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Chandlers Ford Longshots 2011 Winners

Chandlers Ford Longshots 2011 Winners

IT had just turned midnight when Chandler’s Ford Longshots skipper Dave Mumford ended an epic and nail-biting Summer Bonanza final on the last ball of the tie-break frame.
The 43-year-old admitted he was in “shock” after cutting the final black into the yellow pocket with the rest.
“To turn up every week and try to do what you did 15 years ago gets harder and harder and harder,” he said.
“I pot about three balls a year with the rest. So to get the final black with the rest adds to my current state of shock.”
First-time finalists Eastleigh Railway Institute Cuemen traded blows with the 2008 champions for nearly four hours in the 32nd Bonanza final at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.
At 2-2, Justin Mines was elected to take on Mumford in the decider.

The Railway number one will rue a missed black off the spot while on a 29 break when the frame was at his mercy.

And he may consider himself unfortunate after a doubled match-ball blue hit both knuckles of a middle pocket.

Mumford, who sunk the blue and pink to level the scores on the stroke of midnight, described his opponent as “quality”.

“Justin knows his way around the table,” he said. “He’s a very tough opponent.”


REMARKABLY, Dave Mumford and teammate Paul Solloway have now been Summer Bonanza champions in four different decades. They won the title in 1987 and 1999 with Winchester Snooker Centre and 2008 and 2011 with Chandler’s Ford Longshots.


Paying tribute to teammates Mitch Wade, Paul Solloway, Rob Leech-Lewis and Graham Hollick, Mumford said: “We wouldn’t have got here if it wasn’t for them.

“I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved.”

The first two frames took 70 minutes.

Mines had given the Railway a 1-0 lead with a 43 break against Wade.

Leech-Lewis potted a long green to square the match against Pete Owen.

And things weren’t about to speed up after the mid-session interval.

Mumford won a 52-minute marathon against Jamie Coyle on the final black after trailing 60-0 at one stage.

But Railway skipper Paul Shears’ 33 break against Solloway forced a late-night decider.

Reflecting on the campaign, Mumford said: “We’ve had a fantastic time; we’ve been to some wonderful clubs; we’ve met some great people; we’ve played some fantastic matches.

“Credit must go to Jim Everett for giving this fabulous competition new life after all the hard work put in by the previous tournament director, Tony Aldridge.

“They have created snooker’s version of the FA Cup at a local level.”

As is traditional, sponsors Chandler’s Ford SC will donate the £360 entry fees to the champions’ chosen charity.

Longshots opted for a local cancer charity which has been helping a “special person” from the region’s snooker community.


Frame scores (h/caps), Longshots first: Mitch Wade (0) 28-64 Justin Mines (8), Rob Leech-Lewis (12) 68-43 Pete Owen (28), Dave Mumford (-10) 82-68 Jamie Coyle (28), Paul Solloway (12) 36-83 Paul Shears (28). Tie-break: Mumford (-10) 67-60 Mines (8).

Referee: Jim Everett.


Final results

Frame scores (h/caps), Longshots first: Mitch Wade (0) 28-64 Justin Mines (8), Rob Leech-Lewis (12) 68-43 Pete Owen (28), Dave Mumford (-10) 82-68 Jamie Coyle (28), Paul Solloway (12) 36-83 Paul Shears (28). Tie-break: Mumford (-10) 67-60 Mines (8).

Referee: Jim Everett.


Semi-final results

(h/caps): Eastleigh Railway Institute Cuemen (28) 3 Shirley Conservative Club (24) 1, Totton Wrecks (10) 0 Chandler’s Ford Longshots (10) 4.

Referees: Steve Boterhoek & Jim Everett.


Quarter-final second-leg results (h/caps): Park Gate Reserves (10) 2 Totton Wrecks (10) 3 (agg: 4-5), Chandler’s Ford Longshots (12) 3 Hamble Give Us A Break (22) 1 (agg: 5-3), Eastleigh Railway Institute Cuemen (28) 2 Ashlett Club C (24) 2 (agg: 5-3), Shirley Conservative Club (24) 3 Park Gate Gangsters (8) 1 (agg: 6-2).


Quarter-final first-leg results (h/caps): Totton Wrecks (10) 2 Park Gate Reserves (10) 2, Hamble Give Us A Break (22) 2 Chandler’s Ford Longshots (12) 2, Ashlett Club C (24) 1 Eastleigh Railway Institute Cuemen (28) 3, Park Gate Gangsters (8) 1 Shirley Conservative Club (24) 3. Return legs on Monday.

Breaks: Steve Cole (PG Gangsters) 82.