AMATEUR BILLIARDS CIRCUIT
Spondon SC; Derby(Sunday 14th January 2001)
The unpredictable nature of this season’s ranking tournaments continued at Spondon where Peter Shelley emerged from the 52 entries to defeat Stephen Crosland in the final. After four events there have now been eight different players in the final round! Preliminary Round: The day started with the strong Teesside contingent showing well. Lee Lagan had breaks of 94, 68, 53 and 50 in compiling a 411-181 score against Michael Wright, while Allan Scott also made runs of 90, 52 and 50 to defeat Matthew Peaker 393-206.
Having received preliminary round byes, Philip Welham and Stephen Crosland now demonstrated that they were also in good form, winning 459-137 and 436-60 respectively. Crosland just missed out on a century when his best effort terminated at 96, but with additional runs of 76 and 64 he was never threatened by Billy Bousfield. Allan Scott made the first century of the day with a 121 and immediately followed this with another of 133 which would prove to be the highest of the event. These breaks assisted him to a 514-207 win over John Smith, who also contributed a run of 51 to this high-scoring game. Peter Shelley had a much closer encounter with Brian Harvey, eventually winning by just 18 points, both players recording 50+ breaks. In an even tighter finish, Lee Lagan’s erratic season continued as he was unexpectedly defeated by Phil Davis 217-210.
Stephen Crosland continued to play well, breaks of
64, 54 and 51 helping him to a 352-204 win over Ken Jones (51), but as
the other players seemed to relax after their first round exertions, it was
left to Allan Scott to produce the highest break of the round with 74.
This helped him to overcome Phil Davis 283-225.
Peter Shelley’s match against Tony Done was the pick
of the quarter-finals. Shelley looking impressive in a 425-244 victory
which included breaks of 63 and 58. Jim McCann did well to edge out
the new Teesside super-star, Allan Scott, by just 12 pointsthis despite
a break of 66 from Scott. Stephen Crosland and Phil Welham were less
troubled by their opponents and completed the semi-final line up with
Peter Shelley, in a repeat of last year’s English
Championship Final, faced Phil Welham and breaks of 93 and 84 by
Shelley were the deciding factor which enabled him to reverse that
particular result, winning 310-198. Stephen Crosland also made it through
to the final at the expense of Jim McCann, but was pushed all the way,
breaks of 79 and 58 by the Yorkshireman helped him to get home 256-
Peter Shelley and Stephen Crosland looked evenly matched
throughout the final round, each recording a 60+ break. However, after
60 minutes play it was Peter Shelley who had establish a 38 point
advantage, and took the winner´s cheque of £160 with a final score of
293-255. Crosland received £80 as runner-up and Allan Scott earned
£25 for his high break of 133.
David Nichols (51) 277, Paul Dunning 204; Branson Hoole 222, John Rees 185; Peter Shelley 231,
Martin Phillips 184; Brian Harvey (59) 344, Michael Donnelly 195; Michael White (69) 276, Tom
Terry 188; Ian Dennis 259, Ted Warren 239; Dennis Marr 252, John White 110; Laurence Torn 261,
Eric Gratton 149; Ken Jones 212, Brian Cousen 133; Norman Routledge 243, Dean Bavister 149;
Phil Davis (52) 243, Brian Watson 137; Lee Lagan (94, 68, 53, 50) 411, Michael Wright (53) 181;
Alan Scott (90, 52, 50) 393, Matthew Peaker 206; John Smith 306, David Peaker 149; Jim McCann
(61) 355, Jock McGregor 78; David Rees 235, Jamie Moore 174; Peter Gamblin 221, Peter Ostrowski
124; John Hartley 308, Robert Shanks 176.
