Urgent Notice : Short Format Clay Cross – Cancelled

Due to severe weather warnings from the Met Office it has been decided in the interest of safety of our EABA members to postpone this event.. We will update everyone when this event is to be rearranged. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

John Murphy

The EABA have learned of the very sad and unexpected passing of Hartlepool’s John Murphy. All at the EABA extend their heartfelt sympathies to Jim and family. RIP John.

2017/18 EABA Seniors International – England Enjoy good Run-out

Newark Conservative Club – Sat 10th/Sun 11th March 2018.

The England vs Northern Ireland international was comfortably won by England with a number of frames won with unfinished run-out breaks. England’s Mark Graham took a maximum 8 points in the event and had three 50+ unfinished breaks, with a 64unf against Irelands top player Tommy Hunter, who had the events’ top break, with an excellent 125 unfinished. There were solid contributions by all the England team of Winn, Rees, Crosland, White, Mitchell, Wayman and Fielding, for Northern Ireland, Frank Trainor and Paul McWilliams had some notable victories.
The EABA (led by tournament director Clive Scott) would like to thank the Newark Conservative Club for their excellent hospitality and playing conditions, and the usual (but entirely deserved) thanks go to referees’, Mr. Slee, Ellis, Brookes and (‘cheeky’) Squires.
England won both days’ play by the same score – 21-11, giving the English victory by a final score of 42-22.
Full Results Here.

2017/18 EABA Over 60’s Tournament, Sponsored by Jim McCann

Northeast Derbyshire Snooker Centre – Clay Cross, S45 9AG. Sunday 22nd April 2018 – 11am.

Entries on the day – £10 – prize money dependent on entries.
Format similar to the UK Seniors Championship.
For prior entry or other information contact Steve Crosland Tel: 01943 863883

2017/18 EABA Junior Championship

Maltings Q Club, Kings Lynn, PE30 1NQ. Sunday 15th April 2018 – 11am.

Age Groups: Under 16, Under 19, Girls Under 19.
Entries on the day – £5 all age groups (players can play in more than 1 age group).
Prize money dependent on entries.

2017/18 English Amateur Championship – Semi Finalists Decided

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 17th/18th February 2018.

Semi-final draw:
Hall v Goodwill
Kell v Nichols

Sundays games:
Kell beat Mann
Hall beat Welham
Goodwill beat Marshall
Nichols beat Mullane

The Last 16 results are:
Welham beat Graham
Hall beat McCann
Kell beat Sutton
Goodwill beat Hatton
Marshall beat Fitzpatrick
Mann beat Jackson
Mullane beat Goodwin
Nichols beat Payne
Results Here.

2017/18 Fifth ABC – Hatton Steps up from the Plate

Atack Club, Nuneaton, 11th February 2018.

Mark Hatton surpassed his 2 plate wins this season with a main final win in great style against rankings leader Rob Hall. Trailing in the final by 116 points, Hatton timed a 130 unfinished break to perfection to win at the death. Hall had 101 and 108 breaks in the final, with the tournament top of 351 unfinshed, Hatton having 117, 115 and 142 breaks in earlier rounds. Geoff Barrett won the plate from Arthur Winn with a couple of nice 70 something breaks along the way, evergreen Brian Harvey and Teesider Craig Fitzpatrick (with a 114 break in an earlier round and a 148 in the main, which was trumped by Dave Nichols’ 152) making the semi’s. Mick Johnson and Adam Clarke were the beaten semi-finalists. Earlier Darren Kell was in great form before being beaten by travelling companion Hatton, hitting a string of breaks including a 173 and 128, Nathan Mann had a 114 and Mark Hirst a 138.

2017/18 English Amateur Championship – Hall misses the Point

Various Locations, 4th February 2018.

Reigning English champ Rob Hall had a 536 break in leading the qualifiers for the last 16 of the English amateur championship, which was one point less than his record breaking ABC break of a week earlier. The qualifiers are: North (Bradford): Rob Hall, Darren Kell, Craig Fitzpatrick, Mark Hatton, Mark Graham, Matt Jackson, Jim McCann, Robert Marshall. West (Cambridge): Dave Nicholls, Nathan Mann, Phil Welham, Kevin Payne. South: Martin Goodwill, John Mullane, Jason Goodwin, Matt Sutton.
The Last 8 will be decided on the 17th February at Clay Cross, Derbyshire (draw made on the day), with the semi finalists decided on Sunday the 18th at the same location.

