BRITISH JUNIOR TEAM
The new Junior Team Championships was open to teams of three
players under 18 years of age. The event was split into two qualifying
areas who would each provide a team to contest the final. All games
were decided by aggregate team score.
The Southern Region attracted an entry of seven teams which were
split into two groups playing in League format. Lincolnshire “A” were
successful against Norfolk´s “A” and “B” teams, while Northants came
out top against Lincolnshire “B” and the Norfolk “C” and “D” teams.
In the deciding match between the group winners, Northamptonshire
qualified for the Southern area without losing a game, after beating
Lincolnshire “A” 3-0. Highest aggregate score in the 30 minute games
came from Matthew Sutton who made 204. Matthew also made the
highest break with 54.
Ten teams entered from the Northern section, where a knock-out format
was used to determine their winner, and matches were arranged to be
one hour duration. In the preliminary round, Elm Tree, who where
drawn to play away against the Hemlington “B” team, had the unusual
distinction of claiming their match when the home side failed to turn
up ! They then eliminated North Ormesby “A” by just 2 points, as Lee
McKenna narrowly failed to overturn an 142 point deficit in the final
Robin Wilson was in fine form, knocking in a 60+ break in every
round to see his team from Ormesby through to the Regional Final.
Here they overcame Elm Tree by 123 points, again largely due to Wilson
who made breaks of 62, 52, 45, 36 and 35 the final game which he
won 382-154. The best one hour aggregate was also made by Wilson
who rattled in 464 points in his first round match.
The regional winners met at the Breaks Snooker Club, Lincoln on 21st
March, following on from the third of the Junior ranking events.
Dean Bavister set the Northants team off to a flying start with a
comprehensive 153 point victory over Mark Coates. Fraser Adams
added to his side´s aggregate advantage with a 39 point win, leaving
Robin Wilson facing a deficit of 192 points entering the final heat
against Matthew Sutton. Always likely to be an hopeless task, Sutton
concluded an emphatic victory for his team, winning the heat by 30
points and putting together a break of 68 in the process.
Junior Ranking Positions (22nd March 1999)
90; 3) Robin Wilson (Cleveland) 80; 4) Dean Bavister (Northants) 74;
5) Calvin Daws (Norfolk) 52½; 6) Fraser Adams (Northants) 46½; 7)
Ben Hooton (Cleveland) 45; 8) Martin Shutt (Cleveland) 45; 9) Gavin
Lewis (Norfolk) 42½; 10) Peter Gamblin (Lincoln) 37½; 11) Billy
Bousfield (Cleveland) 35; 12) Gary Lewis (Norfolk) 35; 13) David
Wells (Norfolk) 35; 14) John Hartley (Cleveland) 30; 15) Arron Spencer
(Norfolk) 30; 16) Allan Taylor (Liverpool) 30; 17) Scott Casey
(Cleveland) 27½; 18) Keiran Hopkinson (Norfolk) 27½; 19) Matthew
Downs (Lincoln) 25; 20) Anthony Peacock (Cleveland) 25; 21) Danny
Thompson (Cleveland) 25; 22) Paul Bean (Lincoln) 23½; 23) Darren
Clark (Cleveland) 22; 24) Tony King (Cleveland) 21; 25) Darren
Bensley (Norfolk) 20; 26) Lee McKenna; (Cleveland) 20; 27) James
Whiles (Cleveland) 20; 28) Michael Price (Cleveland) 18½; 29) Glen
Blythman (Cleveland) 17½; 30) Paul Thompson (Cleveland) 17½.