Two matches could prove vital in second division

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There were two pivotal games in Division Two of the Buxton League that could have a big say in the destination of the championship, writes Jack Header.

Burbage B visited Trades Hall and the home side racked up seven winners with Keith Wardle and Daniel Beard winning to single figures.

Ashwood were the party-poopers at the Park, notching up five winners with David Naden the best as Buxton dropped 32.

Dennis Needham, Geoff Wharton and Harry Jones were the home victors, but the result left them with an uphill struggle in the title race.

Bradwell had six winners at Furness Vale A as only Richard Spencer and Arthur Carrington stemmed the tide.

Andy Bowes was the visitors’ big hitter in a solid team performance.

Cote Heath were another away side tasting success as they had five winners at Ram’s Head. Phil Taylor picked up the kitty while Alistair Rudkin was the Ram’s man of the match

Peak Dale B cruised to victory when they hosted Furness Vale B. Colin Lloyd and Ian Gregory were the big winners with only Brian Kellock and Alan Pearson putting on winning shows for the visitors.

Peak Dale A scored six out of ten winners as they visited Fairfield B. Callum Briddon, John Melland and Colin Lloyd only conceded ten chalks between them as they gave out heavy punishment, while of the four Fairfield winners Roy Edge was best at 15.

Fairfield A also had a not so good night at Hope Works with Brian Rathbone and Gary Hobdey the only two reaching the magic number.

Phil Sansom, Roy White and Barry Oldfield had to share the Hope kitty in a solid performance.

Chapel B claimed a low-scoring victory as they entertained Tideswell with both teams having five winners.

Single-figure wins by homesters’ Phil May and Jim Hearson were cancelled out by visitors Alan Gaffney and John Hallows.

The top two clashed at Burbage where Whaley Bridge A had six out of the ten winners, but it was the home side who took the aggregate win by 29 chalks.

Daniel Golpin kept his 100 per cent league record for Whaley but Burbage only dropped 18 chalks in the six losses.