Five-Star Desperques is Channel Islands Champion

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Martyn Desperques won the 2018 Channel Islands Snooker Championship. It is the fifth time the Guernsey cueist has claimed the title.

This annual championship is a one-off match between the recently crowned Guernsey and Jersey snooker champions. The islands take it in turn to host the fixture.

Defending champion Desperques secured a ninth Guernsey Snooker Championship with a comeback victory over Adam Shorto in the final.

In the competition’s 83rd edition, Desperques recovered from 2-0 and 4-2 down to record a 5-4 win in front of a healthy crowd at the Gremlin Club in St. Peter Port, in what was a rerun of the title match 12 months before.

A little further south, Gary Britton won the Jersey Snooker Championship for a fifth time with a 4-0 success over Karl Le Ferve in the final.

Breaks of 90, 77 and 42 helped Britton establish a 3-0 lead. He then compiled a 40 in frame four, although an effort of 68 from Le Ferve left him needing a snooker on the colours. However, Britton got the snooker and required penalty points, and subsequently cleared the table for victory.

The Channel Islands decider was held the following week at the First Tower Club in Saint Helier, Jersey. Britton constructed breaks of 97 and 138 in the frames he won, but it was Desperques who emerged a 5-2 victor to regain the trophy he last lifted in 2009.

Desperques’ triumph comes twelve months after losing to now current World Seniors Snooker Champion Aaron Canavan in the final via a deciding frame.

Elsewhere in the region, Guernsey ran its first ladies snooker championship in ten years which saw Kate Le Gallez defeat Yvonne Bogue 3-1 in the final.

Article written and published by Michael Day on the 1st May 2018