Sheffield steel earns a draw
Monday 21st October 2013, 2:30PM BST.
IT OFTEN takes a good chairman to sort things out – and that is exactly what Paul Bannister did at the United Club on Saturday night.
In the deciding frame of the Challenge Trophy clash between Guernsey and Sheffield, the chairman of the Sheffield and District Snooker Association dug deep to outlast Adrian Lihou in the 18th frame of the night to grab a 9-9 draw and keep the trophy in the hands of the visiting Yorkshiremen.
It was tense and often dour stuff once the excellent Guernsey guest player, Jersey’s CI champion Aaron Canavan, and former England international Martin Finnigan, had produced the evening’s best break-building in one of the two opening rubbers.
Canavan permitted Finnigan, the five times Sheffield champion, just one point in winning the first two frames in quick time, before Finnigan gave everyone a glimpse of his own excellence with a confident 45, which underpinned him winning a frame back for the visitors.
Glenn Le Prevost lost 3-0 to twice Sheffield champion Wayne Wooton on the adjacent table, but Martyn Desperques and John Skillett both emerged victorious by two frames to one to make the scoreline 6-6 with the final two three-frame matches to come.
Adam Shorto took the first frame off four-time Sheffield champion Dave Allender but lost the next two while Lihou took the first two frames off Bannister to ensure Guernsey could no longer lose the match before Bannister snatched the draw in the last.