English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : November 1997

The Amateur Billiard Player : November 1997



The 1996/97 series saw 4 tournaments played involving 39
different players, drawn from 7 counties, being involved a
total of 63 times.

Sponsorship of £360 was provided by the EABA and with an
income of £342 from entry fees a ‘profit’ of £105 being made
after expenditure of £597.

Thanks must be recorded to the venue proprietors who provided
their facilities for the events, to the referees who provided their
services and Phil Welham, Mark Mytton and Paul Bavister for
their administrative efforts.

English Amateur Champion Paul Bennett was an emphatic series
ranking winner having been unbeaten in all tournaments. Dean
Bavister was runner up while Matt Willard, David Nichols and
Matthew Sutton were separated by only 2 points for the minor

The series highest break was 133 and made by Paul Bennett.


  • 120 points—Paul Bennett.
  • 74 points — Dean Bavister (Raunds)
  • 51 points — Matt Willard (Huntingdon)
  • 50 points—David Nichols (Norfolk)
  • 49 points — Matthew Sutton (Raunds)
  • 41 points — Fraser Adams (Raunds)
  • 40 points — Scott Stewart
  • 34 points — Gareth Evans
  • 24 points — Peter Worton
  • 21 points — Ashley Burton (Raunds)
  • 20 points—Shane Currie (Norfolk), Previn Shukle, Lee
  • 15 points—Peter Arkless, Richard Bezance, Martin
    Stephenson, Andy Smith, John Hartley, Paul
    Sirrell, Paul Hilsden (Newmarket)
  • 13 points — Chris Bell,
  • 11 points — Lee Halpin, Philip Wilson,
  • 10 points—Chris Brunskill, Michael Price, Robin Wilson,
    Daniel Thompson, James Whiles, Paul Thompson,
    Robbie Harvey
  • 7 points — Ben Hooton
  • 5 points — Wayne Fox, Michael Gorin, Richard Thorpe, Glen
    Blythman, Jeff Henderson, Scott Casey.
All players from Teesside unless otherwise referenced.


Australian Ken Keehan has been in touch asking if we can
help him with information about a cue in his possession.

The cue carries 2 plates, the first indicates it is a George Gray
champion cue registering a record break of 2196 and
manufactured by J Riley. The 2nd plate indicates on 2 different
lines N.C.B.L. and K.W season 1926/27.

Mr. Keehan understands the first abbreviation may relate to a
North Cumbrian Billiards League and the second a potential
champion for that year. Did (or does) that league exist? Who
was K.W?

I would be grateful of any information that anyone might have
to assist Mr. Keehan in confirming the history of his cue.


It has been announced that the EASB has obtained
sponsorship from Datum Business Supplies and Waterfall
Holdings Plc for the forthcoming season.

Datum Business Supplies, official stationery supplier to the
English Association for Snooker and Billiards are to sponsor
the English under 17’s Snooker Championship, providing the
prize fund of £500
Mark Dallin, director of Datum Business Supplies said: “We are
delighted to be involved with the EASB and the Under 17’s
Snooker Championship this season. The future of snooker lies
in the young players and that is why we are thrilled to be
sponsoring the event. I am sure that the 1997/98 English Under
17’s Snooker Championship will continue the proud tradition of
providing top class snooker and a fine, young winner”.

Waterfall Holdings Plc, owners of 36 Snooker/Pool sports Bar
throughout the country, are to sponsor £500 prize money for
the English Under 21 ‘s Snooker Championship.

Mukesh Parmar, General Manager of Breaks Snooker Club,
Aldershot, said “I firmly believe that with the recent positive
changes at Bristol, there is an exciting new era for the sport. We
at Waterfall believe that working closely with the amateur and
professional bodies, that together we can resurrect the interest
and enthusiasm at the grass roots level which has disintegrated
in recent time. By guaranteeing the prize money for this event,
but also with vision of sponsoring many more tournaments in
the future, we hope that we can help regenerate the interest and
rebuild the sport, returning it to its rightful status”.


The ECBL has started off it’s new seasons activity with a
highest ever entry of 13 teams. Organisers look to further
expand next year.

Interim Division ‘A’ Results see Newmarket ‘A’ top the league
on points scored after victories over Peterborough and Norfolk
though Cambridge put themselves into strong contention with
a win over Newmarket.

Highest scorer’s are Philip Welham 618 and Dennis McGuigan
539 while Ian Chambers 89 has the highest break.

David Nichols heads the division 2A listings with a 436 score
and an 87 break while David Ellis has the highest score in 2B
with 384.

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