Dale sees off Kevern to claim Open

Plymouth’s Dale Branton overcame 2013 champion Tom Kevern to win the West of England Snooker Open at the Jesters Snooker Hall in Swindon.

Players from all over the South and West headed to Wiltshire to do battle, although last year’s winner Billy Castle and 2015 victor and current Gold Waistcoat champion Eddie Manning (Cornwall) were unavailable.

Branton saw off pre-tournament favourite Andy Symons (Tavistock) in the semi-finals with the aid of a 64 break.

Symons came into the event after surpassing all expectations at the Paul Hunter Classic, a professional tournament in Germany.

Break building performances of note came from Symons (91, 77, 74), 2014 champion Haydon Pinhey (Plymouth) (72, 70, 63, 102), and Bournemouth’s Grant Mason (94).

Plymouth’s Martin Pitcher beat Chris Coumbe (Plymouth) in the Plate final.

After 11 hours of competitive snooker a West of England Billiard and Snooker Foundation spokesman said: “This is the fourth year in a row that we have run this tournament and we have seen four different winners. The format and scoring system requires tough match-play to do well, as every frame won is vital, especially in a match defeat. Dale Branton made just three breaks over 50 in the 23 frames he played but the quality of his match-play proved a deciding factor in his success.”

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