May 2008 News

WHERE DID THE PRIZE MONEY GO THIS SEASON
With a total of £2,375 has been paid out in prize money this season it’s been a fruitful year for some. Kris Vincent heads the table with £335.

MINING SNOOKER LEAGUE ANNUAL PRESENTATION & EXHIBITION EVENING
100`s ALL ROUND
Pictured above are the officers of the Mining Snooker League with Stephen Lee who have over 100 years service between them. They were all presented with salvers in recognition of their services to the league.

Left to right Graham Allen (Results & Fixtures Secretary), John Pawlyn (Secretary), Stephen Lee (Professional Snooker Player), Keith Manley (Competition Secretary), & Willie Pollard (Chairman)

100 Snooker players including family and friends attended the presentation evening which took place at The Redruth Club on Saturday 10th May 2008. This year took a different format of a Snooker Exhibition by Professional and world ranked No 21 Stephen Lee; Stephen played a selection of competition winners and entertained the audience with his potting skills and jovial banter, making a 100 break against Youth Champion Rob Charman. Lee also involved the youngsters by inviting them up in turn to pot the black using his cue which went down extremely well with the crowd. The referees for the evening were Mr. Willie Pollard and Mr. John Pawlyn. Lee signed autographs, merchandise and posed for photographs during the interval while everyone enjoyed a superb buffet provided by the lovely Ethel. A raffle raised over £200 and a frame was auctioned off to play Stephen raised another £55. After the exhibition Stephen presented the trophies and posed for more photographs.

The Chairman Willie Pollard kindly donated youth sporting award trophies for all newcomers under 16: A.Wills, A.Gill, B.Isaacs, A.Johns, C. Mitchell, W.Pellow & B.Broad. Thank you to everyone for their generous support, including the Penventon Park Hotel for kindly providing the accommodation for Stephen Lee and some great raffle prizes; to Staples for donating a printer/copier/scanner; to everyone who helped on the night including Sarah, Shaun, Jamie and Troy Lynes (who also bought Stephen’s waistcoat to help raise money for the Paul Hunter foundation; and especially to Paul Wakeling and the Redruth Club for the use of their excellent facilities.

Organiser Paul Broad said “It was a fantastic evening, Stephen Lee was a true gentleman, there was an excellent atmosphere and I hope that this is the first of many such evenings”

Anyone who would like to view or purchase photographs from the evening please contact Pete on 079271 60372

WEBSF PLAYERS ENGLISH CHAMPIONS
Greg Batten (Tiverton) Mike King (Exeter) and Sam Baird (Halberton) representing Rileys, Exeter have won the EASB English Team Championship beating Durham City Snooker Club (David Lilley, Michael Rhodes & David Craggs) 5-2 in the final at the EASB Finals weekend 17th-18th May at the World Snooker Academy, Sheffield. In frame 1 Batten beat Rhodes aided with a 40 Break from Batten to lead 1-0. Frame 2 sawcBaird lose to Craggs after a Nervy start from both players to level the score at 1-1. King lost frame 3 to Lilley after Lilley needed a snooker with the colours left. Score 1-2. In frame 4 Batten beat Craggs in a flawless frame to draw level at 2-2. Frame 5 Baird beat Lilley, Baird was 43 up with 2 reds left only for Lilley to clear for a re-spotted black which he left over the pocket on an awkward safety shot, score 3-2 in Rileys favour. In frame 6 King beat Rhodes, King was 38 behind with 4 reds left, but eventually won on the pink to extend the lead to 4-2. Frame 7 Batten beat Lilley, Batten was 17 behind but held his nerve to clear with a modest 22 to win 5-2. This is the first time the team from Durham have been beaten. They won this event in 2006 and went on to become the World 3 man team Champions in California. Captain King will now take his team to Belgium, to represent England in the European team Championships in March 2009. King and his team came close to winning the event last year but lost 10-8 to German in the semi final. They also may get a chance to represent England in the world 3 man Championships which maybe held in Russia, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

The WEBSF Management Team and Members congratulate them and wish them every success in future finals.

