BOYLE BANKS AT MURPHYS ENGLISH OPEN
It may have been the English Open, but it was an all-Scottish affair in the final at Murphys Sports Bar, Doncaster, as Mark Boyle defeated compatriot Liam Dunster to claim the title.
A high quality entry of 64 players featured across the action packed and intriguing weekend, initially playing in a double elimination format until eight qualifiers were confirmed for the Knock-Outs from the Quarter-Finals onwards.
One of the most consistent players on the worldwide Blackball Pool scene, Boyle began his campaign with wins against Reggie Gill (11-6) and Geoff Allen (11-7) before facing Dunster for the first time during the event, a meeting he came through 11-6.
Boyle was pushed over to the Losers' Side when he lost to current IPA World Champion Ben Davies 11-7, but he bounced back assuring qualification when he got the better of former two time back-to-back WEPF World Champion Tom Cousins, 8-5.
In the Last 8 former professional snooker player Boyle dispatched 2015 IPA World Champion Jack Whelan, 11-5. In the Semis he ousted fellow countryman and Event 1 winner on this year's Supreme Pool Series Scott Gillespie, 11-9. Gillespie had caused a sensation in the Quarters when he swept aside Davies by the remarkable score of 11-0.
Dunster, the reigning IPA Champions Cup and BI World Champion, battled back through the Losers' Section eliminating Gearoid O'Gorman (8-1), ex-IPA World Champion Craig Marsh (8-5) and then professional events winner Jordan Shepherd in a thrilling deciding frame finish (8-7).
His passage in the KOs saw him deny Matthew Lawrenson (11-6) and then yet another former IPA World Champion in the form of Gareth Hibbott (11-8).
However, despite Dunster starting well in the final with two clearances to take a 2-0 lead, Boyle gained momentum, establishing a comfortable lead which he converted into an 11-7 victory.
Boyle was a last minute entry into the event - he'll certainly be glad he made the trip south, going home with the title, trophy and £5,000 in prize money.
2018 Murphys English Open - Results from the Quarter-Finals onwards
Gareth Hibbott 11-6 Arfan Dad
Matt Lawrenson 6-11 Liam Dunster
Ben Davies 0-11 Scott Gillespie
Mark Boyle 11-5 Jack Whelan
(Losers each received £500)
Hibbott 8-11 Dunster
Gillespie 9-11 Boyle
(Losers each received £1,200)
Dunster 7-11 Boyle
(Dunster received £2,500, Boyle received £5,000)
Article written and published by Michael Day on the 17th September 2018