Well done to Nigel Senior on winning his 2nd A.E. singles title today in Reading. There was to be no dream final as he and Milko were drawn in the same group, in fact, they had to play each other in the very first match, which Nigel came out on top, setting Keith a target of over 15k. Keith broke down at 6k giving the points to Nigel, who went on to stay unbeaten in the group stages. Keith finished runner up in the group. The other group wasn`t decided until the last round of matches where unbeaten players Ernie Jordan(Bucks) & Dave Alder(Berks) met. Ernie set Dave a target of 9,500 in the first game. It took Dave 3 breaks to catch Ernie which happened when the bar dropped, Dave winning by 300 :o
I think the Final was a bridge too far for Dave, with running the competition as well and worrying that the Individual trophies weren`t available. He had to chase 17k and broke down very early on his break.
A great day, very well organised by Dave and his helpers and the tables seemed to play much better then two weeks ago, well done :)
Yes, once a King always a King but once a Knight and happy
Congratulations Nigel on winning the All England Singles for the 2nd time, you probably won this easier than anyone has before, as you won all your matches with ease.
May I add that your 15,000 break at the start of the day against me was a brilliant effort on a table that was good but you could still miss the split on.
Well done also to Bob Chapple from Guernsey who played very well to win two matches and also taking a game off Nigel....well played and I'm sure you can't wait to get back and tell Trevor Gallienne how to play our tables, as the three times World Champion really struggled when he came over two years ago. ;D ;)
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well done nige, a great performance from start to finish. Avery worthy winner.
Yes KT i think your right, it was probably a bridge too far. But no excuses from me, yes, there was the distraction of the trophies but when i stepped up to the table for my break game, my head was clear and focused on the task in hand, i just embarrassed myself by not performing.
I'd like to give a special mention to Ernie Jordan whom i thought played exceptionally well through out the day.
again, well done nige, i take my hat off to you (well i would if i had one)
Boss of the house today. I have my wife's permission
Thanks everyone for the congrats, I am thrilled to win the magnificent trophy for the second time and there are two big reasons for that....
Firstly only 4 other people have ever won the title twice (or more) before - Kevin Tunstall (7 times), Bernie McCluskey (4), John Burrows (3) and Paul Sainsbury (2). To me those 4 players are legends really so to join that group is really special.
The other reason is that I won it this time under the new rules. Last time I won I was rather fortunate when I made it through my group having only won two matches out of four. This time I won all my group matches to get my place in the final. I find it quite ironic that I wouldn't have made it through under the old rules - Keith Sheard would have won the group instead. It still amazes me that people are puzzled when I have to explain there are no points awarded for leg wins - but surely they can see that it would have been a huge injustice if Keith would have gone through at my expense after I had beaten him and won my other matches!
Also thanks Keith for your comments - beforehand I had convinced myself you were going to win it this year to join the group above as a two time winner as your name definitely belongs amongst those four - I think this tournament owes you one! I couldn't believe we drew each other first - its amazing how the draw goes sometimes.
I must also say thanks and well done to Dave Alder for all his hard work and then the way he played all day. I qualified for this tournament when I ran it 3 years ago and I didn't play half as well as he did on Sunday, a great effort Dave and you were very gracious in the final.
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