Southport top 8 ball pool player Steve Crane came close in National Finals
Local pool player Steve Crane from Southport representing Lancashire seniors (over 50s) in the national singles finals at the Phoenix sports club at Nottingham last weekend.
Players from all over the country converged on Nottingham for the national finals.
Steve was in a tough group of 4 players losing his first match which made it really tough for him, but Steve won his next match 3-1 against a ex England player needing to win his last match for any chance of qualifying. To stay in the competition Steve needed to win against last years pro ranked no 1 player on the seniors tour . Steve stepped up to the mark & won 3-0 any other result he would of been out, the win put him in to the ko stages of the competition.
First match in the last 16 against a very good player Malcolm Brooks which he won 4-2. Now into the last 8 Steve was up against England’s seniors captain Tony Kay. Steve got off to a great start going 2-0 up then 3-2 up, Steve broke in the next game & his opponent never got out of his chair he finished the game in one visit winning 4-2.
He had now been playing for nearly 12 hours non stop and was getting a bit tired but had to find another level as he knew who was waiting for him in the semi finals, it was no other than Mr pool himself Keith Brewer winner of the last 8 senior tours & current world champion.
Steve got off to a great start going 2-0 up before Keith won the next 3, Steve won the next pulling it all level going into the decider. Steve broke cleared up to the black only to miss a thin cut into the middle pocket, Keith then made a mistake giving Steve the chance to finish the game which he did putting himself into the final.
Up next in the final another big name in pool Russell Burgess, a Welsh international. Crane was 2-0 down but soon pulled back level then went 3-2 down, Russell went on to win 5-2.
Steve says, it was a great achievement for me getting to the final there were a lot of top players there from all over the country, it was a very long day. I left my house at 6.30.am and got back home at 2.30 am the next morning but we’ll worth it!