Snooker: Malton ace lifts Scruton Cup trophy

First published in Sport

MALTON'S Lee Taylor made it two wins in three consecutive finals in the York Conservative Clubs' Quickslide Scruton Snooker Cup.

Taylor beat Acomb's Adrian Barraclough, the tournament sponsor, 3-1 in the final at Fulford.

Barraclough conceded four points following Taylor's break off in the first frame and then went 34-5 ahead.

Taylor responded with breaks of 29 and 20 on the colours to win the frame 63-35.

Barraclough went 44-5 in front in the second frame with breaks of 16 and 17, but Taylor reduced the arrears to trail 45-21 and needed all the colours.

He gained yellow and green, but Barraclough eventually took the frame ball brown, leaving Taylor needing a snooker.

Taylor was forced to pot the blue but, with the black in the jaws of the right black pocket, a snooker was unlikely.

Barraclough was left an easy pink after a bout of safety play to win the frame 56-31 and level the match.

In the third frame, Barraclough again went ahead 31-8 but then slipped up when he tried to power in a red mear the left black pocket.

He failed with the pot, scattered all the reds and the went in-off. Taylor took advantage of the situation to build a 46 break, the highest of the night, to take the lead at 59-31.

After a foul by Taylor, Barraclough potted the last red and added a blue, but then needed all the colours.

Taylor took yellow, green and brown, and Barraclough conceded when he missed the blue. A 73-41 win put Taylor 2-1 ahead in the best of five frame final.

The Malton player went 18-1 up in the fourth frame and then added breaks of 32 and 19, while Barraclough could only add three reds as Taylor triumphed 69-3 to clinch the match 3-1.

Taylor was also awarded the high break prize for his 59 break in the semi-finals.

Richard Lillie refereed, while the trophy and awards were presented by Colin Robinson, of the Faber Shield committee.

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