Hunter claims record 12th South Wilts title

JOHN Hunter has wrapped up his ninth successive Cuestars South Wilts Snooker League title.

But the 52-year-old insists he has not played well this season.

“I’ve only played one good match and that was against Paul Burt,” he said.

“I seem to have benefited from players being of colour against me. Hopefully, next season will be a better year.”

It is the 12th time Hunter has topped the table since the competition at Salisbury Snooker Club was launched in 2005 in memory of former Durrington professional Graham Lee, who died suddenly the previous year at the age of 44.

He ended the season with a 4-1 victory over David Rice, who secured fourth place by beating Richard Arnold 4-1.

Anthony Rice finished runner-up for the second season running. Neil Herd was third.

Arnold can climb off the bottom of the table if he takes one frame off Herd in the only outstanding match.

Results: John Hunter 4-1 David Rice, David Rice 4-1 Richard Arnold.
Outstanding match: Richard Arnold v Neil Herd.

P W L F A Pts
John Hunter 8 8 0 34 6 42
Anthony Rice 8 7 1 28 12 35
Neil Herd 7 4 3 21 14 25
David Rice 8 4 4 18 22 22
Neil Carroll 8 3 5 19 21 22
Lee Stagg 8 4 4 17 23 21
Steve Ashton 8 1 7 14 26 15
Paul Burt 8 2 6 12 28 14
Richard Arnold 7 2 5 12 23 14

Highest break: John Hunter 76

Picture by Tim Dunkley

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)