Snooker ace pots national title

TOP potter Mark Rowing is celebrating winning the English Seniors Snooker Championship.

Hyde Park cueman Rowing, 43, defeated Colin Norton 6-4 in the prestigious final at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield.

But, although naturally delighted with his victory, the unassuming Rowing insists he was well below-par in the showpiece event!

He said: "Obviously I'm really pleased to have won the tournament - but I played terrible!

"The final was played on the new tables that are used at the World Championships so the speed of them was something I wasn't used to.

"But the main thing is that I won."

Rowing, the 1987 English Amateur champion, lost the first frame of a long match on the pink before racing into a 4-1 lead by winning the next four games.

But Norton produced his best spell of the match, making breaks of 53, 32 and 52, to reduce his arrears to 4-3.

The next frame lasted 50 minutes as Rowing claimed the important eighth game by potting the last three colours and, even though Norton took the ninth, a run of 45 from Rowing secured victory for the Doncaster player.

Now the former professional, who reached number 57 in the world at his peak, will represent England in the World Senior Championships in October.

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