Hayden Staniland wins inaugural Hucknall Open
The inaugural Hucknall Open was held at Spot On Snooker Club on Sunday 28 April 2019 and it proved to be a successful and enjoyable tournament. A round robin format was used which provided every competitor with at least 6 frames. The top two players in each group progressed to the quarter-finals.
Wayne Martin (Hucknall) won both of his matches and also knocked in a nice 54 break for good measure. He progressed to the knockout stages along with Vinnie Dennis (Sutton in Ashfield) who had a good 3-0 win against Wayne Smith (Nottingham).
Hayden Staniland (Worksop) topped group B with Macauley Croft (Worksop) finishing in 2nd place. Croft was clearly cueing well, as evidenced by his run of 51. Matthew Clarke (Worksop) finished winless in a tough group.
Ashley Dobb (Hucknall) was in fine form and only lost a frame on the way to topping group C. Despite losing to Dobb, Billy Ashton (Derby) emerged victorious from a tough battle with Terry Thompson (Nottingham) to progress to the knockout stage along with the impressive Dobb.
Dave Jobling (Newark) was playing very well and had terrific breaks of 80 and 81 as he dropped only one frame and secured progression to the quarter-finals. The other qualifier would have been Dave Pearce (Stapleford) who, considering he hadn’t picked up a cue for three years, played very solidly. Unfortunately, Pearce had to leave early and so Steve Butler (Nottingham) and Danny Cresswell (Hucknall) played a one frame play-off to see who would progress to the knockout stage. Cresswell came out on top and went through alongside Jobling.
Wayne Martin 2-0 Danny Cresswell
A good win for Martin who was giving 35 start to Cresswell.
Ashley Dobb 2-1 Macauley Croft
The in-form Dobb dispatched the Worksop player in a close match.
Hayden Staniland 2-1 Billy Ashton
Staniland had a nice 53 break on the way to a narrow victory over the Derby potter.
Dave Jobling 2-1 Vinnie Dennis
Jobling faced a tough battle against Dennis who was receiving 14 start.
Wayne Martin 2-0 Ashley Dobb
Dobb had his chances in a close match against Martin. A very impressive tournament debut for Hucknall’s Dobb. Martin produced a 42 break just at the right time in this one.
Hayden Staniland 2-1 Dave Jobling
Some quality snooker on display in this match, Jobling producing the highest break of 55. However it was Staniland who came out on top to set up a final against Martin. In addition to his £10 for reaching the semi-fnals, Jobling also took home £5 for making the day’s highest break of 81.
Final £50 / £25
Hayden Staniland 3-1 Wayne Martin
Scores (Staniland first): 65(34)-40(32), 72(49)-55, 49(38)-68, 62(38)-41
Staniland narrowly won the first frame and he had to fire in a nice 49 break in the second to lead 2-0. Martin never gives up and he fought back from 40 points behind in the third to make it 2-1. Despite a break of 38 from Staniland in the fourth, Martin looked like he was going to pinch the frame, however he rattled a pink which allowed Staniland to clear the colours and win frame and match.
Highest Break £5
Dave Jobling 81