Workington Conservative Club have won the Window Outlet Cockermouth and District Snooker League’s Eric McMullen Memorial Trophy Handicap Team Knock-out final with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Workington’s Veterans Club.

The first frame saw Vets captain Kevin Basnett win on the black against Cons’ Dave Holland 78-63.

In frame two Richard McCarthy went all-out attack but as all the colours ended up in the baulk end of the table it was always going to be tough to overturn Mike Dawson’s 17 start.

Using his near 60 years of experience Dawson chipped away, and with a tactical masterclass the Vets cueist won the frame 53-29.

At 2-0 to the Vets Club Cons’ Ryan Barker was presented with the difficult task of of keeping Vets Steve Garroway but he did with a 71-37 victory, with Garroway never really getting into his stride.

Paul Smith may have been receiving a 24 start in the third but with some fine safety play he matched Cons two-time county champion Alan Moore, but with a superb cut to the corner pocket Moore made it 2-2 with a 67-60 victory.

In frame five Cons’ Julian Plaza made the early running against Vets Mark Tatton. But Tatton upped his game and closed out in style to put Vets 3-2 up with a 72-36 win.

In the first of the doubles frames Cons’ Ryan Barker and Mike Park beat Vets’ Kevin Basnett and Paul Smith to take the match to a decider with a 61-24 victory.

The final frame started slowly as Vets Mark Tatton and Mike Dawson took on Cons Richard McCarthy and Dave Holland.

And with an outstanding pot on the the blue, followed by an equally impressive pot on the pink, McCarthy took the frame 61-48, match and title to the delight of his team-mates.