Dave de St. Croix Open Singles at Carrefour
8th July 2019
PLATE Mat Alan (Keith left early)
The Dave De St Croix Open Singles was won by Mark Nicol, achieving something of a family tradition.
It was the sixth time he had won the event, equalling the record achieved by his father, André. Between them, that means the Nicols have won the title almost half the times the championship has been played since the first time in 1993. It also means that Mark has won an unofficial triple crown, adding the Carrefour title to his wins in the Liberation Open Singles in April and the JPA Open Singles last month.
Mark emerged from the qualifiers with one defeat to his name (a loss against Keith Boleat who Mark beat to win the JPA Singles title). He then faced the hitherto unbeaten James Gennoe in the semi-final, but won a close match 13-11. In the final he was up against by now the tournament’s only unbeaten player, Michel Morel, who had despatched Neil Selby 13-9 in the other semi.
The final was a titanic struggle with Michel 12-11 in the lead only to concede the two points Mark needed for victory on the final end. James Gennoe was the winner of the third place play-off against Neil Selby, 13-11.
The winner of the Plate Competition was Mat Scholefield who beat Keith Pinel 13-4 in the final, while Alan Lahiffe won the third-place play-off 13-12 against Andrew Bellamy-Burt .
In the Consolage Matt Pinel took the title after beating Keith White 13-3 in the final, while Paul Bell won the play-off for third place with a 13-11 win over Mike Fennell.
James Mark and Michel
CONSOLAGE Paul Matt and Keith