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Competitions Update

The latter stages of the CDSA competitions are approaching, so we thought we’d take a look at who’s made it through in the four tournaments –

Cardiff Open Singles

The quarter-finals of the CDSA’s most prestigious competition have been decided, with some big names including defending champion Rhys Carpenter ready to battle it out –

Graeme Prance v James Wigmore

Kyle Patterson v Jason Hewitt

Sam Thomas v Twm Jones

Rhys Carpenter v Dan Bridle

Cardiff Open Pairs

The quarter-finals are looking very close to call with 2018 champions Allen & Hurley potentially on course to meet 2014 winners Rowlands & Thomas in the final, but the other six pairs will all fancy their chances of a spot in the final –

Ryan Rowlands/Sam Thomas v Terry Garland/Steffan Davies

Tom Cross/Kevin Brown v Shaun O’Connell/Ben Griffiths

Ronnie Allen/Alan Hurley v Dave Earls/John Hicks

Simon Takata/Syed Moshin Kazmi v Martyn Evans/Dave Standage

Cardiff Handicap Singles

The final of this competition is already decided after the rounds were played earlier to alleviate a build-up of fixtures for people later in the year, with both finalists winning their semi-final 3-0 –

Kevin Davies v Ben Griffiths

Cardiff Handicap Pairs

The semi-finalists are decided in this competition with the following facing off for a place in the final –

Jason Hewitt/Simon Parker v James Wigmore/Kieran Madden

Steve Wellbeloved/Clive Marsh v Ryan Rowlands/Sam Thomas

Mackintosh Blow Title Race Wide Open

Week 16 results –

Savoy 3 v 2 Canton Libs B

Canton Libs Z 3 v 2 Cathays Cons

Rumney British Legion 3 v 2 Cuesaders

Mackintosh 5 v 0 Fairwater Cons

Senghenydd 1 v 4 Trecenydd Snooker

Llandaff Warriors 0 v 5 Taff’s Well

Breaks

Nick Jones 48 (Taff’s Well)

Mike Kinman 43 (Cathays Cons)

Darren Gill 42 (Cathays Cons)

Andy Magill 35 (Rumney British Legion)

Mackintosh produced one of the results of the season this week with a 5-0 win over league leaders Fairwater Cons to blow the Premier League title race wide open.

It had looked as if Fairwater were pulling away, but this result means there is now only three points separating the top three sides in the league. The first frame was very tight with Jason Hewitt beating Twm Jones on the black, which was followed up with Alan Hurley’s win against Steffan Davies. Clive Marsh sealed the victory with a close win over Terry Garland, and Khurram Khan made it 4-0 after beating Steve Flanagan. Mackintosh captain Ronnie Allen completed the whitewash in style with a win against in-form Luke Pitman to take his side to the summit of the Premier League with only six matches remaining.

However, the result also meant that champions Savoy are now only two points behind Fairwater and three off the lead after they beat Canton Libs B 3-2, and with only one game left against a Premier League side they will fancy their chances of timing their run perfectly and retaining their title.

Taff’s Well took full advantage of that defeat for Canton after they won 5-0 at Llandaff Warriors, with Nick Jones recording the highest break of the week with a 48 to climb above James Wigmore’s side at the foot of the table.

Cathays Cons are

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Semi line-ups Decided

Malcolm Keenor Trophy Week 5 results –

Group A

Senghenydd 2 v 3 Trecenydd Snooker

Savoy 3 v 2 Canton Libs B

Cathays Cons 2 v 3 Canton Libs Z

Group B

Mackintosh 2 v 3 Llandaff Warriors

Rumney British Legion 3 v 2 Cuesaders

Fairwater Cons 2 v 3 Taff’s Well

Breaks

Rob Hayes 57 (Taff’s Well)

The semi-finalists for the Malcolm Keenor Trophy have been decided after a close night of matches which resulted in every game finishing 3-2. In Group A, Savoy completed a perfect set of results with their fifth victory to finish first after they beat Canton Libs B who missed out on a semi-final spot to Trecenydd Snooker after they won at Senghenydd.

Group B produced a sensational finish with four sides battling for a place in the last four right up until the final frame of the night. Taff’s Well knew only a victory would be enough at in-form Fairwater Cons and they achieved it on the pink in the decider after a win for captain Tom Cross, with the individual performance of the week coming earlier thanks to a 57 break for Rob Hayes in his win over Steffan Davies.

Llandaff can count themselves unlucky to only qualify for the Plate after they beat Mackintosh to register their fourth win of the group stages, but they fell one point short of the two sides above them.

The semi-final line-up is as follows, with all ties being two legs.

Malcolm Keenor Trophy

Trecenydd Snooker v Mackintosh

Taff’s Well v Savoy

Plate

Senghenydd v Fairwater Cons

Llandaff Warriors v Canton Libs B

Fairwater Storm Ahead

Week 15 results –

Canton Libs B 2 v 3 Senghenydd

Cathays Cons 0 v 5 Savoy

Cuesaders 3 v 2 Canton Libs Z

Fairwater Cons 5 v 0 Rumney British Legion

Taff’s Well 3 v 2 Mackintosh

Trecenydd Snooker 2 v 3 Llandaff Warriors

Breaks

Alan Hurley 60 (Mackintosh)

Paul Chichester 50 (Canton Libs Z)

Jason Hewitt 48 (Mackintosh)

Dylan Emery 43 (Trecenydd Snooker)

Sam Thomas 39 (Savoy)

Fairwater Cons struck a huge blow in the battle for the title this week after they defeated Rumney British Legion 5-0, whilst their rivals Mackintosh went down 3-2 at Taff’s Well.

Their lead at the top had been cut to a single point, but they increased that to five points with only seven league matches remaining after wins for Ben Griffiths, Terry Garland, Steffan Davies, Luke Pitman and Steve Flanagan.

Taff’s Well moved to within a point from safety in the Premier League after they beat Mackintosh 3-2 in a match that was largely decided in the third frame after they had shared the first two, with Brian Rees beating Khurram Khan on the black. The next two were also shared after wins for Kevin Brown and Alan Hurley, whose 60 break was the highest of the week.

Savoy reminded everyone that the title run-in is not just a two-horse race after a 5-0 win at Cathays Cons, with Sam Thomas maintaining his 100% individual record, although Jasper Richards’ side may feel the scoreline wasn’t a fair reflection of the match after losing a few very close frames.

The race for Division One has suddenly become much tighter after Cuesaders beat leaders Canton Libs Z to leave only seven points between first and fourth place. Senghenydd registered a 3-2 win at Canton Libs B with wins for Dan Bridle, Dai Sherman

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