Lee Mein wins his first East of Scotland title

Lee Mein beat Derek Dudgeon. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Lee Mein beat Derek Dudgeon. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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Lee Mein has pocketed his first East of Scotland snooker title after he defeated Derek Dudgeon to win the final 5-2.

The former Firrhill High School pupil held his nerve to pocket the last three frames to secure victory at the Bert Demarco Matchrrom at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

In front of a good crowd, which included Lothian pros Michael Leslie and Scott Donaldson, and former world No 12 Chris Small, it was Dudgeon that started the brighter by winning the opening frame comfortably.

However, 20-year-old Mein fought back, with a break of 40 to level. Mein then edged in front winning a scrappy third frame but Dudgeon levelled at 2-2 going into the interval.

Mein took the lead for the second time in the match by winning the fifth frame before increasing his lead to two frames in what proved to be a pivotal sixth frame. Trailing by 25, with only 25 on the table, Dudgeon played an excellent positional shot from green to brown before potting a terrific pink and black to force a re-spot. Dudgeon played first but left Mein a long pot, however he watched on helplessly as Mein missed the attempt at the long black before it went round the table and into the middle bag to give him a 4-2 lead.

Mein never looked back, getting in early in the next frame before making a break of 40 to win the title.

Mein said “I am obviously delighted to win the title but disappointed I didn’t play as well as I can. Derek did fantastic to reach the final but I somehow managed to just do enough to get over the line.”

Frame Scores (Mein first): 20-66; 64-10; 46-7; 38-64; 63-4; 60-53; 80-6.

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