SNOOKER: Green comes up to scratch for first title

First win: Jamie Hunns (right) beat Marcus Hamilton in the Snooker Handicap, while (below) Division Two leaders Holbeach A won the Norey Cup. Photos by TIM WILSON and NIKKI GRIFFIN.
First win: Jamie Hunns (right) beat Marcus Hamilton in the Snooker Handicap, while (below) Division Two leaders Holbeach A won the Norey Cup. Photos by TIM WILSON and NIKKI GRIFFIN.

JASON Green won his first-ever individual scratch title at the Spalding and District Snooker and Billiards League’s dazzling finals weekend.

The Pyramid ace got the better of Tulips’ Bren Bowman 4-2 in a tight tussle at Springfields Event Centre on Saturday night.

Cue ace Green made breaks of 37, 22 and 21 en route to the title, denying Bowman a fourth career title. It’s the third year on the spin in which a Bourne-based player has lifted the President’s Cup, with Jason Bates the victor on the past two occasions.

Bates did his bit to light up the weekend though, as his sensational 71 break helped Bourne Snooker Centre A defeat Long Sutton B 4-2 in the Norey Cup final on Sunday.

The Bourne star put on a real clinic to defeat Wayne Dent 2-0, while team-mate Jason Needham saw off Carl Parnell by the same score. Sutton’s Phil Goodman did defeat Frank Leigh, but it wasn’t enough to deny Bourne SC a second successive Norey win.

The victory helped ease the pain of Bourne’s defeat to Holbeach A in the Snooker KO Cup 24 hours earlier.

Division Two leaders Holbeach continued their stunning campaign with a super 4-1 success, wrapped up by Mick Ayres (O7) in the penultimate frame.

There were also wins from Mick Pearl (O14), Jim Merrison (O35) and Bobby White (O14), as Holbeach bagged the title for the first time since 1997.

The team dedicated the accolade to injured team-mate Mark Hubbard, who was key in helping them reach the final.

Elsewhere, Tanya Peel completed a hat-trick of Ladies’ Handicap titles with a 2-0 triumph over Long Sutton C’s Susan Lefley. The Tulips’ golden girl won in straight frames 73-51, 56-39 to lift the gong for the fourth time – and deny Lefley her third success.

Sticking with individual competition, Crowland’s Jamie Hunns (O7) got his hands on the Snooker Handicap crown. A fine opening frame (71-9) set him on his way to a 2-0 victory over Pyramid’s Marcus Hamilton (O35).

A Pyramid player did win the Senior Masters, though. That honour went to Eric Wyer (O7), who edged out Donington’s Jay Kyle 2-1 (33-64, 93-66, 62-49) in a cracking contest.

Another title went the way of the Bourne club in the Snooker Mixed Pairs, with David Moisey (O7) and Pet Moisey (R21) dispatching Services’ Craig Fitter (O56) and Lisa Fitter (R14) 147-107.

Playing two continuous frames, the Pyramid husband and wife got their name on the Sporting Record Cup for the first time.

There was a familiar name on the Snooker Pairs trophy, with Gosberton duo Andy Billings (R21) and Lee Watson (scr) retaining their title.

They defeated BSC pairing Oliver Turner (O7) and Tom Turner (scr) 105-71 on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Gosberton A got the weekend up and running with a 572-542 win over Holbeach A in the Billiards Shield on Friday night.

Lee Watson was the only player to win a frame for the winners, but solid showings from James Waterfall (179pts) and Andy Billings (193pts) helped them take the spoils.

However, all eyes were on the heavyweight showdown between Mick Johnson and Hugh Pinner in the Billiards Scratch. The talented duo have a combined total of 15 trophy wins between them, but it was veteran Pinner who shaded it 230-215.

It’s now an incredible 13 scratch successes for BSC’s Pinner, who made breaks of 49, 27 and 22. Consti’s Johnson replied with scores of 28 (twice) and 27.

Meanwhile, Pyramid’s James Sharpe (R60) got his hands on the Billiards Individual Handicap gong.

He delivered a fine performance to defeat Terry Everitt (R20) 200-144, despite seeing the Whittlesey player trouser a 21 break.