Crowland cue master Rob Childs toasted a third scratch title on the trot at the Spalding and District Billiards League’s fantastic finals weekend.
Childs, who is now an eight-time winner of the league’s top billiards title, edged out Long Sutton’s Mick Cooper 283-280 in an absorbing final at Springfields Events Centre last Sunday night.
Having first won the coveted crown in 1998, Childs has picked up the title in five of the last seven seasons.
The league’s match secretary Susan Lefley said: “What a great effort by Mick Cooper against the brilliant Rob Childs, it was such a close match.”
The victory was an element of revenge for Childs (O190) and his Crowland B side, after Cooper (O40) and Long Sutton team mates Sean Swinburn (O20) and Adam Barwell (O10) beat them 600-476 in the Billiards Shield two days earlier.
Barwell gave league leaders Sutton the perfect start by seeing off Paul Holland (R70) 200-163, then Swinburn took the prized scalp of Childs – who pocketed a 69 break – 200-156.
That left Alan Sharman (R80) with an uphill task against Cooper – and Sutton’s star man duly saw the game out 200-157 to keep their bid for a double on-track.
The win continues Sutton’s meteoric rise on the billiards scene, in what is only their second season in the league – and makes up for their final defeat last year.
Sutton’s Swinburn also walked off with the Billiards Handicap gong, having seen off the mighty Mick Johnson (O160) 200-51.
It was always going to be an uphill task for the Consti ace, who gave his opponent a 140 start. But Swinburn put in an impressive show to seal the title.