Llanymynech Open Qualifiers Report
Some big names are through to the final of the Llanymynech Open with Shropshire county players Rich Lawson, Colin Beaman, Ash Wellings and Wayne Phillips all qualifying. Saturday morning was played in tough conditions with the green having to be brushed off with all the standing water. But county players Ash Wellings and Wayne Phillips brushed it all off and got through, Ash beating Welsh players Andy Delooze 12 and Martin Jones 15, while Wayne beat Gareth Davies and Megis Phillips both 16. Staffordshire county player Chris Worthington also progressed by beating Chris Edwards 19 and John Clarke 10, with the final qualifier being homester Ben Parkes, who defeated Josh Warner 12 and Sam Millward 19, after resisting a comeback from Sam from 19-10 down. Into the afternoon and conditions improved to allow two more homesters to qualify, including the organiser! Kieran Jones beat Will Childs 7 and then Richard Walker 18, while Mark Kirkham defeated Chris Baker 16 and Tim Childs 3. Rich Lawson played Derek Wright in the pick of the games of the weekend, and fought back from 15-8 down to play some great game saving woods to win 20. Chris Kearns was the other qualifier from Merseyside, getting past Eddy Broad 8 and Cedric Bancroft 19. Sunday morning saw homester James Candlin qualify after a scare first round against James Ashton 20, but then dispatched Gill Dawes 4 to get through. Two Ifton players got through, with Ade Humphries impressive in beating Tony Rhodes 19 and Neil Kershaw 20 and Nick Jones beating Paul Beer 19 and Mark Shore 13. The afternoon session saw Mick Jones fight back from 20-10 down against Dickie Jones to win after beating Mike Hughes 18 first game. Pete Bound was also involved in a fightback against Jamie Waugh, running out from 20-14 down. He had an easier first round game beating Allan Dawes 4. Colin Beaman was involved in a high quality game with Danny Ferris, winning 14 after defeating Sonya Lucas 13 first game. Dave Bond was the final qualifier getting past Sam O'Nions 13 and Martin Middleton 12. The finals day takes place on Sunday at 11 with practice at half 10. Full results and finals day draw is here.