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CIU Individual Billiards Championship

Year Winner Club Score Finalist Club
2008 Martin Goodwill Chippenham Gladstone Liberal 810-667 Robin Wilson Stockton Buffs
Details 2007 Martin Goodwill Chippenham Gladstone Liberal 914-621 Robin Wilson Stockton Buffs
Details 2006 Billy Bousfield Stockton Blytheholme 1055-552 Phillip Welham Swaffham Ex-Servicemens Club
Details 2005 Phillip Welham Swaffham Ex-Servicemens Club 994-579 Simon Snee Stockton Blytholme
Details 2004 Jack Hedley Maidenhead Ivy Leaf Club 896-478 Simon Snee Blytholme Club, Stockton
Details 2003 Jack Hedley Maidenhead Ivy Leaf Club 692-602 Darren Kell Acklam Garden City Social
2002 Lee Lagan North Ormesby Inst 1131-636 Tony Mackinder North Ormesby Inst
Details 2001 Lee Lagan North Ormesby Inst 962-886 Peter Shelley Ball Green WMC
Details 2000 Darren Kell Acklam Garden City SC 584-569 Geoff Charville Acklam Garden City SC
Details 1999 Tony McKinder Nth Ormesby Inst 714-581 Lee Lagan Nth Ormesby Inst
1998 Neal Rewhorn Hinckley Central 826-706 Darren Kell Beechwood & Easterside
1997 Darren Kell Beechwood & Easterside 976-583 David Edwards Mountain Ash WMC
1996 Chris Shutt North Ormesby Inst 1713-574 Jack Hedley Maidenhead Ivy Leaf
1995 Martin Goodwill Newport & District 962-592 Dave Burgess Sarisbury Green Soc
1994 Martin Goodwill Newport & District 1128-672 M Westhorpe Newport & District
1993 Martin Goodwill Newport & District 757-444 Peter Shelley Burslem Suburban
1992 Martin Goodwill Newport & District 1299-532 N Hayward Nth Ormesby Inst
1991 Martin Goodwill Newport & District 995-472 Alf Nolan Western SC
1990 David Edwards Mountain Ash WMC 928-782 Peter Shelley Burslem Suburban
1989 Alf Nolan Western Social 572-563 David Edwards Mountain Ash WMC
1988 Peter Gilchrist North Ormesby Inst 1201-724 David Edwards Mountain Ash WMC
1987 David Edwards Mountain Ash WMC 980-641 Alf Nolan Western SC
1986 David Edwards Mountain Ash WMC 891-781 E Birkenhead Darnall Lib
1985 Bob Close Western Social 696-566 Alf Nolan Western SC
1984 Bob Close Western Social 997-602 Norman Dagley Hinckley Lib
1983 Bob Close Western Social 1053-392 Alf Nolan Western SC
1982 Bob Close Western Social 1104-431 Ken Cockerill Western Social
1981 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 1454-477 John Maughan Carlisle WMC
1980 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 1058-724 Bob Close Western Social
1979 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 1075-688 Bob Close Western SC
1978 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 1198-438 Steve Davis Plumstead Common
1977 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 984-754 Dave Burgess Portsmouth Radical
1976 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 990-748 Bob Close Western SC
1975 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 1234-541 Willie Ward Hinckley Lib
1974 G M Nip Wright Skegness WMC 1005-622 Norman Dagley Hinckley Lib
1973 Roy Oriel Mountain Ash WMC 745-743 Willie Ward Hinckley Lib
1972 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 822-584 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District
1971 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District 755-648 Roy Oriel Mountain Ash WMC
1970 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 1193-634 Roy Oriel Mountain Ash WMC
1969 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District 741-638 Norman Dagley Hinckley Lib
1968 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District 673-501 Willie Ward Blaydon & District
1967 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District 885-411 Tom Jones Danycraig Labour
1966 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 713-702 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District
1965 Reg C Wright Hinckley Regent 943-573 Brian Simpson Blaydon & District
1964 Norman Dagley Hinckley Regent 894-703 Geoff Thompson Leicester Rly
1963 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District 705-495 Reg C Wright Hinckley Regent
1962 Alf Nolan Blaydon & District 1053-546 Bill K Eady Finedon Allen Road
1961 Willie Ward Ashington Excelsior 881-668 Harry King Hinckley Regent
1960 John Sinclair Ashington Excelsior 896-725 Brian Simpson Ashington Excelsior
1959 Roy Oriel Mountain Ash WMC 1113-723 Jack Sinclair Ashington Excelsior
1958 Jack Sinclair Ashington Excelsior 771-587 Dennis Jenkins Stechford Social
1957 Jack Lambert Hillfoot WMC 917-553 L Pole Willesden WMC
1956 Alf Nolan Usworth WMC 872-788 Reg C Wright Hinckley Regent
1955 Brian Simpson Usworth WMC 882-651 Walter Smith Kingston on Thames
1954 Reg C Wright Hinckley Regent 784-650 Alf Nolan Usworth WMC
1953 Alf Nolan Usworth WMC 1000-559 Reg C Wright Hinckley Regent
1952 Harry King Hinckley Regent 1000-719 M Herbert Hinckley Regent
1951 Reg C Wright Hinckley Regent 1000-897 George Cranstone Hunwick WMC
1949 Victor Muff Huddersfield Dyers 1000-883 Reg C Wright Hinckley Regent
1948 Tom Jones Hayes WMC 1000-942 W Kasher Hunwick WMC
1947 Charles Jacques Kettering Midland Band 500-496 Victor Muff Huddersfield Dyers
1946 Tom Jones Hayes WMC 500-403 G Fowler Eastmoor WMC
1945 Howard Hayes Towncroft WMC 500-471 B Alderson Towncroft WMC
1944 S Green Moorthorpe Empire 500-457 Tom Jones Hatcham Lib
1943 S Green Moorthorpe Empire 500-491 Tom Jones Hatcham Lib
1942 W Veall Moorthorpe Empire 500-307 W J Richardson Hatcham Lib
1941 Jimmy Dufton Stanley Central 500-307 Tom Jones Hatcham Lib
1940 Tom Jones Hatcham Lib 500-265 Jimmy Dufton Stanley Central
1939 G Ainsley Tudhoe & Spennymoor 500-378 Tom Jones Hatcham Lib
1938 J Curtis York INL 500-267 G Ossington Belgrave WMC
1937 Gladney Hoyle Thornton Lodge Bowling 500-372 F Barr Barow AEU
1936 No contest
1935 G Ossington Belgrave WMC 500-252 S Green Tow Law SC
1934 J Brindley Barnsley Central 500-438 W A Withers Penrhiwceiber BL
1933 No contest
1932 J Larter Thornhill Lees 500-412 J T Taffy Welch Stanley Empire Durham
1931 J T Taffy Welch Stanley Empire 500-260 W Apperley Willesden WMC
1930 L Hall Holbeck WMC 500-193 B Marsh Central Holburn
1929 P R Hinton Luton Social 500-300 Roy Crookson Leeds City Tramways
1928 Howard Hayes Thornes WMC 500-382 J Allmark Leeds City Tramways
1927 Roy Crookson Leeds City Tramways 500-382 J T Taffy Welch Stanley Empire Durham
1926 J Stephenson Willington WMBC 500-411 George Jackson Smawthorne Lane
1925 C Hudson Hebburn RAOB 500-481 G Fowler Thornes WMC
1924 J Daley St James & Soho 500-154 J Dick Hebburn RAOB
1923 J Dick Heburn Soc 500-154 J Webster Sth Elmsall Vill
1922 W Charlesworth Sth Elmsall Vill 500-319 W Laurie Central Holburn
1921 Sam Parr Abertillery Soc 500-122 R Winter Wheatley Hill
1920 Jossey Jayes Craghead Soc 500-356 Sam Parr Abertillery Soc
Tournaments

