The Midland Counties Billiards League is a regional event
that provides the players of the area with regular good
quality competition. Matches are played monthly and are
over nine games, each of the three team members playing a onehour
contest against all of the opposing side.
Some good performances have been produced over the tenyear
history of the league, with a number of double centuries
being recorded, while the record break stands at 326.
No fewer than twenty-four different players have notched
League centuries, and by no means all of their names would be
familiar to those who are regular contestants in the English
Amateur events or on the A B C circuitsome very able cueists
rarely venture outside their own region.
Last season the Stoke-on-Trent trio of Tony Keeling, Peter
Shelley and Norman Routledge, who finished the season nine
and a half points clear of runners-up, Worcester (Maurice
Chapman, Ian Hurdman, Richard King), comfortably claimed
the Midland Counties League title. No side has yet managed to
retain the crown, but Stoke have clearly indicated their intention
of becoming the first to do so by opening their new campaign
with an 8-1 whipping of Kidderminster (Michael Painter, John
Smith, Darren Cutler).
However, Stafford, in the shape of Malcolm Wharne, Chris
Ward and Jim Cummings, are the early season pace setters with
two victories to their credit, a narrow 5-4 edging out of Worcester
and a superb 7-2 success at Derby (David Rees, John Rees,
Stan Day), while Nuneaton (Richard Ingram, Richie Evans,
Neal Rewhorn) compounded the troubles of Kidderminster
with a 6-3 victory over the carpet town trio