Earlier this year, the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) announced the exciting launch of a new League Registration Programme that has been created to provide a crucial link between snooker leagues and the sport’s national governing body.
One such league that has already signed up to the initiative is the Aldridge & District Snooker League (ADSL).
With 250 players registered, the ADSL is one of the busiest and most impressive leagues in the country, providing its members a comprehensive programme of competitive opportunities. It can also boast several high-profile cueists that have played in its events.
Currently sponsored by EPSB 147 Club Landywood Snooker Club, the ADSL was founded in 1958 and is open to all players.
The league structure features two tiers – the premier division and division one. Matches are played off scratch with five players a side. Each player has a frame, with a point awarded for a frame win and an additional point awarded to the overall winning team.
As well as the leagues, there is a League Cup featuring the teams from both divisions, although this is handicapped with aggregate scores determining the winning team.
Away from the team events, there are several other tournaments that members can enter: Individual Championship, Individual Handicap, 6-Red Handicap, Masters Championship (over 40s – handicapped), Under-21 Championship, Champion of Champions (handicapped), Foursomes Championship (handicapped), Pairs and Singles Handicap, Reg Oakes Championship (3-player event) and the Captain’s Cup Handicap.
As a league they have enjoyed success when winning the West Midlands Inter Town Competition in 1971 – an event they also reached the final of last season when they lost 4-2 to Oldbury.
One of the ADSL’s most prominent players is Adrian Rosa. The former world number 88 has won a host of titles within the league and is currently the ADSL Individual Champion.
Other big names in the league include Robbie James who is the current masters champion and in 2020 made a break of 140 – the highest ever recorded in the ADSL.
Another star is youngster Jack Harris. Runner-up to Sean Maddocks in the final of the English Under-21 Championship a few months ago, Harris has won the ADSL Under-21 Championship several times.
As well as Rosa, other professionals to have graced the ADSL include current main tour exponent and former ranking event finalist Mark Joyce, former ranking event winner and top 16 star Steve James and former Q School graduate Riley Parsons.
The current ADSL committee is: Malcolm Clarke (Chairman), Lee Archer (President), Lee Thomson (Match Sec, Vice Chairman, Website Admin, Treasurer), Mark Poole (Assistant Secretary), Bob Foster (Auditor), Tom Swain, Anthony Rhodes & Carl Barnfield (Committee Members).
For further information about the Aldridge & District Snooker League, please visit their website or Facebook page.
Many thanks to Lee Thomson, who has been the ADSL Match Secretary for eight years, for helping us with the creation of this article.