English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

SAS CHARITY CHALLENGE

Pinewood Park, Upper Sherringham

22nd-23rd March 2002

The Charity Challenge was hosted for the sixth successive year by Pinewood Park, Upper Sherringham. Mike Russell retained the
title for the sixth successive time, defeating Paul Bennett 809-424 in
the final match with a record breaking performance.

The “Challenge” which was held over two days, commenced with a
round-robin stage for the five invited players. All games up to the final
were 60 minutes and Amateurs met Professionals on a level start. The
first match saw Mike Russell defeat Chris Shutt 602-212 with the aid
of 317 unfinished. Philip Welham then defeated Paul Bennett 330-314
with a timely run of 128, while David Nichols was very impressive
registering wins over Bennett (133 break), Welham (197 break) and
Richard Lodge (216 break). Lodge had also been in good form, narrowly
losing to Shutt 308-298 (113). Paul Bennett gained a win over Lodge
and a narrow defeat to Shutt 466 (228)-391 (181unf).

At the conclusion of the round-robin matches, Richard Lodge was the
player eliminated and the semi-finals were drawn with Russell meeting
Nichols and Shutt against Bennett. Russell gained a narrow win over
Nichols and Paul Bennett produced an excellent late run of 236
unfinished to cause a major upset and defeat the World No.3.

The final was extended to two 45 minute sessions and this saw Russell
in excellent form. After five minutes play he got to the top and stayed
there until the interval bell when he had reached 589 unfinished. Russell
continued this contribution to a splendid tournament record break of
687. To his credit, Bennett came back with consecutive runs of 97 and
146. However, the day belonged to Russell. The event raise £500 for
“Break” charity.

Phillip Welham.

Round-Robin

Mike Russell
121,97, 317unf
602 Chris Shutt
87
212 
Mike Russell
297,84
460 Paul Bennett
101
262 
Mike Russell
208,122,73,60
476 Dave Nichols
62
191 
Mike Russell
273,136,108,63
642 Richard Lodge
40
114 
Mike Russell
234,78
421 Phillip Welham
57
269 
Chris Shutt
193,87,59,51
462 Phillip Welham
147,62
326 
Chris Shutt
171,162
494 Dave Nichols
82,62,60
240 
Chris Shutt
84,83
308 Richard Lodge
113,59
298 
Chris Shutt
228,60
466 Paul Bennett
62,181unf
391 
Dave Nichols
197,56
333 Phillip Welham
106,72
237 
Dave Nichols
133,94
368 Paul Bennett
54
163 
Dave Nichols
261,57
413 Richard Lodge
92
240 
Paul Bennett
81,72,64
314 Phillip Welham
128
330 
Paul Bennett
82,78
336 Richard Lodge
63
222 
Richard Lodge
68,68
361 Phillip Welham
211 

Semi-finals

Mike Russell
193
330 Dave Nichols
121,69,55
275 
Paul Bennett
75,62,236unf
463 Chris Shutt
133,70,68
315 
Final
Mike Russell
687
809 Paul Bennett
146,97,56,72unf
424 

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