Hunter becomes the hunted as Talmondt takes crown

Mike Talmondt, left, and John Hunter. Picture: Tim Dunkley
Mike Talmondt, left, and John Hunter. Picture: Tim Dunkley
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Portsmouth ace Mike Talmondt has secured the Cuestars South of England Seniors Tour title.

The ex-professional timed his run superbly with three straight tournament wins in the over-40s snooker competition.

After winning in Fareham and Woking, the 42-year-old defeated Woking-based tennis coach John Monckton 2-1 in the final of the last leg at The Crucible Sports & Social Club in Newbury.

Andover cueman John Hunter, bidding for a fourth title in a row, led by 10 points going into the sixth event.

But he was knocked out in the quarter-finals.

That meant Talmondt had the chance to snatch glory and he snapped it up.

He said: ‘I was obviously delighted to win, especially having to win the last three tournaments to catch John.

‘I’m happy to win the tour on my first attempt.’

Talmondt chalked up the highest break of 96 but still didn’t think his form was particularly good.

‘I felt like I struggled all day. I should’ve re-tipped my cue before Newbury but I didn’t,’ he added.

‘I wasn’t happy with my form. I didn’t score heavy enough but a win is a win.’

The top two actually lost their first frames of the day.

Hunter, who won the first three legs, rallied from 1-0 down to Nick Miles with breaks of 50 and 73 to win 2-1, and Talmondt lost 2-0 to Monckton.

While Hunter was undefeated in his six-man group, Copnor’s Talmondt won his remaining four matches to qualify in second place.