A masterful display from Neil Reynolds lit-up another hugely successful Spalding and District Snooker and Billiards League finals weekend.
The Donington potter produced one of the best individual performances in the league’s history to defeat Pyramid’s Jason Green 4-0 in the snooker scratch final at Springfields Events Centre.
Reynolds won 61-32, 60-11, 66-11, 69-17 in record time to lift his first-ever scratch title in record time.
The league’s match secretary Susan Lefley said: “Neil was on fantastic form, it was probably the best display of scratch snooker we have seen at the finals. I don’t think anyone in the league would have beaten him, he was amazing.”
It was a good weekend for the Donington club, with Jim Thompson (O7) landing the first snooker trophy up for grabs on Saturday lunchtime.
He beat Nigel Ward (R7) from Holbeach USC 2-0 (67-66, 60-39) to lift the Senior Masters crown for a second time.
Next up was an all-Long Sutton affair in the Mixed Pairs, as Claire Ball (R21) and Stuart Atkin (O42) took on Susan Lefley (R14) and Sean Swinburn (O49).
In what was a very close encounter, Swinburn held his nerve to pot the pink and blue at the death to clinch a 118-105 triumph for himself and playing partner Lefley.
There was a shock in the Snooker KO Cup final, as Division Three side Services D upset top flight leaders Pyramid B 3-2.
Lisa Fitter (R14), one of a record three ladies to feature in the final for the Spalding side, saw off Alfonso Palumbo (O42) 83-54 in the final frame to wrap-up the match for her side.
Mark Howlett (scr), Mike Small (R14), Karen Howlett (R21) and Tanya Peel (R7) were the other Services players.
Peel was on the losing end of another close final the following day, though, as Rachel Mayfield (R21) reaffirmed her status as the queen of the Springfields baize. The Long Sutton C ace made it back-to-back Ladies’ Snooker titles with a 2-1 (54-52, 72-74, 68-50) triumph over the Services potter in a game that couldn’t have been much tighter.
Next on the table was the Snooker Pairs, which saw Bourne Snooker Centre duo Mark Gray (O98) and Mike Byrne (R21) knock off Crowland’s Jim Howe (O7) and Paul Spicer (scr) 184-126. Ex-pro Gray shone with a 79 break and 35 clearance in the second frame.
There was another gong for Donington in the Snooker Handicap, as Nigel Brasier (scr) beat Mark Woodberry 2-0 (76-49, 81-57). The victory caps a fine individual season for Brasier, who currently has more frame wins than anyone.
Next came the Snooker Scratch Pairs, which is a new competition this year. It proved a one-sided final though, as Tulips duo Bren Bowman and Nic Savic dispatched Sutton’s Oliver Turner and Peter Holland 134-46.
As ever, the Norey Cup brought the curtain down on the weekend – and it was a fitting finale. Pyramid F took the spoils 4-2 against Donington C, with Spencer Dawkins, Green and Palumbo – who won a thrilling last frame against Ben Wrigglesworth – taking the trophy home.
• See Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press for all of the billiards winners.