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2021 DIARY





This week saw the climax to what proved to be a great (half) season of skittles. The League, which had been shortened to just two divisions, as a number of teams elected to sit out this season, due to the uncertainty in June of the situation of pubs and clubs reopening and the position of the Covid virus, finally concluded. All Twenty teams who took part in this friendliest of seasons must have been happy to get the game back and what a finish to the League Competition it proved.

Champions this year in the Premier Division, were Staff of Life. Although favorites again at the start of the season, the Sutton team went into the last match in third place one point behind their final week opponents. They needed to just win against Travellers Rest who were joint top of the table with Eclipse. Eclipse had finished their fixtures and were on the same points as the Travellers. So whoever got four points from the Staff v Travellers match would claim the title. All started well for the visitors as they set off with a 69 and Staff replied with just 47. This 22 pin lead from the first leg effectively giving Travellers 3 points so then they just needed one tied leg to win the League. However from this moment on it all went right for the Staff and all went wrong for the Travellers. Staff came back with 69 in the second leg with Travellers scoring 57. The Travellers then set 61 and with just the captain Ady Thompson left, Staff needed 4 pins to win. Ady scored 5 and this resulted in a 4-3 win for the Staff on the night. So both teams finished the season on 50 points and another Championship was claimed, only based on this Head to Head result, with the Travellers therefore finishing runners up and new team Eclipse third.

Finishing in fourth place in the Premiership were the strong finishing Somercotes Snooker Club, who this week won 7-0 at George, who were playing possibly their last match at the pub before relocating to the Nags Head next season. Red Lion A finished in fifth place, after beating Red Lion B 7-0 this week. If the scoreline had have been reversed it would have seen the B team finish higher in the league than the A team for the first ever time. With the Boot & Slipper finishing in an assured seventh place, the bottom two sides met and Black Boy won only their second match of the season when beating Jolly Colliers. The Colliers from Heanor deserve a special mention, as they have persevered with low numbers this year and despite not winning a game, have enjoyed their Tuesdays out. In fact they only just failed to win a leg at the Black Boy, as the Heage side followed “three ducks” in the middle order, with 33 for the last four players to just pip the Colliers.

The excitement wasn’t confined to the Premier Division. With one match to go in Division One, Heanor Conservative Club were at the top of the division but had played all their matches. Second were Crossings Club who, like the Staff of Life, needed four points at home to win their respective title. Facing The Keys, who have enjoyed the season with a whole bunch of new players, a win never looked in doubt as the Codnor Park team set off with an 89 in the opening leg. This isn’t a misprint, yes they scored 89 including two stick ups of 14 and 13. They followed up with 71 and 68 and although The Keys did score a very creditable 64 in the last leg, the Crossings Club got all the points they needed to win the Division. So the Heanor Conservatives finished deserved Runners Up.

Miners finished third after beating Loscoe Gate 7-0 this week. The Crown, after cruising through the first two legs at fellow Somercotes side Old English Gentleman, would have finished joint third with the Miners, however they threw away three points, after losing the third leg. So the Crown finished joint fourth with Victoria (Alfreton). In the final match of Division Two, Alfreton Town Supporters Club entertained Codnor Inn. However it was the fun loving Codnor Inn who did most of the actual entertaining, after turning up, as usual for the season’s finale, in fancy dress. Alfreton Town, bottom for most of the season, have been massively improving and this showed this week, as they eventually climbed off the foot of the table scoring 178 pins. This total would have beaten many Premiership teams and resulted in a 5-2 victory against the Codnor side who finished the League in sixth place. Both sides reported a great night.

Best Individual performances this week came from R Dolan with 32 in total (14/9/9) and C Storer scoring 27 including a 13 stick up. Other stick ups this week came from Andy Phillips of the Miners with 13 and two other special mentions need to be made. Ryan Parsons, Captain of the Red Lion B, scored a perfect three nines, a very rare thing and Dale Whittingham of Somercotes Snooker Club scored 54 pins all by himself in their match against the George. The reason for this was the Snooker Club was short and Dale was drawn out to throw twice. Dale then scored both 29 and 25 to finish with what is undoubtedly the highest individual score ever recorded by any player anywhere in the world in just one three legged pub skittles match.

Next season, the return of the following clubs is expected: Sunnyside Club, Hosiery Mills, Station (Westhouses), Black Bulls Head (Openwoodgate) White Hart (Bargate), Ginger Giraffe, Devonshire (Somercotes), Jacksdale Social Club and Honeypot (Ripley). In addition the league have been approached by other clubs citing their intention to join next season. These include New Inn (Newton), Gate (Swanwick), Crown (Heanor) , Spanker (Nether Heage), George Inn and South Wingfield Miners Welfare. It is very pleasing to see that it looks as though both the game and the Ripley Skittles League is going from strength to strength. The committee meet back in early January and the AGM is provisionally booked for Thursday 24th February at the Alfreton Town Supporters Club. The Committee will confirm this early next year.


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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 5th October, 2021