English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1999

The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1999


Wessex v Cornwall

Wessex entertained Cornwall in the annual billiards and snooker
challenge match at the Bradford Abas Club on 29th March. Wessex
won the billiard matches 5-3 with the top score of 315 (one hour)
coming from C. Walters, who was representing the home side.

Billiards Bonanza at Wincanton

The evening of Saturday, 24th April saw the Southern leg of the biannual
tournament between Sandford Orcas Scrumpys and Dove Valley
Black Puddings. The down-on-strength visiting team put up a spirited
performance and were beaten only on aggregate by the Scrumpy six
ensuring that the unique trophy remains at Wincanton for at least the
next six months when hopefully we again join battle at Ashbourne in

Results (1 hour games) Sandford names first
Chris Mason
185, Brian Hayes 203; John Mason 181, Gary Coe 257; Colin White 187,
John Heathcote 172; Jack Masters 274, Brian Hayes 113; Carroll Walters
370, Gary Coe 172; Mike Woolmington 159, John Heathcote 169.
Sandford 1356, Dove Valley 1086.

Top Cue Tournament

On Sunday, 25th April a revised format for the Top Cue Amateur
Tournament saw 21 players competing in the qualifying rounds for the
8 places in the concurrently run Rose Bowl and newly introduced Salver
sections of this competition. The intention of the dual sections with
random pairing of opponents was to try to give the lesser able players
a chance of reaching the semi-finals. In the event this proved to be the
case with J. Masters, K. Langley, D. Lord, and C. Walters coming
through together with higher ranked B. Harvey, R. Waft, W. Andress
and P. Davis. The overdue finals shortened from 1 hour to 45 minutes
saw Harvey beat Andress 263-187 and Davis prevail over Lord 169-
80. Some good breaks were recorded especially in the qualifying rounds
by Steve Poynton (52), Bill Andress (57, 72, 92), Phil Davis (74) and
Brian Harvey (76, 92, 101).

Chris Shutt sets new record

Chris Shutt did the honours in presenting the Top Cue Rose Bowl to
Group A winner, Brian Harvey, and the Blackmore Vale Magazine
Salver to a delighted Group B winner, Phil Davis. Davis then played
the first hour of an exhibition match with Chris Shutt. A rather tense
20 minutes followed with neither Phil nor Chris making much use of
the facilities but then, perhaps after getting to grips with the atmosphere
and table, Chris opened up with a splendid break of 301 in just 16
minutes; the highest ever achieved at Wincanton. We had pretty well
settled for this break but Chris had different ideas when in the second
hour, playing against Brian, he notched up a superb 316 again in 16
minutes. As one person put it “not much longer than it takes some
snooker players to chalk up and take the next shot !” Despite the absence
of further high breaks, the unfettered Shutt, by now totally at home on
the club table, put on a show of brilliant exhibition shots performing
with ease strokes which many of us thought difficult, if not impossible.

For this feast of enjoyment we must thank everyone involved including
the four additional professional referees who came initially for
upgrading testing but who willingly joined in and helped whenever
possible. Our thanks also must go to Bass the major sponsor, the five
local sponsoring firms and to the many people who helped in various
ways. As a footnote we are pleased to say that from the proceeds a
donation of £100 has been made to Cancer Research.

Inter-League Match at Radstock

Ten games were played at venues in the Radstock area on Saturday,
10th April when Sandford Orcas played their away leg in this annual
fixture. Despite some creditable scores, breaks were only moderate,
the best being 54 by Sandford´s Jack Masters closely followed with a
53 by Radstock player Jack Battle. The match was won convincingly
by Sandford 7 games to 2 with one game tied.

Falmouth League

Our best players down this way are Derek White and Dave White (no
relation) who play in North Cornwall, Charlie Gay (Carharrack) and
Noel Meagor (Playing Place B). These players seem to win most things
between them. Doug Thorncroft rarely plays these days. In a recent
Falmouth League match Charlie Gay made two century breaks in one
match, including 107. He also made an 87 in the League´s knock-out


Billiards League
Winners: Playing Place B; Runners-up:
Blind Team Handicap
Winners: Feock.
Billiards Aggregate
Winners: Carharrack; Runners-up: Playing Place B.
KO Winner
Noel Meagor; Runner-up: Thornton Crawford.
Team KO Winners
Carharrack; Runners-up: Playing Place B.

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