Shorto aims to make the most of home advantage
ADAM SHORTO will face a very worthy opponent tonight in his battle for a third Channel Islands title.
Less than two weeks after beating long-time rival Martyn Desperques 5-3 to claim island honours for the sixth time, he will go up against Jersey star Gary Britton in this year’s CI Final at the Gremlin Club.
Britton is a three-time past champion of the competition, although he owes this to an excellent run of results near the turn of the new millennium, ending with his 2001 title.
Shorto’s two wins have come more recently, in 2006 and 2015, and he hopes to keep the prize in Guernsey against an opponent who fell narrowly to Desperques last year.
But he is rightfully wary of a man who recently won Jersey’s championship by coming from 3-0 down in a best-of-seven against fellow elite Aaron Canavan.
‘I know all about Gary and how good he is and the fact that he has not won it more recently would not be something that I would be focusing on,’ said Shorto.
‘It’s very hard to win a CI title. You’ve got a few really good players now – Gary lost in the CI Final last year but he managed a 138 break in the match.
‘We’ve known each other for a good time and I am looking forwards to a good battle with him and hopefully coming out with the title.’
Of course, Shorto will be looking to draw upon the support of the Sarnians in tonight’s Evening Press Trophy duel.
‘I’m really looking forward to another CI final – it’s been a few years and it’s obviously great to have it at home, so I’ve got that home crowd and the support with it,’ he added.
The final begins at 7.15pm.