Plymouth's Haydon Pinhey nets hat-trick of silver waistcoat victories
CITY sensation Haydon Pinhey continues to dominate the West of England Billiards and Snooker Silver Waistcoat tour with a hat-trick of victories in this season's series.
Pinhey made it three wins from three events in 2012/13 with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Cornish cuester Brett Broad.
Plymouth's Pinhey, unsurprisingly, tops the rankings, 740 points ahead of his nearest rival.
Redruth's Broad matched Pinhey in the exciting final and, despite losing, has climbed five places in the event's standings.
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Pinhey posted a 68 break in the final after making breaks of 69 and a 75 earlier in the competition at Rileys on Royal Parade.
The latter was enough to take the highest break prize on the day.
In his semi-final, the in-form Pinhey defeated another of the city's talented snooker players, Dan Legassick.
Legassick went down 2-0 to Pinhey, while Broad defeated another Plymothian, Adam Lewin, by the same scoreline in his half of the last-four draw.
Sixteen players contested the group stages, with each playing seven best-of-three matches to determine the four qualifiers.
Pinhey dropped just one frame as he dominated group one and was joined by Broad, who was the only player to take a frame off Pinhey all day.
Torquay's Lee McArthur narrowly missed out by a single frame, finishing in third place.
Brendan Isaacs, of Redruth, edged out Tavistock newcomer Reece Watters for fourth place.
Another Tavistock cuester, Bradley Anderson, and Jamie Edwards, from Camborne, were playing in their first Silver Waistcoat event and showed much promise for future events.
Group B went to the final match before Legassick was declared the winner.
He secured top place with breaks of 42, 44 and a 69 clearance.
Lewin finished in runners-up spot, while Plymouth's Chris Coumbe took third place with north Devon's Mitch Wood fourth.
Pinhey's peerless potting is giving the event's organisers much pleasure.
A WEBSF spokesperson said: "Haydon is playing with an air of confidence which, if he can maintain it, should see him win his first overall Silver Waistcoat title.
"It is also good to see new blood coming along to play on the tour. Having watched them it's clear that participation in a few more events should see them do well."
The spokesperson added: "It was disappointing some players left early without an explanation.
"However, we do not intend to take the matter any further on this occasion and hope they continue to play in future tournaments."