Cornwall & District
Cornwall vs. Plymouth
On Saturday 22nd January Cornwall hosted a match at Grants Snooker
Club, St Austell, where they played against the Plymouth & District
League. In addition to a five man billiard team, the match included an
Under-21 Snooker team and a Senior Snooker team. The Cornwall
Billiards team contributed a 4-1 win to an overall victory of 17-12
with the highest break coming from the home side’s Noel Meagor who
made a run of 92. In all, over eighty spectators, players and officials
were present, making for a great atmosphere. The fixture between these
teams was last played over 15 years ago.
Individual Billiards Championship
On Wednesday 8th March at Western Power’s Social Club, Bodmin,
Charlie Gay (Redruth RBL) defeated Chris Mitchell (Dobwalls) 800-
529 to take the Cornwall Individual Billiards Championship. Charlie
made the most of his scoring opportunities running in breaks of 56,
62, 91 and 99 against breaks of 42, 47 and 57 from Chris.
In his semi-final match against Roger Northcott (Dobwalls) at Probus
Comrades’ Club, Charlie had recorded the highest billiards break in
the history of Cornwall’s county competitions – a massive 201 – on
his way to a convincing 650-249 victory. The break beats the previous
highest of 189 made by Doug Thorncroft (Carharrack) 32 years ago,
which in turn overtook Charlie Kemp’s 184 made in the 1956/57 season.
It was also a personal best for Charlie, and his first double-century. His
previous highest came three years ago when he made a break of 192 in
the Falmouth and District League.
In the other semi-final Chris Mitchell defeated last year’s winner Dave
White (Bude) 650-472. Mitchell made three breaks over 50 and White
knocked in a break of 62.
Charlie received the Championship Cup from the Cornwall Billiards
& Snooker Association President Mr Cecil Brown and received the
Highest Break Cup for his record breaking effort of 201.
Cornwall vs. Mining Division League
On Saturday 26th February Cornwall played The Mining Division
League at Redruth. While the Senior and U-21 Snooker teams played
at the Redruth RBL, the Billiard teams met at Redruth Gentleman’s
Club, with Cornwall winning 2-1. The overall result was Cornwall 11,
The Mining Division 8. Billiards results as follows:
Mining Division names first: Phil Davey (Playing Place) 254, Chris Mitchell (Dobwalls) 146;
Taylor Veal (St Ives) 162, Charlie Gay (Redruth RBL) 214 (62); Paul Matthews (Redruth BR)
126, Dave White (Bude Social Club) 364 (66,84).
Cornwall Billiard Masters Tournament
Robert Marshall won the Cornwall Billiard Masters Tournament,
defeating Dave White 310-151 in the final. Marshall made a total of
three century breaks during the course of the event with a best of 135.
Results. Semi Finals: Robert Marshall (63) 281, Bill Andress 154; Dave White (50) 227,
Graham Ward 187. Final: Robert Marshall (83, 79, 53) 310, Dave White (68unf) 151.
Cornwall vs. Wessex
On Saturday 25th March Cornwall played their annual match against
Wessex at Grants Snooker Club, St Austell, winning the billiards by
four games to two. Top break came for Wessex’s Steve Warren who
put together a run of 87 in his 418-138 win over Noel Meagor. Jack
Masters also had a good break of 85, but still finished at the wrong end
of a 296-278 scoreline against Dave White. Brian Harvey (Wessex)
came out on top of the match between the two County Champions, a
break of 54 by Charlie Gay was insufficient to avoid defeat by 39
points. This proved to be the last success for the Wessex team as Chris
Mitchell and Geoff Lingard wrapped up victory for Cornwall by
comfortably winning their matches.
Team Billiards Championship
Dobwalls defeated Looe Social Club 2-0 in the best of three 250up
Team Billiards Final played at Menheniot on Tuesday 4th April. Chris
Mitchell clinched the title for his team by winning a close match against
Peter Booth. Trailing 210-202, Mitchell ran to game with an unfinished
break of 48. In the first game, Alan Snell had defeated George Pengelly
250-80. Source: Derek Brooks. http://www.cornwallbilliardssnooker.fsnet.co.uk