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Billiard Monthly July 1913

The Billiard Monthly : July, 1913
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A Journal of Interest and Value to Amateur Billiard Players
No. 33, July, 1913 Price 1/6 per annum to any part of the world. Single Copies 1d

THE BILLIARD MONTHLY PORTRAIT GALLERY

XXXIII.—A. WILLIAMSON

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A. WILLIAMSON: Referee and Joint Instructor at Soho Square.

The Billiard Monthly : July, 1913

Gray and Aiken in Australia

VICTORY FOR GRAY

The match of 16,000 up between George Gray and T.
Aiken, the Scottish champion, was concluded at Alcock’s
billiard parlour in May, the result being a victory for George
Gray by 311 points. The feature of the final day’s play
was the consistently good form displayed by Aiken. He
made a desperate effort to overtake the Australian, and at
one stage of the game it looked as if he would effect his
purpose. Gray’s play was patchy, and the Scottish player
took full advantage of the frequent openings to score.

Some idea of the scoring during the evening session may be
gained from the fact that Aiken averaged 51.1 for his 22
visits to the table. Gray essayed breaks on 23 occasions
for an average of only 28.4. Throughout the match, devotees
of the game were treated to fine exhibitions of champion
billiards. Gray showed that he is a master of the
losing hazard shot. He also displayed an all round knowledge
of the game, particularly in top of table play.

Aiken
has a different style altogether. His play on the last
night was convincing proof of his ability as a cueist. He
compiled breaks of 95, 73, 124, 144 and 208, while the Australian’s
best efforts were 115, 91 and 187.

The highest
sessional average was secured by Gray, with 116.7. For
the whole game the averages were:—Gray, 39.2; Aiken,
33.8.

The following table gives a clear indication of the
play throughout the match:—

GRAY. AIKEN (Rec. 2000).

Points Aver- Points Aver-
Session. Scored. Visits, age. Scored. Visits, age.

GRAY AIKEN
Session Points Visits Ave Points Visits Ave
1 586 35 16.7 585 34 17.2
2 593 27 21.9 582 27 21.5
3 596 13 45.1 584 13 44.9
4 876 28 31.3 582 28 20.9
5 683 18 37.9 522 19 27.4
6 666 28 23.6 573 28 20.4
7 667 15 44.6 458 15 30.5
8 582 16 36.3 781 15 52.1
9 749 19 39.4 470 20 23.5
10 669 16 41.8 487 16 30.7
11 664 14 47.4 378 14 27
12 667 21 31.7 672 21 32
13 668 9 74.2 369 9 41
14 665 16 41.5 450 16 25.1
15 669 9 74.3 766 9 85.1
16 667 4 166.7 298 4 74.5
17 664 11 60.3 533 11 48.6
18 667 13 51.3 415 13 31.9
19 669 18 37.2 882 18 43.4
20 665 8 83.1 423 8 52.8
21 668 17 39.3 441 17 25.9
22 665 11 60.4 532 11 48.3
23 667 19 35.1 683 19 35.9
24 666 23 28.4 1,123 22 51.1
Totals 16,000 408 39.2 15,689 407 33.8

Following are the breaks compiled by each player:—

Gray: 829 (516 red), 520 (516 red), 467 (453 red), 441
(405 red), 366 (249 red), 369 red, 254, 293, 283, 249, 235,
218 (2), 212, 211, 208, 203, 195, 189 (2), 184, 183, 179, 176,
165, 160, 158, 156, 148, 143, 137, 136, 133 (2), 128, 127, 119,
117, 115 (2), 112, 107, 105.

Aiken: 358. 258, 219, 212, 208, 183, 179, 178, 177, 151,
148, 144, 142, 141, 140, 178, 135, 133 (2), 131, 129, 127, 126,
124, 122. 119, 114, 107 (3), 105, 104 (2), 100 (2).