Jake Stewart claims South Wilts title

JAKE Stewart has claimed his first Cuestars South Wilts Snooker League title.

Stewart dropped only nine frames in 11 straight victories.

He rounded off a triumphant season at Salisbury Snooker Club with breaks of 60, 50 and 45 in a 4-1 success over Lee Stagg.

Anthony Rice beat Antony Foxcroft 4-1 to secure the runner-up spot for the third year running.

Foxcroft reckons the match “wasn’t a classic” and added: “Anthony potted the balls when it mattered and deserved the win.”

Rice described it as “a scrappy encounter throughout”.

Liam Tinne clinched third place with two wins in two days.

He chalked up runs of 52 and 63 in a 4-1 victory over David Rice.

“The first two frames were a bit scrappy,” said Tinne. “Neither of us were playing very well. Then I managed to get something going in the third with the 52 and then the 63 in the fourth.”

And he followed that with breaks of 48, 46 and 42 in a 5-0 whitewash of bottom-of-the-table Eddie Mason.

“Eddie potted some really good balls and played some good safety,” said Tinne. “I was potting very well so he didn’t get many chances to score.”

Fourth-placed Steve Ashton (Salisbury) overcame Dave Rice 4-1 and managed to take the opening frame after his opponent had compiled a 37 break.

Lee Stagg finished fifth after a close and scrappy 3-2 win against Stuart Dreyer.

Results: David Rice 1-4 Liam Tinne, Jake Stewart 4-1 Lee Stagg, Paul Burt 4-1 Richard Arnold, Liam Tinne 5-0 Eddie Mason, Antony Foxcroft 1-4 Anthony Rice, Steve Ashton 4-1 David Rice, Richard Arnold 4-1 Callum McDonald, Stuart Dreyer 2-3 Lee Stagg.

Highest break: Anthony Rice 127

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)