2017/18 Friendly Cup – Captain Hall and Chief Clarke Steer England Home

Glengormeley, Northern Ireland, 20/21 January 2018.

Rob Hall, with his usual string of big breaks (top of 236) captained England to victory in the Friendly Cup against Northern Ireland in Glengormley. Hall was unbeaten throughout, as was Sheffield’s Adam Clarke, the two helping the English to consolidate their overnight lead of 18-10 into retaining the trophy by a final score of 35-21. In support were Chris Achilles, Mark Graham, Steve Crosland and Gary Norman. Games were short format of 150 up or 1 hour which explains (Hall apart) the attritional, hard match play that was in evidence throughout. Clive Scott expertly stage managed the event, aided by esteemed referees: Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly, Chris Ellis and NI’s Chris Johnson and Frank Trainor.

2017/18 Fourth ABC – Hall and Bickerdike lead cluster of Firsts

Clay Cross Snooker Club, Derbyshire, 14 January 2018.

Rob Hall set a new ABC record break of 537 in winning the fourth amateur billiard circuit competition of the season. In an amazing semi-final, Halls’ faultless break took 50 minutes but left time for semi-final opponent Rob Marshall to add an unfinished 131 break to proceedings – each player having only one scoring visit! To rub salt in the wound, Marshall, who had a string of big breaks on the day, had his days highest break of 249 blitzed by Halls superlative effort.
Dean Manders played well to reach his first ABC semi-final, Ron Bickerdike having his first ABC century break in the semi-final against Manders to reach his first ABC final, losing out to Hall, who returns to the top of the rankings.
Mark Hatton’s appetite is undiminished as he took his second plate of the season from Adam Clarke, making two centuries in one match on the way. David Rees and Craig Fitzpatrick losing out in the semi-finals.

EABA 2017/18 New Year Draw Results

Congratulations to the following billiards supporters:

1st Prize: £150 – Yorkshire Billiards and Snooker Association (Number 139)
2nd Prize: £100 – R Lowe (66)
3rd Prize: £50 – J Bedford (124)

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 Merseyside Billiards Championship – “Fast Eddie” Robbed

Millbrow Snooker Club, Widnes, 17 Dec 2017. Sponsored by Harry Peers Steelwork.

Rob Marshall beat Eddie Fielding in the final of the 2017 Mersey championship. “Fast Eddie” played some solid billiards and with 5 minutes to go was level with Rob who hit a late 60+ break for win. It was a good day with 22 entries. Rob took the trophy and £200, Eddie £100, semi-finalists Geoff Brassington and Marty Sedgewick got £50 and Geoff won the high break prize £20 with an 85.
Chris Achilles organised the tournament and refs were Malcolm Hughes (Final), John Squires and John Malone.

2017/18 English Grand Masters Qualifying Results

Various UK Locations, 27 Nov. 2017

Steve Crosland, Tony Clegg and Ron Bickerdike qualified unbeaten from the Bradford qualifying venue with David Rees as next best in the Northern area also getting through, along with Eddie Duggan, Richard Whittle and Chris Achilles from the North-West. Southern qualifiers are Chris Mitchell, Dave White, Terry Azor and D Lilley. Mick Cooper, Gary Norman, Jamie Wayman, Phil Welham and Arthur Winn make up the last 16, all from the South-East region. Results Here.

2017/18 Four Nations International Tournament – Unbeaten Duo Lead England Home

Vienna, Austria, 18/19 Nov. 2017

At the overnight stage England led 25 to Northern Ireland’s 19, with Austria and the Republic of Ireland tied on 14 points, a strong last session win of 7-1 saw England moving clear at half way. England went into the last session of the match with the lead eroded to a slender two point lead over holders Northern Ireland. However, an imperious clean sweep of 8 points in that session saw the team home to reclaim the four nations trophy by a margin of 10 points.

