Harrow Inter-League Tournament – Saffron Walden Bow Out In Semi-Finals

Following a great run, our SWDSL team bowed out of the tournament in their Semi Final match against Harrow ‘A’ 7-5.

With the match at 7-3 and only 2 frames remaining, having had a 3 hour drive to attend the match, Dunmow Club’s Stuart Turner was hoping to restore some pride for the league by playing against Harrow’s last player, none other than the 1977 UK Snooker Champion Patsy Fagan.  Unfortunately for Stuart, the tables were quickly cleared and the match balls were put away…seems Patsy was running scared!

5 times World Snooker Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and 1977 UK Snooker Champion Patsy Fagan

5 times World Snooker Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and 1977 UK Snooker Champion Patsy Fagan

Harrow Inter-League Tournament – Saffron Walden Storm Into Semi-Finals

Congratulations to our SWDSL team in winning their Quarter Final match against Reading ‘A’ 9-3 on Saturday 21 February 2015 at Saffron Snooker Club.  We now play Harrow ‘A’ in the Semi Finals on Sunday 15 March 2015.  Venue and time to be announced.  South Beds will play Thames Valley ‘A’ in the other Semi Final.

Team Stats are as follows;
Adam Ingram 2-0
Mickey Cushion 2-0
Russell Huxter 2-0
Jonathan Wells 1-1
Darren Edmonston 1-1
Stuart Turner 1-1

Harrow Inter-League Tournament – Tense Finish To Saffron Walden First Round Win

Congratulations to our SWDSL team in winning the first round knock out match of the Harrow & District Snooker League – Inter-League Tournament 7-5 against Goffs Oak Comrades Club.

The team started well taking an early 2-0 lead with Mickey Cushion on form.  Jonathan Wells and Russell Huxter both added to the tally with a frame each to help bring the score to 4-2.  Captain Adam Ingram also produced some good snooker to catapult the team further into the lead and a win looked assured.  But leading 6-2 and only requiring 1 frame for victory from the remaining 4 frames, Graham Driver unexpectedly lost both frames and the match stood at 6-4.  Coming on last, Stuart Turner lost his first frame and Goffs Oak were back in the match trailing 6-5 and needed the final frame to level at 6-6 and to force a deciding frame.  Fortunately Stuart produced the sort of snooker he is more than capable of and powered his way to a convincing frame win to secure a 7-5 victory for the team.  Overall a worthy win for the SWDSL team, well done lads!

We will update the website once the draw has been done for the next round and advise date/venue etc for the next match.

Team Stats are as follows;
Mickey Cushion 2-0
Jonathan Wells 1-1
Russell Huxter 1-1
Adam Ingram 2-0
Graham Driver 0-2
Stuart Turner 1-1

Hexagon Invitational Amateur Snooker Tournament – Sunday 12 October 2014

As many of you will know entry into this prestigious snooker tournament is by invitation only and all players must be amateurs.  The event is sponsored by Kevin Starr’s company Hexagon Consulting and is being held at Saffron Snooker Club on Sunday 12 October 2014, play commences from 10am.

The Hexagon is now considered to be one of the three most important amateur events in England, along with the EASB English Amateur Championship and the Snookerbacker Classic.

This year four players from our league are taking part, Jonathan Wells, Russell Huxter, Adam Ingram and Graham Driver.

Some of the top names taking part include former professionals Martin O’Donnell, Jamie O’Neill, Nick Spelman and last years winner George Pragnell.  This years entrants also include some of the best amateur players from recent World Snooker PTC events namely Zak Richardson, Matthew Day and Matt Glasby.

The event starts at 10am this Sunday, so please get yourself down to Saffron Snooker Club to show one of our league members Kevin Starr your support, along with our league players, and I promise you are sure to see some top class snooker.

Adam Ingram

**13.10.14 Post Update**
Final
George Pragnell 3-0 Jon Parkin

Semi Finals
Jon Parkin 3-0 Russell Huxter
George Pragnell 3-1 Courtney Symons

Quarter Finals
Russell Huxter 3-1 Matt Day
Jon Parkin 3-0 Aidan Owens
Courtney Symons 3-1 Matt Willard
George Pragnell 3-1 Adam Ingram

Tournament Highest Break : George Pragnell 91

Hexagon Consulting  http://www.hexcl.co.uk/

hexagon

Venue Address : Saffron Snooker Club, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3AQ
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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.