Steadman Triumphs in Thrilling Final at Hull’s Tradewell Snooker Club

Steadman and Brown (Picture: EPSB)

The inaugural event of this season’s tour took place at Hull’s Tradewell Snooker Club, drawing an impressive field of 62 entries. Mark Steadman, a seasoned 41-year-old snooker player who had recently reached the final of Q Tour Event One, made his debut on the circuit.

Steadman, a former Snooker Shoot Out semi-finalist, had a stellar Saturday, securing his spot in the Sunday’s last eight without dropping a single frame. He achieved convincing 4-0 victories against Michael Dickinson (with breaks of 51 and 66), Shaun Wilkes (59), and Colin Mitchell (96).

Returning for the next day’s quarter-finals, Steadman, a four-time Q School graduate, conceded his first frame of the weekend to Steve Crowley but rebounded with four consecutive wins, including a 50 break in the second frame, to advance with a 4-1 score. In the semi-finals, Steadman showcased his skill with runs of 85 and 54, defeating former English Amateur Championship runner-up and 2022 English Over-55 champion John Welsh 4-0.

On the other side of the draw, Brown, a multiple-time winner of English Seniors Snooker Tour events and the top-ranked player from the 2021/22 season, navigated his way to the final. He narrowly edged out two-time World Seniors Snooker Championship Crucible Theatre qualifier Stuart Watson 4-3 in the semi-finals.

In the final, Steadman started by winning the opening frame, but 2019 English Seniors Snooker Champion Brown responded by taking the next two frames, including a remarkable 77 break in the third frame. Momentum shifted once more as Steadman displayed his prowess with a 73 in frame four, leveling the match before taking a 3-2 lead. However, Brown showcased his skill with a stylish 131 clearance in frame six, which was the highest break of the tournament, forcing the contest into a deciding frame.

In a nail-biting and intense final frame lasting nearly 40 minutes, Steadman managed to seize the advantage when it mattered most, ultimately claiming the title by sinking the final pink ball.

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