BEST OF PALS TO CONTEST BATTLE OF FIRST TIME WORLD FINALISTS
Karl Sutton and Shaun Chipperfield took contrasting routes to get there but the duo will turn the men’s singles final at the WEPF World 8-Ball Pool Championships into an unofficial East Anglian title scrap.
Sutton from Suffolk laboured for more than three hours to overcome 2009 champion, Phil Harrison, 10-8.
Norfolk rival Chipperfield needed little more than a third of the time to overwhelm fellow qualifier, Richard King, 10-3.
Their respective wins sets-up a fascinating best of 21 frames final (Wednesday, 5pm) for a £6,000 first prize.
Sutton from Lowestoft has the extra incentive of trying to add the World title to his European Championship success from earlier this year.
In succeeding he would join Devon ‘Destroyer’ Jason Twist as the only players to win the World and European titles in the same year.
Sixth seed Sutton, who led 3-0 and 8-5, produced a great six ball, yellow clearance plus the 8-Ball after Harrison appeared set to force a deciding frame.
“As soon as the white got kicked in off the break and I saw where the reds were, in my mind I was gearing up for the decider,” admitted Sutton.
“When Phil missed eventually, I wasn’t expecting it but I was relieved because it gave me a chance, even though it wasn’t easiest under the circumstances.
“I don’t know how I managed to pot the balls to be honest. Winning the Europeans was great but this means everything.
“This is the one everyone who plays eight ball pool wants to win. But the job isn’t done yet,” added Sutton who has beaten Dave Fernandez, Dylan Leary, Declan Hough and defending champion, Mick Hill.
“It’s a dream final,” enthused quick fire unseeded Chipperfield from Norwich whose win over Worcestershire based rival, King, was never in doubt after taking seven of the first eight frames. “I am delighted Karl won because it spurred me on.
“I was so desperate to get in the final to play him. We are very good mates.
“We have played locally lots of time and in plenty of finals. I think I owe him as one game that stands out was when he cleared off my break in a decider
“I believe in the way I play and I believe I can beat anyone on my day. I have played well the whole tournament and have got what I deserve so far.
“I don’t like getting involved in slow games so I go for my shots. If it works, it works, if it doesn’t doesn’t.”
So, what has been the secret of his success? My break has been incredible, especially on the smaller table. I had to change it a little on the television table but not too much.
“Funnily enough I booked a couple of weeks off work at the start of the year in case I had a good run,” added Chipperfield, a Challenge winner on this year’s UK Tour. “I’m glad I did now because I haven’t had to worry.”
|Trevor Baxter - Press Officer|