Hurricanes hold nerve for title

Friday, 3rd June — By Steve Barnett


King’s Cross Hurricanes celebrate becoming Division One champions in the Chalk Farm Pool League

THE King’s Cross Hurricanes left their rivals in a spin after winning one of the closest title chases ever witnessed in the Chalk Farm Pool League.

Going into the final game of the season, rivals PJ O’Connors needed to better the Hurricanes’ score by three frames to be crowned Division One champions.

So when they beat Peckwater Playboys 8-1 the PJ players would have been forgiven for putting the champagne on ice.

It looked even more like the silverware was heading to the Irish sports bar in Wood Green when the news filtered through that the Hurricanes were drawing 3-3 against DOB Dynamos.

Knowing that it was win-or-bust, the Hurricanes’ cueists kept their cool as they took to the table needing to win the final three frames.

Nick Phillips and John Hosein were victorious in the final doubles match of the evening, before Peter Berrie won the penultimate frame to make it 5-3.

If there was pressure on the pots, Phillips didn’t let it show as he returned to the table and pulled off a nail-biting double on the last red, kissing the black in the process to leave a routine shot into the middle pocket to seal the victory.

As the chalk dust settled, both the Hurricanes and PJ O’Connors had racked-up 178 points – but the trophy was heading to King’s Cross because Alp Sezer’s side had chalked up one more win throughout the campaign.

“I’m very proud to captain this great bunch of guys to the title this year,” said Hurricanes skipper Sezer.

“It was a very tense finish to the season but we got the results when it came to the crunch.”

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