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President’s remain in charge on two fronts

President’s SC – Open Team Knockout Winners (left to Right): Gary Arkinson, Paddy Barrett and Adrian Ballantyne.

THE Coach Inn hosted a veritable feast of snooker on Sunday with the Open Team Knockout tournament, sponsored by Caldwell Motor Factors Ltd, held over the course of the day.

The final pitted President’s SC against Coach Inn A on a cumulative points format where every ball mattered.

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President’s Adrian Ballantyne played Richard Edis in the opening two frames with the former’s early 34 break easing him ahead. Edis fought back and small breaks, allied with solid safety, kept him in touch in the earlier stages of the frame. However, Ballantyne assumed control and he closed the frame with an 18 and the all-important higher valued colours to establish a 34 point lead on a 71-37 score-line.

The second frame mirrored the opener with a 31 break by Ballantyne wresting influence from Edis. Ballantyne combined this with solid matchplay and when Edis launched a fight back, an ‘in-off’ on the brown proved damaging as Ballantyne extended the President’s overall advantage to 77 points on a 74-31 score-line.

The Barrett brothers, Paddy and Ciaran, were next on stage. With a very healthy 77 point lead Paddy displayed all his experience in a dogged, safety dominated third frame to maintain the advantage, winning 52-43 to win by nine and move his President’s side 86 points ahead at the halfway juncture of the final.

An early 23 break by his older brother put paid to any notion of that comeback. Ciaran fought valiantly but did not muster a lead throughout the frame and a closing 18 by Paddy stretched the lead yet further to 129 points on an 89-46 score-line.

The experienced Timlin and Arkinson were the evening’s final pairing with the former having the proverbial mountain to climb to retrieve the almost unassailable arrears.

Despite early efforts, Timlin made no inroads into the lead, leaving the Coach Inn A men with little option but to concede when 144 points behind as the President’s reclaimed their Open Knockout crown they captured a year earlier.

FULL STORY IN TODAY’S ULSTER HERALD

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