Ashley Carty claimed his first EPSB English Amateur Snooker Tour title with victory at this season’s third event at the Elite Snooker Club in Preston.
Former Crucible Theatre qualifier Carty has enjoyed a solid start to the amateur campaign, reaching the last eight and four respectively in the previous two EAST events, as well as making a Q Tour event semi-final.
Carty made it through to Sunday’s quarter-finals stage after 4-2 wins over Adam Brown and Patrick Whelan. He returned to eliminate fellow former professional Peter Devlin 4-2 – with the help of a 78 break in the last frame – and then ended the run of in-form 17-year-old Liam Pullen 4-0, registering efforts of 59 and 60 in the process.
Earlier in the tournament, Pullen stopped the 13-match winning streak on the Tour of Events 1 and 2 winner George Pragnell and also dispatched professional ranking event winner Michael Holt in successive matches.
Image – Ashley Carty (left) with Josh Thomond (right). Julian Bell was the referee.
On the other side of the draw, 26-year-old Thomond defeated Jordan Shepherd and Adam Goff both 4-2 before needing to win the final two frames (aided by breaks of 51 and 78) to oust Hamim Hussain 4-3 in the last 16.
Multiple-time EPSB Open Series event winner Thomond came back the next day and ended the challenges of Harvey Chandler (4-0) and Lee Shanker (4-2) to reach the title match.
The opening four frames of the final were shared, but 27-year-old Carty chalked up the fifth to move one away, and then finished in style with a break of 131 – the highest of the event – to triumph.
English Amateur Snooker Tour Event 4 takes place on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th December at the Woking Snooker Centre. You can enter the event here. Entries close on Friday 25th November at 12:00 midday.
The EPSB would like to thank all the officials and the host venue – the Elite Snooker Club in Preston – for their help with the event.