Mustn`t forget Dave Jones winning the B masters as well.
The A masters saw Neil Higgins taking on Barry Holt in the final. Quite a twist in the tail of this one with Barry seemingly on course to win his first Worthing Masters, 5k up and with the bar imminent, played a very forceful cushion shot, cue ball whipped the 50 hole and went through the black peg, handing the match to Neil.
In the Off The Spot competition on sunday, we had hoped for 24 players, but some players were unable to make both days and therefore ended up with 16. The format was four groups of 4 with the winners and runners up going through.
1/4 finals saw Nigel Senior bt Chris Reeves, Mark James bt Tony Lewis, KT bt Bill Kerr & Stu Mepham bt Ian Lelliott (by 270).
semi finals KT v Stu Mepham - Stu never really got going in this one and found himself chasing 10k in his break game, only breaking off with a couple, the match was soon over.
Table 3 was definitely the toughest one out of the 4, but Mark made it look easy as he opened up with about 7k. That break was the biggest on there all day and was enough to see off Nigel, who also couldn`t get going in his break game.
The final was fought out by the winner & runner up of group 4. KT had already beaten Mark 2-0 in their group encounter and was quietly confident of doing another number on Mark, as they had played all their group games on the same table.
Mark won the toss and put KT in first. He looked to be running the clock out until breaking down on 11,900 giving Mark a squeak, and he duly obliged by finishing off with 4,300. Mark was playing extremely well, and apart from Jersey last weekend, this was his first "Full day" in a competition since his back trouble started. He opened up in the second leg with 10k and looked to have kt in all sorts of bother with only 4 minutes left, but a thick split shot which left the red ball slightly behind and to the right of the 50 pocket left Mark with a crucial decision. Roll up for a straight 30 and risk leaving kt up or split the offending ball in front of the peg.
Unfortunately for Mark he chose the split and nicked the peg on the way past, game over. :-[
It felt nice to win my first Worthing competition (hopefully the first of many) and look forward to defending it next year. ;)
Well done to Jean, Arthur & Dave for running a good competition and lets hope for some more entries next year :) ;)
Yes, once a King always a King but once a Knight and happy