Hoole 162; Peter Shelley (53) 271, Brian Harvey (57) 253; Michael White (76) 291, Ian Dennis 162;
Dennis Marr 239, Laurence Torn 160; Phil Welham (65, 52) 459, David Smith 137; Richard Lodge
276, Darren Kell 188; Bill Andress 322, Ronnie Haigh 215; Steve Poynton 214, Rob Jones 139;
Mark Hatton 233, Gerry Dickson 163; Steve Crosland (96, 76, 64) 436, Billy Bousfield 60; Ken
Jones 235, Norman Routledge (53) 205; Phil Davis 217, Lee Lagan (50) 210; Alan Scott (133, 131)
514, John Smith (51) 207; Jim McCann bt. David Rees (n/s); John Hartley (55) 296, Peter Gamblin
176; Phil Welham 246, Dennis Marr 188; Richard Lodge 358, Bill Andress 207; Mark Hatton 262,
Steve Poynton 191; Steve Crosland (64, 57, 54) 352, Ken Jones (51) 204; Alan Scott (74) 283, Phil
Davis 225; Jim McCann 238, John Hartley 158.
Steve Crosland 386, Mark Hatton 141; Jim McCann 279, Alan Scott (66) 267.
Peter Shelley (93, 84) 310, Phil Welham (51) 198; Steve Crosland (79, 52) 256, Jim
The Plate event also provided a good final as Darren Kell put together
breaks of 110 and 54 to defeat Paul Dunning 281-190. Dunning included
a run of 54 in his total. In the semi-finals, Kell had overcome Dean
Bavister and Dunning was untroubled by the challenge of John Ingleby.
Newmarket SC & Bowl; Suffolk (Sunday 11th February 2001)
Lee Lagan came out on top of the 49 competitors at Newmarket,
defeating Paul Dunning in the final to take the winner´s cheque.
This capped a series of consistently fine performances by the Teesside
player on a day which also saw many high quality matches throughout
The day had started well for Lagan, who had
travelled from Teesside determined to make amends for what he
considered to be “bad performances” in previous events this season. In
winning his preliminary round match against Michael White, he included
breaks of 120, 83 and 67 in a 398-184 scoreline. Also looking good were
Tony Done who had two centuries (107, 105) in a 492-77 win over
Steve Poynton, and Ivan Chambers who recorded a 412-184 victory
over David Rees.
Billy Bousfield was one of three Teesside juniors taking
part in the event, and he proved to be the most successful, progressing
to the last 16 at the expense of Norman Wallace. A break of 51 in this
round adding to one of 65 he had made in his preliminary match. Paul
Dunning had a good win over Phil Welham which included breaks of
110 and 75. Welham also managed a century (100) in this match, but
still finished the wrong side of a 283-237 scoreline. Lee Lagan meanwhile,
was posting a huge score in his game against Ivan Chambers, breaks of
147, 86 and 54 helping him to a winning total of 553 points in his
allotted 60 minutes. Other players scoring heavily were David Nichols
with 499 (109, 68) and Stephen Crosland 417, who both progressed to
the second round with crushing victories.
Paul Dunning ended the involvement of Billy Bousfield
with a comfortable 305-121 win, but most of the excitement was
concentrated in the other half of the draw. Here Lee Lagan and Peter
Shelley put on a tremendous display, with the Teesside star coming out
on top by a final score of 515-230. Lagan contributed breaks of 165,
123, 99 and 55 while Shelley added to the entertainment with runs of
71 and 56. Stephen Crosland made two century breaks (128, 115) to
defeat Chris Carpenter 435-209 and David Nichols was no less
impressive in his 448-123 win over Jimmy Chambers which included
runs of 118 and 64.
Crosland and Nichols were a little more subdued
when they were paired together in the quarter-finals. Nichols, with
breaks of 73 and 60 coming out on top by 311-207. Lee Lagan however,
was in full flow in his match against Brian Harvey. Breaks of 132, 108,
71 and 69 were enough to record the highest aggregate score of the day
and leave the Wessex Champion trailing 588-225. Also joining the
century makers was Darren Kell who put together a run of 102 in a
narrow 19 point victory over fellow Teessider Mark Hatton. Paul
Dunning completed the semi-final line-up with a 276-113 win over Phil
A fine break of 152 by David Nichols was not enough to
stop Lee Lagan who made no less than three centuries of his own (166,
111, 112unf.) in an impressive 461-235 success. Paul Dunning had a
more difficult time against Darren Kell, a break of 134 being a decisive
factor in his narrow 15 point victory.
