English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1998

THE ENGLISH NATIONAL TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Reardon, Hanley, Stoke

Sunday 26th April 1998

Only nine of the 16 entered sides which had originally
entered the event, reported to the venue of the much
delayed and amended competition.

A tenth team had been expected to attend but didn’t report,
thereby affecting the playing arrangements. Two preliminary
matches were played, then Derby benefited with a bye in the
first round proper. All matches were of aggregate scores with
three players per team in one hour games from a named squad
of four.

Upset was further caused as two members of an eliminated
side—reportedly the worse for drink—caused problems with
taunting, and the use of foul and abusive language. A future
Association meeting will receive two sources of complaint
against the alleged offenders and disciplinary action may be
considered.

Preliminary round action saw Darley Dale eliminate Cheshire
while Bradford beat the Ironopolis (Middlesbrough) side by
25 points.

Darley Dale were beaten in the first round despite winning
two games, Tony James for the North East took them through
by 33 points.

The Bradford v Hemlington Social (Middlesbrough) game saw
10 breaks over 50 with Lee Lagan the most impressive with a
332 point win after breaks of 87, 91, 81 and 56 unfinished.

Doncaster eliminated the Leeds trio despite a fine win by
Steve Crosland.

Mick Andrew (71 break) performed well for Doncaster, but
couldn’t prevent the North East making progress with Tony
James and Alf Nolan winning in their semi final.

Meanwhile Derby who had to wait for the semi final before
seeing action, were out-gunned by Hemlington who had Paul
Bennett (68 & 74) and Lee Lagan (78 & 60) winning by almost
300 points each.

The final would see another national title going to Teesside,
as Hemlington comfortably saw off the challenge of the North
East side.

Paul Bennett had 64,75 & 79 breaks in his near 200 point win
over Ron Whitten while Mark Hatton was a 50 plus victor
over Tony James.

Lee Lagan produced the only century break of the tournament
with a 181 unfinished run to beat Alf Nolan comfortably.

Preliminary Round
Darley DaleCheshire
T. Keeling

295 P. Dunning

117 
M. Gregory

218 J. Bird

191 
J. McCann

778, 455
265 N. Routledge

147 
778 455 
BradfordIronopolis
M. Hirst

351 P. Boden

103 
G. Rogers

148 D. Kell

365 
R. Lodge

205 G. Charville

211 
704 679 
First Round
North EastDarley Dale
R. Whitten

147 T. Keeling

172 
A. James

228 M. Gregory

148 
A. Nolan

173 J. McCann

195 
548 515 
HemlingtonBradford
P. Bennett

74, 51
328 M. Hirst

61unf
151 
M. Hatton

50
197 G. Rogers

50, 70
224 
L. Lagan

87, 91, 81, 56
456 R. Lodge

124 
981 499 
DoncasterLeeds
W. Palmer

282 R. Haigh

143 
M. Andrew

230 S. Crosland

316 
L. Torn

234 D. Townend

204 
746 663 
Semi-finals
HemlingtonDerby
P. Bennett

68, 74
487 S. Day

189 
M. Hatton

169 J. Rees

226 
L. Lagan

78, 60
472 C. Routledge

173 
1,128 588 
North EastDoncaster
A. James

53
213 W. Palmer

64
191 
R. Whitten

204 M. Andrews

71
322 
A. Nolan

253 L. Tom

109 
670 622 
Final
HemlingtonNorth East
P. Bennett

64, 75, 79
389 R. Whitten

193 
M. Hatton

221 A. James

164 
L. Lagan

181unf
378 A. Nolan

142 
988 499 

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