Important Information – Virus Update

The English Amateur this coming weekend has been postponed until further notice.
In addition the over 60’s and the juniors both in April have been cancelled and the AGM and the Jock McGregor in May have also been cancelled . Further information will be post on here as the situation develops.

David Rees Billiards Items

David Rees sadly passed away in 2019. Over the years he collected a variety of billiards memorabilia which Eddie Fielding has kindly offered to broker the sale of for David’s widow. The file link below contains the items and Eddies contact details. Please note, after a few weeks all items remaining will go to auction as a job-lot so please don’t dither.

2019/20 Friendly Cup – Nathan is star Mann

Reading Rooms, Bangor, Northern Ireland. 18/19th January 2020
Captain Rob Hall led from the front again as England retained the friendly cup by a greater margin than many expected. Nathan Mann had some good breaks, including a top one of 146 in, along with Hall, going unbeaten all weekend. Hall had breaks of 108,254,134unf,247 and 204 in what were excellent playing conditions (thanks Keith McCready). Adam Clarke had a nice 104 break with a borrowed cue after his was lost in transit.
England led by 21-11 overnight, helped by a clean sweep in the first round of matches, NI retaliating by winning the second session 7-1 to set the stage nicely. The last two sessions went England’s way by 6-2 and Sunday saw the final score of 40-24 sealed by more England session wins. England’s team also included Mark Graham, Craig Fitzpatrick, Ron Bickerdike, Jim McCann and Steve Crosland and the usual good job was done by tournament director Clive Scott and referees Bob Slee, Chris Ellis, Frank Trainor, Tommy Hunter and Aonghus McNally. Special thanks to Keith McCready for refereeing, table preparation, running the club, playing and to all the our Northern Ireland friends for a great friendly cup weekend.
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2019/20 EABA Amateur Billiard Circuit (ABC) – Yorkie Barred from Winning

ABC #4 – Clay Cross, Derbyshire. 12th January 2020.
York’s Jon Marwood played well all day but was halted in the final by the usual suspect – Rob Hall. Hall’s century tally was 159 (in the final), 147,130,104unf and 167, Mark Hatton hit a 111 and Alan Scott a 130 and 157 in winning the plate. Marwood scored well all day, beating Simon Snee in his semi-final, Steve Crosland had a good run to the other before coming up against Hall. In a good plate final, Scott was around 100 behind when a kick stopped Mark Graham in his tracks, Scott capitalising with 157 and 67 breaks in quick succession. Graham beat James ‘pineapple’ McCann in the semi, Tony Cooke giving Scott a good game in the other.
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2019/20 Four Nations International – Good Things Come To… England

Celbridge Snooker Club, ROI. 23/24 November 2019.
Captain Rob Hall led the way as England retained the Four Nations cup with a comprehensive win. Powered by local delicacy Guinness, England opened up a gap at half-time and extended it on day two to win by fully 17 points – England 54, ROI 37, NI 30, Austria 23. Hall had the top weekend break of 324 plus 210, 95 and 74 in a 90 minute total of 843. Hall was joined by debutant Richard Whittle in having a 100% record over the weekend, Hall taking the highest break and Whittle the significant contribution trophies kindly sponsored by Keith McCready. The England team was also made up of Teessiders Craig Fitzpatrick, Mark Graham, Simon Snee and new ‘boy’ Ron Bickerdike, with Adam Clarke and Nathan Mann making up the eight man team.
Saturday Scores – England 27, ROI 21, NI 15, Austria 9.
TD Clive Scott and his team of referees did their usual sterling work and assistant TD Brendan Devlin liaised with the host club to produce an excellent tournament.
All at the EABA wish Christian Kirk a speedy recovery after missing out on the four nations due to illness.

2019/20 EABA Amateur Billiard Circuit (ABC) – Hirst is First

ABC #3 – Clay Cross Snooker Centre, Derbyshire. 10th November 2019.
Yorkshireman Mark Hirst took the 3rd ABC, pushing Rob Hall into second place. In a low turnout, Hall mset off well with the days highest break of 327 with other centuries of 261unf and 163. Hirst had decisive breaks of 73 and 53 to take the final, with centuries of 104,118 and 106 in earlier rounds. Jason Devaney and John Hughes made the semi-finals. Another Yorkie in Sheffield’s Adam Clarke took the plate from Steve Crosland, semi final victims being Chris Achilles and Ron Bickerdike respectively.
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2019/20 – English Amateur Regional Qualifiers

Regional venues, 3rd November 2019.
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2019/20 EABA Amateur Billiard Circuit (ABC) – Hall Sweeps to Victory

