Roll of Honour 2015-16

Premier League Winners – Taff’s Well B

Premier League Runners-Up – Canton Libs A & Savoy (Tied)

Mac Keenor Memorial Cup Winners – Canton Libs A

Mac Keenor Memorial Cup Runners-Up – Canton Libs Z

Handicap Plate – Senghenydd

Premier League Rankings – Tom Cross (Taff’s Well B)

Cardiff Open – Ryan Rowlands (Savoy)

Cardiff Handicap – John-Henry Griffiths (Senghenydd)

Cardiff Open Pairs – Kishan Hirani & Ed Topham (Canton Libs A)

Cardiff Handicap Pairs – John-Henry Griffiths & Mike Boucher (Senghenydd)

Premier League Highest Break – Kishan Hirani (Canton Libs A – 100)

Competitions Highest Break – Kishan Hirani (Canton Libs A – 141)



Hirani & Topham win Open Pairs

Canton Libs A’s Kishan Hirani and Ed Topham are the 2016 CDSA Open Pairs champions after an exciting 3-2 win over Huw and Rhys Carpenter of Taff’s Well B in the final.

The Canton pair looked to have put down a marker in the opening frame, with Topham making a fluent 67 when a century looked a possibility.

However, the Carpenters started well in the next and kept a 40 point lead throughout the frame to level things up at one frame each. They took the next in much more decisive fashion though as their relentless potting display ensured they won the frame handsomely, leaving them one frame from victory.

The one-sided frames continued in frame four as the Canton pair struck back, establishing an early lead that they maintained to win comfortably before reaching the colours.

So the last match of the season went to a deciding frame, with both sides missing balls early on. However, a series of misses when snookered gave Hirani and Topham the lead, which they extended to lead by a sizeable margin with only a few reds left. The Carpenters then got an opportunity to get back into the frame, but a missed black left Hirani in, and he finished with a Trump-esque exhibition clearance to seal the frame and an entertaining match by 3 frames to 2.

Griffiths wins the Handicap Singles

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.

Cardiff Open Pairs Final Postponed

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 win the Cup

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.