15 July 2014 Occasional players in the Horsham league (both names in our averages list for 2013/14) Richard Wooton (Roffey Club Y) and Kevin Hall (Dun Horse B) covered themselves with glory in the Kent Classic Open played at Tonbridge last Sunday. Kevin made the Semi-Final (- remember he made this stage in the World Championships in Jersey last November -), whilst Richard went all the way to beat local star Gerry Fitzjohn in the Final and claim his second successive Open having won the Sussex Open last month. Four–pin ace Phil Osborne confirmed his credentials at both versions of the game by reaching the quarter-finals.
29 July 2014 Dun Horse B player Bob Hall achieved a Semi-Final place in the 2nd National Off-the-Spot Open, held at the Suburban Club, Chatham last Sunday. The event was won by locally-based Mark Brewster who has been in Finals before but this was his first Open event win after ten years of trying. Mark beat Dave Ingram in the Quarter-finals, then a narrow win over Bob was followed by a Final win over the current World Champion, Mark Trafford of Oxfordshire. En route to the Semi-Final, Bob had registered good wins over Sussex Under-30 Champ Mike Daw and a previous Open winner Kevin Clark. – Clive T
05 Sep 2014 Full details have finally been released on the AEBBA website of the Buckinghamshire Open, played at High Wycombe on Sunday 10th August, in which Jim Greensted made it to the Quarter-Final: After receiving a first round ‘Bye’, Jim beat the mighty Keith Sheard (Oxon) by 22,030 to 6310 over two legs, and then Southwick’s Matt ‘Silent’ Knight in a closer encounter by 12,820 to 8090. Round Four proved to be a one-sided affair as Jim beat Michelle Baden 24,760 to 780 before eventual runner-up Ian Lelliott provided a sterner test, winning by 11,320 to 6660. Former World Champ Kevin Tunstall then defeated Ian in the Final.
Recent performers in our local Summer 4-Pin League Phil Osborne and Iain Tarrant also had good runs in the Open, both making the last 16 and collecting 3 National Ranking Points for their trouble. Iain beat former England International Martin Smith before succumbing to Lelliott in Round Four, whilst Phil had three high scoring wins against Cliff Slade, Mal Spier and Kevin Stoner before falling to eventual semi-finalist Paul Sainsbury at the same stage. – Clive T
16 Sep 2014 The last County Open of the year – Berkshire - almost went to Dun Horse A’s new “Supersub” Dave Ingram but his runner-up trophy forms a useful set of bookends with the first one of the season (Oxfordshire) which he won. In fact the achievement has an unique property as, due to logistic problems, the Berks Open was also held in Oxon this year as a one-off at Berinsfield (within the Wallingford District)……possible future pub quiz material !
Current World Champion and 11th-hour organiser Mark Trafford was the only person to beat him, in a Final which threw up chances for both players. Dave also won a trophy for the highest break of the day. – Clive T
27 Oct 2014 Dun Horse A player Dave Ingram and partner Colleen Park won the National Mixed Pairs at Didcot Conservative Club on Sunday 26th October, beating Michelle Baden and Nigel Senior in the Final. With only 11 pairs there on the day the players were divided into two Groups and played on a round-robin basis. Michelle & Nigel finished top of Group A winning all 5 of their matches with Colleen & Dave finishing as runners-up with 3 wins just ahead on aggregate from Ros Appleby and Colin Southouse who just fell short of reaching the semi-finals when the lost their last game to Michelle & Nigel. Michelle & Nigel beat Group B runners-up Sue Atkins & Dave Tooke in their semi-final with Nigel making the highest break of the day of 14,240 while Colleen & Dave beat Group B winners Hilary Burford & Curt Driver in a close match with both Curt and Dave making 12,000 plus breaks but Colleen’s 2,400 in the first game proving decisive in the match. In the Final, Michelle & Nigel held a lead of 2,660 after the first leg with all of the players struggling with a tricky table before Dave’s 7k break in the second proved to be enough to secure the title.
20 Oct 2014 “Jim part of winning All-England team” “The White Hart (Littlehampton) are the new AEBBA Team Champions after a successful day at Didcot Conservative Club in Oxon on Sunday 19th October. Run on a round-robin basis with all teams playing each other once, the White Hart won all 5 of their matches on the day. Caversham WMC (Berks) finished as runners-up with Langstone Harbour Club (Hants) in 3rd place. For the victorious White Hart (Littlehampton) team, Kevin Tunstall (capt.), Martin Cole and Gerry Fitzjohn won 4 of their 5 games, Alan Messer won 3 and Jim Greensted won 2 games.”
