May 30, 2010

Nigel Bond Qualifies for Seniors Event

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:58 pm

Shaken but not Stirred. Bond won through and enjoyed Joe's finger buffet too

Former Crucible finalist 007 Licensed to Pot Nigel Bond has beaten Peter Lines 4-3 to win the World Seniors Championship qualifying event and earn a place in the final stages in November. Which is quite nice as I’ve backed him to win the whole thing.

He trailed 2-1 and 3-2 against Yorkshireman Lines, who made breaks of 70 and 71, but my main man Nigey Baby hit back to win the decider with a break of 57.

“The turning point came in the third frame when Peter had a chance to go 3-1 up, but missed the second-last red” Bondy said “we both missed one or two easy ones, but overall it was a close match and a good game”, the spectator and his dog agreed and left the glitz of Bradford’s Cue Gardens a happy man.

“I’ve really enjoyed the event, the hospitality has been first class and I’m now really looking forward to November and seeing some of the old faces”. A bit rude that but never mind.

But our Nige thinks Pontins is the height of sophistication so I wouldn’t class a few cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off and sausages on a stick in a Bradford Sauce served by tournament organiser and Lord Mayor of Bradford Joe Johnson as first class hospitality.

He must feel a bit miffed at having to qualify to play the likes of Dennis Taylor and Great Uncle eJoe who he’s miles better than anyway, but it’s Joe’s rules and if you don’t like them it’s tough luck.

“I’ve been playing well recently, I won the Pontin’s Open a couple of weeks ago and kept my practice going to be ready for this. Every season is a big one, but the one coming up is really important for me because I’ve dropped out of the top 32 and I want to get back in there. But I reckon that Snookerbacker chap made a good call backing me”

Ok he didn’t say the last bit, but well done Nige now go and beat the rest of them in November.

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