We played in the Saffron Walden Challenge on Sunday (23rd Feb 2014) which was held at Cambridge Snooker Club. Same format as previous years, a three man Team, which this year was Stuart Turner, Ed Tuerena and Bruno Botelho representing the Braintree league.
There were supposed to be 8 Teams this year, but unfortunately, Milton Keynes had an accident on the way down to the match and had to pull out of the challenge.
Same format in terms of players ability as last year, so you had to put your best player first and that was the order you play in all through the day, so Bruno Botelho played first, Stuart Turner went second and Ed Tuerena went third, and you played each teams ranked players in the same order.
Below is a snapshot on we got on during the day (click image to view larger version). Unfortunately, we started off with a loss against Cambridge and then drew our next two games against New Recruits Vic Harris League and Saffron Walden. We lost to the eventual winners Norwich (who won last year) and drew with Chelmsford and South Bedfordshire, which means that we didn’t win even one match.
We finished in 4th, which looks like the same place that we finished in the previous two times that we entered…..so consistency is somewhat there!!!!!!
We were quite disappointed with the 4th place, and there was a gap of six points to the 2nd and 3rd place finishers being Saffron Walden and Vic Harris League. Ed played well, and managed to win 7 out of his 12 games that he played, which was great considering that it’s his first time playing in the challenge. Stuart, unfortunately had problems with his tip which materialised in his results, as he only won 1 out of his 12 games. We are sure if he didn’t have the tip issues, he would have won more than half of his games which would have put us near the top of the leader board. Bruno managed to win 8 out of his 12 games.
All breaks were recorded over 50, and there were quite a lot of them during the day, as it was a good standard of play. Adam Ingram from Saffron Walden had the highest break of the day of 124 and there was also a 104 from Toby Pugh from Chelmsford. It was a long day, as we got to the club at 10:30am, but didn’t leave the club till 6:00pm after the presentations.
Sorry we couldn’t give you some better news about our results, but the team would like to thank the Committee for entering us as a team into the Challenge Match.
The tournament hosts, DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League produced a Tournament Report which was published in the Saffron Walden Reporter Newspaper – please click here to view