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Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport Starts Here -

Hawkins won his first rank­ing ti­tle in three years when he sur­vived a late scare to take the Lad­brokes World Grand Prix ti­tle. The Dit­ton player led Ryan Day 9-3 at Pre­ston’s Guild Hall be­fore even­tu­ally tak­ing a 10-7 win to land his third ti­tle. “I’m so de­lighted to win another tour­na­ment,” said Hawkins. “I feel like I’ve been knock­ing on the door for a while.” Hawkins made five cen­tury breaks as he dom­i­nated the best-of-19 fi­nal but he held his nerve in the 17th frame to take the £100,000 top prize.

Bull re­signed as man­ager of Mar­gate end­ing a tur­bu­lent 14-month spell at Harts­down Park. The 35-year-old from goal­keeper had taken over in De­cem­ber 2015, fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Terry Brown, and left with the club bot­tom of Va­narama Na­tional South, af­ter a de­mor­al­is­ing run of 16 suc­ces­sive de­feats. He said of his de­ci­sion: “It is with a heavy heart that I have re­signed. Re­sults on the pitch have not been good enough but given the re­sources I have had to work with I am proud of the play­ers’ ef­forts and com­mit­ments over the past few months.”

Christ Church Univer­sity be­came the first stu­dents’ team to win the county six-a-side in­door cricket ti­tle – but they did not know for sure un­til two days later. Broad­stairs, the los­ing fi­nal­ists, had protested that CCCU’S match-win­ner, Ai­den Griggs, was an il­le­gal player – hav­ing pre­vi­ously played for CCCU’S sec­ond team – but, af­ter lengthy talks be­tween the ECB and KCB, CCCU’S tri­umph was con­firmed. A spokesman said: “We have looked at lots and lots of rules and from what we can see and, in the spirit of cricket, we have de­cided that Christ Church go through.”

head coach Matt Walker said he felt the squad were bet­ter for the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in the Re­gional Su­per50 com­pe­ti­tion in An­tigua. The Spit­fires lost five of their eight games dur­ing the FGS Plant tour but Walker (pic­tured) said: “It has been great. See­ing play­ers in ac­tion, play­ing com­pet­i­tively, giv­ing us an idea of where they are at and where they need to be. “I hope they’ve learned a lot and they’ll take some­thing back to Eng­land so if they do come across a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion, they might be able to deal with it bet­ter. Hope­fully, they be­come bet­ter play­ers for it.”

Snooker player Barry Hawkins

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