Pool final ‘classic’ as Peel pounce to clinch cup
Thursday, 27th June 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Sir Robert Peel won the Liam Tarrant Cup
PLAYERS from Sir Robert Peel and King’s Cross Hawks played out “a topsy-tervy classic” in the final of the Chalk Farm Pool League’s answer to the FA Cup.
There was no separating the two sides in their recent clash at the Done Our Bit Club in West Hampstead as they battled it out in a first-to-five frames showdown for the right to get their hands on the sought-after Liam Tarrant Cup.
Chris Heim pocketed the opening singles frame for Peel, but wins for John Hosein and Mark Piercey saw the Hawks swoop into a 2-1 lead. Tony Stevens levelled the scores up at 2-2 going into the doubles matches, where the ebb-and-flow nature of the silverware showdown continued to leave the match eagerly poised at 4-4 and heading for a final frame decider.
Bernard Putz made sure the glory belonged to Sir Robert Peel as he pounced on an unforced error by Connor Foran to clear up and pot the black and secure a thrilling 5-4 victory.
League chairman Shaun Pollard, who refereed the final, said: “Both the teams deserve great credit for playing their part in a gripping final. It was an epic and closely fought match right down to the final black being sunk.”