Amateur Billiards Circuit: Newmarket
Newmarket Snooker & Bowl. Sunday 9th February 2003
The penultimate ABC event of the season took place at the
Newmarket Snooker Centre and Bowl in Suffolk and attracted an
entry of 48 competitors.
The preliminary round saw some of the big names paired together, with
England internationals Jim McCann and Darren Kell up against each
other. A break of 86 made up over half of Darren’s total score, as Jim
cruised through, making a 54 of his own.
Steve Crosland made the highest score of the round, including breaks of
87 and 65 in a 425-129 win over Ely’s Jimmy Chambers. Jimmy himself
made a 65 break in the match.
Thirteen year-old Dominic Mulhall is certainly making a big impression
of himself lately, and he produced a great break of 88 to beat
Huddersfield’s Tony Clegg 414-242. Another of the improving juniors
is Lincoln’s Rob Hall. He made breaks of 92 and 52 in a win over Chris
Ross. Phil Welham (411) and Justin Cole (406) also had big scores in
The first round proper saw Mark Hatton carry on his great season so
far with a break of 162 in a 453-243 win over Rob Hall. Dave Burgess
was scoring heavily in his game with Norman Routledge, Dave making
five breaks over fifty. Phil Mumford, a newcomer to the ABC circuit
this season, continued his push for an international place, with a 278-
160 win over Jim McCann, including breaks of 92, 56 and 51. The
closest finish of the round was Michael Wright’s 8 point win over
Dominic Mulhall, whilst junior players Billy Bousfield and Callum
Robinson both made it to the last 16 stage.
In the second round, Steve Crosland made a 97 to seal a win over
Bousfield, whilst Teesside police officer Ron Bickerdyke reached the
quarter finals for the first time with a 310-154 win over T. Grant. The
clash of the round was between former English champion Phil Welham,
and newcomer Phil Mumford. Breaks of 58 and 66 from Welham were
not enough to stop the ex-snooker professional from going through, and
it was his breaks of 96 and 64 that gave him a 296-253 win.
The quarter finals saw the fine run of Bickerdyke continue, as he beat
Martin Phillips 220-108. Dave Burgess twice broke down in the nervous
nineties in his win over Mark Hatton, whilst breaks of 64 and 63 from
Steve Crosland ended the run of Phil Mumford. John Hartley completed
the semi-final line up with a 276-212 win over Phil Davis, both players
making breaks in the seventies.
Dave Burgess had no trouble reaching the final with a comfortable win
over Bickerdyke. Breaks of 82 and 63 gave him a 420-92 win. In the
other semi-final, John Hartley started well, and after a break of 85 he led
Steve Crosland at the half way stage. However, a timely fluke pot red
from the Burley-in-Wharfedale player left Hartley in his seat for almost
15 minutes, as Steve proceeded to make a wonderful break of 196, the
highest of the day. Despite John’s efforts to retrieve the situation, Steve
went through with a 339-223 victory.
However, Steve couldn’t carry his form into the final, as with only a top
break of 50 he never really threatened Dave Burgess. A run of 135 from
Dave helped him to a 324-203 win, and secured the fifth of this season’s
Peter Shelley who had made breaks of 90 and 85 to produce a 30
minute total of 254 in the first round of the Plate, progressed to the
final where he was defeated 315-214 by Jerry Conba in the one-hour
game. Additional ranking points were also collected by Darren Kell and
Robert Shanks who reached the semi-finals before losing to Shelley and