Thanks for installing the secret camera. However I think that is not us as room too tidy and sam jones did not sleep the whole weekend. Great party on Sunday night with the karaoke and there is a video going around with me dancing but I think it is a fake. Made last 16 and felt really chuffed. Hoppo
10 Nov 2014 David Ingram, who plays for the Dun Horse A, Mannings Heath on Tuesdays in the Horsham League, has just won (yesterday) the Bar Billiards World Championship played in Jersey over the weekend. He beat World Number 1 Kevin Tunstall (Worthing) in the Final. Dave only took the game up again about 7 years ago after a gap of 20 years. He is now trying to make up for the years he missed and also plays in the Lewes League (Monday nights), Brighton League (Wednesday nights) and Worthing League (Thursday nights) as well as representing his County and being a full England International. The World Championship, an annual event, had 132 entrants this year and of course winning it represents the pinnacle of any player's career. Another local man, Stephen Hopkins (Roffey Club H), reached the last 16 in only his second visit, whilst mother and son Lorraine and Robert Hall (both Bull players) also came away with prizes: Lorraine won "Furthest Lady" for her appearance in the last 32, whilst Rob was losing Finalist in the Plate competition. (This was won by World Number 2 Nigel Senior (Brighton) who had earlier been eliminated by another Roffey H player, Stuart Carruthers.) - Clive T
Congratulations to Dun Horse A’s David Ingram who became World Champion on Sunday evening overcoming a big deficit from the first leg with a 15k break in the second to beat Kevin Tunstall in the final. Further good performances in Jersey from Horsham league players were achieved by Bob Hall who reached the plate final before losing out to Nigel Senior, Steve Hopkins who reached the last-16 of the main competition and Lorraine Hall who reached the last-32 and was the furthest progressing lady in the tournament. – Stuart Carruthers
Extracts from the newsfeed on the Horsham website:
- whilst Vicky Timson managed a creditworthy 5 wins out of 10 for Horsham.
On the Sunday it was the turn of the men in the flagship event involving the strong lineup of Brighton, Worthing, Redhill, Horsham, Hastings and Tunbridge Wells. Roffey Y’s Jim Greensted (4/5) and Stout House BB player Ricky Dewdney (3/5) were among the winning Worthing A team, and it was a good day also for Roffey H’s Rob (Sam) Jones who managed an impressive 4 wins out of 5 at an average of 4438 for Horsham. – Clive T
15 June 2015 “Local boys make good” Congratulations to Stout House BB’s Ricky Dewdney on his second-ever Open Final appearance, which he achieved yesterday in the 2015 Sussex Open played at Roffey SSC. Ricky didn’t exactly have easy passage, beating title-holder Richard Wooton in the Last 16, 4-times World Champ Jim Millward in the Quarter-final and British No.2 Nigel Senior in the Semi-Final – three of Brighton’s best !!! On this occasion Ricky was denied his first Open win by Berkshire’s Paul Sainsbury, but it’s a fair bet that his day will one day come ! Another noteworthy performance came from local boy Stuart Carruthers (Roffey H): Not only a first-time quarter-finalist, but who recorded a very brave personal best 12k break in chasing the 16k set in the first leg by eventual winner Sainsbury. Well done also to Paul Jobbins (Dun Horse) and Rob Jones (Roffey H) who made the last 8 of the Plate, as did The Bull’s Bob Hall who lost to the eventual winner Mark Trafford. – Clive T
*** A nice writeup worded around the above in this week's West Sussex County Times ***
27 Sep 2015 Congratulations to Sussex A Ladies who played solid bar billiards all day in the County Championships, winning all team matches and finishing top by 6 points ahead of Surrey: the team consisted of Lorraine Hall, Michelle Baden, Ros Appleby, Jan Bithell and Bella Stoner. – Bob Hall Well said, Bob, and just to add that Lorraine and Ros both won 7 out of 8 games played.- Clive T
11 Jan 2016 “HORSHAM HEROES” Six players who regularly feature in the Horsham League had an exceptional weekend at the annual Sussex Double and Singles championships, held last weekend at Hurstpierpoint SC. Roffey Club’s Gareth Lloyd was runner-up in the Mens Singles (to Jim Millward) and, partnering Kevin Hall, also runner-up in the Mens Doubles (to Ian Lelliott and Geoff Jukes). The Bull’s Lorraine Hall likewise achieved the double of Ladies Singles and Doubles finalist, becoming Sussex Ladies Champion beating Michelle Baden in the Semi-Final and Sandra Hall in the Final and, partnering Ros Appleby to finish runners-up in the Doubles (round robin) to Michelle Baden and Sue Mariner. Rob Hall completed a successful set of Doubles awards for the Halls when he partnered England captain Curt Driver to win the Plate title from Jim Greensted and Gerry Fitzjohn. Jim prevailed over Bob the next day in the Singles where he had a great run up to the Semi-Final before losing to Lloyd. The sextet was completed by Stout House’s Adam Kuzimski – a very worthy singles Quarter-finalist who took two top scalps with some impressive scoring before also losing to Lloyd. - Clive T