The unbeaten Chris Taylor and Rob Hall were top points scorers, with Mark Graham, Gary Norman and Steve Crosland dropping only a single game each, debutants Adam Clarke and Chris Achilles backed up back by veteran Eddie Fielding all made solid contributions to a good team win. Hall made the highest break with a 196, Norman also making a ton when it mattered in the crucial last session and ‘Tinker’ Taylor made some good breaks and big scores along the way.
Proud hosts Austria topped their impressive and enthusiastic organisation by confirming their upward rise in smashing their previous record points tally of 20 by taking joint 3rd place with the Republic of Ireland on 26 points. England’s final total was 51 points, 10 clear of previous winners Northern Ireland.

A few late results to add, see results Here.

Some games recorded here: or maybe 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.

English Amateur Billiards Champion – Personal Website

Reigning English Amateur Champion and undisputed English No.1 Rob Hall has set up his own website with a plethora of interesting and useful information, including a series of short video’s on the intricacies of billiards.
The site is Here

2017/18 English Amateur Billiards Championship – Group Stages

Various Venues, 5th November

Please see the draw via the link (detailed results to follow).

Northern Area Qualifiers: Rob Marshall, Jim McCann, Matthew Peaker, Dean Manders, Darren Kell, Mark Hatton, Craig Fitzpatrick, Rob Hall, Eddie Duggan, Matt Jackson, Eddie Fielding, Terry McAdam, Jon Marwood, Geoff Brassington, Adam Clarke, Mark Graham.

Southern Area Qualifiers: Jason Goodwin, Terry Azor, Martin Goodwill, Bill Andress, John Mullane, Matthew Lott.

South East Area Qualifiers: Phil Welham, Mick White, Matt Sutton, Kevin Payne, Nathan Mann, Dave Nichols, Chris Taylor, Jamie Wayman, Mark Hill, Mick Cooper.

Draw is Here

2017/18 English County Championship – Yorkshire are no Puddings

Cue Ball Club, Derby, 15th October 2017

The Yorkshire team of Matt Peaker, Mark Hirst and Steve Crosland won the EABA county championship in Derby, defeating Lincolnshire’s Rob Hall, Dean Manders and Mick Johnson.
In the first round Norfolk’s Dave Nichols hit breaks of 52, 86 and 122 in his win over Lincolnshire, Rob Hall redressing the balance with breaks of 120,228, 50 and 70. Dean Manders won the deciding game to knock Norfolk out.
In the final, Yorkshire’s Mark Hirst made an excellent break of 186 but Lincolnshire’s English amateur champion replied with breaks of 123 and 128 to win. Yorkshire’s Matt Peaker won to set up a decider, which veteran Steve Crosland stole with an unfinished 30 break to win 226-199 to take the trophy back to Yorkshire.
Norfolk had the consolation of taking the plate final from Cornwall who beat Cheshire 2-1, having won their semi-final by a landslide 3-0.

Full Results to follow.

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 EABA UK Seniors (Over 50’s) – Welham’s Special Delivery

Cue Ball Club, Derby, 23/24th September 2017

Twice English Amateur Champion Phil Welham added the UK Seniors Championship to his portfolio, being unbeaten throughout, sealing the final with a break of 107 and a tournament best of 157.  Norfolk based postman Welham beat the defending champion Dave Sneddon (Scotland) in a good semi final by 288-209, Welham having breaks of 87 and 61 to Sneddon’s 77.
Brian Harvey made the final by beating Teessider Ron Bickerdike who played well throughout. In his run to the final Harvey (who is now 80 years old!) made a number of good scores and breaks but had no answer f.or Welhams scoring power and break making, the final score being 517 to 85.

The plate final saw Tommy Hunter from Northern Ireland make breaks of 61 and 63 in beating Bradford’s Steve Kershaw by 306-135, Jamie Wayman and Steve Stokes making the semi finals of a great weekend’s billiards.

Tournament director was Clive Scott, with referees Martin O’Reilly, Chris Hudson, Bob Slee, Phil Brooke and John Squires. The EABA would like to thank all at the Cue Ball Club for their support.

