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2018/19 1st EABA Tournament – Ten Times Table Topper Topples Teessiders

Sun 9th September 2018, North East Snooker Center – Clay Cross, S45 9AG.

The first EABA ranking event for the 2018/2019 season was business as usual with Rob Hall, the rankings leader for the last consecutive ten years presented with that trophy, along with winning this event and taking the high break prize.
On the way Hall beat Teessiders Ron Bickerdike, Mark Hatton, Simon Snee in the semi final and last years English Amateur finalist Darren Kell in the clash of the first round. Snee’s defeat and Craig Fitzpatricks semi final defeat to finalist Mark Hirst meant an all Teesside final will have to wait for another day. Hirst put up a good fight in the final, an early 91 break putting him in the driving seat but Hall hit back with a century and a 60 to Hirst’s 85 and won by around 40 points.
Kell had the consolation of winning the plate, beating Arthur Winn in the final.
Clay Cross is an excellent venue, a favourite of many, and thanks go to the management for their support.

2018/19 Senior Rankings – White Wins Grand Masters

Atack Snooker Centre, Nuneaton

Dave White from Bude in Cornwall won this years grand masters title, beating Phil Welham in the final. White had a century break in the final to win by 17 points and breaks of 145unf and 124 in earlier rounds. Welham had a century in beating Chris Achilles in the semi final, Steve Crosland was the other semi finalist.
To qualify in the senior rankings, players must play in the Grand Masters. The 2017/18 senior rankings are now decided, with the top 8 players being: Chris Achilles, Steve Crosland, Chris Mitchell, Arthur Winn, Ron Bickerdike, Gary Norman, Richard Whittle and Brian Harvey.
The top 20 ranked players are shown here.

2018/19 Whitworth Masters – All White on the Day

Sat/Sun 15th/16th September 2018, Whitworth Institute – Darley Dale

Dave White followed an excellent semi final win over Rob Hall with victory in the final to add the Whitworth Masters trophy to the Grand Masters trophy won earlier in the year. Five times winner and holder Rob Hall was beaten by White’s solid match play in the semi-final meaning first time finalist Craig Fitzpatrick (from Stockton, Teesside) and last years beaten finalist White (Bude, Cornwall) guaranteed a new name on the trophy. The two clashed in the group stages with Fitzpatrick winning that one, White winning comfortably over the 2 hour final. Fitzpatrick played well and can be pleased with his tournament.
Hall had looked in ominous form in earlier games, with breaks of 264, 125 and 248 unfinished, Mark Graham being Fitzpatrick’s semi final victim. Results here.
Many thanks to local hero Jim McCann, Tournament director Clive Scott and referees Martin O’Reilly, Chris Ellis, Bob Slee and Peter Cooper.

2018/19 UK Seniors Championship – Phil Outfoxes the Silver Fox

Sun 23rd September 2018,

Norfolk’s twice former English Amateur Champion Phil Welham added another UK Seniors title to his collection with a win over the Cornwall silver fox, Chris Mitchell. Reigning champion Welham beat evergreen Brian Harvey in the first semi, having earlier had the same result against Harvey by a single point, Arthur Winn not living up to his surname against Mitchell in the second semi. A strong plate field included previous winner Dave Sneddon and Tommy Hunter, the latter of whom won the plate, taking out Merseyside’s Welsh dragon Eddie Duggan in the final and Steve Kershaw in the semi. Results here.

2018/19 Jock McGregor Memorial – Nathan’s One Mann Show

Sun 30th October 2018, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

Nathan Mann received the Jock McGregor memorial trophy and a celebratory bottle of wine to celebrate his win and toast the memory of a great fan of billiards. Mann was solid throughout, in the final beating master cue maker and cue doctor Craig Fitzpatrick who earlier accounted for Rob Hall and in doing so they became locked together as joint rankings leaders. Jim McCann and Mark Graham made the semi final, losing to Mann and Fitzpatrick respectively. Hall made two centuries and a superb 350 break with a brand new cue.
In the plate, a late 80 break by Mat Jackson earned him the honours, accounting for York’s Jon Marwood, Eddie Duggan and Chris Mitchell being their respective semi final victims. This event was handicapped, the handicap being calculated according to previous ABC scoring performance. Results (some to follow) here.

