Guernsey’s ‘Rocket Ronnie’ blasts 10min. ‘ton’

THE Snooker Shootout trophy is back in the hands of our own ‘Rocket Ronnie’ Martyn Desperques following another unstoppable performance in the quickfire event at the Gremlin.

Just happy to get on with it: Martyn Desperques posted one of his quickest century breaks at the Gremlin Club.
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Just happy to get on with it: Martyn Desperques posted one of his quickest century breaks at the Gremlin Club. (30226745)

Just a week after posting a brilliant 142 break in the regular league, where there is no time limit, he chalked up another century break in the the 10min. single frame format.

The 15sec. shot clock is well suited for the Island champion and he duly wrapped up his fifth title by beating Glenn Le Prevost in the final.

Earlier, Desperques registered a brilliant 101 in the quarter-final against Miles Davies. That was his second ton in the history of the Shootout, and it looked like a third was following in the semi-final against Adrian Holley, until a kick on the pink ended the effort on 74.

Le Prevost’s path to the final wasn’t quite as plain sailing after breaks of 43 and 39 had got him through the first two rounds.

Most notably, in his semi-final against Sam Bulmer, the Third Division player controlled the frame throughout, but with less than five seconds left Le Prevost sunk a length of the table yellow to win by a point.

A cagey final just had Desperques’ 28 break to show for it at the halfway stage and although Le Prevost started to make inroads, with time ticking away Desperques managed the clock to win 43-33.

Earlier on in the competition, there was an early shock as Will Green beat defending champion Darren Hughes in the first set of matches.

Hughes went on to win the plate competition, defeating Island ladies champion Kate Le Gallez in the final.

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