English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Winter 2002

The Amateur Billiard Player : Winter 2002

ABC: Cambridge Snooker Club, Sunday 8th December

The third ABC of the 2002-03 season took place on Sunday 8th
December at the excellent venue of Cambridge S.C. Ten of the 18
tables at the club had been re-covered the week prior to the event,
which provided top class conditions for the tournament.

Comments have been made over the years regarding the distances Bill
Andress will travel to attend tournaments, but all previous records
were eclipsed at this ABC by Paul Stocker the New Zealand Open
Champion in 2002 who had made the 12,000 mile journey in order to
attend! Paul, visiting family and friends in the UK, travelled to Cambridge
with Worcester’s John Smith who between them initiated the original
“Loose Cannons” tour of NZ which now appears to have become a
regular feature.

The preliminary round began with David Burgess in excellent form
recording breaks of 114 and 64 in his win over John Smith. Tony James
registered a good win over Peter Shelley, while Billy Bousfield again
showed the experience he is acquiring, with a fine 281-190 success over
current England international David Rees. Jimmy Chambers won the
closest tie of the round with a narrow six point victory over Dean
Manders. Paul Stocker’s ABC debut ended at the first hurdle at the
hands of Jim McCann.

A run of 88 enabled Mark Hatton to overcome Michael White in the
game of the 1st Round. Another notable performance came from the
under-rated Geoff Lingard, who registered three breaks over 50 in his
one-hour score of 420 against Jimmy Chambers.

Another century in the Last 16 smoothed David Burgess’ passage into
the Quarter-Finals. Breaks of 75 and 76 enabled Bill Andress to
overcome old adversary Brian Harvey. A classy display from Mark
Hatton brought four breaks of 60+ and a century in his encounter with
fellow Teessider Ron Bickerdyke. In the high quality clash between
Phil Welham and Darren Kell, both players recorded centuries, Phil just
prevailing on this occasion by a mere 16 points.

In the Quarter-Finals, breaks of 63, 94 and 78 contributed to a
comfortable 411-190 success for Steve Crosland over Bill Andress.

Mark Hatton made the highest break of the day with a 178, adding a run
of 93 to complete a comfortable victory over Ronnie Haigh. Leading by
59 with only a couple of minutes remaining, Jim McCann could
reasonably have been preparing for a semi-final game, but not so, as
Phil Welham raced around the table making 60 unfinished before the bell
went to leave him scraping home by a single point!

The Semi-finals brought a great match between David Burgess and
Steve Crosland with the lead changing hands on several occasions.

David eventually emerging triumphant after playing out time with 68
unfinished, having approached the table trailing by 47 points. In the
other game Mark Hatton never came to terms with one of the new
faster cloths, leaving Phil Welham an untroubled path into the Final.

David Burgess won competition with an impressive display in the
Final. Two 60+ breaks helped him to a runaway 403-172 victory to cap
a series of solid performances all day. Phil despite his disappointment
in defeat, would also be pleased with the 25 ranking points he attained
which lifted him to 5th in the Ranking List.

Paul Dunning
MAIN COMPETITION
Preliminary Round
Robert Hall
272  Keith Lloyd
187  
Norman Routledge
270  Chris Ross
181  
Dave Burgess
114, 64
307  John Smith
172  
Mike Allen
243  Arthur Reeve
235  
Tony James
266  Peter Shelley
193  
Billy Bousfield
281  David Rees
190  
Geoff Lingard
71
337  Mark Tims
111  
Jimmy Chambers
202  Dean Manders
196  
John White
166  Sam Salter
125  
Bill Andress
329  M. Gawthrop
263  
Michael White
71, 56, 52
338  Michael J.
   
Phil Welham
50, 57
355  Colin Summers
218  
Alf Nolan
300  Jock McGregor
90  
Darren Kell
66, 63
362  Albert Beard
63  
Phil Davis
167  Martin Phillips
123  
John Hartley
218  Dave Hall
157  
Jim McCann
270  Paul Stocker
200  
Paul Dunning
63
304  Callum Robinson
162  
Robert Shanks
289  Brian Moffatt
138  
First Round
Robert Hall
254  Norman Routledge
194  
Dave Burgess
64
379  Mike Allen
158  
Tony James
301  Billy Bousfield
180  
Geoff Lingard
66, 64, 55
420  Jimmy Chambers
91  
Bill Andress
281  John White
195  
Brian Harvey
62
233  Matthew Sutton
111  
Justin Cole
294  Mark Mytton
130  
Steve Crosland
341  Michael Wright
205  
Ronnie Haigh
333  Lee Wilson
141  
Bob Slee
147  Ivan Stevenage
136  
Ron Bickerdyke
289  Paul Snowden
199  
Mark Hatton
88
275  Michael White
72
190  
Phil Welham
67
325  Alf Nolan
220  
Darren Kell
277  Phil Davis
142  
Jim McCann
276  John Hartley
176  
Paul Dunning
63
268  Robert Shanks
154  
Last 16
Dave Burgess
60, 101
408  Robert Hall
162  
Tony James
61
219  Geoff Lingard
55unf
165  
Bill Andress
75, 76
340  Brian Harvey
89
246  
Steve Crosland
84, 64
491  Justin Cole
104  
Ronnie Haigh
224  Bob Slee
167  
Mark Hatton
63, 64, 67, 66, 113
439  Ron Bickerdyke
90  
Phil Welham
134
296  Darren Kell
119
280  
Jim McCann
239  Paul Dunning
81
178  
Quarter-finals
Dave Burgess
281  Tony James
204  
Steve Crosland
63, 94, 78
411  Bill Andress
190  
Mark Hatton
178, 93
406  Ronnie Haigh
152  
Phil Welham
63, 60unf
244  Jim McCann
62
243  
Semi-finals
Dave Burgess
55, 73, 68unf
287  Steve Crosland
55, 88
268  
Phil Welham
275  Mark Hatton
50
193  
Final
Dave Burgess
64, 67
403  Phil Welham
69
172  
PLATE COMPETITION

The Plate Final was a low scoring affair with Sam Salter defeating
Matthew Sutton by the score of 150-121. Matthew would probably
been disappointed with his performance particularly as it came after an
excellent win over Peter Shelley in the Semi-Final.

Semi-finals
Sam Salter
149  Dave Hall
134  
Matthew Sutton
75
143  Peter Shelley
91  
Final
Sam Salter
150  Matthew Sutton
121  

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