CIU Individual Billiards 2006/07

Quarter-finals

Quarter-final Results
Martin Goodwill 500 Phil Davis 275
Clive Everton 500 John Ingleby 488
Robin Wilson 500 Rob Hall 417
Simon Snee 500 Billy Bousfield 366

Semi-finals

3 Hours
North
Played at the Chilton & Windleston WMC, on Saturday 14th April 2007
Session 1 Robin Wilson
97, 70, 62, 58
584 (18.8) Simon Snee 201 (6.5)
Session 2 Robin Wilson
104, 81, 69, 57
562 (20.8) Simon Snee
50
322 (11.9)
Final Score Robin Wilson 1,146 (20.1) Simon Snee 523 (9.2)
South
Martin Goodwill
204, 148, 105, 90unf, 83, 82, 77, 68
1,227 Clive Everton 296

Final

Played at the Grassmoor WMC, Nr Chesterfield on Saturday 23rd June 2005
Session 1 Martin Goodwill
72, 54
383 (13.7) Robin Wilson
50
300 (10.7)
Session 2 Martin Goodwill
80, 71, 62, 61, 58
531 (16.1) Robin Wilson
62, 61
321 (10.0)
Final Score Marton Goodwill 914 (15.0) Robin Wilson 10 (10.4)
 Tournaments

CIU Individual Billiards 2005/06

Quarter-finals

Quarter-final Results
Jack Hedley 500 Mark Tims 111
P. Whelam 500 Chris Taylor 262
Billy Bousfield 500 Branson Hoole 336
Tony Mackinder 500 Simon Snee 303

Semi-finals

3 Hours
North
Played at the Chilton & Windleston WMC, on Saturday 8th April 2006
Billy Bousfield
87, 61
685 (11.6) Tony Mackinder
64, 62, 50
609
South
Played at the Russell Park WMC, Bedford, on Saturday 25th March 2006
Phillip Welham
109, 94, 72, 62, 59
822 (12.3) Jack Hedley
93, 90, 73, 68, 57
735 (11.0)

Final

Played at the Doncaster Trades & Labour Club
Session 1 Billy Bousfield
102, 53
543 Phil Whelam 202
Session 2 Billy Bousfield
71, 52
512 Phil Whelam 350
Final Score Billy Bousfield
102, 71, 53, 52
1,055 (14.9) Phillip Welham 552 (7.8)
Tournaments

CIU Individual Billiards 2004/05

First Round

Completion date: 19th October 2004

An entry of 32 players for the CIU National Billiards Championship was the largest for many years, giving encouragement to the organisers that the recent downward trend can be reversed with a little effort to advertise the event amongst the billiards-playing community.

The opening round saw some interesting matches, not least of which was the return of Martin Goodwill, who won this championship over five consecutive years from 1991-95 before his work took him overseas. His return to the competition this year pitted him against Dave Burgess, who is one of the best players in the Southern region, and the match was therefore keenly anticipated. Goodwill started the game strongly, breaks of 101 and 95 giving him a substantial early lead. Although Burgess fought back to gradually reduce the deficit, he could not quite come to terms as Goodwill completed his 500 points with Burgess still 85 in arrears.

Also showing fine form in the Southern matches was Swaffham’s Phil Welham, who overwhelmed Mark Tims with breaks of 102, 82, 61 and 50 to win by a decisive 500-82 margin. On current form, Phil has every chance to improve on his previous best placing as semi-finalist in this competition.

In the North, Darren Kell (Middlesbrough) made a winning return, having decided not to enter last year after a disappointing performance against Jack Hedley in the 2003 final. Playing against that experienced campaigner John Sinclair (Ashington) he put together a run of 128, the highest of the event so far. Adding additional breaks of 78 and 73 unfinished, he demonstrated that the lay-off has not adversely affected his form, cruising to a 500-123 victory. The only other century break in the first round came from 72 year-old Tony James (North Shields) who made 101 in his victory over Newcastle’s Andrew Cherry, continuing his role as an inspiration for the older generation of billiard players.

Peter Ainsworth
First Round Results

(Home players shown first)

Phil Welham
(Swaffham Ex-Servicemens Club)
102, 82, 61, 50
500 Mark Tims
(Hunstanton United SC)
82
Jack Hedley
(Maidenhead Ivy Leaf)
72
500 Phil Davis
(Chippenham West End)
250
Martin Goodwill
(Chippenham West End)
101, 95, 51
500 Dave Burgess
(Sarisbury Green SC)
415
Phil Mumford
(Cambridge WMC)
500 Ivan Stevenage
(Swanley Junction WMC)
128
G. Hope
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
305 John Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge Club)
500
F. Griffin
(Bradley & Colne Bridge Club)
500 A. Mellor
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
252
Rob Hall
(Monks Road WMC)
56
500 Branson Hoole
(Doncaster TUC)
54
414
Wally Reed
(Doncaster TUC)
347 Dean Manders
(Monks Road WMC)
60
500
Phil Johnson
(Monks Road WMC)
w/o J. Ford
(Broad Oak WMC)
scr
Brian Watson
(Bradley & Colne Bridge Club)
295 Lawrence Torn
(Doncaster TUC)
500
Julian Hodge
(Broad Oak WMC)
72,77
500 Mark Graham
(Stockton Blytholme)
89
492
Tony Mackinder
(Stockton Blytholme)
67,54,80
500 Peter Reeve
(Acklam Garden City)
53
309
Alf Nolan
(Western SC)
66
356 Simon Snee
(Stockton Blytholme)
61
500
Billy Bousfield
(Stockton Blytholme)
w/o John Hartley
(Newtown SC)
scr
Darren Kell
(Acklam Garden City)
128, 78, 73unf.
500 John Sinclair
(Northern SC)
123
Tony James
(Throckley Union Jack)
101
500 Andrew Cherry
(High Howdon SC)
115

Second Round

Completion date: 23rd November 2004

In the second round of the CIU Billiards Championship, the pick of the matches were to be found in the southern area. Phil Welham’s journey from Swaffham to Cambridge was rewarded with an impressive 500-298 victory over Phil Mumford, but perhaps the most notable performance came from reigning champion Jack Hedley. Having won the title on the last two occasions, victory this season will see the imposing CIU trophy become his personal property, but he faced a severe test in Martin Goodwill, especially with the latter having home table advantage. Nevertheless, Hedley rose to the challenge, and with breaks of 122 (the highest of the round), 65 and 57, produced one of his best results by winning 500-314.

