Hat-trick for Lee and Mark

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The setting was Hawick Burns Club. The occasion the Border Billiards and Snooker Association Pairs Championships. The outcome was a triumph for Haw-ick twosome Lee McAllister and Mark Riddell.

Indeed, this is the way it has been for the past three years as the pair wrote another chapter in their hugely successful story on the Border snooker scene in winning the title for the third year in a row.

Hawick’s dynamic duo had to excel in their semi-final and final matches to lift the coveted crown.

The Hawick Conservative pair locked horns with fellow Conservative Club men Davie Amos and Davie Clark in a semi-final clash. Some excellent snooker was conjured up, with McAllister and Riddell emerging 3-1 victors.

The other semi-final featured Kelso Legion’s Rob Scott and Brian ‘Catchy’ Callaghan against Billy Ford and Michael Hogg from Hawick Burns Club, which the Tweedsiders won 3-0.

With the first to gain four wins in the final gaining the honours, McAllister and Riddell got off to a whirlwind start in winning the opening three frames. Scott and Callaghan could well have folded but the Legion men came rallying back to emerge victorious twice on the trot.

In a closely-fought sixth frame, McAllister and Riddell produced the winning goods and the championship was theirs, 4-2.

McAllister, who hit the highest break of the championship with a 74 in the semi-final, said: “It’s just fantastic to have won the championship three years in a row and it is the fourth time we have won it overall which is fabulous.

“We had our work cut out to win the championship though as we were up against very 
good players in the semi-final and final.”