Challenge Cup success for Russell

Saltash’s Barry Russell was the winner of the Challenge Cup at the recent LITEtask British Open, picking up his first trophy on the World Billiards circuit.

Four West Country representatives travelled to Q Gardens Snooker Club to compete in the last ranking event of the year.

Russell and Plymothian Chris Coumbe narrowly missed out on qualification in the group stages of the main event, but the following day they met in the final of the Plate competition which Russell won 253-229.

This is only the second World Billiards event which the Saltash player has played in, having joined the circuit this year, returning to the game after a ten-year absence.

Steve Brookshaw was undefeated in the group stages in the main event. He went on to beat Ryan Mears (Aldershot) in the last 16 before losing out to Robert Marshall in the quarter-finals.

Marshall had earlier ended the hopes of Liskeard’s Chris Mitchell in the last 24 knock-out round, although that match could have gone either way, with just 44 points separating the two players at the end of the hour’s play.

Brookshaw compiled a superb break of 158 during the group stages which is his highest of the season. Keyham Cons team-mate Coumbe also reached three figures with a run of 104.

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