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EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Summer 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Summer 2002
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North Ormesby Institute
Middlesbrough (Saturday 6th July 2002)

(3 HRS)

Lee Lagan completed his involvement in Amateur Championships
on a high note, by retaining the CIU title at his local club, North
Ormesby Institute, on Saturday 6th July. It was not a classic
performance by Lagan, but with his opponent, Tony Mackinder, unable
to reproduce anything approaching his best form, he was allowed to
cruise to a comfortable win.

The victory must have been particularly satisfying for Lagan in that it
reversed his defeat in the 2000 CIU Championship at the hands of the
same player.

As it was for their last meeting, the impressive Burroughes & Watts
match-table belonging to the local firm of Burns Bros; had been specially
erected in the club’s large function room. This historic table had been
supplied to the Western Club for the 1978 English Amateur
Championship and was the one on which Norman Dagley made his
World Record break of 862. On this occasion the audience of about 35
people, including professional players Peter Gilchrist and David Causier,
would be treated to a more modest exhibition.

Tony Mackinder followed his break-off shot with a run of 34 and
looked to have settled into his game straight away, but as it transpired,
this would be his highest contribution until the end of the first session
when he produced a 57 unfinished. In the interim Lagan had also
struggled, breaks of 59, 82 and 76 being the few bright spots of the first
90 minutes. Even so, Lagan had built up a 550-251 advantage and
Mackinder was faced with an uphill battle to redress the balance.
Disappointingly, he failed to add to his unfinished break, but runs of 72
and 43 helped him to pull back to within 200 points at one stage. Lagan,
who had started the second
session as slowly as the first,
at last began to put together
some useful runs with 57
and 79 restoring his
advantage to almost 300
points. Embarked on his
reply, Mackinder had
compiled 30, and was in
perfect position at the top,
when he suffered a massive
kick which gifted the
position to Lagan. From
this Lagan made 121, the
highest break of the day,
which effectively settled
the match. By the end Lagan
had drawn further away,
the final bell seeing him
almost 500 points ahead at
1,131-636. The win was
worth £500 to Lagan and the match was capably officiated by John
Rhodes (referee) and Geoff Charlton (marker).

Lee Lagan
121, 82, 79, 76, 59, 57, 54
1131 (18.0)Tony Mackinder
72, 57
636 (10.1)

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