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Warner kept in dark over title success
6:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Sport
NOT a flicker of emotion crossed Mick Warner’s face as he sunk a long black to become the Southampton & District Pool Singles League champion.
And that’s because another result affecting the title-race had been kept secret from him.
Three players had chances of securing the Shield Contract Services Premier trophy in the final week.
League leader and defending champion Drew Farminer travelled to the Gardeners Arms, Weston – and went down 5-2 to third-placed Lee Bell.
Farminer and Bell, 18, then drove to Bitterne RBL to see if Warner, lying second, could defeat Neil Wilkins at least 5-2 to snatch the title.
But they deliberately kept last season’s cup winner in the dark.
Warner took up the story: “I like to concentrate. I don’t like to talk because it affects my game. I said ‘hello’ and then shut off from them.
“They didn’t tell me until I went 5-0 up and then Drew came over and shook my hand.
“I knew Drew was in pole position and he was up for it. I thought maybe he’s got a big result. A couple of times this season they’ve said results that haven’t been true.
“I still wasn’t sure until Lee got the card out in the sixth frame.”
Warner pipped Farminer on matches won after Wilkins took the next two frames.
But the 36-year-old from Weston – the new steward at Bitterne RBL, replacing Bill Anderson who is now running a bar in Gran Canaria – refuses to accept he’s the best in Southampton.
“There’s still people out there, who haven’t joined this league yet, who are really good pool players,” Warner explained. “(The league) is fantastic. To play best-of-seven (frames) is good for your game. Especially when you’re playing against quality players.”
Runner-up Farminer, 29, said: “I couldn’t be happier for him.
“You can’t say anything bad about Mick Warner. He’s a hell of a pool player and I’m delighted for the fellow.”
Warner thanked league founder Farminer, the committee and all the players.
“It was a fantastic idea of Drew’s and we can only get bigger and better,” he said.
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