PEEBLES wood machinist Paul Shanks is no stranger to the Borders Snooker Singles finals, having carved a path to the final five times and notched three victories.
But the 43-year-old was nevertheless delighted to pocket the title yet again at Jedburgh British Legion on Sunday.
Shanks, below, who plays on the Scottish amateur circuit, beat Hawick’s Mark Riddell 4-1 in the final of a very closely fought match, despite what the scoreline may suggest.
Shanks had made it into the final by beating Kelso’s Rob Scott (3-0) while Riddell disposed of Selkirk/Gala hotshot Fraser Kelly (3-2).
In the first two frames the scoring was neck and neck with both going down to the final balls. Riddell won the third frame, but lost the next, which, following a rerack due to a dispute over the rules, went down to the black ball.
Paul dominated the final frame and won with a break of 72.
The champion told TheSouthern: “It’s always great to get to the finals of the Borders event as there are a lot of good players around and you get some good games.
“I was really under pressure at times when playing Mark. Right up until the last frame, in fact, and then I managed to get into the balls.
“It was good to finish on a high.”
Following his first appearance in a Borders singles final, Riddell, 32, said: “It’s always a hard job against Paul, he’s a different class from me but I thought I gave it a good go, I had my chances. I’m disappointed to lose, but I really enjoyed it. Well done to Paul, he made a cracking break in the end to win it.”
After the final the presentations for the season were made by league secretary Johnstone Cox.
A & L Storey Opticians (Peebles) Border Snooker Singles: winner, P Shanks; runner-up, M. Riddell. Hawick Burns Club Snooker Pairs: winners, L. McAllister & M. Riddell; runners-up, R. Scott & N. Lowrie.
Brown Brothers Peebles Honda Mazda Border Snooker Premier League: winners, Hawick Conservative Club; runners-up, Kelso. First Division: winners, Hawick Burns Club; runners-up, Hawick Conservative Club B.
Selkirk Conservative Club Under-25 Singles: winner, P. Crolla; runner-up, A. Hogg.
Jean Yule Knock-out Cup: winners, Selkirk A; runners-up, Hawick Burns Club B. Highest Break Premier Division: P. Shanks (92). First Division: R. Bell (43).
This week’s big event: Borders Billiards and Snooker League’s Billiards competition at Kelso Legion – noon for 12.30pm start. Entries on the day, strict dress code applies.