Singles Tournament Success For Wells, Parradine and Selvey!

Saturday 17 May 2014 saw the remaining three Singles finals being played out to a conclusion at Saffron Snooker Club, below is a brief report on each final.

Scratch Plus Singles Final – Nick Selvey v Andy Webb
In the afternoon Nick Selvey and Andy Webb locked horns in the Scratch Plus Singles final and the match was nip-and-tuck all the way through with Selvey initially going 1-0 up [59-15], only to lose the next two frames [52-62, 19-34] to go 2-1 down.  Selvey dug deep to level the match at 2-2 [59-46] in a close frame, and managed to continue momentum to also win the final frame 78-51 and the match 3-2 overall.  Congratulations to Nick in what has been an up-and-down season for him, and commiserations to Andy who by contrast has had an excellent run of form this year and knocked in the joint highest break of 46 in the tournament.
Dan Lewis officiated.

Handicap Singles Final – Steve Parradine v Joe Fanthorpe
With neither player not known for their quick style of play, this match was always going to keep the table light on for a couple of hours!  Joe ‘raced’ into an early lead after the opening frame took around one hour to take the frame [71-49], and Steve ‘quickly’ replied after the second hour had passed to level at 1-1 [67-46].  After a brief comfort/buffet break, the match resumed and Steve ground out frame three 68-55.  With his nose in front, momentum seemed to swing his way and Steve secured victory 74-40 in frame four to win the match 3-1 after around four hours of play and to take the Handicap Singles title.  Both players showed incredible stamina and the match was played with a lot of grit and determination.  Congratulations to Steve who has had his best ever season in the league and richly deserves his ‘Three Player Division – Player of the Year’ Award.  Commiserations to Joe who had a fantastic second half in the league and won the President’s Cup plate.
Mark Cooper refereed and Stewart Hart scored the match.

Scratch Singles Final – Jonathan Wells v Darren Edmonston
Given the form both players have shown in the second half of the season and commencing at 6.30pm in a best-of-seven final, many had thought that by 9pm we would have a winner…however for the first time in league history the Scratch Final went the distance not only in frames, time (4 hours), but right down to the final black!

With both players struggling to find their form, frames were traded all the way through the match.  Darren took the first frame after a lengthy safety exchange [71-37, breaks DE28] and Jonathan levelled at 1-1 [69-41, breaks JW32, DE30].  Jonathan then took the lead in the match 2-1 [58-37] and the players took a 15 minute comfort/buffet break to collect their thoughts.

On the re-start, an in-off on the black by Darren forced a re-spotted black which he coolly potted to take the frame [72-65, breaks JW46, DE25].  Darren continued the momentum winning the next [63-23] to lead 3-2 and one frame away from victory, but a nicely constructed break of 52 by Jonathan once again levelled the match at 3-3 [78-6, breaks JW52].

With a final frame decider in play Darren again seized the initiative but in going down to the colours and trailing after potting the blue, Jonathan need pink and black for victory.  In potting the pink, Jonathan tried to move the black off the side cushion but narrowly missed it and instead attempted a double to the corner pocket which came very close.  Further attempts by both Darren and Jonathan eventually ended with Jonathan dispatching a mid range black into the corner pocket for a deserved 4-3 victory.  On the night both players didn’t play at their best by any stretch of the imagination and it was one of those matches apart from the final ball there was nothing to separate the two players.  Congratulations to Jonathan in winning the Scratch Singles title once again, the last time being in 2004/05.  Darren is also a former winner from the 2008/09 season.
Dan Lewis officiated.

The DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League would like to thank Saffron Snooker Club for providing the tables for these finals, and to Dan Lewis, Mark Cooper and Stewart Hart for their officiating duties.


Chapman Wins President’s Cup And Fanthorpe Retains Plate

The 24th Annual President’s Cup, sponsored by Bullet Brickwork UK Ltd was held on Sunday 26 January 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club, Saffron Walden, Essex.

The annual handicap event was well supported with a strong field of 37 league players in attendance, all hoping to win the first prize of £60 and be the 24th name engraved on the President’s Cup.

With all matches being the best-of-3 frames, by late afternoon the quarter final stage was played out as follows;

  • Simon Chapman (+16) 2-1 Peter Saville (-4)
  • Steve Paradine (+8) 2-0 Mark Halls (SSC +6)
  • Emma Simmons (+60) 2-0 Adrian Shoebridge (+2)
  • Jack Bothwell (+20) 2-0 Russell Huxter (-53)

In the semi finals, Steve Parradine took on Emma Simmons in the first semi final giving a 52 headstart, whilst Jack Bothwell had a 4 point headstart against Simon Chapman.  After a long battle between Emma and Steve, the two in form players on the day, Simon and Emma both came through their semi’s with 2-0 wins to meet in the final.

With Simon giving a 44 headstart in the best-of-3 final, it looked like after a long day on the green baize the advantage of having the points on the scoreboard at the start of each frame could be enough to pull Emma through to the winning post, but Simon held his nerve and concentration to score heavily enough to battle through to win the President’s Cup 2-0 and collect the £60 first prize, with Emma receiving the consolation of the £30 Runners Up prize.  Both of the losing semi finalists each received £15.

In reaching the final, Emma become the first female league player to reach a league tournament singles final in 16 years, and only the second in the leagues 52 year history, a fantastic achievement, well done Emma!

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 Nigel Ginn (+12) taking on Phil Chapman (+12), and Joe Fanthorpe (+34) taking on Aaron Gibson (-4).  League team mates Joe and Nigel made it through to the final, and it was Joe, pushed all the way by Nigel who continued a fantastic run of form on the day to not only win, but retain the tournament he won last year and collect the £20 first prize.  Nigel received the £10 prize as plate runner up.

Adam Ingram’s break of 78 secured him the £10 Tournament High Break prize.  See below for all the recorded breaks over 25.

For those that didn’t manage success on the snooker tables, a chance to go home with a raffle prize still offered some consolation, and just before the quarter finals the draw took place.  Prizes included boxes of luxury chocolates, a slow cooker, 3 bottles of red wine, 3 bottles of white wine, a case of Stella Artois, and case of Fosters, various bitters and ciders, as well as a selection of beauty products, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s latest book, and a wireless mouse.  With impending cold weather on the way, the very useful booby prize was a de-icer and ice scraper set won by Richard Malyon.

Photos of the winners and runners up are on the SWDSL Facebook Page, and all trophies will be presented at the Annual Presentation/Finals Evening on Saturday 17 May 2014 at Saffron Snooker Club.

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, and Mark Cooper for preparing the tables and refereeing the final.  Thanks also to Tournament Secretary Adam Ingram, Peter Saville and Stewart Hart for ensuring that the tournament ran smoothly on the day.

Recorded breaks over 25 :

  • Adam Ingram 78, 58, 36
  • Russell Huxter 66,45
  • Ben Westwood 58
  • Rob Spackman 50
  • Richard Watson 38
  • Adrian Shoebridge 30
  • Aaron Gibson 27
  • Joe Fanthorpe 27

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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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