English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : May 2000

The Amateur Billiard Player : May 2000

ENGLISH AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Final Stages. All matches 4 hours

18th March – 2nd April 2000

The Whitworth Institute at Darley Dale was the venue for the final stages of the English Championship as the remaining sixteen competitors entered the knock-out stages which were played over three consecutive week-ends from Saturday 18th March to Sunday 2nd April.

Last 16

Saturday 18th/25th March

The sensation of the first round was the disqualification of the reigning
Champion, Lee Lagan, who had lost his way on the scenic country
tracks leading to the venue. He eventually arrived some 45 minutes
after the scheduled start of his match against Robin Wilson, only to
find it had been awarded to his opponent. The surprise elimination
made sure that a new name would appear on the trophy this year, with
only three of the remaining players – Peter Shelley, Phillip Welham
and Neal Rewhorn – having previously reached a final.

Of the remaining matches, Jamie Moore was particularly impressive
against Jack Hedley. He has recently been receiving some tuition from
Jack Karnehm and was certainly putting the lessons from the master to
good use. A break of 154 took him away to an early lead, and although
Hedley stayed in touch for the first two hours, further breaks of 123
and 98 saw Moore through to a comfortable win.

Peter Shelley and David Nichols struggled throughout their match to
produce anything like their best form. Nevertheless, the spectators were
compensated by an exciting finish as Shelley drew upon his greater
experience to raise his game when it mattered most, and win by the
narrow margin of 19 points.

An even closer finish came in the match between David Rees and
Dennis Marr. With neither player putting together any big breaks, the
match was always evenly poised. Ultimately, David Rees just managed
to edge out Marr by a slender 7 points.

In total contrast, Stephen Crosland was at his brilliant best against
Tony James. Breaks of 188 and 168 were complemented by a string of
50+ contributions to leave James far behind. Crosland eventually
winning by almost half the game.

Early contributions of 122 and 48, quickly followed by runs of 63 and
65 established a lead of almost 300 points for Tony Done against
England International Gary Rogers. After this Rogers was always
struggling to catch up and never really threatened to do so. Done’s
final winning margin being 243 points.

Richard Lodge continued his good form this season, defeating Neal
Rewhorn in a game of fluctuating fortunes. Rewhorn started well,
putting together breaks of 115, 80 and 63 to establish a lead of 89
points at the interval. Resuming with a break of 93, it looked as if the
Nuneaton player would run away with the game, but crucially, Lodge
then came back with breaks of 126, 44 and 89 in the space of four
visits. This took him past Rewhorn and established an advantage of
over 100 points which he held to the end.

Robert Marshall carries one of the most famous names in the history
of amateur billiards, and at one stage in his game against Phillip Welham
he looked as though he might even live up to the standard of the
Australian ex-World Champion, as he put together consecutive breaks
of 52, 91 and 100. This took him from 100 points in arrears to 100
points in front, but he was unable to keep up the momentum as Welham,
with breaks of 67 and 99, brought himself back on level terms at the
interval. The game remained tight until the final hour when Welham
slipped into a higher gear and with runs of 130, 62, 70 and 54 unfinished
eased into the quarter-finals.

Jamie Moore
154, 123, 94, 60, 59
1138 (n/r)Jack Hedley
54
929 (n/r)
Peter Shelley
98, 76, 58, 57, 50
1083 (n/r)David Nichols
94, 75, 74, 54
1064 (n/r)
David Rees
65
810 (n/r)Dennis Marr
65, 61, 50
803 (n/r)
Stephen Crosland
188, 168, 64, 63, 59, 51
1263 (n/r)Tony James
714 (n/r)
Tony Done
122, 65, 65, 63
1036 (13.8)Gary Rogers
85, 67, 55, 50
793 (10.6)
Richard Lodge
126, 89, 66, 58
1019 (14.8)Neal Rewhorn
115, 93, 80, 63
934 (13.5)
Phillip Welham
130, 99, 70, 67, 64, 62, 54unf
1281 (15.4)Robert Marshall
100, 91, 67, 52
947 (11.4)
Robin Wilson
w/o  Lee Lagan
scr.  

