Arena young guns take glory

Notts Arena team, beat Dinnington A team
Notts Arena team, beat Dinnington A team

The young guns of Notts Arena B did themselves and the venue’s snooker academy proud, with a famous Team Knockout Cup final succeess.

With the Division One and Division Two fixtures taking a break for Easter, all eyes were on the Worksop Snooker League cup competitions.

Captain's Cup final - John Fisher, left and Ian Scott

Captain's Cup final - John Fisher, left and Ian Scott

Notts Arena B’s youngsters took on Dinnington A in the Team Knockout final at Welbeck.

On first was Oliver Turner against Daz Pyatt.

Pyatt started the better of the two with consistent small breaks to wipe out the handicap start.

But Arena player Turner wasn’t fazed by this and played fantastically well with breaks of 23 and 19, along with excellent safety to win the frame by 52 points.

On the table second was Arron Mallender of Notts Arena B, playing against Richard Turner.

It was nip and tuck at first but Turner gradually started to turn the screw and force d Mallendar junior into a few mistakes.

Turner’s performance was enough to see Dinnington win the frame 35 points.

Going into frame three Notts Arena B held a 17 point lead.

On third was captain and coach Steve Mallender against Neil Proctor.

Mallendar senior produced one of his best performances of the season by increasing the handicap start with some excellent potting, safety and luck along the way.

Nothing ran for Proctor who faced a mountain to climb, but never got going.

The Notts Arena B captain ran out an easy winner, giving the Arena boys 45 points start with the handicaps deducted going into the last frame of the final.

The honours of sealing the Knockout Cup fell to the hands of McCauley Croft against Alan Simpson.

Croft continued to produce the form he had been in all season to put even more pressure on Simpson right from the start.

Simpson had no answer to Croft who potted everything in sight leaving the Dinnington skipper no option but to shake hands with four reds on left on the table.

A fantastic cup glory for Notts Arena B, and the way they conducted themselves under pressure and to deliver the goods is a credit to the Notts Arena Academy.

It’s further proof that the Arena are producing the future players of the league, supported heavily by snooker coaches Darren Presgrave, Steve Mallendar, general manager of North Notts Arena Nigel Turner and his staff.

In the Captains Cup final, which was also held at Welbeck Club over Easter, John Fisher of Breakers X beat Ian Scott of Warsop 3-0.

The 30 points handicap deficit for Scott proved too much of a challenge to overcome.

In two scrappy frames Fisher comfortably maintained his start with Warsop’s Scott only getting as close as 12 points in the final frame with three balls left on the table.

However the final blue and the pink from Fisher sealed the match and Captains Cup glory for the Breakers X skipper.