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​Former professional player and two-time European Amateur champion Alex Borg won on home soil at the 2019 Malta Snooker Open this week.


Players from across Malta were joined by hopefuls from outside the island during this annual week-long open event that was contested at the Peace Band Club in Naxaar.


Borg, who was part of the top tier circuit as recently as last season, began his campaign with 4-2 victories against fellow countrymen Chris Peplow and Frans Abdilla.


In the quarter-finals he eliminated England's James Cahill, the Q-School top-up player who stunned Mark Selby in the opening round of the UK Championship at the end of November, 4-2. 


​A 5-1 success over Mario Cutajar booked his final berth where he denied Duncan Bezzina 6-4 to claim the title, trophy and 1,500 Euro.


Defending champion Brian Cini lost in the second round to Stephen Mangion (4-2) whilst Maltese cuesports legend Tony Drago bowed out in the same round to Arthur Cachia (4-2).


Preceding this, the same venue hosted the European Under 17 Open that was won by England's Connor Benzey.



2019 Malta Snooker Open

Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)

​Stephen Magion 1-4 Mario Cutajar

​James Cahill 2-4 Alex Borg

​Duncan Bezzina 4-1 Arthur Cachia

​James Curtis-Barrett 4-0 Tom Misfud


Semi-Finals

Cutajar 1-5 Borg

Bezzina 5-2 Curtis-Barrett


Final

Borg 6-4 Bezzina



Thank you to Vincent Pisani for his information and the photo above.



Article written and published by Michael Day on the 20th January 2019

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