Talmondt gets fifth win to go into pole position

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Mike Talmondt continues to dominate the Cuestars South of England Seniors Tour.

The newly-crowned Portsmouth singles champion won his fifth tournament out of six on the age 40-plus event.

He’s certainly not hanging about in his bid to win the title.

Matt Ford has now been knocked down to second.

But it was a day of mixed play at Salisbury Snooker Club.

Talmondt, 43, pocketed £100 following a 2-0 victory over Southampton Super League player Paul Lawrence in the final.

First-time finalist Lawrence, who beat ex-pro Talmondt in the round-robin to top his group, failed to pot a colour after a red in the first frame but only lost it on the green.

However, the second was wrapped up in 11 minutes.

Talmondt was honest about the standard early on in that contest.

He said: ‘It was a very scrappy first frame. It wasn’t great.’

The defending champion kicked off his rollercoaster day with an 82 in his first frame against Martin Wallace, from Reading.

He chalked up another 82 in his third match against Paul Bateman, from Swindon.

But, following a lengthy pause, lost 2-0 to Lawrence.

‘I started well,’ he said.

‘Then I had a two-hour wait, went back on the table and couldn’t pot a ball.’

Talmondt then recovered from 1-0 down to account for Steve Ashton, from Salisbury, 2-1 in the quarter-finals.

He then saw off three-time champion John Hunter, from Andover, 2-0 in the last-four.

The start of the Ashton contest was another one where Talmondt was not able to find his fluency.

He added: ‘I think I scored 10 points in the first frame. It wasn’t pretty.’

But Talmondt improved against Hunter and he is pleased with his record in the competition overall this season

He added: ‘I played all right against John. Nothing outstanding but I was potting quite solid.

‘I’ve won five out of the last six tournaments so I’m happy with that.’

Elsewhere, the group of death dragged on.

Fawley accountant Nick Miles lost an epic two-and-a-half-hour best-of-three match to Ray Mears but was undefeated in the remainder of his games.

Any two from five could have made the quarter-finals with the final two matches to play.

Ashton and Miles progressed at the expense of Mears, Martin Luker and Stephen Hills.

Talmondt is seven points clear of shock group-stage casualty Ford at the top of the rankings.

Lawrence and beaten semi-finalist Wayne Muddiman, also from Southampton, are 10 points further back in joint fourth.

The third leg of seven attracted a 22-strong field.

Next up is Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon, on Sunday, January 31.