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2018 is Sutton’s season!

October 23, 2018 in Competitions


 

Karl Sutton rounded off a superb year on the UK Pool Tour by winning the final Challenge event of the season. Sutton, who up until this year had not picked up a tour title, has had a phenomenal season, winning tours 3 and 4, including doing the double on tour 3 by picking up the Challenge event in the same weekend and his overall performance in the Challenge event this year would be difficult to rival. The first Challenge event of the season in Blackpool saw him pick up the title with a 6-3 victory over Danny Davies. The second event saw him narrowly lose in the last 32 to Harjeet Singh 5-4. He bounced back at the third event, picking the title up with a resounding 6-2 victory against Gurvinder Gill. The fourth tour saw him in with a shout of repeating the double as he picked up the tour title on the Saturday night and then found himself in the semi final of the Challenge on the Sunday afternoon. The match went all the way with Sutton just missing out 5-4 to the inform Eddie Barker, who had recently made the semi final of the World Championships. The fifth event saw him in with the possibility of topping both league tables and he didn’t disappoint as he made the quarter finals of the tour, losing to the eventual winner, Phil Harrison, and won the Challenge event for the third time in the season with a 6-4 win over Cambridge’s Dom Cooney, a young and talented player who will no doubt be picking up big titles himself in the coming years.

His route to the final was an especially difficult one, defeating the current World Masters Champion, Callum Singleton, 5-0 in the last 16, Neil Davey 5-2 in the quarter final, and up and coming Sam Bircher, 5-4 in the semi-final, which also happened to be a repeat of the tour 3 final.

Cooney made his route to the final look relatively straightforward with convincing wins against Reece Townsend, Paul Carr and Jack Pople. His only real test proved to be a 5-4 victory over Warrington’s Phil Naylor. A special mention also to tour regular Paul Carr on reaching the quarter finals, having some convincing victories on the Saturday before winning two tough games, firstly a 5-4 victory against ex-Premier League player, Lee Howitt, and then 5-3 against Marvin Nestor to make the quarters, a tour best for Paul, highlighting that a bit of dedication to the game can pay dividends.

Sutton finished with on 58 points on the tour rankings, 6 ahead of Phil Harrison, and 62 on the Challenge rankings, a massive 20 points ahead of his closest rival, England teammate Shane Thompson. After finishing 19th in last years tour and 60th in 2016, something has clearly clicked for the Ipswich cueist as he has gone from strength to strength this season. He also figured in the European Championships, losing out in a deciding frame to Ben Flack, and recently picked up the National Amateur title in Great Yarmouth. This will certainly be a season that Sutton will not want to end and will be looking to build on for next year with a view to going one further than his 2016 effort in the World Championships, where he lost out to Shaun Chipperfield in the final, and you certainly wouldn’t want to back against him in this kind of form!

 

Harrison owns tour 5!

October 21, 2018 in Competitions

 

It’s official, Phil Harrison owns the final tour of the season, every season! The Cambridgeshire cueist has made the final of every tour 5 event since he joined the tour in 2014 and has now won the last 4 of the those after beating Adam Davis in a thrilling deciding frame match!

All the way back in 2014, Harrison met Tom Cousins in the final. After having already won two events that season Harrison was to be denied a third as Cousins took the match 8-5. Fast forward to 2015 and Harrison got his revenge as the pair met again in the final with Harrison this time taking it by the same score line. On to 2016 and Harrison this time met Craig Waddingham in the final and again won 8-5. In 2017, Harrison was faced with Rob Wharne, who was having a great season culminating in his first tour final, sadly for Wharne it seems like fate for Harrison to take this title and he did so with a convincing 8-2 win.

This time it was to be Adam Davis’ turn to try to prise the title from Harrison’s firm grip! Davis had overcome two tough deciding frame matches against former World Master’s Champion Jack Pople and England Captain and Tour 1 winner, Lee Kendall, before meeting Tom Cousins in the semi-final. After two close encounters, Davis made short work of one of the very best around, defeating Cousins 8-2, he was clearly on top form and a great final seemed a certainty.

