Hirani reaches last 64 of European Men’s Championship

The CDSL would like to congratulate Canton Libs A’s Kishan Hirani after he produced a series of fine displays in Cyprus this week to reach the last 64 of the 2017 European Men’s Championship.

Kishan won 3 of his 4 matches to finish 2nd in his group and secure a place in the knockout stages, before losing 4-1 to Jurian Heusdens of Belgium in the last 64 match.

The tournament has a number of ex-professionals and talented up-and-coming younger players, and Kishan showed the ability he has and just why he has dominated our league so far this year.

Canton Libs A extend their lead

Match 20 results –

Canton Libs A 5 v 0 Canton Libs Z
Canton Libs B 2 v 3 Senghenydd
Cathays Cons 2 v 3 Mackintosh
Savoy A 4 v 1 Taff’s Well A
South Wales Snooker 1 v 4 Rumney British Legion
Taff’s Well B 3 v 2 Park Club
Cuesaders 5 v 0 Savoy B

Breaks

Andrew Walkley 45 (Cuesaders)

Canton Libs A have taken a big step to regaining the Premier League title after a 5-0 derby win over Canton Libs Z moved them five points clear at the top of the table with only six games to go. This was due to their title rivals Taff’s Well B and Mackintosh only managing 3-2 victories over Park Club and Cathays Cons respectively.

Savoy A continued their excellent form with a 4-1 at home to Taff’s Well A, whilst Senghenydd secured a 3-2 away win at Canton Libs B. Cuesaders recorded a 5-0 whitewash over Savoy B, and Rumney British Legion have ended their winless streak with a 4-1 win at South Wales Snooker.

Malcolm Keenor Trophy Results

Malcolm Keenor Trophy – Semi-Finals Results

Cuesaders beat Canton Libs A +70 points
Mackintosh lost to Cathays Cons

Plate

Savoy B lost to Savoy A + 53 points
Canton Libs Z beat South Wales Snooker + 120 points
Senghenydd lost to Canton Libs B + 17 points

Breaks

Kishan Hirani 91 (Canton Libs A)

The final of the Malcolm Keenor Trophy will be between Cuesaders and the 2013 champions Cathays Cons after they both secured excellent victories against two of the favourites for the competition.

Cuesaders won by 70 points against the holders Canton Libs A after Kishan Hirani had opened the match with a 91 break only a day after his 124 in the league, whilst Cathays Cons were victorious away to the Mackintosh to set up a very evenly-matched final on May 11th.

Meanwhile in the Plate Canton Libs B are through to the final after a close victory against close rivals Senghenydd, who will now defend a 361 point lead against Savoy A to decide who will secure the other place in the final, after they won the Barry derby by 53 points. The other match of the night saw Canton Libs Z got their first win of the competition against South Wales Snooker by 120 points.

Hirani magic sends Canton Libs A top

Canton Libs A won their rearranged match against Park Club by 4 frames to 1 to go three points clear at the top of the table.

The highlight of the night and arguably the season so far was a superb 124 break by Kishan Hirani, missing the pink when on for a 137 clearance.

Taff’s Well B gain top spot

Match 19 results –

Rumney British Legion 0 v 5 Canton Libs A
Canton Libs Z 1 v 4 Canton Libs B
Senghenydd 4 v 1 Cathays Cons
Mackintosh 2 v 3 Savoy A
Taff’s Well A 4 v 1 Cuesaders
Park Club 4 v 1 South Wales Snooker
Savoy B 2 v 3 Taff’s Well B

Breaks

Kishan Hirani 64 (Canton Libs A)
Ed Topham 40 (Canton Libs A)

Taff’s Well B are top of the Premier League for the first time this season after a 3-2 victory away to Savoy B, following a 3-2 defeat for Mackintosh against Savoy A.

However, it could be short-lived as Canton Libs A play their postponed game this week, and go into it on a high after a 5-0 whitewash of Rumney British Legion.

Senghenydd once again performed well at home after beating Cathays Cons 4-1, whilst Canton Libs B regain 6th spot after a 4-1 derby win against Canton Libs Z.

Taff’s Well A move up to 9th place after an impressive 4-1 win over Cuesaders, and Park Club beat South Wales Snooker by the same scoreline.