Results are Here

2017/18 Whitworth Masters – Hall Turns the screw at the Whitworth

Darley Dale, 16/17th September 2017

2017 Masters (seniors) champion Dave White went unbeaten to the well attended final of his first Whitworth Masters event at Darley Dale. However, Rob Hall raced into an early lead in the final with breaks of 157, 185 and 70 to lead at half way (hour) by 471-122, with only 9 table visits per player. In the second hour, Hall had further breaks of 74 and 138, White having an 82, Hall eventually taking his sixth Whitworth Masters title by 824 to 295, overall table averages being 43.4 to 15.5.

Defending champion Chris Mitchell missed out on the semis this time, White defeating Mark Graham in one semi, Hall defeating Gary Norman in the other.

Other century breaks were – Hall: 209, 130, 123, 196unf. Graham:123

Phil Brooke refereed, scorer: Peter Cooper, marker: Chris Ellis, tournament director: Clive Scott and event organiser Jim McCann.

Results are Here – to follow very soon

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


Ian Williamson – £100
Dave Smith (Junior) – £50

ABC #5 – Hall Resumes Normal Service



The north west open billiards championship was held on Sunday 2nd October 2016 at the Eastham Home Guard Club, Park Road on the Wirral. This annual event is also known at the Strachan Challenge Cup was limited to 16 players due to limited tables.

The event was won by Geoff Brassington a regular EABA player who from his first match where he had breaks of 117 and 49 was the player on form. In runner up spot in his first north west final was our own Peter Stanyer. The final was a one way affair with Geoffs first visit of 91 setting the tone. He ran in 5 other breaks of 40+ to make it an easy victory.
Thanks go to our referee John Squires and Eddie Fielding who acted as tournament director/organiser.

Brendan Carrol 132 167 Richard Whitle
Eddie Fielding 151 141 Eddie Duggan
Dennis Marr 249 127 Terry McAdam
Geoff Brassington(117) 258 136 Steve Bradshaw
Steve Stokes 164 160 Phil Wooland
Peter Stanyer 154 132 Tony Cooke
Ian Taylor 117 209 Tony Burns
Lennie Agnew 273 152 Mal Hughes


Richard Whittle 219 179 Eddie Fielding
Geoff Brassington 265 127 Dennis Marr
Peter Stanyer 243 127 Steve Stokes
Tony Burns 197 181 Lennie Agnew


G Brassington(90,50) 280 116 Richard Whittle
Peter Stanyer 255 154 Tony Burns


G Brassington (91) 379 113 Peter Stanyer



Whitworth Masters – Magic Mitchell is the Master

Darley Dale, Derbyshire, 17/18th September 2016

The absence through billiard commitments of 5 time consecutive winner Rob Hall opened the field for the annual Whitworth event in Darley Dale – Chris Mitchell came through in his first Whitworth Final. Chris Taylor made a century in making his 3rd Masters final, but Mitchell was consistent throughout in deserving the title win, beating Taylor in the group stages and the final.
Brian Harvey played well in the group stages but Taylors century proved decisive in the semi final and debutant Craig Fitzpatrick was edged out in his semi by Mitchell.
The EABA would like to put on record thanks to all at the host venue for their hard work, support and hospitality.
Thanks go to tournament director Clive Scott and his team of officials, Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly, Chris Ellis, Jim McCann and a special mention to Joe ‘Cuz’ Graham for his stint of six consecutive games without a break.
Steve Crosland 153 v 292 Jamie Wayman (59)
Mark Graham 139 v 256 Chris Taylor (92)
(92) Chris Mitchell 225 v 205 Chris Taylor (51)
(53) Brian Harvey 207 v Craig Fitzpatrick 206
Mark Graham 248 v 172 Arthur Winn (79)
Jamie Wayman 159 v 279 Craig Fitzpatrick (55)
(50, 53) Chris Mitchell 239 v 218 Arthur Winn
Mark Graham 133 v 262 Chris Mitchell
(62) Steve Crosland 176 v 248 Craig Fitzpatrick
(57) Jamie Wayman 185 v 312 Brian Harvey (75)
Arthur Winn 107 v 341 Chris Taylor (53)
Semi Finals:
(57) Chris Mitchell 336 v 289 Craig Fitzpatrick
(106, 56) Chris Taylor v 257 Brian Harvey (53)
Final: (50) Chris Mitchell 424 v 364 Chris Taylor