STEPHEN LEE EXHIBITION UPDATE
West Country Professional Stephen Lee kept Plymouth’s young snooker hopefuls enthralled with his silky smooth cue action at the Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth. Full details and photo gallery go to Stephen Lee Exhibition.

STEWART REDRUTH BRONZE CHAMPION
Jake Stewart completed a clean sweep by wining the final event in the WEBSF Redruth Bronze Waistcoat series beating Alex Wills in the final. Stewart finished top of the overall rankings with Aiden Johns finishing in overall second place. 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 Redruth Royal British Legion who sponsored the event

WATSON FALMOUTH BRONZE CHAMPION
Daniel Watson rounded off a great season by wining the final event in the WEBSF Falmouth Bronze Waistcoat series beating George Leakey 2-0 in the final. Zac Lawson finish Falmouth runner-up. 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

BATTEN GOLD WAISTCOAT CHAMPION
Greg Batten finished runner-up to Grant Cole in the final event of this seasons WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Tour but this didn’t stop him from stealing the overall title of WEBSF Gold Waistcoat Champion from ranking table leader Kris Vincent in an exciting climax. Further details and report go to Gold Waistcoat.

This tournament will start again in September 2008 and is open to all those outside the top 96 professionals

Thanks to Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth and Rileys Snooker Club, Plymouth event sponsors

This time 97% of the entry fees went as prize money!

STEPHEN LEE EXHIBITIONS
Top professional Stephen Lee from Wiltshire is to play exhibitions in Plymouth and Exeter in May 2008. Lee will play frames of snooker against local opposition.

The Plymouth exhibition is due to take place on Sunday 11th May from 7:00pm is promoted by WEBSF in association with The Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth.

***Plymouth Tickets just 5 left!***
The Exeter exhibition is due to take place on Friday 9th May from 8:00pm is promoted by GWRSA Social Club, Exeter.

***Exeter Tickets selling fast***
For information about the exhibitions and how to obtain tickets go to Events

WATSON FALMOUTH CHAMPION ELECT
Daniel Watson was back to winning ways in taking the penultimate event 6 of the WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Falmouth series beating George Leakey 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

PLEDGER PLUNDERS ALL
Jack Pledger gained in confidence as he went the whole way to win the Falmouth WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Event 5, Pledger beat Zac Lawson 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.

February 2008 News

PINHEY STRENGTHENS GRIP
Haydon Pinhey wins yet another Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat event. Who can stop the ‘Pocket Rocket’?. 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 Plymouth Snooker Centre event sponsors. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

COACH REACHES LAST 16
Steve Brookshaw (Plymouth) Billiards and Snooker Coach has reach the last 16 in the English Amateur Billiards Championship. Brookshaw qualified from the South Area. Brookshaw will attempt to finish the job in Derby. All at the WEBSF wish him well.

Update: Steve came up against an in-form Martin Goodwill in his first match…..there’s always next year!

WATSON STRETCHES THE PACK
Daniel Watson opened up a small but telling lead by winning event 2 in the Falmouth Bronze Waistcoat series, Watson beat Adam Lawson in the final. 24 players turned up to play in the tournament at Bells Court Snooker Club, Falmouth. 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

BOND, VINCENT & COLE THE ‘BUSINESS’
Darren Bond (Tiverton) Kris Vincent (Plymouth) and Grant Cole (Plymouth) all do well in Event 2 of the Busnessland Under 21 series at Pontins. Bond Beat Vincent 3-0 in the Semi final before losing out to Stephen Craigie 3-1 in the final. Grant Cole top the weekend with a win in the Plate 2(56)-0 against Kristof Vermeiren.

GALLEN BEATS RIVAL
Adam Gallen beat Will Blackmore in event 5 of the Exeter Bronze Waistcoat. For further details and report go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to GWRSA Club event sponsors. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

HOT FAVOURITE STEWART MADE TO SWEAT
Jake Stewart wins his 4th event of the season but was made to sweat in the group stages. Full 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 Redruth Royal British Legion who sponsored the event

WEBB WINS BRONZE IN FALMOUTH
Bells Court Snooker Club, Falmouth hosted the first in the Falmouth series of WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat Tournaments on Sunday 10th February 2008. This is the latest club to join clubs in Plymouth, Exeter & Redruth who also host Bronze Waistcoat Tournaments in an effort to find the best under 16 snooker player in the West of England. Jake Webb came through a 20 strong field to claim victory and lead the ranking table. Full 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

January 2008 News

EASB TO LAUNCH COACHING SCHEME
The EASB are preparing to launch a new coaching scheme. In order to include as many people as possible they need to gather information about who is currently involved in coaching, who wants to become involved and the levels that they aspire to. Go to EASB Coaching Scheme to register your interest.

