Martin turns on style in Pairs final

0
Have your say

The first semi-final of the Pairs Championship was played at Hasland WMC between Kevin Morrow and Ian Rose of Alfreton Snooker Club and Phil Marsden and Pat Murtagh of NEDSC, Clay Cross.

The match started with both pairs having respect for each other but it did not take long for the Alfreton pair to settle in to their stride and it was Ian who struck first with a break of 32 which clinched the frame 54-19.

The second frame was much closer with Pat knocking in a break of 30 but Kevin countered with a break of 36 and also took the last few colours to win the frame 51-36 to lead 2-0.

In what turned out to be the last frame Phil opened with a break of 24 but Ian then made a break of 39 and followed up by taking the colours to win the frame 77-24 and the match 3-0.

In the second semi-final played at the same venue between Martin Finnigan and Kevin Breeze of Eckington SC and Glen Shawcroft and Kennedy Wright of Alfreton SC they produced an excellent match with all four competitors playing well.

Martin opened with a break of 48 and Kennedy countered with a break of 40 and after some excellent safety play and potting the frame finished on a black ball game which Kevin knocked in to win the frame 71-65.

In the second frame Kevin had a break of 23 and Martin made a break of 43 to take the frame 75-37 to lead 2-0.

After a short break the Alfreton pair both got their act together and took the third frame 21-69 with Glen having breaks of 22 and 34, and followed up by taking the fourth frame 44-80 with Kennedy knocking in breaks of 28 and 40 to level the match at 2-2.

The final frame was a closely fought game with both pairs keeping the game very tight but it was Kevin who took the last four colours to win the frame 61-52 and the match 3-2.

The final which was played at Hasland WMC between Martin Finnigan and Kevin Breeze and Kevin Morrow and Ian Rose turned out to be a one-sided affair with Martin in excellent form as he opened up at his first visit making a break of 70 to take the frame 89-21. The second frame was much closer but Martin took the last few colours to win 72 -58 to lead 2-0.

Martin continued his fine form by compiling a break of 62 to win the frame 82-22 and the match 3-0.