Edley claims Top 16 title

CHRIS Edley won the final of the Top 16 Snooker event at Brighton Street WMC in what proved to be a memorable match.

Edley, of Horbury and Heckmondwike’s Stuart Priestley, made it through tough qualifying to meet in the final. For Priestley it was his fourth consecutive final appearance while Edley was appearing in his third final.

Edley was straight out of the blocks playing his usual brand of excellent safety and clinical long potting to take an early two-frame lead.

Priestley fought back with a 43 break to take the next frame and moving up through the gears took the next two with runs of 59 and 67 to lead 3-2.

The interval proved timely for a refreshed and focused Edley who proceeded to freeze Priestley out for the next two frames as a barrage of 30 plus breaks allied with clever safety saw him to a 4-3 lead.

A nervy eighth frame was taken by Priestley aided by another knock of 43 to set up a final frame shootout.

Priestley got the first chance and proceeded to make a fine split of the pack off the blue with reds scattering everywhere but he was left with no pot on and had to play safe.

Edley made a great long pot and calmly compiled a 48 break and after Priestley jawed a long pot, Edley stepped in and took the match with a further 30 break.

Brighton Street WMCwould like to thank the sponsors Classic Drinks and all the spectators who have attended, with special thanks to Paul Kitson for refereeing the bulk of the games.