Teen Carty’s title hat-trick

Ash Carty pictured at North Notts Arena  (w130704-4e)
Ash Carty pictured at North Notts Arena (w130704-4e)

Ash Carty has joined a select club, by winning his third Worksop Snooker League Scratch title in as many years.

The Thurcroft teenager defeated Andy Camm to secure a famous hat-trick and join the short list of players who have won the title three or more times.

Craig Frost still leads the way with five titles, while Darren Presgrave and Guy Dennis also have three to their names.

Camm is no stranger to the final, having finished runner-up an incredible four times in the past six years.

In the opening frame it was a shaky start for both players.

However a bad safety from Camm let Carty in with a 31 break.

Camm tried to mount a comeback but it was to no avail as Carty took the opener.

The second frame saw a much better start by Camm with a 30 break to put him in front.

But an immediate response from Carty saw him construct a 46 break.

With very little in the frame going into the colours Camm took the green, rattled the brown and Carty stepped in to take brown to black to lead the final 2-0.

In the final frame Camm produced small breaks to go 32 in front, before lots of good safety from both players.

With four reds left Carty took a long red to the top pocket leaving him on the black, then added the last three reds with colours and the yellow to put himself three points in front.

Carty then played a good safety shot to snooker Camm, who hit the green but left it for Carty to clear up and the teenager took the scratch final by a scoreline of 3-0.

The youngster recently made it to the fourth round of qualifying for the Australian Open, losing 5-4 to Mike Dunn in Gloucester.

His goal is to get a professional tour card, and in recent years has come agonisingly close with fine performances in both the English and European Under 21 Championships.

Carty began his snooker education with coaches Darren Presgrave and Steve Mallender at the North Notts Snooker Academy and has ‘grown up’ in the Worksop Snooker League.

In the Worksop Snooker League Pairs final the experience of Shane Robinson and John Bell came through as they defeated Cliff Toplis and Chris Pasturel.

In very cagey opening frame, Robinson and Bell – who were giving 15 start – kept it very tight with some good hit and run snooker.

Pasturel and Toplis seemed to struggle with the big occasion and failed to produce any notable breaks in the opening frame, as Robinson and Bell went on to take the opener quite comfortably.

In the second frame it was a much closer contest but again Robinson and Bell whittled into the start, with Robinson doing the damage late on the see off the Bowling Club duo and take the League Pairs final 2-0.

It was great victory to end the 2014 season for the Breakers S duo, who were staring down the barrel of defeat in the semi-final match against Simon Broughton and Tony Shaw, before overcoming that scare to take the doubles title.