The Mid Sussex Challenge Shield held at the Mid Sussex Conservative Club saw a tight battle between the Snooker and Pool Leagues with the match decider going to the last frame of pool.
Snooker’s Neil Smith confidently beat Tim Wright 57-13 on the large table but to see his opponent retaliate with a 3-2 success at pool. The pairing of Mark Coles and Dean Cave was always going to be a cracker, Pool’s Cave rose to the occasion to win 70-42 and 3-2.
Mark Bright knew he was up for a tough encounter with Pool’s Jim Dennison, he earned both wins by outwitting Dennison 55-44 and 3-2. Snooker’s Martin Batchelor beat Vince Skinner at his own game winning 66-12, Skinner turned the tables with a 3-2 win on the smaller table. Snooker’s Neil Baker showed his prowess at both games with fine wins over Dominic Ridley 56-31 and 3-2.
With the first five pool games being extremely competitive and all finishing 3-2, time was running out and the decision was made for the sixth pool pairing to play the best of three and the final four to be of a single frame. With the Snooker Team now in a 6-4 lead, Josh Reeve knew he had to up his game and did not fail to secure the team equaliser when he outshone Kevin Ward 49-18 and 2-0.
John Whittingham was up against Paul Hitchen who is renowned for his talent at playing both snooker and pool, Hitchen produced wins of 72-29 and 1-0 to extend Pool’s lead to 8-6. The two evergreens, Ian Janman and Kevin Myles, were ready for a tough battle, Janman dug in to pull the match score back to 8-8 with 47-18 and 1-0 successes over his menacing rival. Pool’s Paul Friend was on top of his game when he defeated Ben May 87-36 and 1-0.
With Snooker’s Lee Cannizarro defeating Gary Goodman at his own game 68-31, the stage was set for a grande finale as the Pool Team led 10-9 with one frame of pool to go, it was Goodman who had the run of the ball to take full advantage to move on to win which gave the Pool League an 11-9 victory.
The match referees Dennis Wakeford and Willem Mol commented on the high standard of play and sporting spirited created throughout the evening.