Match 17 results –
Canton Libs Z 1 v 4 Savoy A
Taff’s Well B 5 v 0 South Wales Snooker
Senghenydd 4 v 1 Taff’s Well A
Rumney British Legion 1 v 4 Cathays Cons
Park Club 4 v 1 Canton Libs B
Mackintosh 2 v 3 Cuesaders
Savoy B 0 v 5 Canton Libs A
Luke Pitman 40 (Canton Libs A)
Ed Topham 40 (Canton Libs A)
Canton Libs A are the league leaders for the first time since Week 6 after the Mackintosh lost their second match in three weeks to slip to second place thanks to a 3-2 home defeat to Cuesaders. Canton took full advantage as they won 5-0 away to Savoy B to move one point ahead of their title rivals, with Kishan Hirani and Ed Topham maintaining their outstanding form at the top of the individual rankings. The Mackintosh are now level in second place with Taff’s Well B after they beat South Wales Snooker 5-0, meaning the top 3 teams are locked in a tense title battle with nine games remaining.
Savoy A and Senghenydd continue their battle for fourth place, although the Barry side must be rueing their no-show a few weeks ago against Canton Libs B, as they would surely be very close to the leaders without it after a 4-1 win away to Canton Libs Z. Senghenydd are still only 4 points behind after they matched that result at home to Taff’s Well A with Mike Boucher winning to keep his place in the rankings list.
Elsewhere there was a welcome win for Park Club who overcame Canton Libs B 4-1, and Cathays Cons kept up their impressive recent form with a commanding 4-1 win away to Rumney British Legion, whose winless streak continues.
The draw for the Malcolm Keenor Trophy Semi-Finals was confirmed this week as Canton Libs A had a walkover win against Park Club, meaning they now travel to Cuesaders, whilst the Mackintosh face Cathays Cons.
Cuesaders v Canton Libs A
Mackintosh v Cathays Cons
Match 16 results –
Mackintosh 3 v 2 Senghenydd
Cuesaders 5 v 0 South Wales Snooker
Canton Libs A 2 v 3 Taff’s Well B
Canton Libs B 2 v 3 Savoy B
Cathays Cons 5 v 0 Park Club
Savoy A 4 v 1 Rumney British Legion
Taff’s Well A 4 v 1 Canton Libs Z
Ryan Rowlands 76 (Savoy A)
Sam Thomas 49 (Savoy A)
Tom Davie 45 (Savoy A)
Taff’s Well B produced a thrilling comeback to defeat Canton Libs A 3-2 after being two down to close the gap at the top, and in doing so complete an impressive double over one of their title rivals. Canton had started well with comfortable wins for Kishan Hirani and Ed Topham, but a respotted black in the third frame started the comeback leaving Tom Cross to seal the win in the fifth frame.
However, the champions remain 4 points adrift of league leaders Mackintosh after they edged a tight affair 3-2 against in-form Senghenydd.
Savoy A beat Rumney British Legion 4-1 with a 76 break by Cardiff Open champion Ryan Rowlands being the highlight, whilst their neighbours Savoy B won a close match 3-2 away to Canton Libs B.
There were big wins for Cathays Cons who defeated Park Club 5-0 and Cuesaders who whitewashed South Wales Snooker, whilst Taff’s Well A continued their good recent form with a 4-1 victory against Canton Libs Z.
Malcolm Keenor Trophy Match 3 Results
Taff’s Well B lost to Cathays Cons +48 points
Cuesaders beat Rumney British Legion +40 points
Park Club w/o Taff’s Well A +735 points
Mackintosh beat Canton Libs A +80 points
Canton Libs Z lost to Canton Libs B +137 points
Savoy B lost to Senghenydd +1 point
South Wales Snooker w/o v Savoy A +735 points
The line-up for the semi-finals of the Malcolm Keenor Trophy is almost complete as Cuesaders won Group A after beating Rumney British Legion, and Cathays Cons clinched the runner-up spot after defeating Taff’s Well B.
Mackintosh have won Group B after a 80 point victory against Canton Libs A, who will now play Park Club in a rearranged game, with the winner advancing to the semis.
In the Plate, Canton Libs B and Senghenydd remain the dominant teams after wins against Canton Libs Z and Savoy B, the latter winning by a single point after a remarkable final frame performance by Senghenydd’s Dan Bridle.
Malcolm Keenor Trophy Semi-Final Draw –
Cuesaders v Park Club or Canton Libs A
Mackintosh v Cathays Cons
Match 15 results –
Park Club 1 v 4 Savoy A
Cuesaders 2 v 3 Senghenydd
Rumney British Legion 1 v 4 Taff’s Well A
Savoy B 0 v 5 Cathays Cons
Taff’s Well B 4 v 1 Canton Libs B
Canton Libs Z 3 v 2 Mackintosh
South Wales Snooker 0 v 5 Canton Libs A
James Wigmore 40 (Canton Libs B)
Canton Libs Z produced the performance of the week to win 3-2 and inflict only the second defeat of the season on Mackintosh, which allowed their title rivals to close the gap at the top of the table. Canton Libs A took maximum advantage and are now only a point behind the leaders after a 5-0 whitewash over South Wales Snooker, whilst Taff’s Well B also made gains after a 4-1 win at home to Canton Libs B.
Savoy A continued their good recent form with a 4-1 win at Park Club to consolidate fourth place, but Senghenydd continue to stay on their heels after a very good 3-2 victory at Cuesaders.
Taff’s Well A have moved up the table to 10th place after a 4-1 win at Rumney British Legion, who are struggling to find a victory after an impressive start to the season, whilst Cathays Cons are 9th after an excellent 5-0 win at Savoy B.