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2019 DIARY





Reminder that the Five a sides are on Monday this week (22nd July). The draw is on the Competitions page.

Please note that anybody originally drawn at The Travellers Rest in the first round of the Fives, will now be playing at The Crossings Club.

The draws for the Sunday Cup Quarter Finals, Singles Semi Finals and Pairs Quarter and Semi Finals are now on the Competitions Page


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 £10 per head.

See poster HERE for all details

Tickets will be on sale at the AUGUST and SEPTEMBER league meetings


Last Monday saw the Quarter Finals of the Knockout Cup taking place and pride of place must go to the Black Boy and the Crossings Club.

The Black Boy, occupying third place in Division One beat Premiership side the Honeypot on a ball a man play off. This was after a thrilling 3-3 draw. It was the Honeypot who started better winning the first leg 65 to 62 but then the second leg ended all square at 64 each. In the third leg, the Heage team won 64 to 62 to level the tie. In the ball a man, the Black Boy set 31 with a creditable score of 7 by opening player R Isherwood. This score proved too much for the home side who struggled to get 20 with three missed balls.

The Crossings Club also progressed to the Semi Finals by way of beating local rivals Jacksdale Social Club. Despite their opponents occupying a lot higher league position, it was the Codnor Park side who managed to win by two legs to one. 52 to 51, 53 to 64 and 55 to 41.

Fellow Division One side Somercotes Snooker Club did themselves proud and put up a brave performance away at the Staff of Life. The Premier Division leaders won the first leg 62 to 57 but then the Snooker Club came back to win the second leg 61 to 59 and despite T Sutcliffe scoring an 11 pin stick up in the third, it was not enough for the Somercotes team as they lost the last leg 66 to 60.>/p>

There was no luck either for the White Hart. The first division side lost at home to the Jolly Colliers over just two legs. The away side winning 59 to 54 and 55 to 47.

In the league this week, the top two sides in Division Two met, when the Old English Gentleman entertained the Sir Barnes Wallis. In what turned out to be quite a one sided match it was the visiting Ripley team who took the honours and all seven points. This puts the Barnes Wallis six points ahead in the table with a game in hand. Even with eight weeks left, it would be a surprise for any other team to now top this team. The Old English will probably now be battling for second with the Alfreton Town Supporters Club, who surprisingly lost this week to the ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Moulders Arms, where after losing the first leg to ATSC, the Moulders came storming back to win the last two legs and made the score 5-2 in their own favour. Next in the division come the Gate and the Mansfield Hosiery Mills who both got seven points this week. The Gate won comfortably at the Ginger Giraffe whilst the Millers were gifted their win. Unfortunately the Devonshire couldn’t raise a team this week for the trip to the Hosiery Mills and had to forfeit a game for the second time this season.

In Division One, there was a big shock as bottom side The Keys won their first home game since April. Earlier this year they had lost 7-0 at the Victoria but it looked as though this might totally swing the other way as the home side won the first two legs. However the Vic managed to win the last leg by just one pin to make the final score 5-2. It was a similar story at the Heanor Conservative Club as they also won the opening two legs at home to the Station, but the visitors went wild in the last leg which they won by 12 pins, equalling the overall total pins scored by the home side. This was largely helped by a 15 pin stick up from D Allen. This exciting last leg led to a ‘Ball a man’ play off, however in the play off the Station performed badly, setting only 14 from their ten balls, with 5 players scoring zero. HCC easily knocked these off with just the first 4 players to win the match 5-2.

It was revenge for the Jacksdale Social Club against the Crossings Club who they had lost to the previous night as they easily won 7-0 to keep them in second place. Even a J Jennings score of 11 in one leg couldn’t help the Crossings. This keeps the JSC just behind the Somercotes Snooker Club who made a tricky match against the White Hart look easy as they won all three legs to stay three points ahead of the JSC but having played a game more.

In the match between the two ‘Blacks’, it was the ‘Boy’ who beat the ‘Bulls Head’. The home side scored two opening legs of 70 and in the third a 59, a total of 199 pins which would not look out of place in the Premier Division. Top ‘three pin’ score went to Denise Grace with a 13. Denise is possibly warming up for the Ladies Competition which takes place in two weeks time!

It was pretty rough on the Openwoodgate Bulls Head team as scoring as highly as they did generally wins some points in a game and G Fisher’s individual score of 27 including an 11, was the highest 9 pin score of the night in the League. But this was not enough against the resurgent Heage side who, if they manage to beat both the Jacksdale Social Club and the Snooker Club, may still be in with a shout of a top two finish.

In the Premier Division, like in Division Two, the top two met this week and the honours went to the home side, the Staff of Life, playing against the George Inn A. The George did manage to win the second leg, with help from D Frogson’s 14, to come away from Sutton with two points.

This extends the Staff’s lead at the top to 18 points in front of both the Red Lion A and the Travellers Rest who are in joint second, but with the former having a game in hand.

The Travellers picked up a fine 7-0 victory away at the Red Lion B, who themselves are scoring well but unluckily picking up no points. In fact they haven’t picked up a single point since mid June, but will hope to rectify this in the next two weeks with successive matches against the two teams next to them at the foot of the table, the Village Inn and the Miners Arms.

This week the Village only just lost at the Boot & Slipper 4-3. It could have been worse for the Marehay team as in the opening leg the last man S Brown needed 9 to draw from his throw. However he achieved this with ease scoring a 13 pin stick up to win the leg. The Boot won the second leg and the final leg was drawn despite D Gretton scoring 12 for the home team.

The Honeypot came back from their previous nights set back in the cup as they beat the Miners. However they didn’t have it all their own way as the visitors won the middle leg with a 74 to take two points back to Alfreton. However, although still bottom, this puts the Miners just one point behind the Red Lion B now.

The Red Lion A dropped a leg at the tricky Jolly Colliers, who will be looking forward this week to another match against their local rivals the Sunnyside Club, having beaten them 6-1 earlier in the season.

This coming Monday sees the first round of the 5 a side competition.


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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 11th July, 2019