Hall Makes It A Happy Birthday

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 11th September 2016

Birthday boy Rob Hall won the first ABC event at Clay Cross, hitting peak form when it mattered in the semis (beating Chris Taylor) and then the final. Gary Norman had a great run to make the final but Hall added to his breaks in the semi (146, 97,137) with another onslaught (192, 135, 84,64). Hall and Norman are now on a Billiards tour of Singapore and Australia so both have had a fine week.
Steve Crosland took the plate prize beating Paul Devitt. Graham Guest was Devitts’ victim in the semi-final, with Chris Mitchell losing out to Crosland.

2016/2017 Amateur Billiards Circuit (ABC) Calendar

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 11th September 2016

The 2016/17 ABC event calendar has been released, with the first ABC being at Clay Cross, as above.
The calendar can be opened here as a PDF or can be viewed on the main Calendar menu item.

Jock McGregor Memorial – Wayman beats Achilles

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 15th May 2016

Jock McGregor was a great supporter of English billiards and his name lives on as the first event of the 2016/17 season is named in his honour. This is now a ranking event, with handicaps based on previous performances. This levels the playing field somewhat and some new names had good runs in the tournament.
Jamie Wayman took the title, knocking in some good breaks including a 119 from Chris Achilles who similarly had some good breaks with a highest of 96. Adam Clarke and Eddie Fielding were the losing semi-finalists.
In the plate, Peter Shelley beat Tony Clegg Steve Crosland and Denis Dawson the semi-finalists.
Chris Taylor had a 109 break, Rob Hall’s 162 was the days highest.
Full Results Here.

English National Junior Finals – Woods, Boughen & Easter Triumph

Kings Lynn, 22nd May 2016

Nathan Boughen won the English Under 16 final by beating Merlin Knight in the final at Kings Lynn. In the under 19’s, Jack Easter got past Boughen, playing in his second final, to win. In the girls final, Rochy Woods overcame Hannah Green.

 Under 19
 SF 1  Merlin Knight  90  Tyler Whittred  68
 SF 2  Nathan Boughren  129 Callum Wilson-West  69
 Final  Nathan Boughren  130  Merlin Knight  88
 Under 16
 SF 1  Jack Easter  181  James Freestone  102
 SF 2  Nathan Boughren  113  Rochy Woods  108
 Final  Jack Easter  238  Nathan Boughren  120
 Girls Final  Rochy Woods  beat  Hannah Green

Final 2015/16 Rankings Confirmed

Final rankings Here.
Final Senior rankings Here.
Please Note:
– Tied positions separated by English Amateur and MatchPlay results
– Substitutions in the English Amateur/ earn points up until initial knock-out

Annual General Meeting 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the EABA will take place at ‘The North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Derby Road, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, S45 9AG, on Saturday 14th May at 2.00pm.   All members are invited to attend including junior members, although junior members are not eligible to vote.

Propositions Must be proposed and seconded within the terms of the Constitution and be received by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the AGM.

The position of Secretary is due for re-election, and Mr Godolphin has indicated that he is willing to stand for a further three year term.

Election of Officers must be proposed and seconded within the terms of the Constitution and be received by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the AGM.

All non officer members of the Committee are due for election – each for one year.

The position of Head of Junior Section is currently vacant.

The ‘Jock McGregor Handicap’ will be held on Sunday 15th May 2016 at ‘The North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre’. This will be the first ranking event for the 2016/2017 season.  Play will commence at 11.00am. The entry fee is £15, junior entry fee £10, and there will be a plate competition for first round losers, and all prize monies will be dependent on number of entries.  If you intend to enter please inform Stephen Crosland on Tel. 01943 863883   or e-mail: prior to the event.


Tim Godolphin – Secretary



At the EABA committee meeting held on the 5 January 2016 a package of measures aimed at promoting the prospects of grass roots players was discussed and approved. These measures will take effect for the 2016/17 season.

