Taff’s Well are the Division One Cup winners after winning an entertaining final 3-2 against Canton Libs Z. Paul Chichester gave Canton the early initiative beating Ron Davies thanks to a 31 break. Taff’s Well levelled things up in the second after Steve Rees beat Roger Lewis, but Canton regained the lead in the next, with Bill Bainton overcoming Richard O’Shea. However, a win for Alex Merchant over Simon Parker set up a great deciding frame between the division’s two best players Kevin Jones and Rob Richards, and it was Jones who won a very good frame to clinch another comeback for Taff’s Well and seal the title.
In a night of tension and close frames, Canton Libs A made up for the disappointment of their Premier Cup Final defeat by winning the Mac Keenor Handicap Cup 3-2 against Trecenydd Bandits. The youngsters took control of the match after Macauley Cole beat Terry Garland and Dylan Emery defeated Twm Jones to leave them one frame from victory. The third frame was very close, but Steve Flanagan held his nerve to pot a tricky pink to beat Dan Bridle and keep his team alive. Kishan Hirani then beat Liam Mortimer in a very good frame to set up a decider between Ed Topham and Ethan Chichester. A 30 break by Topham put him in control and was a snooker up on the green. However, a foul when Topham’s shirt touched the black gave Trec a lifeline, with Chichester taking the frame to the pink. However, a great double by Topham sealed to match and title for Canton, leaving Trecenydd to ponder what might have been.
This year’s individual rankings winner Sam Thomas of Savoy added another title to his collection with a convincing 4-1 over Senghenydd’s John-Henry Griffiths. However it didn’t start well for Thomas as Griffiths began the match well and comfortably won the opening frame. The next was a close affair until an excellent opening red led to a 62 by Thomas with a century looking likely. Both players missed chances in the next as the Savoy potting machine made it 2-1, which was quickly extended to 3-1 after a very good 55 break. The title looked like it was sealed in the next but an in-off on the green gave Griffiths a lifeline. However, it was missed to the middle leaving Thomas to clinch the 5th frame and the match.
The Handicap Pairs final has been won by Andy Magill and Adrian Jonas after they defeated Steve Flanagan and Shaun O’Connell 3-1 in a tense match at Taff’s Well. The Rumney British Legion pair won the opener comfortably, but the Canton Libs A duo dominated the next to level things up. The third frame was a slow and tense affair as both teams knew the importance of it for the outcome of the match. Flanagan and O’Connell were in control for the majority of the frame, but a great clearance by Jonas put them 2-1 ahead. The Rumney pair got in first in the next and took advantage of any chances that came their way to convincingly win the frame and seal the match 3-1.
Canton Libs Z sealed a place in the Division One Cup Final, after beating their local rivals Canton Libs B 3-1. Wins for Rob Richards, Bill Bainton and David Thain saw them through to the final, where they will face Taff’s Well, at Llandaff Institute on Thursday 23rd April.