WELL done to Alan Maxwell (Maxi) for winning the KDOC Fire Ltd Summer Series Event One which was played in the Red Triangle Snooker Club.
Fifteen players took part in the event which was split into three groups of five players. Each player played everyone else in their group and the top two qualified into the knockout stages along with the two best third places.
Group A was topped by Andy Jackson, followed by Colin Allen. In third was Martyn Shields. Scott Davidson came fourth and the series sponsor Kevin Docherty came fifth.
Group B was won by Alan Maxwell. John Tallent came second followed by Willie Scott in third. Ian Mackay was fouorth and Bill Munro came fifth.
Davie Hutchison never dropped a frame in Group C and was clear winner followed by Willie Connor, Gordon Smith, then in fourth came Stewart Millar and finally Ross Higgins.
In the quarter-finals Andy Jackson beat Willie Scott 2-1 in a black ball game. The final black was one even Mark Boyle would have been proud of. Alan Maxwell beat Colin Allen 2-0 and Davie Hutchison inflicted the same result over Willie Connor and it finished 2-0. In the last quarter-final the ever-improving Gordon Smith pushed John Tallent all the way. John later admitted he carried a little luck during his 2-1 win.
In the semi-finals Alan Maxwell continued his fine run of form and defeated Andy Jackson 2-0. The other semi was a different story. At 1-1 both players had chances to win. It looked all over as Davie Hutchison had a fine cut black six inches from the bag. Davie Undercut it and after a few safety shots John Tallent potted a cracking black to progress to the final.
The final was a bit one sided and before John Tallent knew it he was 2-0 down to Alan Maxwell. The next two frames were shared and it finished 3-1 to Maxi!!
For his efforts Maxi picked up the first prize of £110. As runner-up John picked up £55 and the two losing semi-finalists, Davie Hutchison and Andy Jackson, walked away with £27.50. The new conference event format worked well and everyone seemed to enjoy playing in it. A special thanks goes to Carin, Billy and Maxi for agreeing to the fixed table fee which is great value for the money.
The KDOC Fire Ltd Summer Series Event Two will kick off in two weeks starting on Sunday, July 16, and being held over the following two weeks finishing on Sunday, July 30.