Norwich Retain Saffron Walden Challenge Title By One Point!


The 2014 Saffron Walden Challenge Snooker Tournament, once again kindly sponsored by Bushwood Accountants took place at the Cambridge Snooker & Pool Centre, Cambridge on Sunday 23 February 2014.

Defending tournament holders Norwich Snooker League held their nerve going into the final round of the tournament to retain the Saffron Walden Challenge title by one point from hosts Saffron Walden & District Snooker League who finished as runners up, and the Vic Harris Snooker League who finished in third place.

Photo : Winners – Norwich Snooker League (Grant Miles, Chris Zanone and Nick Spelman)

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With Milton Keynes Snooker League pulling out on the day of the tournament, defending champions Norwich took on teams from the surrounding snooker leagues of Saffron Walden, Cambridge, Braintree, Chelmsford, Vic Harris (South Essex) 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.

With 5 rounds played, Norwich on 20 points, Vic Harris on 19 points and Saffron Walden on 18 points were all in contention for the title but with Norwich and Vic Harris playing each other in the final round it was all to play for and a thrilling finish was on the cards.  With their match finishing with a 3-3 draw, Norwich finished on 23 points and Vic Harris on 22 points.  With Saffron Walden still playing against Cambridge and their match score being at 3-2, Russell Huxter secured victory on the pink to give Saffron Walden a deserved 4-2 win, 22 points overall and the runners up position (on count back to the Vic Harris Snooker League having beaten them earlier in the tournament 4-2).

Photo : Runners Up – Saffron Walden & District Snooker League (Darren Edmonston, Russell Huxter and Adam Ingram)

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EASB and IBSF Snooker Coach Russell, had a fantastic tournament winning 10 out of the 12 frames he played.  Ex-England International Adam Ingram had in the final match given Saffron Walden every opportunity by winning his own match 2-0 in double quick time, and in his final frame cleared the table with an immaculate break of 124, the highest break of the tournament.

Toby Pugh (Chelmsford) also knocked in a century break, a fine 104, ironically against Adam during the Chelmsford v Saffron Walden match in Round 4.  Other notable breaks made during the tournament efforts were Paul Stelmaszuk (Cambridge) 90, Finlay Laing (Cambridge) 82, Barry Garwood (South Beds) 79, Dean Galbally (Vic Harris) 74, Grant Miles (Norwich) 72, Nick Spelman (Norwich) 71.

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.

Final Standings : Norwich 23, Saffron Walden 22, Vic Harris, 22, Braintree 16, Cambridge 15, Chelmsford 15, South Beds 13

Player Of The Tournament : Nick Spelman (Norwich)

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Tournament High Break : Adam Ingram (Saffron Walden) 124

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Saffron Walden Challenge Tournament – Sunday 23 February 2014

The 2014 Saffron Walden Challenge Snooker Tournament, once again kindly sponsored by Bushwood Accountants will take place at the Cambridge Snooker & Pool Centre, Coldhams Road, Cambridge, CB13EW, on Sunday 23 February 2014.  The Club will be open from 10.30am to enable a prompt start at 11.00am.

The leagues invited to attend are Cambridge, Braintree, Chelmsford, Milton Keynes, South Beds, South East Essex (Vic Harris) and defending champions Norwich. 

The players representing the DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League are Adam Ingram (Captain), Russell Huxter and Darren Edmonston.

For any queries concerning this tournament, please contact the Tournament Secretary, Mr Adam Ingram on 07901-723360.

The rules of the tournament are below;


1. The tournament shall consist of eight teams playing on a ‘Round Robin’ basis throughout the day. Each team shall consist of three players, with each playing two frames against the same ranked player of each of the opposing teams. No reserve players allowed.

2. The winner will be decided on the total number of frames won, with each frame being worth one point. In the event of a two-way tie, the winner will be decided on count back between the teams concerned from the round robin stage. If the teams drew in that stage a single (sudden death) frame will be played, and the captains will decide the player to represent their league. In the event of more than two teams in the tie, the same process will take place.

3. The Saffron Walden Challenge Cup will be played for annually at a venue selected by the Committee of the SWDSL. Any proposals for rule changes will be considered by the Saffron Walden and District League Committee following the tournament and will be incorporated where deemed appropriate.

4. An entry fee of £45.00 per team will go towards trophies for the winners and runners-up, and is payable on acceptance of the invitation. There will also be prize money available. It will be appreciated if teams can also supply a referee to assist with the running of the tournament.

5 Teams should register half an hour before the tournament is scheduled to commence, i.e. by 10.30am.

6 Standard rules of dress will apply; (no collarless shirts, jeans, trainers, track suits or t-shirts). The dress code will be strictly enforced, and any player wearing such items will not be allowed to participate. This may result in your league only having two players on the day, a dress code inspection will take place before the first matches of the day by the Tournament Director, after complaints in previous tournaments.

7 Players must be registered for the league that they represent and have played in at least one league or tournament match during the season, this may include internal competitions for that league. Professional players will not be allowed to participate in the tournament, a professional is someone on the World Snooker Main Tour.

8 Captains shall write down the order of play for their teams on registration on the day and hand them to the Tournament Director who will enter them on the match sheet. Once established, the order of play shall remain the same for each round. Players should be ranked by the order of their ability, i.e. strongest player at number 1.