The Cardiff Open reached a thrilling conclusion at Taff’s Well, ultimately seeing Ryan Rowlands crowned the new champion after the closest of finishes against Huw Carpenter.
Huw made a good start to the 7 frame clash, with a run of 25, and when Ryan responded with 24, the omens looked very promising for a very well balanced match. Huw edged the opening frame on the pink, looking the slightly better player, but then had to watch as Ryan’s scoring power showed. Three frames in quite quick succession went his way, with runs of 42 and 59.
Huw had the presence of mind to see that his area of strength was in the safety play, and from 1-3 down, he noted also that his potting was not as strong as he might have liked,so took a more careful approach. Tougher frames, with fewer heavy scores, followed, and at 3-3, Huw looked to have ridden out the storm, expecially when he built a good lead in the final frame. A snooker laid by Ryan behind a spotted pink, with 2 reds remaining, was called miss, but, in the good spirit in which the whole event was played, Ryan opted to go for the clearance. It went sweetly until he was slightly the wrong side of the brown. The blue was then dispatched, trickily, to a corner pocket, and the pink off its spot with the rest, leaving the white on the top cushion, behind the black, a slow roll to the middle the only real potting option. The clearance of 35 made the younger player the new Cardiff Open champion.
Thanks to Taff’s Well, who provided a venue and part of the audience, to Tom Cross for sharing the refereeing duties, and to all CDSA members who attended what was a
In a topsy-turvy final, Sam Thomas and Ryan Rowlands of the Savoy were crowned Cardiff Pairs champions last week with a 3-2 win over team-mates Lee Greening and Mark Bennett. After winning the first frame, Sam and Ryan found themselves 2-1 and facing defeat, but made a comeback of their own to win 3-2 with a couple of 30 and 40odd breaks. Sam and Ryan will now face Kevin Brown and Tom Cross in the Handicap Pairs final to attempt to complete a double tournament win.
Penarth Road B won their 4th Premier League title in 6 years last week with a tense play-off win over County Cons, who missed out on their first CDSL title by the narrowest of margins. The teams had to play-off as they had finished level on points, frames and head to head during the regular season.
Penarth Road took a first frame lead with a win by Ed Topham over James Llewellyn but County were one frame away from the title after an impressive win by Darran Jones over Kishan Hirani and a black ball win by Tom Cross over Twm Jones. However Steve Flanagan maintained his superb record this season by taking the 4th frame over Scott Miners and in the final frame of the entire season Terry Garland beat Kevin Brown to clinch the title.
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Congratulations to Mark Bennett and Kevin Jones who secured the player rankings titles for this season.
Mark won the Premier League crown for the second time with 12 wins from 13, a couple of wins ahead of nearest challengers Kevin Brown, Tom Cross and Jason Hewitt. Mentions for John Dobson with a 100% record from 8 matches, Spencer Symmons with 8 from 9 and Steve Flanagan with 9 wins from 11.
Kevin Jones won the Div One title with a very impressive 14 wins from 16, although just one win ahead of Dave Earls from champions Cuesaders.