A MORAY team made history as they competed at the Scottish County Snooker Championships for the first time.
The team joined six other leagues from across Scotland on Sunday to battle it out for the title of Scottish champions - and the opportunity to take on the English county campions in the Rayburn Cup.
The Moray team played well in their first experience in the competition and finished fourth at the Q Club in Glasgow.
Moray started off in smart fashion with some excellent play against and Edinburgh side full of quality players. James McKenzie (Forres Legion) had the pick of the Moray wins defeating Scottish internationalist Robert Carlisle.
Moray looks a certainty for a 6-6 draw, until the last frame saw the Edinburgh player clean up the colours to pip Stevie Sturrock on the black and take the match 7-5.
Match two was a local derby against Aberdeen, who had finished runners up in the competition for three years in a row. Building on a strong start, Aberdeen exerted a stranglehold on the match that they didn’t release running out 8-4 winners.
Moray managed to get on the scoreboard in match three as they drew 6-6 with the Borders team. Ian Wilson (Dufftown Legion) calmly dispatched his opponent on the black ball having trailed the whole frame.
The Moray team managed to build on the draw and pull together for their first victory with a 7-5 win over Cumbernauld. The foundation for the win was created by Doug Taylor (Forres Legion) and finished off by Simon Bremner (Forres Legion) in a tense final frame. Bremner laid a perfect snooker on the pink to force a fatal error from his central belt opponent.
Match five produced arguably the best finish to a frame and match the tournament has ever seen. As the whole venue looked on, Adam Ferguson (Forres Legion) looked down and out as he found himself in a very difficult snooker on the pink against his Dumfries opponent.
His eventual escape found safety and led to a chance at a full length 12 foot double on the black to win. His attempt turned into a successful full length treble which ignited the Moray lads and secured a 7-5 win.
The last match saw Moray tackle the pre-tournament favourites, West of Scotland. A slow start cost Moray in this one and in spite of the best efforts of team captain Adam Macleod (Forres Legion) they went down fighting 9-3.
West of Scotland went on to win the tournament for the third time in three years.