English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : May 2000

The Amateur Billiard Player : May 2000

Professional News

WBA Elections

Geet Sethi was elected to the Billiards Committee of the WBA at their
AGM on Monday 28th February. Mike Ferreira also retained his place,
defeating the nomination of Ian Williamson. The other members of the
Committee, who were not required to stand for re-election this year,
are Mike Russell, Bob Close and Peter Gilchrist (Chairman).

Mike Russell Exhibition

Mike Russell was in Northern Ireland to play an exhibition match
against the former Northern Ireland Champion, Billy Hanna, at the
Windsor Rooms, Bangor immediately prior to the NI v England
International match. Russell made a top break of 380 in this game and
had another contribution over 200. With the amateur international
players in being attendance, Northern Ireland’s Davy Elliott stood in
as Russell’s second opponent, the World Champion making a break of
472 and other 300+. Gary Rogers from the England team completed
the line-up of opponents, and he watched as Russell put together two
breaks over 300. Russell had an average of 90 points per visit for the
entire exhibition, giving a masterly display of top-of-the-table, while
his opponents managed just 150 points between them.

SAS Charity Challenge

Mike Russell extended his winning run in the SAS Charity Challenge
to four in a row when he came out on top of the three man event at
Pinewood Park, Upper Sherringham, in March. In addition to Russell,
the other players were Chris Shutt and Paul Bennett, the latter having
taken the place of David Causier.

In the round-robin group of 75 minute games, Chris Shutt was unbeaten
as he produced 40+ averages for both his games. Playing against Mike
Russell, both players made double-century breaks, but Shutt proved to
be the more consistent and won by the comfortable margin of 296
points. Mike Russell qualified for the final 90 minute game by defeating
Paul Bennett, despite two centuries and an average of 38.4 from the
Teesside player.

Early in the final game against Shutt, Mike Russell swept to a 500
point advantage with an excellent break of 373. Shutt came back with
contributions of 193 and 175 to close the gap, but another break of 142
by Russell secured the victory by 927-535.

The trophies were presented by David Nudd representing the event
sponsors, Sands Agricultural Services. Russell’s break of 373 proved
to be the highest of the day.

Results

Round Robin
C. Shutt (194, 103) 736 [av 40.9], P. Bennett 251 [av 13.9]; C. Shutt (265, 115) 758 [av 47.4], M. Russell (212) 462 [av 28.9]; M. Russell (207, 128) 529 [av 58.8], P. Bennett (104, 100) 384 [av 38.4].
Final
M. Russell (373, 142) 927 [av 61.8], C. Shutt (193, 175) 384 [av 35.6]

Wall of Fame

Former world amateur billiards champion Michael Ferreira was
honoured by being allowed to add his signature to the ‘Wall of Fame’ at
the Silly Point Sports Bistro in North Mumbai (Bombay) The Wall of
Fame is a recent concept, modelled on the idea from Hollywood where
the hand-prints of famous film-stars are set in cement. The Indian
version is intended to recognise the county’s most outstanding sports
personalities.


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