Stalybridge Snooker League suspended due to coronavirus

STALYBRIDGE Snooker League has been suspended at a time when it was at the business end of the campaign.

Six months into the season and with only five games remaining, play was halted by coronavirus.

And the hope is that they will be completed when the crisis is over.

League secretary Ian Hopton provides an overview of the league so far.

The current league season started in September last year with our annual meeting when we welcomed two new teams, Denton Conservative Club and Hyde Club while Hyde Snooker Club changed its name to Hyde Conservative Club when it moved premises.

Regrettably, we also lost Staly Vegas as they could not get enough players to remain in the league.

The league season started in the usual manner with the finals of the Gordon Clay and George Fletcher trophies, between league champions and cup winners.

In the George Fletcher Trophy for snooker, Hyde Snooker Club beat Mossley A 3-2 and in the whist for the Gordon Clay Trophy, Mossley A beat St Peter’s by two points with the game going to the final end.

In the snooker league, the first quarter saw Hyde CC take an early lead and after six games Hyde CC led with 22 points with St Peter’s, Mossley A and Staly Labour joint second with 16 points. In the whist league it was even closer with Hyde Club, Denton CC, Mossley B and Mossley A joint top with eight points.

The end of the second quarter saw the league start to take shape with Hyde CC still at the top of the snooker. They had had 38 points from 12 games and St Peter’s followed with 36 points then Denton CC on 35 with Mossley A on 32.

In the whist it was again still very close with three teams sharing 16 points. They were St Peter’s, Mossley B and Denton CC.

The third quarter again showed the consistency of Hyde CC who still topped the snooker with 56 points from 18 games, closely followed by St Peter’s on 52 points. Mossley A had 48 and Denton CC had 47 points.

In the whist it was still very close but this time we had Mossley B top with 26 points and St Peter’s were joint second with Denton CC on 24 points.

We only had the chance to play one game of the fourth and final quarter before the league

suspension and currently Hyde CC have 60 points with St Peter’s second with 57 points and Mossley A on 51. In the whist, Mossley B and Denton CC are joint top on 26 points with St Peter’s and Mossley A on 24 points.

All the time the snooker and whist leagues were being played we also ran an individual darts league and the current positions are P Stamp (Denton CC) in first place, I Carter (Mossley B) second, M Chandler (Denton CC) third and A T Tate (St Peter’s) fourth.

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