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EABA : The Billiard Monthly : March, 1911

The Billiard Monthly : March, 1911

Jottings of the Month

  • Long sessions, extra sessions, and drawn games, due to
    excessive safety play, are becoming common in professional
    matches. If this goes on the average test will have to be
    applied, or the points reduced. If 18,000 cannot be scored
    in 48 hours let it be 16,000 or 15,000.
  • Readers of The Billiard Monthly will learn with regret
    of the death of Edward Diggle’s mother, which occurred at
    Manchester on February 26.
  • “Billiards,” says Malcolm Scott, “used to be played with
    two white balls and one red ball. Now it is played with
    one white ball, one red ball, and one Gray.”
  • At a meeting of the Billiards Control Club, held on the
    2nd inst., Mr. A. Hatchard, of the Wellington Club, and
    Mr. G. H. Nelson were elected members of the executive
  • E. C. Breed won the championship of the Midlands from
    W. Osborne by 8,000 to 7,360. By defeating Linden in a
    game of 1,200 up, level, W. R. Wall, of Claygate, regained
    the championship of Surrey.
  • It is generally a long loser on the left that brings Gray
    down, thus conveying the impression that he is stronger on
    the right-hand side of the ball than the left, in these shots.
    However, he rarely troubles the top pockets.
  • A number of clubs are in course of formation in London
    in connection with the Billiard League, which will be open
    to teams from business houses, institutes, public billiard
    rooms, etc. A team consists of five players, and the game
    is to be 500 up each pair of opponents taking the score to
    the next hundred.
  • Twenty of the leading professionals of Liverpool have
    been engaged in games of 750 each for the Liverpool championship.
  • The final game on the 9th inst. was between H.
    Longmire and F. Holt, each receiving 160. Result:—Longmire,
    750; Holt, 683. Last month J. W. Collens (scratch)
    and H. Longmire (15) tied in the Liverpool professionals’
    flying handicap.
  • The sergeants attached to the different regiments quartered
    at Bordon Camp have just decided an interesting competition
    for a challenge cup subscribed for by the various
    sergeants’ messes. The 29th and 32nd Brigades Royal Field
    Artillery were the winners of the cup with an aggregate of
    6,708 points. The highest break in the competition was 49
    by Sergt. Farrell, R.F.A., who won a cue and case presented
    by Messrs. Thurston.
  • H. W. Stevenson played afternoon and evening matches
    at the Billiards Control Club, Great Windmill Street, W.,
    against leading members of the club during the week ended
    March 11. Each member of the club had the privilege of
    introducing two friends, apart from which the proceedings
    were quite private. Stevenson conceded 500 in 750 and on
    Friday evening reached his points with an unfinished break
    of over 300 in four completed innings, the first of which
    consisted of a safety shot driving the spotted red into baulk
    An attempt is being made to inaugurate an Amateur
    Championship for Yorkshire under Billiards Control Club
    Billiards appeals to all classes in the land—to the peer
    in his castle, and to the pitman in his club.—Newcastle
  • The annual dinner and distribution of prizes of the Press
    Handicap is to take place on Saturday, April 1, at the Bedford
    Head Hotel, Tottenham Court Road.
  • W. Cook visited Bishop’s Waltham on the 5th inst. and
    played two games of 750 up with Mr. H. Palmer, who
    received 300 start, the professional winning both games.
  • Why is the bottom of the billiard table at the top and the
    top at the bottom? If the billiard spot is at the bottom
    of the table why is the top-of-the-table game played there?
  • The amateur champion for Bolton (John Martin) is a
    furnaceman, but must know how to hold a cue lightly,
    nevertheless, as he has gained several local medals and
  • When Gray misses a shot he looks reproachfully at his
    cue—a pained expression, as though he were saying, “I ‘m
    surprised at an old friend like you serving me such a dirty
    trick. “#151;Umpire.
  • The final heat in the London Charity Handicap is to be
    decided on March 16, for the handsome silver cup presented
    by the Crystalate Ball Company, and the silver challenge
    shield (to be held by the winner for one year).
  • Gray will go down to history as champion off the red, as
    Peall will as champion on the red, but he will also live to
    play the full game, and to play it well, and will discard
    long breaks off the red, except when he has nothing else
    left on.
  • The suggestion is made to us by a subscriber that there
    should be a break competition amongst readers of The
    Billiard Monthly. Well, it is started herewith, but there
    is no prize. All properly-authenticated amateur breaks exceeding
    100 that are notified to us will be duly recorded.
  • If there must be barring restrictions in billiard play—
    which we do not think necessary and which are applied to
    no other game—why cannot they at least be made uniform
    —say 25 consecutive direct cannons, winning hazards and
    losing hazards, and then some other stroke. But no restrictions
    at all would be better still.
  • Diggle has described to an interviewer a shot made by
    Eugene Carter, the late American player, and which he
    asserts that no one else has succeeded in making. It is a
    half-masse into the top left pocket, the lower side cushion
    being struck after the ball contact. Positions: Cue ball
    two diameters from left bottom cushion along baulk line;
    object ball four diameters from the same cushion and
    rather more than midway between baulk line.

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