Trecenydd Snooker win the Malcolm Keenor Trophy

Trecenydd Snooker are the Malcolm Keenor trophy winners after a 3-1 win over reigning champions Savoy at Taff’s Well Ex-Serviceman’s Club.

The random draw and handicapped system meant this match was always going to be close and so it proved at the beginning with a closely-fought frame between David Rideout and Jason Summerhayes with the latter sealing the win on the colours to give Savoy the early advantage.

Up next for Trecenydd was the European U21 champion and prospective professional Dylan Emery against Savoy’s Geoff Shepherd. Both players had early chances before a solid red by Emery started a masterclass of potting and positional play culminating in an outstanding 112 clearance to level the match at 1-1.

The next frame proved to the pivotal one of the evening with ex-professional Mark Bennett up against the 2019 Cardiff Handicap Singles champion Chris Garwood.

Garswood started the stronger building on his 21-point start to establish a commanding lead before Bennett began to respond. However, some solid potting and astute safety play from the Trecenydd player sealed a comfortable victory before the colours and with it a 2-1 lead for Michelle Emery’s side.

The fourth frame saw Tony Williams face Savoy’s Kyle Patterson and it was clear from the start that Williams was intent on finishing the match before Mike Pardoe and Colin Lane’s potential fifth frame, as he potted some excellent long shots to build a 50-point lead. Patterson’s attempts to stay in the frame were in vain as Williams won it very comfortably with a handful of reds left and with it the match 3-1 and the Malcolm Keenor Trophy for Trecenydd.

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