English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1998

1998 ENGLISH AMATEUR BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

Regional Qualifying Matches

All games 1½ hours

Tyne & Wear, Durham & Cleveland

(3 Qualifiers)
Gateshead Snooker Centre: 4th January 1998

Darren Kell made the highest break of this section with 175 in
qualifying from Group B. The only other century came from Alf
Nolan who made a fine break of 102 in the same group. Reigning
champion Paul Bennett had a scare in his deciding game of Group A
before narrowly defeating fellow Teessider Lee Lagan by just 25
points to qualify for the next stage. Favourite for Group C, John
Sinclair, was narrowly defeated in the opening game by Steve Best,
who went on to secure the third qualifying place.

Group A
Paul Bennett

82, 68
613 John Hartley

399 
Lee Lagan

595 John Hartley

295 
Paul Bennett

71, 50
376 Lee Lagan

62, 61
351 
Group B
Darren Kell

399 Tony James

273 
Tony James

54
350 Alf Nolan

102
306 
Darren Kell

175, 63
517 Alf Nolan

52
276 
Group C
eve Best

369 John Sinclair

59
326 
John Sinclair

64
462 Ron Whitten

177 
eve Best

55
411 Ron Whitten

382 

Yorkshire

(5 Qualifiers)
Cuedos Snooker Club, Bradford: 10th-11th January 1998

Mark Hirst dominated Group A with a series of 50+ breaks in winning
his two games. Steve Crosland put together the highest break of the
section in his game against Bill Mount, and went on to qualify with
a good win against exile Teessider, Paul Anderton. The other qualifiers
were Terry Ward, (finalist for the last two years), Derick Townend,
and Richard Lodge who went through as the best runner-up.

Group A
Mark Hirst

53, 58
495 Stephen Kershaw

245 
ephen Kershaw

387 Ronnie Haigh

260 
Mark Hirst

63, 52, 64
437 Ronnie Haigh

68
334 
Group B
ephen Crosland

78, 50
429 Bill Mount

305 
Paul Anderton

72
439 Bill Mount

268 
ephen Crosland

74
453 Paul Anderton

50
305 
Group C
Richard Lodge

499 Brian Watson

171 
Derick Townend

443 Brian Watson

240 
Derick Townend

392 Richard Lodge

328 
Group D
Terry Ward

292 Gary Rogers

263 
Gary Rogers

58
389 Steven Whiteley

211 
Terry Ward

357 Steven Whiteley

347 

Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire & Staffordshire

(4 Qualifiers)
Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Centre: 25th January 1998

Group A was reduced to three players by the absence of Richard
Ingram, but after a narrow win against Tony Keeling, Peter Shelley
made sure of his place in the next stage with an easy victory over
David Rees. Tony Done made the only century break in this section
with 112 in his victory over Norman Routledge. However, an earlier
defeat against Paul Dunning meant that it was Paul who qualified.

The other group winner was Jim McCann and Dennis Marr also
qualified as the best runner-up.

Group A
Peter Shelley

62
306 Tony Keeling

289 
David Rees

w/o Richard Ingram

scr 
Peter Shelley

w/o Richard Ingram

scr 
Tony Keeling

98
371 David Rees

228 
Tony Keeling

w/o Richard Ingram

scr 
Peter Shelley

60, 66
414 David Rees

288 
Group B
Jim McCann

65
298 Ted Fielding

250 
Dennis Marr

341 Joe Bird

267 
Jim McCann

284 Dennis Marr

254 
Joe Bird

451 Ted Fielding

237 
Dennis Marr

322 Ted Fielding

276 
Jim McCann

51
386 Joe Bird

223 
Group C
Paul Dunning

60
361 Norman Routledge

65
282 
Tony Done

112, 64
476 Norman Routledge

337 
Paul Dunning

351 Tony Done

255 

Humberside, Lines; Notts; & Norfolk

(5 Qualifiers)
Breaks Snooker Club, Lincoln: 25th January 1998

Phil Welham cruised through Group A, but the absence of Arthur
Reeve resulted in a single match decider for Group B. This went
Fos Wilson who secured a narrow victory by just 8 points.

Dennis and Dave Nichols won the other two groups, while Branson
Hoole took the fifth qualifying place as best runner-up.

