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2019 DIARY





The finalists of all competitions are now decided. See the Competitions page for details. Venues will be announced shortly.

Just a reminder about the rules for signing on additional players. Anyone signed on after the half way point of the league (25th June) can not play in the KO Cup or Sunday Cups, and players can only be signed up to the 3rd last league match, so August 26th is the last day for signing players for this season.


Details have now been finalised for the Presentation Night.

It will be on Friday 8th November at the Post Mill Centre, South Normanton.

We have the fantastic BROTHERHOOD returning this year, plus Buffet, Raffle and Presentation, all for the bargain price of £10 per head.

See poster HERE for all details

Tickets are already selling well, and will be on sale at the SEPTEMBER league meeting.


It was the Sunday Cup Semi Finals this week and both matches were tight affairs with both victors coming from behind to win.

At the Honeypot, the Red Lion A won the toss and set a good score of 66, including a 13 stick up from E Jones which, despite a good start, the Sunnyside failed to achieve. They fell just seven pins short. In the next leg, the Heanor side set 71 which the Red Lion struggled with, only scoring 57.

In the final leg the Red Lion Set 61 which the Sunnyside managed to get, with the last man J Swain needing just four for victory. This he acquired with the first ball.

At the Old English Gentleman, the George Inn A, setting first, only managed 47 which the Crossings Club achieved with ease, totalling 63. However in Leg 2 the Club only set 45 which the George easily got with 60. In the deciding leg the Premier division team scored 60 again which the division one side failed to make, falling only 4 pins short. It has been a good cup campaign by the Crossings Club, who are the only team in the league to have reached two semi finals this season, but unfortunately have now lost in both.

In the 5 a sides on Monday evening, there was success for both the Red Lion A and the Somercotes Snooker Club as they both won through to the final.

At the Jolly Colliers, the Red Lion A “B” side beat the Black Boy in the quarter finals and then faced the Travellers Rest “A” in the semi finals. The Travellers had beaten the Red Lion B in the quarter finals but were no match for the Red Lion A. The Red Lion won 7 v 3 and proved that consistency pays as they scored legs of 33,34,31,32,32 against the Travellers more inconsistent 31,20,35,32,28.

At the Keys, the Snooker Club, having beaten the Staff of Life B in the quarter finals beat the Black Bulls Head in the Semi Final.

The Black Bulls Head had earlier beaten the Boot & Slipper A, and put up a tremendous performance only losing by one leg against the Division One leaders in the Semi. The leg scores were (Snooker Club first) 28 v 31, 24 v 23, 30 v 37, 33v 30, 36 v 29.

This week in the league it still seems that no one wants to finish in second place in the Premier Division. Prior to this week’s games, the George Inn A were in pole position to achieve this but relinquished it to the Travellers Rest after losing to the Red Lion A. The Red Lion moved to third with the George dropping to fourth. Just behind these four were the Boot & Slipper and the Honeypot who possibly cancelled out each others chances of finishing second as they fought out a close match in Ripley, where the home side won 4-3. The first leg was drawn at 63 each, the Boot won the second and Honeypot scored 74 in the last leg to win the match. The Sunnyside Club gave themselves an outside chance of finishing runners up when they, perhaps surprisingly, beat League Champions, the Staff of Life, 5-2. The Sunnyside won the first two legs but the Sutton side won the final leg.

In what must be an unwanted “first” in the league, the Staff of Life scored the lowest weekly total in the Premier division, “only” scoring 150 pins. It shows that even champions can have off days! Or maybe it was the Heanor Clubs challenging alley!

The Travellers climbed to second place thanks to a 7 nil win at the Miners, where it was certainly “Edwards Day” as Matt Edwards scored a maximum 3 nines to end with 27 and Glyn Edwards had a 12 pin stick up and totalled 26 on the night. In response, C Burnham of the Miners, scored the highest individual total this week in the league. He scored 29 including a 14 pin stick up. The Jolly Colliers also returned to winning ways, despite Lewis and Curtis Needham’s absence with a prior engagement at Pride Park. The Colliers beat the Red Lion B 7 v 0 to help retain their place in the top flight next season.

In Division Two the Sir Barnes Wallis were surprisingly beaten by the Alfreton Town Supporters Club but are still hot favourites to win the division. They only need five points from their last two games, which are against the bottom two teams. The Alfreton Town Supporters Club are in second but have two weeks off now which gives the Old English Gentleman an opportunity to pass their divisional rivals. In fact the Supporters Club almost beat the leaders 7-0, only losing the last leg. The Old English dropped two points as the Mansfield Hosiery Mills won the final leg of the game to claim two points. A Hardwick of the Mills scoring a 13 pin stick up. Could this dropped leg be the difference at the end of the season?

In the big match at the foot of the table, the honours were fairly even as the Devonshire (Somercotes) hosted the Kings Arms. The away side from Crich won the first two legs but the Dev “smashed it” in the third to not only pick up two points from winning the leg but also took the extra bonus point for scoring more pins in the match. The Final result being Dev 3 v 4 Kings Arms. Both teams were only 14 and 16 pins behind the Staff of Life’s nightly total! Not bad for the bottom two sides in the League. In the final match the Moulders recorded a 7 v 0 win at the George Inn B. More consistency this season would have seen both sides higher up the table.

In Division One, the Snooker Club pulled further clear at the top as they won 7 nil at the Station, S Yates top scoring with 26. Second placed Jacksdale Social Club had a scare after losing the first leg at home to the Conservative Club but then rallied to take the match 5 v 2. The Black Boy, having been oh so close in many competitions this year, managed a 5 v 2 win at the White Hart who completely collapsed in the last leg only scoring 37. The match between the bottom two in the division, The Keys and the Codnor Inn, resulted in a 5 v 2 win for Codnor. Both sides played with eight in the match with some players preferring to watch The Rams. The Black Bulls Head, having performed admirably in the fives the night before, moved up the table after a fine 7 nil win at the Victoria.

With just three league games to go, there is still so much to play for.


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Appeal For information

The Ripley & District Skittles League was formed in 1977 but League Records for the first few years are incomplete. The League are appealing for information from anyone who can provide the missing links. The League Records shown on this website show where the information is missing. If anyone can help with this, please Email the Secretary

Page Updated on 23rd August, 2019