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Boston clubmates book showdown in summer

13 February, 2020 — By Steve Barnett

Ian Ali and Rory Cooper will meet in the final of the Chalk Farm Pool League’s Singles Championship

THE Boston Arms will be involved in what promises to be an epic battle on the green baize this summer after two players from the pub team in Tufnell Park booked their places in the final of the Chalk Farm Pool League’s Singles Championship.

Clubmates Ian Ali and Rory Cooper were “potting them off the lampshades” as they conquered the tables at the Hurricane Room in King’s Cross on Monday night to become the last two standing in a competition that started out with more than 130 players.

Ali overcame a tough route to the final, beating defending champion Danny Fry, who plays for the Green Man, in the quarter-finals, before overcoming another of his Boston Arms teammates, Levi Malcolm, in the semi-finals.

Cooper, however, didn’t drop a frame as he toppled DOB Dynamos potter Steven Moriarty in his quarter-final, before blowing away King’s Cross Hurricane Rupe Ward in the final four.

If the pair bring the same form to the table in June’s final, league chairman Shaun ­Pollard says spectators are in for a real treat.

He said: “Both Ian and Rory played some extraordinary pool, potting balls from all angles.

“It’s almost a shame that we have to wait until the summer for what promises to be a fantastic showdown between two fantastic players. It’s going to be an epic match.

“They’ll now go back to being clubmates, but come June 15 on their home table at the Boston it will be a five-frame battle that I expect to go down to the final black.”

Ali and Cooper’s appearance in the singles final only goes to highlight Boston Arms’ dominance in the league this season.

With just six games to go, John ­Mc­Donagh’s side find themselves 13 points clear at the top of the Division One table – a lead that looks that much more unassailable after they beat closest rivals King’s Cross Hurricanes 6-3 in their last outing.

Pollard, however, says nothing is decided until the final black has been sunk.

He added: “You wouldn’t bet against Boston at the moment, they have been playing some fantastic pool.

“But we’ve seen bigger leads quickly vanish, even at this late stage of the season.

“The chasing pack won’t be putting down their cues just yet, there is still plenty of pool to be played.”

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