2018/19 2nd ABC Tournament – Top Marks for Hirst

Sun 7th October 2018, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

In an all Yorkshire final Mark Hirst narrowly beat Mark Hatton who had the consolation of taking the days highest break with a fine 142. Nathan Mann kept up his good form before falling to Hirst, who had a 101 break in an earlier round, Hatton beating travelling companion Ron Bickerdike in the other semi. Youngster Harley Dyson played in his first ABC and Korbin Lowe beat a few good players including Craig Fitzpatrick who recovered to knock in a stream of breaks in the plate final to overcame Richard Whittle, their semi final opponents being Eddie Fielding and Chris Achilles. A big shout to Arthur Winn who knocked in a 104 break in the plate. Thanks, as always to the club at Clay Cross for hosting the billiards community. Resultshere.

2018/19 3rd ABC Tournament – Arthur Winns’ One

Sun 11th November 2018, Regional Venues.

On armistices day billiards players paid their respects to the fallen in battle prior to proceedings, but also to those sadly lost to the game in recent times. Billiards stalwart Arthur Winn went one better than his previous ABC final and joined the elite list of ABC winners, beating Teessider Simon Snee in a tense final. Snee played well throughout, taking the highest break and beating Adam Clarke in his semi, Winn beating previous ABC winner Mark Hirst in the other. Youngster F Brown did well to draw with Eva Palmius, who finally triumphed in extra time.
In the plate final, Nathan Mann beat Mark Graham at the death having been behind most of the game. Veteran Ron Agnew was beaten by the winner in the semi, Mick White having a great quarter final win against Mark Hatton but failing to get past Graham.

2018/19 4th ABC Tournament – Hirst is First

Sun 13th January 2019, Clay Cross Derbyshire

Mark Hirst consolidated his position at the top of the ABC rankings with a hard fought victory at Clay Cross, taking the day’s highest break of 144 for good measure. He was pushed all the way by Craig Fitzpatrick in the final, a 49 unfinished break enabling Fitzpatrick to draw dead level at the bell. In the extra 10 minutes that followed, Hirst got in first and took the game. Fitzpatrick beat Gary Norman in the semi, Hirst beating English Amateur champion Rob Hall with aid of a 79 unfinished break. John Hughes took his first plate prize, beating Jim McCann in the final and having a century break along the way.
Results here.

Rankings are up to date! here.

2018/19 Four Nations Internationals – Yorkie’s take the Biscuit

Sat/Sun 24th/25th November 2018, CueBall Club, Derby.

Saturday saw England off to an almost perfect start in defence of the four nations trophy, dropping only 3 points and picking up 31. Close behind were Northern Ireland on 25, with the Republic on 12 and Austria on 4. Sunday saw the trophy retained with the overall scores being England 59, NI on 45, ROI on 28 and Austria 12. Unbeaten England captain Rob Hall picked up the trophy and paid tribute to the good conditions (thank you Cueball Club), the standard of refereeing (thank you messrs O’Reilly, Slee, Brookes, Lowe, Ellis, Cooper, Smith, McCrum, McNally, Steiner), the excellent organisation (thanks to TD Clive Scott and assistant, evergreen Mr. Devlin) and the great spirit of competition and love of the game. Yorkshire’s Adam Clarke also went unbeaten, fellow Yorkie’s Darren Kell, Mark Hatton, Mark Graham and Craig Fitzpatrick with debutant Nathan Mann and Chris Achilles picking up a total of 59 out of 72 points available to keep the trophy on home soil. Centuries made were by England’s Hall (226,115,159,123,181,131) Hatton (113, 101, 107), Kell (105,118) and NI’s Kirk (106).
Results Here

2018/19 24th Annual Friendly Cup – Dazza ‘Duzza’ Double

Sat/Sun 19/20th January 2019, Newark Conservative club, Notts.

At half time in the 24th annual Friendly cup, England’s Darren ‘Dazza’ Kell led the way with an immaculate personal best break of 237 unfinished. Kell added another ton break on day two to be unbeaten throughout, along with England’s captain Rob Hall and Mark Hatton.
England took the Sunday session 28-4 to retain the trophy in style with a final score of 50-14. ictured are the England team (L->R): Chris Achilles, Mark Graham, Adam Clarke, Darren Kell, Mark Hatton, Rob Hall, Nathan Mann, Craig Fitzpatrick.
The EABA would like to thank the host club for the good playing conditions and the excellent hospitality extended.
Apologies for the headline to Dazza’s fellow Teessider Glen “Duzza” Durrrant – and congratulations on your 3rd BDO title.
Referees in attendance: Chris Ellis, Martin O’Reilly, Bob Slee, John Squires, Phillip Brooke
Tournament Director: Clive Scott
Results here.

2019 England Friendly Cup Winning Team