The 9th Annual Bishop’s Stortford Challenge, sponsored by AJ Electrical was held at Old Harlow War Memorial Club on Sunday 29 March 2015.
The format as previous seasons consists of both the Saffron Walden & District Snooker League and the Bishop’s Stortford & District Snooker League each entering a team consisting of six players, three league handicapped between -10 and -1, and three between scratch and +10. Saffron Walden was represented by Andrew Green, John Manley, Aaron Gibson, Peter Saville (Captain), Mark Patmore and Phil Chapman. In each round, the minus players played two frames against each other and the plus players did the same. Following the three rounds, a fourth round took place which mixed up the order with the minus players taking on the plus players.
Walden raced into an early lead winning the first two rounds 11-1 and 9-3 respectively, to lead 20-4 overall. With the damage done, Walden secured the title in round three with a 7-5 round win to take a 27-9 overall lead. Round four was a formality but Walden continued their excellent form on the day to win it 9-3 and to finish with an aggregate score of 36-12 for the tournament.
Player of the Tournament was Peter Saville who won 7 out of 8 frames and also had the highest break on the day of 34.
Saffron Walden players:-
Peter Saville won 7/8
John Manley won 7/8
Andrew Green won 6/8
Aaron Gibson won 6/8
Mark Patmore won 5/3
Phil Chapman won 5/3
The Committee of the Saffron Walden & District Snooker League would like to take this opportunity to thank Marc Ridout and Malcolm Springham for organising and running the tournament which was played with a competitive but friendly spirit. Thanks also to Old Harlow War Memorial Club for allowing us to use the snooker tables for this tournament and for laying on a buffet feast which was enjoyed by all the players, and finally many thanks to our tournament sponsors, AJ Electrical.