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13 Nov 2017

So how did our players fare in Jersey’s 2017 World Championships?

There was however a good showing in the Plate Competition from four of our players:

The 2017 World Champion is Oxfordshire’s Mark Trafford, with Kevin Tunstall the Runner-up.

In the World Doubles, started a day earlier, Richard Wooton, with partner Gareth Lloyd, made it all the way to the Final, but lost to Worthing/Littlehampton pair Kevin Tunstall and Martin Cole

There was also  a Last 16 place for BHCC’s Neil Higgins and Paul Barnett who safely negotiated two rounds before falling to the eventual winners.                                        – Clive T

09 Nov 2017

Result of Roy Wells Handicap Pool One match postponed from 13th September

CKRBL 3, Windmill Z 3  (played 08/11/17)

Andy 4130, Barry 3170

Neil 4590, Graham 1200

Ted & Pete 610, Jim & Barry 7110

Paul & Lynne 2320, Graham & Clive 7910

Paul 1950, Jim 13,350

Ted 4370, Clive 2880

Barry giving Jim good support in the doubles, but Graham scoring every point in ours.

A friendly evening with the Legionnaires, and a fine smorgasbord provided with soft cheese and pate.              I make it that 1 point now covering 5 teams in  Pool One !                     - Clive T

Yes Indeed.        Please see updated table        - Ian Giffen

07 Nov 2017

Congratulations to Windmill Z’s Foxy0.JPG Jim Greensted, runner-up to Kent’s Paul Sainsbury in the All-England Individuals held on Sunday at Arborfield Royal British Legion, Berkshire.

In the final Paul lost the toss and was put in but ran the table out for 20,030. Jim was off at around 2k but got them back and got another 10k before missing and shaking Paul’s hand. Incredibly this is Paul’s fourth win in this competition in 4 different decades.

The competition was played in two round robin groups, one of four and one of five, with double legs. Jim was in a group of five along with Dave Alder (Berks), Mark Trafford (Oxon), Simon Coleman (Northants) and Morgan Wright (Cambs) and he did not lose a single frame until the final.  Jim had been called upon to represent Sussex on the basis of being runner-up in the 2017 Sussex Singles competition to Kevin Tunstall who was unable to attend.  

Brighton’s Jean Brackenridge won the Ladies’ equivalent event, with Oxon’s Pauline Withey runner up, Jean not losing a single game all day.                         – Clive T

03 Nov 2017   “Team Cup/Plate split decided”

Hassocks ‘A’ 2 St Francis 3 @  Plough

Lorraine Hall 1860 Chris Little 4640

Bob Hall 13150 Roger Wallbank 150

Pete Edwards 1670 Shaun Morris 3150

Richard Jeffrey 1380 Matt Geal 3070

Derek Taylor walkover

St Francis fully deserved their 3-2 win tonight lovely food spread

And the best the table has played -  I couldn’t fault it        - Bob Hall


B.H.C.C 4, C.K.R.B.L 1 @ St Francis

Gary R 1730 Andy 980

Ros 1370 Ted 2490

Trevor 1620 Peter H 840

Neil 4820 Paul M-R 700

Spud 4220 Lynne 840

Steady potting at the back of the table got the first for Gary and the third for Trevor.

My big mistake was to get the break back towards the end of the game. With both balls whipping out and landing in front of the 50 holes, a grateful Ted mopped up from there.

Neil was the first to work out how to get the break and made a good 3100 opener, adding another break later.

Inspired by Neil's success with the break, Spud managed to follow suit with a decent opener.

Pleasant evening in the nicely refurbished Saints club and thanks to them for the generous trays of sandwiches. (Thanks also to Shaun for arranging that.)                       - Ros Appleby


Windmill 'Z' 4 Hassocks ‘B’ 1 @ B.H.C.C

Graham 2200, *Baz 790

*Clive 3710, Jack 540

*Foxy 1840, *Dilly 440

Johnny 2030, *Dom 1030

*Barry 1850, Jenny 2080

Pleasant evening with the B's who implemented phase one of their cunning plan to replace our team as Plate winners.

Foxy tried to thwart their progress towards this end by losing a break of 4k, but Dilly promptly returned the compliment !

Jocular evening, and young Jack Goodman is one to watch for the future.

Many thanks to the venue for sustenance in the form of chicken dippers with crinkle-cut chips.

We wish the Silver Fox every success on Sunday when he represents the County in the AEBBA Individuals.

 – Clive T


HHUSC’B’ 1,  HHUSC ‘A’ 4 @  Windmill

An excellent 10K from Paul to kick the evening off but that was it for us.

Well played the A's and good luck for the rest of the comp.  And thanks to Bev (Windmill) for the food.        – Ian Giffen


Cock United 0 The Plough 5 @  Watermill


Watermill had a Bye.


