English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1999

The Amateur Billiard Player : August 1999


The Manhattan Club, Harrogate (Sunday 30th May 1999)

The final junior ranking event of the season was held in Harrogate
with all but one of the 21 entries coming from Teesside. Jimmy
Chambers being the only competitor to venture North.

In the preliminary round, North Ormesby player Danny Thompson
had a 32 break in defeating Jason Thomas, but Cambridge’s Jimmy
Chambers was the highest scorer of the round, making an aggregate of
299 in his one-hour match.

In the next round, Chambers included a break of 40 to beat David
Phillips, whilst Thompson edged out his team-mate Tony King by just
21 points. Ben Hooton and Billy Bousfield, who both play for the Elm
Tree in Teesside, were drawn together in the first round. A 49 break
from Ben playing a decisive part in his 81 point victory.

Nine-year-old Paul Close of Eston Institute became the youngest ever
competitor in a junior ranking event, but he could make no impression
on the more experienced Mark Coates from Ormesby, who finished a
comfortable winner. At ten years old, Dominic Mulhall is also one of
the youngest competitors. He made a good showing against Chris
Appleton, but his 139 points were insufficient to keep pace with the
TUC player, who finished a winner by nearly half the game.

Martin Shutt, knew that he needed to reach the final of this event if he
was to break into the top four rankings and secure automatic selection
for international duty. He began this task confidently, registering break
of 40 in a comfortable victory over Michael Wright of Hemlington.
Darren Clark defeated his Eston Institute practise partner Anthony
Peacock, while last year’s winner Robin Wilson opened his competition
with a solid 332-236 win over Craig Murphy.

The quarter-finals saw Wilson make the day’s highest break of 97 to
defeat Danny Thompson, and Martin Shutt was a narrow 20 point
winner over Darren Clark. Chris Appleton reached his first semi-final
after beating Mark Coates, whilst Ben Hooton went down to
Cambridgeshire´s representative, Jimmy Chambers, who made a 35

In the semi-finals, Appleton wasn’t given a chance by Chambers, who
never seemed in difficulty, winning by over a hundred points. On the
other table, Wilson slipped into top gear against Shutt, producing breaks
of 44, 42, 32, 30 and 25 in a 386-179 victory


In a repeat of last year’s final, Wilson won a low-key encounter with a
top break of only 36. This victory ensured that he retained his No.1
ranking position for another season.

Due mainly to a lack of response from local players, it has been decided
to discontinue the use of the Harrogate venue from next season´s Junior
circuit. However, the trophy generously donated by the sponsors for
this event will now be presented to the top ranked player of the season.
Coincidentally, Robin Wilson has won both the Harrogate competition
and topped the Junior rankings for the last three seasons, and the trophy
is therefore already suitably engraved.

First Round
James Chambers
302 David Phillips
Ben Hooton
295 Billy Bousfield
Mark Coates
237 Paul Close
Chris Appleton
262 Dominic Mulhall
Martin Shutt
380 Michael Wright
Darren Clark
242 Anthony Peacock
Robin Wilson
332 Craig Murphy
Danny Thompson
255 Tony King
Quarter Finals
James Chambers
334 Ben Hooton
Chris Appleton
238 Mark Coates
Martin Shutt
272 Darren Clark
Robin Wilson
321 Danny Thompson
Semi Finals
James Chambers
291 Chris Appleton
Robin Wilson
42, 44, 30, 32, 25
386 Martin Shutt
Robin Wilson
311 Jimmy Chambers

In the Plate competition, 10 year-old Dominic Mulhall put up a good
performance, fighting his way through to the final where he easily
defeated his 17 year-old Ormesby team-mate, Max Cook, 100-55.

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