MATTHEW PEAKER retained the Huddersfield Open Billiards title when he comprehensively beat nine-time champion Tony Clegg in the final at Newsome WMC.
Peaker took an early initiative with four breaks in the 20s while Clegg struggled to gain any momentum from the positions he faced when coming to the table, and as a consequence was able to make only a 22 in the early stages.
The reigning champion from Brockholes BC took full advantage and with a break of 42 and reached the halfway stage at 250, leaving Clegg trailing on 132.
After the interval both players started to show their qualities with Peaker recording breaks of 25 and 46 before running in the highest of the evening with a mark of 70.
At that stage it looked as though he was going to cross the finishing line before Clegg had reached halfway, but the League president responded with a break of 57 to throw himself a lifeline.
But it wasn’t enough, and in the end Peaker became a worthy champion for the second year, running out the winner 500-305 .
Earlier, Tim Whitehouse claimed the first title in the Huddersfield Billiards and Snooker finals when he defeated Clegg to win the Billiards Handicap at Newsome WMC.
For the purposes of the Handicap tournament, the semi-finals and final are all played on the same night, and in the first semi Whitehouse scored consistently to defeat David Peaker 200-87.
The second semi was much closer with Clegg having to concede 175 start to last year’s winner Paul Rayner. But the holder was unable to reproduce his form of last year and helped by breaks of 34 and 30, Clegg went on to victory 200-162.
In the final, Whitehouse had the big advantage of 185 points start, but saw some of them eaten away early in the contest as Clegg knocked in breaks of 43 and 27. And the nine-times Open champion closed the gap further with smaller runs of 32 and 38, and with Whitehouse still 40 shy of the finishing line, it looked as though he would be caught.
But at that stage Whitehouse then produced his best break of the night, a run of 32, to seal the title 200-160.