So the split will be:

Cup: St Francis; BHCC; Windmill Z; HHUSC A; Plough and Watermill

Plate: Hassocks A; CKRBL; Hassocks B; HHUSC B and Cock United.

The Draw for the next round (28th February) will be advised in due course.

-          Lorraine Hall, Competitions Secretary

30 Oct 2017  “Players get ready for Jersey”

Yes, it’s getting near that time again when some of our players will depart these shores nurturing a secret ambition to return as bar billiards World Champion from a lineup of 132 players.

The 11 Mid Sussex League players involved, with their qualifying groups, are shown below:

Richard Wooton, HHUSC A – Group 1 vs Paul Newton/Alan Mepham/John Miller

Lorraine Hall, Hassocks A – Group 2 vs Harry Barbet/Judy Saunders/Gary Naftel

Colin Robbins, HHUSC B – Group 3 vs Ken Malorey/Dave Lomax/Mark Brewster

Ros Appleby, BHCC – Group 4 vs Caroline Jones/Tom Oliver/Alan Gicquel

Bob Hall, Hassocks A – Group 5 vs Gary Powell/David Jones/Mat Ogier

Jim Greensted, Windmill Z – Group 9 vs Ric Cunningham/Dave Constable/Scott Malorey

Graham Sparksman, HHUSC A – Group 10 vs Paul Le Gallez/Dawn Jordan/Andy Rundle

Gary Ridley, BHCC – Group 12 vs Colin Southouse/Paul Sainsbury/Lorin Clough

Ben Procter, HHUSC A - Group 15 vs Richard Arnold/Bill Houlton/Alan Donovan

Neil Higgins, BHCC – Group 30 vs Trevor Gallienne/Joe Oakley/Luke Oliver

Paul Barnett, BHCC – Group 31 vs Darren Robins/Ernie Jordan/Dave Reeves

So not too much to worry about there – apart from maybe Gary’s Group of Death - and we wish them all bon voyage and an entertaining and successful weekend.               - Clive T


29 Oct 2017 Campaign starts with a narrow defeat for the A’s but victory for the B’s

Mid Sussex A 3, Horsham 4 at The Hassocks

Derek Taylor 5350 - 1930 Dick Cable

Lorraine Hall 3490 - 5410 Brian Marten

Bob Hall 12680 - 3180 Steve King

Andy Farmer-Wright 2880 - 8880 Stu Carruthers

Richard Jeffrey b/p - 5000 Steve Hopkins

Barry West 3220 10010 Lee Cable

Jim Greensted walkover (no player)                            - Bob Hall

Worthing C 2, Mid Sussex A 5 at the Smugglers Return

Dave Jones **          2730           Trevor Rees              6460

Ben Goodwin           1570           Paul Moyes-Robb **              3820

Pete Hickman          2160           Paul Jobbins **        2020

Bob Thomas **   1820           Ian Giffen                 2100

Alan Mepham          2370           Geoff Fairs **          4530

Brian Bartram          3020           Richard Spurrier **                 1450

David Bartram ** BP             Ros Appleby             2970

Table was challenging and seemed to get a bit more so as the evening wore on. Interesting that only 2 players held their break games. Games 3 and 4 went down to the wire.

A good friendly evening at the Smugglers. Tasty hotdogs and chips. Nice to play there without a quiz going on!  (Worthing league players will know what I mean.)          - Ros Appleby


Week 5 – 25/10/17

HHUSC B 1,  Plough 4

Steve King 2160 Richard Todd 5240

Iang 260 Jan Bithell 8320

Jan played well with a 5620 break on the way.

Darrell Skinner 420 Geoff Fairs 7410

Paul Jobbins 6680 Dave Knight 2290

Paul saves the brush.

Chris Kirkham 950 Chase Newman 7370

New Ladies Break & Score go to Jan.        Good winning scores in all the games, well played Plough.        – Ian G


BHCC 2 (Neil Higgins 6120)  HHUSC A  3 (Richard Wooton 12770 with 12100 break)


St Francis 1, Hassocks A 4

Neil lost to bob

Shaun beat jock

Roger lost to derek

Bob lost to darren

Chris lost to pete

A fun night and lots of chances on the table for all tonight.  Also nice to see west ham fight back and beat spurs         - Bob Hall


CKRBL 2 (Andy Farmer-Wright 10990), Cock Utd  3


Hassocks B 2, Windmill Z 3

Jenny 1710, *Graham 2110

*Dilly 5000, Barry 990

Chris 1210, *Clive 3330

*Barry 2600, Johnny 1900

Dom 1260, *Foxy 6930

On the face of it, all games went with break, but the table provided the usual game akin to Snakes and Ladders for all players.

Jenny played well in the first a relieved Graham only putting it out of reach as the bar dropped - after an early reversal.

