Senghenydd win the Plate!

Senghenydd have retained the Handicap Plate after a close win against Canton Libs B at Taff’s Well Ex-Serviceman’s Club.

James Wigmore started well for Canton in the first frame against Mike Boucher to build up a big lead, but the Senghenydd man cleared the colours to pinch the frame by 8 points.

The Caerphilly side seized the initiative in the next frame after a strong performance by captain Carl Dimond (including a 38 break) to beat Tony Chick by 46 points to take a big lead after two frames.

The third frame was the highlight of the night with Canton needing to close a 54 point gap. Declan O’Callaghan immediately showed his class and looked like he was going to register a big win over John-Henry Griffiths, taking a 30 lead early on. The Cardiff Handicap Singles champion was under pressure, but responded with a well-laid snooker that gained him a succession of misses after O’Callaghan took a few attempts to find the angle needed. This appeared to be the turning point in the frame as Griffiths continued to close the gap on the colours with O’Callaghan winning by 9 points, although both sides knew it could have been a much bigger margin.

With 45 points separating the sides with two frames remaining Rory Wigmore continued the Cardiff team’s fightback with a dominant display against Liam Mortimer thanks to some excellent snookers and safety play, but the Senghenydd youngster kept in the frame and potted some good colours to keep the deficit to 28 points, although once again it could have been a bigger margin of victory.

So the final frame started with Dai Sherman defending a 12 point advantage over James Facey, but the Senghenydd man immediately made that a 30 point lead at the beginning of the frame.

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Cathays Cons win the cup!

Cathays Cons have won their second Malcolm Keenor Trophy in five years after winning a tense and exciting final against Cuesaders at Taff’s Well Ex-Serviceman’s Club.

The teams were both off +14 and were evenly matched throughout a tight contest that swung back and forth, and was only decided on the colours in the final frame.

Cathays started the final strongly with a 37 point victory for Darren Gill over Graham Jenkins courtesy of contributions of 21 and 30, but this advantage was cancelled out in the next frame by a dominant display from Graeme Prance against Dave Standage. The Cuesaders captain took early control with a 32 break and eventually won by 46 points to give the Llandaff side a 9 point advantage.

The third frame between Leon Giles and Mike Rathkey was a pivotal one in deciding the outcome of the match after Giles threatened at one point to run away with the frame. It looked like the Cuesaders cueman was about to seal a big victory after an impressive 31 but an in-off on the pink allowed Rathkey to pot the final two balls gaining 19 crucial points in the process, which restricted Giles to a 12 point win.

That gave Cuesaders a 21 point lead going into frame four which turned out to be the frame of the night between Mike Kinman and Kevin Davies. The Cathays potter started strongly and built up a clear lead, but Kinman hit back to take the frame into the colours neck and neck, where some outstanding pots by both players took the frame to the black with Davies smashing it in to claim a 3 point victory.

So it all rested on the final frame between Andrew Walkley and Cathays captain Dave Earls, who had to make up an

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Dates of Finals

The dates and venues for the team and individual finals are as follows –

Thursday 11th May (Taff’s Well)

Malcom Keenor Trophy Final (referee James Llewellyn)

Cuesaders v Cathays Cons

Thursday 18th May (Taff’s Well)

Handicap Plate Final (referee James Llewellyn)

Canton Libs B v Senghenydd

Thursday 18th May (Canton Libs)

Cardiff Open Pairs Final (referee Huw Carpenter)

Thursday 25th May (Taff’s Well)

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Final (referee James Llewellyn)

Thursday 25th May (Canton Libs)

Cardiff Handicap Singles Final (referee Twm Jones)

Thursday 1st June (Taff’s Well)

Cardiff Open Final (referee Huw Carpenter)

Highest Breaks List

It’s been a record-breaking year of break-building in the CDSA, and with the finals still to be played, the top 20 highest breaks of the year in both team and individual competitions are as follows –

Kishan Hirani 124

Alan Hurley 113

Kishan Hirani 110

Matthew Laver 98

Tom Davie 97

Kishan Hirani 97

Kishan Hirani 97

Mark Bennett 91

Kishan Hirani 91

Kishan Hirani 90

Kishan Hirani 88

Kishan Hirani 87

Alan Hurley 83

Spencer Symmons 83

Suraj Singh 77

Ryan Rowlands 76

Kishan Hirani 72

Tom Davie 71

Ryan Rowlands 70

Rhys Carpenter 67

Kishan Hirani wins the rankings

Kishan Hirani is the individual rankings winner, after finishing the season with an outstanding 100% record of 25 wins from 25 matches, the first time the rankings winner has been unbeaten all season. Ed Topham of Canton Libs A is runner-up after recording 21/24 wins.

The highest break of the league season was 124 by Kishan Hirani of Canton Libs A, with Alan Hurley of Mackintosh recording the other league century of the season with a 113.