English Amateur Qualifiers – Buster-Mullane Blast Into Last 16

7th February 2016, North, Cambridge and Southern Qualifiers.

Mark ‘Buster’ Hatton had his highest match break of 273, with a 157 for good measure in qualifying from the northern region. Fellow Teessider Darren Kell qualified unbeaten with a 101 and a top break of 174, along with Steve Crosland, Geoff Brassington (105 bk), Jack McLaughlin (102 bk) and Jon Marwood. Peter Shelley had a 102 break but failed to make it through.
Southern qualifiers are Steve Brookshaw (128 bk), Jason Goodwin (who hit two century breaks), S Downing and John Mullane who had a 116, 158 and 228 break to confirm membership of the double century elite.
Qualifiers from Cambridge are Rob Hall, Matt Sutton, Phil Welham, Nathan Mann, Dave Nichols and Phil Mumford.
Results as they arriveHere.

The Friendly Cup – England have a lovely time in Bangor

23rd/24th January 2016 – Bangor, Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland v England).

England, led by talisman Rob Hall who was unbeaten throughout along with Mark Graham, turned an overnight lead of 21-11 into a final score of 46-18 to retain the friendly cup against Northern Ireland in Bangor.
As is usual, the scores alone hide the real stories of close games, playing conditions, tricky tables, travel problems, sickness bugs, etc. but above all the friendly rivalry was paramount. Rob Hall (143,100unf) and Chris Taylor (113,99) topped the breaks list. Northern Irelands team has more youngsters coming through that are ever improving and gaining experience. The hospitality was excellent and Clive Scott and his team of referees (Frank Trainor, Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly, Joe Graham, Chris Ellis, Ray Dowle) flawless.
Results Here.

EBSS Cambridge Open – Tinker Taylor, Gilchrist Failure.

16th/17th January 2016 – Cambridge Snooker Centre.

Chris ‘Tinker’ Taylor beat multiple world champion Peter Gilchrist to send Facebook into meltdown to take the 1st EBSS, the Cambridge Open, sponsored by White Roofing Service.
The final over 1.5 hours started with Peter hitting a great 239 break, Taylor having runs of 75 and 65 but then with 25 minutes to go Taylor made a 161 break. This put him 60 ahead, and he held on to take the match.
Earlier, Gilchrist made over 1000 in two of his matches en route to the final, hitting the days highest break of 352 and Taylor hit his highest competitive break of 248.
The plate final was taken by Nigel Hackett over Peter Johnson.
The players and officials enjoyed a great meal at the club and many thanks to Tony Carr of the Cambridge Snooker Centre and sponsor White Roofing Service for a great weekend.

5th 2015/16 ABC – Hall Robs Mumford

10th January 2016 – Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

Rob Hall got back to ABC winning ways with a victory over Phil Mumford at Clay Cross, final refereed by Chris Ellis. Both players warmed up for the final with strong wins in the semis; Hall scored heavily to defeat Mark Graham and Mumford having a double century break against Chris Taylor. Hall led the century breaks list (107,154,110,153,120), Mumford having the highest of the day of 240 and 129unf, with Darren Kell (100) and Chris Taylor (109) also hitting tons. Jon Marwood was close with a 95.
In the plate final, this seasons plate specialists clashed, Eddie Fielding losing out to Gary Norman, Peter Cooper officiating.
Results Here.
Updated rankings Here.

UK Senior Billiards Championship – Sneddon beats Duggan

5th/6th December 2015 – Cueball Club, Derby.

In a final refereed by John Squires, Dave Sneddon took the title, holding off Mersey-sider Eddie Duggan in the final. Earlier, Duggan had a great win over Phil Welham who had a 103 break in an earlier round, Dave Rees just missing a ton with a 99. Jim McCann took the plate from Arthur Winn, Peter Cooper officiating.
Results Here.

English Amateur Championship – Last 32 Draw.

To be played 7th February 2016 – Southampton, Cambridge & Bradford venues.

