Josh Bradburn made it three finalists out of the last three years in the Midland Masters but couldn’t quite follow the footsteps of Callum Wraight last year and succumbed to the same player as Wayne Rogers did in 2015, Greg Smith. Greg was different class in the final as he finally secured a place at this year’s Champion of Champions by beating Josh 6, but Josh will reflect on an excellent day. He started by beating Andy Milsom 18, then had another close game with Darrell Handley before winning 20, then defeated Shropshire’s Colin Beaman 17, Craig Pearson 16 and Barry Booth 19 in the Semi Finals. Colin had defeated Kevin Handley 19 and Richard Gill 6 on his way to meeting Josh. Rich Lawson made the last 16 after getting past Dave Semper 13 and Will Kay 15. Ian & Martin Gaut, as well as Pete Farmer and Scott Moseley, made the second round, beating Mick Bacon 13, Richard Burdett Mnr 18, Steve Pratt 15 and Jordie Baddeley 13 respectively. Simon Lane, Nigel Ferrington, Tony Rhodes, Wayne Phillips and Wayne Rogers all lost narrowly 1st round, while Mark Taylor was ill.
The SCGBA would like to congratulate Josh on his efforts as well as our other representatives.