Senghenydd won the first trophy of the season this week after they beat Park Cons 3-2 in a deciding frame in the Handicap Plate Final. There was not much to choose between the teams as the momentum changed after each frame, and the opening frame looked like it would be pivotal as Chris Richards made an excellent 25 clearance to beat John-Henry Griffiths to give Park the early lead. They looked like they would go two ahead, as Mike Boucher lost his tip halfway through the frame and had to swap cues, but Adrian Poynter couldn’t take advantage, to allow Senghenydd to draw level.
Park once again took the advantage after Bernard Hutchings produced the performance of night to beat Carl Dimond, leaving them one frame from victory. The crucial fourth frame went to the colours, but a tricky green was missed by James Facey to allow Dai Sherman the opportunity to take the match to a decider.
It was left to John Palkowski and Tony Thomas to battle it out, but a solid potting performance by John meant that Senghenydd took the final frame and the title of CDSA 2016 Handicap Plate Champions.
Please note that the final of the Handicap Pairs on Thursday 5th May has changed venue from Llandaff Institute to Canton Liberal Club.
It’s been another high-quality season of break-building in the CDSA, and with the finals still to be played, the top ten highest breaks of the year in both team and individual competitions are as follows –
Kishan Hirani 141
Kishan Hirani 123
Kishan Hirani 100
Ed Topham 98
Ryan Rowlands 96
Kishan Hirani 94
Sam Thomas 88
Mark Bennett 85
Twm Jones 82
Mark Bennett 81
Tom Cross of Taff’s Well B is the individual rankings winner, after finishing the season with a very impressive record of 21 wins from 22 matches. Steve Rees of Taff’s Well A is runner-up after recording 18/21 wins.
The highest break of the league season was 100 by Kishan Hirani of Canton Libs A, who also recorded superb breaks of 141 and 123 in the competitions.
Taff’s Well B are the 2015-16 CDSA Premier League champions after a 5-0 win against South Wales Snooker meant they were unable to be caught on the final day by challengers Canton Libs A and Savoy. The victory was their 18th of the season meaning the team led by captain Tom Cross retained their title, finishing on 101 points.
The runners-up spot is shared by Canton Libs A and Savoy after a dramatic finish saw Canton win 3-2 but lose the last two frames against Taff’s Well A, which allowed Savoy to close the gap after they whitewashed Park Cons 5-0. Both teams also won 18 matches and almost caught the leaders finishing six points behind, whilst Cuesaders comfortably finished in 4th place after a 3-2 win at Senghenydd.
The close battle for 5th place was decided at Cathays Cons as they were beaten 3-2 by Canton Libs Z, who enjoyed a fantastic second half of the season to rise up the table, whilst Canton Libs B beat Rumney British Legion 3-2.