In the North, Simon Snee (Middlesbrough), who was runner-up to Hedley last year, kept on course for another final show-down with a 500-346 result over Tony James (South Shields), whilst Tony Mackinder, who was 1999 champion, struggled to a narrow 34 point win against Julian Hodge in Huddersfield. Darren Kell volunteered to give up home advantage, describing his table at the Acklam club as appearing to have just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq! However, Kell’s short trip across Middlesbrough to the Stockton Blytholme club proved fruitful enough, as with breaks of 84 and 55 unfinished, he defeated Billy Bousfield by a 167 point margin.

Peter Ainsworth
Second Round Results

(Home players shown first)

Phil Mumford 298 Phil Welham
68, 54
500
Martin Goodwill 314 Jack Hedley
122, 65, 57
500
John Ingleby 423 Phil Johnson 500
Dean Manders 500 F. Griffin 168
Lawrence Torn 414 Rob Hall 500
Julian Hodge 466 Tony Mackinder 500
Simon Snee 500 Tony James 346
Billy Bousfield 333 Darren Kell
84, 55unf
500

Quarter-finals

Phil Welham set the new high-break target for the CIU Billiards Championship with a run of 184 unfinished in his quarter-final win over Phil Johnson. His opponent in the semi-finals will be reigning champion, Jack Hedley, who was untroubled by Lincoln’s Dean Manders, winning 500-190 on his home table at the Ivy Leaf club in Maidenhead.

Although the Lincoln club of Monks Road WM managed to produce three of the quarter-finalists, none could manage to progress beyond this round, as their third representative, Rob Hall, was also defeated by Middlesbrough’s Simon Snee.

Tony Mackinder filled the last semi-final place with a victory over twice CIU champion, Darren Kell. In a dour match, patient spectators were eventually rewarded by a fine unfinished break of 107 by the winner.

Peter Ainsworth
Quarter-final Results

(Home players shown first)

Jack Hedley
(Maidenhead Ivy Leaf)
71, 51unf
500 D. Manners
(Monks Road W M)
190
Phillip Welham
(Swaffham Ex servicemen’s)
51, 98, 184unf
500 Phil Johnson
(Monks Road W M)
220
Robert Hall
(Monks Road W M)
354 Simon Snee
(Blytholme Club)
500
Tony Mackinder
(Blytholme Club)
107unf
500 Darren Kell
(Acklam Garden City Social)
53
374

Semi-finals

Played at the Dorman Long Athletic Club, Middlesbrough, on Saturday 5th March 2005 at 2.00pm :
Simon Snee
74, 71, 54, 54
612 (12.0) Tony Mackinder
51
432 (8.5)

L-R: Tony Mackinder, Vera Selby (Referee), Simon Snee
Played at Russell Park WMC, Bedford on Saturday 12th March 2005 at 2.00pm :
Phillip Welham
80, 62, 63, 51, 58, 173, 187
1,074 Jack Hedley
58, 50
650

Final

Played at the Doncaster Trades & Labour Club on Saturday 14th May 2005
L-R: Simon Snee, Bob Slee (referee) and Phillip Welham
Phillip Welham
109, 63, 58, 58, 56, 53, 52, 50, 50
994 (17.4) Simon Snee
100, 52
579 (10.0)
Tournaments

2004 National Individual Billiards Championship

Semi-finals
Farncombe W M Social Club, Godalming, Surrey (Saturday 6th March, 2004)
Jack Hedley
50, 52, 131
730 (10.6) Dave Burgess
59, 123, 66, 77
706 (10.1)
Chilton & Windlestone Club, Darlington Road, Chilton, Ferryhill, Co Durham (March 13th)
Simon Snee w/o Lee Lagan scr
Lee Lagan conceded this match since his return to professional status would have made him ineligible to compete in the final were he to get through.

Final
Grassmoor W M Club, Mill Lane, Grassmoor, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Saturday May 29th, 2004

Jack Hedley (Maidenhead Ivy Leaf) retained the CIU Individual Billiards title when he defeated Simon Snee (Blytholme, Stockton) at the Grassmoor WMC, Derbyshire, on 29th May 2004. Snee was taking part in his first CIU final, but Hedley was appearing for the third time and having made all his previous appearances at this club, was in familiar surroundings. Last year he defeated Darren Kell on a specially erected table in the club’s concert room, the new cloth providing a treacherous surface for both players. This year, the arrangements were the same, and once more, the conditions proved detrimental to performances.

Snee, who was reported to have made a break of 216 in practice a few days earlier, seemed to have the measure of the table when after 15 minutes he took the lead with a run of 50, but Hedley cancelled this effort and went in front with an immediate reply of 46. From this point he would continue to improve his position, drawing ever-further ahead. Despite this promising start, the remainder of the first 90 minute session was a dour struggle, with neither player approaching breaks of this magnitude again. Hedley generally made the better of his chances and at the interval had carved out a lead of just over a hundred points, the scores standing at 370-262.

It was clear that if Snee was to stand any chance of recovery he would have to quickly unravel the mysteries of the playing conditions in the second session, but after a slow start it was Hedley who at last found his touch. A break of 86 unluckily ended with a kick, but this was enough to visibly lift his confidence and he now played a more fluent and relaxed game. Hedley followed this with breaks of 94 and 93, while Snee, who could barely muster a contribution over twenty, must have realised that his chance had gone. A final break of 65 helped Hedley a total of 526 points for the last 90 minutes of the match and an ultimately easy 896-478 victory.

The win was worth £500 to Hedley and this second consecutive success gives him a chance to win the magnificent CIU trophy outright, which he would achieve with a third victory next year. Simon Snee took £300 as runner-up and semi-finalists, Lee Lagan and Dave Burgess, received £200. Lagan also earned £20 for the competition high break of 362 unfinished in his first round match.

