Brookshaw misses easy Gold chance
STEVE BROOKSHAW was the city's highest finisher in the second West of England Billiards and Snooker Gold Waistcoat tour event at Rileys.
Brookshaw lost 2-1 in the semi-finals to impressive Cornish cuester Alan Hurley, who went down by the same scoreline to fellow finalist Andy Neck.
Darren Bond from Tiverton leads the Gold Waistcoat Tour rankings, but has Newton Abbot's Neck on his heels after a solid performance in event two.
Bond had bowed to Neck 2-1 in his side of the semi-final draw, with the latter compiling a 74 break.
But Brookshaw will be kicking himself for letting slip an excellent opportunity to KO Hurley, meet Neck in the final and boost his own ranking.
The Plymouth potter missed a 'sitter' match-ball, thus allowing Hurley to progress and improve his ranking position from 15th to fifth.
Brookshaw had defeated Torbay's Andy Astin 2-0 in his quarter-final, while Hurley made breaks of 69 and 40 to beat Torbay's Alan Tunney – back following injury – by the same scoreline.
In the last eight Neck defeated Torbay's James Lee 2-0, while Mitch Wood, of north Devon, went out 2-1 to Bond.
The last 16 saw some impressive breaks.
Brookshaw made 85, Hurley 52 Redruth's Charman 48 and Aston posted a fine 46.
WEBSF spokesman Steve Canniford praised the standard of play and is looking for more of the same in the new year.
He said: "It was another well-attended tournament where the players produced solid match play snooker.
"Darren Bond's position at the top of the rankings will be tough to hold on to, with the likes of reigning champion Andy Neck finding some consistency and several other players jockeying for position.
"The next Gold Waistcoat event, in February, is scheduled to take place at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester where the conditions are of professional championship standard.
"It will be interesting to see how the players cope with fast cloths and tight pockets."