The annual Queens Road Snooker Trophy match held at the Literary and Social Institute saw Mid Sussex gaining their finest win over East Grinstead since the competition commenced back in 2009.
The Middies took a 2-1 lead in the named doubles with Kevin Ward/Ian Janman defeating Kevin Jennings/Paul Saunders 50-13 and Mark Bright/ Chris Carter beating Richard Kinnard/James Bagley 54-42, Andy Carter/James Williams pulled a frame back for the host’s with a 54-35 win over Wayne Hamilton/Neil Smith.
The Grins retaliated strongly by taking all three drawn doubles, Les Waite/James Bagley securing a 50-16 win over Denis O’Rourke/Kevin Ward, Nigel Bailey/Bob Ashenden succeeded 49-39 against Neil Smith/Callum Tomsett and another close encounter saw John Whittingham/Jason Pelham losing 48-44 in a final black ball finish with Paul Saunders/Mick Tugwell.
With the Grins taking a 4-2 lead, the Middies came out battling in the ten singles matches. Firstly, Wayne Hamilton, who had vivid memories of a few seasons ago when he broke the pack of reds then to stand back to watch Richard Kinnard clear the table with a magnificent 108 break. Hamilton came to the green baize with fire in his belly and produced his own wizardry with the cue ball when he built a 27 break and scored heavily on his visits to the table, sweet revenge was gained with a 61-17 win. The jubilant Ian Janman followed suit building a 35 break then to move on with a comfortable 63-24 success over James Williams and it was Chris Carter who took the visitor’s into a 5-4 lead when he showed his true bottle to hold his nerve by potting a difficult final black ball in his 49-41 triumph over Kevin Jennings.
John Whittingham was up against the host’s mighty Andy Carter, Whittingham dug in but was unable to hold back Carter to lose out 73-41 and likewise, Denis O’Rourke showing his fighting spirit, was also unable to detain the evergreen Bob Ashenden by going down 62-43. This gave the Grins a 6-5 lead and it was the Middies combative Callum Tomsett who gained the equaliser with a final black ball thriller defeating Les Waite 51-40.
Kevin Ward showed his true metal when coming from behind against the host’s debutant Paul Saunders to force a respotted black, the decisive Ward sunk the black to win 61-54. In another final black ball battle, Jason Pelham showed he was a tough nut to crack when he dug in to oust Bob Ashenden 53-51.
Kevin Ward showed his true metal when coming from behind against the host’s debutant Paul Saunders to force a respotted black
The Grins went into the last two frames endeavouring to gain a draw, alas they found both Mark Bright and Neil Smith in tantalising form, the brilliance of Bright produced a fluent 32 break then moving on to outshine James Bagley 89-9, this followed with the creative Smith dominating his frame to beat Nigel Bailey 53-21.
The 10-6 scoreline was the best victory achieved by Mid Sussex and the match was well marshalled by referees Dennis Wakeford, Stuart Burrell and Matthew Dumbleton.