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
Upset was further caused as two members of an eliminated
sidereportedly the worse for drinkcaused 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
Preliminary round action saw Darley Dale eliminate Cheshire
while Bradford beat the Ironopolis (Middlesbrough) side by
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
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
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.
|T. Keeling||295||P. Dunning||117|
|M. Gregory||218||J. Bird||191|
|M. Hirst||351||P. Boden||103|
|G. Rogers||148||D. Kell||365|
|R. Lodge||205||G. Charville||211|
|North East||Darley Dale|
|R. Whitten||147||T. Keeling||172|
|A. James||228||M. Gregory||148|
|A. Nolan||173||J. McCann||195|
87, 91, 81, 56
|W. Palmer||282||R. Haigh||143|
|M. Andrew||230||S. Crosland||316|
|L. Torn||234||D. Townend||204|
|M. Hatton||169||J. Rees||226|
|R. Whitten||204||M. Andrews|
|A. Nolan||253||L. Tom||109|
64, 75, 79
|M. Hatton||221||A. James||164|