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Perkins Cue are champs once more

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Dave McLean

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ENGLAND international Rob Wharne chalked up two wins as Perkins Cue won the Stafford Sunday Pool League summer knockout.

Perkins triumphed 4-2 against Metro Bar and Wharne received good support from Dave Barker and Dave Whitfield with one win apiece. Responded for the Met was Paul Shepherd who saw off the challenge of both Mike Barker and Dave Barker to claim two fine victories.

After Shepherd gave the Met the lead in frame one against Mike Barker, it was Wharne who levelled matters for Perkins with a victory over Roy Brown.

In frame three, Dave Bakrer faced Andy Palin, who took the early initiative. Barker had to change his approach and gradually worked himself back into the frame with some astute and tactical shots. A mistake by Palin let Barker in and he then cleared the table to put the Cuemen 2-1 up.

Whitfeld (Cue) was drawn against Dave Ashton (Metro) and the former Whitfield broke but went in off the break. This put Ashton in control and he gradually stopped Whitfield in his tracks. It looked as though Ashton would take the frame, but a fine cut in the middle went astray and Whitfield potted the black to put the Cuemen 3-1 up.

Dave Barker was paired against Shepherd in frame five and the latter broke and went for the clearance - and it was looking good until he lost position. Barker was back in but struggled to gain the initiative and, with some good counter attacking pool, Shepherd seized the opportunity and clinched the frame to pull it back to 3-2 down.

Wharne took on Alan Farrow in frame six and it was hit or bust for the latter. Wharne broke and put himself in a great position and it looked as though he was going to secure the Cuemen the title with an 8-ball clearance.

However, he uncharacteristically missed his penultimate pot and let Farrow back in. But Farrow failed to take advantage and Wharne jumped at the chance to pot his remaining balls and secure a sixth summer crown in nine years, along with the league title.

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