WAYNE Snook won the fifth annual Clarrie Dunbar Open Singles tournament staged at the Standerwick-based indoor club last weekend.

It was a remarkable victory as the host club’s Snook is not a regular on the Open Singles Circuit and only competes occasionally in their tournaments but has an outstanding record.

He won two tournaments last season (2017/18) from only four starts at Moonfleet (Weymouth) and Torquay United, while this season Snook has only contested four of the 19 OSC tournaments held to date but scooped the £1,000 top prize at Clarrie last weekend.

He beat Dorchester’s Darren Nutman in the final in straight sets 2-0, winning the two seven ends sets 6-3 and 8-4.

This latest win and 100 ranking points lifts Snook to 29th in the overall OSC rankings and gives him a good chance of finishing in the top 32 and a place in the Grand Final play-offs at Potters Leisure Resort, Hopton-on-sea, Norfolk in November.

A former member of both North Wilts and Christie Miller indoor clubs, Snook only joined Clarrie last season, but has enjoyed an excellent first two seasons in the Wessex League as well as national and county competitions, during the summer he plays outdoors for Holt.

Snook won six matches to become only the second Clarrie player to lift the club’s open singles tournament – the other was Andy Colebrooke in the inaugural staging in 2014.

On the road to the final, Snook eliminated Donna Knight (West Berks) 2-0 (8-3, 8-1) and Trevor Gard (Dolphin Poole) 2-0 (10-2, 6-2).

In round three he beat Paul Maynard (Foxhill, Aylesbury) 1.5-0.5 (5-5, 9-1). Then in the quarter-finals, Snook beat Clarrie colleague Graham Shadwell 2-0 (10-2, 7-3).

Multiple OSC winner Danny Denison (Torquay) was Snook’s next scalp in the semi-finals 1.5-0.5 (7-4, 6-6).

And Snook continued his unbeaten run, defeating Nutman in the final to hit the £1,000 jackpot, while the Dorcester player had to settle for the consolation £400 runners-up prize.

Shadwell was not the only Clarrie player to lose in the quarter-finals. Andy Taylor also lost to Denison 0-2 (6-7, 2-7).