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EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

AMATEUR BILLIARDS CIRCUIT

Newmarket Snooker & Bowl

Sunday 10th February 2002 – All games one-hour

On Sunday 10th February, 48 Billiard enthusiasts gathered at AllSaints Road, Newmarket for the penultimate ranking tournament
of the season. Although no positions could be finalised with 16 players
still left in the English Amateur Championships, several players were
looking for good performances and progress towards the “holy grail” of
an end of season top 8 finish.

The number of entries at least made the workload of Derick and Peg
somewhat easier than normal, with an equal split of 16 preliminary
games leading into 16 first round clashes.

The notable performances in the preliminary round were a superb
victory by young Billy Bousfield over Michael White, a fine win for
John Carman over the evergreen Bill Andress, a nail-biting three point
triumph for Ronnie Haigh against Michael Wright and a narrow success
for Norman Routledge over Dennis Marr in the battle of the North-
West. Dave Nichols warmed up for the day ahead with two centuries in
his 547-110 demolition of local man Sam Salter.

The 1st round saw Paul Dunning twice break down in the nervous
nineties against Cromer’s Ian Dennis. Billy Bousfield enjoyed another
good win – this time over John Carman and Peter Shelley set up a 2nd
round encounter with practice partner and travelling companion Norman
Routledge following victory over Phil Welham.

The 2nd round saw Billy Bousfield’s day draw to a conclusion, but
only narrowly against Ronnie Haigh. Billy is becoming a dangerous
opponent on the amateur scene and it looks likely that it only becomes
a matter of time before the centuries he is now making on Teesside
begin appearing on a national stage. A timely break of 92 was just about
the difference in Peter Shelley’s win over Norman Routledge. Lee Lagan
gave notice of intentions for the day with the day’s highest break of 228
included in his 574-259 success over Brian Harvey. John Hartley secured
a quarter-final spot with an impressive victory over Chris Ross.

The quarter-finals saw three close encounters with Dave Nichols almost
taking things too casually against Yorkshire’s Ronnie Haigh. Steve
Crosland prevailed by only thirty points in a nervy performance against
Darren Murrell and the tie between David Rees and John Hartley went
David’s way by a mere seven points. After a good start by Peter
Shelley against Lee Lagan, Lee broke free with the aid of a 173 break to
record a 369-211 victory.

The semi-finals resulted in wins for Dave Nichols over Steve Crosland
assisted by breaks of 92 & 72 and Lee Lagan with a straightforward
385-188 success over David Rees.

The best was saved till last with Lee recording the highest total of the
day during his 636-194 victory incorporating two centuries and a
beautiful break of 220. It was somewhat amusing to hear him complain
after of “no feeling whatsoever” in his tip and “not having a clue where
the ball would finish” when playing stun and/or screw. Lee you make
the game look easy enough to us mere mortals without telling us after
you were struggling!

Paul Dunning

Preliminary Round:

Dean Bavister
54
282 Calvin Daws
127 
Ronnie Haigh
246 Michael Wright
243 
John Carman
301 Bill Andress
284 
Billy Bousfield
206 Michael White
196 
Ian Dennis
60
303 Callum Robinson
145 
Paul Dunning
67
318 Trevor Thorne
191 
Liam O’Neill
329 Jock McGregor
123 
Dave Nichols
162, 123, 53, 57unf
547 Sam Salter
110 
Phil Welham
72, 53, 51
480 Dominic Mulhall
163 
Peter Shelley
91, 88, 63
502 Gavin Lewis
241 
Phil Davis
231 John Smith
153 
Norman Routledge
230 Dennis Marr
209 
Gerry Conba
53
284 Bob Slee
147 
Brian Harvey
103, 93, 89
494 Albert Beard
70 
Lee Lagan
95, 94
455 Mark Kaye
131 
Martin Phillips
237 Brian Moffatt
182 

First Round:

Ronnie Haigh
256 Dean Bavister
157 
Billy Bousfield
277 John Carman
265 
Paul Dunning
98, 90
381 Ian Dennis
150 
Dave Nichols
85, 83, 78, 66
543 Liam O’Neill
177 
Peter Wells
285 John White
176 
Darren Murrell
54, 51
315 Colin Summers
198 
Stephen Crosland
170, 65, 61
470 Dave Smith
140 
Terry Colby
66, 52
330 Robert Shanks
135 
David Rees
225 Branson Hoole
211 
Jimmy Chambers
60, 56
348 Keith Lloyd
252 
John Hartley
50
319 James Clare
185 
Chris Ross
97, 50
323 John Lewis
115 
Peter Shelley
85, 78
352 Phil Welham
52
186 
Norman Routledge
248 Phil Davis
193 
Brian Harvey
62
335 Gerry Conba
191 
Lee Lagan
119, 84, 64
422 Martin Phillips
215 

Second Round:

Ronnie Haigh
225 Billy Bousfield
201 
Dave Nichols
62, 55
346 Paul Dunning
211 
Darren Murrell
61
299 Peter Wells
183 
Stephen Crosland
101, 75, 52
320 Terry Colby
56, 50
204 
David Rees
88
248 Jimmy Chambers
74unf
204 
John Hartley
58unf
343 Chris Ross
155 
Peter Shelley
92
322 Norman Routledge
70
237 
Lee Lagan
228, 106, 78, 77
574 Brian Harvey
67, 55
259 

Quarter-finals:

Dave Nichols
52
287 Ronnie Haigh
234 
Stephen Crosland
54, 50
276 Darren Murrell
246 
David Rees
219 John Hartley
212 
Lee Lagan
173, 74, 51
369 Peter Shelley
75
211 

Semi-finals:

Dave Nichols
92, 72
318 Stephen Crosland
58
232 
Lee Lagan
92, 70, 68
385 David Rees
188 

Final:

Lee Lagan
220, 117, 101, 84, 80
636 Dave Nichols
194 

Plate Competition

Semi-finals (30 minutes)
John Smith
114 Calvin Daws
88 
Branson Hoole
160 Dominic Mulhall
109 
Final (1 hour)
Branson Hoole
254 John Smith
208 

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