Playing safe helps Talmondt to victory
Mike Talmondt saw his tactical game pay off as he clinched the double on the over-40s regional snooker circuit.
The Portsmouth cueist, who is known for his attacking game, pocketed £200 prize money after landing the championship play-off title in the end-of-season finale on the Cuestars South of England Seniors Tour.
The 44-year-old dropped just two frames in the event sponsored by Cold Ash Post Office and Store, near Thatcham, and overcame Andover cueman John Hunter 2-0 in the final at The Crucible Sports & Social Club, Newbury.
‘It started off a bit scratchy but it got better as the day went on,’ he said.
‘My safety was quite good and it got me through a couple of games.’
Hunter opened the final on the club’s professional-standard match table with a break of 30.
But, following a lengthy tactical battle, Talmondt took the lead with a 38.
Hunter ended a safety exchange in the next by going in-off and left his opponent in hand with 11 reds spread across the table like a beginner’s practice routine.
By the time Talmondt left the table, there was one red left and he had helped himself to 57 points.
‘John doesn’t give you anything so I kept it tight and it went my way,’ said the taxi driver, who recently won the Portsmouth singles championship.
‘I used to be very attacking but I know now I can’t play the same game I used to play.
‘It doesn’t come so easy so I play to my strengths and sometimes safety does the job.’
Reflecting on his double-winning break, he added: ‘I looked at it and thought I’ve got to make a 50 out of it. They were all over the place.
‘But sometimes it’s a bit unorthodox. You don’t know which one to go for first.’
Talmondt had an eventful 2-1 quarter-final victory over Waterlooville’s Mark Tillison.
He compiled an 88 in the first frame but went in-off the pink in the second when his opponent needed a snooker.
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