Sunday 24 November 2013 saw the Memorial Cup Tournament held at Saffron Snooker Club with a new and exciting format, Scotch Doubles.
With 16 entrants on the day, the 8 doubles pairings played 7 round robin matches of one frame, with the winner of the group taking the title. To ensure the rounds flowed, all frames started at the same time and a 30 minute time limit was put on each frame which added to the tension as the minutes ticked by towards the end of each round. Normal doubles handicaps were used for each pairing but due to the reduced potential scoring ability of the format they were halved which gave everyone a fair chance of competing on a level playing field.
Going into the final round, Halls & Westwood had 5 points, closely followed by Saville & Turner, Rule & Gibson and Spackman & Cooper all on 4 points. With the final round already pre-drawn at the start of the day, Saville & Turner played Rule & Gibson for a potential 5 points total hoping that Halls & Westwood lost their final round, but in a twist, they were playing Spackman & Cooper who were also on contention for the title. In a potential winner takes all for Halls & Westwood or face a three way play off, they continued the consistent form shown throughout the day and pulled another frame win out the bag storming to victory over Spackman & Cooper and took the title winning 6 out of 7 frames during the tournament. Rule & Gibson finished runners up with 5 points by beating Saville & Turner in the final round.
The high break prize went to Saville & Turner who clicked into gear with an excellent 37, no mean feat when taking alternate shots!
The new format was a roaring success on the day with everyone enjoying the tournament. The Committee hope for continued support from league players next season so we can continue this new tournament format and build on the success. If you weren’t able to come along on Sunday, get 4 players together and try it in your own club the next time you are looking for something different to do!
Many thanks to all those that turned up on the day to support the tournament, and a special thank you to Des and Mark Cooper for kindly hosting at Saffron Snooker Club. The tournament was run by Peter Saville, assisted by Stuart Turner and Mark Cooper.
The winners, Mark Halls and Ben Westwood kindly donated their prize money to the Christmas Charity Raffle so stand a chance of winning one of the two pairs of afternoon/evening session tickets available to see The Masters Snooker Tournament at Alexandra Palace in January. Lucky numbers for the raffle can be bought at Saffron Snooker Club at £2 each. Each pair of snooker tickets is worth £90 so well worth a flutter given also that all proceeds will be donated to a charity which will be chosen by the winners of the Memorial Cup Mark and Ben.