Puri’s perfect Masters debut

ROCHESTER cueman Raj Puri didn’t drop a single frame on his debut on the Cuestars Masters Tour.

Nine days after clinching the Kent Veterans title, Puri pocketed £50 for winning the first leg of the over-55’s midweek circuit.

He rounded off ten unanswered frames with a 2-0 victory over Neil Carroll (Southampton) in the final at Salisbury Snooker Club.

In the last-four, Puri defeated Andrew Darken (Feltham) 2-0 while Carroll overcame his Chandlers Ford SC clubmate David Stewart (Odiham) by the same scoreline.

Puri, who is based at Hartley Country Club, has a 13-point lead over Carroll and Darken in the Masters rankings, which includes points earned by the players on the Cuestars Seniors (40+) Tour.

Chandlers Ford Snooker Club hosts the second leg of four on Tuesday, December 10.


Raj Puri: 46, 30.
Neil Carroll: 38, 32, 32.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Raj Puri (Hartley Country Club); 2nd, David Stewart (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Stephen Hills (Traders, Northfleet); 4th, Ray Mears (Sovereign, Farnborough).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Neil Carroll (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, Andrew Darken (Chertsey SSNR Club); 3rd, Phil Morgan (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Terry Harbord (Bournemouth & District Constitutional Club).

SEMI-FINALS: Carroll 2-0 Stewart, Puri 2-0 Darken.

FINAL (£50/£30): Puri 2-0 Carroll.

Picture by John Hunter

Raj Puri (left) and Neil Carroll

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