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R/Up's Phil & Harrison Reeve with Winners Chris Read and Lewis Hambly

The Pot Black Club has recently held its annual Dads & Lads Doubles competition. This is a fun competition where along with true Father and Sons, any two players with a 14-year age difference can participate. This competition is always played with a smile and a joke and this year was no exception.

The final brought together one of the true Father and Son combo’s, The Reeve’s against club employee Chris Read and his ‘adopted son’ Lewis Hambly.

Phil and Harrison Reeve have had a lot of success in past Pot Black Doubles tournaments and fancied their chances of more with a healthy 42 handicap start.

Early signs indicated that this wasn’t going to be enough though as Chris Read with the first chance of the match made a clinical 78 break to comfortably win the opener for him and his partner.

The Reeve’s received 10 more points in the next frame and with some much tighter play were able to secure enough points to level the match up at 1v1.

The game was back in the balance and the all round play was much improved with some excellent safety from all 4 players. With Chris’ scoring power restricted the third frame went down to the colours with Harrison potting an awesome long yellow only to see his attempt at the green rattle in the jaws to leave Lewis the chance to pot the colours required to make it 2v1.

Once again with the 52 start in the fourth frame Phil made his mark in the game with some consistent scores winning the frame comfortably, taking us into a final frame decider.

With everything to play for all four players looked nervous and balls were missed until Chris got the chance in amongst the reds to score an impressive 61 to overhaul the handicap and put Lewis and himself in prime position to clinch the title. A few shots later and Lewis once again made the crucial pots to claim victory, something he had done throughout the tournament; in fairness carrying his more experienced ‘Dad’ Chris to the final.

Phil and Harrison were bridesmaids again but it won’t be long until the winner’s trophies will be winging their way.

The Pot Black would like to thank everyone for taking part and playing in the correct spirit of the game.

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