MAURICE FERGUSON, the 39-year-old Glendermott Cricket Club cueist, became the latest name to be etched on the North-West Senior Snooker Individual Championship’s illustrious roll-of-honour, thanks to a convincing 4-1 victory over Simon Cooke (City of Derry Golf Club) when the pair met in last week’s best-of-seven frames final at Du Pont Snooker Club.
Cooke, the pre-final favourite, did not reveal much of his true form but that should not be allowed to detract from Ferguson’s formidable display of potent potting and mini break-building. Experiencing his first taste of the intimidating atmosphere, the cricketer coped with the occasion in admirable fashion and, in a nutshell, emerged a worthy winner on the night.
Both players were doubtless keen for a confidence boosting start in the first frame. And while Cooke held a 12-point lead on the last four colours - despite Ferguson’s 22 break - the Glendermott player held his nerve to strike the first blow with a 22 clearance (64-50).
The next two frames were shared, with Ferguson going 2-0 up by taking frame two in comfortable fashion (67-34), before Cooke reduced the deficit by winning frame three in equal comfort (62-35).
But that was to prove the Prehen potter’s only hurrah, as the cricketer completed a fine 4-1 victory by taking the next two frames in decisive fashion (75-27 and 74-32). He followed up a brace of 30 compilations in the fourth frame with the best-of-the-match break of 38 in frame five.
Match official were Seamus Gallagher and Joe Sims (referees), John Clifford (overseer) and Jimmy Logue (MC).
For the Record - Maurice Ferguson emulates Paul King (1986), Seamus Conway (1997) and Strabane’s Glenn Roulston (2005) as only the fourth intermediate-graded competitor to win NW snooker’s supreme individual title.
Thanks to Seamus Farren, PFS Accountants (sponsor); Du Pont SC for hosting the Championship (and providing solid refreshments) and last but not least, all the referees who officiated throughout the competition.