The English draw has thrown up a few proverbial ‘groups of death’ with some very tough looking draws.
Players are reminded of the dress code and punctuality rules.
Draw Here

5th 2015/16 Grand Masters Qualifiers

Congratulations to the following qualifiers:

South West: Chris Mitchell
South East: Phil Welham, Eva Palmius, Kevin Payne, Mick Johnson, Mick White
North & Midlands: Steve Crosland, David Rees, Jim McCann, Brian Cousen
North West: Jack McLaughlin, Eddie Fielding, Dennis Marr
South: Trevor Thorn, Jack Hedley, Martin Phillips

Full Results Here.

2015 ABC Annual Xmas Draw

The Lucky Winners are:

Terry Ward – £150
Judith Lloyd – £100
Albert Armitage – £50

4th 2015/16 ABC – Fareham. Xmas Top Hatton

13th December 2015 – Fareham, Hants.

Mark Hatton made the long journey from Teesside worthwhile by winning his second consecutive ABC, again beating Rob Hall in the semis to ensure both are tied at the top of the rankings Here.

Newcomer Ryan Mears was the beaten finalist,  beating some experienced ABC players on the way, including Peter Shelley in the semi, knocking in a personal best break of 135 on the way which proved the highest in the main competition. Unusually this was topped in the plate, John Mullane hitting a 157 in winning the plate (and a 109), triumphing over Steve Crosland.
In challenging playing conditions, the only other centuries were scored by Dave Nicholls (110,125).

Results Here

2015 Four Nations Internationals – Kell leads England to Trophy

21/22 November 2015 – Glengormley, Northern Ireland.

An unbeaten Darren Kell lead the way for England to retain the four nations trophy for the 12th successive year in Belfast. After a hard fought day one of the four nations, the overall scores were: England:30, Northern Ireland: 20, Republic of Ireland:20, Austria:6.
Final scores: England:59, Northern Ireland: 38, Republic of Ireland:29, Austria:18

– First century by Austrias Werner Rieschl of 110
– Patrick Stegmeier (Austria) 77 unfinished break to steal a 150 frame
– A break of 104 by Englands Rob Hall in under 4 minutes!
– Debuts for Terry Azor (Eng), Willie Lowes (NI) and Markus Bauer (Aus)
– Other century Breaks: Hatton (173,110), Taylor (109), Hall (202,194,100,177,140unf), Kell (100, 110)

Results Here

2015 County Championship – Tinmen Strike Gold

15th November 2015 – Atak Snooker Centre, Nuneaton.

Cornwall A’s team of Downing, White and Mitchell took the county championship for the third time in the last five years, beating Lincolnshire B’s squad of Manders, Schofield and Payne by 2-1 in the final.
Cambridgeshire A’s team of Hall, Johnson and Ellis took the plate from Lincolnshires A team of Chambers, Norman and Mann, again by a 2-1 margin.

2016 English Billiards Social Series Events added to Calendar

16th/17th January 2016 – The Cambridge Open.
5th/6th March 2016 – The Rochdale Open.
9th/10th April – The Southampton Open.
5th/8th May 2016 – The Jersey Open.

3rd 2015/16 ABC – Teesside Duo Clash in Final.

8th November 2015 – Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.

Mark Hatton won the 3rd Amateur Billiard Competition of the season, hitting centuries in every round and holding the table with 70 unfinished in his semi final win over rankings topper Rob Hall. Travelling companion Darren Kell sneaked through his quarter final before a good semi final performance set up the game with Hatton which was predictably tight with a winning margin of 26 points. Peter Cooper expertly officiated.
Hall had the days highest break of 279, along with 155, 106, 188, 159 and 165. Mark Hirst had a 186, Hatton a 118, 106, 143 and 100 and Kell a 110.


L->R: Referee:Peter Cooper, Winner: Mark Hatton, TD: Clive Scott, Finalist: Darren Kell

Youngster Ryan Davis gained some valuable match experience after kindly being sponsored by Gary Norman.
Chris Achilles and Gary Norman both hit breaks and scored well in their runs to the plate final, Achilles winning largely due to a late all round  play break of 65.

Hatton is now 2nd in the rankings, Hall stays top and  Kell is up to 7th in the rankings here.

Results Here

2015/16 Grand Masters Championship – Regional Draw

29th November 2015 – various regional UK venues

 North West Group 1<%