Whyatt wins in Daventry
Photo co Jane Mitchell
Recently crowned Macclesfield Open Individuals Champion Roy Whyatt travelled to the Ultimate Pool event in Daventry Court Mercure Hotel this weekend to compete against 128 other players in the over 50s Senior Mini Series.
After a disappointing start in the Seniors Main Event on Saturday, narrowly missing out on qualification by 2 points, he bounced back in the Plate Event to take the top prize of £600, beating Wayne Lanne 5-2 in the final. A fantastic achievement as Roy continues to enjoy the form of his life.
Roy wasn’t alone, travelling down 7 other players from the town, all putting their game to the test against some of the top amateurs in the country. Jane Mitchell made it through to the knockout stage in the Ladies Main Event, qualifying from a tough group having pushed eventual winner and 4-time world champion Emma Cunningham all the way to lose narrowly 4-3 in the group stage. Then to be drawn against pre-tournament favourite, and another 4-time world champion, Harriet Haynes in the last-32. Jane was closer again, and was unfortunate to be on the wrong side of a 4-3 result again.
Nicky Oakes also had her best run in an Ultimate Pool event, making it all the way to the last 16 in the Ladies Plate event.
Ivy Leaf A open up a 2 point lead at the top of the A League with a 5-2 win over the Nags Heads, despite an 8 ball clearance from Mac Stevens for the home side. Flower Pot B C/Rd. are close behind them after beating Weaver Z 4-3.
Early league leaders Pack Horse A have now lost their last 2 games and slip to 3rd, having been bettered by the Three Crowns 4-3 when they played them at home this week. Three Crowns are now tied with them on 44 points in the league.
Silktown Snooker continue their dominance in the B League this season with back-to-back 7-0 victories - this week over Shamrock A who remain bottom of the league. Silktown Snooker have now opened up an 11 point lead in the table and will be tough to catch as we approach the half-way point of the season.
The same result was repeated in the C league, with the leaders whitewashing bottom of the table, as the Brewers C beat Britannia 7-0. However, their lead may be short-lived as they have a 1 game advantage and won’t play next week, so the Bruce Arms A only need a win to be restored to the top of the table.
In the D League Pack Horse B have now moved venues and will play out the rest of the season from the Queens, with the table below reflecting the change in name.
8 BALL CLEARANCES
Jason Bex (Silk Trader B)
Rob Sheldon (Railway View A)
Mac Stevens (Nags Head A)
Photo courtesy of Jane Mitchell
Macclesfield A at SSSC after their 12-6 win over Congleton in the final game of the season. Left to right: Pete Eccles, Adam Stevens, Jane Mitchell, Shaun Sweetmore, Charlie Mitchell, Gordon Leonard, Dave Cobey, Carl Meehan, Roy Wyhatt, Maddy Wilkinson. Not pictured James Reed.
A 12-6 win over local rivals and eventual runners-up Congleton, sees Macclesfield A retain the Cheshire Interleague title.
Macclesfield’s Shaun Sweetmore won both his frames in the final game of the season to finish runner-up in the merits with 15 wins out of 16. But Simon Knowles of Congleton only needed 1 to secure the overall title which he was able to do.
Merits Top 5
Another dominant performance from Silktown Town A further extends their lead to 21 points at the top of the International Rules A league. They started strong, taking the first 5 frames of their away tie against Sunderland Street Sporting Club (SSSC) F. Jim Neal and David Jackson won the scotch pairs for the home side, but the leaders pushed on to round out an 8-3 victory, with Andrew McKie making his 3rd 8 ball clearance of the season for another bonus point.
The two Weaver teams are the nearest chasers, and it was Weaver C who came away with bragging rights in the derby, beating Weaver B 6-5, to bring them joint on points in the league. Weaver B captain Carl Meehan said after the match “Well played tonight, you edged the win, could have been 6-5 either way but that's pool, deserved win.” With Weaver C captain Paul Bradbury agreeing “Cheers, it was a close one. Could have gone to either team!”
It was all change at the top in 4 of the other 6 leagues. Nags Head A reclaiming the top spot in the International Rules B league with a 8-3 win over the Ivy Leaf C, as previous leaders Silktown Snooker C were overpowered 9-2 by George & Dragon D which now leaps them up to 2nd.
In the Macclesfield Rules league, Pack Horse A’s unbeaten run was finally ended as they travelled away to play Railway View A. Having been 2-1 up at one point, Railway View A took the final 4 frames for a 5-2 win. Meanwhile Ivy Leaf A beat Silk Trader B 6-1 to see them move to the top, 1 point clear of Flower Pot B who suffered a 4-3 defeat to Dolphin who win just their 2nd game of the season.
Silktown Snooker push on the B league with a 7-0 whitewash of Chester Road Tavern, while Bruce Arms A slip to 2nd in the C league with a bye this week, allowing rivals Brewers C to move to the top with a 4-3 away win against Silk Trader A. In the D league Weaver A thump Flower Pot B H/Rd. 5-2 to put them in 1st by 2 points.