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Savoy defeat Taff’s Well B in title showdown

Match 18 results –

Senghenydd 3 v 2 Canton Libs Z
Mackies Lost Boys 1 v 4 Mackintosh
Park Club 1 v 4 Canton Libs B
Canton Libs A 5 v 0 Rumney British Legion
Cuesaders 3 v 2 Taff’s Well A
Taff’s Well B 1 v 4 Savoy
Cathays Cons v Bye

Breaks

Steffan Davies 52 (Taff’s Well A)
Spencer Symmons 50 (Mackintosh)
Jason Hewitt 48 (Mackintosh)
Ryan Rowlands 46 (Savoy)

Savoy have taken a huge step towards the Premier League title after a decisive 4-1 win at Taff’s Well B kept up their outstanding form this year. Wins for Mark Bennett, Alan Morgan, Tom Davie and Ryan Rowlands gave them their 15th consecutive win to move them clear at the top, and with a game in hand on those teams around them.

Senghenydd kept up the pressure on the top two with a 3-2 win over Canton Libs Z, whilst Cuesaders won again with a 3-2 victory over Taff’s Well A to move them into contention. It was the Llandaff’s side 7th win in a row, and with a game in hand on teams above them will fancy their chances of getting into the top two by the end of the season. Canton Libs A returned to form with a thumping 5-0 win at home to Rumney British Legion, whilst Mackintosh won their derby against Lost Boys 4-1.

Canton Libs B took full advantage of Cathays Cons’ bye week to win 4-1 at Park Club and give themselves a five point lead over their title rivals, as the season enters its crucial final quarter.

Title races too close to call

Match 17 results –

Canton Libs Z 0 v 5 Taff’s Well B
Mackintosh 4 v 1 Senghenydd
Canton Libs B 4 v 1 Mackies Lost Boys
Rumney British Legion 2 v 3 Park Club
Taff’s Well A 3 v 2 Canton Libs A
Savoy 4 v 1 Cathays Cons
Cuesaders v Bye

Breaks

Suraj Singh 54 (Taff’s Well A)

The lead at the top of Premier League once again changed hands this week after Taff’s Well B registered an excellent 5-0 win away to Canton Libs Z to move them above Savoy and Senghenydd with only 8 games to go. Senghenydd suffered a damaging 4-1 defeat at Mackintosh, whilst Savoy maintained their outstanding form with a 4-1 win over Cathays Cons. However, Savoy have a game in hand on their title rivals which could prove pivotal, but the destiny of the Premier League title could become clearer next week when the Barry side travel to Taff’s Well B for a massive encounter.

It’s even tighter in Division One after that defeat for Cathays Cons gave Canton Libs B the opportunity to close the gap on their rivals, which they did with a convincing 4-1 win over Mackies Lost Boys to pull level at the top. Park Club got their second win of the season with a 3-2 win at Rumney British Legion, whilst champions Canton Libs A’s poor run of form continued with a 3-2 defeat at in-form Taff’s Well A.

CDSA Tournaments Update

As the CDSA tournaments progress, we thought we’d update you on who’s through to the quarter-final stage –

Cardiff Open Singles

The big story of the competitions so far this season is the elimination of three-time winner and reigning champion Kishan Hirani by Taff’s Well A’s Steffan Davies. This has opened up the bottom half of the draw with none of the remaining players having previously featured in a Cardiff Open final, whilst two-time winner Ryan Rowlands still features in the top half.

Cardiff Handicap Singles

The Cardiff Handicap has some new names featuring in the latter stages with Canton Libs B’s Kieran Madden already through to the semi-finals, with Kishan Hirani and Ryan Rowlands looking to join him.

Cardiff Open Pairs

Kieran Madden features in the quarter-final line-up with James Wigmore after eliminating the strong pairing of Tom Cross and Kevin Brown from Taff’s Well B, whilst 2016 winners Kishan Hirani and Ed Topham will be looking to regain their title after joining them in the last eight.

Cardiff Handicap Pairs

Reigning champions Ryan Rowlands and Tom Davie were knocked out in the first round, so there will be plenty of pairings looking to take advantage including Hirani & Topham, Bennett & Lane and Brown & Cross who have all qualified for the quarter-finals.

Cuesaders Conquer Canton Libs A

Match 16 results –

Cathays Cons 1 v 4 Canton Libs Z
Taff’s Well B 3 v 2 Mackintosh
Senghenydd 3 v 2 Canton Libs B
Mackies Lost Boys 2 v 3 Rumney British Legion
Park Club 2 v 3 Taff’s Well A
Canton Libs A 2 v 3 Cuesaders
Savoy v Bye

Breaks

Alan Hurley 62 (Mackintosh)

Cuesaders produced the performance of the week with a 3-2 win at reigning champions Canton Libs A to maintain their outstanding recent form. The Llandaff side’s victory was their sixth in a row and their eighth in nine games to consolidate fourth place and close the gap on the leaders to only three points.

Senghenydd are back on top of the Premier League after a 3-2 win against Canton Libs B mean they move above Savoy who had a bye week, whilst Taff’s Well B won a close match 3-2 against Mackintosh to move within one point of top spot, with a 62 break by Alan Hurley being the individual highlight of the night.

In a week of close matches Taff’s Well A won 3-2 at Park Club, whilst Rumney British Legion won at Mackies Lost Boys by the same scoreline, but the one of the results of the season in Division One came at Cathays Cons as the leaders lost 4-1 at home to Canton Libs Z, who now move within three points of their title rivals with a game in hand.

Hirani century can’t stop Taff’s Well A!

Group Stage results of the Malcolm Keenor Trophy –

Group A

Savoy (0) v Canton Libs Z (20) WON +39
Mackintosh (0) WON +44 v Taff’s Well B (0)

Group B

Canton Libs A (0) v Taff’s Well A (15) WON +12
Canton Libs B (20) W/O +375 v Cathays Cons (15)

Plate

Park Club (25) WON +66 v Senghenydd (10)
Cuesaders (15) v Mackies Lost Boys (35) WON +7
Rumney British Legion v Bye

Breaks

Kishan Hirani 114 (Canton Libs A)
Suraj Singh 44 (Taff’s Well A)

The line-up for the semi-finals of the Malcolm Keenor Trophy have been decided after an eventful week in both groups.

Canton Libs Z are the winners of Group A after a win against Savoy to make it three out of three, whilst Mackintosh take the runners-up spot with a victory over Taff’s Well B.

Group B saw one of the matches of the season as Canton Libs A hosted Taff’s Well A, with both teams knowing they had made the semis with the advantage for winning the group up for grabs. The handicap was always going to make it a close match, but a brilliant 114 clearance by Kishan Hirani looked like it would be decisive, but Taff’s Well A fought back to clinch the final frame and take first place in the group.

There were two shocks in the Plate, as Park Club comfortably beat Senghenydd to record their first win of the group stage, and leave the defending champions with two defeats in as many matches.

However, the closest match of the night took place at Llandaff as Mackies Lost Boys won on a respotted black in the final frame against Cuesaders to go level on points with Rumney British Legion at the top of the table.

Malcolm Keenor Trophy

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