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Jack takes Layne crown

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Jack Francis is the new king of the Henderson Layne Memorial Invitational Draughts Tournament, while Wynell Neverson is the queen.

Francis (32 points) played unbeaten to capture the Masters division by one point from Rawle Williams when the tournament concluded at the Christ Church Girls’ School on Wednesday night.

Francis needed a win to ensure victory in the final of 12 rounds, which he achieved with a 1-0 triumph against an improving Hallam Hope.

Neverson wrapped up the women’s title with a 2-0 victory over Samantha Holder at Bush Hall on Thursday, earning 28 points. She had previously beaten Wilma Branch and Shonnelle Neverson, her teenage daughter, 2-0 each.

Neverson also placed seventh in the Majors, which was won convincingly by Tyrone “General Norpe” Moore.

Moore lost one match in his 12 rounds and ended on 37 points, six more than Ryan “Most Improved” Eustace. Eddie Moore was third; Anderson Hunte, fourth; Michael Weekes, fifth; and Andrew Harris, sixth.

In the Masters, former world champion Ronald “Suki” King got himself embroiled in two outbursts with the referee and suffered two defeats. King lost 0-2 to Michael Barker, thanks in part to a defaulted first game and 0-1 loss to an improving Mark Barnett. King, the defending champion, ended in fourth place with five draws and five wins. Francis earned seven wins and had five draws.

Carson Farley was third in the Masters; Richard Grazette, fifth; Jeffrey “Socks” Clarke, the only other unbeaten player, sixth; and teacher Michael Barker, seventh. (HH)

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