Dilly spilled a further 5k late in the game.

Chris played fluently with me trying to stay out of trouble for a first-ever win here.

Barry took full advantage of a Johnny "wipeout".

Finally Jim became our third player to suffer a BP and Dom looked good for a win before Jim got 'em back and stayed on till the end.

So snakes for Graham, Dilly, Johnny and Jim. And ladders for Dilly and Jim.

A good evening though and we have to do it all again with the B's next week in the Team Cup.   – Clive T


Watermill - Bye

18 Oct 2017 Team Cup Draw announced

The following matches to be played on Wed 1st November 2017 :

Hassocks A v St Francis at the Plough;

BHCC v CKRBL at St Francis;

Windmill Z v Hassocks B at Burgess Hill CC;

HHUSC B v HHUSC A at the Windmill;

Cock United v Plough at the Watermill;

Watermill – Bye.

Scorecards have been circulated to all team captains.

Competition entry forms have also been distributed, with a close date of 31st Oct.  – Lorraine Hall, Competitions Secretary.


Week 4 – 18/10/17

Cock Utd 3, St Francis 2

At 2-0 down after the first two games it looked like the Cocky Ones were heading for yet another defeat. But wins for Tufty, Kev, and yours truly in the decider turned things round.          – Dave Tiffin


Hassocks A 2,  BHCC  3

Darren 2090 Gary Ridley 7270

BobHall 3470 Neil 7460

Jock 1110 Ros 2170

Derek 6650 Trevor 1340

Pete E 4370 Nick 1530

Our new signing got us off to a great start, in spite of only being able to pot both balls on the break 6 times!

Nice 5k break from Neil mid-game.

Neither Jock nor I could get a grip on the table and neither could Trevor or Nick in the next 2 games.

Table uncharacteristically tricky tonight.

Sociable evening with some nice refreshments.              – Ros Appleby



Andy Guy 6460 Iang 1560

Ben Proctor 4250 Darrell Skinner 760

Trevor Rees 1120 Paul Jobbins 5940

Richard Wooton 15010 John Lear 100

Graham Sparksman 1730 Steve King 3020

A good social night with Sparky & co, some good games all round. Richard was in awesome mode coming off with a nats under 10K and then adding more to bring it to 15K giving our King Lear no chance. Paul & Steve won  our games to make it a respectable effort.

We also celebrated Paul's Birthday…..Happy Birthday Paul.                      – Ian Giffen


Plough 5, Hassocks B 0

Chase beat Jenny

Richard beat Dom

Jan beat Adam

Geoff (9070) beat Dilly

Dave (7560) beat Barry

Geoff was the star of the show with an opening 7180 break, as the visitors were comprehensively thrashed. Adam did respectably in his first game for us in over a year. A friendly atmosphere with a pleasant selection of sandwiches.      – Barry West


Windmill Z 4, Watermill 1

Clive 6110, Sabina BP (Sabina had played well for her thousand, but was left a nasty ball behind the 10 hole and took the black out)

Barry 1850, Mark 1470 (Barry relieved to be just out of reach with the bar gone)

Graham 6310, Kim 2200 (Kim made the early running before Graham dug deep)

Johnny 2880, Tony Williams 1750 (entertaining game with both players trying to hand it to the other)

Margo 1200, Paul 1670 (Best play came in the last 5 minutes, neck and neck until Paul got 350 ahead. Margo pulled level and then Paul secured it with another 350)

A gutsy performance from the visitors and a pleasant evening.       – Clive T




Week 3 – 11/10/17

Watermill 3, Plough 2

Wins for the Watermill: Kim(7950), Tony, Mark;

Wins for the Plough: Geoff; Jan.        – Paul Blackburn.


Hassocks B 1, HHUSC A 4

Dom 1480 - 3260 Andy

Dilly 9250 - 1480 Ben

Chris 1260 - 6160 Richard

Jenny 980 - 3880 Mick

Barry 2240 - 2250 Ron S

Good evening, thanks to the B's           - Graham Sparksman


HHUSC B 0, Hassocks A 5

Chris 1270 pete 3420

John 1350 derek 2520

Paul 3130 boball 4280

Ian 3390 darren 5520

Steve 4580 jock 4620 last ball game

A 5-0 win for the away team.  A sociable evening with most of the opponents sporting.

Excellent food and a great night           - Bob Hall


BHCC 4, Cock Utd  1

Neil 5570 Sam Hall 760

Trevor 2420 Peter Shaw 880

Ros 3640 Kevin Stevens 1190

Rob 650 David Croft 3860

Spud 5070 Dave Tiffin 1510

Nice evening with the former HL team, with some of the original Cock team there as support.   – Ros Appleby


St Francis 0 CKRBL 5

(No report submitted)


Windmill Z  - Bye

Week 2 – 04/10/17


Lynne M-Robb 1860 Nick 950

Neil Burchell 2680 Ros 3410

Andy F-Wright 2670 Neil 1930

Paul M-Robb 1770 Trevor 2450

Peter Harris 940 Spud 2220

First game bizarre, no scores on the board at 8 minutes (Lynne had a few hundred, but BP'd) Lynne gradually got going, Nick never did.

