Unstoppable Norwich Notch Up A Hat-Trick Of Saffron Walden Challenge Titles


The 2015 Saffron Walden Challenge Snooker Tournament, once again kindly sponsored by Bushwood Accountants took place at the Cambridge Snooker & Pool Centre, Cambridge on Sunday 22 February 2015.

With Braintree Snooker League unfortunately having to pull out of the tournament on the Saturday evening due to player illnesses, defending champions Norwich took on teams from the surrounding snooker leagues of Saffron Walden, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Chelmsford, Ipswich and South Beds in this annual round robin tournament where teams of 3 players play 2 frames back-to-back against their opposite number from each team.

Going into the final round of the tournament, South Beds, Saffron Walden and Cambridge were all tied on 19 points,  with defending champions Norwich on 18, Ipswich on 14, Milton Keynes on 10 and Chelmsford on 9 points.  With three teams potentially all in contention for the title [Cambridge had a bye round] there was a tense atmosphere as the final round commenced, but defending tournament holders Norwich Snooker League again proved worthy winners to retain the Saffron Walden Challenge title with 24 points and notch up a hat-trick of titles since first entering the tournament in 2013.  South Beds Snooker League finished as runners up with 22 points, ahead of hosts Saffron Walden Snooker League who finished in third place with 21 points.

Winners – Norwich Snooker League [left to right – Grant Miles, Nick Spelman and George Pragnell]




Runners Up – South Beds Snooker League with sponsor Darren Edmonston of Bushwood Accountants




Final Standings :
Norwich 24,
South Beds 22
Saffron Walden 21
Cambridge 19
Ipswich 18
Milton Keynes 13
Chelmsford 9

Adam Ingram, Tournament Secretary would like to thank Cambridge Snooker & Pool Centre for providing the venue for the event, Darren Edmonston of Bushwood Accountants for once again sponsoring the tournament, and Committee Members Pat Manley and Steve Stalley who did a superb job of keeping account of all the frames won and lost and ensuring the scoreboard was kept up to date.

Norwich’s Captain Nick Spelman, had a fantastic tournament winning 10 out of the 12 frames he played as well as securing the Tournament High Break with a superb 139.

Player Of The Tournament / Tournament High Break : Nick Spelman (Norwich) 139