ADAM Guyatt admitted he was “well happy” but weary after defeating former England captain Nathan Williams in the final of the Salisbury Snooker Club Championship.
The 25-year-old renowned pool player (pictured), who is now focusing more on snooker, fought back from 1-0 down to pocket £100 prize money in the Cavanfields Autocentre-sponsored event.
Although delighted with the 2-1 victory, Guyatt revealed he was suffering the effects of a first all-day snooker tournament since reaching the semi-finals of a Cuestars South of England Championship Tour leg at his home club nearly two years ago.
“I was well happy to win,” he said. “There were a few good players in there.
“But I was very tired and had a headache from concentrating all day.”
Guyatt conceded the first frame of the hour-long final to his practice partner with two reds left but squared the match with a 34 break from 19 points behind in the next.
With one point separating the pair in the decider, the left-hander won a length safety battle on the green and cleared to the pink.
“I had to sink a long green and then they were all there,” he said.</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><img width=”282″ height=”212″ src=”/userfiles/image/Nathan%20Williams%20&%20Adam%20Guyatt%20240116%20TD%20(640×483).jpg” alt=”” /></p><p style=”text-align: center;”>FINALISTS: Runner-up Nathan Williams (left) and champion Adam Guyatt</p><p>Guyatt, a cleaner at Salisbury Reds bus company, first joined the club, which opened in 1985, 15 years ago.
“I did a first break and dish (total clearance) on a pool table when I was ten,” he explained. “And my dad said ‘you should start playing snooker now’.”
Williams was crowned Pontin’s under-21 Star of the Future in 2004 and earned a place on the Challenge Tour, then the qualifying circuit for the professional ranks. He went on to captain England at under-19 level.
Eleven days prior to the club championship, the 29-year-old had returned from a three-year working holiday in Australia and New Zealand.
A total of 26 breaks of 30 or more were recorded by the 19-strong field, which was split into four round-robin groups with the top two in each qualifying for the knockout.</p><p style=”text-align: center;”><img width=”253″ height=”187″ src=”/userfiles/image/Salisbury%20SC%20TD%20(640×475).jpg” alt=”” /></p><p style=”text-align: center;”>VENUE: Salisbury Snooker Club</p><p>Richard Swaffield, who pocketed the £10 high-break prize for a 76 in his 2-1 group-stage defeat against Guyatt, went out 3-1 to Williams in the last-four after clawing back a 30-point deficit with two reds left in the fifth and deciding frame of an epic quarter-ball tussle against Neil Carroll.
In the second semi, Guyatt prevailed 3-1 against old friend John Hunter, one of the pre-tournament favourites who was been running Cuestars events for more than 25 years.
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Richard Swaffield: 76, 69, 53, 38, 37.
Adam Guyatt: 73, 58, 45, 42, 34.
Nathan Williams: 58, 38.
Neil Carroll: 49, 32.
Neil Herd: 47, 46, 39, 32.
Anthony Rice: 46, 33, 30.
John Hunter: 44.
Simon Peacock: 40.
Stuart Dreyer: 34.
Simon Petrou: 32.
Steve Ashton: 31.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP POSITIONS
GROUP A: 1st, John Hunter; 2nd, Nathan Williams; 3rd, Anthony Rice; 4th, Neil Herd; 5th, Stuart Dreyer.
GROUP B: 1st, David Rice; 2nd, Neil Carroll; 3rd, Ally Pollard; 4th, Keegan Reed; 5th, Tony Ward.
GROUP C: 1st, Richard Swaffield; 2nd, Adam Guyatt; 3rd, Lee Stagg; 4th, Simon Petrou; 5th, Kaine Petty.
GROUP D: 1st, Simon Peacock; 2nd, Steve Ashton; 3rd, Richard Arnold; 4th, Martin Hill.
QUARTER-FINALS: Hunter 3 Ashton 1, Guyatt 3 D Rice 0, Swaffield 3 Carroll 2, Williams 3 Peacock 1.
SEMI-FINALS (£20): Guyatt 3 Hunter 1, Williams 3 Swaffield 1.
FINAL (£100/£40): Guyatt 2 Williams 1.
Report and picture by Tim Dunkley