“Would like to add my thanks to Dave Ingram and Tony Jenner for running another very successful weekend and also to all involved in setting-up and dismantling the tables. Congratulations to Jim (Millward) and Lorraine on their victories. Would also like to congratulate Adam "Skippy" Kuzimski on playing superbly to beat Tony Cross and Nick Brown and reach the quarter-finals in what could be his last Sussex Championship.” - Stu Carruthers
“Yes, thanks to Dave and Tony for a great weekend that ran like clockwork. Congratulations to Jim and Lorraine. Lorraine played superbly all weekend, with the highest ladies breaks on both days. Congratulations also to Gareth, who had the highest mens break with a 'perfect' 20,500 - with every split to the 100 hole.” – Ros Appleby
Sussex Mens Singles 2016 Rob Hall: Rd 1 bt Dick Dewdney 11380-11290; Rd 2 bt Stu Carruthers 10040-9800; Rd 3 lost to Jim Greensted. Adam Kuzimski: Rd 1 Bye; Rd 2 bt Tony Cross 16160-6880; Rd 3 bt Nick Brown 14700-4610; Qr final lost to Gareth Lloyd. Jim Greensted: Rd 1 Bye; Rd 2 bt Dave Jones 12930-6110; Rd 3 bt Rob Hall 9610-5490; Qr final bt Terry Molloy 12380-2690; Semi-Final lost to Gareth Lloyd Gareth Lloyd: Rd 1 bt Chris Oakley 22760-5180; Rd 2 bt Chris Turner 16700-5960; Rd 3 bt Geoff Jukes 20140-8200; Qr final bt Adam Kuzimski 21120-4840; Semi-Final bt Jim Greensted 20500-2720; Final lost to Jim Millward 9510-15950. (- Scores provided by Dave Ingram who incidentally completed the Semi-Final lineup)
21 March 2016 Two local men took part in the 4th East Anglian Four-Pin Open held at Sudbury (Suffolk) on Saturday, one underachieving and one overachieving ! Clive Thompson (Windmill Crawley) has a good record in the competition, never before failing to reach the Last Eight: Jim Greensted (Roffey Y) on the other hand covered himself in glory in his first 4-Pin Open: with only four league games under his belt from 2013 he was runner-up in the toughest of groups (containing former winner Nigel Senior) but thereafter consistently performed for round after round to reach the Semi-Final, before losing to eventual winner Chris Saville of Kent. Earlier Senior had set up an all-time record score for Four-Pin of an amazing 14,500 points. – Clive T
11 April 2016 Local players Gareth Lloyd and Jim Greensted (Roffey Y) continue to fly the flag for Horsham at National events: Yesterday in the Surrey Open (held at the Salfords Club, Horley) Gareth was a losing Semi-Finalist and Jim was Plate winner. – Clive T
13 June 2016 The Sussex Open was played yesterday and local boy Stuart Carruthers emulated his last year’s performance by reaching the Quarter-Finals where he put up a good performance against seasoned competitor Ian Lelliott. The event was won by Kent’s Curt Driver with Dave Ingram the runner-up. Earlier Kevin Hall had impressed in beating first Keith Sheard and then Kevin Tunstall and even leading the world champion Paul Sainsbury by 10,000 from the first leg. However Paul was able to chase down the target with a chanceless 12,500 break. A quartet of Horsham league players made it to the last sixteen: along with Stuart there was Gareth Lloyd and the intrepid Sammy Jones and Paul Jobbins. Dick Cable and Andy Farmer-Wright reached the last eight of the Plate, won eventually by Colin Southouse. – Clive T
11 June 2016 Brighton’s Nigel Senior won his third Sussex Masters title today, defeating Gareth Lloyd in a very close final. Colin Southouse played brilliantly in an all-Hastings Plate Final beating Mike Daw. Earlier in the day, Worthing’s Martin Cole won his second Sussex Under 30s title - beating Bob Hall in the final. - Matt Knight
10 Aug 2016 At the Bucks Open played at High Wycombe on Sunday our own Gareth Lloyd took the highest break prize with 19k in an early round. – Clive T
23 Aug 2016 Last weekend saw the return of the Northamptonshire Open (last staged in 1998) and several Horsham League players took part. Gareth Lloyd was the pick of the crop and was actually on course to make the final, putting in a great semi-final break of just under 18k in the first leg against Kevin Tunstall. Kevin was however able to overhaul that in his own break game and went on to win the competition, defeating Oxford’s Mark Trafford in the Final. Earlier Gareth had beaten, in turn, Ian Street, Martin Cole, Phil Griffin and Tony Willis. Clive Thompson made the Last 16 stage before falling to Trafford.
