Pinhey extends lead in race for Silver Waistcoat title
HAYDON PINHEY has continued his stunning start to the Silver Waistcoat season by winning the first two events on the West of England Snooker and Billiards tour.
Plymouth's Pinhey tightened his grip on the early stages of the 2012/13 campaign with a 2-0 victory over Mitch Wood in the final at Rileys.
The young city cuester has already put daylight between himself and second-placed Cornishman Aiden Johns, whom he leads by 470 points.
Pinhey heads the rankings list with a maximum return of 1,400 points after successive wins.
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However, fellow Plymouth player Dan Legassick is in contention in third place with 860 points.
Wood, of north Devon, jumped up five places to fourth in the standings after reaching the final.
In the semi-finals Pinhey made a 52 break on his way to defeating Legassick, while Johns made a 40 against Wood but still lost the frame and match.
Numbers were surprisingly low for the second Silver Waistcoat event to be held at Rileys this term, owing to a misunderstanding regarding the tournament date.
However, players had the continuity of playing best-of-five frame matches.
Consequently there was a barrage of breaks from a quality field.
Pinhey won his group 18-2 on frames and posted breaks of 41, 46, 49, 41, 70 and 76.
Legassick came second, winning all but one match with a string of modest breaks in the 30s and hitting 40.
Wood qualified in third place posting breaks of 53, 51, 39, 39 and 33. Johns was fourth to qualify.
Pinhey's progress and prowess on the baize was praised by WEBSF tournament director Steve Canniford, who said: "It was another confident performance from Pinhey.
"If he can keep this form he will be a clear favourite for the title."
Canniford added: "Players are reminded to keep an eye on our website for dates of remaining events.
"If we can get back to the numbers we normally get for this tour, there is still time for Pinhey to be reeled in."
For further details of WEBSF tournaments, call Canniford on 07891 940995.