Quarter-finals

Sunday 19th/26th March

Photo of Jamie Moore (7k)

Jamie Moore: ‘Magnificent’

“Magnificent” was the word used by one spectator to describe the
performance of Jamie Moore, as he romped to an impressive victory
over the normally consistent Stephen Crosland. With red-ball play
prominent, he put together early breaks of 116 and 124 to leave Crosland
trailing by some 200 points at the interval. Moore continued to play
well in the second session, with “ten hazards” being called regularly
by the referee. His winning margin of 367 over a player at the very top
of the English rankings, was indeed a fine performance.

A run of 113 was the best of no fewer
than 10 breaks over fifty from Peter
Shelley as he produced a sparkling
performance to record a comfortable win
over David Rees.

Richard Lodge and Tony Done were
locked together for most of their four-
hour match, with Lodge generally
holding the advantage, but unable to
break away completely. This all changed
in the final hour as Lodge put together
runs of 57, 72, 86 and 62 without
significant reply from his opponent,
eventually cruising to a comfortable win.

Having been awarded his game in the previous round, Robin Wilson’s
quarter-final match against Phillip Welham was his first ever at the
Darley Dale venue. If the initial result could be considered good fortune,
then his luck certainly deserted him in the opening two-hour session of
this match, the balls running very badly. Resuming some 220 points in
arrears, nobody would have given him a chance against such an
experienced campaigner as Welham, but finding his touch he put
together runs of 44, 31, 73, 66 and 44 in the space of seven visits,
closing the gap to within fifty points. Sensing an upset, some spectators
moved across from the other table to watch this match, but Welham
held on, late breaks of 51 and 72 opening a gap which Wilson had no
time to close. Nevertheless, a good performance from the new Teesside
star on his debut in these Championships, and certainly a name we will
see again.

Jamie Moore
162, 124, 116, 89, 75, 61
1275 (n/r)Stephen Crosland
79, 61, 58, 51
908 (n/r)
Peter Shelley
133, 91, 90, 73, 69, 64, 64, 62, 53, 50
1305 (n/r)David Rees
105
888 (n/r)
Richard Lodge
86, 84, 62, 57, 52, 52, 50
1154 (12.0)Tony Done
52
709 (7.4)
Phillip Welham
76, 72, 63, 61, 54, 54, 51
1241 (13.3)Robin Wilson
73, 66
1096 (11.6)

Semi-finals

Saturday 1st April

After the fine performances by both Peter Shelley and Jamie Moore in
their quarter-final matches, a great contest was anticipated between
these two for a place in the final. Unfortunately the match did not live
up to expectations, with many unlikely failures coming from both
players. After the best part of an hour the highest break was just 25 and
the players were tied together with the dismal average of 5.8. Things
did then brighten a little with breaks from Moore (61) and Shelley (83)
in rapid succession, but this standard was not maintained as long spells
of moderate play predominated. One highlight was a fine break of 105
by Moore, made when 140 in arrears, but Shelley then drew clear
again, and a break of 77 towards the end of the match was just too
much for Moore to overcome, Shelley eventually winning by 227 points.
Phillip Welham and Richard Lodge also made a slow start to their
game, there being little between them approaching the end of the first
session. At this stage Welham came to life with breaks of 81 and 94 –
the latter being unfinished at the interval – which propelled him into a
lead of just over 100 points. Being in bad position, Welham chose to
terminate his 94 break with a safety stroke when play resumed, but he was
soon in action again as just four visits later he added 96. Lodge was now
struggling to find the openings he needed, any good fortune which was on
offer seeming to fall in the direction of Welham. A rare opportunity brought
Lodge 54, but this was immediately cancelled out by an 84 from Welham,
who a few visits later also rattled in a break of 139 to extend his lead to
over 300 points. This always looked as though it would be enough, and so
it proved, as Welham completed the match with a 51 unfinished, looking
the pick of the players in action on the day.

