Lilly emerges victorious from massive field in Woking

DHARMINDER Singh Lilly pocketed £150 in prize money after emerging victorious from a massive 34-strong field in the seventh leg of the Cuestars Seniors (40+) Tour.

The Fareham-based former IBSF World Masters champion defeated Paul Ganley (Chessington) 2-1 in the final at Woking Snooker Centre.

Ganley – on his Seniors Tour debut – took the scrappy opening frame of the match, which was live streamed.

The reds went a little awkward in the next before a 45 break from Lilly proved decisive.

Lilly closed the match out with runs of 58 and 43 in the decider.

Mary Talbot-Deegan (Angmering, West Sussex), who is eighth on the World Women’s Snooker Tour one-year rankings, didn’t drop a frame before her 2-1 quarter-final defeat by Steve Allen (Southampton).

Allen reached the last-four for the first time since winning a leg in Swindon more than eight years ago.

The high-quality field for the Parris Cues-sponsored event returned 33 breaks of 40 or more. Mark Leonard (Ripley) produced the highest of 84.

Cuestars director John Hunter thanked Peter Ruddick and his fantastic team at Woking SC and told “Every time I visit this place, it gets better and better.”

Hunter takes a 13-point lead over Martin Wallace (Wokingham) into the eighth and final leg at Waterlooville Sports Bar on Sunday, June 5. Wallace was the only other player to take a frame off Lilly.

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Mark Leonard: 84, 64, 53, 53, 47, 43.
Paul Ganley: 62, 54, 51, 42.
Jaf Singh: 61, 48.
Matt Ford: 61, 42, 40.
Tony Edwards: 60.
Dharminder Singh Lilly: 58, 45, 44, 43, 41.
Alan Harvey: 55.
Paul Morrison: 51, 43.
Terry Burke: 48, 44.
John Monckton: 48.
Neil Jefferis: 48.
Steve Wheatland: 46, 45.
Steve Allen: 44.
David Moritz: 42.
Martyn McEnroy: 41.


GROUP A: 1st, Jaf Singh (Woking SC); 2nd, John Monckton (Top Q Club, Gloucester); 3rd, John Hunter (Salisbury SC); 4th, David Moritz (Eastcote Billiards Club).

GROUP B: 1st, Dharminder Singh Lilly (Fareham SC); 2nd, Alan Harvey (Chertsey Social Club); 3rd, Aaron Downey (Sovereign SC, Farnborough); 4th, Martin Wallace (Crucible, Newbury).

GROUP C: 1st, Steve Wheatland (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, Neil Carroll (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Martyn McEnroy (Woking SC); 4th, Alan Marty (Staines Cons).

GROUP D: 1st, Paul Ganley (Rhodrons Club); 2nd, Steve Allen (Totton Rec); 3rd, Darren Johnson (Petersfield Bowls & Snooker Club); 4th, Robert Toulouse (Sovereign SC, Farnborough).

GROUP E: 1st, Tony Edwards (Sovereign SC, Farnborough; 2nd, Gavin Bolsover (Woking SC); 3rd, David Brock (Exeter SC); 4th, Jean-Marc Bancilhon (Woking SC).

GROUP F: 1st, Mary Talbot-Deegan (Frames, Coulsdon); 2nd, Martin Chubb; 3rd, Steve Read (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Phil Vowels (West Byfleet Social Club).

GROUP G: 1st, Mark Leonard (Woking SC); 2nd, Neil Jefferis (Ightham Club); 3rd, Alex Greenham (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Finlay Palmer (Sidcup & Foots Cray United Services Club); 5th, Stephen Hills (Northfleet Traders Club, Gravesend).

GROUP H: 1st, Matt Ford (Sunninghill Comrades Club); 2nd, Paul Morrison (Staines Cons); 3rd, Terry Burke (Frames, Coulsdon); 4th, Alan Darken (Feltham Constitutional Club); 5th, Ketan Gohel (Hounslow Social Club).


LAST-16 (10 pts): Harvey 2-1 J Singh, Jefferis 2-1 Ford, Edwards 2-1 Chubb, Ganley 2-1 Carroll, Allen 2-0 Wheatland, Talbot-Deegan 2-0 Bolsover, Leonard 2-1 Morrison. Lilly 2-0 Monckton.

QUARTER-FINALS (12 pts, £15): Harvey 2-0 Jefferis, Ganley 2-1 Edwards, Allen 2-1 Talbot-Deegan, Lilly 2-0 Leonard.

SEMI-FINALS (15 pts, £30): Ganley 2-1 Harvey, Lilly 2-0 Allen.

FINAL (25/18 pts, £150/£70): Lilly 2-1 Ganley.

Picture: Dharminder Singh Lilly (left) and Paul Ganley

Additional reporting by Chris Wyatt.