The English Under 16 Billiards championship saw victories
for visiting players over Teesside opponents.
Matthew Sutton from Huntingdon, a semi Finalist last year,
beat Ormesby’s Michael Brannigan 154-134 in the opening
round and Rushden’s Dean Bavister got past Norton’s Mark
Albany school pupils Martin Shutt and Chris Gladwin were
involved in a tense battle throughout their one hour game
till Martin eventually won 237-222.
Robin Wilson who like Dean was contesting both under 16 and
under 19 events received a first round bye.
When called to action Robin produced the events highest
break of 59 to add to a run of 37 to beat Matthew Sutton
Dean Bavister was untroubled by Martin Shutt in their semi
final and won comfortably 285-207.
Meanwhile the under 19 event had got underway. Chris Shutt
benefited from an empty qualifying space.
Robin Wilson felt he was in a prime position late in the
game against Newmarket’s Matt Willard but a run of 40 by the
visitor equaled that of his own and he found himself in some
The Teesside under 15 champion eventually found himself a
victor by only 3 points at 248-245.
Chris Brunskill was a 350-193 against Simon Popple.
Dean Bavister fell 228-269 to Allan Scott to end any thought
of dual championship success.
Robin Wilson likewise could not win both events after his
clash with Chris Shutt.
The English Amateur and CIU Champion opened his campaign
with a century breaks within the first 10 minutes.
His 126 break was followed by runs of 53, 62 and 112 to
eventually win 534-213. Twelve year old Robin had 34 and
Teessiders Chris Brunskill and Allan Scott clashed in the
other semi final. The Ormesby player had 78 and 48 breaks
when beating Allan, who had been the under 16 champion in
The under 19 championship highest break award sponsored by
Thersby Group Tote Computer Systems went to Chris Shutt who
made a break of 179 in the final.
Chris added other runs of 73 and 78 when beating Chris
Brunskill 503-208 to take the unprecedented 3rd national
Returning to the under 16 championship 15 year old Dean
Bavister had a 38 break when taking on Robin Wilson.
Dean who practices at the Rounds Club in Northants with
Roxton Chapman went on to take the under 16 title after
beating Robin 213-152.
Trophies were presented to all competitors by World no. 3
professional Peter Gilchrist on behalf of the English
Amateur Billiards Association.
Peterborough’s Roxton Chapman, the world ranked number 5
took the £200 winners prize in an Invitation Billiards
Challenge at North Ormesby Institute.
World number 11 David Causier faced Chapman in the opening
game of 90 minutes duration.
David failed to perform to his usual standard and fell 524 –
272 to the 24 year old. Roxton made breaks of 69 and 163.
Newly crowned English Amateur Champion Chris Shutt made an
early 104 break against World no. 3 Peter Gilchrist and
later made a run of 50.
The former world champion proved too strong for the
youngster and he made breaks of 63, 126, 96, 112 and 50 to
win 597 – 419.
Roxton had the better of the early exchanges in the final
against Peter and went into a 230 – 130 lead. Peter having
made a run of 91 and Roxton 104 and 108.
Peter had further breaks of 50 and 57 but Roxton countered
with a 76 to take the match to 343-243.
The Teessiders supporters were heartened towards a victory
for Peter as he made a break of 120 to pull the margin back
to 397-436 but the run ended at that point.
Roxton took full advantage of the remaining time to make an
unfinished 80 break to win the match 527 – 404.
Ron Hill, Territorial Sales Manager for sponsor. Scottish
Courage Brewers’ presented awards to the players and a £50
highest break award for Roxton’s 163.