Dave’s 68 secures title for Eckington

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The first semi-final of the Team of Three took place at Hasland WMC between Alfreton Snooker Club and Clowne Liberal Club.

The match started with Ian Scrafield taking the first frame for Clowne 8-71 with the help of a 34 break against Gavin Warren.

Ian Rose then struck for Alfreton to level the match beating Barrie Dawson 51-16 and from then on it was all Alfreton as Kevin Morrow played some excellent snooker to beat James Arthur 79-23.

In what turned out to be the penultimate frame Gavin Warren turned the tables on Ian Scrafield beating him 61-34 making breaks of 25 and 20 and Ian Rose beat Barrie Dawson 71-8 to win the match for Alfreton by four frames to one.

The following night the second semi-final took place between Eckington SC and Riley SC and this ended in the same score of 4-1 to Eckington with Joel Walker having a individual handicap of 21 taking the first frame 60-45 clearing the table from the last red with a break of 33 against Jason Renshaw.

Martin Finnigan also giving 21 start proved to be too strong for Dave Grey as he went on to win 94-55 making breaks of 54 and 38 to give Eckington a 2-0 lead.

Kevin Breeze was just edged out of the third frame on the pink and black with Simon Wall pulling a frame back for Rileys 50-62.

The last two frames followed the first two with Joel knocking in a brilliant 66 break against Jason to win 84-47 and Martin having breaks of 47 and 25 to win the frame 87-41 against Dave to win the match for Eckington.

The final took place between Alfreton and Eckington and turned out to be an absolute cracker, with Dave Portman taking the first frame for Eckington 25-83 against Gavin Warren clearing the table with a fabulous break of 78.

Ian Rose played excellently against Martin Finnigan to edge the frame 62-50 and level the match one all.

The next two frames went Eckington’s way with Joel Walker taking the last few colours to beat Kevin Morrow 49-74 and was followed by Dave Portman beating Gavin 35-73 to give Eckington a 1-3 lead.

With just one frame required for victory it looked a forgone conclusion that Eckington would take one out of the next two frames to win but Ian and Kevin had other ideas as they both played exceptional snooker and went on to take the next two frames 75-51 and 64-28 against Martin and Joel respectively.

With the match level at three frames each, a player had to be drawn out from each side to play the deciding frame to find a winner, and as it turned out the two best players of the evening were drawn out to face each other being Ian Rose and Dave Portman.

The frame started with Ian compiling a lead of 35 points but then Dave potted an unbelievable red down the side cushion and went on to make a fabulous break of 68 to win the frame 35-84 to give Eckington the title.