Magic Mike keeps safe to retain his cup crown

The contenders line up before the Craneswater Cup. Picture: Mick Young (151767-10)
The contenders line up before the Craneswater Cup. Picture: Mick Young (151767-10)
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Mike Talmondt successfully defended his Craneswater Cup crown.

The former professional potter beat Andy Boulton 3-0 in the final after 32 players had gone toe-to-toe for the prestigious trophy.

A tactical battle between the duo had spectators mesmerised, with safety to the fore as neither played wanted to give an inch.

All three frames were decided on the last few colours but it was Talmondt who remained steadfast to retain his crown.

The semi-finals had been equally nail-biting. Mick Kirby tried everything against Boulton only to lose 3-0, while Rob Kirby kept Talmondt on his toes before going down 3-1.

All four last-eight ties ended 2-0 – with Pedro Ferguson, Nick Hutton, Liam Melia and Harry Yard seeing their challenges ended at the hands of Mick Kirby, Boulton, Rob Kirby and Talmondt respectively.

Boulton had earlier kicked off his tournament with a 76 break in the first frame of his 2-1 round-one win over Andy Carter.

Andy White lost 2-0 to Rob Kirby, Tony Lee sent Martyn Power packing 2-0 and Brian Elsgood upped his game to beat Lewis Williams by the same scoreline.

Meanwhile, Dan Whitcombe battled to a 2-1 win over Dave Carter.

– JAMES FRISBEE