TOTTON Recreation Club stalwart Steve Allen won the inaugural midweek Cuestars Masters tournament at Salisbury Snooker Club.
Allen (pictured) did not drop a single frame all day and pocketed £60 prize money after beating Phil Morgan (Salisbury) in a one-frame final.
There was an excellent turnout of 12 for the 55s-and-over competition which is now planned to become a regular event.
Allen recorded 2-0 victories in the round-robin group stages over David Stewart (Odiham) and the home club’s Paul Burt and Richard Arnold.
He then overcame Stephen Hills (Northfleet) 2-0 in the last-four.
Morgan, who was beaten by Hills in the group stages, turned the tables with a 2-1 victory when the pair met again in the semi-finals.
Cuestars said the feedback from the experiment was positive. One or two more events will be added to this year’s calendar and a full tour is proposed for next season. As in Salisbury, the tournaments will be held on Wednesdays with an 11am start time.
Paul Burt: 32.
Phil Morgan: 31.
Steve Ashton: 31.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP POSITIONS
GROUP A: 1st, Steve Ashton (Salisbury SC); 2nd, Herman Desmier (Bournemouth & District Constitutional Club); 3rd, Andrew Darken (Chertsey SSNR Club); 4th, Ray Mears (Sovereign, Farnborough).
GROUP B: 1st, Steve Allen (Totton Rec); 2nd, Paul Burt (Salisbury SC); 3rd, David Stewart (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Richard Arnold (Salisbury SC).
GROUP C: 1st, Stephen Hills (Traders, Northfleet); 2nd, Phil Morgan (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Trevor Hambly (Cue T’s, Marchwood); 4th, Graham Wallace (Salisbury SC).
KNOCKOUT RESULTS (PRIZE MONEY)
SEMI-FINALS (£15): Allen 2-0 Hills, Morgan 2-1 Ashton.
FINAL (£60/£30): Allen 1-0 Morgan.
Picture by John Hunter
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