Slack puts the brakes on Andy Russell’s winning run in OMYA Cup

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THE OMYA Cup (Individual Scratch) final took place at Matlock Club this week resulting in a 4-1 success for Bolehill Institute’s Ricki Slack over the season’s most prolific winning player, Edgefold’s Andy Russell.

Slack hit the ground running in the opener with breaks of 35 and 28 setting the tone before taking a more cagey frame on the green after Russell had needed all the remaining colours to tie.

Slack again led by 14 with the last three balls remaining in the next but despite spurning a gilt edged chance on an easy blue through over-stretching, it wasn’t long before he despatched a much tougher shot on his next visit for 3-0.

Russell found his feet in the next with a storming long pot on the brown reducing the arrears but once taking the black with the final red in frame five (along with yellow and green) Slack was home and hosed for his fourth win in the events history.

The runners-up spot and play off placings were also up for grabs in the final scheduled round of J K Interiors and Joinery Services League matches.

Jaxx Q Club went under 4-1 at Matlock Cons, who sneak in to the play offs accordingly with Charlie Hodgkinson and Nick Kay top scoring after Devon Neave had given the visitors an early lead.

This left Bolehill No 2 needing a 4-1 win at Belper Strutt No 1 to re-claim second spot but it was the hosts who held firm thanks to a 3-2 verdict.

Ben Monk shaded the first before Ian Peacock (24 break) equalised and eventually the match rested on the final pairs leg.

Wayne Shooter and Newby took this 52-30 to give the hosts 14 wins out of 18 for the season.

Cons had also been in winning action earlier in the week with a vital 4-1 success at Matlock Club, with Richard Deakin top scoring after Graeme Wood had amassed 91 points for the hosts.

Rob Dicken also excelled as Edgefold No 2 triumphed 4-1 at Alfreton Palmer Morewood.