The Smiling Assassin
Ben Pike first played in WEBSF run tournaments as a 17 year old youngster in March 2005 and set a new Silver Waistcoat Tour (then under 18’s) break record at his first attempt. This is a snippet of the report:
Ben Pike, the 17 year old potting machine from East Devon, set a new United Kingdom National Record during the fifth in the series of the West Of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation (WEBSF) Junior Silver Waistcoat Tour. This event was held in Cornwall at Bells Court Snooker Club, Falmouth. Pike who became a Member The WEBSF this season, beat the previous highest break record with a magnificent 116.
Ben played in both Silver and Gold tournaments until 2007 when work and family commitments took priority. However, Ben has always found time to play in his local league where he usually runs away with most prizes and always the highest break prize. Except for one season when an ‘old codger’ recorded the first ever century break in a league match in the leagues 62 year history. Ben has since set new records of 110 in a league match and 131 in a cup match.
This season Ben has returned to WEBSF tournaments playing on the Gold Waistcoat Tour. His first event last November was a baptism of fire, only wining a single frame, yes just one frame all day! Ben has since turned this around in the next event where he won his group and qualified for the knock out stages…..all the while smiling.