I'm grateful to Luc Berthouze for the following information from the first day's play.
Luc reports: "French and Wicks top two seeds are in semi-final. But their are
waiting for their respective opponents to complete their games tomorrow morning. Quarters and semis are Bo3 and final is meant to be Bo5 but I think unless both semis finish rapidly they will be lucky to have Bo3 for final."
Finally, Cliff decides he will play his games with Luc's mallet!
Unfortunately the quarter-final stages over-ran so remaining stages had to be shortened. Semi-finals were Martin French v Mark Fawcett and Jamie Mussi v Jack Wicks, Wicks and French will play the final at a later date.
Later update from Martin French: Jack and I played the Bo3 final today at Colchester. Jack won. It was a good match:
Game 1: +4 TPO to Jack. Jack pegged out both balls at the end of his TPO, leaving Martin on 4 and Jack’s other ball on 3b. Martin shot well and got within one hoop of Jack before he made 4b, and then soon finished.
Game 2: +13 TP to Martin. Jack picked up a triple well but got hampered after 3. Martin went round but had a poor leave. After a bit of interchange, Martin got started by rolling off 1 then rolling off 2 from Second Corner, and completed the triple.
Game 3: +21 to Jack. Jack had a 3rd turn ball round to 4b. Martin started a 4th turn TPO, but got hampered by the peelee at 6 and couldn’t hit the pioneer. Jack finished with a double peel, 5th turn.
Jack has the SCCC tumbler, Martin the wine, and presumably Mark still has the Salver!