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Fantastic Farakh is a Golden great

Lancashire Telegraph: Finalists Peter Mercer and Farakh Ajaib with match referees and Glenn Wright of Moorhouse’s (left) Finalists Peter Mercer and Farakh Ajaib with match referees and Glenn Wright of Moorhouse’s (left)

FARAKH Ajaib fought back from two frames down to successfully defend his Moorhouse’s Golden Cue title at a packed Igten Leigh Social Club.

Ajaib, representing Padiham Snooker Club, was up against Low Moor’s Peter Mercer – and both produced some scintillating snooker.

The final was a two table affair with Mercer entered on his favoured small table while Ajaib represented the large table.

Mercer got off to flyer start on the small table with a break of 54 from his first visit.

And he took the opening frame after Ajaib missed a yellow.

He carried on much the same way in the second frame on the large table with a solid break of 33 – which was enough to take the frame and a somewhat surprising 2-0 lead.

But Ajaib was not prepared to give up his title without a fight and showed off his potting powers over the next four frames.

Knocks of 64 and 46 levelled the final before further breaks of 49 and 38 clinched a 4-2 victory to claim the £600 first place prize money.

Mercer picked up £250.

The final lasted a little over two hours but both players treated spectators to a display of attacking snooker from the first break to the final pot.

A raffle was held on the day which raised over £100 for Pendleside Hospice.

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