John Hunter overcame a shaky start to secure his fifth win in the Cuestars Masters Tour series.

The 58-year-old Andover man triumphed over Dennis Tristram 2-1 in a thrilling final at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club.

Despite setting off "like an express train", Hunter hit problems during the game likened to hitting leaves on the line of a railway but arrived late to squash opponent Tristram, of Croxley Green, Herts.

His performance included a 114-break - equalling the record Masters break set by Ashley Beal last month - during his first match against club-mate Malcolm Slark.

Tristram previously eliminated Mark Thomas from Shots Watford in the second semi-final.

The final leg of the Snooker Hub-sponsored midweek circuit for over 55s will take place at The Crucible Sports & Social Club, Newbury on May 15.

Mr Hunter said: "It was a very long day, I’m definitely going to make two-frame matches for groups of five players an option for tournament organisers from now on.

"I started the day like an express train. Things didn’t go so smoothly from then on.

“Steve Ashton and Dennis Tristram made Mark Williams-type clearances to take me to deciding frames. And Mark Burrell played a perfect first frame in our semi-final match. I needed two 40-plus breaks to turn that one in my favour."

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