Amateur Billiards Circuit
English Ranking Tournaments – All games one hour
ranking event at Spondon.
Paul Dunning emerged victorious from a field of 40 competitors at
the third of the season’s EABA ranking tournaments, held at the
Spondon Snooker Centre on 12th December. The 30 points gained
from his win boosted him to equal
fourth in the latest ranking list, although
Stephen Croslanddespite losing out
in the quarter-finals of this event
retains the top spot.
Lee Lagan started his campaign at
Spondon in much the same manner as
he had finished at Nuneaton, producing
breaks of 169, 87 and 83 in his
preliminary round win over John
Castle. Dick Watts was also in good
form, breaks of 117 and 58 giving him
a fine victory over Tony James.
The first round brought together those
Teesside rivals Darren Kell and Lee Lagan. A break of 76 by Lagan
helped him to established a commanding lead and although Kell came
back with a fine break of 103, he was unable to close the gap as Lagan
held on to win by 51 points.
Stephen Crosland’s break of 179 against Derick Townend proved to be
the highest of the day although Phillip Welham wasn’t too far behind
as breaks of 154 and 67 helped him through to the second round.
Fifteen-year-old Billy Bousfield almost made his first appearance in a
senior competition one to remember. In a game which was close
throughout, he had every chance to defeat England International Paul
Dunning, falling just 17 points short of his vastly more experienced
David Nichols provided the surprise of the second round whenhelped
by a break of 109he edged out Lee Lagan by just one point in an
exciting finish. Also going down to the last shot was Paul Dunning’s
encounter with Joe Bird, the former getting home by two points.
Richard Lodge, who had made breaks of 83 and 66 in his first round
match, continued his good form against Dick Watts, completing a
comprehensive victory with runs of 90, 71 and 55.
90, 71, 55
|P. Dunning||213||J. Bird||211|
|G. Rogers||309||M. Kaye||136|
|P. Welham||293||B. Andress||200|
|S. Crosland||329||P. Shelley||185|
|G. Dickson||223||D. Rees||159|
|David Nichols||319||Gerry Dickson||149|
With Richard Lodge having shown some great form in the earlier
rounds, it was an excellent performance by Paul Dunning to come
through this match in such a convincing manner. An equally good
result came from Jim McCann, who continued his good run with a
very meritorious victory over Stephen Crosland. Phillip Welham edged
out Gary Rogers in a hard-fought match while David Nichols progressed
more comfortably against Gerry Dickinson.
|Jim McCann||285||David Nichols|
Breaks of 92 and 56 where the highlights of a fine performance by Paul
Dunning as he dominated his semi-final match against Phillip Welham,
the winner of the season’s first tournament at Liverpool. Jim McCann’s
consistency was the key to his progression to the final, even a break of 93
by Nichols proved insufficient for the talented 23 year-old.
|Paul Dunning||239||Jim McCann||176|
With two new faces in the final, a “surprise” winner was guaranteed.
Perhaps understandably, the match did not reach the heights of some
earlier rounds, but nevertheless, Dunning crowned a very satisfying
day by remaining unbeaten. Jamie Moore won the plate, making a
break of 109 in the one hour final where he defeated Middlesbrough’s
Mark Hatton 342-196.