RETALLACK REACHES FINAL ON DEBUT
Jake Stewart Wins three Redruth Bronze Waistcoat events on the trot beating debutante Tom Retallack in the final. For further details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat. This tournament is open to all those that was under 16 on the 31st December 2007.

GALLEN STARTS HIS BID FOR BRONZE
Adam Gallen won event 4 of the Exeter Bronze Waistcoat. For further 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 GWRSA Club who sponsored the event. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

BRONZE WAISTCOAT RULE CHANGE
In response to a proposal the WEBSF Management Team have unanimously decided on a rule change to accommodate additional qualifiers to the Grand Finals day. This is to redress a disproportion in the number of players entering the Plymouth series in comparison to Exeter & Redruth. The rule will come into immediate effect.

VINCENT & BAIRD QUALIFY
Well done Kris Vincent (Plymouth) and Sam Baird (Halberton) who have both qualified from the South in this years EASB English Amatuer. Good luck from the WEBSF Management Team in the finals

PINHEY LEADS THE PACK
Haydon Pinhey wins Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat event 3 to head the ranking points table. Got to Bronze Waistcoat for more details.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. Thanks to Rileys, Plymouth who sponsored the event. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

GRINSTED GRINDS OUT A VICTORY
16 year old Mitchell Grinsted (Plymouth) wins event three of the Silver Waistcoat Tour beating Grant Cole (Plymouth) 2-1 in the final.

GREEN POSTS PERSONAL BEST
Mark Green (Salisbury) sets personal best break. Tournament report and details now in go to Silver Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 21 on the 31st December 2007. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

LLOYD LUCKY WINNER
Michael Lloyd from Plymouth won a handicap tournament hosted by Rileys, Plymouth. His prize, a pair of tickets to see Ronnie O’Sullivan play Chinese sensation Ding Junhui in February, (see above) was kindly donated by SnookerPlus. Runner-up was Darran Lock from Seaton and Plate winner was Peter Beckwith, Plymouth. Trophies and other prizes were donated by the Rileys and the WEBSF.

KING WINS GOLD
Mike King beat Kris Vincent in a close fought final to take the third Gold Waistcoat event of the season. It wasn’t enough to topple Vincent from occupying top spot in the rankings. Go to Gold Waistcoat for results.

If you are interested in entering or just want to come along to watch go to WEBSF Calendar of Events to see when the next event is scheduled. All non professional players from any region are welcome to enter this tour providing they join the WEBSF and reside in a region that does not operate a foundation on a similar basis to the WEBSF. This time 91% of the entry fees went as prize money!

December 2007 News

CORNWALL V JERSEY
Cornwall has been invited over to St Helier, Jersey to play in a special event arranged between the two Associations. This is the first time Cornwall has ever gone on tour, apart from the County teams playing friendlies or national competitions. This event has been arranged to promote friendship between the two Associations and to promote the games of Billiards & Snooker in Jersey. The teams selected are:-

Youth: Daniel Barsley (Capt), Robert Charman, Jamie Read, Bobby Southworth, Gary Spencer & Jake Stewart.
Senior: Carl Boundy, Steve Downing, Kevin Steed, Chris Timmins (Capt), & Justin Watters.
Billiards: Charlie Gay, Geoff Lingard, Chris Mitchell (Capt), Noel Meagor, & Derek White

ROGERS WINS BRONZE
Michael Rogers from Taunton won the Exeter Bronze Waistcoat for the first time. For further details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. To join the WEBSF and enter this tournament click here. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money!

STEWART MAKES IT TWO OUT OF TWO
Jake Stewart Wins two Reruth Bronze Waistcoat events on the trot. Stewart beat Alex Wills 2-1 in the final. For further details and report go to Bronze Waistcoat.

