Young stars brush aside the old guard

Sheffield Snooker  Champion Ashley Carty (left) with beaten finalist Nico Elton
Sheffield Snooker Champion Ashley Carty (left) with beaten finalist Nico Elton
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The Sheffield Championship may well have marked the final changing of the guard within Sheffield snooker.

The Pentagon Toyota/ Players Lounge-sponsored event saw the youngest ever final pairing and the youngest winner.

Ashley Carty who is 18 beat 17-year-old Nico Elton 5-1 in the final at the Players Lounge, Ecclesfield.

In the semi-final Nico had beaten Peter Bardsley, a player who holds the unique record of having won the title in four separate decades .

While Ashley saw off multiple finalist David Portman in the semi and defending champion David Allender in the quarter final.

However, it would be unwise to ever write off players of such calibre.

Ashley opened the final with a 33 break in the first frame and rushed in to a 4-0 lead, just one away from the title.

Nico does not give up without a fight though, and a 53 break in the next helped him put his first frame on the board.

But Ashley was not going to be put off and a 66 break in the next gave him the frame, the match 5-1 and title of Sheffield Champion.

Rob Skidmore, a member of the A Division Championship side Cueball Four added the Stones Bitter Marshall Cup, the individual handicap knockout, to his port folio for the season, beating Allied Snooker Centre’s James Howarth 4-2 in the final.

Rob took the first frame but James levelled in the next. Rob added the next two for 3-1 to move within a frame of the title.

The fifth went to the black ball but it was James who potted it to keep his chances alive. The sixth went Rob’s way though which he took to win the match 4-2 and with it the title.