Plymouth snooker brings out the best from Britton

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Former Channel Islands champion Gary Britton excelled with two century breaks including a best-of-tournament 120 clearance.

Jersey Billiards and Snooker Association tournament secretary Rob Sutherland said: ‘It was an excellent competition for our teams, the standard was high and an eye-opener for us in their preparation for the Home Internationals in September.

‘We took part to play against the top players and the way the competition was organised we did and many of our opponents will be playing for national teams in September.’ JBSA level two referee Gary Truscott said: ‘Competition was tough but that’s exactly the way it was planned.

There was not enough time to play every team so our players were exposed to high profile opposition so they know what to expect when the Home Internationals are played.

‘Plymouth were excellent hosts and we are now planning to hold a similar tournament for them in Jersey next January.’ Jersey’s Gary Britton showed his team the form required to compete at International level by recording two of the three century breaks that were made.

His first came early on against England International Kris Vincent, a magnificent 120 clearance, which sent a real sense of excitement around the Rileys matchroom.

Britton’s second century was against Welsh International John Payne from Rileys, Newport in Wales.

Britton was 36 points down before he once again found his touch constructing a fine 103.

This served to inspire Payne who in a later frame posted a superb 116 clearance against Jersey D’s Steve Thomas.

Jersey A beat Riley’s Plymouth 4-2.

Jersey team captain Karl Le Fèvre won both his frames, these were soon cancelled out by Michael Day, Plymouth who beat the in-form Britton.

Jersey A lost 5-1 to Pontins, Britton winning against Matt Williams helped with a break of 57 – the break ending with a bad contact on the black with the reds well spread with a possible maximum break of 147 on.

Jersey A also lost by the same score to the strong South of England side Cuestars – Britton again the victor assisted by a 45 break.

Britton also won and scored a 47 in 5-1 defeat by Cornwall.

Jersey A won 4-2 against Rileys, Newport.

Britton won both his frames, aided by that 120 break, while Chris Alexander produced a break of 44 in his win.

In the billiards, First Tower Institute 15-year-old Darren Malzard did remarkably well to win one of his matches while Island player Martyn Le Gallais registered Jersey’s solitary other win.

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