Neil H very unlucky against Andy, he had just overtaken Andy by a few hundred when he left a ball awkward just to the inside of the 30 pocket. He clipped it with a very fine contact and the cue ball flew back to take out a peg.

Splendid effort from Trevor, who potted steadily at the back of the table.

Nice friendly evening at the club. Hope Ted recovers from his badly cut thumb soon. We were all relieved that apple pie was not part of the refreshments of offer!            - Ros Appleby


Cock Utd 2 HHUSC B 3

Sam Hall 1380 Paul Jobbins 3020

David Croft 2010 Darrell Skinner 540

Kevin Stevens 2870 Iang 1820

Dave Tiffin 1750 Steve King 1800

Huw Lincoln 1430 John Lear 2690

This went to the last game with Steve potting the last ball in the 200 to nick it from Dave, John Lear played really well in the 5th.

Good night and plenty of food to keep us going.  – Ian Giffen


Hassocks A 4, Hassocks B 1

Darren beat Barry

After a slow start Darren finally got into his stride

Pete lost to Jenny

Not much to say Jenny kept plodding Pete found a peg magnet

Jock beat Chris

Jock finally got going Chris played well but again likes the pegs

Derek beat Dom

Delboy with his arm in a cast has found some form lets hope it can stay in the cast all season

Boball beat Dilly

Dilly off on 2700 i came back with 4700 with a woeful split shot. Dilly balls back got to 6k and then kept playing round back of table with 10 seconds till bar left an easy shot by the 30 but mis judged and lost his break so Boball manages the win                - Bob Hall


HHUSC A 5, Watermill 0

Richard 10,200 - 3,870 Kim

Richard Bk 10,050 & touch

Ben 10,870 - 740 Gavin

Ben 4k + 5k

Graham 3,300 - 1,020 Tony

Trevor 5,370 - 1,250 Paul

Andy 3,640 - 3,550 Mark

Good social evening with the Watermillers as always, thanks            - Graham Sparksman


Plough v Windmill Z  - postponed by home team


St Francis - Bye

02 Oct 2017  - a disappointing start for Interleague favourites Mid Sussex A

Mid Sussex A 2-5 Redhill B

Darren Newnhan 4690 James Nicot 6540

Mick Kirwan 2900 Tom Pearse 6260

Rob Hall 7490 Jim Balchin 2740

Derek Taylor 7750 Joe Eleson 1070

Lorraine Hall 4860 Martin Pellett 5010

Andy Farmer Wright 3910 Mark Fraser 8060

Barry West 3310 Alex Hornby 5960                                - Matt Knight, SCBBA


Week 1 – 27/09/17

Windmill Z 4, HHUSC A 1

Johnny 3700, Graham 1700

Graham 11660, Andy 290

Barry 2500, Mick 1280

Foxy 8290, Trevor 2140

Clive 1470, Richard 8820

A good start for the Zeds making the most of the opportunities granted - until the last game. (Tommo firing blanks.)

Cheering company from HHUSC on a rough old night.

Good news for us that Mr Mike's condition is treatable, and we could be seeing him back early November.  – Clive T

That's good news lets hope they sort it out, please pass on my best regards        - Ian Giffen


Watermill 1, Hassocks A 4

An excellent evening excellent food lovely barmaid and great opponents   - Bob Hall


Hassocks B 3, Cock Utd 2

Dom Ashby 1000-5460 Dave Croft

Ash Mole 1050-2280 Kevin Stevens

Chris Lambe 2150-1650 Dave Tiffin

Dilly Williamson 9580-1150 Hugh Lincoln

Barry West 2300-1560 Peter Shaw

Crofty played well and controlled the first.

Ash came out of retirement as Jenny is on holiday, and led until Kev finally got the break.

The Hassocks landlord got the win which put the tie back in the balance.

Dilly started slow but got better and better.

Pete led until I finally got my arse in gear.

Chicken,chips and mushrooms , plus competitive billiards in nice company.           – Barry West



Steve King 5460 Lynne Moyes Robb 1150

Chris Kirkham 1210 Paul Moyes Robb 600

Paul Jobbins 1090 Neil Burchell 2910

Iang 2370 Peter Harris 1020

Darrell Skinner 1490 Ted Stringer 3270

There were scores lost in all games and the Legion could have won it. Best of the night was Steve who was solid all the way.                  – Ian Giffen


BHCC  4 (Nick Brown 10640), St Francis 1    


Plough - Bye

Roy Wells (Charity) Handicap, Week 3 – 20/09/2017

Hassocks A 4, Cock Utd  2

No report lodged on the Forum.


