KEIGHLEY'S two premier pool stars have both suffered agonising defeats in the past week.

Chris Melling and Arfan Dad were just one win away from Ultimate Pool success, the former in the Pro Series on Saturday, the latter in the Pairs Cup on Monday, but fell short at the last.

Melling won the second Pro Series event of 2022 in Blackpool back in March, with events seven and eight, the final ones of the year, taking place there over the weekend.

The Keighley veteran did well in event eight, but lost 7-3 in the quarter-finals to Tom Cousins on Sunday lunchtime.

It was Cousins who did for him in the final of event seven too, which took place on Saturday night.

Melling beat David McNamara 7-4 in the last-32, before flooring fellow Keighley native Dad by the same scoreline in the next round.

He beat Rob Chilton 7-4 in the quarter-final, before beating Bradford's Karl Boyes 7-6 in a thrilling last-four clash.

But Cousins proved too strong in the final, romping to an 8-2 victory.

Dad did not get anywhere in event eight, losing 7-6 to John Roe in the preliminary round.

But he and playing partner Craig Waddingham made a bright start in the Pairs Cup on Monday night, as they aimed to secure a spot in the competition's final four.

Those finals take place next week, and Dad and Waddingham looked set to book their spot there after beating father and son duo Vic and Vivek Makh 4-2 in their opening match.

A 2-2 draw against his Pro Series nemesis Roe, who was playing alongside Lewis Roberts, meant Dad, along with Waddingham needed a win in their final match to book their spot in the finals.

But they were stunned by Darren Appleton and Chris Patient.

Their opponents had lost their other two matches, but playing for pride, they thumped Dad and Waddingham 4-0, sending the Makhs through instead.