Marsh and McAllister Win in Warwick
The IPA Tour continued last weekend with it’s fourth event of five, the European Open at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwick.
The atmosphere was highly charged, as an announcement involving betting partners Coral was eagerly awaited, and this simply added to the excitement of the weekend.
European Open Title Heads to Wales
The Open matches started on Friday, which played out to a finish on Saturday night and left Sunday free for the amateur and professional events to be concluded.
Manchester cueman Steve Wall pulled off the first shock of Saturday, beating Coral favourite Marc Farnsworth 7-5. Steve was 6-1 up in this match against arguably the best player this season and by his own admission, managed to ‘fall over the line’!
By Saturday evening, play had progressed through to the semi-finals, which saw ever-improving amateur Luke Vokes take on Jon McAllister after he had already seen off the challenge of current IPA No.3 professional, Clint I’Anson by 7 frames to 6. Luke continued his run of great form by beating Jon 7-5 to seal his place in the Final, whereas the other semi saw Craig Marsh end Harry Irwin’s event with a 7-2 victory to set up an all-Welsh final.
Marsh had been on fire throughout this weekend, and this form was not about to dwindle as he stormed into a 2-0 lead in the race to seven.Luke was not about to let him run away with this, however, and levelled the scores at 2-2 before Craig stamped his authority and experience on the match, taking the next four frames and making the lead just too difficult for Vokes to retrieve.
Marsh took the IPA European Open title with a 7-3 scoreline, but Luke Vokes is definitely a name to watch out for if his performance is anything to go by.
Marsh Aims for the Double
Moving onto the Sunday, and Craig Marsh found himself once again involved in the business end of the professional event, drawn against Jon McAllister, also his second semi-final of the weekend.
It wasn’t to be for Craig this time, as he lost 8-7 in the deciding frame with an outrageously clinical clearance from McAllister.
In the second semi, Scotsman Liam Dunster ended Staffordshire’s Neil Raybone’s hopes of a Final appearance in a marathon match which ended 8-5 to Dunster.
The final was a close call, but McAllister took his first Tour event win with an 8-6 scoreline and with it, the title of IPA European Professional Champion 2016.
Oliver wins European Amateur Title
The final of the amateur event was contested between Jonathan Bushnell and Michael Oliver, and after sharing the first 12 frames, it was Oliver who managed to take the deciding frame and become IPA European Amateur Champion for 2016.
The final IPA Tour event runs from 14th- 16th October at the Hilton Hotel, Brighton, and the next IPA World Series event takes place in South Africa from the 1st – 7th September.
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by Donna Evans for Billiardsboutique.com