Windmill Z 2, HHUSC A 4

Graham 2600, Ben 4470

Barry 4410, Andy 1300

Clive & Margo 2460, Richard & Ron 6140

Graham & Barry 1230, Mick & Ben 2000

Margo 3350, Richard 9680

Clive 9320, Mick 810

Table a bit 'wobbly' tonight, checked all its legs after the match and discovered one had worked loose. Sorry Guys, corrected for the repeat visit next week.

A competitive match, probably the right result with Graham unfortunately BP'ing on 4k to leave us 1-3 down, after which Margo "took one for the team" and Richard as always the gentleman.

Some good banter with "Hashtag" as per usual.

Our thoughts with absent friend Mick H, hope he's gonna be okay.          – Clive T


St Francis 3, CKRBL 3

Chris Little 2300 Paul M R 1700

Roger Wallbank 1880 Lyn M R 3660

Shaun & Chris 1940 Ted & Neil 2050

Roger & Bob 2190 Paul & Lyn 2140

Bob Ellis 2010 Peter Harris 2360

Shaun Morris 4360 Ted Stringer 1990                        - Shaun Morris


BHCC 3, Plough  3

No report lodged on the Forum.


Watermill 3, Hassocks B 3

A fun evening with competitive games , and a fair result.

Live Irish music and tasty Thai food and good company.

What bar billiards is all about. Good times.                                  – Barry West


HHUSC B had the Bye.

18 Sep 2017

Bob Hall was part of the Sussex A side which finished runners-up to a strong Kent team in the County Championships (Div One) held at Didcot on Sunday. Oxon A finished third by a point, with Sussex B taking fourth place just ahead of Berkshire and Northants with a somewhat depleted Surrey being relegated.  Div Two will take place next week and will include Ladies’ teams which for the first time have been amalgamated with the men.

Sussex A-Dave Ingram (capt.), Nigel Senior, Ian Lelliott, Martin Cole, Colin Southouse, Matt Knight & Bob Hall.

15 Sep 2017  - Interleague fixtures are out…

Interleague fixtures for the Home/Away 2017/18 competition have been announced and Mid Sussex A will entertain Redhill B at the Hassocks on 1st/2nd October whilst Mid Sussex B start with a Bye.                          Click on the County/I’league tab to find a link showing the full programme.    - Clive T


Roy Wells (Charity) Handicap, Week 2 – 13/09/2017

Cock Utd 3, St Francis 3

Kevin Stevens 2090, Chris Little 2890

Dave Tiffin 1960, Bob Ellis 2090

Huw Lincoln and Jan Smith 1700, Shaun Morris and Nigel Bransby 2000

Kevin Stevens and Peter Shaw 2300, Chris Little and Bob Ellis 2260

David Croft 2400, Roger Wallbank 2110

Sam Hall 3130, Nigel Bransby 2110

A real see-saw match this with St Francis taking the first three games and then United taking the last three. All very close games which made for a very entertaining evening with the Clubbers, all rounded off with a good spread of food!        - Dave Tiffin


HHUSC A 3, Hassocks A 3

Ron Sheridan 2900 - 5990 Richard 'Jock' Jeffreys

after a slow start by both, Jock warmed up.

Graham Sparksman 3040 - 4670 Pete Edwards

even game until the end when Pete was on the table.

Ron/Andy Guy 7700 - 4220 Jock/Derek Taylor

Andy killed it with a 7k break

Graham/Richard Wooton 8070 - 5410 Pete/Rob Hall

Richard had an 8k break, followed by Pete's 4-5k (I only watched lol).

Richard Wooton 5580 - 10,580 Rob Hall

Bob opened with 10k, Richard finished it with 5k.

Andy Guy 3170 - 2550 Derek Taylor

surprisingly low scoring but Andy pulled through at the end.                   – Graham Sparksman

CKRBL P-P  Windmill Z

Postponed at the request of the Zeds who had players on holiday


Plough 4, Watermill 2

No report forthcoming.

Hassocks B 0, HHUSC 6

Jenny Edwards (1360) 3040 John Lear (1360) 4240

Dilly Williamson (0) 2450 Steve King (0) 7250

Barry & Dom (340) 2100 Darrell & Ian (1020) 4530

Jenny & Dilly (0) 3390 Chris & Paul (0) 3770

Chris Lamb (1700) 1700 Darrell Skinner (1020) 3150

Barry West (340) 360 Paul Jobbins (0) 6620

This game had it twists and turns Chris Lamb was really unlucky as he had a solid break going which would have sealed the leg but he 4-timed the break. I counted 4 200 shots off the back cushion in different legs. Thanks to Barry and co for a good night and to the Hassocks for a good spread as usual.               – Ian Giffen


BHCC had the Bye.

