• Ken hits them for Six

    Ken Doherty won WSA Pro Challenge Event 2, The Super 6s, beating Martin Gould in the final.

    It was a good couple of days work for Ken Doherty. He walked away with the Super Sixes trophy and a cheque for £3,000 after completing a 6-2 win over Martin Gould in the final of the second WSA Pro Challenge Event.

    While the event doesn't carry ranking points and six reds events are still experimental, it still proved popular with players and fans alike.

    Doherty could have earned an extra £500 for the fastest 75 point maximum. But he missed the black on 68 during his semi final against Thailand's Atthasit Mahitthi.

    Ryan Day also blew his chance at the £500 bonus. The players were given stop clocks and shown the simple start/stop button. Day hit the start, flew through a quickfire 75 but then hit the start button again so his time was not recorded.

    So it was Stuart Pettman who took home the £500 for his maximum in two minutes, thirty-one seconds. That was 23 seconds quicker than the previous official timed 6 red maximum, made by Pakistan's Saleh Mohammed in the 2008 Sangsom Six Reds.

    Doherty progressed smoothly to the final with wins over Sam Baird, Ben Woollaston, Marcus Campbell and Atthasit Mahitthi.

    It seems fitting that Doherty should win this event. He's shown his faith in the new format by being the co-host for the World Six Reds event to be staged in Killarney, Ireland in December.

    That event will feature up to 160 players, including many of the big name professionals and leading international players from around the world.

    Gould only dropped one frame on the way to the semi finals, whitewashing Stephen Lee and Matthew Selt, before beating Fergal O'Brien 5-1.

    O'Brien made a 75 maximum in the frame he won, but his 4 minutes 30 seconds wasn't in contention for the fastest break.

    Anthony Hamilton pushed Gould all the way in their semi final. Gould opened a 4-2 lead before Hamilton pegged him back to 5-5. But in the decider Gould slotted a red and made a match winning 48 from it.

    Now all roads, or rather flights, lead to Shanghai. Most of the players fly out on Friday ready for the start of the Shanghai Masters next Monday.

    2009 WSA Pro Challenge Two Index

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