Morgan ends Allen’s Masters run

PHIL Morgan has ended Steve Allen’s remarkable run on the midweek Cuestars Masters (55+) Tour.

The 56-year-old won the fourth leg at Salisbury Snooker Club and regained the lead in the Masters rankings, which includes points earned on the Seniors (40+) Tour.

Allen had won all five events since the competition was launched just over a year ago.

And it looked like business as usual when the Totton Recreation Club stalwart beat his title rival in the first round-robin match.

But Morgan (Salisbury) finished second in the group, overcame Andrew Darken (Feltham) 2-1 in the last-four and edged Allen by the same score on the final.

Morgan, who pocketed £50 prize money, said: “I lost to Steve in the first of the round robins and no one was more surprised than me to be playing him six hours later in the final.”

Paul Burt (Salisbury) lost 2-0 to Allen in the semi-finals and drops to second place, four points adrift of the new leader. Allen is thirteen points further back in third.

The title will be decided at the eighth and final leg of the Seniors Tour at Cue T’s Social & Snooker Lounge, Marchwood, on Sunday, April 14.

BREAKS

Paul Burt: 30.

RESULTS

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP: 1st, Steve Allen (Totton Rec); 2nd, Phil Morgan (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Andrew Darken (Chertsey SSNR Club); 4th, Paul Burt (Salisbury SC); 5th, Stephen Hills (Traders, Northfleet); 6th, Graham Wallace (Salisbury SC); 7th, Ray Mears (Sovereign, Farnborough).

SEMI-FINALS: Allen 2-0 Burt, Morgan 2-1 Darken.

FINAL (£50/£20): Morgan 2-1 Allen.

Picture by John Hunter

Phil Morgan (left) and Steve Allen

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