KENT AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP - 9.12.18
Northdown Snooker Club, Margate
Winner: Lee Martin
Runner-up: Ben Trowell
We had 45 entries in the Kent Amateur Championship this year. Returning champion Lee Martin was present to defend his title. The final eight saw David Rimer beat Jon Yuen and Lee Martin beat Neil Jefferis in the top half. In the bottom half Rob Molinari beat Paul Grottick and the in-form Ben Trowell managed to sneak past Nathan Moore 3-2. In the semi-finals Lee Martin ran away victor over Rimer three nil whilst Trowell pulled off the same result against Molinari which included his first ever competitive century break in the final frame.
In the final Ben (Medway League's second best player) Trowell took on defending champion Lee. Trowell managed to steal the first before Martin won frames two and three with breaks of 56 and 55. Ben won the fourth with a 48 to level the match but it was Lee who took the honours winning the decider in a scrappy frames where nearly all the balls ended up in baulk. Well done Mr Martin for retaining your crown but congratulations must go to Ben for a brilliant effort throughout the day.
KENT AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP PLATE - 9.12.18
Northdown Snooker Centre, Margate
Winner: Ben Sewell
Runner-up: Matthew Dixon
The Plate competition for the first game losers, ran in parallel to the main event. Ben Sewell domainated this event winning every match two nil. Matt Dixon played very well to get the final and he will certainly be hoping to do well again next year in the main event.
KENT BILLIARDS - 18.11.18
Victoria Snooker Centre, Tunbridge Wells
Winner: Will Willard
Runner-up: Andy Phillips
We had 9 entries today so we split into 3 groups of 3 for the Round Robin. Each match was played over an hour with the group winners plus the highest scoring group runner-up qualifying for the semi-finals.
All 3 players in group 1 won one frame and lost one frame so it came down to total points scored and it was Craig Mahoney with 425 points that topped the group. Andy Phillips won both of his group matches as did Neil Jefferis in group 3. The fourth semi-final spot went to Will Willard who, despite losing his match against Andy managed to score 509 points in his two matches, more than anyone else. He managed an impressive 345 points in one hour in his victory over Trevor Gibb. Will continued his high scoring play in the semi-final beating Craig by 294 to 183 and Andy beat Neil 175 to 125.
So the final was to be a rematch of a group stage match between Andy and Will. Andy started well scoring 20 plus breaks with his first two visits and looked as though he was going to control the match with Will looking out of sorts at first. Will started to settle down though and gradually pulled back level and then breaks of 44 and 34 in quick succession gave him a good lead which he maintained to the end, winning 256 to 181.
Will was by far the highest scoring player all day and thoroughly deserved his first Kent title and his £100 prize. Congratulations Will.
KENT SNOOKER UNDER 21s - 7.10.18
Welling Snooker Club
Winner: Ben Sizer
Runner-up: James Addison-May
We had 4 players today in the Under 21s, James Addison-May, Jimmy Matthews, Brandon Nguyen and five time reigning champion Ben Sizer. Ben won all of his games in the round robin stage. James managed wins over Jimmy and Brandon and although he lost 2-1 to Ben, that was good enough to get through and have another crack at him in the final.
Yet again it was Ben who produced some clinical snooker to dispatch James 3-0 and win the title for the sixth consecutive year, a remarkable achievement. So another competitve era in the history of our Under 21s has come to an end as both James and Ben will be too old to play in the competition next year, at least it will open the door for a new generation of players to form their own rivalries.
KENT SNOOKER VETERANS - 7.10.18
Welling Snooker Club
Winner: Clive Underhill
Runner-up: Malcolm Smith
We had 10 entries for the veterans today. We decided to run a knockout tournament with each match best of five frames but with the deciding frame just as a respotted black shootout. Clive Underhill came through the top half of the draw with victories over defending champion Andy Soper, Tony Holdstock and then a final black ball against Kevin Dixon. Clive made several good clearances at key points in his matches and thoroughly deserved his place in the final.
In the bottom half Malcolm Smith beat Brian Packham in another black ball shootout and then had a convincing 3-0 win over Mick Mehmet to earn his spot in the final for the second year running.
Malcolm started the final the best winning the first frame but Clive fought back to take the second on the black. Both players decided to make the next frame the decider. Clive started best this time building a quick 30 point lead and he kept that lead going into the colours. Malcolm tried hard for the two snookers he needed but it wasn't to be and Clive came through, winning the title for the first time and claiming the £70 winners prize.