A. The Jock McGregor handicap will carry ranking points in line with all ABC’s and the short format matchplay.
B. Points for plate matches will be enhanced.
C. In the early rounds players will be allocated refereeing duties as part of the draw.

A.   In theory a handicap event gives all players an equal chance. The committee feels that one such event out of seven is acceptable especially as a player’s worst result can still be shed. The E.A. and the matchplay will remain compulsory points for the main rankings and the G.M. and the matchplay for the senior rankings.

Due to the enhanced importance of the Jock McGregor an objective handicapping system needs to be employed. This will be done by calculating a benchmark based on the average score from all hourly games played on the ABC circuit from the previous season. Likewise an individual player’s average will be calculated and then compared with the benchmark. Obviously new players or those with a limited results sample will have to be assessed more subjectively.


B. Currently in the plate events points are awarded only for winner, runner-up and semi-finalists.
The committee have decided to award points for wins as in the main competition.

Current system    Main:  winner 30,  r/u  25,  s/f’s 20, Q/F’s 15, last 16/32 (ie. 1 win) 10,

Plate:  winner 15,  r/u  13,  s/f’s 10

All the above include 5 points for entering which all players receive.

New system         Main:  remains the same

Plate:  winner 15,  r/u  13  s/f’s 11, q/f’s 9, 1 win 7

A low entry or some opting out of the plate could mean the 7pts. category unused.

C. Number of referees is decreasing and  number of players willing to lend a hand varies. Referees at ABC’s understandably tend to select ‘attractive games’ hence a significant number of entrants often get no help whatsoever. The EABA believes all members are equals and deserve equal consideration hence the allocation of referees for the earlier rounds; initially prelims. and first round. This has been tried before with some success. It has to be the earlier rounds because on elimination a player may decide to go home. Obviously because the draw is random the allocation of referees is also random so the workload should eventually even out. Hopefully it might also lead to a greater awareness of players to help each other. The system will be monitored for a season and then re-evaluated.

During the last season too many errors occurred due to incorrect completion of the scorecards and the knock-on effect means that  rankings could also also be wrong. Can all players please ensure that the details presented to Clive are accurate.

2016 English Amateur Final – Hall Hits Hat Trick

3rd April 2016 – Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale

Rob Hall retained his English amateur billiards crown for the 3rd consecutive year to crown a great season. Hall is the undisputed number one in the rankings and has had some great tournament wins and top breaks over the season.

Rob Hall - 2016 English Amateur Billiards Champion

Rob Hall – 2016 English Amateur Billiards Champion receives his trophy from his childhood mentor Roger Clark.

Twice former winner Phil Welham was unable to get over the final hurdle but can be pleased with his performances in making the final again.

Referee: John Squires
Bob Slee
Scorer: Peter Cooper
Tournament Director: Clive Scott
Session 1 Session 2 Total
Rob Hall 720 (132,147,125,146
ave 31.3
760 (71,122,211)
ave 23.75
ave 26.42
Phil Welham 345 (104,74)
ave 15.0
468 (62,83,63,55)
ave 13.76
ave 14.01

Phil Welham – English Amateur Finalist 2016

2016 English Amateur Finalists – Welham v Hall

2nd April 2016 – Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale

Three times and reigning champion Rob Hall put on a blistering second session performance, scoring over 900 points and putting on board this years competition high break (by a single point) of 280 in qualifying for the final. The first session of both games were tight with no centuries made, Hatton’s 99 being highest in the other semi. This game ebbed and flowed and looked set to produce a tight finish with only around 40 points difference with 5 minutes left. Twice winner Phil Welham showed his experience in playing some crucial shots at the death to win through to Sundays final. John Mullane scored well in his limited opportunities but couldn’t match Halls second session points haul to set up the final with Welham.

