Nichols Strikes Gold
David Nichols of Norfolk took his first Eastern Counties Billiards
Championship, defeating Sam Salter by 263 points in the one hour
final held at the Newmarket Snooker & Bowl. In the semi-finals, Nichols
had included breaks of 88 and 60 in defeating Phillip Welham
(Swaffham), while Sam Salter (Newmarket) produced an 81 break to
overcome the challenge of Jim Chambers.
418 (98, 61, 53); S. Salter 155.
In the Junior Championship, which was also played as one hour
matches, Matthew Sutton (Kettering) took his second successive title
by defeating Jim Chambers (Ely) in the final. A break of 115 by Sutton
was the deciding factor as he completed a 112 point victory. Twelve-year-old Calvin Daws (Fakenham) was the youngest competitor and
did well to reach the semi-finals where he lost out to Chambers. Dean
Bavister was the other beaten semi-finalist.
284 (115); J. Chambers 172.
Welham at the Top
An impressive display of “top-of-the-table” secured the Norfolk
Billiards Championship for Phillip Welham at the Woodside Snooker
Centre, Norwich. His opponent in the final, Fos Wilson (Norwich)
had established a lead of 24 points with breaks of 64 and 91 when
Welham ran to game with a break of 105 unfinished. Wilson also came
close to producing a century break in his semi-final match against John
Carman. Failing at 96 he went on to secure a narrow 15 point win over
the Brinton player. In the other semi-final, Phillip Welham had a more
comfortable victory, producing a break of 64 to defeat Roger Reynolds
(Sherringham) 350-132. This was the fourth time Welham has taken
the Norfolk championship.
F. Wilson (64, 91).
Snowy Salisbury, playing for Cambridge, set record aggregate for an
amateur player in the Eastern Counties Billiards League with a 90
minute total of 742 points. This helped his team win the First Division
championship for the 7th time. Salisbury also recorded the highest
break in the division with 134. Grimsby and Norwich, were promoted
to the first division after finishing as champions of second division
North and South respectively. It is anticipated that four new teams will
join the League next season with applications having been received
from Spalding, Peterborough, Bury St. Edmunds and Harrow. As one
of the few leagues to admit professional players, it is also hoped that
Mark Wildman will also be seen in action next season.
Winners – Cambridge; h/brk A. Salisbury – 134; h/ag A. Salisbury
– 742. Second Division (North)
Winners – Grimsby; h/brk B. Watson – 170;
h/ag B. Watson – 555. Second Division (South)
Winners – Norwich “A”; h/
brk F. Wilson – 162; h/ag M. Sutton – 479.