Peter Ainsworth

L-R: Colin Pattimore (Referee), Jack Hedley, Danny Thompson (CIU Executive representative)
Jack Hedley
94, 93, 86, 65
896 (12.6) Simon Snee
50
478 (6.8)
Entry forms for next season’s billiards championship are now available, and with the minimum requirement for entry having been raised to 29 it is clear that an improvement on this year’s entry of 23 must be achieved. Failure to reach this target will mean that the CIU, who have been supporting amateur billiards since 1920, will abandon this important championship which would certainly be a sad loss to the billiards community. Closing date is 22nd June 2004 and entry is just £10 through any affiliated club.
Tournaments

2003 National Individual Billiards Championship

Preliminary Round
David Burgess
(Sarisbury Green Social Club)
500 G. Lee
(Durrington W.M.C. Wilts)
249
Neal Rewhorn
(Unicorn Social Club)
500 C. Arrowsmith
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
100
John Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge Club)
500 G. Hope
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
225
Peter Shelley
(Ball Green W.M.C)
79, 78, 71
500 Mark Downing
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
132
Alf Nolan
(Western Social Club)
500 Jackie Sinclair
(Northern Social Club)
443
Tony Mackinder
(Blytholme Club, Stockton)
132
500 Geoff Charville
(Acklam Garden City Social)
361
Byes: R. Merrigan (Deerfield & West Hendon Club), Jack Hedley (Maidenhead Ivy Leaf Club), F. H. Page (Swanley Junction W.M.C.), Ivan Stevenage (Swanley Junction W.M.C.), Phil Davis (Chippenham West End Club), Richie Evans (Unicorn Social Club), F. Griffin (Bradley & Colne Bridge Club), Simon Snee (Blytholme Club, Stockton), Darren Kell (Acklam Garden City Social), Tony James (Throckley Union Jack Club).
Last 16
Ivan Stevenage 500 R. Merrigan 424
Jack Hedley 500 F.H. Page 205
David Burgess
97
500 Phil Davis 390
Peter Shelley
79, 78, 71
500 Richie Evans 395
John Ingleby w/o Neal Rewhorn scr.
Simon Snee
72
500 F. Griffin 298
Darren Kell
96
500 Tony Mackinder
96, 82
369
Alf Nolan 500 Tony James 359
Quarter-finals
David Burgess 500 Ivan Stevenage 129
Jack Hedley 500 Peter Shelley 359
Alf Nolan 500 John Ingleby 289
Darren Kell
117, 112unf
500 Simon Snee 272

Semi-finals

Wellington Social Club, Basingstoke (Saturday March 22 2003)
Jack Hedley
51, 52, 70, 72unf
826 (9.5) Dave Burgess
61
512 (5.9)
Blytholme Club, Stockton on Tees (Saturday March 29 2003)
Darren Kell
91, 84
610 (8.6) Alf Nolan 434 (6.2)

Final

Grassmoor WMC, Derbyshire (Saturday 31st May 2003)
Jack Hedley
57, 50
692 (9.5) Darren Kell
55, 53
602 (8.4)
Winner: Jack Hedley £600, Runner-up: Darren Kell £300, High Break: Tony Mackinder (132 vs. Geoff Charville)
Billiard Records : 2001 CIU Individual

2001 INDIVIDUAL BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

Preliminary Round

Four of the players who had been scheduled for action in the preliminary round of the CIU National Billiards Championship, were favoured with walk- overs as their opponents conceded their games. Of those matches which were played, the 1999 Champion, Tony Mackinder, set the high-break target with a run of 183. Adding another of 58, it was not surprising that he defeated his opponent, John Hartley, by a sizable margin.

Another good Northern Area match saw newcomer Richard Beckham put out last year’s finalist, Geoff Charville. Early breaks of 63, 51 and 50 by Beckham gave him a lead of almost 200 points, and despite Charville replying with runs of 85 and 62, he held his advantage to the end, winning 500-390.

Veteran player, Alf Nolan, showed that he can still play a bit, producing a break of 80 in his tie against Tony James. However, this proved to be insufficient as the greater consistency of James saw him win by 118 points.

Lee Lagan had two century breaks in a comfortable win against Steve Best, while both Darren Kell and Neal Rewhorn came close to the century mark with runs of 94 and 93 respectively. Both of these players also going through without undue concern.

F.H. Page
(Swanley Junction)
scr. Jack Hedley
(Maidenhead Ivy Leaf)
w/o
Ivan Stevenage
(Nat. Ass. of Railway R&S)
w/o B. Hall
(Swanley Junction)
scr.
Maurice Chapman
(Selly Oak Inst.)
w/o A. Mellor
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers)
scr.
M. Faddes
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers)
220 Neal Rewhorn
(Unicorn Social)
93, 75
500
P. Johnson
(Monks Road WMC)
500 G. Hope
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers)
217
I. Arrowsmith
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers)
182 Peter Shelley
(Ball Green WMC)
500
John Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge)
500 M. Downing
(Crewe Pioneer Ang.)
310
Derick Townend
(Oatlands Mount WMC)
w/o P. Pearce
(Main Line SC – Leeds)
scr.
Darren Kell
(Acklam Garden City Social)
94, 78, 53
500 Jack Sinclair
(Northern Social)
156
Richard Beckham
(Redcar WMC)
63, 52, 51
500 Geoff Charville
(Acklam Garden City Social)
85, 62
390
John Hartley
(Acklam Steelworks)
242 Tony Mackinder
(North Ormesby Inst.)
183, 58
500
Lee Lagan
(North Ormesby Inst.)
114, 84, 116 unf
500 Steve Best
(Billingham Social)
193
Tony James
(Throckley Union Jack)
500 Alf Nolan
(Western Social)
80
382

Byes

P. Davis (Chippenham West End Club), M. A. Lowndes (Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club), A. Fry (Mudeford & Dist. Mens Club)
First Round

The first round of the competition saw the defeat of reigning champion Darren Kell at the hands of Tony James who accomplished the feat on Kell’s home table in Middlesbrough. The early part of the game appeared to be going the way of the champion as a break of 61 helped him to a 78 point advantage. However, after this, James was the more consistent and he gradually drew well ahead. Despite a late rally by Kell, James held on to win by 45 points, recording an average of 13.9. Such giant-killing acts are not new to James who also put an end to Tony Mackinder’s reign when he was defending champion last year.

Newcomer to the event, Richard Beckham, had put up an excellent performance to dispose Geoff Charville in the previous round, but found Lee Lagan just too much to overcome. He certainly had plenty of chances and was 160 points in front at one stage in the match. Lagan, however, came back strongly to finish with two 80+ breaks and progress to the quarter-finals.

Tony Mackinder’s campaign this season continued with an impressive home win over Derick Townend in a one-sided match, while Peter Shelley, despite breaks of 71, 58 and 53, struggled to overcome Maurice Chapman by just 50 points. Top break of the round came from Jack Hedley with 105 as he experienced little trouble getting past Ivan Stevenage 500-139.

