Hunter one hand on fourth Masters title

JOHN Hunter has one hand on his fourth successive Cuestars Masters title.

The 57-year-old from Andover won the sixth leg of the Snooker Hub-sponsored midweek tour for players aged 55 and over at Greenbaize Snooker Club, Bournemouth.

Rankings leader Hunter beat second-placed Phil Butler (Bournemouth) 2-0 in the final. He secured his fourth victory of the season with a nervy 29 clearance that kicked off with a risky free-ball blue.

Losing semi-finalists Dennis Tristram (Croxley Green) and Mark Thomas (Chorleywood), who are both based at Shots Watford, were both denied a first appearance in a final.

Steve Russell (Harrow) achieved a personal best Cuestars break of 54 in the first frame of his quarter-final defeat by Tristram.

The large field of 21 players – two fewer than the record 23 in Woking in March last year – were lucky to be playing on fantastic tables as the club had recently recovered them all for the Dorset Open.

The event was sponsored by Tiverton-based Masters and Seniors player David Brock.

Woking Snooker Centre hosts the seventh leg of nine on Wednesday, March 13.

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John Hunter: 66, 57, 50, 44, 42, 42.
Steve Russell: 54.
Steve Allen: 53, 41.
Mark Thomas: 44.
Mark Burrell: 44.
Bob Toulouse: 40.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, John Hunter (Salisbury SC); 2nd, David Brock (Exeter SC); 3rd, Ray Grall (Hayes WMC); 4th, Malcolm Slark (Salisbury SC); 5th, Nick Miles (Romsey Comrades).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Phil Butler (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 2nd, Steve Russell (Eastcote Billiards Club); 3rd, Andy Darken (Feltham Constitutional Club); 4th, Steve Ashton (Salisbury SC); 5th, Mick Jeyes (Greenbaize, Bournemouth).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Mark Thomas (Shots, Watford); 2nd, Bob Toulouse (Sovereign SC, Farnborough); 3rd, Shaun Hayman (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Neil Carroll (Chandlers Ford SC); 5th, Gareth Owen (Greenbaize, Bournemouth).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP D: 1st, Dennis Tristram (Shots, Watford); 2nd, Mark Burrell (Jesters, Swindon); 3rd, Steve Allen (Totton Rec); 4th, Paul Burt (Salisbury SC); 5th, Stephen Hills (Northfleet Traders Club); unplaced, Mike Smith (Greenbaize, Bournemouth).

QUARTER-FINALS (£10, 10 pts): Hunter 2-1 Toulouse, Tristram 2-1 Russell, Butler 2-1 Burrell, Thomas 2-0 Brock.

SEMI-FINALS (£25, 15 pts): Hunter 2-0 Tristram, Butler 2-0 Thomas.

FINAL (£80/£40, 25/18 pts): Hunter 2-0 Butler.

Picture: John Hunter (left) and Phil Butler.