Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Redcar Ace on Course Again

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Redcar Ace on Course Again

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Byline: Coors Cleveland Billiards & Snooker League

The league's winter competitions are now well under way, with Redcar's Richard Beckham still on course for a fourth Harrison Trophy success.

The defending champion, who also won the title in 1999 and 2000, came through an away game with Andrew Wiseman of Carlin How, and now faces a tough test at home to Phil Hartley of South Bank Albion, who recorded a 52 break in the last round.

The Harrison Trophy is a non-handicap individual competition, but Beckham has some way to go to claim most wins in this event, as Geoff Unthank, who still competes in the league for Marske WMC, won the title seven times in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Reg Boyle Cup, a handicapped individual contest, is down to the last 16, with two former winners still involved.

Unthank, who won the event in 1973, now has a home tie against Brian Magor of Carlin How, while Ron Bickerdyke, winner in 1987, will represent his Redcar WMC club at home to Mike Marshall of Redcar Cons.

Gary Beckett faces the toughest handicap test, as he has to concede 45 points per frame in his best of three clash with Redcar Lakes team-mate Steve Hill.

League Treasurer Ian Walton showed the league's sportsmanship, by conceding home advantage in his last round tie.

Walton was drawn against Craig Wilson of Liverton Lodge, but Wilson, who is under the age of 18 is not allowed into the games room of Marske WMC.

Walton reversed the fixture, despite being entitled to claim it if he wished, but was promptly beaten at the Lodge, and Wilson goes through to the next round.

Of the eight players remaining in the Corner Trophy, the league's handicap billiards event, five of them have won this event previously, amassing an amazing 22 titles in 31 years between them!

Keith Corner, representing New Marske, is responsible for most of these titles, having won the competition an incredible 17 times, including a clean sweep of not losing a game throughout the whole of the 1980s.

He last won the event in 2002, and now faces an away game with 1998 champion Brian Magor of Carlin How.

This will be a tough test for Corner, who now plays off a handicap of minus 100.

His opponent will be off plus 40 in a 250 up game.

John Hartley, winner in 2001, made a break of 63 in beating Ian Whittle in the previous round, and now has a home clash with Ron Bickerdyke, who won the event in 1990 and 1991.

Richard Beckham, winner in 2000, will be at home to Gillie Hartshorn, whilst English Under-19 billiards champion, while 14-year-old Dom Mulhall, represents South Bank Albion in the event, and is away to John Bell of Redcar Lakes in the other quarter-final.

The Peter Craig Trophy, a handicapped snooker pairs competition, is another down to the last 16 stage.

Defending champions Chris and Paul Smith were eliminated from the competition at the last round, as they failed to contact their opponents to arrange a home game. …

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