John-Henry Griffiths is the 2016 Handicap Singles champion after winning an exciting final against Taff’s Well A’s Kevin Jones at Llandaff Institute. Jones started quickly and won the first thanks to a 39 break, but Griffiths hit back with a 40+ plus visit in the next to level things at one frame each.
However, Jones was dictating the pace of the match and won a close third frame, before extending his advantage with a dominant display in the next to take a 3-1 lead.
Needing only one more frame to clinch victory, Jones kept up his excellent potting to establish a 30 point lead, and was looking almost certain to win the title. Griffiths stayed in the frame though and took it to the colours, but left Jones a half chance on the pink to win the match. However, it rattled in the jaws leaving a very tricky pink which Griffiths stroked in, and followed with a good black to stay alive at 2-3.
That moment seemed to change the momentum of the match, as Griffiths took control in the next to win it comfortably and take the match to a decider.
It was a very quick match, and the decider was no different as Griffiths surged into a 50 point lead, but Jones potted some good balls under pressure to stay in the frame. He then had a good chance with 4 reds left, but a missed pink left Griffiths in on the last red and he cleared up for a thriller victory by 4 frames to 3.
The Cardiff Open Pairs Final has been postponed due to Kishan Hirani’s involvement in the Q School for the professional tour. The match will now take place at Taff’s Well on Wednesday 25th May at 7.30pm.
Canton Libs A have retained their 2016 CDSA Mac Keenor Handicap Cup title, after winning a close match 3-1 against their local rivals Canton Libs Z.
The Z side started well after Ralph Welch won a close opener against Ed Topham, but Luke Pitman restored parity with a comfortable victory over Bill Bainton.
Canton A then took the crucial third frame, as Twm Jones overcame Paul Chichester on the colours to put them one frame from the title.
The tightest frame of the night was next as Terry Garland took on David Thain, with both players feeling the tension as good chances were missed. The frame went to the colours and finally the black, and a Thain miss sent it flying round the table, just failing to fall into the middle pocket, leaving Garland an easy pot to seal the win.
Ryan Rowlands of Savoy Snooker has regained his Cardiff Open Singles title after defeating team-mate Sam Thomas 4-1 in the final.
Rowlands started well to win the opener, and then produced a superb pink to black to win the second frame. However, Thomas hit back and nervelessly cleared the colours to win the third, also on the black, to close the gap.
The crucial fourth frame was a very tight affair which went to the colours, but Rowlands eventually won it on the blue to need one frame for victory.
Thomas got in first in the next frame but a missed red left Rowlands in the balls, and he completed his victory in outstanding style with a 102 break to take a well-deserved win, and the title of 2016 Cardiff Open Singles champion.
The Senghenydd pair of John-Henry Griffiths and Mike Boucher are Handicap Pairs champions, after a 3-1 win over Taff’s Well A’s Kevin Jones and Alex Marchant this week at Canton Liberal Club. They had to come from behind though as Jones & Marchant comfortably won the opener, before the Senghenydd duo levelled things after winning a close second.
The third frame proved pivotal, as another close one was won by Boucher & Griffiths to put them ahead, and they sealed their victory in the fourth to claim the 2016 Handicap Pairs title.