English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 1998

Riley’s Northern Open Billiards Championship

North Ormesby Institute, Middlesbrough

9th-13th November 1997

Teesside saw competitive tournament action after a lapse
of eight years, since the Marton Country Club last staged
an event.

The world’s top four players were seeded into the second
round amongst the 28 entrants. Eugene Hughes proved to be
the opening round’s highest scorer, while Bob Close, Alok
Kumar and David Causier found conditions to their liking with
800+ totals in the 2 hour games. Robby Foldvari averaged 45
points per visit in that round.

Chris Shutt scraped home by only 4 points against Arun
Agrawal to set up a mouth-watering clash with World Champion
Mike Russell.

Mike was back in his native Teesside to face the player who
had bettered all but one of his nine scoring records in the
Teesside Boy’s League and who had recently beaten him at
Darley Dale.

Tournament Director Alan Chamberlain reports a spectator
audience of 300 watched the match that produced averages of
45.5 and 55.2. Chris played the game of his short pro career,
but ran out of steam as Mike overtook him in the closing
minutes.

The game produced an aggregate of 1,558 points with the
players scoring at the rate of 13 points per minute.

Hughes dried up against Foldvari, while Roxton Chapman and
Peter Gilchrist almost clocked up four-figure totals.

Regional TV cameras were present for the first of two visits on
the day of the quarter-finals that saw Russell break the 1,000
point barrier, then Gilchrist smash it with a 1,327 score that
included three double and four single century breaks.

Roxton Chapman defeated David Causier with a tournament
best break of 457 when the Peterborough player had looked
destined for defeat.

Geet Sethi was humbled by an impressive Foldvari, but the
Aussie then lost to Gilchrist in the semi-final, while Russell
accounted for Chapman.

An all-Teesside final in the area regarded as the hot-bed of
billiards, brought the TV cameras back to the venue, and
healthy crowds to spectate.

Russell averaged almost 84 points in the opening session to
swamp Gilchrist and end the contest, but thankfully not the
spectacle, as the pair concluded with runs of 440, 233 and
three other centuries in the last session.

First Round
(1 x 2hr session)
Sunday 9th-10th November
I. Williamson

91
424(16.3)M. Kothari

70, 66
311(11.9)
D. Joshi

173, 94, 92, 78, 72, 66
778 D. Sneddon

49
431(9.8)
C. Shutt

252, 102, 90, 80, 73, 67
630 A. Agrawal

113, 89, 80, 77
626(25.0)
B. Close

103, 80, 78, 76, 68
893(26.2)D. Akolkar

172(5.2)
M. Rehani

65
527(8.2)M. Ferreira

73
466(7.4)
E. Hughes

166, 129, 96, 85, 71, 98unf
938(26.0)A. Potikyan

32
237(6.6)
A. Kumar

115, 113, 97, 74, 66
879(18.3)S. Naisby

49
318(6.6)
N. Patel

108, 103, 64, 62
530(12.9)M. Spoormans

98
401(9.7)
C. Everton

67, 61
431(13.9)S. Agrawal

55
327(10.3)
R. Foldvari

132, 127, 113, 75
676(45.0)P. Sheehan

95
278(17.4)
D. Causier

85, 65, 63, 127unf
861(20.3)S. Hardcastle

90
402(9.3)
M. Wildman

62
492(10.9)B. Dix

47
302(6.7)
Second Round
D. Joshi

97, 94, 91, 76
835(20.3)M. Rehani

56
469(11.4)
D. Causier

267, 134, 91
713(25.4)C. Everton

92, 60
423(15.1)
Geet Sethi

95, 94, 89, 82, 64
670(20.3)N. Patel

143, 68, 66
487(15.2)
R. Chapman

184, 150, 149, 106, 85, 65
963(45.8)A. Kumar

60
258(12.2)
Peter Gilchrist

222, 208, 125, 119, 95
956(43.4)M. Wildman

89
344(14.9)
Mike Russell

230, 183, 125, 92, 74, 62
829(55.2)Chris Shutt

224, 165, 112, 85
729(45.5)
Bob Close

158, 103, 65
557(21.4)I. Williamson

60
320(11.8)
R. Foldvari

188, 102, 98, 88
689(32.8)E. Hughes

34
175(8.3)
Quarter-finals
M. Russell

306, 148, 144, 86, 77, 69
1,020(42.5)D. Joshi

124
399(16.6)
R. Chapman

457, 153
712(28.5)D. Causier

167, 151, 95, 73
630(25.2)
P. Gilchrist

204, 204, 203, 166, 113, 102, 163unf
1,327(78.0)Bob Close

100(5.9)
R. Foldvari

262, 102, 80, 79
686(26.4)G. Sethi

58
139(5.1)
Semi-finals
Wednesday 12th November
M. Russell

208, 166, 94, 68
673(30.6)R. Chapman

181, 83
448(20.3)
P. Gilchrist

207, 182, 74, 146unf
738(67.1)R. Foldvari

138
262(21.8)
Final
(2 x 2hr sessions)
Thursday 13th November
Session 1M. Russell

366, 204, 173, 93
1,091(83.9)P. Gilchrist

112, 106
314(24.2)
Session 2M. Russell

440, 174, 121, 61
989(52.1)P. Gilchrist

233, 110, 96
592(32.9)
Final ScoreM. Russell

2,080(65.0)P. Gilchrist

906(29.2)

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