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EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2002

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Orcas Draw

A ten-man Sandford Orcas team visited Bath on 9th February to play
the local League. The evening started with a bit of a panic as the Orcas’
Captain, Roy Foster, went missing from a four car convoy which was
travelling from the Bath HQ to the venue for the match. Luckily, after
much to-ing and fro-ing, 1½ hours and a couple of gallons of petrol later, he
met up again with the Bath captain, Dave Lord. In their match, which
was reduced to 60 minutes because of the delays, Dave reversed the
result of their previous meeting with a comfortable win 252-174. The
final match score was a draw with each team winning five games apiece.
The highest break came from E. Pitts with 62 and the highest 75 minute
score was 386 from K. Langley.

Results (Bath names first)

(75 minute games)
E. Pitts
361 S. Warren
242 
K. Langley
386 G. Warren
235 
R. Lydiard
196 M Gillham
220 
A. Bastin
199 J. Stringfellow
127 
C. Barnett
179 M. Woolmington
241 
C. Coles
222 C. Walters
263 
D. Smith
233 J. Masters
276 
(60 minutes games)
D. Lord
252 R. Foster
174 
K. Tozer
214 C. White
161 
W. Tadd
142 D. Holt
191 
Sidwell SC Monthly Handicap

There was no January tournament at Sidwell SC, so two were held at
the Exeter club in February. The first tournament was without top
regulars Eddie Andress and Brian Harvey but the field was still peppered
with players of a good standard along with a couple of new entrants.
Dave White (owe 140) from Cornwall proved to be the man in form
comfortably defeating “Mr. Consistency”, Chris Mitchell (owe 120) in
the final 200-86 with the aid of the best break of the day, a fine 114. In
earlier rounds White also had breaks of 81 & 77. The only other break
over 50 was posted by Chris Mitchell 57 in the round robins.
The second tournament saw Brian Harvey (owe 220) in a class of his
own. In the final he inflicted the biggest defeat of the day beating Steve
Canniford (owe 40) 200-26. Brian averaged over 500 points an hour for
the day and posted several good breaks, the best being 92 and a 78 unf.
which he took on to 149. Other breaks were posted by Bill Andress
111, 78 unf. & 75, and Steve Canniford 79 unf. Report-Steve Canniford.
Wessex Individual Championship

The final of the Wessex Billiards and Snooker Association’s Billiards
Championship took place at the Bradford Abbas Sports and Social
Club, near Yeovil, on Friday 6th April. Frequent winner Brian Harvey,
from Bridgwater added to his tally by defeating Mike Allen from Weston-
Super-Mare in the final.

Photo of Mike Allen and Brian Harvey (6k)

Mike Allen (left) cues up with Brian
Harvey before the start of the Wessex
Championship final.

The match had started fairly slowly with Allen building a well-
constructed break of 56 and showing some solid potting skills, creeping
ahead by 100 points after 20 visits to the table. There was little change
in this situation until Brian Harvey suddenly hit better form with three
quick breaks of 73, 35 and 68, putting him in a strong position being 65
in front. By the interval, Harvey had recorded a further break of 36, and
had advanced his score to 415
with Allen on 294. Harvey
returned for the second session
with early breaks of 125, 88 and
67 and having seized the
advantage, then closed the game
down, successfully preventing
Allen from any chance of a
comeback. The final scores were
Brian Harvey 750 points and
Mike Allen 351. In the semi-
finals. Harvey had beaten Phil
Davis and Mike had triumphed
against Justin Cole. The final was
refereed by Mr Ken Sparrow and
Mr Dave Harris, Chairman of
the Sanford Orcas Billiards
League, presented the Trophies.

Wrington vs. Exeter Billiards Challenge

Saturday 13th April saw the fourth in the series of challenge matches
between Wrington Vale and Exeter & District leagues with the local side
still to record a victory although the last meeting in Exeter resulted in an
18-18 tie. This time the match was held at the Mizzymead Recreation
Centre in Nailsea and 12 players from each league turned up at 11.00 to
start a marathon of 42 matches over Handicap, Cannons and Doubles
rules.

The opening exchanges went in favour of the home side especially
when Steve Roberts hit a 50 break in his first match which was quickly
followed by Wessex Five Counties’ runner up Mike Allen recording of
a 67 which was to prove the highest break of the day. At the luncheon
interval, Wrington Vale held a lead of 8-4 and throughout the afternoon
retained their lead although Exeter were beginning to make inroads with
Steve Canniford’s two breaks of 40+ providing the impetus to their
recovery.

At 19-19 with just 4 Doubles matches left, Exeter went in front for the
first time when Steve Canniford & Don Humphries won by 18 points
over Mike Allen and Simon Cambridge despite a great fight back from
an 80 point deficit by the Wrington duo. Irving Prowse and Alan Spear
achieved parity for the home side when they defeated Tom Ogg & John
Hill in a nail-biting 40th game by just 2 points. Bob Selby & Reuben
Hurse then took on Bob Mair & Richard Reid and the pressure was
telling as all 4 players failed to take advantage of chances they would
normally grasped although Bob & Reuben did enough to put Wrington
ahead again with a 100-90 win. This left the match at 21-20 and, with
tension mounting, Martyn Howell & Wayne Ticer had the chance to
seal victory for Wrington against Peter Wide & Syd Snow. However,
they found Peter continuing the good form he had shown all afternoon
and despite a great break by Martyn towards which closed the gap to
96-95, Peter held his nerve to secure the 5 points to level the scores at
21-21.

So, once again, Wrington just failed to gain a victory and with the return
in Exeter some seven months away, you can be sure that their will be
some concerted practice going in before then!

A special well done to Backwell’s Alan Spear who was making his
debut in this series of matches and was the only player from both sides
to come away with a four out of four winning run. Report—Bob Selby
(Wrington Vale Billiards & Snooker League).


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