Session 1  Session 2  Total
Mark Hatton v Phil Welham
Referee: Bob Slee
Scorer: Peter Cooper
Hatton 486 (99)
Welham 375 (76)
Hatton 419 (53,60,77)
Welham 609 (85,52,64,76)
Hatton 905
Welham 984
John Mullane v Rob Hall
Referee: Martin O’Reilly
Scorer: John Squires

Mullane 415
Hall 528 (89,95,97)
Mullane 362 (50,63,93)
Hall 912 (280,111,179,84,72,63)
 Hall 1440
Mullane 777
English Amateur Semi Final 2016

English Amateur Semi Final 2016

Pictured L->R are referee Peter Cooper, John Mullane, referee Martin O’Reilly, Phil Welham, referee Bob Slee, defending champion Rob Hall, Mark Hatton, referee John Squires, tournament director Clive Scott.

Senior Billiard International – England beat Northern Ireland

19th/20th March 2016 – Cue Ball Club, Derby

England won the over 50 senior international against Northern Ireland by 40 points to 24 in Derby. After the first days play the lead was 24-8, highlights being Brian Harvey’s good win (344-192) over Tony Buttimer, with breaks of 92,57,55. Steve Crosland had a 108 break in his win over evergreen John McIntyre.
Sunday was a better day for the Irish, taking the 3rd session 10-6, led by Tommy Hunters good wins (breaks of 73,75,64) over Brian Harvey and (breaks of 71,53,64) Chris Mitchell. The last session went Englands way for a tie on the day at 16 each and an overall English win.

Jock McGregor Memorial Open

15th May 2016 – Clay Cross

EABA members are reminded that the above handicap event will carry ranking points and be the first event of the 2016/17 season. The EABA annual general meeting takes place in the same location the day previously, 14th May.

ABC MatchPlay – Hall is top of the Pops Again

13th March 2016 – Atak Club, Nuneaton.

Rob Hall took the MatchPlay title again at Nuneaton, losing only one hundred up leg to semi finalist Mark Hatton who finishes in second place in the rankings to confirmed leader Hall. Jamie Wayman played well and made his first final, as did Mick White who was beaten by Mark Graham in the plate final. Chris Mitchell timed his run into the top eight in the rankings to perfection with a semi-final, holding off Gary Norman who played well until bumping into Hall. Ron Bickerdike had a notable win over Robert Marshall. Earlier rounds saw some tight finishes, with several players scraping through by as little as a single point.

Results Here.

Final 2015/16 Rankings Confirmed

Final rankings Here.
Please Note:
– Tied positions separated by English amateur and MatchPlay results
– Substitutions in the English Amateur earn points up until initial knock-out

English Amateur Grand Masters Billiards Championships

28th February 2016 – Atack Snooker Club, Nuneaton.

Steve Crosland took the grand masters title for the first time since his last win six years ago.

The last 16 played in round robin groups with Mick White beating Crosland narrowly but then losing to him in the semi final. Jack McLaughlin made the final, including a good win over twice English amateur champion Phil Welham (who is again in the semi’s this year). Jack was 80 behind came back to win 255-211.

The last 8 were drawn to the final where Crosland started with a 63 break which proved decisive in taking the title.

Peter Shelley’s 120 was the highest break of the competition.

Results to follow.

English Amateur Championship – Last 16 to 8 to Semi Finalists

20th/21st February 2016 – Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

The last 16 involved in the English Amateur Billiards Championship gathered at Clay Cross for a random draw to play 4 hour games (2 times 2 hour sessions) on Saturday and then again on Sunday 21st to decide the last 4 to go on to play through to the winner at the Whitworth Institute to decide the 2016 English Amateur Champion.

Full Results Here.

Last 4 (To be played 2/3rd April – Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale):

Mark Hatton v Phil Welham
John Mullane v Rob Hall

(Playing Sessions are 11:00-13:00 and 14:15-16:15)

6th 2015/16 ABC – Hall and Mumford in Valentines Day Massacre

14th February 2016 – Atak Club, Nuneaton.

Phil Mumford took the last ABC prize of the season at Nuneaton and Hall the plate prize after the two clashed in the first round. Mumford got stronger as the semi (beating Chris Mitchell) and final approached, hitting a number of centuries, including the days highest of 154 in both semi and final. Dave Nichols had some good wins on the way to the final, including over evergreen Jim McCann in the semi.
Hall had two massive wins with triple centuries in the plate, a 339 unfinished and 310 unfinished. David Rees was the beaten plate finalist.
Results Here.
Updated rankings Here.

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 Here.

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.