Roy Wells (Charity) Handicap, Week 1 – 06/09/2017

Hassocks A 2, Windmill Z 4

Boball 330, Graham 9530

Pete E. 1920, Mick 5500

Derek & Jock(500) 4890, Barry & Graham 2980

Bob & Pete 1420, Mick & Jim 5050

Jock(500) 9450, Clive 930

Derek(500) 680, Jim 13130

A mixture of under-par and players on sparkling form (the scores tell the story)

Good to see (for them) Jock and (for us) Barry playing again.

A good evening capped with tasty grub including breaded mushrooms          - Clive T


Cock Utd 2, CKRBL 4

No report to hand.


HHUSC A 2, St Francis 4

Mick 6120 - 2940 Nigel

Richard 6360 - 5460 Chris

Graham/RonS 1840 - 3320 Roger/Bob

Andy/Trevor 1600 - 4310 Shaun/Chris

Graham 2520 - 5450 Roger

Trevor 3450 - 5930 Shaun

Saints close season transfer aquisition Nigel Bransby lost to Mick

Chris Little lost to Richard, but it was not one sided.

Bob and Roger managed to maintain their handicap advantage against Sparky and Ron Sheriden.

Chris and myself beat Trevor and Andy

Roger played out of his skin to beat Sparky, and take defeat out of the equation.

Saints inspirational captain beat Trevor.                      – Graham Sparksman/ Shaun Morris


Plough 6, Hassocks B 0

Geoff beat Dilly

Jan beat Jenny

Jan & Dave beat Barry & Dom

Chase & Geoff beat Dilly & Jenny

Chase beat Dom

Dave beat Barry

The home side came out all guns blazing , against the rusty visitors.

The refurbished table was a pleasure to play on , and high breaks were possible.

Chips , sandwiches and mini toad in the hole ,went down very nicely.                 – Barry West


BHCC 2, HHUSC B 4 (played 07/09)

Neil Higgins 1600 iang 4130

Neil had no luck at all 

Nick Brown 2890 Steve King 3650

nip & tuck all the way but a late 700 from Steve just sealed it

Neil & Ros 6010 Darrell & Paul 2010

Some good play saw the home side pull one back

Trevor & Nick 1260 Ian & Chris 1960

Very scrappy game

Rob Driver 3140 Darrell Skinner 1620

Good to see Rob again who controlled the game all the way

Ros Appleby 2630 Paul Jobbins 4010

A good start from Paul helped him stay in front

An enjoyable evening at the new venue with sausages & chips for supper               - Ian Giffen


Watermill had the Bye

26 Aug 2017

Hi. Following on from last year’s successful return of the Charity League (aka the Roy Wells Team Handicap competition) we are running it again this year - but with a slight change, as at the AGM it was voted in to change it to 4 singles & 2 Doubles games: This allows for teams to run with 4 players and all to get a singles game. An 8.15pm start is being recommended for these matches.


The new season will start on  6th Sept 2017 with 3 weeks of Charity matches…. Revised guidelines for the Charity, Table Bands & Player Handicaps have been published and a new score card designed for purpose. Please use this card and not the normal one.


Please check that I have included all of your players and if anyone that you wish to play is not mentioned, please let me know.                       Thanks,       - Ian Giffen.

25 Aug 2017

Hi, the Fixtures for the new Season are now displayed.

We have lost one Team this season but have retained the venue, The 2 Teams at The Cock Inn have combined to form "Cock United"

We have tried to get other teams to fill the vacant slot but with no luck so we will have a bye in the Fixtures.

The Brewers team have relocated to Burgess Hill Con Club, Cyprus Rd Burgess Hill RH15 8DX

 HHUSC B & CKRBL are promoted to the Premier Division & Cock United & BHCC are relegated to Div 1.

This is based on the 12 teams we had last season.

Also on the Fixtures list in the second half 28/3 we have set aside this night for a Quiz & curry night at The Hassocks this is a result of the survey that was done last year to raise funds, more info on this will follow later.                                      Have a great season.                                   - Ian Giffen.

22 Aug 2017

Burgess Hill Constitutional Club have started as they mean to go on, by landing the East Sussex Summer Off-the-Spot League title, now in its eighth year.

They beat the holders Albion Fishersgate 4-2 who a year ago had beaten the Hassocks on aggregate scores after a tie.  Laughing Fish won the Plate Final against County Oak - again on aggregate - with Henry Brooks dominant.

A transcript of all the Competitions so far can be found by accessing the "Bygone Days" page.                - Clive T

17 Aug 2017  From the AGM...

A good harmonious 2017 AGM, with not much in the way of change.

