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Swinburn pockets title

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:30 05 July 2010

Winner Mark Swinburn, left, and runner-up Aidan Owens, right. Picture: Submitted

Winner Mark Swinburn, left, and runner-up Aidan Owens, right. Picture: Submitted

The final of the Norfolk Singles Snooker Champion-ship took place at the Pot Black Snooker Club.

The two players, Darren Swinburn and Aidan Owens both play for Pot Black Teams and have ball-potting reputations for completely different reasons.

The final of the Norfolk Singles Snooker Champion-ship took place at the Pot Black Snooker Club.

The two players, Darren Swinburn and Aidan Owens both play for Pot Black Teams and have ball-potting reputations for completely different reasons.

Swinburn, who tried to make it on to the professional snooker circuit and has been Norfolk champion for the past three years, while Owens plays pool for Ireland and is ranked 21 in the world.

The first frame saw Swinburn get a small break of 34 only for Owens to reply with a 38 break himself.

It was close on the colours but Swinburn cleared the remaining balls to go one up. The second frame was equally close with a lot of excellent safety play to see the frame decided on the last black ball.

Surprisingly both missed shots they would usually pot with their eyes closed to leave it for Swinburn to take a 2-0 lead.

This spurred Owens into a higher gear and with breaks of 69 and 41 he pulled the next two frames back to put the scores level.

The next frame reverted back to the nip and tuck strategy with both players having chances before Swinburn nicked it to get to one frame from the title.

Swinburn was now playing with a bit more confidence and knocked a lovely break of 40 to put him in the driver's seat.

Owens then smashed in a terrific long red to leave him plum in the pack of reds.

This was his best chance to take the frame, but to the amazement of himself and everyone watching he moved on the shot and rattled the pocket to leave Swinburn to clear up and make him Norfolk Single Snooker Champion for the fourth year in a row.

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