Parker proves up to scratch to pocket prize at Bay
THE final of Saturday’s one-day handicapped pro-am at Whitley Bay Snooker Centre saw Boldon Colliery’s scratch player Adam Parker take on Washington’s Phil Curry (off 28).
It was Parker who eventually pocketed the honours 3-0.
With no professionals in the 17player line-up, and only one minus player in Gateshead’s Brandon Hall (-14), the chances of there being any 100-plus breaks were few and far between.
In a first-round contest against local player Stevie Laws (off 49), Parker proved too good and came home a comfortable 3-1 winner.
Another 3-1 victory followed next time – though it could have been a lot closer had the more experienced Whitley player Tim Taylor (off 21) had a little more luck and a bit of a run of the balls.
Looking to book his place in the last two was -14 potter Brandon Hall.
Normally a very consistent player, Hall found it difficult to give the Boldon cueist a 14 points-a-frame start and could do nothing as Parker made him his third 3-1 victim.
In the other half of the draw, Curry’s three wins to reach the decider came at the expense of Ireland’s newly-crowned under-12s champion Sean Paul Crawley (3-1), Gateshead’s Brian Hall (3-1) and Sunderland’s Gerry McNally (3-2).
Despite conceding 28 points a frame, the confident Parker took the one-sided final and the £80 cheque.
North Shields’ Carl Sexton claimed the highest break award with a small run of 29.
However with a handicap of plus 49, the two scores were added together to give him a break of 78.
Forest Hall’s 13-year-old Michael Taylor (off 28) claimed the plate honours with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over John Wear. ■■PRIOR to tonight’s presentation of awards, the last title to be played for in this season’s North Shields League will be the final of the Tommy Towers Team Knockout Championship.
High Howdon B and Chirton SC break off at King St SC (7.30). ■■FOUR North East professionals travelled to Furth in Germany for the Paul Hunter Classic – but only Gary Wilson made any impression on the field.
The Wallsend potter began by beating six-time World Championship finalist Jimmy White 4-2 – a win which included a second-frame 107.
Wilson then saw off Liverpool’s Rod Lawler (4-0), Andy Symons (4-1) and Chris Wakelin (4-2) before losing in the last eight to Welshman Jamie Jones (4-2).
John Astley crashed 4-0 in round two to Dominic Dale.
Sam Craigie suffered a 3-0 whitewash against Welshman Matthew Stevens and Elliot Slessor lost 4-2 to Mark King.