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.
Ryan Rowlands of Savoy Snooker has regained his Cardiff Open Singles title after defeating team-mate Sam Thomas 4-1 in the final.
Rowlands started well to win the opener, and then produced a superb pink to black to win the second frame. However, Thomas hit back and nervelessly cleared the colours to win the third, also on the black, to close the gap.
The crucial fourth frame was a very tight affair which went to the colours, but Rowlands eventually won it on the blue to need one frame for victory.
Thomas got in first in the next frame but a missed red left Rowlands in the balls, and he completed his victory in outstanding style with a 102 break to take a well-deserved win, and the title of 2016 Cardiff Open Singles champion.
The Senghenydd pair of John-Henry Griffiths and Mike Boucher are Handicap Pairs champions, after a 3-1 win over Taff’s Well A’s Kevin Jones and Alex Marchant this week at Canton Liberal Club. They had to come from behind though as Jones & Marchant comfortably won the opener, before the Senghenydd duo levelled things after winning a close second.
The third frame proved pivotal, as another close one was won by Boucher & Griffiths to put them ahead, and they sealed their victory in the fourth to claim the 2016 Handicap Pairs title.
Senghenydd won the first trophy of the season this week after they beat Park Cons 3-2 in a deciding frame in the Handicap Plate Final. There was not much to choose between the teams as the momentum changed after each frame, and the opening frame looked like it would be pivotal as Chris Richards made an excellent 25 clearance to beat John-Henry Griffiths to give Park the early lead. They looked like they would go two ahead, as Mike Boucher lost his tip halfway through the frame and had to swap cues, but Adrian Poynter couldn’t take advantage, to allow Senghenydd to draw level.
Park once again took the advantage after Bernard Hutchings produced the performance of night to beat Carl Dimond, leaving them one frame from victory. The crucial fourth frame went to the colours, but a tricky green was missed by James Facey to allow Dai Sherman the opportunity to take the match to a decider.
It was left to John Palkowski and Tony Thomas to battle it out, but a solid potting performance by John meant that Senghenydd took the final frame and the title of CDSA 2016 Handicap Plate Champions.
Please note that the final of the Handicap Pairs on Thursday 5th May has changed venue from Llandaff Institute to Canton Liberal Club.