BERKSHIRE break-builder Matt Ford wrote his name into the Cuestars records book after clinching the third leg of the Seniors (40+) Tour in Bournemouth.
The 44-year-old from Bracknell pocketed £100 prize money following a 2-0 victory over defending rankings champion John Hunter in the final at Greenbaize Snooker Club.
Earlier in the group stages, Ford posted his sixth Cuestars century of 102 against Graham Leech (Hungerford).
And he fired in four other breaks of 50 or more during the event sponsored by Martin Rabbets Snooker & Pool Services.
It means Ford has recorded 151 half-centuries in Cuestars tournaments, more than any other player since records began ten years ago.
He moved up to second place, eight points adrift of Hunter (Andover).
Raj Puri (Rochester), beaten 2-0 by Ford in the last-four, climbed to third – and he is the runaway leader of the Masters rankings, a separate listing for players aged 55 or over.
Hunter beat Wayne Muddiman (Southampton) 2-0 in the second semi.
St James Institute clubmates Carl Davies and Garry Coulson both made quarter-final exits in their first outings of the season.
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Matt Ford: 102, 59, 56, 52, 51, 42.
John Hunter: 70, 54, 50, 47, 43.
Wayne Muddiman: 53, 46, 45.
James Height: 53, 43.
Raj Puri: 42, 42.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP POSITIONS
GROUP A: 1st, John Hunter (Salisbury SC); 2nd, Paul Lawrence (Park Gate RBL); 3rd, Phil Morgan (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, James Trump (SWSA, Gloucester); 5th, Dan Hammond (Chandlers Ford SC); 6th, Neil Herd (Salisbury SC).
GROUP B: 1st, Carl Davies (St James Institute, Bournemouth); 2nd, Wayne Muddiman (Chandlers Ford Central); 3rd, Martin Wallace (Crucible, Newbury); 4th, James Height (SWSA, Gloucester); 5th, Stuart Chapman (Greenbaize SC, Bournemouth); 6th, Peter Ebbins (Greenbaize SC, Bournemouth).
GROUP C: 1st, Matt Ford (Sunninghill Comrades Club); 2nd, Garry Coulson (St James Institute, Bournemouth); 3rd, David Stewart (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Paul Bailey (Greenbaize SC, Bournemouth); 5th, Paul Burt (Salisbury SC); 6th, Graham Leech (Crucible, Newbury).
GROUP D: 1st, Anthony Cutler (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 2nd, Raj Puri (Hartley Country Club); 3rd, Chris Rigby (West Byfleet Social Club); 4th, Steve Ashton (Salisbury SC); 5th, Darren Martin (Hartley Country Club); 6th, Adrian Gee (147 SC, Swindon).
QUARTER-FINALS (12 pts, £10): Hunter 2-0 Coulson, Muddiman 2-1 Cutler, Puri 2-0 Davies, Ford 2-1 Lawrence.
SEMI-FINALS (15 pts, £25): Hunter 2-0 Muddiman, Ford 2-0 Puri.
FINAL (25/18 pts, £120/£50): Ford 2-0 Hunter.
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)