Jack Hedley
(Maidenhead Ivy Leaf)
105, 79, 59
500 Ivan Stevenage
(Nat. Ass. of Railway R&S)
139
Phil Davis
(Chippenham West End Club)
500 A. Fry
(Mudeford & District)
386
Neal Rewhorn
(Unicorn Social)
w/o M. A.
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
Peter Shelley
(Ball Green WMC)
71, 58, 53
500 Maurice Chapman
(Selly Oak Inst.)
450
Phil Johnson
(Monks Road WMC)
500 John Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge)
371
Darren Kell
(Acklam Garden City Social)
61
455 Tony James
(Throckley Union Jack)
91, 64, 55
500
Tony Mackinder
(North Ormesby Inst.)
62, 61, 50 67unf
500 Derick Townend
(Oatlands Mount WMC)
82
Richard Beckham
(Redcar WMC)
398 Lee Lagan
(North Ormesby Inst.)
500
Quarter-finals

The quarter-finals saw Lee Lagan at his best, giving Phil Johnson no chance as he ran in breaks of 91, 110, 85 and 112 unfinished to complete a 500-95 victory. His match average of 41.7 was a nostalgic reminder of the days when Norman Dagley was sweeping all before him. Even so, Lagan was not entirely happy with his home venue. “I am not confident on this table—it rolls off too much” he said after the match, making us wonder how he would have performed on a table he liked!

Tony James put up another great performance to eliminate Tony Mackinder for the second year in a row. The match did contain some controversy however. At one stage in the game, Mackinder was fouled for playing with the wrong ball, which had been passed to him in error by the referee. This unfortunate incident provided what his supporters felt was a turning point in the match as James went on to clinch a 53 point victory.

In the other matches, Peter Shelley managed to overcome a strong challenge from Neal Rewhorn 500-425, while Jack Hedley had a more comfortable 500-368 win over Phil Davis.

Jack Hedley 500 P. Davis
52
368
Peter Shelley
83, 71, 50
500 Neal Rewhorn
89
425
Lee Lagan
110, 91, 85 112unf
500 Phil Johnson 95
Tony James
77, 65, 52
500 Tony Mackinder
67, 66, 54
447
Semi-finals

CIU semi-finalists Tony James and Lee Lagan pose with match referee Vera Selby.

Tony James looked as though he was set to continue his “giant-killing” run as he led Lee Lagan by 119 points at the interval of their three-hour semi-final match at the Witton Gilbert WMC in Durham. Staged in the Club’s games room, both players had to contend with the noise of no less than two televisions operating simultaneously in the adjoining bar area—one of these broadcasting the English International football match, the other horse racing—and both with a more enthusiastic and vocal audience than the billiards! Lagan, who had won the English Amateur title the previous week-end, looked sadly out of touch averaging just 8.3 over the first half of the match. However, picking up a break of 14 unfinished after the interval, he took this to 53 and was suddenly transformed. After 20 minutes he had added runs of 70 and 68 to convert his opening deficit into a lead of 63. Consecutive breaks of 93 and 55 followed soon afterwards and with James struggling to regain his scoring touch, completed a 376 point victory with additional runs of 53, 137 and 53. In the second 90 minute session Lagan had scored almost 700 points with an average of 30.

In complete contrast to the other semi-final, Peter Shelley and Jack Hedley arrived at the Walsgrave Club in Coventry to find a billiard table specially erected for the occasion in the Concert Room, providing an ideal setting for a National Billiards competition. Unfortunately the game did not manage to do justice to the conditions as both players found difficulty in producing their best form. The highlights of the early play were breaks of 54 and 96 by Shelley which gave him a lead of over 100 at one stage, but Hedley fought back and with an unfinished break of 68 had recovered to be 38 points in front at the interval. However, he could only increase this by two points on the resumption and the game remained close for much of the second session. Then Shelley, with a burst of two visits producing 89 and 48, took a decisive advantage of 123 which he held to the end of the match, concluding with an unfinished run of 61 to increase his winning margin to 211.

Lee Lagan
137, 93, 70, 68, 55, 53, 53, 53, 52
960 (17.1) Tony James
62
592 (10.6)
Peter Shelley
96, 89, 54, 61unf
886 (15.1) Jack Hedley
70, 62, 50
674 (11.3)

– Final –

Oatlands Mount SC, Harrogate (28th April 2001)

There was a good turn-out of some sixty people to watch the conclusion of the CIU National Championships at the Oatland Mount Club in Harrogate, and they were rewarded by a pulsating match between two of the England’s best amateur exponents. Strangely, despite their status in the game, neither player had won this event before, Peter Shelley having reached the final at his first attempt in 1990 and again in 1993, while Lagan was runner-up in 1999. With both players laying claim to personal best breaks in excess of 500, a good match was anticipated and this was certainly delivered.

Lagan started so well that he threatened to run away with the game. Early breaks of 57 and 100 opened up a sizable lead and with Shelley struggling to put two shots together, he established an advantage of almost 400 points after an hour’s play, helped by additional contributions of 68 and 144. Shelley’s initial poor showing may have been due to being delayed by traffic on his journey from Stoke which caused him to arrive at the club just minutes before the scheduled start, barely leaving time to change into formal dress before being called into action. However, when Shelley did manage to find his touch, he closed on Lagan with impressive speed. Starting with a break of 76 he added runs of 62, 80 and 118 unfinished in quick succession, the latter taking him into the mid-match interval with his deficit reduced to just 56 points. During this 30 minute spell he had added 357 points against just 17 by Lagan!

Lee Lagan receives the winners trophy from CIU representative Colin Wright.

Resuming after the interval, Shelley took his unfinished break to 139 which ended in a miscue when still in good position at top of the table. Lagan took advantage of the good leave to make 71 and following immediately with a 57 seemed to be back in control of the match. Shelley, however, had other ideas, and with his next three visits producing breaks of 92, 58 and 67, he swept into the lead for the first time. Two more useful contributions of 47 and 48 extended his advantage to 128 points with 40 minutes of the match remaining. Now facing the very realistic possibility of defeat, Lagan put together his highest break of the match—176—made almost entirely at the top of the table. He broke down at a long loser from hand when in sight of the competition high break of 183 which had been set by Tony Mackinder in the first round. Nevertheless, this magnificent effort had put him right back in the match with a narrow advantage of 48 points. This was immediately cancelled out by Shelley with a break of exactly that amount and with 15 minutes remaining there was nothing to choose between the two players. A period of tactical safety was ended by Lagan who succeeded with a difficult cushion cannon and held the table to make a determined all-round break of 101 without ever managing to secure his favoured top-of-the- table position. With just 4 minutes of the match remaining, he terminated the break with a pot white and double-baulk leaving Shelley neither the time nor opportunity to recover, finishing the winner of an exciting match by 962-886. Lagan thereby achieved the “double” of winning both major Championships this year and Teesside continued its stranglehold on the CIU competition with the trophy returning to the area for tenth time in the last eleven years. The closing ceremony was conducted by Colin Wright on behalf of the CIU, presenting Lagan with a cheque for £500 and Shelley one for £300. Tony Mackinder’s break of 183 earned him the high break prize of £100. The match referee was Colin Pattimore who also had a successful day, turning in a faultless performance.

