English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1999

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1999

INTER-COUNTY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

Qualifying Rounds

The Inter-County Championship was first established as a national
competition back in 1905, but over recent years has been held only
intermittently. The 1996 event, which had been the first since 1990,
was replaced last year by a national team championships (open to any
team of players). However, this was not well supported, and this season
the EABA reverted once more to the County format. The event attracted
an entry of 16 teams nominated by various Associations.
Three regional centres were selected to determine the teams who would
contest semi-final and final. The three-man teams all competed on
Sunday 6th December in games of one hour duration, the result to be
decided on aggregate score.

South West

Exeter

Brian Harvey an Michael White both made century breaks to steer
their Wessex side past the first hurdle of Cornwall “B”. The Cornwall
“A” side had a much closer struggle against Devon with Charlie Gay
eventually holding off the challenge of Bill Andress to see them through
by just 14 points.

In the qualifying game, it was the form of Cornwall´s David White
who effectively secured their place in the semi-final line-up by a 298
point victory. This gave Charlie Gay a 246 point advantage going into
the final game against Brian Harvey, which the Wessex player was
unable to reduce sufficiently.

WessexCornwall “B”
Michael White (105, 96) 347 Dave Clue 97
Carroll Walters 257Noel Meagor 297
Brian Harvey (138) 343 Chris Mitchell 224
  947  618
 
Cornwall “A”  Devon
David White (64, 51) 202 Robert Marshall (69) 294
Keith Olver (74) 262 Bob Gold 232
Charlie Gay 320 Bill Andress (57, 54) 253
  784  770
 
Cornwall “A”  Wessex
Keith Olver 158 Michael White 210
David White (58 52 72unf) 405 Carroll Walters 107
Charlie Gay 183 Brian Harvey 358
  746  675
Qualifier : Cornwall “A”

South East

Newmarket

Norfolk qualified as the representative for the South East with Phil
Welham producing the best performances for his team, setting them
off to a comfortable lead in both of their matches. Fosse Wilson and
David Nichols were only required to consolidate this position, and
both performed this task competently.

Albert Salisbury made the highest break of the day with 102 for
Cambridge in their first match against Kent.

Cambridge A  Kent
Albert Salisbury (102) 376 Chris Carpenter 181
Tony Henke (85) 311 Colin Summers 142
Dennis McGuigan (72) 291 Robert Shanks 212
  978  535
 
Norfolk  Cambridge “B”
Phil Welham 342 Ron Pike 156
Fosse Wilson 175 Bill Brokenshire 219
David Nichols 215 Paul Hilsden 218
  732  593
 
Norfolk Cambridge “A”
Phil Welham (60 59 54) 347Albert Salisbury (54) 200
Fosse Wilson199Tony Henke194
David Nichols (62) 237 Ivan Chambers (52 52 48) 319
  783  713
Qualifier : Norfolk

North

Bradford

The larger entry from the Northern area determined that two teams
would progress to the semi-finals from this section. Cleveland, who
have been without an Association for some years, where obliged to
form one in order to send two teams to this event. A formidable “A”
side was supported by a relatively weak “B” team, fired more by
enthusiasm than expectations.

However, Cleveland “B” gave some idea of the depth of talent on
Teesside when they completed a first round victory over Cheshire. Lee
Connor provided the pivotal game when he compiled a rapid-fire break
of 123 in the closing minutes to give them an aggregate advantage of
68 points. Simon Snee included a break of 86 to fend off the challenge
of Paul Dunning and provide his team with an unexpected victory.
Centuries were also made in the opening round by Merseyside´s Gerry
Dickson (102) and Peter Shelley (114) who was in the combined team
of Staffordshire and West Midlands.

If Cleveland “B” were inspired by their performance against Cheshire,
they were quickly put in their place in the next round by Cleveland
“A” who provided an awesome display to crush their junior side. A
string of big breaks came from the cues of Messrs. Kell, Bennett and
Lagan to confirm their position as competition favourites.

The second qualifying place was a much closer contest as an 180 point
advantage for Staffs/West Midlands was cancelled out by Gerry Dickson
for Merseyside, leaving Peter Shelley and Dennis Marr to determine
the outcome of the match. Despite a magnificent break of 130 by Marr,
it was Peter Shelley who emerged victorious, putting Staffs/West
Midlands into the Semi Finals.

Merseyside  Derbyshire
Joe Sweeney 211 Jim McCann 224
Gerry Dickson (102) 282David Rees 158
Dennis Marr 198 Malcolm Gregory 262
  691  608
 
Staffs/West Midlands  Lincolnshire
Ernie Houghton 168 J. Binks 216
Tony Keeling (58) 248 P. Emerson 161
Peter Shelley (114) 375 Simon Bean172
  791  549
 
Cleveland “B”  Cheshire
John Hartley 187 Joe Bird 218
Lee Connor (123) 284Tony Done (59) 187
Simon Snee (86) 279 Paul Dunning 158
  750  563
 
Cleveland “A”  Yorkshire
Paul Bennett (68 51) 402 Richard Lodge 134
Lee Lagan (68) 251 Steve Crosland (68) 261
Darren Kell (66) 253Terry Ward 176
  906  571
 
Cleveland “A”  Cleveland “B”
Darren Kell (86 81) 440John Hartley 208
Paul Bennett (133 86 79) 450 Lee Connor 197
Lee Lagan (113 67 60 58) 498 Simon Snee (50) 212
 1,388  617
Staffs/West Midlands  Merseyside
Tony Keeling 305 Joe Sweeney 125
Ernie Houghton 76Gerry Dickson (56) 262
Peter Shelley (73) 311Dennis Marr (130) 262
  692  649
Qualifiers : Cleveland “A”; Staffs/
West Midlands

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