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Snooker: Heworth win Faber Shield for the sixth consecutive year
10:03am Wednesday 28th March 2012 in Snooker
Needing two points to guarantee the title, they were given the start they wanted when Gary Rogers (49, 46, 22, 23 breaks) won the first game. However Ken Bowser, Trevor Ventress and Paul Holmes gave Acomb a 3-1 lead and it was all on the last game.
Mark Winskill (30, 21 bk) won that for Heworth and overcame a 62-point aggregate deficit to ensure they gained their sixth successive title.
Heworth’s nearest challengers, Fulford, needed a maximum from their final match against Bootham ‘A’. Wayne Puleston won the first point and Tom Wilson struggled home by seven points to make it 2-0.
Terry Ward (44, 43, 31 bks) then made it 3-0, and gave Fulford an aggregate lead of 110 points.
Barry Rankin pulled one back for Bootham and Ken Taylor (37 bk) had a big win but Fulford took the aggregate by 22 for a 4-2 victory. It meant Heworth retained the title by just three points.
Gary Rogers’ win in the final match made him the Cameo Engraving player of the year with 11 wins in 12 games despite playing off a -140 handicap. He also took the Cameo Engraving highest break award for the fourth successive year with a 71 break.
Meanwhile, champions-elect Heworth were hoping to go out on a high when they played Acomb in the last game of the season in the York Conservative Clubs’ Slater Cup Snooker Pairs League.
Acomb’s B and D Hough won the first game and, although Heworth levelled through a 92-33 win by Nick Hodgson and Jamie Faircliffe, Acomb went 3-1 ahead. Pete Hodgson and Joe Bedford reduced the arrears and Heworth took the final frame to level at 3-3.
And their earlier big frame successes meant they gained an aggregate 4-3 victory.