Kishan Hirani Earns Two Year Pro Card

Kishan Hirani has earned a tour card for the 2018/19 season as well as the 2019/20 season by winning his quarter of Q School event 3. Kishan beat former pros Michael Judge, Simon Bedford and Jamie Curtis-Barrett as well as top amateur Brandon Sargeant to gain his pro card. Kishan showed great form in the first two events winning 7 matches and making numerous frame winning breaks including two centuries, 124 being his highest. Kishan’s first match as a professional snooker player will be in the first week of July as he tries to qualify for the Riga Masters. In February Kishan will become the first Cardiffian to play in the Welsh Open in the modern era, which will be held in Cardiff’s Motorpoint. Kishan joins a long list of Cardiff and District Snooker League players to have professional status. Congratulations to Kishan and all the best next year (I’m sure a few league players will fancy the job getting a 50 start!)

AGM and Presentation Night

The 2017-18 CDSA AGM and Presentation Night will be on Friday 29th June 7.30pm at Taff’s Well Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

Please show your support for our league by attending, and if you have any proposals to raise for discussion on the night text or email the League Secretary.

Allen & Hurley win Open Pairs

Congratulations to Ronnie Allen and Alan Hurley of Mackintosh after they won the 2018 Cardiff Open Pairs title with a 3-1 victory over Senghenydd’s Mike Boucher and John-Henry Griffiths.

The first frame is always crucial in a best of 5 match, and this proved no different with the Mackintosh pair building a 20 point lead that they built on to leave Boucher and Griffiths needing snookers on the colours, which they were unable to get to put Allen and Hurley one up.

The second frame started with a few reds potted without colours, but then came the pivotal moment of the match as Hurley went for a long red, which cannoned back up the table and into the green pocket leaving a path through the reds to the green over the corner. Hurley then took advantage of being in amongst the reds and produced a classy 68 break, which ended on the penultimate red with a failed double to establish a two frame lead.

The next frame was the best of the night, with Cardiff Open champion Griffiths taking advantage of an early fluke to establish a 30 point lead. However, Allen managed to get in next and make a lovely 35 break to give the Mackintosh duo the advantage, but Griffiths got another chance and sealed the frame with an excellent 42 break to make it 2-1.

Boucher and Griffiths were looking to build on this in the next frame, but Mackintosh got in first with a break by Allen that gave them a 20 point lead, which they didn’t relinquish and sealed victory with a clearance on the colours by Hurley to win 3-1.

Mackies Lost Boys Win Plate Final

Mackies Lost Boys beat Cuesaders in a thrilling match by just 8 points.

 

John Huggins 67 v 79 Graeme Prance

Mike Watts 51 v 107 Graham Jenkins

Ken Linsey 67 v 76 Mike Kinman

Skippy 104 v 37 Ryan Bowgen

Chris Johnson 73 v 55 Leon Giles

 

Final score: Mackies Lost Boys 362 v 354 Cuesaders

 

Graeme Prance won a close first frame against John Huggins; John managed to keep his 20 point advantage for most of the frame but Graeme was able to go ahead when it mattered, after failing to cannon the black off the cushion in potting the pink Graeme was faced with a difficult safety and instead chose to attempt a full length of the table double which he potted to win the frame by 12 points.

 

Mike Watts had a good start to frame two building on his 20 point start with a 14 break and some good safety. However, Graham Jenkins produced some great snooker from that point on to get back into the frame with a 16 break then followed that with a 35 break, which was the highest of the night, and a clearance of the colours looked to be a crucial 27 point. Graham won the frame by 56 points.

 

In the longest frame of the evening which included great safety play by both players, Ken built on his lead early in the frame but some key fouls and unlucky in-offs allowed Mike back into the frame. Mike began to up his game towards the end of the clearing the colours up to the pink, however a surprising miss on the pink meant the frame was still alive. Ken, after potting the pink, was faced with a difficult black down the cushion, which wobbled and finished

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Bennett & Lane win Handicap Pairs

Savoy’s Mark Bennett and Colin Lane are the 2018 Cardiff Handicap Pairs champions after defeating Mackintosh’s Ronnie Allen and Alan Hurley 3-1 at Taff’s Well Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

The Savoy pair won a scrappy opener on the pink, and then went two up after a classy 48 break by Bennett.

The next was another tight affair which went to the colours, with Hurley potting the pink with the rest to pull one back.

An early contribution from Bennett in the next gave Savoy the advantage, which they never relinquished and eventually wrapped up the win after the Mackintosh pair were unable to get the snookers needed on the colours.

Congratulations to Bennett and Lane who win their first title as a doubles pair, and Allen and Hurley will be looking to make amends when they contest the Cardiff Open Pairs next week.