I made my long awaited return to the tournament scene on Sunday with a trip to Mickey Flynns in Cambridge.
A quality field of 40 players contested this 10-ball event.
The first round was a group stage with each match consisting of 8 racks. All racks had to be played meaning a draw was an option.
I lost my first match to a mate of mine (keeping the score a secret!!!) which meant I had work to do to qualify for the KO stage. I won my next match 5-3 against Colin Gray and then needed a draw or better against Gary Holloway - I won that match 6-2 to cement my place in the last 16.
It was the first time I had made the KO stages of any tournament and not bad considering I had not played a tournament since Jan '05.
It was not to be my day though as in the last 16 I got hammered 9-0 by Wayne Fryer (he went on to be runner-up!) - I was 5-0 down before I got my first visit to the table and he played awesome. He hardly missed a ball and fully deserved the win!
I got a taste for competition again and will hopefully play some more events this year.
1st) Kevin Hew - £350.00
2nd) Wayne Fryer - £150.00
3rd) So Shaw & Anthony Ginn - £90.00
5th) Gareth Esprit, Brad Parker, Mike Rogers, Carlton Watson - £60.00