English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2002

AMATEUR BILLIARDS CIRCUIT

Atack SC, Nuneaton

Sunday 11th November 2001

All games one-hour
Photo of Lee Lagan (6k)

Lee Lagan returns to form and wins
the second English ranking event.

The second English ranking tournament at Nuneaton saw 53
enthusiasts gather at the Atack Snooker Centre. Several of the
junior players were again in attendance and two of them, 14 year-old
Callum Robinson and 12 year-old Dominic Mulhall, did well to overcome
their more experience senior opponents in the opening round. The

early games also saw the closest
match of the competition as John
Smith defeated Martin Phillips by
just one point! There were three
century makers in this round as David
Nichols (137unf), Lee Lagan (134)
and Jim McCann (101), all showed
early signs of form.

David Nichols failed to build on his
good start to the competition as he
went out in the next round to John
Hartley whose 67 break was the
difference between the players in a
281-233 scoreline. Lagan and
McCann however, both continued to
excel, McCann making three 50+
breaks in an impressive 370-114 win

against the tough Yorkshireman Richard Lodge, and Lagan demolishing
young Matthew Sutton with runs of 137, 96, 80 and 73. Lagan´s one
hour aggregate of 471 being the best of the day. Branson Hoole also
produced a good performance to eliminate the 2000 English Champion,
Phillip Welham. An unfinished break of 58 by Welham making the final
score of 298-246 somewhat more respectable.

Hoole’s victory earned him a tie against Lee Lagan, but found the
Teesside star to be in unstoppable form, as he completed a 339-165
victory with breaks of 78 and 63. McCann also recorded a comfortable
325-130 win over Chris Ross, but the highest scoring match of the
second round was Darren Kell’s 336-239 result against Bill Andress.
Brian Harvey and Peter Shelley both recorded 80+ breaks in their
match, but Harvey just managed to edge a close match 278-249.

The quarter-finals saw Harvey open up a lead of almost 200 points
against Darren Kell, completely dominating the early part of the game.
Kell performed better in the later stages of the match, but Harvey held
on for a good 41 point victory against the current English No.2 player.
John Smith who had progressed to this stage with a narrow 14 point
win over John Hartley in the previous round, was now taking more of
a spectator’s role as he encountered Lee Lagan in full flow. Breaks of
102, 99, 60 and 59 where the highlights of a 443-106 result for the
Teessider. The semi-final line-up was completed by Jim McCann and
Michael White who had wins over Tony James and Stephen Crosland
respectively.

“Magnificent” is the best description of Lee Lagan’s break of 248 in his
semi-final match against Michael White. This huge effort carried him to
a 415-243 win, White also contributing a run of 65, which in the face of
such a performance from his opponent, could be considered a particularly

fine showing. Jim McCann had a much closer match against Brian
Harvey, but eventually prevailed 251-226 to set up a meeting with
Lagan in the final.

Lagan continued his run of high scoring to the end, putting together
breaks of 97, 85, 63 and 62 to accumulate over 400 points for the fourth
time in his six one-hour matches during the course of the day. McCann,
with a best break of 58, struggled to stay in touch, eventually having to
concede the match 445-232. Lagan took £175 for his day’s work, including
£25 for his high break of 248. McCann had the consolation of £75 for
his place as runner-up, but more importantly his second consecutive
appearance in an ABC final took him to the head of the provisional
English ranking list. After two events he established a five point lead
over Lagan with Brian Harvey a further five points adrift in third.

Preliminary Round
Richard Lodge
298 Ron Bickerdyke
139 
Jim McCann
101, 51
406 Dick Watts
85 
Chris Ross
50
252 Mark Hatton
171 
Callum Robinson
148 Bob Slee
145 
Trevor Thorn
223 Clive Scott
169 
Ivan Chambers
403 David Rees
60
285 
Tony James
348 John White
139 
Dennis Marr
64
263 Derick Townend
57, 52
257 
Peter Shelley
73, 52
316 Gerry Dickson
75
169 
Jimmy Chambers
67
240 Geoff Lingard
156 
Stephen Crosland
56
359 David Richardson
164 
Alf Nolan
188 Albert Beard
128 
Paul Dunning
64, 74unf
346 R Evans
141 
David Nichols
137unf
400 Brian Watson
129 
John Hartley
192 Phil Davis
179 
Dominic Mulhall
304 Jock McGregor
179 
John Smith
201 Martin Phillips
200 
Lee Lagan
134, 79
359 Billy Bousfield
179 
Matthew Sutton
230 Steve Poynton
139 
Phillip Welham
231 Eric Gratton
186 
Branson Hoole
263 Ronnie Haigh
88
236 
First Round
Jim McCann
55, 52, 50
370 Richard Lodge
114 
Chris Ross
340 Callum Robinson
142 
Ivan Chambers
304 Trevor Thorn
214 
Tony James
231 Dennis Marr
165 
Peter Shelley
69
295 Jimmy Chambers
188 
Brian Harvey
323 Harry Willis
165 
Bill Andress
346 Jerry Conba
229 
Darren Kell
390 Norman Wallace
89 
Ron Whitten
237 David Smith
128 
Michael White
267 C Mitchell
179 
Stephen Crosland
355 Norman Routledge
195 
Paul Dunning
220 Alf Nolan
167 
John Hartley
67
281 David Nichols
233 
John Smith
341 Dominic Mulhall
156 
Lee Lagan
137, 96, 80, 73
471 Matthew Sutton
151 
Branson Hoole
51
298 Phillip Welham
58unf
246 
Second Round
Jim McCann
51
325 Chris Ross
130 
Tony James
234 Ivan Chambers
204 
Brian Harvey
85
278 Peter Shelley
84
249 
Darren Kell
75
336 Bill Andress
239 
Michael White
249 Ron Whitten
170 
Stephen Crosland
233 Paul Dunning
216 
John Smith
51
222 John Hartley
58
208 
Lee Lagan
78, 63
339 Branson Hoole
165 
Quarter-finals
Jim McCann
261 Tony James
52
177 
Brian Harvey
303 Darren Kell
262 
Michael White
66
299 Stephen Crosland
134 
Lee Lagan
102, 99, 60, 59
443 John Smith
106 
Semi-finals
Jim McCann
251 Brian Harvey
226 
Lee Lagan
248
415 Michael White
65
243 
Final
Lee Lagan
97, 85, 63, 62
445 Jim McCann
58
232 

Gerry Dickson earned some additional ranking points by taking the
Plate competition, defeating Mark Hatton 237-165 in the one-hour
final. He had overcome Norman Routledge in the semi-finals whilst
Hatton earned his place in the final at the expense of 16 year-old Billy
Bousfield.

PLATE

Semi-finals (30 minutes)
Mark Hatton
135 Billy Bousfield
95 
Gerry Dickson
109 Norman Routledge
58 
Final (1 hour)
Gerry Dickson
237 Mark Hatton
165 

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