March 28, 2016

SB Classic Gloucester: Final Five Complete Grand Finals Field

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:01 pm

Another great weekend of snooker in Gloucester produced the final five names to make their way into the Grand Finals Day of this season’s Snookerbacker Classic which is to be played next Sunday 3rd April, back at the South West Snooker Academy to see who becomes the fifth Snookerbacker Classic Champion.

Saturday saw Jamie Clarke and Charlie Walters add their names into the prize money pot with Jamie, playing his first event of the season, qualifying with a victory in the final over Zack Richardson and Charlie coming through a decider in his final against the defending champion Brett Miller.

Jamie C with prize

Jamie Clarke is back for the fourth successive year

Brett had earlier in the day topped the highest break table with a stunning 140 total clearance, to the delight of Phil O’Kane, who sat in the players lounge having just lost a decider himself only to be told of Brett’s break. Phil then spent the next day and a half trying to find every excuse in the book to still be top of the break table and get Brett’s break written off, even claiming at one point that because it was made against a player from Russia that it shouldn’t count, alas to the deaf ears of the tournament director.

Jamie is now into his fourth consecutive Grand Finals having not got further than the semi-finals on three previous attempts but he was immediately installed as the new favourite for the title when news of his qualification filtered through, such is his increasing reputation in the game.

Charlie will be competing in his first Grand Finals Day and played very well all day, clearly at home in the conditions and coming after a week of practice at the Grove, with the top names in snooker, and I do mean the top names. So he’s definitely one that isn’t phased by much at all, a great attribute to have going into Sunday.

Charlie Walters is a Grand Finals Day Debutant

Charlie Walters is a Grand Finals Day Debutant

  Sunday saw a fairly quiet start to things and for one reason or another there were a few late withdrawals, whether this was because of the clocks going forward the previous evening or the late (and frankly careless) realisation by some that it fell on Easter Sunday I don’t know, but it made for a much more sedate start to proceedings which were later to see qualifications for Kishan Hirani and Jamie Bodle as well as Tom Barton who finished ahead of Alex Taubman and reigning champion, for the next week at least, Brett Miller at the top of the Order of Merit list.

After Kishan had dispensed with Phil O’Kane in an ill-tempered affair, littered with softly spoken insults aimed at each other mostly from Phil it has to be said, he steadied himself for a deciding frame win against Adam Bobat to take his place in Grand Finals for the second time. Kishan’s win also secured Tom Barton’s place at the top of the Order of Merit even though Tom was still involved in a semi-final battle with Mike Rogers, which he was to lose eventually in a decider.

Kishan makes his second trip to Grand Finals Day

Kishan makes his second trip to Grand Finals Day

Awaiting Mike was Jamie Bodle from Derby, a Grand Finalist last year who has bags of experience and is a handful for anyone. By this time it was getting late and the pace of the day was beginning to tell on them both. But Jamie held himself together and rode out a comfortable 4-0 winner.

Mike spent most of the day off the table with his head stuck in his university work and one look at what he was working on was enough to give me a headache (he’s doing Further Maths), he really is a right old brainbox is Mike and not really your average snooker player. Topics of conversation on the other side of the room included the World Cup of Crisps, why Jesus doesn’t look anything like referee Martyn Royce eating his soup, an exhaustive list of places Jamie Lashmar had fallen asleep, the adventures of Phil O’Kane Volume 14 and of course why Brett Miller’s break should be struck off. All topics were discussed whilst trying to solve clues from Simon Dent’s Bumper Book of American Crosswords to very little success.  

Jamie however, despite the advancing hours was again able to give the best winners picture of the season under the guidance of Diana Schuler, who seemed to be able to control Jamie’s every move with the words ‘do something’, which must be German for ‘say cheese’. Jamie marches on with a smile on his face.

'Do Something'

‘Do Something’ – followed by the standard response from Jamie.

 All the results from Saturday can be viewed here and Sunday can be viewed here. The Highest Break, Order of Merit List, won by Tom Barton and all qualifying results can be found on one handy page here

Tom Barton qualifies for his second Grand Finals, this time via the Order of Merit List.

Tom Barton qualifies for his second Grand Finals, this time via the Order of Merit List.

The draw for the Grand Finals is now available here. Outright betting is available here and match betting here.

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