Winner Adam joins professional ranks

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In the last competition of the season the first semi-final of the John Roundtree Premier Individual Trophy took place at Hasland WMC between Martin Finnigan and Joel Walker, both of Eckington SC.

Martin kicked off with a break of 42 but Joel then cleared the table with a break of 41 to win the frame 55-65.

In the second frame there was some excellent safety play but it was Martin who came out on top as he cleared the colours to win the frame 54-27 and level the match at one frame all.

The third frame was all Martin as he had breaks of 33 and 38 to take the frame 84-30 to lead 2-1.

The fourth frame was a close affair but Martin took the black to win the frame 65-57, and in the fifth frame he knocked in a break 60 to take the frame 69-49 and the match 4-1.

The following night the second semi was played at the same venue between Adam Duffy, of Eckington SC, and Alan Crownshaw, of Alfreton Snooker Club and Adam was once again in fine form.

Alan kicked off with a fine break of 30 but Adam countered with breaks of 30 and 32 to take the frame 66-44 and followed up with a break of 40 to take the frame 43-23 to lead 2-0. The next two frames were all Adam as he made breaks of 37, 33, 41, and 24 to take both frames 77-8 and 65-26 to win the match 4-0.

Two nights later the final was held at Hasland WMC between Martin Finnigan and Adam Duffy and the capacity crowd was not disappointed as both players were in form and it was Martin who started very well compiling breaks of 35 and 30 to take the first frame 73-38.

In the second frame Martin kicked off with a break of 21 but Adam settled down and with breaks of 31 and 24 took the frame 41-69 to level the match at one frame all.

The third frame was much closer and after Martin opened with a break of 48 Adam cleared the table with a break of 46 to win the frame 51-64 to lead 1-2.

In the next two frames Adam really got in to his stride and with breaks of 45, 34 and 30 took the frames 8-69 and 21-64 to win the title 1-4.

The Chesterfield & District Snooker League wish Adam Duffy all the very best in his chosen profession, as last week he qualified to be a professional snooker player by beating David Grey who is out of the Jimmy White stable 4-2 and he starts his professional career on June 20. All the very best Adam.

Would all club representatives please note that the AGM will be held at the Chesterfield MW on Monday, June 20, at 7pm.