Hunter retains Salisbury Club Championship

JOHN Hunter has successfully defended his Club Championship title at Salisbury Snooker Club.

The 51-year-old defeated Anthony Rice 2-0 in the final of the annual event to claim the £100 top prize.

In the semi-finals, Rice, 20, beat Steve Ashton in a third-frame decider while Hunter overcame David Rice, who the club has not seen so much of lately, 2-0.

Andover cueman Hunter did not drop a single frame all day.

The club added £50 to the prize money and the finalists shared the £10 high-break prize for runs of 56.


John Hunter: 56, 51, 45, 43.
Anthony Rice: 56, 39.


GROUP A: 1st, Liam Tinne; 2nd, Jimmy Johnson; 3rd, Lee Stagg; 4th, Jimmy Johnson.

GROUP B: 1st, John Hunter; 2nd, Neil Herd; 3rd, Antony Foxcroft; 4th, Stuart Dreyer.

GROUP C: 1st, Steve Ashton; 2nd, Callum McDonald; 3rd, Dave Smith; 4th, Ally Pollard.

GROUP D: 1st, Anthony Rice; 2nd, David Rice; 3rd, Richard Arnold; 4th, Paul Burt.


QUARTER-FINALS: D Rice 2-1 Tinne, Hunter 2-0 McDonald, Ashton 2-0 Herd, A Rice 2-0 J Johnson.

SEMI-FINALS (£20): Hunter 2-0 D Rice, A Rice 2-1 Ashton.

FINAL (£100/£50): Hunter 2-0 A Rice.

Picture: John Hunter (left) and Anthony Rice

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