Amateur Billiards Circuit
English Ranking Tournaments – All games one hour
The English season started on 10th October with a new venue, the
George Scott Snooker Club in Liverpool. This proved eminently
satisfactory to Phillip Welham, who saw off all
the opposition to win the event. His first round
victim, Peter Shelley, went on to take the Plate
competition. The forty-four competitors
included a number of juniors including a first
appearance by 13 year-old Matthew Peaker from
Huddersfield, who was unfortunate to run up
against Brian Harvey in the first round of the
main competition, then Alf Nolan in the first
round of the Plate. Stephen Hassack and Martin
Shutt were the other juniors who made similarly
brief appearances, but who will, no doubt, have
benefited from this level of competition.
In the preliminary matches, Neal Rewhorn was quickly into top gear,
producing a break of 110 to defeat Branson Hoole with an aggregate
of 359 in the one-hour match. Paul Bennett also threatened the century,
his late break of 95 helping him to edge past tournament organiser
Derick Townend by 38 points.
Lee Lagan and Brian Harvey were the star performers in the first round.
Lagan had a 512-120 win against D. Thompson, including breaks of
80, 72 and 182the latter being the highest of the day. Harvey’s 556-
82 scoreline against Matthew Peaker was the best one-hour aggregate
and included runs of 79, 60, 52, 84 and 97. Paul Bennett was not
producing the form which saw him dominate the ranking events last
year. His unconvincing win against Derick Townend was followed by
the narrowest of victories against James Moore, who despite breaks of
71 and 53 lost out by just one point.
Lee Lagan put together breaks of 70 and 65 to end Bennett’s challenge
with a conclusive 311-199 win. Brian Harvey, after his tremendous
first round performance, had a reversal of fortunes against Stephen
Crosland who recorded an equally emphatic victory against the Wessex
Champion. A high scoring encounter between Bill Andress and Dennis
Marr saw the pair put on almost six hundred points, the result going to
Andress 348-244, assisted by breaks of 95 and 85.
Harvey 164; D. Kell (71) 338, P. Davis 115; D. Rees (78, 51) 300, D. Richardson
96; W. Andress (95, 85) 348, D. Marr 244; P. Welham (67) 349, J. Hartley 142; G.
Rogers 240, K. Jones 188; T. James (65) 285, N. Rewhorn 201.
|David Rees||249||Darren Kell||171|
|Phillip Welham||370||Bill Andress||189|
|Tony James||222||Gary Rogers||125|
Stephen Crosland produced a good performance to eliminate English
Champion Lee Lagan in a game which saw both players make 80+
breaks. Teesside’s other remaining representative, Darren Kell, also
went out by a surprisingly large margin to David Rees. Phillip Welham
with consistent scoring, eased past Bill Andress in much the same
manner he had disposed of his previous opponents. The semi-final
line-up was completed by Tony James who did well to comfortably
defeat England’s new international player, Gary Rogers.
Tony James has been growing in confidence throughout last season,
and has started the current campaign with a determination to be well-
placed in the final ranking positions. His defeat by a margin of 60
points to Phillip Welham was certainly no disgrace, having provided
the highest break in the semi-final stages with a run of 68. Stephen
Crosland booked his place in the final with a more comfortable victory
over David Rees, who had also been showing improved form towards
the end of last season.
Stephen Crosland failed to produce the form of earlier rounds, seeming
to struggle on the shaved nap of the main tournament table. Meanwhile,
Phillip Welham scored consistently if unspectacularlyunderlined by
the fact that his highest break of 69 was also his best of the
competitionemerging the winner by 67 points.