All officers were returned, with the exception of Darren Newnham and Jenny Edwards who are replaced on the General Committee by Paul Moyes-Robb.

With the two Cock teams merging as "Cock United", the league is down to 11 teams with one Bye. There is however the prospect of this being filled before the new season gets underway. The Brewers team have moved, taking their table with them, to Mid Sussex Conservative Club (Burgess Hill).

The Charity League, which returned last year in honour of Roy Wells, was considered a success and will be repeated, but with a slight change of format: 6 frames will now be played instead of 5 with 2 singles, 2 pairs and then 2 more singles. Matches will start at 8.15pm to accommodate the extra game.                                 – Clive T

10 Aug 2017  Further dates announced by SCBBA:

At Mid Sussex Conservative Club, Burgess Hill:

Sat 6th January 2018 Sussex Doubles

Sun 7th January 2018 Sussex Singles

scbba comp form.docx (12.21 KB)

At the Roffey Club

Sat 9th June 2018 Sussex Masters ( Under 30s?? )

Sun 10th June 2018 Sussex Open                            - Tony Jenner, SCBBA


08 Aug 2017  Sussex One-Day Competition dates announced

Dates , venue and tables have been booked for the 1 Day Inter-League competitions next year. These will be held at Mid Sussex Conservative Club, Burgess Hill.

17th Feb 2018 – B Teams

18th Feb 2018 – A Teams, Div 2

24th Feb 2018 – Ladies

25th Feb 2018 – A Teams, Div 1                                                - Clive T

07 Aug 2017

Hassocks A’s Bob Hall won a high quality Bucks Open Plate Final yesterday, overturning the 12k lead that Steven Sheard (Oxon) had built. With Steven's break to come it looked curtains for Bob but an early miss from Steven let Bob in and he made an excellent 15k break for the win. Well done Bob. Bob had beaten Dawn Jordan in one semi and Steven had beaten reigning World Champion Matt Jones in the other. Brighton’s Nigel Senior made it a Sussex double, beating Hampshire’s Lee Radford in the main event.                                            -  Matt Knight, SCBBA

02 Aug 2017

News filtering through from the SCBBA AGM, held last night:

New Rule 1.

The following SCBBA competitions shall be designated as "SCBBA Closed" events

Sussex Masters

Mens Singles

Ladies Singles

Sussex Off The Spot

New Rule 2.

Entry to SCBBA Closed events shall be restricted to players who do not represent a County other than Sussex in any AEBBA individual or team event during the same calendar year (Jan - Dec).

By taking part in a SCBBA Closed competition, whether or not they have personally signed an entry form, every competitor shall be deemed to have declared that they have not represented, nor will they represent, any County other than Sussex in any individual or team event as defined by AEBBA Rule 47 during the same calendar year as the Sussex Closed event they are entering.

Any player who, having competed in a SCBBA Closed event on those terms is found subsequently to have breached this undertaking, shall be banned sine die from all bar billiards events under the auspices of SCBBA, with no right of appeal.

Home and Away Interleague competition

An Inter-League match will consist of 7 single games, the away team to have the breaks on games 2, 3, 5 & 6 and the home team to have the breaks on games 1, 4 and 7. In each of the seven games the home captain must nominate the home player first at the start of the game. Where two or more players in a team have the same surname the full Christian name shall be entered on the result card and the identity of the first named player be established before the second player be named.      - as posted on the Forum by County Secretary Jean Brackenridge.

29 July 2017

The Deadline for rule changes has passed and as far as I know none have been received which is a good sign.   (Note from Jan:  I have received one proposed rule amendment from Lorraine Hall as follows.

Charity cup, rules of play currently read:

Rule 1.  All matches will consist of 3 singles and 2 doubles games requiring a minimum of 4 players per side.

Rule 2.  The order of play wil be 2 singles, 2 doubles, 1 single.

Proposed change to be:

Rule 1.  All matches will consist of 4 singles and 2 doubles games, requiring a minimum of 4 players per side.

Rule 2.  The order of play will be 2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 singles.)

….however this doesn't mean that you get the night off, it would as always be great to see as many people as possible  attend the AGM and support the committee.                      -  Ian Giffen

27 July 2017

Just a reminder to say that if you do have any rule change proposals I need to have received them by this Friday, 28th July.

Also, the AGM is on Wednesday 16th August at Hassocks Hotel, 8.30pm start.

