The 7th Kent Classic was held in Tonbridge on the 6th July. The event was well supported by Kent players who made reasonable progress through the competition.
the first round there were some interesting ties most notably Kevin Clark against Curt Driver and Mark Brewster against
Paul Wing from Hampshire. In the tie between two of Kent’s finest Kevin
missed early, Curt never got the break back and Kevin finished with a
break 12960 to lead by 13540. Curt made a break of over 13000 but needed to make
some 200 shots after the bar had gone and sadly lost out. In another all Kent
tie Vinny Mitchell overcame Doug Phillips by 4000 despite losing the first leg
by nearly 6000. Mark Brewster lost out to Paul Wing thanks to a 10930 break by
the eventual winner. Terry Heasman lost to Steve Mariner from Sussex and Neale
Chamberlain lost closely to Surreys Geoff Jukes. Peter Sainsbury lost to Alan
Messer of Sussex. Allan Farra continued his good form since being capped for
Kent last September by beating Dave France from Sussex.
second round saw two more all Kent ties with Greg Dennis beating Diana Welburn
in a low scoring tie and Bryan Stevens beating Dave Carliell. Last minute stand
in Dave Warren was no match for Oxford and England’s Mark Turner but Richard
Harris progressed with an easy victory over Brian Dawkins of Berkshire. Two
other last minute stand ins also lost to Oxford players Dave Ansett to Steven
Sheard and Mick Chivers to Sue Leach. Other losers in this round were Craig
Carlson to Barry Holt of Sussex, Daniel Jackson and Alan Farra to Alan Chaloner
and Paul Wing of Hampshire, Tony Brown to Stuart Mepham of Sussex, Charlie
Hallet to Buck’s Ernie Jordan and Dave May to Peter Farrelly of Oxford. Those
progressing were Chris Saville who cruised passed Charlie Cooper from Sussex,
Kevin Clark who beat Dick Dewdney and Vinny Mitchell with one of the results of
the day beating Sussex Masters champion Ricky Dewdney by making a 5790 break
near the end of the second game to win by 3000.
three saw yet another all Kent tie with Greg Dennis beating Richard Harris.
Chris Saville was the only other Kent winner this round beating Barry Holt.
Sadly in a tie between Kent’s best and one of
Sussex’s finest Steve
Mariner beat Kevin Clark. Bryan Stevens under performed against Sue Leach and
lost by 420 in a low scoring tie. Vinny Mitchell was unable to sustain his form
from the previous round and was easily beaten by Ernie Jordan.
two Kent players into the last 16 Greg Dennis started well against Mark Turner
but lost his opening break of 6000 Mark replied with 7030 then rolled out for
15280 in the second game. Chris Saville faired better against Dennis Claydon of
Hants winning the first game by 11430 after making an 11740 break. Dennis
Claydon won the second game by 7500 to fall 4000 short.
quarter final Chris met eventual runner up Paul Sainsbury after losing the first
game by 5010 just lost the second by 600.
quarter final matches were Paul Wing who beat Mark James, Kevin Tunstall who
beat team mate Mark Turner and Tony Walsh who beat Pete Farrelly. In the semi
finals Kevin Tunstall missed his first one up and after a go each Paul Sainsbury
got the break back and made an 11570 break. Paul then touched up with 8190 in
the second game, Kevin finished off with 7370. In the other semi Paul Wing won
the first game with the break by 5300 but Tony Walsh broke down at 3000. Paul
then got the break back and made 2500 Tony missed and Paul made another 2500 to
settle the tie.
final Paul Wing won the toss and decided to take the break and made a break of
16060 and finished 15630 ahead. Paul Sainsbury missed his first split and could
not get the break back. Paul W did get the break back and made 4470, Paul S
finished the game off with an 11000 break.
all the first round losses meant a lot of Kent players in the plate including
Mark Brewster and Curt Driver so hopes were high for a Kent player to progress.
In the first round Curt Driver squeezed past Brian Jones of Bucks by just 10,
Mark Brewster beat Dave France by 1100 scoring 7890. Terry Heasman beat Charlie
Guildersleeve of Bucks easily and Peter Sainsbury beat Neale Chamberlain in a
low scoring all Tunbridge Wells tie. Losers in the first round were Charlie
Hallett to Hampshire’s Tony Woolvin and Doug Phillips to Berks Dave Alder.
second round saw three all Kent ties Mick Chivers beat Dave Carliell, Curt
Driver beat Terry Heasman and Peter Sainsbury beat Mark Brewster. Other winners
in this round were Diane Welburn beat Brian Dawkins of Berks Dave May beat
Graham Crosbie of Hants and Craig Carlson beat Charlie Cooper of Sussex. Losers
were Dave Ansett to Ray Sturgess and Dave Warren to Ian Moss.
third round Dave May got the better of Mick Chivers in the only all Kent tie.
Others progressing were Diane Welburn who beat Ian Moss form Oxford by 1200 in a
low scoring game and Peter Sainsbury beat Tony Woolvin in a last ball game. Those losing out were Curt Driver to Syl
Murphy of Bucks by 750 in a game where both scored over 5000, Daniel Jackson to
Andy Haines and Craig Carlson to Lorin Clough.
quarter finals Dave May beat Glenn Chubb by 280 in a low scoring game, Peter
Sainsbury beat Syl Murphy but Diane Welburn lost to Ray Sturgess.
semi final saw an all Kent match between Dave May and Pete Sainsbury that was
edged by Peter Sainsbury making a 5800 break.
final was the only two legged match in the plate Peter Sainsbury lost the first
leg with the break by 2500. Andy Haines opened with 3500 in the second and after
both players failed to score following several attempts Andy finally got the
break back and made a further 1500 to seal the tie.
Highest break of the day was made by Paul Sainsbury with 16600 made chasing
Keith Sheard’s 16400 in the last 16. The highest Kent break was by Kevin Clark
with 12960 made against Curt Driver in the first round. The furthest Kent player
was Chris Saville who reached the quarter final.
The highest lady break was by Pauline
Withey of Oxford with 5460 and the furthest lady was Sue Leach who reached the
would like to thank all who took part and made the competition a success.
Particularly those who agreed to take part at the last minute. Spare a
thought for Dave Ansett (Skippy) who agreed to play at the last minute and was
up against Steven Sheard and new he would be cannon fodder but was assured that
he would get another match in the plate – his opponent there turned out to be
Ray Sturgess !!!
Not deterred he scored several games including one of Keith Sheard’s, quite a feat considering that Keith is capable of scoring more in one game than Skippy did all season!!!! It was nice to see Chas Jones again and we will make sure we support him in the over 50’s
See you all again next year