2017/18 First ABC Event – Teesside Travelling Twosome go Toe to Toe
Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 10th September 2017
Travelling companions Darren Kell and Mark Hatton slugged it out in the final of the first Amateur Billiards Competition (ABC) of the 2017/2018 season at Clay Cross. Hatton had a 63 break, but Kell’s series of breaks and strong scoring saw him home for a first ABC win in 2 years, it being his 12th ABC win in total.
Earlier, David Nicholls fought off Rob Hall for a notable win in the last 8 before narrowly falling victim to Kell in the semi-finals, Hatton’s victory at the same stage being over Mark Hirst, who had the consolation of taking the days highest break with 104, Mark Graham’s 100 being the only other ton.
In the plate, Frank Bradley had a good run to the semi before losing out to eventual winner Arthur Winn. Gary Norman defeated Chris Achilles to reach the final and Chris Ellis, normally noted for his refereeing, made good progress in the plate as a player. His colleagues Bob Slee and (lofty) Peter Cooper expertly officiated in the finals, under the direction of director Clive Scott.
A mention for 15 year old Ryan Davies who looks an excellent prospect and had the misfortune of drawing England players in early rounds.