Ferguson sees off Laxton to win final

Pascal Richard

Pascal Richard

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Pedro Ferguson saw off the challenge of young gun Samuel Laxton to win the Portsmouth Snooker League under-30s title.

Laxton started off well, utilising the 65 start given to him by the handicapping as he won the opener.

Ferguson looked to be getting it together in the second frame but Laxton got in and never looked back to move within a frame of the title.

With the pressure on, Ferguson rattled in a 40 break to cut his deficit to 2-1.

Laxton missed chances to clinch victory and paid the price as Ferguson squared it up at 2-2 to force a decider.

A missed red from Laxton then allowed Ferguson to clinch a dramatic victory.

Ashley Smith and Ryan Compton reached the semi-final stage of the competition.

In the final of the scratch singles, Pascal Richard beat Mike Talmondt to lift the Portchester SC Cup.

It was an epic battle, with Richard holding his nerve to win 4-3.

Talmondt made a break of 54 in the opening frame.

He then made a frame-winning contribution of 89 to move 2-0 up.

Talmondt cleared up with a 39 in the third to go within one of victory.

But Richard played some great safety play to claw one frame back.

He then reduced his deficit to one before rattling in a good 59 break to level it up.

In the final frame, Talmondt broke down.

The impressive Richard then stepped in to pot the final four reds with colours.

With Talmondt needing snookers, his challenge was ended as Richard potted blue, pink and black for victory.

Talmondt did get some silverware when he combined with Ferguson to lift the handicap doubles trophy.

They beat Mark Tillison and Steve Hughes 3-1 in the final.

Greg Jones and Ferguson combined well to win the scratch doubles – lifting the Alan Betteridge Cup.

Alan Wakefield was up against Matt Small in the final of the handicap singles for the Association Cup.

Wakefield had to give Small a 25 start due to the handicaps.

It should really have been the other way around as this proved to be a one-sided affair.

Small took the opening frame and never looked back.

Wakefield missed some easy pots to gift Small momentum.

It was a comfortable second frame for Small.

In the third, Wakefield finally found his potting boots.

But he missed a red, which allowed Small to clear the brown and that was game over for Wakefield.

It was an all-Copnor clash in the final of the prestigious Howie Baldacchino Trophy.

Dave Glover took on John Wyatt in a bid to be crowned top over-50 in Portsmouth.

Glover took the opener and then powered to a 2-0 lead.

A 30 break from Glover proved decisive in the third as he sealed a 3-0 win.

He also potted the green, brown and blue to wrap it up in good style.

In the semi-finals, Wyatt saw off Andy White 2-1, while Glover beat Pete Ferguson 2-1.

Dennis Hushley, Trevor Sanders, Jack Frost and John Shervell lost out in the last eight.

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