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Archives: Phil Craig comes close to a 2nd Scottish Singles crown
 Posted on Thursday, May 17 2007 @ 15:49:03 BSTby adpladmin
National Pool News Mike writes
Scottish Singles Runner Up 2006-7, Phil Craig Snr
Scottish Singles Runner Up 2006-7
Phil Craig Snr

The SEPF Scottish Singles 2007 saw the players converge upon Styx Pool Hall, Kirkcaldy on 5th & 6th May.
64 players had qualified through their local leagues to join the 32 seeded players in this year?s championship.
All of the qualifiers went into the first round draw and matches were the best of 15 frames. There were a couple of notable names in the qualifiers including ex-international players Andy Gerrie and Simon Mitchell along with current International player Mark Oaten...

The early start for the 1st round saw, unfortunately, a few non-appearances from some players. The early arriving seeded players were taking an interest as to whom they may be meeting in the 2nd round and a few players were raising eyebrows at players they had never seen or heard of before.

The 2nd round saw the seeds introduced and there were a few surprises in store. Unfortunately the No.1 seed, Darren Matthew, was not able to attend as he was playing on the International Pool Tour. The seeded players were not getting it all their own way in the 2nd round as Mike Clark, Phil Craig Jr & Martin McIntosh all went out on a deciding frame to Ryan Docherty, Stevie Grant & Murray Herd respectively. Other seeds to fall in this round were George Henderson, Lawrie Annandale, Paul Simpson, Murray May, Jason Hebenton, Allan Anderson, and Gary Wallace. Barry Calder also went out in this round, after what was arguably the tie of the round, to Mark Oaten. All of these asides the shock of the round in many peoples eyes was the performance of Alan Higgins as he defeated the pre-tournament joint favourite, Raymond Mowat by the score of 8-1. This was the end of the first days play and the players left were in for another early start on the Sunday Morning, but only after enjoying the Kirkcaldy nightlife and partaking in a few beverages.

After what was supposed to be a good nights rest the first matches started at 10am. There were still 13 qualifiers in the draw for the round of the last 32. The matches were still played over the best of 15 frames and the ties were starting to look tough for a lot of the players.
Notable ties in this round saw Chris Corcoran lose to Chris Sweeney 8-4. A couple of Aberdeen stalwarts were drawn together in the way of Phil Craig Snr and John Falconer. On this occasion Phil ran out the winner by the score of 8-5. Recent European Championships Player of the Tournament was another who faced the exit at the hands of Jim Anderson on the deciding frame. Dave McPike followed Ian Daniel out as he lost 8-3 to Andy Gerrie. Fellow Under 21 Internationals Jason Harley & current World Junior Champion Pat McCarron fought out a battle as Jason went out on the deciding frame. As the matches became tougher the results became closer.

The last 16 saw 6 qualifiers remaining. The matches were getting harder to choose a winner from. George Morrison saw his tournament ended as he went out 8-4 to Chris Sweeney. Alex Stephen saw off one of the qualifiers in Ryan Docherty but only after a battle and a score of 8-6. Phil Craig Snr had a tough match against Iain Soutar but did enough to win through 8-4. Jim Andersons fine run saw him defeat Stuart Archibald in a close match winning on the deciding frame once again. Mike Keddie struggled through in a scrappy match with Gavin James as both players failed to get any rhythm going by the score of 8-7. Andy Gerrie survived a fight-back in his match with Jamie Simpson after going 5-0 up Jamie rallied to get back to 7-6 down but seemed to use all his effort in clawing back the frames failing to just reach the finish line as Andy broke and dished the next frame to progress 8-6. Murray Herd was starting to get people looking at him. The qualifier from the East Neuk Pool League, playing in his first event, made no mistakes and was very focussed as he defeated Alan Higgins 8-2. The final match of the round saw World Junior Champion, Pat McCarron against Current Scotland International Ivan Thompson. This match had a few people watching as it went one way then the other all the way to the final frame as Pat secured the victory 8-7 to complete the quarter final draw.

The first match in the quarterfinals saw Chris Sweeney against Alex Stephen. This was never going to be a pot fest, as both players were more known for their patience and right opportunity to go for the frame. The match was remaining tight until Chris managed to open up a small lead and Alex never closed the lead as Chris went through to the semis 8-5. Phil Craig was to join Chris in the semis after another grinding match with Jim Anderson. Jim?s good tournament came to end by the score of 8-6. Mike Keddie had upped his game from the previous round as he saw off Andy Gerrie 8-4. It seemed that Murray Herd, the last remaining qualifier, was going to exit this round as he came up against Pat McCarron. But for the many watching Murray failed to be shaken by his opponent as he played well and took every chance that he had. Pat was stunned early on and failed to get back into the match and went out 8-3.

The semi finals started on adjacent tables and there was a good crowd supporting all of the players. Phil Craig and Mike Keddie opened up early leads in their respective matches against Chris Sweeney & Murray Herd. Chris was getting annoyed at some of his play and his frustration caused him to lose some frames. On the other table Murray wasn?t getting many chances and when the chances came he was failing to take them. Phil ended up winning through to the final by the score of 8-3. Mike Keddie had opened up a 7-2 lead against Murray Herd but Murray started to fight back taking the next 2 frames. A mistake on the next frame by Murray saw Mike Given a chance to run out the frame and the match. Mike took his chance and progressed to the final by the score of 8-4.

The final began with the players sharing the first 2 frames. The balls were not splitting well for either player so it looked like the frames were to more tactics than potting. This is how it proved to be as there were no break & dishes in the match. The next 2 frames were also shared so the score stood at 2-2. Mike then took the next 2 to open up a 2 frame lead and really should have cleared up the next frame to increase the lead but a missed black let Phil in with a clearance on for himself. With all of the colours down and just the black remaining Phil left a thinner cut on the black than he would have like. Phil potted the black but was unable to slow the cueball down as it went in off in the opposite corner pocket. Mike now held a 3 frame lead and it increased to a 4 frame lead as he took the next frame. Phil took the next 2 frames to decrease the deficit to 6-4. Mike took the next frame to move himself with one frame of the match. In the next frame tactics were still on show as Phil played a deliberate foul with a few balls tied up. Mike doubled his first shot and left himself in a position to open up a small cluster still having a shot remaining. With the game now on Mike proceeded to pot all of his balls. Adrenalin was setting in a couple of shots were over-hit and Mike left the cueball in a Chinese snooker with a cut on his last ball. Mike potted his last ball and left a simple black to take the frame and match along with the title of Scottish Singles Champion 2007.

 

  National Pool News


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