ABC #2 – Cambridge Snooker Centre. 27th October 2019.
Rob Hall returned from his Australian World Championship endeavours to take the second ranking event of the season, setting the days top break of 215, with two further centuries in the final. Craig Fitzpatrick was the beaten finalist, making a creditable 138 break to no avail in the final after earlier beating Nathan Mann in the semi final. ABC event one winner Mark Hirst had to settle for the semi-final this time, Hall’s breaks proving decisive. In the plate Matt Jackson hit a century (as did Hirst in an earlier round of the main) on the way to beating Adam Clarke, the two plate semi-finalists being ABC newcomers Jack Easter and Colin Dodd.
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2019-2020 County Championship-Teessiders top the Pile

Cue Ball Club, Derby. 20 October 2019.
Congratulations to the Teesside team of father and son Simon and Jon Snee and Craig Fitzpatrick who took the county championship in Derby. They beat Rob Hall, Mick Johnson and Chris Ellis, making up the Lincoln team. The Cheshire team of Achilles, Jackson and Whittle were Teesside’s semi final victims, the Cambridge team of Chambers, Norman and White missing out in the other semi final. Yorkshire’s Mark Hirst had three century breaks as Yorkshire took the plate prize, team-mates Clarke and Crosland contributing in defeating the Norfolk B team of Edwards, Cheetham and Easter. The days top break of 239 was made by Rob Hall.

2019/20 EABA Amateur Billiard Circuit – ‘Yosser’ Hughes Gets the Job Done

ABC #1 – Clay Cross Snooker Centre, Derbyshire. 13th October 2019.
Scouser John Hughes has been in good form this season and he took his maiden ABC event win in the first event of the 2019/20 season beating Yorkshireman Mark Hirst in the final. Hughes had a century in the semi final to beat Simon Snee, Mark Hatton losing out to Hirst in the other semi, Hirst having 2 centuries including the days highest of 140. John Marwood had a 120 break in an earlier round. Adam Clarke beat Steve Poynton in the plate semi and then Jon Snee in the final, Snee beating Brian Harvey in the other semi final. Adam Clarkes’ father Peter found that like buses, wins come in two’s taking his first and second main event wins to make the quarter final.
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2019-2020 UK Seniors Championship-Harvey Toasts Great Win

Cue Ball Club, Derby. 21/22 September 2019.
Congratulations to Brian Harvey who won the seniors title at the age of 81, beating youngster Chris Achilles in the final. Chris beat holder Phil Welham in the semi and Steve Crosland lost out to Harvey. In the plate final Terry Azor warmed up for the world championships by narrowly beating Richard Whittle.

2019-2020 Whitworth Masters- Deja Vu as Hall Wins Again

Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale, 14/15th September 2019.
Lincolns Rob Hall Won his eighth Whitworth masters, played on the English Amateur finals venue at Darley Dale. Hall was unbeaten in the group stages and knocked in a top break of 364 in the group stages. Three times Mark Graham has made this final, losing out each time to Hall, a top break of 112 in the final proving no match for Halls 364. Graham beat fellow Teessider Craig Fitzpatrick in the semi, Hall having a bit of a scare against Steve Crosland but coming through in the other semi. The usual thanks to Jim McCann and his merry band of helpers, t/d Clive Scott and referees Bob Slee, Chris Ellis and Dave Smith.
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2019/20 Jock McGregor Memorial-Silver Fox strikes Gold

Clay Cross Snooker Centre, Derbyshire. May 2019.
Cornwalls Chri Mitchell, like the late Jock Mcgregor is a stalwart of the game – travelling many miles per season to play the game we all love – and it was fitting that Chris took the first ranking event of the 2019/20 season.
Mitchell made the most of his handicap rating to cruise to victory, beating another great billiard supporter, Eddie Fielding in the semi final, and stalwart billiards and Norwich supporter Nathan Mann in the final. Mann had a string of 50+ breaks in his semi against Ian White.
John Hughes made 2 centuries in making the plate semi, losing out to winner Matt Jackson, who beat James McCann in the semi, McCann getting past Mick White in the semi final.

2018/19 Masters Rankings

Seniors International, Newark Cons Club – 7/8th March 2020.
The following table is the Senior rankings following the close of the 2018/19 Season. The top eight will play for England against Northern Ireland in the event above. Note, players must have played in the masters event to be eligible.

Masters Points ABC Points Total
Simon Snee 50 90 140
Mark Graham 30 68 98
Chris Achilles 30 56 86
Jim McCann 23 60 83
Ron Bickerdike 5 75 82
Arthur Winn 5 72 77
Gary Norman 23 50 73
Richard Whittle 15 55 70
Eddie Duggan 5 62 67
Mick White 15 51 66
Terry Azor 23 39 62
Brian Harvey 5 54 59
Eddie Fielding 5 49 54
Chris Mitchell 15 38 53

2019/20 Main Rankings Updated

Normal service as Rob Hall tops the rankings with two ranking events to go.
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