Result
Lee Lagan and Peter Shelley pose with match referee Colin Pattimore.
Lee Lagan
176, 144, 110, 101, 71, 68, 57, 57
962 (24.7) Peter Shelley
139, 92, 80, 76, 67, 62, 58, 48, 48, 47
886 (23.3)

Notes from Harrogate …

¨ Shortly after the start of the match, play was halted for several minutes while Lee Lagan searched for his chalk pouch which had mysteriously disappeared from his belt. Assisted by the referee the area around and under the table was thoroughly searched without success. The offending item was eventually found lodged in the netting of the centre pocket where it must have fallen when Lagan was stretching over the table on a previous shot. It had to be delicately extracted to avoid contact with the yellow ball which was hanging on the brink of that pocket.

¨ Lagan, who is an owner of racing greyhounds and a keen follower of this sport, is now being sponsored in his billiards career by Joe Atkinson who runs Easington Greyhound Stadium. Joe will be helping Lee with his travelling expenses, which for a player looking to compete in all the National events, can become quite a sizable outlay.

¨ There were plenty of kicks and “dull” contacts from the Aramith match balls affecting both players. Lagan in particular kept the referee busy with frequent requests for ball cleaning.

Billiard Records : 2000 CIU Individual

2000 INDIVIDUAL BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

The entry of 27 for the CIU National Billiards Championship was two less than last year, with perhaps the most notable absentee being the 1998 Champion, Neal Rewhorn. With a total of £1,300 in prize money, this contest is the last to be sponsored by Newcastle Breweries although arrangements have been made for Newcastle´s parent company, John Smith´s, to take over sponsorship next year.

Preliminary Round

The current Champion, Tony Mackinder, started his defence of the title by travelling to the Northern Social Club where he overcame the challenge of Jackie Sinclair. Mackinder made breaks of 80 and 75 in a comfortable victory. Also in good form was Jack Hedley, who raced to a massive 420 point victory which included a break of 104. However, the highest break of the preliminary round came from Peter Shelley with a run of 105. An additional break of 94 sealed his win.

Four of the preliminary round matches were unplayed with the tie being awarded to the “away” player in each case. Paul Bennett, in anticipation of his move to the professional ranks, conceded his match to Alf Nolan.

Jack Hedley
(Maidenhead Ivy Leaf Club)
104
500 Ivan Stevenage
(Nat. Ass. of Railway Soc.)
80
G. Hope
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
179 Maurice Chapman
(Selly Oak Inst)
500
Peter Shelley
(Ball Green W.M)
105, 94
500 M.A. Faddes
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
134
Bem French
(Boston Railwaymen’s Social)
500 P. Emerson
(Riverside Social)
167
John Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge Club)
500 Derick Townend
(Oaklands Mount W.M.)
282
Steve Best
(Billingham Social Club)
281 Geoff Charville
(Acklam Garden City Social)
88
500
Jackie Sinclair
(Northern Social Club)
319 Tony Mackinder
(North Ormesby Institute)
80, 75
500
F. Crawley
(Hayes W.M.C.)
scr. G. Lee
(Durrington W.M.C)
w/o
M. Downing
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
scr. P. Johnson
(Monks Road W.M.)
w/o
T. Matthews
(Riverside Social Club)
scr. M.A. Lowndes
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
w/o
Paul Bennett
(Acklam Garden City Social)
scr. Alf Nolan
(Western Social)
w/o
Last 16

The sensation of the second round was not only the departure of the Champion but also last year’s finalist! Tony James turned in a magnificent performance to defeat Tony Mackinder by almost half the game on the Champion’s own table!

Lee Lagan also made an unexpected exit at the hands of Geoff Charville, who is highly regarded in the Teesside area but who has not, so far, made a great impact on the national scene. A break of 109 helped Charville to level the scores at 455 and at this point he took his opportunity, running to game with an unfinished break.

Alf Nolan won the first of his nine CIU titles in 1953 and the most recent in 1989. Playing in the tough Northern area, he almost caused a major upset as he came very close to defeating the 1997 Champion, Darren Kell. With Kell taking an early lead of almost 100 points Nolan played his way back into the match levelling the scores at 360. He then put together a run of eighty points to go clear, subsequently advancing his position to just 5 points from game. Over eighty points in arrears and faced with almost certain defeat, Kell responded in magnificent style to snatch the game with his next two visits, each producing a contribution in the forties.

Peter Shelley made two century breaks to overwhelm Sean Bean, and with the elimination of Lagan and Mackinder, establish himself as the one of the favourites for this years title.

G. Lee
(Durrington WMC)
500 F.E. Page
(Swanley Junction WMC)
180
Maurice Chapman
(Selly Oak Inst)
500 Jack Hedley
(Maidenhead Ivy Leaf Club)
77
488
M.A. Lowndes
(Crewe Pioneer Anglers Club)
320 John Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge Club)
500
Simon Bean
(Riverside Social Club)
269 Peter Shelley
(Ball Green WMC)
109, 102
500
P. Johnson
(Monks Road WMC)
315 Bem French
(Boston Railwaymen’s Soc.)
500
Alf Nolan
(Western Social Club)
495 Darren Kell
(Acklam Garden City Social)
500
Geoff Charville
(Acklam Garden City Social)
106
500 Lee Lagan
(North Ormesby Institute)
455
Tony Mackinder
(North Ormesby Institute)
252 Tony James
(Throckley Union Jack Club)
500
Quarter-finals

Tony James, who had sprung a surprise by defeating the current CIU Champion, Tony Mackinder, in the previous round, was himself defeated in the quarter-finals by Teesside player Geoff Charville. James was struggling to find his touch throughout the match and Charville kept up the pressure with regular contributions in the 40’s and 50’s eventually completing an impressive win by 254 points. James was the only “home” player to lose, although Maurice Chapman had a close call, just edging out G. Lee by 22 points.

Maurice Chapman
(Selly Oak Ex )
500 G. Lee
(Durrington WMC)
478
Peter Shelley
(Ball Green WMC)
500 Bem French
(Boston Railwaymen’s Soc)
205
Darren Kell
(Acklam Garden City)
500 John Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge)
202
Tony James
(Throckley Union Jack)
246 Geoff Charville
(Acklam Garden City)
500
Semi-Finals (3 hours)

Maurice Chapman pictured in 1965 when, as part of the Tyseley WMC team, he was winner of the CIU National Team Snooker Championship. Maurice had also been part of the team when they were losing finalists in 1962 and 1963.

