JUNIOR RANKING SERIES
The Pot Black Snooker Centre, Fakenham
Sunday 31st October 1999
The deterrent of a 400 mile round-trip from Teesside had been
sufficient in previous years to prevent any entries from the North
East in the Fakenham Junior Ranking Tournament. However, on this
occasion they turned out in force at the Pot Black Snooker Centre,
providing 29 of the 39 competitors for the one-hour matches, and many
were to return happy with their performances.
The preliminary round saw Middlesbrough’s Michael Price record the
top aggregate of 294 in his one-hour game, while fellow Teessiders,
Scott Casey and Liam O’Neill contested the closest game, Scott scraping
though by eight points.
The first round produced some good performances by the “top-guns”
of the Junior brigade. Jimmy Chambers made a break of 53 and Robin
Wilson also exceeded the half-century with a run of 52. Martin Shutt
produced a break of 41 in compiling the highest one-hour aggregate of
the day with a score of 489. His luckless opponent, ten-year-old Paul
Close of Middlesbrough, is still somewhat handicapped by the
dimensions of a full-sized table and will no doubt give a much better
account of himself in years to come. Jeff Henderson also had a forty
break and was one of seven players in the round to exceed 300 points
in their allotted time. In the tightest finish of the day, Norfolk’s David
Wells edged out Teesside’s Andrew Fairley by just three points.
Casey 145; Chris Appleton 253, Darren Clark 223; Jimmy Chambers (53) 368,
Fraser Adams 169; Martin Shutt (41) 489, Paul Close 62; Gary Lewis 231, John
Hall 126; Steven Hassack 352, Anthony Peacock 164; Jeff Henderson (40) 349,
Paul Jones 117; Robin Wilson (52) 305, Billy Bousfield 193; Matthew Sutton 353,
Gavin Lewis 112; Calvin Dawes 156, Mark Holmes 125; Daniel Beagrie 210,
Phil Dales 166; Craig Murphy 270, Michael Wright 239; David Wells 188, Andrew
Fairley 185; Jason Robinson 243, Darren Murrell 190; Paul Thompson 216, John
The clash which attracted most interest in the second round was the
meeting of “old” rivals Robin Wilson and Matthew Sutton. The match
appeared to be going Wilson’s way for most of the time as he established
a lead of over 100 points. Sutton then produced late breaks of 82, 48
and 42 to snatch victory by just seven points in a dramatic finish. Craig
Murphy (Middlesbrough) and David Wells also produced an exciting
conclusion to their match, with the Teessider finishing a narrow six point
277, Chris Appleton 183; Martin Shutt 306, Gary Lewis 222; Steven Hassack
270, Jeff Henderson 226; Mathew Sutton (82,48,42) 267, Robin Wilson 260;
Daniel Beagrie 241, Calvin Dawes 218; Craig Murphy 256, David Wells
250; Jason Robinson 254, Paul Thompson 154.
Twelve-year-old Daniel Beagrie from Middlesbrough had only been
playing competitive billiards for two months prior to this event, and
his appearance in the quarter-finals therefore represented a major
achievement. At this stage however, he was given the toughest possible
test as he was drawn against U-16 Champion Matthew Sutton. Not
surprisingly, he was unable to overcome such a seasoned campaigner,
but even so, he can be well satisfied with his performance on the day.
Martin Shutt also impressed as he came though a high scoring game
against fellow Teessider Steven Hassack, while Steven’s team-mate
Jason Robinson produced his best ever ranking tournament result by
progressing to the semi-finals.
Steven Hassack 243; Matthew Sutton 300, Daniel Beagrie 77; Jason Robinson
292; Craig Murphy 189.
Martin Shutt, younger brother of the famous professional player, set a
personal milestone by reaching his first final of a ranking competition
when he overcame Junior International player Jimmy Chambers 300-
271. Matthew Sutton had a more comfortable task against Jason
Robinson, winning by 93 points.
Chambers 271; Matthew Sutton 229, Jason Robinson 136.
Matthew Sutton had never been seriously challenged after his victory
over Robin Wilson in the first round, and justified his status as favourite
in the final by completing a comfortable win over Martin Shutt.
Upholding the pride of the “local” players to see off the challenge of
the invading Teessiders, his reward was a winner’s prize of £50. Martin
Shutt took consolation with £25 as runner-up.
317, Martin Shutt 156.
Fraser Adams of Northants completed a good day for the Southern
players by winning the Plate, defeating Teesside’s Darren Murrell 165-
80 in the 30 minute final.