Seaton snooker star Lock through to national finals

PUBLISHED: 14:00 30 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:00 30 November 2015

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Seaton snooker player Darran Lock was involved in the southern qualifying tournament for the English Six-Reds Snooker Championship.

Lock was in great form and he booked one of the six places on offer to go forward to the national last 16 and that means a big date for him at Derby on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Lock clawed back a 3-1 deficit against Dominic Holmes (Godalming) and compiled a 44 in the decider to triumph 4-3.

The others who qualified with the Seaton cue master were; Freddie Blunden (Brighton), Ashley Beal (Maresfield, East Sussex), Chris Mason (Seaford, East Sussex), Ryan Mears (Aldershot) and Lawrence Oliver (Milton Keynes) will travel to Cueball Derby on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Mason topped the first round-robin group with ease, but the other two qualifiers were decided on the last frame of the final match.

Despite opening his first frame of the tournament with a 70 break, Mears lost 4-2 to Oliver and thought he’d blown his chances when going down 4-2 to Mason.

With only two wins under his belt, Mears had to overcome Peter Devlin (London) - who had already won three out of four - in the final match to stand any chance of qualifying.

The 27-year-old signed off with a 4-1 victory that included breaks of 39, 43 and 34 to deprive Devlin of a place in Derby by just one frame.

An undefeated Beal topped the second group from Blunden but the third place was decided on a must-win final match for both players.

Lock clawed back a 3-1 deficit against Dominic Holmes (Godalming) and compiled a 44 in the decider to triumph 4-3.

Andrew Scott failed to qualify after losing his first three matches, but had the consolation of making the day’s highest break of 72 in a 4-2 victory over fellow Londoner Adam Stacey.


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