English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : November 1998

The Amateur Billiard Player : November 1998


Acklam win CIU Championship

The Cleveland & District branch of the CIU concluded their summer
league activities with Acklam Garden City winning the team billiards
section. Their formidable team of Paul Bennett, Darren Kell and Geoff
Charville finished well clear of the opposition, even with Paul taking
two weeks out to compete in Australia. Paul additional took the prize
for the most games won, being successful in all the games he played,
although his absence in Australia meant that he had to share the honours
with team-mate Darren Kell. Making a clean sweep of the honours,
Paul also recorded the highest break of the season in the 120 up games,
with 110. This was made in the very first week of the season, The
following week he made a break of 108, but fortunately for his
opponents, failed to maintain this standard in subsequent matches.

Too good for short games ?

Persistent rumours that the billiards section of the Middlesbrough
Friendly League would see a change in format next season, have been
denied by League Secretary Keith Mallen. With 50 teams in four
divisions currently playing non-handicap games of 120 up, the Friendly
League is widely regarded as having the highest calibre of players in
the region. It had been suggested that the millennium would have seen
the first division matches extended to 150 up, but Mr. Mallen denied
that the League had any plans in this direction. Of the other leagues in
the area, the Redcar & District and the Cleveland League—which are
both handicapped—play 200 and 150 up respectively. The other scratch
leagues, comprising CIU, Southfield and Stockton, all currently play
120 up.

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