Peter Shelley
83, 77, 57, 52
1071 (12.9)Jamie Moore
105, 61, 61
844 (10.2)
Phillip Welham
139, 96, 94, 84, 81, 75, 51unf
1295 (18.0)Richard Lodge
54
834 (11.6)

Final

Sunday 2nd April

Photo of English Amateur Presentation (31k)

English Champion, Phillip Welham (left) and runner-up Peter Shelley receive
their trophies from Derick Townend.

Peter Shelley and Phillip Welham had both previously been this close
to the dream of becoming English Champion only to see the prize
taken from them at the last hurdle. As might be expected in these
circumstances, they appeared to start this match a little nervously. After
30 minutes the highest break had been just 22, but then a timely fluke
cannon gave Welham the opening for a break of 60. Shelley immediately
responded with 61 and the game had eventually come to life.

Unfortunately not for long. Almost an hour had passed before the next
significant break – 103 from Welham – which also proved to be the
highest of the match. He followed this at the next visit with a run of 58
and a little later with contributions of 82 and 64. This was a significant
period, as Shelley, although he did manage a break of 67, offered little
else in return and went to the interval 278 points in arrears. Having
become used to the conditions on the match table, it would have been
a reasonable expectation that the players would pick up the pace in the
second session. In fact, the reverse was true, as even with the absence
of any significant safety play, both players struggled to put any sort of
break together for the first 45 minutes. Then Shelley, by now nearly
400 points behind, seemed to find his touch and in his brightest spell
of the match produced breaks of 61, 68, 65 and 54 in the space of six
visits closed the gap to 160. For a player well capable of breaks over
200, this put him right back within striking distance. Welham now
looked to defend his lead for the first time and as the opportunities
dried up, so did the scoring. With 15 minutes to go, Welham still held
an advantage of 200 points and with the match looking safe, made
absolutely certain by putting together a nice break of 73, which was by
far his best of the session.

Phillip Welham
103, 82, 73, 64, 60, 58
1157 (12.3)Peter Shelley
68, 67, 65, 61, 61, 51
930 (10.0)

Phillip Welham took the winners cheque of £300 and Peter Shelley
received £200 by way of consolation. Lee Lagan’s break of 265, made
in the qualifying section at Stoke, was the highest of the competition,
earning him a £50 prize. The trophies and other prizes were presented
by our Editor, Derick Townend, and EABA President Alf Nolan made
his traditional closing speech to bring the 2000 Championships to an
end. John Richmond, the Tournament Director, was singled out for
praise, having successfully managed the event for the second
consecutive year. The final also had an element of local interest, as the
match referee, Mike Billinge, was born in Darley Dale, although he
now lives in Exeter.

English Amateur Championships

The following results of the regional qualifying competitions were
omitted from the previous issue due to the late arrival of this information.

Midlands Area :

Group A : J. Hedley (64) 402, I. Chambers (58) 307; J. Hedley (103) 405, J. Rees 261; J. Rees 352, I Chambers 276. Group B : D. Rees 353, J. Chambers 226; D. Rees (91, 75unf) 418, T. Terry 198; T. Terry (50) 420, J. Chambers 201. Group C : N. Rewhorn (115, 65, 57) 418, D. Bavister 250; N. Rewhorn (84, 67, 61) 456, J. Smith 243; D. Bavister 284, J. Smith 239.

Qualifiers : J. Hedley, D. Rees, N. Rewhorn, T. Terry.

Northern Area :

Group A : S. Crosland (55) 499, B. Watson 150; S. Crosland (55, 55, 51, 50) 539, D. Richardson 324; D. Richardson 399, B. Watson 202. Group B : R. Patterson (52) 292, R. Haigh 268; R. Patterson (70, 61, 50) 506, D. Townend 180; R. Haigh (94, 68) 381, D. Townend 355. Group C : G. Rogers (57, 52) 376, S. Kershaw 216. Group D : R. Lodge (85, 52) 465, J. Ingleby 122.

