English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : July 1997

The Amateur Billiard Player : July 1997

English Junior Ranking Series

Phil Welham
Paul Bennett – The Clear Leader

Entrants from throughout
England gathered at
Nuneaton for the second of
the four event series.

Cleveland’s Paul Bennett
once again showed his dominance by
taking the title and yet another 30 ranking
points. Norfolk’s David Nicholls also did
very well, especially in the final where he
held Bennett to a 271-236 point victory,
no mean achievement when you consider
that Paul is one of the favourite for this
years English Championships.

Dean Bavister played well in the
quarterfinals defeating Eastern Counties
Under 21s champion Matt Willard
262-205 with a 64 break from Bavister.

Northants player Fraser Adams did well
to reach the semi-finals along with
Bavister only to be beaten by Norfolk’s
more experienced 20-year-old David
Nicholls by 242-139. 20-year-old Paul
Bennett had no problems in reaching the
final by beating Dean Bavister by
337-167.

As ever interest in
billiards in Middlesbrough
attracted 20
juniors to compete in
the third national
ranking event. Dean
Bavister was the only
competitor from outside of Teesside.

In his third ranking event final,
21 year-old Paul Bennett beat Gareth
Evans with a 214 points margin along
with a highest break of 72 in the first
round. In the early rounds Previn
Shukle did well to beat the Under 16’s
and Under 19’s champion Robin Wilson
by 283-181. Shukle went on to
reach the semi-finals losing to Gareth
Evans by 245-209. Scott Stewart, the
other semi-finalist, played consistently
throughout the day scoring
220’s in each match. Dean Bavister
reached the quarterfinals to earn 15
points to go to second in the latest
ranking list.

The final junior
ranking tournament of the
’96/’97 season was held at
Raunds in Northamptonshire.

A large contingent of
Teesside juniors made the
long journey to make a
total of 25 entries. How
delightful to see young Jimmy Chambers in his
first final unfortunately for him his opponent,
Paul Bennett, was unstoppable over the 45 minute
final. Bennett had breaks of 124, 70, 63, 46,
37, and 36 to win 492-107.

The first round drew two of the youngest
competitors together with 11 year-old Robbie
Harvey from Teesside against 10 year-old Ashley
Thomas from Raunds. A close match until
Harvey made an excellent 35 break to become
the eventual winner, with a score of 193-142.

The first round produced hourly totals of 480
from Huntingdonshire’s Matt Willard and a 566
from Paul Bennett. This high-scoring was beaten
with a massive one-hour score of 664 from Paul
Bennett against James Whiles from Middlesbrough.

This second round match produced the
highest break of the day of 134 from the newly
crowned English Amateur
Champion.

The semi-finals saw Bennett
dispose of fellow Teesside
Scott Stewart by 340-136. In
the other semi-final 14 year-old
Jimmy Chambers narrowly
beating the second ranked
junior Dean Bavister by just
four points by 170-166. The
semi-finals and final were
played over 45 minutes to give
the Teesside players time for
the long journey home.

The ranking series has
shown that there are many
young juniors coming into the
game and are enjoying it. Special
thanks for The Makings SC
in King’s Lynn, The Atack SC
in Nuneaton, Inn Off The Park
in Middlesbrough and for
Raunds Cuesports for staging
these junior events.


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