Paul Dunning showed no signs of being over-awed by his high
scoring opponent, his first visit to the table producing 82 points. Lagan
struggled to make any impression on this lead for some time, but
suddenly turned the match around with consecutive visits which
produced 48 and a magnificent 180. Now trailing by 165 points, Dunning
responded with a break of 72, but there was insufficient time to close
such a big gap and Lagan finished the winner 329-270. Match averages
of 23.5 and 20.8 respectively, demonstrate the high standard of play.
A total of 22 century breaks were made on the day, of which Lee Lagan
contributed no less than ten! This individual performance could well be
a record for ABC tournaments, but if not, is still an incredible feat. His
six-hour aggregate of 2,835 points, made on six different tables, will
take some beating as well. Of all these centuries, the highest of the day
unusually came from the 30 minute plate competition. In the semi-final
of this event, Michael White almost managed to achieve a doublecentury,
failing at 195. This gave him a 248-36 win over David Rees and
he went on to win the 60 minute final against Norman Routledge by
279-185. Routledge had reached the final by defeating Branson Hoole,
who, earlier in the competition, had set the highest 30 minute aggregate
with a total of 296.
Smith 168; Phil Welham 409, Ian Dennis 116; Paul Dunning (54) 386, Keith Lloyd 148; Phil Davis
172, Clive Scott 139; Robert Shanks 191, Martin Phillips 182; Tony Done (107, 105, 86, 54) 492,
Steve Poynton 77; Ronnie Haigh 433, Jock McGregor 63; Mick Johnson 228, Norman Routledge
211; Ivan Chambers 412, David Rees 184; Lee Lagan (120, 83, 67) 398, Michael White 184; Dean
Bavister 236, Michael Donnelly 175; Peter Shelley 299, Richard Lodge 180; Brian Harvey (64)
300, Bill Andress 201; Jim McCann (73, 64) 382, Branson Hoole 158; Jerry Conba 257, Terry
Smith 169; John Hartley (52) 325, Chris Ross 223.
Welham (100) 237; Phil Davis 250, Robert Shanks 160; Ronnie Haigh 241, Tony Done 222; Ron
Bickerdike 219, Mick Johnson 154; Mark Hatton 263, Colin Summers 180; Darren Kell (54) 223,
John Smith 160; Albert Beard 188, Eric Gratton 153; Jimmy Chambers 346, John White 104;
David Nichols (109, 68) 499, Peter Cooper 101; Chris Carpenter 295, Michael Wright 276; Steve
Crosland 417, Daniel Beagrie 203; Lee Lagan (147, 86, 54) 553, Ivan Chambers 128; Peter
Shelley (62) 329, Dean Bavister 178; Brian Harvey 316, Jim McCann 192; John Hartley 314, Jerry
Mark Hatton 344, Ron Bickerdike 115; Darren Kell 342, Albert Beard 118; David Nichols (118, 64)
448, Jimmy Chambers 123; Steve Crosland (128, 115) 435, Chris Carpenter 209; Lee Lagan (165,
123, 99, 55) 515, Peter Shelley (71, 56) 230; Brian Harvey 351, John Hartley (58) 186.
Quarter Finals: Paul Dunning (55) 276, Phil Davis 113; Darren Kell (102) 242, Mark Hatton 233;
David Nichols (73, 60) 311, Steve Crosland 207; Lee Lagan (132, 108, 71, 69) 588, Brian Harvey
Nichols (152) 235.
Plate Competition. (30 minute games, Final one hour)
Branson Hoole 79.