Raund’s Dean Bavister was the sole junior entrant along with fifty others in the February ABC event at
Stoke. Regrettably for him, he lost in the opening round to David White; 333 (90 break) -153.
The best performance of the openers was Ron Whitten’s 324-138 defeat over former pro, David Rees.
Ron, from Peterlee, included breaks of 120 and 87. Stephen Crosland had runs of 85 and 53 when
beating Wiltshire’s Martin Phillips.
Brian Harvey and Dick Watts journeyed from the West Country to compete against each other, Brian won
comfortably 335-138 after 69 and 50 breaks.
Derick Townend returned to duties clerical after a 171-295 (72) defeat by Jim McCann. Philip Welham
inflicted the round’s heaviest defeat, with a 359-97 win over Jock McGregor and the tightest finish was a
low scoring 166-157 win for Barrie Moore over Ivan Stevenage.
Nottingham’s Jamie Moore had an 87 break in a 387-167 win over Brian Cousen, then made runs of 58
and 64 in beating Tony Keeling 343-149. Jamie ran out of steam in round three when losing 142 (54)-345
to Steve Crosland, who had beaten Tom Terry in round two.
Darren Kell beat debutante, and fellow Teessider, Allan Scott, in the opener and then accounted for
Norman Routledge, Brian Harvey and Stephen Crosland to take him to the Semi-final stage.
Bill Andress took out Richie Evans and David White before losing narrowly 258 (72) – 280 (63 & 54) to
Peter Shelley. Peter had earlier made an impressive total of 572 after breaks of 129, 71, 95 and 55.
Paul Bennett confirmed the level of consistency shown all season with a run to the final that saw him beat
Alan Marsden (55 break); Gerry Tutt (56, 51 & 78); Ron Northcott (50, 68, 81 & 68); Neal Rewhorn and
Terry Colby. Rewhorn made the day’s highest break of 140 when beating Geoff Barratt in round two.
Richard Lodge made progress at the expense of Ron Haigh and John Cousen until losing out to Terry
Colby. Terry then lost by a mere 9 points to Paul Bennett in the semi-final, having made a break of 70.
Peter Shelly beat Darren Kell (68 break) 261-233 in the other semi-final.
The final itself proved to be a one-sided affair as Paul ran in breaks of 92, 65 and 59 to accumulate 455
to Peter’s 163.