The Whitchill Hotel have been crowned cup winners with a close and hard fought win against Cocopops.
The cup is generously sponsored by Mike Loveless, owner and operator of R&M Mobile Valeting.
The first frame was won by Cocopops, the second by Ryan Rowlands of the Whitchill. Back came Cocopops with their captain Graham Avaient beating county captain James Hill.
Next up was Barry’s number one player Chris Bardsley, and he didn’t disappoint the crowd and gave a good performance against the plucky Nathan Davidson.
Frame five saw the in-form Lawrence Klee beating a resilient Kyle Power, while the last singles game saw Adam Evans slip to defeat.
All games were close but it was the Whitchill who held a 4-2 lead going into the scotch doubles.
Kyle Power and county player Mike Dunn made the game 4-3. Up next were the Vale’s poster boys Ryan Rowlands and James Hill and what happened next was breathtaking.
The crowd looked on thinking “He won’t clear up from there” - but Ryan had other ideas. The black was surrounded by his opponents’ balls, with two reds left to pot and a hidden black.
Ryan spent a full minute looking at his options, then the magic. The first red potted fairly easy, but it was the position he would need for his last ball that mattered, and he got it.
Calmly chalking his cue, he then potted his last ball in the top right hand pocket with the cue ball bouncing off the top cushion into his opponents’ ball, releasing the black.
We all looked on as the balls moved around the table and the cue ball was in line with the black and bottom corner pocket, a truly remarkable shot that deserved to win the frame and the cup for the Whitchill hotel.
Congratulations go to the Whitchill and Cocopops for a great final.
The county team are on course for promotion with a well-earned win against an accomplished Porthcawl team, 21-15.
The Vale struggled in the first two sessions, but turned things around in sessions three and four.
The Vale’s best players were Ian Hill and Graham Avaient who also leads the averages.
This Sunday, July 9, is the scotch doubles semi-finals and final at the Billy, start time 7pm. Gavin Rowlands and Wayne Hobson of the Castle are in the draw with Mark Ingram and Billy United team mate John Farrugia, Jamie Stanton and Ian Hill and Ryan Rowland and James Hill from Whitchill completing the line-up.
The league would like to thank Harry Asprou from Asprou barbers, Park Crescent, Barry for his hugely generous sponsorship of a silver trophy for the league singles champion.
The presentation night is Saturday, July 15 at the King William IV pub in Cadoxton. There is a live band after the presentation and a late bar, huge thanks to Dave and Jo.
The new season starts on Thursday, August 3, start time 8pm every week with a new playing format.
We are looking for men and women of all capabilities to join the league. For more information, or to register a team, text Joe on 07870 498738 or phone Anthony on 07568 444180 - you can also find us on Facebook.