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Steve’s big break... with another’s cue
SNOOKER players say a cue is their arm made longer.
So when Steve Bond lent a stick from his teammate to play a match in the Knutsford and District Amateur League, he could be forgiven for feeling ill at ease.
“I was a bit nervous before I started,” he admitted.
He need not have been, for more than 100 points later he had contributed to Mobberley A beating an opponent by the biggest margin in the competition’s history. The cue’s owner, Mark Newall, reached three figures in his head-to-head too.
“Bondy didn’t have a cue and had struggled after trying one or two others, so I offered my £50 one that I carry around in a broken box,” he said.
“He shocked us all.
“I’ve never seen him play like that before; he was knocking them in off the chandeliers.”
Snooker great Ray Reardon won all six of his world championship titles with the same cue, believing genuinely that it was the key to his success. Others agree with him, including Mr Bond.
He added: “I’ll be honest with you, I won’t be making it a regular thing.”
Renowned cuemaker John Parrish is working on a replacement for him after his original was damaged en route back to the north west from London following a routine repair. It will not be ready until next month though.
Mr Bond said: “I wasn’t supposed to be playing until my new cue was ready, but had to step in when one of the other guys couldn’t make it.
“It’s ironic, because I expect to play badly for the first six weeks once it arrives. That’s always the way while I get used to how it feels.”
Meanwhile his teammate says he would not need to think twice to make another loan.
“I was relaxed and went to the bar when Steve was at the table,” he said.
Together they have set an unusual record.
“I’m pretty sure a cue hasn’t made two tons in the same match before,” said league secretary Tony Crompton, another to make 100 for Mobberley in the same match.