Déjà vu at the Saffron Snooker Club Championships as Jenner-Bailey retains crown
PUBLISHED: 15:46 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:46 11 May 2016
Joe Jenner-Bailey retained his Saffron Snooker Club and REAL (Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund) title after a final-black victory over Henry Huxter at Saffron Snooker Club on Sunday.
In a repeat of last year’s final, Jenner-Bailey held his nerve to win 2-1 under the watchful eye of World Snooker professional Martin O’Donnell.
Two round-robin groups were hard-fought with two places available from each in order to qualify for the semi-finals.
Henry Huxter breezed through his group, winning all five of his matches.
George Huxter joined Henry in the last four after coming through on points scored ahead of Gabriel.
Group two was even more competitively fought with Kieran Ford, Ryan Bemister and Jenner-Bailey all finishing with three wins.
Joe won the group via points countback, with Ford in second.
Those who didn’t qualify entered the quick-fire six reds plate competition.
This did not disappoint with Arthur Rule, Gabriel and Sam and Ryan Bemister competing in the semi-finals.
After tense last-four clashes, the final was a battle of the Bemisters
with older brother Ryan just taking the victory.
Meanwhile in the semi-finals of the main championship, Henry Huxter defeated Ford 2-0 while Jenner-Bailey saw off George Huxter by the same scoreline.
In the final, Henry got off to a quick start and took the first frame with some good break-building and tight safety play.
In the second it was looking like Henry would go one step further than last year to lift the trophy, needing just one ball from the remaining colours.
However, Jenner-Bailey stepped up with a tremendous pressure clearance of 22 to level things up at 1-1.
The final frame was a nail-biting affair but both players produced some excellent play under pressure including a rallying 23 break from Henry to get him back in the frame.
Like last year, in a fitting way to end such a great tournament, it all came down to a black ball finish, with Jenner-Bailey eventually coming out on top.
There were a string of breaks in the teens and twenties, with the highest of the day, a 29 by Jenner-Bailey, earning him the highest break prize.
Academy coach, Russell Huxter, also handed out his traditional “Player of the Day” award.
This year it went to Arthur Rule, who never stopped smiling from start to finish on the day.
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