Both semi-finals were again held at the Batley Carr WMC, the first involving Darren Kell and Peter Shelley taking place on 4th March. Neither player was on particularly good form in the three-hour match, with many early chances being lost, mainly due to faulty positional play. However, this ensured a close contest, with little separating the players during the first session. This situation changed shortly after the start of the second session when Peter Shelley opened up a gap of 130 points with consecutive breaks of 94 and 44. However, he failed to capitalise on this advantage as Kell brought himself back on terms with breaks of 51 and 78. This latter contribution started with a fluke, and ironically ended unluckily when a bad “kick” caused him to miss a simple centre-pocket in-off when still in excellent position. Going into the last 10 minutes, Kell had established an advantage of 61 points, but Shelley looked set to overhaul him when his break of 43 ended unexpectedly at what appeared to be a simple cross-loser. From this point both players had chances to put the game beyond doubt, but Kell just managed to hold on to his advantage and go through to his third CIU Individual Final.

The following Saturday was the turn of Birmingham’s Maurice Chapman and Geoff Charville from Middlesbrough. Charville had the distinct advantage in terms of support, having brought a bus full of members from the Acklam Club, which more than filled all the available seating. Both players were making their first appearance in the semi- final stages, although the sprightly Chapman, who belied his 64 years, had won the CIU Team Snooker Championship some 35 years previously! In a rather nervous opening session most of the chances seemed to fall to Chapman, but he was unable to capitalise on his frequent openings. His best effort during this period being a break of 50 which started with a fluked pot red, and rather typified the run during the first half. Under these circumstances, an advantage of 51 points to Chapman at the interval should really have been much greater.

Geoff Charville (left) and Maurice Chapman with referee Jim Callaghan at their CIU Billiards semi-final.

A score at this stage of 284-233 with respective averages of 6.8 and 5.5 is an indication of the slow nature of the play. Perhaps it was something in the Batley pork pies – served as an interval refreshment – or perhaps it was Charville’s decision to substitute his first-half orange juice with a pint of lager, but whatever the reason, he looked a different player as he started the second session. His first visit produced a break of 68, putting him into the lead, and he followed this with additional runs of 67 and 64. Chapman, to his credit, also raised his game, replying to Charville’s efforts with contributions of 52 and 71. The latter was the highest of the match and it brought Chapman back to within 50 points of his opponent. But with time running out, Charville, who had never been shy to employ safety tactics, now carefully defended his lead and made sure Chapman received no more chances. A second session average of 16.5 by Charville showed that despite his lack of experience at this level, he is capable of taking the CIU title if he can play to this standard consistently. It was regrettable that the match finished on a rather sour note when, towards the end, Chapman stopped mid-break to ask one of the Teesside supporters to refrain from making comments while he was playing – something which he later stated had been happening throughout the match.

Darren Kell
78, 51
681 (10.0) Peter Shelley
94
652 (9.7)
G. Charville
68, 67, 64
612 (9.3) M. Chapman
71, 52, 50
500 (7.7)

National Individual Billiards Championship – Final

With both Darren Kell and Geoff Charville having entered the CIU Individual Championship from the Acklam Garden City Club in Middlesbrough, the 3-hour final of the competition was held at that venue, being played on Saturday 29th April. Unlike last year, when a special table was erected, the match was played on the club’s billiard table. This came with such a reputation that although Charville had made a run of 106 on this surface in an earlier round, there were confident predictions that the competition high-break of just 109 by Peter Shelley, would be difficult to beat.

Darren Kell is presented with the winner’s trophy by CIU representative Colin Wright

Play started cautiously, but quickly came alive as Kell took an early lead with a break of 65. Thereafter a period of unremitting safety-play saw Charville gradually claw back this deficit and establish an advantage at one stage of 88 points. Charville’s main strength is red-ball play, and he employed this technique well to make several small but useful contributions, “ten-hazards” being called by the referee on a number of occasions. Towards the end of the first session Kell fought back, a break of 90 recovering lost ground and putting him briefly into the lead. The first session finished with Charville again front 297-257, the respective averages of 9.0 and 7.8 reflecting the careful nature of the play.

The second session saw a slightly more open game, with Kell, helped by a break of 59, regaining the lead at 361-319. Charville responded with his best spell of the match which included runs of 53, 52 and 47 in the space of four visits. This gave him an advantage of 50 points, which Kell immediately reduced with a break of 44, and with 20 minutes remaining, the scores where once more locked together. With both players now starting to look a little nervous, Charville was still just in front by a slender 9 points entering the last 8 minutes. At this point Kell drew on his greater experience and held himself together to compile a crucial break of 46, leaving Charville just 3 minutes to make up the deficit. This he failed to do, although he did close to gap to just 15 points at the end. Kell’s winning total of 584 just managed to avoid the dubious distinction of being the lowest ever made in a final since to competition changed to a time format in 1954. That particular accolade still belongs to Alf Nolan with his 572 scored against Dave Edwards in 1989.

Darren Kell, who was also the winner of this event in 1997, received the trophy and cheque for £500 from Colin Wright who was representing the CIU. Charville took £300 as runner-up and the high-break prize went to Peter Shelley whose 109 in an earlier round was enough to earn him £100. The match official was John Rhodes from the Teesside Referees Association.

Final Score
Darren Kell
90, 65, 59
584 (10.1) Geoff Charville
53, 52
569 (9.8)
 Billiard Records : 1999 CIU Individual

1999 INDIVIDUAL BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Lee Lagan made breaks of 259 and 216.

There was a disappointing entry of 29 players for the £1,100 CIU National Individual Billiards, with eleven of these coming from Teesside clubs. The three top players from that region—Bennett, Lagan and Kell—were all faced with “away” draws in the first round, as was defending champion Neal Rewhorn. This however, proved to be no obstacle as all the leading contenders progressed comfortably. The star performance came from Lee Lagan who included breaks of 259 and 101 in his victory over Alf Nolan. Neal Rewhorn was also in fine form, producing breaks of 120, 82 and 75.

