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Arfan is the daddy of Keighley snooker
12:07pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
Arfan Dad, known as ‘The Daddy’ on the local snooker and pool circuit, lived up to his nickname by winning the Keighley Snooker Championship for the second time after a comfortable 4-1 victory over Martin Chap-man.
The semi-finals and final took place last weekend at Pilky’s Cue Sports Club & Bar, and the first match was the hotly-anticipated clash between Dad and Dylan Mitchell.
Both had been the tournament’s most consistent heavy scorers, and in most people’s eyes this match was the real final.
Mitchell started the strongest, quickly establishing a 30-point lead, only for Dad to fight back and steal the frame on the colours.
The second frame was another tight affair, but this time it was Dad starting strongly with a break of 35.
However, Mitchell fought back to force a respotted black and, after a tense safety battle, Dad landed a fantastic long pot to take a commanding two-frame lead.
The next frame was all Mitch-ell and, after a classy 48 break, he dominated the remainder of the frame to get on the board.
But Dad responded in the fourth with a dazzling 65 break to put himself on the brink of victory at 3-1.
Mitchell, though, hadn’t given up the ghost and won the next two frames in magnificent style, allowing Dad only ten points from both frames to force a sudden-death deciding frame.
This was a typically tense affair, with both players potting good balls but unable to put together a decisive break.
Dad, however, seemed to pot all the balls that had something riding on them and closed the match out by slotting a brilliant long brown followed by an equally brilliant long blue.
The other semi-final between Chapman and Ernest Hall was more low key, with both struggling to gain any sort of fluency.
Despite the low scoring, the game was an enthralling nip- and-tuck affair, 2011 winner Champion winning another deciding frame shoot-out.
Dad was a strong favourite in the final, but Chapman fired in a 49 break to take the opener.
The next four frames were all closely-fought affairs until the final colours, with Dad potting the crucial balls in every frame to seal a well-deserved victory.
He joins a select group of players – Andy Fowler, Glen Pilkington and Stephen Bell – who have won the championship more than once, with Bell winning it a record three times.
Dad won £200, plus the trophy, Chapman £100 and Hall and Mitchell £50.
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