Martin bounces back from early loss to take Eastwood Open
Some of Nottingham’s best amateur snooker players turned out for the second Eastwood Open, which was held at Phoenix Cue Sports. Former professional Wayne Martin successfully defended his title running out a three nil winner in the final against Long Eaton’s Stewart Crosswell. Runs of 20 and 26 helped Martin take a scrappy opening frame before the final came to life in the second. Martin opened up with a good 45 break but Crosswell responded immediately knocking in a 32 which would have been more but for an agonizingly under hit red which sat in the jaws of the corner pocket. This miss appeared to affect Crosswell mentally who then made several unforced errors which the experienced Martin took full advantage of to run out a comfortable winner and pocket the £80 prize fund. Earlier in the day the eventual winner had to endure a shock two nil loss to Steve Butler who knocked in a superb 52 break. The defeat was obviously the wake up call Martin needed as he went on to beat Adam Shaw, Ross Wilkin, Nav Hussain and Lee Buckle knocking in breaks of 52, 40 and 37 in the process. The highest break of the tournament was a superb 70 by Nav Hussain who was also second on the list with a 55.
Elimination Results: L.Richards bt D.Watson, R.Wilkin bt Yaz, M.Harman bt A.Coulton, S.Crosswell bt S.Lally, S.Butler bt W.Martin, L.Buckle bt A.Shaw, D.Allsop bt D.Binks, N.Hussain bt D.Barker, L.Richards bt M.Ellis, S.Crosswell bt M.Harman, L.Buckle bt S.Butler, N.Hussain bt M.Langdon, A.Coulton bt S.Lally, Yaz bt M.Langdon, M.Ellis bt D.Barker, W.Martin bt A.Shaw, D.Allsop bt Yaz, R.Wilkin bt M.Ellis, S.Butler bt D.Allsop, S.Crosswell bt L.Richards, L.Buckle bt N.Hussain, W.Martin bt R.Wilkin, N.Hussain bt S.Butler.
Finals: S.Crosswell bt L.Buckle, W.Martin bt N.Hussain, W.Martin bt L.Buckle, W.Martin bt S.Crosswell.
High Break List
70 Nav Hussain
55 Nav Hussain
52 Steve Butler, Wayne Martin
46 Stewart Crosswell
45 Laurence Richards, Wayne Martin
40 Wayne Martin
37 Wayne Martin, Nav Hussain x 2
36 Laurence Richards
33 Lee Buckle
32 Steve Butler / Stewart Crosswell
30 Lee Buckle