Group A
Phil Welham

80, 60
486 Colin Payne

62
307 
Tom Terry

335 Colin Payne

232 
Phil Welham

56
418 Tom Terry

235 
Group B
Fos Wilson

w/o Arthur Reeve

scr 
Mick Johnson

w/o Arthur Reeve

scr 
Fos Wilson

95, 53
309 Mick Johnson

71unf
301 
Group C
Ian Dennis

358 Mick Andrews

332 
Bern French

321 Mick Andrews

265 
Ian Dennis

82
376 Bern French

293 
Group D
Dave Nicholls

108
380 Branson Hoole

54
355 
Branson Hoole

56
431 John Carman

392 
Dave Nichols

73, 68, 51
469 John Carman

377 

Berks; Warwickshire, Northants; Cambs; Oxon

(5 Qualifiers)
Newmarket Snooker Centre: 11th January 1998

Neal Rewhorn and Jack Hedley qualified from their groups, both
putting together century breaks with runs of 159 and 137 respectively.

With the absence of Ellis Lloyd coming as a sad shock to competitors,
his group was reduced to a one-match decider which was won by
Ivan Chambers. Terry Colby cruised through the other group and
Richie Evans also qualified as the best runner-up.

Group A
Terry Colby

434 Harry Willis

199 
Richie Evans

462 Harry Willis

186 
Terry Colby

465 Richie Evans

266 
Group B
Neal Rewhorn

71
391 Geoff Barrett

245 
Geoff Barrett

286 Alan Hughes

202 
Neal Rewhorn

159, 61, 60
662 Alan Hughes

247 
Group C
Jack Hedley

137
586 Malcolm Lax

70
217 
James Chambers

328 Malcolm Lax

326 
Jack Hedley

51, 50
422 James Chambers

54
308 
Group D
Ivan Chambers

w/o Ellis Lloyd

scr 
Dean Bavister

w/o Ellis Lloyd

scr 
Ivan Chambers

307 Dean Bavister

266 

Middlesex, Kent, Surrey & Hampshire

(5 Qualifiers)
Woking Snooker Centre on 18th January 1998

Chris Ross qualified from Group A, opening proceedings with a
break of 80, which proved to be the best in this section. John O’Neil,
who put up such a good performance in last year’s championship,
again qualified for the final stages with two easy victories, as did
Jerry Conba. Ernest Shorney took Group C on aggregate points,
while Robert Shanks took the final place as best runner-up.

Group A

Chris Ross 426 Jock McGregor 200
80.
Robert Shanks 402 Jock McGregor 204
Chris Ross 457 Robert Shanks 351

Group B
John O’Neil

61, 55, 51
578 Peter Green

239 
Peter Green

319 Steve Russell

202 
John O’Neil

70, 57
532 Steve Russell

294 
Group C
Albert Beard

294 Ernest Shorney

262 
Colin Summers

403 Albert Beard

225 
Ernest Shorney

401 Colin Summers

234 
Group D
Jerry Conba

52, 50
494 Derek Hodges

241 
Terry Azor

314 Derek Hodges

239 
Jerry Conba

51, 64
439 Terry Azor

278 

Cornwall, Devon, Somerset & Dorset

(5 Qualifiers)
Sidwell Snooker Centre. Exeter: 18th January 1998

Keith Olver made sure of his place in the next round by defeating
Brian Harvey, who in his previous match, had put together a break of
133. Brian still managed to book his place in the draw by qualifying
as the best runner-up. With Chris Mitchell being absent, Bill Andress
only needed to defeat Michael White to win his group. Charlie Gay
dominated his group with two easy wins, and Phil Davis was the
other qualifier.

Group A
Brian Harvey

133, 67
472 Derek White

62
325 
Keith Olver

76, 75
439 Derek White

59
264 
Keith Olver

71, 64
377 Brian Harvey

68
332 
Group B
Bill Andress

w/o Chris Mitchell

scr 
Michael White

w/o Chris Mitchell

scr 
Bill Andress

56
479 Michael White

72
308 
Group C
Dick Watts

347 Roy Foster

300 
Phil Davis

283 Roy Foster

191 
Phil Davis

51, 53
301 Dick Watts

72
287 
Group D
Charlie Gay

58, 66
442 Martin Phillips

193 
Carol Waiters

413 Martin Phillips

356 
Charlie Gay

66, 53, 66, 59, 51
518 Carol Waiters

227 

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