by Graham Trimming
Cippenham Super 6 Junior 2-Star Open
Back to back wins for Williams
Ryan Williams, from Essex, obviously likes playing at Cippenham. A month ago he won the main title at the Cippenham Cadet Open and on Saturday he followed this up by winning the Cippenham Super 6 Junior 2-Star Open.
Williams, the fourth seed, won his preliminary round group dropping only two games and one of these was to Shane Clarke who trains at Cippenham. Clarke went on to finish second in that group to qualify for the competition proper in which he beat Ethan Ball before falling at the quarter-final stage to the eventual runner-up Isaac Beevor.
As well as Williams, both the other top seeds made it through the preliminary round by winning their groups. Top seed Leon Thomson dropped only one game in qualifying while third seed Isaac Beevor was taken to a fourth game twice. Martin Matuzevicius, in group 2 that was without a seeded player, surprisingly lost 12-10 in the deciding game to Karan Cheeta who won only one other match and finished fifth. Marcus Henshaw also lost just once in this group but his loss to Matuzevicius resulted in him being relegated to second place.
Leon Thomson, after having received a bye in the first knock-out round, went out in the quarter-final. His conqueror was Jimmy Yeung who had earlier finished second in group 3 and now overcame the top seed 11-9 in the fifth game. Yeung was no match for Williams, however, in the semi-final as the eventual winner, who had beaten Cippenham’s Harrison Simmons in the quarters, coasted through 3-0 to set up the final with Beevor.
In the bottom half of the draw Beevor and Matuzevicius met in the semi-final with the former winning comfortably three-straight. Williams took the first two games of the final but Beevor hit back in the third. That was as far as his challenge went, however, as Williams ran out 11-5 in the fourth game to claim his second title in as many months.
After finishing fourth in his group, Cippenham’s Alex Parkinson had a couple of good wins to take him to the final of the consolation event but there he met his match in Ben Foster, losing 3-1, 15-13 in the fourth.
The tournament was organised by Sue Hayes and refereed by Steve Smith.
|Junior Singles||Ryan Williams (Essex)||Isaac Beevor (Beds)|
|Junior Consolation||Ben Foster (Middx)||Alex Parkinson (Bucks)|