde Snooker. Next Week its the Annual Whist Drive.
Whist has been around since the 16th century and is played on a team basis during the league season, but to ensure we cover all aspects of the league in the knockouts we have the Taylor Cup which is played alongside the Berry Cup.
For the individuals we have an annual whist drive and this took place on 26th April at Hyde Snooker Club. It is played with two ladies and two men at each table at all times, and as our league is predominantly male some men had to play as ladies.
The winning pair at each table, each round, stay at that table for the next round with the winning lady moving to her right. They are joined by the losing lady and man from the nearby table. The scores are added up over the 20 rounds and at the end of the night the player with the highest score is then the winner and the one with the lowest score wins the wooden spoon.
This year we had another enjoyable evening and the Whist Drive was won by Ian Hopton by 11 points from his nearest rivals and Gareth Robinson got the wooden spoon.
One week later it was the first leg semi finals of the Berry/ Taylor Cups. Mossley A played Mossley B and Hyde SC played Staly Vegas. There was only one leg as Staly Vegas dont play cards yet. Mossley B won the five frames and also picked up the two highest breaks so won the first leg 7-0. Mossley A however beat them 131-129 in the first card leg. Although the snooker competition appears over the cards are definitely in the balance.
In the other snooker first leg Hyde won four of the five frames only losing in the snooker doubles and also made the two highest breaks and now lead 6-1 .They are also in a strong position to make the final on 7th June.
A week later we returned to the snooker individuals and we are now at the semi final stages which are still best of three frames. Mark Neale played Vas Patel and won 2-0. In the other match Alex Tate beat Ian Carter 2-0 and they now meet in the best of five frame final at a date to be arranged.
Last week it was the turn of the dart players in the darts individuals at 501 and Round The Board. Darran Beswick (Bez) was in both finals which he won beating Ian Carter in one of them and Gareth Terry in the other. Well done to all players.