Saffron Walden Retain Bishop’s Stortford Challenge Title

The annual Bishop’s Stortford Challenge took place at the Old Harlow War Memorial Institute Club on Sunday 10 April 2016.  The event contested between the Bishop’s Stortford & District Snooker League and the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden and District Snooker league, each represented by six league players.  Each teams comprised of three players handicapped between -10 and -1 and three players between scratch and +10.

After last year’s one sided event, this year’s was competitive throughout.  After the first two rounds of play, little separated the sides with only a few frames between the teams.  Going into the final crucial round of matches, Saffron Walden held a four frame advantage (20-16).  The minus handicapped players would now play a plus player on the opposing team, everything was up for grabs.  After a great day of snooker enjoyed by all, the improving Saffron Walden team played a solid final round winning 8 of the 12 frames to win the tournament by 28 frames to 20.

2016 BS Challenge Winners – Saffron Walden Left to right: Simon Chapman, Phil Chapman, Aaron Gibson, Bob Burling, John Manley and David Tedman.

Saffron Walden team & frames won:
Bob Burling                 4/8
John Manley                5/8
Aaron Gibson              4/8
David Tedman             5/8
Simon Chapman         5/8
Phil Chapman (Capt)  5/8

The Committee of the SWDSL would like to thank the Old Harlow War Memorial Institute Club for once again providing the venue for this event, the players who represented the Saffron Walden league, and finally the Bishop’s Stortford & District Snooker League who played their part in a good competitive match and for running the event as the home team this year.