President’s Cup Success For Mark Halls And Joe Fanthorpe

The President’s Cup, sponsored by Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd was held on Sunday 28 April 2013.  A strong field of 34 descended on Saffron Snooker Club and before the tournament got underway a one minute silence was held in respect of John Monk who had sadly passed away a few days earlier.

The tournament on the day was run by Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram, who was assisted by Stuart Turner.  The first round draw threw up a couple of exciting matches and it soon became clear that one half contained the majority of the minus handicapped players, with the other half mainly plus.  With Adam Ingram being in the half with the plus players and with the 85 maximum start rule in play, Adam seemed favourite to progress well through the field but crashed out in the first round leaving the draw wide open.

The Quarter Finals shaped up with Pat Manley v Peter Saville, Stuart Turner v Micky Cushion, Richard Livings v Phil Chapman and Mark Halls v Neil Winter.  With all matches being won 2-0, Manley took on Turner in the first semi final whilst Halls took on Chapman.  Whilst both Turner and Chapman had chances, the two in form players on the day, Pat Manley and Mark Halls came through to meet in the final.  Both players have shown good form either in the league or in tournaments this season but it was Mark Halls who battled through to win the President’s Cup 2-1 and collect the £75 first prize, with Pat receiving a consolation of £40 Runners Up prize.

Those players who got knocked out in their first playing round got a free entry in the Plate Tournament with one frame being played in each round including the final. The semi finals lined up with Adam Ingram taking on Michael Spackman, and Brendan Marling taking on Joe Fanthorpe.  Both Michael and Joe made it through to the final and Joe continued a fantastic run of form on the day by beating Michael to win his first tournament and collect the £20 first prize.

Trophies will be presented at Presentation Evening on Saturday 18th May 2013 at Saffron Snooker Club.

Recorded breaks over 25 :

Peter Saville 28, Kevin Starr 37, Pat Manley 42, Stuart Turner 48, Adam Ingram 79 and 100.

Adam’s century break secured him the £10 High Break Prize.

The Committee of the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker League would like to thank Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd for their continued sponsorship of our flagship day tournament, Saffron Snooker Club for providing the venue, Mark Cooper for preparing the tables and refereeing the final, and finally Adam Ingram and Stuart Turner for running the event.

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