Harrison made his route to the final seem relatively straightforward, even though it was far from it, defeating ex-England player Chris Day 8-5 in the semi-final, tours 3 and 4 champion Karl Sutton 7-1 in the quarter final and good friend and regular supporter, Rich Wharton, 7-4 in the last 16. All eyes were on Sutton at this tour as he had the opportunity to match Tom Cousins’ amazing feat of 3 back-to-back titles in 2017. After getting off to a great start with some convincing wins and looking like he could be unstoppable he had the misfortune of running into Harrison at ‘his’ tour and he showed his ruthless streak on the table with a resounding win.

The final was a tense affair. Harrison got off to a great start, taking a 4-1 lead, but at this level that can soon turn around and it did so here as Davis took 6 out of the next 8 frames to lead 7-6. Davis was presented with a chance to win the match off his final break but was unable to convert it and let Harrison back in. Harrison managed to pull out a nice snooker when he looked to be in trouble and this was enough to win him the frame to take it to a decider. You’d never back against Phil in a decider, especially when it’s his break, and that proved true here as he crunched the pack to leave a relatively straightforward finish for the match. His experience in these situations helped him to comfortably convert the opportunity and add a fourth tour 5 title in a row!

2015 tour almost full!

December 9, 2014 in Competitions

>>> UK Pool Tour Booking Form 2015 <<<

There are only a handful of places available for the 2015 season of the UK Pool Tour. Those who want to get their name down for the best pool tour around need to do so fast as the tour is expected to fill its quota within the next couple of weeks. For further information click the following link UK Pool Tour Booking Form 2015.

World 8 Ball Pool 2014 – Programme

October 28, 2014 in Competitions

The World 8 Ball Pool 2014 programme, edition 8, is now available to view, just click here.


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2014 UK Tour Final Rankings

October 26, 2014 in Competitions

The rankings after tour 5 are now available.

2014 UK Tour Final Rankings

2014 Challenge Final Rankings

October 26, 2014 in Competitions

The rankings after the final challenge event are now available.

Rankings Challenge Final

2015 Entries Banner

September 24, 2014 in Competitions

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Entries are now being taken for the 2015 season of the UK Pool Tour. With over 120 entries already confirmed we are looking set to hit the 185 limit in record time. If you are interested in joining the best pool tour around then get your entry in quickly to ensure your place.

The tour has an advertised prize fund of £117000 and this is likely to increase once the target figure of 185 players has been achieved.

The tour comprises of the Main Tour, Premier League and Challenge events. With an open draw format, everyone has a great chance of winning part of the huge prize fund on offer.

Further details can be found here: UK Pool Tour Booking 2015.

North West Event 2 Winner – Matt Brierley

July 9, 2014 in Competitions

The second event of the mini-series has taken place for the North West and it was dominated by Rochdale players as they made up 3 of the 4 semi-finalists. Matt Brierley defeated Kevin Holland in the semi-finals, with Jack Mann defeating Lancashire County A team player Gaz Royds. It was Matt Brierley that ended up taking home the £500 first prize, beating Jack Mann 6-3 in the final. Matt had the toughest of starts facing England Captain Lee Kendal in the first round, who he despatched with a comfortable 6-1 win. Littleborough’s Matt Evans gave him the only scare of the day in the last 16 with a hard fought deciding frame victory.

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FINAL MATT BRIERLEY [6] JACK MANN [3]
SEMIS K HOLLAND 6-2 G ROYDS 6-2
QUARTERS P NAYLOR 6-0 P TICKLE 6-0
LAST 16 M EVANS 6-5 P CARR 6-5
LAST 32 L KENDAL 6-1 A HAYDEN 6-3

 

Harrison does the double at tour 3!

June 1, 2014 in Competitions

Phil Harrison has taken the Challenge event at tour 3 with a 6-1 win over Cory Rees and along with it the double after having won the main event the night before. More details to follow…Phil Harrison2_260x197

2014 Tour Rankings after Tour 3

June 1, 2014 in Competitions

The rankings after tour 3 are now available.

Rankings Tour 3