Qualifiers S. Crosland, R. Patterson, G. Rogers, R. Lodge, R. Haigh

Intermediate Stages

The Intermediate Stages of the English Amateur Billiards
Championship were played on 6th February 2000 at four regional
centres to reduce the field from 32 to 16. Continuing the round-robin
format all games were 90 minutes duration, with the winner and runner-
up in each group going through to the final stages at Darley Dale.

The Reardon, Stoke on Trent.
Group ‘A’ : L. Lagan (87, 78, 72, 71, 55, 50) 621, D. White 231; L. Lagan (265, 91, 76, 66) 807, N. Rewhorn 209; L. Lagan (103, 73, 70) 498, S. Brookshaw (53) 413; N. Rewhorn (102) 450, S. Brookshaw 321; N. Rewhorn (73) 423, D. White (57) 356; D. White (97, 68, 62, 56) 453, S. Brookshaw 285.
Group ‘B’ : S. Crosland (143, 64) 489, T. Terry (51) 259; S. Crosland (78, 50, 76) 564, J. Bird 233; S. Crosland 574, G. Rogers 304; G. Rogers (55) 365, T. Terry (50) 223; G. Rogers 332, J. Bird (51) 279; J. Bird (63) 442, T. Terry (59) 278.

Qualifiers : Group ‘A’ L. Lagan, N. Rewhorn. Group ‘B’ S. Crosland, G. Rogers.
Spondon Snooker Club, Derby.
Group ‘A’ : P. Welham (59, 53) 429, R. Wilson (55, 52, 51) 329; P. Welham (95, 58, 50) 396, M. Johnson 354; R. Wilson (55, 53) 386, M. Johnson (51unf) 343; R. Wilson (88, 61, 55) 503, W. Andress (55) 405; W. Andress 361, M. Johnson (64) 321; W. Andress (58) 457, P. Welham (50) 390;
Group ‘B’ : T. James (63) 345, J. Hartley (69, 50) 332; T. James (88, 57, 54, 50) 548, J. Hedley 204; T. James 425, R. Patterson 219; J. Hedley (55) 488, J. Hartley 303; J. Hartley 288, R. Patterson (66) 273; R. Patterson 323, J. Hedley 304.

Qualifiers : Group ‘A’ R. Wilson, P. Welham. Group ‘B’ T. James, J. Hedley.
The Atack Snooker Club, Nuneaton
Group ‘A’ : D. Rees 289, R. Lodge (72) 349; D. Rees 362, R. Haigh 236; D. Rees (73) 357, T. Azor 207; T. Azor 457, R. Haigh 160; T. Azor (60) 335, R. Lodge (64) 330; R. Lodge (96, 55) 451, R. Haigh 269;
Group ‘B’ : J. Conba 264, T. Done (50) 366; J. Conba 368, M. Wright (58) 319; J. Conba 314, D. Nichols (70) 446; D. Nichols 665, M. Wright 208; D. Nichols (51) 338, T. Done (52) 390; M. Wright 300, T. Done 407.

Qualifiers : Group ‘A’ R. Lodge, D. Rees. Group ‘B’ T. Done, D. Nichols.
Pocket Snooker Club, Kidderminster
Group ‘A’ : P. Shelley (109, 103, 56) 569, B. Harvey (84) 333; P. Shelley (135) 482, R. Marshall (76, 66) 402; P. Shelley (161, 126, 93, 70, 69, 64, 50) 784, T. Thorne 212; R. Marshall (131, 56, 47) 486, B. Harvey (96, 53) 361; R. Marshall (98, 68, 64, 64) 664, T. Thorne 196; B. Harvey 457, T. Thorne 363;
Group ‘B’ : D. Smith 300, C. Ross 411; D. Smith 226, J. Moore (111, 108, 68, 54, 54) 655; D. Smith 207, D. Marr (100) 607; D. Marr (58) 267, J. Moore (51) 353; D. Marr 414, C. Ross 307; J. Moore (63) 418, C. Ross (73) 404.

Qualifiers : Group ‘A’ P. Shelley, R. Marshall. Group ‘B’ J. Moore, D. Marr.


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