This tournament is open to all those that will be under 16 on the 31st December 2007. To join the WEBSF and enter this tournament click here

VINCENT’S GOLDEN CENTURY
Kris Vincent defeated Greg Batten 3-2 in a close fought final to take the second Gold Waistcoat event of the season and go top of the rankings for the overall champion. Go to Gold Waistcoat for results, report & Photo’s now in.

If you are interested in entering or just want to come along to watch go to WEBSF Calendar of Events to see when the next event is scheduled. All non professional players from any region are welcome to enter this tour providing they join the WEBSF and reside in a region that does not operate a foundation on a similar basis to the WEBSF. For more details go to Gold Waistcoat or contact the WEBSF. This time 100% of the entry fees went as prize money.

GMB HEALTH SERVICES INVEST IN THE REGIONS YOUTH
GMB Health Services have kindly made a donation to help the WEBSF with their aims & objectives. The first to benefit from this aid are two promising young players from Plymouth. Grant Cole and Dale Branton have both demonstrated that they have what it takes to do well in their chosen sport. On Saturday 8th December at Rileys, Plymouth they both received a donation towards the many expenses they have to find in order to compete against the best players in the country. The remainder will be used to sponsor the WEBSF Bronze Waistcoat finals day due to be held on the 24th May 2008. It is hoped a representative from GMB Health Services will be available to present the trophies and certificates to the winners and runners-up on then day.

January 2007 News

WALKER WINS WAISTCOAT
Third Gold Waistcoat event, third winner. Luke Walker wins this his first Gold Waistcoat event. For further details of this premier West Country Snooker Tour go to Gold Waistcoat Event 3

JOHNSON WINS BRONZE AT FIRST ATTEMPT
Paul Johnson won the latest Plymouth Bronze tournament, event 4, after a short period away from the tournament scene. For further details go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 4

MIKE KING MAKES 147 IN MATCHPLAY
Mike King who plays out of Rileys Club, Exeter made re-rote the history books by scoring the Exeter & District Billiards & Snooker League’s first ever 147 maximum in tournament play. King potted his way towards the perfect break in the second round match of the Exeter Open Championship. His opponent Ian Davie also of Exeter proved to be no pushover and was not phased by King’s magnificent achievement.

King’s maximum break came in the first frame in what turned out to be a match of very high standard. King kept his composure by taking the second frame with a 73 break. Davie, who has recently returned to playing snooker after a couple of years break could have been forgiven if he simply resigned himself to defeat after such a superb display of break building. However, tenaciously he won the third and fourth frames aided by a splendid 91 break to level the match 2-2. After some early safety play King cleared up in the deciding frame with a 72 break. This magnificent achievement adds to the ten 147 breaks he has had in practice frames, none of which will be more memorable than this one.

No one seems to know how long the Exeter & District League has been in existence as records have been lost over the years but some of the older players believe the league goes back at least 100 years. Over these years the league has help produce some very good players, headed up by former professionals John Pullman, 10 times World Professional Snooker Champion, Michael Gold, who captained the England Senior team undefeated for three years, Robert Marshall, former semi finalist in the UK Professional Championship and a string of top amateur players. However, none before have managed to compile a magical 147 break in Exeter league competition.

King has won a string on local and regional competitions since he started playing at a young age out of the former Sidwell Street Snooker club, Exeter, once a local hotbed for young talent. From his early days when King won BBC Big Break, he has made steady progress, achieving County honours at all levels and is the current County Captain. He has won the coveted UK Golden Waistcoat grand final finishing number 1 in the rankings. He reached the last 32 in the World under 21’s, Captained an Exeter team to the EASB National Team finals and this season is proving no exception. He is currently rank third on the West of England Gold Waistcoat Tour, recent winner of a major pro-am made up of a high class field from around the country and has qualified for the last 32 in the EASB English Championships. If he can maintain this form through the rest of the season all augers well for him in the future.

WEBSF GOLDEN BOYS QUALIFY
The top four ranked Gold Waistcoat Tour players of 2006 (Andy Radford, Mike King, Kris Vincent & Greg Batten) have all qualified for the last 32 of the EASB English Amateur Championship.

