Congratulations to Mark Bennett and Kevin Jones who secured the player rankings titles for this season.
Mark won the Premier League crown for the second time with 12 wins from 13, a couple of wins ahead of nearest challengers Kevin Brown, Tom Cross and Jason Hewitt. Mentions for John Dobson with a 100% record from 8 matches, Spencer Symmons with 8 from 9 and Steve Flanagan with 9 wins from 11.
Kevin Jones won the Div One title with a very impressive 14 wins from 16, although just one win ahead of Dave Earls from champions Cuesaders.
If you aren’t heading to Taffs Well for the Premier League play-off on Thursday then why not make your way to Llandaff Institute to watch the second inter-divisional handicap cup final. Wellington Riley’s face Rumney BL at 7.30pm. Again, good luck to all players.
The Premier League title wasn’t, as expected, settled last week as County Cons and Penarth rd B finished level on points and frames won after a tense night of snooker. It all means that they will have a one match play-off this week to settle the Premier League title race.
County entered the last set of matches one point behind but were boosted by facing a Mack Thursday team short of a player. Things went their way even further as Hewitt and Symmons won the first two frames against Penarth Road, in effect meaning that PR had to win 3-2 to have a chance of staying in the race. In the other match, a win by the in-form Huw Carpenter against County’s Darran Jones was to prove crucial – a whitewash for County would have proved enough at the end of the night.
Penarth rd drew it back to 2-2 then simultaneously Twm Jones beat Steve Wellbeloved to complete their comeback whilst Kevin Brown did enough to overcome Ryan Thomas in a long frame to secure County’s 4-1 win and match the Penarth Rd points tally.
The play-off takes place at Taffs Well at 7.30pm on Thursday night and I’m sure the players would welcome a good crowd – good luck all.
All the singles and doubles final places are now decided and particular congratulations go to Huw Carpenter who has reached both the Open and Handicap Singles finals and Ryan Rowlands who as well as facing Huw in the Open final has also reached both pairs finals with his partner Sam Thomas.
In the Handicap, Huw will face Graham Bailey who beat Kishan Hirani in the semi-finals. Thomas/Rowlands will face team-mates Mark Bennett and Lee Greening in the Open Pairs final and Kevin Brown and Tom Cross in the Handicap Pairs.
Full details of the final venues and dates will appear here as soon as possible.
It has been a dramatic last few weeks in the CDSA with Interdivisional Cup semi-final winners being decided on final frame shoot-outs and Division One Champions are crowned with one game-week to spare. The tension is set to continue as the Premier Division title will be determined on the final week of matches.
County Cons, heading into February unbeaten in the league, slipped up for the first time in their title challenge with a loss away to Penarth Road B in Week 12. This would turn out to be the start of Penarth Road B’s fight for top spot as they continued their league winning streak stretching back from Week 7 to present while the leaders County Cons would fall to two further defeats in a row. These results meant the points gap between the two sides would be reduced from nine points at the start of 2014 to nothing at all after Week 16 as both teams had identical records. This week’s penultimate round of matches could determine who has the advantage going into the final week. County Cons could only manage a 3 – 2 win against Mackintosh Sports while Penarth Road B go top by one point with a 4 – 1 win over Trecenydd A. Both teams would be at the Mackintosh Sports Club come Thursday 10th April as they both play away against the Mackintosh teams so one can expect a thrilling atmosphere and undoubtedly plenty of banter before, during and after the matches.
Division One however has been a more straight forward affair as the league’s newcomers Cuesaders of the Llandaff Institute were crowned Champions with one game to spare. With a win/loss record of 13-2 in matches and 54-21 in frames, Mike Kinman’s team led from start to finish. Current runners up are