Snooker:Jersey break losing run

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A 7-3 victory against Guernsey at the Jersey Mechanics’ Institute was the hosts’ second success in ten years, when Jersey racked up an 8-2 success with Gary Britton scoring a break of 80 in his win.

And it was Britton again who put Jersey on the road to victory with breaks of 51 and 35 to defeat Adrian Holley in the first pairing.

New cap Chris Alexander put Jersey 3-0 ahead after trailing 42-23 against Adam Shorto.

Alexander got back into the frame with a 24 break before than collecting 16 points after laying a good snooker behind the pink ball.

Shorto gained his revenge to win the fourth frame, Guernsey’s first success, 82-7 after breaks of 28 and 54.

Arran Canavan was 24-22 ahead against Guernsey’s Adrian Lihou when the Sarnian made a bad miss on a black.

Canavan stepped in to score a break of 54 to win 89-23 and extend Jersey’s lead.

Canavan was now in full flow and with Lihou struggling to find any form Canavan made a break of 36 to win the frame 62-9 and Jersey were now 5-1 up.

Jersey now required one more frame to win the match overall and it came from Ray Kilmartin on his début.

He showed he was up for the challenge with an early 35 break and later a 19 won Kilmartin the frame and with it Jersey the match.

Platt claimed the second 65-46 leaving the respective Jersey and Guernsey champions, Karl Le Fèvre and Martin Desperques, to play a ‘dead’ rubber which finished one frame apiece.

Jersey lead the Lieut-Col R W Randall series with 38 wins to 21.

l On Friday evening at the same venue, Desperques retained the R J Collins Trophy after winning the Channel Islands billiards individual final by 500 points to 260 against Jersey’s Chris Alexander.

Desperques made breaks of 64, 41, 67 and 43 with Alexander’s best a 44.

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