 

 

First Round
F.H. Page
(Swanley Junction WMC)
159 Jack Hedley
(Maidenhead Ivy Leaf Club)
500
Mark Leonard
(New Haw Club)
(80unf.) 500
(Swanley Junction WMC)
Ivan Stevenage
(Railway Rec. & Soc.)
w/o F. Crawley
(Hayes WMC)
scr.
M.H.E. Chapman
(Selly Oak Inst.)
268 Neal Rewhorn
(Parkstone Club)
120, 82, 75
500
Bem French
(Boston Railwaymen’s)
w/o T. Matthews
(Riverside SC)
scr.
P. Emerson
(Riverside SC)
93
500 J. Ingleby
(Bradley & Colne Bridge)
483
Tom Hodby
(Clay Lane WMC)
500 S. Bean
(Riverside SC)
340
P. Johnson
(Monks Road WMC)
500 W. Reed
(Doncaster Labour Club)
208
T. Sheekey
(No.1 Amalgamated)
197 Paul Bennett
(Acklam Garden City Social)
97, 81, 71
500
Lee Connor
(Newport WMC)
500 D. Ramrekha
(No.1 Amalgamated)
325
John Hartley
(Acklam Steel Works)
241 Darren Kell
(Beechwood & Easterside)
104
500
Tony James
(Throckley Union Jack)
500 Simon Snee
(Newport WMC)
70
483
Alf Nolan
(Western SC)
140 Lee Lagan
(North Ormesby Inst.)
259, 101
500

Byes : Peter Shelley (Ball Green WMC), Branson Hoole (Clay Lane WMC), Tony McKinder (North Ormesby Inst.)

Second Round

Tony McKinder made a 2nd Round break of 255.

In the second round, Tony McKinder produced a excellent performance to defeat 1997 Champion Darren Kell on his own table, and in doing so, made a superb break of 255. Surprisingly perhaps, the news of his club-mate´s first round break of 259 had not reached him, and it was only after the completion of his wonderful effort that he discovered that he had fallen just 4 points short of the competition´s top break, which carries a prize of £100. Lagan meanwhile put in another huge break of 216 to defeat Lee Connor by half the game and Peter Shelley continue his good form this season, compiling runs of 120 and 118 unfinished to ease into the third round.

Jack Hedley 500 Mark Leonard 443
Neal Rewhorn 500 Ivan Stevenage 165
Peter Shelley
120, 118unf
500 P. Emerson 288
Branson Hoole 496 Bem French 500
P. Johnson 500 Tom Hodby 274
Paul Bennett 500 Tony James 170
Darren Kell 229 Tony McKinder
255
500
Lee Lagan
216
500 Lee Connor 250
Third Round

Lee Lagan eliminated Paul Bennett in the third round, a result which would not have come as too much of a surprise to the Teesside fans, although the comprehensive margin of the victory certainly would. Bennett could only manage a top break of 57 as Lagan strung together runs of 145, 81 and 67 to win by more than half the game.

Defending champion, Neal Rewhorn gave Jack Hedley little chance as he collected 435 of his required 500 points in just four visits, including a top break of 204. To his credit, Hedley still managed to compile a break of 107 in a 287 point aggregate.

Peter Shelley made it a trio of “away” wins when he comfortably disposed of Bem French, and it was left to Tony McKinder to record the only “home” success of the round with an even more comprehensive victory over P. Johnson.

Jack Hedley
107
287 Neal Rewhorn
204, 91, 76, 64
500
Bem French 266 Peter Shelley
85, 67, 60
500
Paul Bennett
57
231 Lee Lagan
145, 81, 67
500
Tony McKinder
79, 67, 69unf
500 P. Johnson 102
Semi-finals

Both semi-finals—now extended to three hours duration—were held at the Batley Carr WMC near Dewsbury. The first of these, on Saturday 6th March saw Lee Lagan in awesome form against EABA Chairman Peter Shelley. In the first 1½ hour period, Lagan knocked in breaks of 83, 56, 177, 64, 67, 59 and 199, to average 48.0 in an aggregate of 883 points. This established an almost invincible 752 point lead at the interval. Lagan made sure of the match with additional breaks of 67, 52 and 53, but towards the end, and with the match beyond him, Shelley eventually displayed his true capabilities with excellent breaks of 127 and 161 unfinished. Even so, he finished 537 points in arrears at the bell.

Tony McKinder, who had been kept apart from his team-mate Lee Lagan by virtute of the CIU competition rules, had nevertheless just as daunting a tie against defending champion Neal Rewhorn. However, on the following Saturday he set up an all-Teesside final by recording what must be considered the best victory of his career to date. Always in front, McKinder´s highest break of 135 towards the end of the first session took him to an interval lead of 160 points. He subsequently held off the constant threat of Rewhorn to win by almost the same margin.

Lee Lagan
199, 177, 83, 67, 67, 64, 56, 52
1,282 Peter Shelley
127, 68, 57, 161unf
747
Tony McKinder
135, 80, 72, 71, 53, 53, 51
809 Neal Rewhorn
86, 81, 74, 71
639
Final

The CIU National Billiards Championships reached its conclusion on Saturday 17th April at Middlesbrough and resulted in a victory for Tony McKinder, who defeated newly crowned English Champion Lee Lagan.

The final was arranged at the home club of both players, North Ormesby Institute in Middlesbrough and was played on a specially erected table. From the start, both players were evidently unsettled by the ultra-fast speed of the bed-cloth, such tables being a relatively rare commodity on Teesside. McKinder adjusted to the pace more quickly, taking the lead with a break of 55 which proved to be his highest of the match. As Lagan continued to struggle, McKinder, with every visit producing a small but useful contribution, built up a lead of almost 200 points midway through the first session. His grinding consistency exerting a pressure which it is difficult for the spectator to fully appreciate.

Not favoured by the best of running, and playing without his usual confidence, Lagan was still 167 in arrears at the interval and amazingly had a highest break of just 28. Neither he, nor McKinder, who had made a break of 374 in practise just two days before the match, could secure their favourite top-of-the-table position. However, while Lagan made repeated attempts to do this, McKinder soon abandoned his efforts and settled for an all-round game.

Lagan’s best spell came after 30 minutes of the restart when a break of 46 was followed by one of 101, the highest of the match. This helped him to within 59 points of McKinder with just under an hour remaining, giving his supporter’s renewed hope. However, he was unable to sustain his effort and McKinder, continuing with consistent if unsensational play, gradually drew away again.

A 41 break took McKinder into a lead of 158 with 15 minutes remaining and this signalled the end for Lagan’s ambitions for an English/CIU double. A final rapid-fire 60 break from the Park End player was of academic interest, as McKinder secured his first major title by 143 points. The winner’s average of 12.1 reflects the low scoring nature of the game, which contained little intentional safety play. However, on his way to winning this competition McKinder has defeated the 1998 CIU Champion, the reigning CIU Champion, the current English Champion and made a break of 255 in an earlier round. Such a record makes him a worthy champion.

McKinder practises regularly with Peter Gilchrist, but does not compete in any of the other national competitions due to his job in a Sports Centre, which requires him to work most week-ends. It is to be hoped that this success will encourage him to attempt a broader area of activity next year. He collected the winner’s cheque of £500, while Lagan received £300 as runner-up plus £100 for his break of 259 in his first round match against Alf Nolan, which was the highest of the competition. The all-time record break for this event is 398 unfinished, which was made by Bob Close in 1985.

Tony McKinder
55
714 (12.1) Lee Lagan
101, 60
571 (9.5)