English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : November 2000

The Amateur Billiard Player : November 2000

ENGLISH JUNIOR RANKING SERIES

All Games One Hour

The Maltings, Kings Lynn – Sunday 1st October 2000

The Juniors opened the English season with the first of their ranking
competitions at Kings Lynn on 1st October. The early starting time
for the tournament made it difficult for the players travelling from the
North, but nine Teesside players still managed to complete the journey,
making up a field of 23 entries. The games in the main competition were
all 60 minutes.

First Round

The first round saw an intriguing clash between current Teesside Under-
15 champion Michael Donnelly, and English Under-16 champion Peter
Gamblin of Lincoln. Donnelly, after a long journey which had seen him
arrive at the venue for 8.30am, may have been affected by the
uncommonly early start to his day. Whatever the reason, he never
threatened Gamblin and after a slow start by both players, the Lincoln
player drew away with breaks of 51 and 32 (twice) completing a
comfortable victory by 302-175. Matthew Sutton (Kettering) also
started well. A break of 44 helped him to an overwhelming 317-57 win
over Neil Attew (Norfolk).

Matthew Sutton
44
317 Neil Attew
57 
Matthew Peaker
284 Robert Nash
88 
Gavin Lewis
35, 34
227 Neil Hall
139 
John Gallafant
187 Keith Sillis
97 
Robert Hall
230 Nathan Mann
126 
Peter Gamblin
51, 32, 32
302 Michael Donnelly
175 
Craig Brown
38
327 Andrew Thompson
196 
Chris Appleton
37
283 Paul Jones
119 
Second Round

In the second round, Sutton was even more impressive putting together
three 60+ breaks and another of 35 to overpower Matthew Peaker
355-66. The result must have been disappointing for Peaker who was
reported to have been playing very well, and no doubt had intended to
make his mark in this competition. However, Sutton gave him no chance
by making sure he not only scored well when given the opportunity,
but also occupying the table for as long as possible. His top break of 64
taking 11 minutes.

Peter Gamblin was pushed all the way by his travelling companion
Robert Hall, but breaks of 51 and 34 in the last 10 minutes of the match
were enough to see him though. The 89 point winning margin hardly
reflecting the closeness of the contest.

Daniel Beagrie must have wondered why he had set off quite so early
from Teesside as, having avoided the first round draw, his opponent for
the second round, Jimmy Chambers, telephoned the organisers to say
that he wouldn’t be attending. This followed his telephone call two
hours earlier which had reserved his place.

Craig Brown impressed with the top score of the second round, his
333-177 victory over fellow-Teessider Chris Appleton including a break
of 45. Calvin Daws had one of the closest finished of the day, edging
past Darren Noble by just 5 points in their all-Norfolk encounter.

Phil Dales
33
302 Tony Jefferson
127 
Calvin Daws
196 Darren Noble
191 
Matthew Sutton
64, 63, 61, 38
355 Matthew Peaker
66 
Gavin Lewis
36
237 John Gallafant
146 
Peter Gamblin
52, 31
268 Robert Hall
179 
Craig Brown
45
333 Chris Appleton
177 
Paul Gifford
316 Phil Liddle
146 
Daniel Beagrie
w/o Jimmy Chambers
scr. 
Quarter-finals

Calvin Daws again finished on the right side of another close match. His
quarter-final against Phil Dales (Teesside) seeing him progress by the
relatively comfortable margin of 28 points. This earned him a semi-
final place against Matthew Sutton who emerged untroubled from a
pedestrian encounter against Gavin Lewis.

Peter Gamblin continued to look in good form, producing a string of
useful breaks to defeat Craig Brown 345-224 in the highest scoring
match of the day.

After waiting over 5 hours at the venue, Daniel Beagrie was eventually
called into action against Paul Gifford (Norfolk). In a hard fought game
which saw the players equally matched, Beagrie managed to reach his
first ever semi-final by just 5 points.

Calvin Daws
245 Phil Dales
217 
Matthew Sutton
211 Gavin Lewis
105 
Peter Gamblin
46, 38, 37, 32
345 Craig Brown
224 
Daniel Beagrie
36
224 Paul Gifford
35, 32
219 
Semi-finals

A break of 65, the best of the tournament, helped Peter Gamblin to
overcome Daniel Beagrie. A contribution of 30 unfinished going some
way to improve the 293-239 scoreline for the Teessider. The other
semi-final was won by Matthew Sutton, with Calvin Daws powerless
to make any impression on the Kettering player.

Matthew Sutton
281 Calvin Daws
118 
Peter Gamblin
65
293 Daniel Beagrie
30
239 
Final
Photo of Matthew Sutton (6k)

Matthew Sutton, seen here with tournament
organiser Phil Welham, won his sixth Junior
Ranking event at Kings Lynn.

Peter Gamblin was unable to keep up the run of big breaks he had been
producing in earlier rounds and eventually went down to the more
experienced Matthew Sutton,
who took his sixth win in the
ranking series. The conclusion of
the tournament had an element
of farce when one of the unused
timers went off in advance of
the scheduled finish. Everyone
thought the match had concluded
and the players had shaken
hands before someone noticed
that the large match timer still
showed seven minutes
remaining. The game was
hurriedly resumed and Sutton
managed to hang on for a narrow
10 points victory

Matthew Sutton
194 Peter Gamblin
184 
Plate

Michael Donnelly made up for his early exit in the main competition
by taking the Plate. He defeated Nathan Mann 317-153 in the one-hour
final, putting together runs of 49 and 43. His 30 minute aggregate of 184
in the first round of this competition gives some indication of the
potential of this youngster, who many on Teesside are watching with
interest.


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