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 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 5th ABC Tournament – Harvey Misses Out

Sun 10th February 2019, Atack Club, Nuneaton

Rob Hall took the 5th EABA tournament of the season from veteran Brian Harvey who played well all tournament, Hall’s 194 and 128 breaks in the final proving too much. Harvey beat Adam Clarke in the first semi, Hall’s unfinished 49 proving decisive against Simon Snee in the other semi. Hall had a 195 in an earlier round that was the days top, Mark Hirst had a 144, Craig Fitzpatrick a 103 and Mark Hatton a 107.
Plate master John Hughes took his second consecutive plate prize from Eddie Fielding, beating Richard Whittle and Eddie Duggan respectively in the semi finals.
A mention for new players Graham Stevens, Darren Fox and Matt Spade – good to see new players at Eaba events.
Results here.

2017/18 English Amateur Billiards Championship-Intermediate Stage

Various Venues, 4th February 2018

Last 32 to last 16. Please see the draw via the link.

Draw is Here

2017/18 3rd Ranking Event – Groundhog Day for Nicholls

Cambridge Snooker Centre, 12th Nov. 2017

Dave Nicholls repeated his win in the second ABC tournament with a win over Teessider Darren Kell, again taking the highest break prize with a fine 195 break in the first round. The win was not without it’s lairy moments, a 124 break against Mark Graham with the last break of the match overcame a 80 point deficit after Graham’s 95 break. Similarly, in the semi, Phil Mumford had a 122 break but Nicholls countered that with a 123 and then ran out with the scores almost level with a 60 unfinished. Kell beat travelling companion Mark ‘Buster’ Hatton in the first round and Chris Achilles in the semi-final and was consistent throughout but couldn’t balance Nicholls robust scoring in the final. Hatton had the consolation of taking the plate from Derby veteran Dave Rees, messrs Payne and Whittle making the semi-final. Earlier, Eva Palmius had a notable victory in defeating Craig Fitzpatrick and reaching the quarter finals, losing out by just 43 points from making the semi. Chris Achilles was the victor, the points from this cementing his place at 4th in the rankings. Nichols went top of the rankings and Kell joint second, see Here.
Results are Here.

2017/18 Second ABC Event – Nichols Hits Double Top

Clay Cross, 8th October 2017

David Nichols played well throughout this event to win his first ABC for some 13 years. He saved his best until the final, defeating English Amateur champion Rob Hall with the aid of the days highest break of 194 (after a 120unf in an earlier round), taking the prize from Hall’s 193 break (which surpassed his earlier break of 164). Gary Norman again made the semi final (against Hall), York teacher Jon Marwood having a good run until Nicholls taught him a lesson in the other semi.

In the plate, Teessiders Darren Kell and Jon Snee fought a great semi-final, Snee hitting a century break but Kell timed his comeback well to be unbeaten at the bell on 31 to win by 8 points.  Bill Andress lost out in the semi to Eddie Fielding who stayed with Kell to the 100 point mark in the final but then a stream of breaks sealed it for Kell. Richard Whittle had a noteable first round win against previous ABC event winner Kell.

ABC debuts were made by Michael Cockcroft and Chris Bishop.

The EABA would like to thank all at the Clay Cross Club for their good playing conditions and support.

Results are Here

2017/18 First ABC Event – Teesside Travelling Twosome go Toe to Toe

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 10th September 2017

Travelling companions Darren Kell and Mark Hatton slugged it out in the final of the first Amateur Billiards Competition (ABC) of the 2017/2018 season at Clay Cross. Hatton had a 63 break, but Kell’s series of breaks and strong scoring saw him home for a first ABC win in 2 years, it being his 12th ABC win in total.

Earlier, David Nicholls fought off Rob Hall for a notable win in the last 8 before narrowly falling victim to Kell in the semi-finals, Hatton’s victory at the same stage being over Mark Hirst, who had the consolation of taking the days highest break with 104, Mark Graham’s 100 being the only other ton.

In the plate, Frank Bradley had a good run to the semi before losing out to eventual winner Arthur Winn. Gary Norman defeated Chris Achilles to reach the final and Chris Ellis, normally noted for his refereeing, made good progress in the plate as a player. His colleagues Bob Slee and (lofty) Peter Cooper expertly officiated in the finals, under the direction of director Clive Scott.

A mention for 15 year old Ryan Davies who looks an excellent prospect and had the misfortune of drawing England players in early rounds.




2017/18 First Ranking Event – Jock McGregor Memorial – Hall Rise

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 13th May 2017

The Rob Hall juggernaut carried on from monopolising the No.1 spot the previous season, with an emphatic victory in the 2017/18 first ranking event of the season, named in honor of someone with a very similar great love of the game – if maybe a slight gap in the standards achieved. Jock McGregor was a great character and supporter of Billiards.

Hall was unhindered by a handicap mark of -220 and made a superb top break of 408 in defeating Cornwall’s silver fox, Chris Mitchell in the final. Mitchell beat Chris Achilles in the semis, Brian Harvey was Hall’s semi final victim. Earlier, Hall made 168, 146, 179, 128, 108 and 202 breaks. As expected, the handicaps made for some tight games and one or two good results, Mark Hirst made a 145 break in winning his first game but Peter Clarke narrowly saw him off in the next round. Jim McCann made a return to form in winning the plate event, beating Mark Graham in the final, Peter Johnson and Steve Crosland making the semi finals.

Results are Here