JUNIOR RANKING SERIES
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.
|Mark Coates||237||Paul Close||78|
|Chris Appleton||262||Dominic Mulhall||139|
|Darren Clark||242||Anthony Peacock||194|
|Robin Wilson||332||Craig Murphy||236|
|Danny Thompson||255||Tony King||234|
|Chris Appleton||238||Mark Coates||190|
|Martin Shutt||272||Darren Clark||252|
|James Chambers||291||Chris Appleton||186|
42, 44, 30, 32, 25
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.