SNOOKER: Sheppard pots his way to the top of Grantham over-50s league

Over-50s Handicap Snooker League champion Alan Sheppard (right) alongside runner-up Keith Walker.
Over-50s Handicap Snooker League champion Alan Sheppard (right) alongside runner-up Keith Walker.
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A relative novice just got the better of experience to give Alan Sheppard the Over-50s Handicap Snooker League title this year.

Fifty-nine-year-old Alan, who has only been playing for around three years, was runner-up in the competition last year but rose to the top to take the title by 26 points from Keith Walker.

The league was played on Wednesdays throughout the winter at Grantham Snooker and Pool Club, in St Peter’s Hill, in a best of five frames format.

Alan said he only plays about once a week and has a highest break of 45.

Keith, 81, said he took up the sport as a teenager but only returned to the green baize since he retired. His highest break is 42.

Keith is also a keen bowler, whilst Alan is better known around town for his darts prowess, and he also likes a round of golf now and then.