McAllister delivers the goods in snooker finals

Hawick postie Lee McAllister stamped his authority on the Borders Snooker Singles Championships on Sunday.

Hawick postie Lee McAllister stamped his authority on the Borders Snooker Singles Championships on Sunday.

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Postman Lee McAllister walks the streets of Hawick delivering first class mail, second class mail and parcels, writes John Slorance.

Delivering the goods is his job, but in the world of snooker, he has been absolutely first class, as he stamped his authority on the Border snooker scene in winning not one, not two, but three titles.

First to come through the mailbox was the Hawick singles championship.

This was followed by the winning of the Borders pairs crown, along with partner Mark Riddle.

And last Sunday, McAllister put the icing on the cake with yet another triumph when lifting the Bannerman Burke Borders singles title at Hawick Conservative Club to complete a remarkable hat-trick.

Playing on his home territory, McAllister reached the final of Sunday’s event by defeating Gary Kinnear of Hawick Burns Club 3-1 in his semi-final clash, earning him a showdown along with Selkirk Conservative Club’s Fraser Kelly, who had toppled Robin Bell of Hawick Burns Club 3-0 in the other semi.

Come the final, McAllister won the opening frame and then wrapped matters up winning the next three to gain the honours.

He told The Southern: “I was fortunate to win my semi-final as Gary played the better snooker.

“In fact, I was very lucky all day as things just seemed to fall my way.

“I am thrilled to have won the championship as it is a great honour.”

Beaten finalist, Kelly commented: “I was very happy with my performance in the semi-final as the warrior within me took me through to the final.

“In the final, however, the warrior unfortunately deserted me.”

During the final, McAllister recorded a 58 break, the highest of the tournament.