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Malcolm Keenor Trophy Semi-Final First Leg results –

Trecenydd Snooker 3 v 2 Mackintosh

Taff’s Well 3 v 2 Savoy

Plate Semi-Final results –

Senghenydd 2 v 3 Fairwater Cons

Llandaff Warriors 3 v 2 Canton Libs B

Breaks

Sam Thomas 67 (Savoy)

Dylan Emery 43 (Trecenydd Snooker)

Chris Garwood 43 (Trecenydd Snooker)

The semi-final first legs of the Malcolm Keenor Trophy and Plate were all very close affairs that ended up being decided by the odd frame 3-2.

Trecenydd Snooker and Taff’s Well hold the advantage in the Trophy after wins at home to Mackintosh and Savoy respectively.

Trecenydd started well with Dylan Emery (43 break) beating Khurram Khan, before Alan Hurley levelled things up at 1-1. Clive Marsh then put the visitors 2-1 ahead, but a win for Mike Pardoe against Simon Parker took the match to a decider, with Tony Williams producing an excellent performance to beat in-form Jason Hewitt to win the match 3-2.

In the other semi-final there was a repeat of last year’s final as Taff’s Well were up against Savoy, and the draw favoured the Barry side as Sam Thomas and Mark Bennett were drawn out first. Thomas quickly overcame Nick Jones in the opener thanks to a 67 break which featured some outstanding potting, and then Bennett made it 2-0 with victory over Kevin Brown. The third frame looked like being the pivotal one of the evening and so it proved as Rob Hayes produced a fine performance to beat Alfie Davies to keep his side in the match. Brian Rees then won the fourth against Geoff Sheppard after needing a snooker on the colours, and James Llewellyn won the fifth to seal the win, to give Taff’s Well a slim lead to take to Savoy next week.

In the Plate there were another couple of close matches with Fairwater Cons registering the only away win of the night with a 3-2 win at Senghenydd. Steve Flanagan got his side off to a solid start with a win over Dai Sherman, but Senghenydd made it 1-1 with a win for Mike Boucher over Twm Jones. Shaun O’Connell made it 2-1 with a very good win against Dan Bridle, and it was soon 3-1 after Steffan Davies overcame Liam Mortimer. Senghenydd knew they had to win the last to stand any chance in the return leg, and Carl Dimond duly obliged with arguably the win of the week against in-form Ben Griffiths to keep his side in it at 3-2.

In the other semi Llandaff Warriors gave themselves a lead to take to Canton Libs B next week after winning 3-2. James Wigmore got Canton off to a strong start after winning the opener, before Mike Watts beat Ed Topham to level things up. Rory Wigmore then re-established their advantage, but Jason Veal beat James Facey to take the match to a decider with Kin Linsey sealing the win for his side to leave it all to play for next week in the second leg.

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