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See you at the AGM

That’s it for the 2017-18 CDSA season, which has seen some exceptional performances and great matches throughout the year.

Many thanks to all players and captains for contributing to a competitive season, but ensuring that the game has always been played in the right spirit.

The standard has once again been very high with three centuries recorded and many 70+ breaks, and the season was capped off in fine style with some exciting finals.

We hope you have an enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you at our AGM and Presentation Night on Friday 29th June 7.30pm at Taff’s Well Ex-Serviceman’s Club, and want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your support for our league.

Roll of Honour 2017-18

Premier League Winners – Savoy
Premier League Runners-Up – Taff’s Well B
Division One Winners – Cathays Cons
Division One Runners-Up – Canton Libs Z
Player of the Year – Jason Hewitt (Mackintosh) 21/23

Malcolm Keenor Trophy Winners – Taff’s Well A
Malcolm Keenor Trophy Runners-Up – Canton Libs A
Handicap Plate – Mackies Lost Boys

Cardiff Open Singles Winner – John-Henry Griffiths (Senghenydd)
Cardiff Open Singles Runner-Up – Steffan Davies (Taff’s Well A)

Cardiff Open Pairs Winners – Ronnie Allen & Alan Hurley (Mackintosh)
Cardiff Open Pairs Runners-Up – John-Henry Griffiths & Mike Boucher (Senghenydd)

Cardiff Handicap Singles Winner – Kishan Hirani (Canton Libs A)
Cardiff Handicap Singles Runner-Up – Kieran Madden (Canton Libs B)

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Winners – Colin Lane & Mark Bennett (Savoy)
Cardiff Handicap Pairs Runners-Up – Ronnie Allen & Alan Hurley (Mackintosh)

Premier League Highest Break – Ryan Rowlands (Savoy – 119)
Competition Highest Break – Kishan Hirani (Canton Libs A – 92)

Highest Breaks List

It’s been another strong year of break-building in the CDSA, with the top 20 highest breaks of the year in both team and individual competitions as follows –

Ryan Rowlands 119
Kishan Hirani 114
Kishan Hirani 101
Kishan Hirani 92
Alan Hurley 87
Kishan Hirani 82
Kishan Hirani 78
Kishan Hirani 75
Jason Hewitt 73
Ryan Rowlands 71
Jason Hewitt 69
Jason Hewitt 68
Alan Hurley 68
Mark Bennett 67
Twm Sion Jones 66
Kishan Hirani 65
Kishan Hirani 65
Kishan Hirani 65
Kishan Hirani 65
Mike Boucher 64
Tom Davie 64
Kishan Hirani 64

Taff’s Well A win the Cup!

Congratulations to Taff’s Well A after they won the 2018 Malcolm Keenor Trophy with a comprehensive victory over Canton Libs A in the final.

The match took place at Fairwater Conservative Club and was the fourth time the sides were facing each other this season after Taff’s Well’s win in the group stage earlier in the year. However, Canton were without their star man Kishan Hirani after his exploits at the recent Q School event.

The draw saw Will Williams on first against Luke Pitman and the Taff’s Well player quickly built on his 15-point handicap to take control of the opener. He then took advantage of a fluke to make a 21 break and eventually win by 63 points to give Taff’s Well the early lead.

They extended their advantage in the next as Cardiff Open runner-up Steffan Davies continued his good form to comfortably beat Shaun O’Connell by 66 points and put his side in a very strong position after two frames.

Up next for Taff’s Well was Suraj Singh against Canton captain Steve Flanagan, who had some bad luck early on by twice going in-off to allow Singh to build a lead. The Taff’s Well youngster then showed some of the flair that has been evident all season to pull away and win by 107 points.

So the lead for Taff’s Well was now 236 points, which meant the two remaining frames had to see huge wins for the 2016 winners. The fourth frame was the closest of the night but went the way of Taff’s Well again with Kevin Jones defeating Lee Cornock by 23 points to give them an unassailable lead of 274 points going into the final frame.

The last frame of the evening was undoubtedly the most entertaining as both Steve Rees and

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Kishan Hirani Earns Two Year Pro Card

Kishan Hirani has earned a tour card for the 2018/19 season as well as the 2019/20 season by winning his quarter of Q School event 3. Kishan beat former pros Michael Judge, Simon Bedford and Jamie Curtis-Barrett as well as top amateur Brandon Sargeant to gain his pro card. Kishan showed great form in the first two events winning 7 matches and making numerous frame winning breaks including two centuries, 124 being his highest. Kishan’s first match as a professional snooker player will be in the first week of July as he tries to qualify for the Riga Masters. In February Kishan will become the first Cardiffian to play in the Welsh Open in the modern era, which will be held in Cardiff’s Motorpoint. Kishan joins a long list of Cardiff and District Snooker League players to have professional status. Congratulations to Kishan and all the best next year (I’m sure a few league players will fancy the job getting a 50 start!)