WIZARD DEVOURS SPECIAL KAY FOR PRO TITLE
The third Pro Cup title of the year was contested between Glasgow’s Jayson Shaw and Manchester’s James Kay – two GB9 stalwarts and two players very familiar with 10-ball.
Shaw started the competition in his typically blistering form – a 9-2 defeat of Daryl Peach sending him straight through to the winners’ bracket and showing why he came into the competition as provisional British number 1. A titanic battle was guaranteed against Imran Majid – provisional British number 1 and 2 battling it out for a place in the quarter finals. It was the Scot who came through on top with a 9-7 victory, setting up a quarter final against defending Northern Masters champion Craig Osborne. He went one rack better on his way to the semi finals, taking out Osborne 9 racks to 6 before eliminating Darryn Walker by one better still – a 9-5 finish seeing him into his second Pro Cup final of the season.
James Kay also went all the way to the final without a defeat to his name. He too handed Darryn Walker a defeat by 9 racks to 5 and then saw off Shaun Storry 9-3 in his winners’ bracket match to set up a quarter final against Chris Hall. 9-3 was also the scoreline there, but his sternest test of the competition was still to come in the shape of Bournemouth’s Damian Massey. Massey was looking for his first ever GB9 Pro Cup final after three previous appearances in Challenge Cup finals. Kay denied him this honour, however, and a 9-7 victory put him into his second GB9 final of the year after his defeat in the Midlands Classic final.
Shaw raced into a lead in the final, but a spirited fightback from Kay gave the match every chance of going all the way. Shaw managed to close out the match 9 racks to 7 to ensure he stayed top of the tree in the Pro Cup rankings as well as the main British rankings, a clear testament to the quality of his pool this season.