Hunter back on top on Seniors Tour

JOHN Hunter has taken over top spot in the Cuestars Seniors (40+) Tour rankings after a second successive tournament win.

The 56-year-old from Andover survived a “wobbly start” to collect maximum points in the sixth leg at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.

Hunter defeated first-time finalist Robert Toulouse (Camberley) 2-0 to claim the £80 prize in the event sponsored by SnookerHub.

He said: “After a wobbly start, when I lost to John Monckton in the group stages, I played well. All the practice is paying off.”

The five-time champion overcame Neil Craycraft (Didcot) 2-1 in the last-four. Craycraft hadn’t dropped a single frame up to that point.

The win of the day belonged to Toulouse who beat debutant Mitch Wade (Chandlers Ford) in the semi-finals on a re-spotted black in the third-frame decider.

Wade, who recently turned 40, entered his last Cuestars tournament seven years ago.

Martin Wallace (Wokingham) dropped to second place after winning two of his three group-stage matches but missing out on qualifying for the knockout by one frame.

Woking Snooker Centre hosts the seventh leg of eight on Sunday, May 22.

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Neil Craycraft: 76, 58, 53, 53.
John Hunter: 57, 57, 50, 47, 40.
Dan Hammond: 47.
Steve Allen: 45.


GROUP A: 1st, Darren Johnson (Petersfield Bowls & Snooker Club); 2nd, Mitch Wade (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Martin Wallace (Crucible, Newbury); 4th, Stephen Hills (Northfleet Traders Club, Gravesend).

GROUP B: 1st, Neil Craycraft (Oracle SC, Abingdon); 2nd, Steve Allen (Totton Rec); 3rd, Kevin Collins (Jesters, Swindon); 4th, Graham Leech (Crucible, Newbury).

GROUP C: 1st, Robert Toulouse (Sovereign SC, Farnborough); 2nd, Dan Hammond (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Neil Carroll (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Paul Rose (Jesters, Swindon).

GROUP D: 1st, John Monckton (Top Q Club, Gloucester); 2nd, John Hunter (Salisbury SC); 3rd, Alex Greenham (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Peter Chin (Crucible, Newbury).


QUARTER-FINALS (12 pts): Craycraft 2-0 Hammond, Toulouse 2-0 Allen, Hunter 2-0 Johnson, Wade 2-0 Monckton.

SEMI-FINALS (15 pts, £20): Hunter 2-1 Craycraft, Toulouse 2-1 Wade.

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

Picture: Bob Toulouse (left) and John Hunter