The WEBSF Management Team congratulate you and wish you all the very best in the finals.

REDRUTH BRONZE
Results just in for the first two Redruth Bronze Waistcoat tournament of 2006/7. James Freeman and Alex Wills share the spoils. For further details go to Redruth Bronze Waistcoat Events 1 & 2

HINE 41 NOT OUT
Dan Hine takes his tally to 41 consecutive match wins. For further details go to Exeter Bronze Waistcoat Event 3

June – September 2006 News

PLAYER SUBSCRIPTION ARE NOW DUE
All those wishing to play in this seasons Waistcoat Tournaments are reminded that Membership Registration Forms must be completed and subscriptions paid in full before entry to WEBSF tournaments is permitted. Subscriptions can be paid on the day of your first tournament. Go to the What’s On link above to find out about this seasons Waistcoat Tours and more

If you are interested in competing in any of the WEBSF tournaments or just want to help with the running of the events, contact the WEBSF for information.

NEW SEASON NEW IDEAS
We are still awaiting the information packs from the EASB. As soon as we have these the Management Team will formulate the WEBSF calendar.

The current thinking is that we will be running a Challenge Matches, a West of England Championship, 4 Gold tournaments, 4 Silver tournaments and Bronze tournaments in Plymouth, Redruth & Exeter. If you are a member and have any views regarding these tournaments or any other aspect of the Foundation please contact the WEBSF using the links at the bottom of this page, or speak with any of the management team

LOCAL YOUNG GUNS GET THE ENGLAND CALL
Kris Vincent and Darren Bond, both members of the WEBSF, have been selected to play in the forthcoming Home Internationals to be held at Pontins, Prestatyn in September. Both players, who excel at local level, have been making an impression at national level and as a result have been duly rewarded with places in the under 19’s England team. Kris, already an England International, is becoming a regular in International matches….for Darren this will be a first but not the last I’m sure.

The WEBSF Management & Coaching Teams on behalf of all members wish them every success in the tournament. Well done lads!

WEBSF TO JOIN FORCES WITH LOCAL LEAGUE
The WEBSF are please to announce a recent addition to the Management Team. John Corry will be representing The Plymouth & District Billiards & Snooker League. This will enable closer working between the two organisations that will help to further their aims and objectives to develop Billiards & Snooker at grass roots throughout the region.

BRANTON’S MAIDEN TON
Two times Bronze Waistcoat Champion Dale Branton continues to improve by recording his fist centry break in practice, a 114. No doubt it won’t be too long before he repeats this feat in a match. Well done Dale!

April 2006 News

VINCENT WINS FINAL EVENT BUT RADFORD OVERALL GOLD CHAMPION
Kris Vincent won the final Gold Waistcoat event of the season but Andy Radford takes the overall title, trophy, overall highest break and prize money. Full report and results due soon go to Gold Waistcoat final event 7

BRANTON PLYMOUTH BRONZE CHAMPION
For report and results go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 8

STEPHENS MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW
James Stephens takes Redruth Bronze Waistcoat Tour. For report and results go to Redruth Bronze Waistcoat Event 6

DEVON COUNTY FINALS – RESULTS
Radford County Champion for third time in a row.

BRANTON WINS AGAIN
For report and results go to Plymouth Bronze Waistcoat Event 7

Vincent shines in Stroud

Kris Vincent
Kris Vincent

Mission accomplished! A great day was had by all thanks to the Tournament Director, helpers and especially the Management and Staff at Top Breaks Snooker Club. See link below for details about discounted deals on Billiards & Snooker equipment for WEBSF members. For a full report on the snooker action select Gold Waistcoat Tour.

Vincent’s England Call-Up

Fundraising Kris Vincent England Team 2005
Kris Vincent England Team 2005

Kris Vincent the 16yrs old rising snooker star from Plymouth who plays at Rileys Snooker Club will be the first junior snooker player from the city to represent England in the European Team and the Mediterranean Snooker Cup in Qawra-Malta on the 5th – 12th March 2005.

Kris who is a prodigy of the West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation which is based at the Victoria Snooker Centre, who’s Patron is six times former World Professional Snooker Champion, Ray Reardon.

