Masters make Fools of Mayfair rivals in the cup

Mick Jurd
Mick Jurd
Ryan Mears, left, and Mike Talmondt. Picture: Tim Dunkley

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Mayfair Masters powered to the top of their group as the Gosport & Fareham Snooker League’s new-look cup format came into force.

The straight knockout competition – the Bob Lomax Trophy – has been replaced by World Cup-style tables, with the top two from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals.

The Masters seem to be relishing it, having thrashed Mayfair Fools 8-1 to send them to the top of their group.

But it won’t always be an easy ride.

Just behind them in second place lie 147 Legends who recorded a 6-3 win over Stubbington C, with captain Mick Jurd knocking in breaks of 34 and 35.

Meanwhile, Stoke 155 also got off to a flier by beating Mayfair Wonders by the same scoreline.

Youngster James Budd made a 34 break in his game for the Stoke side.

The so-called group of death sees top teams Stoke B, Stubbington Hawks and Carry on Mayfair pitted against each other.

All three got off to a good start, with the Mayfair side sealing a 6-3 win away to Hill Park C, while the Hawks and Stoke B managed 5-4 victories against Hill Park B and HMS Collingwood respectively.

Hawks’ Jordan Winbourne hit a 99, 37 and 32 in his frames, while Steve Street notched a 38.

Mayfair Jesters romped to a 7-2 win against Bram Stokerz – a result which saw them top their group behind 147 D, who beat club rivals 147 Select 6-3.

Metrose.com carried their good league form into the cup with a 6-3 win over 147 Debut.

Stoke Sharks sit just a point behind after overcoming LWMC Nomads 5-4.