Mike Talmondt has pocketed his first tournament victory on the Cuestars South of England seniors tour.
In his trademark brisk style, former professional Talmondt took the first frame on the blue.
However, the Portsmouth man was not amused when his opponent Wayne Muddiman squared the match after making a 32 break from a fluked red.
Muddiman went on to enjoy a nine-ball run of 19 that included a fluked yellow following the first red.
And Talmondt’s patience was tested to the extreme in the decider as his Chandlers Ford Central Club opponent, trailing by 33 points, managed to leave the cue ball in the jaws of a middle pocket to snooker his opponent on the two remaining reds.
Talmondt, 42, successfully hit a red but left an easy starter.
Muddiman potted red, black, red but missed a second black off its spot and Talmondt cleared yellow to pink to win.
‘I was thinking it wasn’t meant to be but luckily I scraped over the line,’ said Talmondt.
‘Things like that happen – it’s just snooker and there’s not a lot you can do about it.
‘You’ve got to take it on the chin and not beat yourself up.
‘It’s nice to play again.
‘I didn’t play for a few years, so it’s nice to get the competitive juices flowing again.
‘And it’s nice to play in something different that I haven’t won before against different people.
‘I’m looking forward to the next one.’
Talmondt is second in the rankings, 17 points adrift of Andover’s John Hunter.
The fifth leg of the six-round series is at Woking Snooker Centre on Sunday, March 22.