UK POOL TOUR 4 - HILTON METROPOLE, BIRMINGHAM (1st - 3rd September)
The long Summer break between tours 3 and 4 has nearly passed and it’s almost time to see if Tom Cousins can continue his unprecedented winning streak and take down his fourth UK Tour title on the spin.
The gap between the two tours was filled by the most prestigious event of the year, the World Championships, held in Blackpool at the end of June. Here, Cousins was regarded by most as the favourite to take the title and he came very close to doing so, losing out in the semi-final 10-6 to eventual winner, and previous UK Tour competitor, Mick Hill.
The tour was, however, well represented in the Worlds and provided two of the main singles winners, Amy Beauchamp took the ladies singles title with an emphatic 8-1 defeat of Kerry Griffiths and added to this the ladies’ masters title with a 6-5 win against Lorraine Fivey. Up and coming talent Josh Kane added another title to his collection, picking up the Men’s Masters with an impressive display in the final, defeating England captain Lee Kendal 10-5.
All in all, it was a good event for UK Tour players as the England men’s team, consisting largely of UKPT players, took the title with a convincing performance against Ireland in the final, running out 8-4 victors.
Now on to the next event! The draw has been done and as always has thrown out some interesting early games. Scotland’s Matt Brannan will have to be at his best if he wants to make it past the first round as he is up against World Championship runner-up Phil Harrison. An all-out attack match looks likely with England’s Mike King taking on 2016 World semi-finalist Richard King and a local affair in Harjeet Singh against Josh Corkett is surely going to be a good one to watch.
Beard Productions will be streaming from Friday afternoon until close of play on Saturday night. If you can’t make it down to the fabulous Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, where entry to watch all the action is free, then make sure you catch the action on the stream. The link will be posted on this site and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ukpooltour/
The draws for both the tour and the challenge events can be viewed below: