Snooker: Chapman holds his nerve to win DMC Leisure Saffron Walden & District Snooker League President’s Cup

07:13 31 January 2014

Tournament winner Simon Chapman and runner-up Emma Simmons.

Tournament winner Simon Chapman and runner-up Emma Simmons.

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The 24th annual President’s Cup was held on Sunday at Saffron Snooker Club.

The annual handicap event was well supported with a strong field of 37 league players in attendance, all hoping to win the first prize of £60 and be the 24th name engraved on the cup.

Matches were played as best-of-three frames contests. Steve Parradine took on Emma Simmons in the first semi-final giving a 52 headstart, while Jack Bothwell had a four-point headstart against Simon Chapman.

After a long battle, the two in-form players on the day, Chapman and Simmons both came through their semi’s with 2-0 wins to meet in the final.

With Chapman giving a 44-point headstart in the best-of-three final, it looked like after a long day on the green baize. The advantage of having the points on the scoreboard at the start of each frame could have been be enough to pull Simmons through to the winning post. But Chapman held his nerve and concentration to score heavily enough to battle through to win the cup 2-0 and collect the £60 first prize, with Simmons receiving the consolation £30 runners-up prize. Both of the losing semi finalists each received £15.

In reaching the final, Simmons become the first female league player to reach a tournament singles final in 16 years, and only the second in the league’s 52-year history.

Meanwhile, those players who got knocked out in their first playing round got a free entry in the plate tournament with one frame being played in each round, including the final.

The semi-finals lined up with Nigel Ginn (+12) taking on Phil Chapman (+12), and Joe Fanthorpe (+34) taking on Aaron Gibson (-4). League team-mates Fanthorpe and Ginn made it through to the final, and it was the former who continued a fantastic run of form on the day, to not only win but retain the tournament he won last year and collect the £20 first prize. Ginn received the £10 prize as plate runner-up.

Adam Ingram’s break of 78 secured him the £10 tournament high break prize.

A raffle was also held on the day, with boxes of luxury chocolates, a slow cooker, wine, beer, lager, bitters and ciders, as well as a selection of beauty products, Ronnie O’Sullivan’s latest book, and a wireless mouse, were all on offer.

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