STAND by for Take Two of the Mike Finn and Billy Castle show.
Finn won the 2012 classic 4-2 in 77 minutes playing time. He compiled four breaks of more than 50 and Castle made a 115.
“Take One last year was pretty good,” admitted Finn. “(Billy’s) a different animal this year. I’ve got my work cut out.”
Indeed. Castle, a 2012 IBSF World Championship quarter-finalist, embarked on one of his trademark charges in the semi-finals at Eastleigh Railway Institute after Jordan Winbourne (Sarisbury Social) missed the yellow off its spot on a break of 79 to level at 1-1.
He restricted his 17-year-old opponent to just two points in the last two frames and ran out a 3-1 winner with a 45 and a 103 clearance helped by a pink to black shot that required “a bit of check side off two cushions”.
After the 70-minute match, the 20-year-old said: “I knew I had to dig deep. I potted some good long balls in the third and in the last one I managed to get my flow going. “(Jordan’s) improved a lot. He beat me last Sunday in a (EASB Under-21 Series) tournament and he’s a heck of a player.
“It’ll be a good, attacking final like last year. I hope I get my revenge.” The 103 was the Southampton & District Social Clubs League’s tenth century this season, equalling last year’s record.
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