An Open Four-Pin competition was staged on the Saturday with 35 players taking part from Northants, Oxon, Suffolk and Sussex. This time Clive made the Semi-final but lost narrowly to strong local player Jason Neal, who went on to beat Eastbourne star Colin Southouse in the Final. – Clive T
16 Jan 2017 “HORSHAM HEROES” Roffey Y’s Jim Greensted followed up Wednesday night’s 19k league match playout in Mid Sussex with a star performance at the Sussex Singles and Doubles championships held at the weekend at the Hurstpierpoint Club: On Sunday it was the turn of the Singles and Jim made it all the way to the Final: 1st Rd bt Daniel Wheal (10080, 6140 to 1620, 5950) 2nd Rd bt Martin Cole (7680, 14490 to 3180, 0) 3rd Rd bt Tony Cross (8090, 1270 to 4360, 2500) Qr Final bt Ric Bithell ( 11040, 7120 to 1850. 0) Semi Final bt Colin Southouse (1540, 13540 to 12670, 1320) FINAL lost to Kevin Tunstall (11670, 1830 to 4150, 14220)
Andy Farmer-Wright (Bull) and Stuart Carruthers (Roffey H) both made it to the 3rd Round (last 16): Andy had wins over Hastings’ Dave White (5660 – 4260) and the Bull’s Darren Newnham (8480 – 3520) before meeting Kevin, who beat him 18580 to 5480. Stuart enjoyed the luxury of a Bye before recording a good win over Worthing’s Tony Jenner by 12430 – 3010 but here Littlehampton’s Barry Holt proved too stern a test, winning 16400 – 5600.
The Ladies Singles was also played, with eight competitors: the first round threw together doubles partners Lorraine Hall (Bull) and Ros Appleby (Roffey CC) with Lorraine victorious by 5340 to 4400 before going on to lose her Semi-Final against Michelle Baden with Jean Brackenridge then beating Michelle for the title. Ros enjoyed some success in the Plate, beating Sheena Wood in the Semi but missing out in a close final by 5850 to 7240 to Jan Bithell despite making a good 3k break in each round. – Clive T
15 Jan 2017 Rob Hall (Bull) & Jim Greensted (Roffey Y) formed an unholy alliance to make it to the semi-final of the SCBBA Mens Doubles, held at Hurstpierpoint on Sat 14th Jan. 1st Rd bt Tony Jenner & Ric Cunningham 18,250 – 7670 over 2 legs 2nd Rd bt Ian Lelliott & Geoff Jukes 11,540 – 9640 over 2 legs Qr final bt Stuart Carruthers & Jack Baden 18,470 – 4390 over 2 legs Semi-Final lost to Richard Wooton & Dave Ingram 4810 – 34,690 over 3 legs
Stuart Carruthers (Roffey H) partnered young Jack Baden from Brighton to the quarter-finals where as seen above they lost to Rob and Jim: But not before two good wins over (1st Rd) Peter Hickman and Terry Molloy (13,960 – 3820) and (2nd Rd) Tony Cross and Alan Brackenridge (10,760 – 10,320) The event was won by Richard Wooton and Dave Ingram, both with past links to the Horsham League. Two more of that ilk, Dick and Ricky Dewdney, made it to the Semi-Final. – Clive T