English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Winter 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Winter 2002

ABC: Atack SC, Nuneaton, Sunday 10th November

All games one-hour

On Sunday 10th November, 52 players gathered for the second
ABC of the 2002-03 season at The Atack Centre, Nuneaton. This
is one of our most established venues on the Billiards circuit and once
again Bob Coales and his team, hosted both competitors and officials in
their customary friendly manner.

The preliminary round brought some extremely close encounters with
Billy Bousfield and Martin Phillips both emerging victorious by the
margins of two and three points respectively. There was a century
from David Rees, a decisive run of 84 from Darren Kell in his narrow
win over Huddersfield’s Tony Clegg and mention should also be given
to Phil Whiteside playing in his first ABC. Unlucky to draw David
Burgess “first up”, Phil made two fifty breaks in defeat. Steve Crosland
comfortably prevailed in the tie of the round against Peter Shelley.

Centuries in the next round ensured comfortable victories for Brian
Harvey and Steve Crosland, Brian setting the High Break target for the
day with a run of 151 during his win over Ronnie Haigh. Phil Mumford
maintained his good form from Bradford including a break of 89 in his
encounter with Brian Watson. A 53 unfinished from Justin Cole was
insufficient for him to claw back his deficit against Dean Manders,
while unluckiest loser was Phil Welham who lost the tip from his cue
whilst suffering a three point defeat by Terry Colby.

Autumn’s ABP highlighted the results now being produced at this level
by Mark Hatton, these sentiments were re-enforced by his performance
in the last 16. An hourly score of 583 included runs of 122, 59 and 51
as Mark continued to display the talent which is making him one of the
in-form players in the country. A further century from Steve Crosland
ended the run of Dean Manders. Jimmy Chambers produced his third
good performance of the day disposing of Mike Allen, while David
Burgess enjoyed a comfortable win in a potentially difficult encounter
with Jim McCann.

The highlight of the quarter-finals was the tie between Jimmy Chambers
and Brian Harvey. Despite a run of 97 from Jimmy, Brian ensured
victory with his second century of the day. Mark Hatton turned the
tables on David Burgess who had triumphed over him in Bradford at
the same stage. Easy wins were recorded by Tony James and Steve
Crosland.

Mark Hatton secured a place in the Final with consecutive ABC victories
over Steve Crosland. Brian Harvey joined him as runs of 68 and 52
carried him to a 339-184 success over Tony James.

“I wanted to win so much, I couldn’t play” was Mark Hatton’s verdict
of his first appearance in an ABC Final. The fact of the matter was that
although he may not have played with the authority he had displayed
all day, he played well enough to win and as a consequence record his
maiden ABC victory. A break of 59 opened a lead for Mark which he
was able to defend during a closing twenty minutes, which involved
great baulk area Billiards as both players tried to negotiate openings.

Mark displayed a great tactical awareness during these exchanges and
held on to register a 41 point winning margin.

Paul Dunning
MAIN COMPETITION
Preliminary Round
Dennis Marr
57
294  Geoff Lingard
171  
Mike Allen
244  Dave Smith
204  
Jimmy Chambers
237  Gerry Conba
218  
Matthew Peaker
241  Alan Raymond
129  
Dean Bavister
229  Anthony Kyme
101  
Michael White
53, 63
263  John Smith
136  
Ronnie Haigh
203  Alan Orton
192  
Brian Harvey
321  Robert Hall
50
231  
Keith Lloyd
63
212  Dave Hall
183  
David Rees
104
285  Harry Willis
121  
Phil Welham
191  Phil Davis
180  
Terry Colby
50
347  Jock McGregor
50  
Billy Bousfield
185  Ivan Stevenage
183  
Mark Hatton
67
287  Bob Slee
116  
Dave Burgess
324  Phil Whiteside
51, 50
192  
Branson Hoole
280  Tony Done
195  
Darren Kell
84
221  Tony Clegg
209  
Jim McCann
300  Alf Nolan
138  
Trevor Thorne
209  John Lewis
129  
Martin Phillips
173  Darren Murrell
170  
John Hartley
57
283  Paul Dunning
229  
Collin Routledge
237  Chris Hudson
211  
Justin Cole
289  Bill Andress
229  
Dean Manders
219  Michael Wright
206  
Steve Crosland
297  Peter Shelley
189  
Norman Routledge
257  Callum Robinson
174  
First Round
Mike Allen
59
316  Dennis Marr
174  
Jimmy Chambers
328  Matthew Peaker
158  
Michael White
199  Dean Bavister
115  
Brian Harvey
151, 60
412  Ronnie Haigh
170  
David Rees
50
342  Keith Lloyd
130  
Terry Colby
51
223  Phil Welham
50
220  
Tony James
328  Billy Bousfield
156  
Paul Mumford
89
292  Brian Watson
91  
Brian Moffatt
194  Richie Evans
188  
Mark Hatton
68
402  David Peaker
154  
Dave Burgess
74, 64, 61
333  Branson Hoole
143  
Jim McCann
217  Darren Kell
205  
Trevor Thorne
173  Martin Phillips
153  
Collin Routledge
293  John Hartley
198  
Dean Manders
228  Justin Cole
53unf
203  
Steve Crosland
103, 63, 89
396  Norman Routledge
173  
Last 16
Jimmy Chambers
60, 62
305  Mike Allen
168  
Brian Harvey
69
299  Michael White
140  
David Rees
186  Terry Colby
175  
Tony James
205  Paul Mumford
194  
Mark Hatton
122, 59, 51
583  Brian Moffatt
124  
Dave Burgess
371  Jim McCann
135  
Collin Routledge
211  Trevor Thorne
201  
Steve Crosland
89, 139, 81
407  Dean Manders
51
183  
Quarter-Finals
Brian Harvey
110
273  Jimmy Chambers
97
238  
Tony James
238  David Rees
150  
Mark Hatton
71
327  Dave Burgess
64
250  
Steve Crosland
546  Collin Routledge
93  
Semi-Finals
Brian Harvey
68, 53
339  Tony James
74
187  
Mark Hatton
50, 51
307  Steve Crosland
154  
Final
Mark Hatton
59
282  Brian Harvey
241  
PLATE

The Plate Final was won by Peter Shelley who during the course of the
game recorded the day’s highest break with a run of 154.

Semi-Finals
Alan Orton
115  Paul Dunning
105  
Peter Shelley
63unf
231  Robert Hall
80  
Final
Peter Shelley
154, 89
445  Alan Orton
156  

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