Cippenham Super 6 Senior 2-Star Open (23.2.14)
Another full entry for a Cippenham tournament
For the second event running the house full notices went up at Cippenham as another maximum entry convened to do battle, this time in the Cippenham Super 6 Senior 2-Star Open Championship. The forty-eight players were split into eight groups of six with the top three progressing into the championship event and the bottom three in each group having their own consolation event.
The eventual winner was Welshman Dean Cundy. Cundy won all his preliminary group matches 3-0 and was never extended to a fifth game during the entire event. Former Cippenham members Shane Clark, in the last sixteen round, and Rajan Waterman, in the quarter-final, did, however, manage to extract one game from the top seed and champion.
Neil Wright, elevated to second seed after the withdrawal of the two other seeds, did not have such a easy path. Although he ended up winning his preliminary group, that was only after a three-way tie in which he had suffered defeat to Micah Salmon who had lost to Thomas Jeffcott who, in turn, had been beaten by Wright. Wright eventually reached the semi-final where he lost to Noor Owadally, having previously despatched Jochen Bufhrer and Jody Bevington.
The players who benefitted from the absent seeds were Daniel Flash and Xin Li. They both won their groups and moved through the draw with further wins over Salmon and Jeffcott respectively. However, both were upended in the quarter-finals where Xin Li succumbed to Rory Scott and Flash was beaten by eventual runner-up Noor Owadally.
Tournament organiser Paul Baker qualified for the main event by finishing second only to Cundy in his group and then beat Christopher Rowlett before losing to Owadlly in the last sixteen. Of further interest to locals was the appearance of Steve Dorrell who left the area in 1992 after eight seasons playing for Cippenham. He failed to progress from his group but then reached the semi-final of the consolation, an event won by Sam Do.
The tournament was organised by Paul Baker and refereed by Steve Smith.
|Dean Cundy (WAL)
|Noor Owadally (Mi)
|Sam Do (Mi)
|Miroslav Danadzhiev (K)