Kris is delighted to be representing his Country for the third time in twelve months saying “For me this is another milestone in my career, to have the opportunity to play for my country. I have been very fortunate to have been selected to play, not only once, but this will be the third time I have been selected for England and hope I can continue to emulate my previous matches at the Home Internationals in Wales. My birthday falls on the 7th of March and I don’t think there is a better birthday present than representing your Country”

England is sending five Teams consisting of three Men’s one Senior and one Ladies team. The England selectors decided to have one of their three-man team to consist of three top juniors in the country to compete in the Mens European Team Competition which consist of Kris Vincent (Plymouth) Michael Georgiou (London) and Gyles Behbood (Harrogate) and they all will be entered in the individual Mediterranean Snooker Cup which is to run two days before the European Team Championships.

Roger Cole of the West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation who is Kris’s coach and Mentor said “The whole management team are delighted with Kris’s selection and as his coach it is a privilege to assist and guide a player of his quality, he is now reaping the rewards from all the endless hours of practice and coaching sessions he has attended, not only from myself but also from Ray Reardon who has realigned his technical ability and improved his knowledge of the game at each session he attends. For Kris the taste of success must be very sweet and we wish him all the very best in Malta, I am sure with the continued support he is receiving from our foundation and his parents it won’t be to long before more success is on the horizon.”

Vincent Reaches EASB Semi Final

Kris Vincent
Kris Vincent

Kris Vincent, Grant Cole and Sam Edmunds all 16yrs old and from Plymouth travelled to Woking Snooker Centre, Woking, Surrey to compete in the EASB English Under 18’s Championship 2004/2005 held on the 4th & 5th December 2004.

Kris, Grant and Sam who all attend the West of England Snooker and Billiards Foundation at the Victoria Snooker Centre, Plymouth, had no doubts of there enormous task to compete over the 2 days against 32 of some of the best under 18 snooker players in the country to reach the southern region qualifier finals.

On the first days play Sam Edmunds in round 1 played against David Lawrence (Portsmouth) but after a nervous start Sam could not overcome his strong opponent and went out losing 4 frames to nil.

Grant Cole who plays for Victoria Snooker Centre met Richard Bailey. The first frame went to Bailey with Cole taking the second frame with a 56 break and at 1-1 it looked as if Cole was the stronger player but with each of the rest of the frames finishing on the last ball Cole was defeated 4-1 frames.

With Cole and Edmunds out of the competition Kris Vincent’s (England International) first opponent was Stephen Kerr (Woking) who had just defeated Darren Bond (Tiverton) the 2003/2004 Silver Waistcoat UK Champion 4-1 frames. After losing the first frame to Kerr the Plymouth player who plays out of Rileys Snooker Club began to show his composure and skillfully outplayed the Woking player to win the match 4-1 frames.

In Round 3 Vincent met with Sam Baird (Tiverton) and with the match at 2-2 Kris needed to step up his game and overcame his opponent to win 4-2 frames to go into the next days qualifying rounds.

Sunday 5th December saw Kris against David Lawrence (Portsmouth) who in his previous rounds did not drop a single frame and on paper the favourite to reach the final. Lawrence started well and playing with confidence had a break of 52 to take the first frame. Kris had to call on all his experience and tactical play in the next 4 frames to compete at a high level making breaks of 64-52-50 and a number of 30’s after a terrific match Kris won 4-1 to go through to the play-off for a place in the EASB final.

Kris’s last opponent for the EASB finals place in May 2005 was Judd Trump the favourite and undoubtedly the number 1 junior player in the world with the accolade of the youngest player to have a 147 in a competition. With the match to be contested over 9 frames Kris knew he needed to keep pace with the Bristol player and with the match at the interval being all square at 2-2 it seemed to be the right tactics to play. The fifth frame Kris made a mistake missing a red ball to the centre pocket on his break and that was all it needed for Trump to take the advantage and win the frame. This was the turning point of the match with Judd taking the next frame and a lead of 4-2. Kris fought back to make it 4-3 but with a pressure shot in the 8th frame missed, Judd made no mistakes to clear the table with a 94 clearance and win the match 5-3.

Report by Jeff Vincent