Mike clinches Bristol title

PUBLISHED: 12:33 05 September 2012




Nailsea Mizzymead’s Mike Emery clinched the Bristol & District individual billiards title, beating Backwell’s Martyn Howell in the final.

NAILSEA Mizzymead’s Mike Emery clinched the Bristol & District individual billiards title with a close win over Backwell’s Martyn Howell at the Whitchurch & Pensford Club.

In a straight race to 250 points, Howell exerted an early dominance on the match with a succession of classic strokes to build up a commanding 45-point lead.

Emery, struggling to make an impact, changed tactics and slowed the pace of the game, with a number of defensive safety shots that left few opportunities for his opponent.

With Howell needing to attempt a number of risky round-table cannons to score, Emery was able to capitalise on a series of chances, allowing him to draw the match level at 235-all.

There then followed a tense exchange of safety shots, before Emery seized on a single chance to run out and clam the title by 11 points.

In the final of the Bristol and District Knockout Cup, Nailsea Mizzymead retained the trophy, securing their third victory in four seasons with a win over league runners-up Pot Black B.

In a tense opening encounter, Mizzymeads’s Frank Archer emerged dominant in the final stages to take the first game against Gary Sealey by a 45-point margin. This left the reigning Bristol open champion Stuart Scotland with an uphill battle in needing to beat Mike Emery by at least 46 points.

With an aggregate points advantage in hand, Emery attacked from the start and passed the required score with his opponent still at the 50-mark for an emphatic win.

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