Parker proves up to scratch to pocket prize at Bay

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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.

Adam Parker

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