Carpenter wins the Handicap Singles

Huw Carpenter sealed a hat-trick of Cardiff Handicap Singles with his third title in eight years after beating defending champion John-Henry Griffiths 4-1 at Canton Liberal Club.

He started well to win the first, which was followed by a 41 break to give him a 2-0 lead before Griffiths hit back to claim the third.

However, Carpenter won the crucial fourth frame before sealing the victory in the fifth to claim the title.

Rowlands and Davie win Handicap Pairs

Ryan Rowlands and Tom Davie from Savoy A are the 2016-17 Handicap Pairs winners after a 3-2 victory against James Facey and James Wigmore of Canton Libs B.

The Canton duo started strongly and took advantage of a 21 point handicap to comfortably win the opening frame, before the Savoy duo hit back in the second to level things up.

Both teams knew the importance of the third frame and all four players missed pots to take the frame to the colours, with missed chances on the pink finally allowing the Canton pair to clinch the frame.

It looked as if Facey and Wigmore were set for victory after they started frame four strongly to quickly gain a 30 point lead. However, Rowlands showed why he is defending his Cardiff Open title next week with a superb 59 break that was filled with excellent positional play, and was enough to take the match to a fifth frame.

The deciding frame was outstanding and must be one of the best to grace a Cardiff final lasting almost an hour, and filled with twists and turns that meant it went all the way. Both teams were edgy at the start and a stalemate ensued in the pack resulting in both teams agreeing to a re-rack. The frame was tight throughout with Savoy managing to stay in front. However, with 2 reds left the frame looked like another re-rack could be possible after a red and black became locked in the corner pocket. It was eventually resolved though and then triggered a series of snookers laid by Savoy and featured some outstanding escapes by the Canton pair, meaning the frame went to the colours with Rowlands and Davie leading by 24 points. However, Wigmore made the most of a half-chance to pot the

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Senghenydd win the Plate!

Senghenydd have retained the Handicap Plate after a close win against Canton Libs B at Taff’s Well Ex-Serviceman’s Club.

James Wigmore started well for Canton in the first frame against Mike Boucher to build up a big lead, but the Senghenydd man cleared the colours to pinch the frame by 8 points.

The Caerphilly side seized the initiative in the next frame after a strong performance by captain Carl Dimond (including a 38 break) to beat Tony Chick by 46 points to take a big lead after two frames.

The third frame was the highlight of the night with Canton needing to close a 54 point gap. Declan O’Callaghan immediately showed his class and looked like he was going to register a big win over John-Henry Griffiths, taking a 30 lead early on. The Cardiff Handicap Singles champion was under pressure, but responded with a well-laid snooker that gained him a succession of misses after O’Callaghan took a few attempts to find the angle needed. This appeared to be the turning point in the frame as Griffiths continued to close the gap on the colours with O’Callaghan winning by 9 points, although both sides knew it could have been a much bigger margin.

With 45 points separating the sides with two frames remaining Rory Wigmore continued the Cardiff team’s fightback with a dominant display against Liam Mortimer thanks to some excellent snookers and safety play, but the Senghenydd youngster kept in the frame and potted some good colours to keep the deficit to 28 points, although once again it could have been a bigger margin of victory.

So the final frame started with Dai Sherman defending a 12 point advantage over James Facey, but the Senghenydd man immediately made that a 30 point lead at the beginning of the frame.

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Cathays Cons win the cup!

Cathays Cons have won their second Malcolm Keenor Trophy in five years after winning a tense and exciting final against Cuesaders at Taff’s Well Ex-Serviceman’s Club.

The teams were both off +14 and were evenly matched throughout a tight contest that swung back and forth, and was only decided on the colours in the final frame.

Cathays started the final strongly with a 37 point victory for Darren Gill over Graham Jenkins courtesy of contributions of 21 and 30, but this advantage was cancelled out in the next frame by a dominant display from Graeme Prance against Dave Standage. The Cuesaders captain took early control with a 32 break and eventually won by 46 points to give the Llandaff side a 9 point advantage.

The third frame between Leon Giles and Mike Rathkey was a pivotal one in deciding the outcome of the match after Giles threatened at one point to run away with the frame. It looked like the Cuesaders cueman was about to seal a big victory after an impressive 31 but an in-off on the pink allowed Rathkey to pot the final two balls gaining 19 crucial points in the process, which restricted Giles to a 12 point win.

That gave Cuesaders a 21 point lead going into frame four which turned out to be the frame of the night between Mike Kinman and Kevin Davies. The Cathays potter started strongly and built up a clear lead, but Kinman hit back to take the frame into the colours neck and neck, where some outstanding pots by both players took the frame to the black with Davies smashing it in to claim a 3 point victory.

So it all rested on the final frame between Andrew Walkley and Cathays captain Dave Earls, who had to make up an

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Dates of Finals

The dates and venues for the team and individual finals are as follows –

Thursday 11th May (Taff’s Well)

Malcom Keenor Trophy Final (referee James Llewellyn)

Cuesaders v Cathays Cons

Thursday 18th May (Taff’s Well)

Handicap Plate Final (referee James Llewellyn)

Canton Libs B v Senghenydd

Thursday 18th May (Canton Libs)

Cardiff Open Pairs Final (referee Huw Carpenter)

Thursday 25th May (Taff’s Well)

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Final (referee James Llewellyn)

Thursday 25th May (Canton Libs)

Cardiff Handicap Singles Final (referee Twm Jones)

Thursday 1st June (Taff’s Well)

Cardiff Open Final (referee Huw Carpenter)