ARTHUR Hasford held his nerve to edge a close final on the colours when the Knutsford and District Amateur League’s Sid Jones Legends competition reached a conclusion on Sunday.

The Mere member ended the challenge of clubmate Philip Simpson, taking only his second singles title in more than 50 years as a player.

Tatton’s Rob Clarke and Mobberley’s Jeff Gorton, who was runner-up to Herbert Hope in last season’s inaugural edition of a tournament for over 65s created to honour the league’s long-time president, also reached the semi-finals at Brook Street after emerging from an initial group stage.


Knutsford and District Amateur League

Sid Jones Legends

Semi finals (handicap in brackets): Arthur Hasford (Mere) (20) 71-51 Jeff Gorton (Mobberley) (10); Philip Simpson (Mere) (30) 66-56 Rob Clarke (Tatton) (15)

Final: Hasford (20) 52-42 Simpson (30)