English Billiards | Brookshaw matches personal best in Cwmbran

WEBSF Billiards Open champion Steve Brookshaw equalled his career best result in a World Billiards ranking event at last weekend’s Welsh Open. 

Held at the Redz Snooker Club in Cwmbran, female and male entrants from the UK and beyond made up the starting line-up of 43 players. 

Brookshaw, who went into the tournament as world number 13, began strongly in South Wales, topping his group after winning all three round-robin matches. Seeded through to the last 16, the versatile cueist stepped things up as he crafted a break of 141 during a 403-256 victory over Brian Harvey.

In the quarter-finals he faced fellow local Plymouth Billiards League player and WEBSF participant Barry Russell, who was enjoying his longest run in a World Billiards main event. A close affair between the two, Brookshaw managed to progress by a margin of just 29 points. 

Now matching his semi-final finish from the Scottish Open a few years ago, Brookshaw was denied a maiden final appearance by in-form world number one Peter Gilchrist after a 794-180 defeat. Singaporean representative Gilchrist went on to lift his fourth trophy in a row and sixth of the season when seeing off Martin Goodwill – another former WEBSF entrant in the final. 

During what was a fine weekend for several players of the Foundation, Chris Coumbe also recorded his joint-best outcome after reaching the last eight where he bowed out to Goodwill.

Alongside the aforementioned Harvey, West of England Billiards champion Ryan Mears’ hopes ended in the last 16 when he was stopped by Gilchrist. Terry Azor, Geoffrey Lingard, Mark Hill and Michael White all qualified from the groups to reach the knockout phase where they lost in the last 32.

April 2008 News

HARVEY WEST OF ENGLAND BILLIARDS CHAMPION
Brian Harvey won through a strong field to take the West of England Five Counties Billiards Championship.

WATSON TRIPLE WINNER
Daniel Watson makes it three in a row as he took the Falmouth WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Event 4, Watson beat Zac Lawson 2-0 in the final. For more details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Bells Court Snooker Club event sponsors

COLE THREE TIMES A CHAMPION – BRANTON RUNNER-UP
Grant Cole (Plymouth) after wining event 5 is the overall WEBSF Silver Waistcoat Tour Champion for the third time (2003/4, 2004/5 & 2007/8). Runner-up to Cole in Event 5 was Mitchell Grinsted also from Plymouth.

Overall Runner-up is another rising star from Plymouth Dale Branton. For more details go to Silver Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 21 on the 31st December 2007.

This time 85% of the entry fees went as prize money!

BAIRD REACHES QUARTERS
Sam Baird (Halberton), after winning event 4 of the Businessland Under 21 series keeps his rich vein of form going by reaching the Quarter Finals of the 2007-8 Pontin’s International Open Series. Baird just lost out to Liam Highfield 5-4 who went on to win the event 5-2 against Matthew Couch. Greg Batten (Tiverton) won through to the last 32 before going out to Paul Davidson 4-3. Anyone wishing to sponsor either of these exciting prospects should contact the WEBSF to find out more.

For more information go to Global Snooker Centre

BAIRD REALLY IS THE ‘BUSINESS’
Sam Baird (Halberton) doubles up with a another consummate performance against European under 19 champion Stephen Craigie in winning Event 4 of the Businessland Under 21 series at Pontins. Baird beat Kishan Hirani, Alex Taubman, Zak Richardson and Kyren Wilson on his way to the final and is now placed third in the ranking despite of only playing in 3 of the 4 events to date. Baird is just 10 points behind Darren Bond (Tiverton) who made it through to the last 16 this time, and Graigie who tops the ranking by a further 120 points. Other good performances came from Darren’s older brother Adrian Bond who just lost to Cragie 3-2 in the quarters and Dale Branton (Plymouth) who took a frame off Cragie in the Quarters. Grant Cole (Plymouth) also qualified. Anyone wishing to sponsor any of these promising players contact the WEBSF to find out more.

For more information go to Global Snooker Centre

LLOYD WINS PINHEY CHAMPION
Michael Lloyd wins his first Bronze event as Haydon Pinhey wins the Plymouth title. For more details go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

Thanks to Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth event sponsors. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!