The Isle of Man Amateur Snooker Championship quarter finals were held last weekend, simultaneously across tables 1-4 at the Cue Zone. Calum Gardner was first to reach 5 frames and progress to his first semi final, surprisingly whitewashing last season’s finalist Peter Kirkham. Next to join him was Jamie Wilson, he defeated a previous finalist, in Steve Finnegan 5-1. The remaining matches weren’t quite as straightforward, the heavyweight clash of Darryl Hill and John Kennish, 5 and 6 times island champions respectively went all the way to a decider. Reigning champion Kennish put up a brave defence, fighting back from 4-1 down. Both had chances in a nervy decider before a very relieved Hill came through. Last to finish was the Peter Crellin vs Tom Miller match, Crellin was 3-0 up and something of a shock result was on as Crellin managed to keep the two-time champion strangely quiet. Crellin was 33 up in frame 4 but Miller hit a 64 break to eventually get his first frame on the board and slowly the tide turned. A 52 break in frame 6 and Miller had levelled the match and as Crellin’s form dipped Miller went away to eventually progress 5-3, he wasn’t that happy with his performance, just glad to get through. The semi final draw and dates will be available on the association website in due course. Thanks to our referees, Dave Kelly, Simon Gardner, Paul Smyth and Scott Campion, not forgetting Jez Hill for looking after the tables and of course The Cue Zone.
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