Rhys Carpenter wins Cardiff Open Singles

Cardiff Open Singles Final

Ryan Rowlands 2 v 4 Rhys Carpenter

Ryan Rowlands 45

Rhys Carpenter is the 2018-19 Cardiff Open Singles champion after a 4-2 victory over Ryan Rowlands at Taff’s Well Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

Playing in his fifth final, Rowlands started assuredly and took an early lead in the first, but Carpenter hit back with solid potting and shot selection to take the frame to the colours. It eventually went to the black, with a misjudged safety from Carpenter giving Rowlands the opportunity to seal the frame and take a 1-0 lead.

Carpenter started strongly in the next and established an early lead, before a couple of good breaks from Rowlands again took the frame to the colours, but Carpenter maintained his advantage to leave Rowlands needing a snooker on the blue. A couple of attempts went very close before an outstanding safety checked perfectly off the top cushion to land behind the black, leaving Carpenter with a tough escape with pink and black in the open. He judged the two-cushion escape well and Rowlands was unable to land another before Carpenter sank the blue to level things up at 1-1.

It was a big moment in the match as Carpenter seemed to take confidence from drawing level and he dominated the next frame, with Rowlands unable to capitalise when presented with chances and the missed pots coupled with very solid matchplay from Carpenter put him 2-1 ahead. The momentum had now switched and Carpenter built on this in the next with very good long-range potting and tight safety play keeping Rowlands at bay to establish a healthy lead with a handful of reds left. He seized the opportunity on the last red to seal the frame and Rowlands’ concession came on the brown.

So first-time finalist Carpenter

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Allen & Hurley win Handicap Pairs

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Final

Dan Bridle & Alan Morgan 0 v 3 Ronnie Allen & Alan Hurley


Alan Hurley 74, 30, 59

Ronnie Allen and Alan Hurley are the Cardiff Handicap Pairs winners after defeating Dan Bridle and Alan Morgan 3-0 in the final.

The first frame was tight at the start with both pairs making small contributions before Hurley got in and made the most of the chance with an outstanding 74 clearance to take the opener.

Hurley got in first at the start of the second frame making a well-constructed 30 break, and some solid matchplay ensured that last year’s beaten finalists pulled away to comfortably win it and go 2-0 up.

Bridle and Morgan hadn’t had many opportunities in the first two frames, but started the third strongly and went 20 points ahead, but were unable to make a substantial break. It was left to Hurley again who made a superb 59 with some tremendous positional play to lead by 36 with two reds left. Bridle and Morgan were unable to come back though and it was left to Allen to finish things off and win the match 3-0.

Highest Breaks 2018-19

It’s been another strong year of break-building in the CDSA, with the top 10 highest breaks of the year in both team and individual competitions as follows –

Sam Thomas 125
Ryan Rowlands 104
Alan Hurley 103
Ryan Rowlands 83
Sam Thomas 81
Dylan Emery 76
Mark Bennett 75
Steffan Davies 75
Alan Hurley 74
Ryan Rowlands 74
Tom Cross 71
Sam Thomas 71

Cardiff Open Singles Stats

This week sees the final of the Cardiff Open between two-time winner Ryan Rowlands and Rhys Carpenter, so we thought we’d take a look back at the history of the league’s most prestigious tournament, with our records going back to the 1983-84 season.

That year saw Donal Foley lift the trophy by defeating Fred Davies in the final, with Tony Thomas and Clive Brown the defeated semi-finalists, with different winners in each of the 12 seasons that followed. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that we saw one player dominate the competition with Jason Hewitt winning it four times in five years between 1999 and 2003.

There was controversy in the 2005-06 season when the competition was renamed the Cardiff Invitational Open and non-CDSA members were allowed to compete, with the matches played on the same night at two different venues across the nation’s capital before the latter stages were held at Rileys City Road. A largely unknown Michael White made a name for himself that night as he reached the final at the age of just 14 before losing in an excellent match to another invitee Gavin Pantall.

Normal service was resumed the following year as the tournament was only open to CDSA members, with some legendary Cardiff Snooker names winning the title in the 12 years since. Neil Tomkins holds the record with four titles, whilst in more recent times Kishan Hirani and Ryan Rowlands shared the title between them for five seasons, with three wins for Hirani and two for Rowlands.

The highest break in the competition came in 2000 when 1992 champion Richard Humphries recorded a 142 total clearance, with Kishan Hirani almost matching that with a 141 in 2016.

Cardiff Handicap Pairs Stats

This week sees the final of the Cardiff Handicap Pairs between Dan Bridle & Alan Morgan and last year’s runners-up Ronnie Allen & Alan Hurley, so here at the CDSA we thought we’d take a look back at the history of a competition that started back in 1983 as the First Division Pairs with the first final seeing Keith May and Dave Peters defeating Steve Wellbeloved and Ian Bartley.

The competition continued as the Premier League Pairs from 1986 to 2007 with our records (not complete) showing Spencer Symmons as the most successful winner with five titles, including four between 2004-2007, with the last three being with John Moore.

Due to the reduction in the number of divisions in the league, the competition was renamed the Cardiff Handicap Pairs in 2008, with the first winners being Kevin Brown and James Llewellyn, with a different winning pair each year in the decade since. The highest break in the competition came in the 2011-12 season when Daryl Wilson recorded an outstanding 138 break, with Kishan Hirani registering a 122 in the same year. Hirani also scored the other century to be made in the competition in 2009 with a 101 break.

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