BILLIARDS: Fast-learner Franklin crowned champion

Alan Mander (right) congratulates Peter Franklin on his Arthur Cook Cup win

Alan Mander (right) congratulates Peter Franklin on his Arthur Cook Cup win

First published in Sport

Peter Franklin marked his first season in the sport by winning the Gentworks Oxford & District League’s Arthur Cook Cup.

Franklin (+70) eased past holder Alan Mander (+40) 200-124 in the final, compiling a 28-break to his opponent’s 22.

Mander had edged into the final with a 200-199 victory over Bob Hayward (+90), who missed an easy red into the centre pocket for match.

Requiring 19, Mander made a 15 break and left the balls in baulk.

Hayward hit the white, but failed to score, leaving Mander to bag the four required.

Franklin beat John Williams (+50) 200-128 in his semi-final.

Mander, however, was part of the New Club side that defeated Riley A 2-1 in the Hashman Shield final.

Although Mander (scratch) lost again to Franklin (+40), this time 150-142, New Club prevailed.

Nigel Bossom (scratch) was in unstoppable form, compiling a 35-break in his 150-32 hammering of Riley’s Lewis Moss (scratch).

Justin Shepherd (scratch) saw off Malcolm Bough (scratch) 150-123 to seal New Club’s victory.

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