Sheffield teams snooker finals

The two finalists, Malin Bridge and Alpine, line up with The Star Cup
The two finalists, Malin Bridge and Alpine, line up with The Star Cup
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Dronfield Contact came from behind twice to win the 2014 Teams Knockout Cup final, in a thrilling encounter which eventually finished well after midnight.

Dronfield Contact came from behind twice to win the 2014 Teams Knockout Cup final, in a thrilling encounter which eventually finished well after midnight.

Dronfield’s opponents Carlton SC started well, with Kevin Breeze taking the first frame, but Lewis Brothwell pulled Dronfield back level.

Ian Lake potted the final black in the next frame to put Carlton back in front but Dronfield came back again and levelled thanks to Stuart Smith’s 40 break.

It was left to Eric York to play the last frame for Dronfield, and after a close frame he took the pink to win the match, take the cup and earn the title of Teams Knockout champions.

* The Teams Final Week concluded, as always, with the John Smith’s sponsored Star Cup final, held this year at Firth Park WMC.

The Star Cup is the league’s original trophy and has been contested since 1927 by the winners of each division, in a champions’ play off.

This year it was the winners of B division, the Alpine, versus C division winners Malin Bridge Sports.

An unusual incident in the first frame saw Dave Portman for Alpine needing a snooker with two balls remaining.

He laid one which he thought Malin Bridge’s Paul Clayton had missed, and went ahead and potted pink and black without waiting for the referee’s call.

He then found out that the white had made the finest of contacts with the pink as it passed.

Consequently, no foul had been committed and he lost the frame, putting the Malin team one up.

Rob Smedley added a second before Wayne Wootton pulled one back for Alpine.

And it was left to Malin Bridge captain John Grayson to finish the job as he won the fourth to give them victory by three frames to one.

With the win comes the trophy that last September 63 teams set out hoping to win.

* The play-offs, for the teams finishing second and third in each division, saw D Division runners up Steelers No.2 taking on third placed A division side Players Lounge No.1 for the Herriot Trophy.

And it was the side from the lower division, Steelers, who came out on top, winning 3-1.

Mitchell Travis opened for the Players and a 40 break helped towards him taking the frame for a 1-0 lead.

That was to be their last win, though, as Carl Lee took a close second frame and Glen Jackson and Craig Allen comfortably took the next two to give them the trophy.