Eastern Counties Championships
Both the Senior and Junior Eastern Counties Championships were
staged at the Newmarket Snooker & Bowl, in March. The overall
standard of play for both the events was considered to have been the
highest ever seen and there were some high scoring matches under the
60 minute format.
The final of the Senior Individual Billiards Championship was very
much a repeat of last year as David Nichols (Erpingham) retained his
title by defeating Phillip Welham (West Acres) 441-256. Both players
were in fine form throughout the competition, Welham making century
breaks in every round from the quarter-finals (140, 148 and 106) and
Nichols recording the top break of the day with 165 in the final. Both
Nichols and Welham had progressed to the final at the expense of the
junior players Jimmy Chambers (Ely) and Matthew Sutton (Kettering)
Chambers however, had the consolation of winning the Junior
Championship for the first time with an excellent performance. Having
recorded a good win over Matthew Sutton in the semi-finals, he had an
equally convincing win over Dean Bavister (Rushden) in the final which
included a fine break of 62.
(74, 68, 60) 368, J. Chambers (57) 216.
Eastern Counties League
Cambridge were champions of the Eastern Counties Billiards League
for the 6th successive season, finishing one point in front of runners-
up Lincoln “B”. Phillip Welham (Mid-Norfolk) had the highest
aggregate score in the 90 minute games with 722. He also recorded the
highest break with 134. Playing for his team, Saxlington, in the Norwich
Billiards League, Phillip Welham recently made a break of 225.
Norfolk Team Billiards Championship
North Norfolk’s Alby retained the team championship when they
defeated Norwich’s Gothic in the final. The trio of Aubrey Ampleford,
Ian Dennis and David Nichols proved too strong for the six other
entrants. Ampleford’s 72 was the day’s highest break.
Stiffkey Billiards League
Jim Temple’s recent break of 131 was the highest ever seen in the 53
year history of the Stiffkey Billiards League. Temple plays for Blakeney
West Acre Junior Billiards Classic
Norborough’s Robert Crisp defeated Andrew Thompson (Kings Lynn)
89-72 in the final of the under-19 event, while Tom Moriarty (Castle
Acres) narrowly lost to Michael Crisp (Norborough) 42-36 in the under-
12’s final. All games were of 30 minutes duration with the handicaps
ranging from scratch to +50.