English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2003

The Amateur Billiard Player : Spring 2003

English Junior Ranking Series

Riley’s, Stockton-on-Tees. Sunday 2nd February 2003

(All games one-hour)

There are a crop of excellent young players developing in the current
junior ranks, especially in the Teesside area. Proof of this was again
given in the Junior Ranking event at Stockton where most senior players
would have struggled to win a match. Century breaks were made by
Billy Bousfield (104) and Michael Donnelly (100), this pair meeting in
the final round where Donnelly put together runs of 61, 56 and four
more over forty, to win 471-215 in the one-hour match.

Craig Brown made breaks of 76 and 57 to win his opening match 493-
260, which was the highest one-hour total on the day. He may well
have progressed further, but came up against Michael Donnelly at the
quarter-final stage who needed a century break to put him out.

In the semi-finals, Donnelly defeated Callum Robinson who was
appearing at this stage of a ranking tournament for the first time.

Robinson’s rapidly improving form over the current season is beginning
to attract attention and like many of these Junior players he is proving
a valuable asset to the local senior Leagues in Teesside. In the other
semi-final, Billy Bousfield had overcome Robert Hall (Lincoln), one of
only two players who had ventured from outside the Teesside area, the
other being Jamie Barker.

Craig Murphy picked up some extra ranking points by winning the
Plate competition, defeating Kyle Cunningham 367-270 in the final.

First Round
Michael Donnelly
448  Ben Hodgson
137  
Craig Brown
76, 57, 40
493  Paul Snowden
260  
John Hall
58, 49, 48
331  Lee Wilson
252  
Callum Robinson
40
291  Kyle Cunningham
40
202  
Robert Hall
309  Anthony Kyme
208  
Scott Harris
234  Trevor Snaith
220  
Dominic Mulhall
325  Jamie Barker
205  
Billy Bousfield
104, 43
369  Craig Murphy
258  
Quarter-finals
Michael Donnelly
100
329  Craig Brown
295  
Callum Robinson
295  John Hall
262  
Robert Hall
318  Scott Harris
174  
Billy Bousfield
46
350  Dominic Mulhall
270  
Semi-finals
Michael Donnelly
57, 56, 52
387  Callum Robinson
192  
Billy Bousfield
352  Robert Hall
217  
Final
Michael Donnelly
61, 56, 46, 44, 42
471  Billy Bousfield
215  

Woodside Snooker Centre, Norwich. Sunday 13th April, 2003

The fifth and final Junior Ranking Event of the season was held at the
Woodside Snooker Centre, Norwich, on Sunday 13th April. The event
would determine which of the leading contenders would qualify for
selection for next season’s English Junior Team.

The field of 23 included a small contingent of five players from Teesside,
three of which survived to contest the semi-finals. These were Billy
Bousfield, Kyle Cunningham and Craig Murphy, who were joined at
this stage by Lincoln’s Robert Hall.

Robert Hall had produced the highest one-hour aggregate of the day
when he defeated Bruce Welham 578-95 but came off second-best to
Kyle Cunningham in their semi-final match. Craig Murphy also
progressed to the final by defeating Billy Bousfield 322-283 in a match
which featured breaks of 54, 52 and 46 by Murphy against runs of 48
and 40 by Bousfield.

With both players appearing in their first final, it was anticipated that
it would be a nervous affair. The match was close for the first 40
minutes, but Murphy used his experience over his younger opponent
to gradually pull away, and sealed a 305-206 victory.

A number of good breaks were produced by the youngsters, a 79 by
Robert Hall being the best of these. He also had additional runs of 78
and 56. However, John Hall (77), Billy Bousfield (73 & 70), Craig
Murphy (66, 54 & 52) and Paul Snowden (58) were not far behind,
again demonstrating the strength in depth of the junior game.

The event also saw the appearance of the first female contestant in 11
year-old Danielle Maud, who might have received an easier introduction
to the circuit than to draw Kyle Cunningham in the first round.

Preliminary Round
Paul Snowden
327  Michael Crisp
110  
Callum Robinson
47
323  Jake Beech
39  
Craig Murphy
48, 43
409  Liam Maud
32  
Tom Townend
109  John Cooper
49  
Ben Lewis
160  Ricky Easter
146  
Bruce Welham
143  Jack Crisp
92  
John Hall
41
407  Luke Reeve
102  
Round One
Paul Snowden
58
363  Robert Crisp
187  
Billy Bousfield
73
310  Callum Robinson
214  
Craig Murphy
65
303  Jamie Edwards
45
213  
Nathan Mann
353  Tom Townend
88  
Jamie Barker
249  Ben Lewis
220  
Kyle Cunningham
44
451  Danielle Maud
92  
Robert Hall
78, 56
578  Bruce Welham
95  
John Hall
77
311  Gavin Lewis
53
221  
Quarter Finals
Billy Bousfield
70
386  Paul Snowden
210  
Craig Murphy
66
284  Nathan Mann
260  
Kyle Cunningham
303  Jamie Barker
212  
Robert Hall
79
273  John Hall
263  
Semi-Finals
Craig Murphy
54, 52, 46
322  Billy Bousfield
48, 40
283  
Kyle Cunningham
240  Robert Hall
225  
Final
Craig Murphy
305  Kyle Cunningham
206  

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