The bottom half of the draw saw former champion Roger Clarke make his way through to tomorrow’s final. The last time Jumbo lifted the trophy, the Sky Blues were still in the Premier League, way back in 1998/99 In some respects, Roger had an easier time of things, and was one of the lucky few to be gifted a ‘bye’ in the first round.  In Roger’s first match, Rileys No SQ captain Derek Harrison put up some resistance, but not even covering three bags in the opening frame was enough to stop the Maudslay vice-captain from recording a comfortable 2-0 win. 
Roger Clarke 2 v 0 Derek Harrison
Next up was former champion, and two time runner-up, Dave Easson. Roger took first blood in a quick fire opening frame, despite leaving the Brandon Club vice-captain with a straightforward looking clearance from the break. he second frame was a very slow tactical one, and a repeat of their epic Knock-out Cup playoff match from two years ago looked on the cards. Roger wasn’t about to fall into Dave’s trap again though, and confidently broke the pack open and cleared up to record another 2-0 win, leaving Dave with a full compliment of balls in the process.
Roger Clarke 2 v 0 Dave Easson
In the top half of the draw, Rileys Smileys captain Daz “where’s the food?” Fursdon made it through to the final, marking his first individual appearance at Finals Weekend. Daz didn’t have the easiest of draws, and started with a first round match against last year’s runner-up, Dean Davies, captain of the hosts ‘A’ team. Daz edged a hard fought 2-1 win, before coming from behind to beat the Brookies captain Mark Tucker by the same scoreline, although Mark will be kicking himself for not securing a 2-0 win himself. 
Daz Fursdon 2 v 0 Dean Davies
Daz didn’t drop another frame on his way to tomorrow’s final, his first victim being fellow Hertford Place captain, Jamie White in the quarter-final.. The match was another close one, and Daz tried his hardest to help Jamie by smacking the cue ball off the table as he broke the second.
Daz Fursdon 2 v 0 Jamie White