Many thanks                       - Jan Smith, League Secretary


26 July 2017

Jan Bithell and Lorraine Hall both made the Quarter finals of the 2017 British Isles Ladies Open played on Sunday at Roffey Club, after Jan topped Group B and Lorraine finished 2nd in Group D. Both ladies were defeated by an eventual Finalist: Lorraine by Winner Jean Brackenridge and Jan by runner-up Colleen Park.  Ros Appleby - who had finished third in Jan’s group – then went on to win the Plate, defeating Oxon’s Melissa Standbridge 7280-5990 in the two-leg Final.    – Clive T


25 July 2017

The 3rd Sussex County Off-the-Spot took place on Saturday at Roffey Club, and early running was made by Rob Hall and Andy Farmer-Wright, winner and runner-up in their qualifying groups respectively.  Both had tough draws at the last 16 stage, however, and Rob was beaten by Gareth Lloyd and Andy – in a closer match – by Dave Ingram.

There were good runs in the Plate for Ros Appleby and Paul Jobbins before both went out at the Semi-Final stage:  Ros defeated Ian Cross and then Stuart Carruthers before falling to eventual winner Phil Osborne, whilst Paul overcame Stephen Hopkins and then Lee Cable before losing to the runner-up Kyle Ingram.                 – Clive T

19 July 2017    “AGM date announced”

The AGM for Mid Sussex Bar Billiards League will be held on Wednesday 16th August at the Hassocks Hotel starting at 8.30pm.

If anyone has any rule change proposals they would like considered at the AGM could they please inform me by 28th July. This will give me sufficient time to distribute the proposals to all Captains prior to the meeting.              

I look forward to seeing you at the AGM        -   Jan Smith, General Secretary

18 July 2017

Tony’s Funeral service is at at Worth Crematorium on Friday 28th July at 12.00, followed by the wake at Highley Manor, Balcombe.

No "Funeral wear" please. No flowers, but donations can be made to the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, Worthing, BN11 4LJ.                     – Ros Appleby

17 Jul 2017

Sadly TONY DRIVER passed away late last Thursday night, after a very brave 1 year fight to recover from the strokes that had devastated him.

Our thoughts are with Beryl, Rob and Jen and all the rest of his family.

RIP Tony - your trick shots will always be legendary.

The funeral arrangements haven't been confirmed yet. I will post again when I know more.     –Ros Appleby


The following tributes have been posted on the British Bar Billiards Forum:

22 Jun 2017         - Sussex Off-the-Spot Singles

Entries are now being taken for the 3rd SUSSEX COUNTY OFF-THE-SPOT SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP.

The competition will be played on Saturday 22nd July 2017 at The Roffey Club, Spooners Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4DY  -   Entrance £10 per person   -  11.00am for 11.30am start.  

There will be a Main and Plate Competition and it is planned to have Groups for the first round to ensure that players get as many games as possible. Entries will (probably) be limited to 40 players which would mean 8 groups of 5 players and will be taken on a "first come, first served" basis. Please note that the competition is intended to be for Sussex players only.              – Dave Ingram

SCBBA Off-the-Spot entry form 2017.doc (47.5 KB)

Please note:  the competition has been moved for this year following the temporary closure of the Hurstpierpoint Club.          – Clive T

On the next day (Sun 23rd July) at the same venue it is hoped to stage the BRITISH ISLES LADIES SINGLES  (Entrance £10 per person,  11.00am for 11.30am start)  

There will be a Main and Plate Competition and it is planned to have Groups for the first round to ensure that players get as many games as possible.  


Entry Form is here - British Isles Ladies entry form 2017.doc (47 KB)                 - Dave Ingram

11 June 2017

The Sussex Masters took place yesterday at Roffey and Mid Sussex had 5 players amongst the qualifiers: Jim Greensted (2nd seed), Richard Wooton (4th),Bob Hall (11th), Lorraine Hall (20th) and Andy Farmer-Wright (23rd) featured in the 24 who were ranged in Groups of three.  Details of the results for this – and for the Open played today - are scant, but it is known that probably the best two players in the world fought out the final, with Kevin Tunstall beating Nigel Senior – as he did a day later on the way to a magnificent double.                   – Clive T

08 June 2017            MID SUSSEX FINALS NIGHT 2017     (Wednesday 7th June 2017 at the Hassocks Hotel)

Lorraine Hall won her 11th Mid Sussex Ladies Singles title with a last-ball victory over Jan Bithell who had defeated her in last year’s final.  Lorraine’s Hassocks A team also took similar revenge over Jan’s Plough team in the Team Cup Final with a reversal of last year’s scoreline. Lorraine also partnered son Rob to the Mixed Doubles title over the Brewers’ Neil and Lyn Higgins: Lorraine is a 3-times previous winner, but it was Rob’s first win having twice before been runner-up.

Player of the Year HHUSC A’s Richard Wooton - who had managed to win every single one of his league games this season - on this occasion failed to fire on all cylinders, finishing runner-up in both the Masters (2nd year running) to Derek Taylor, and in the Open Doubles (partnering Mick Kirwan): Chase Newman and Geoff Fairs gaining some consolation for Plough’s Team Cup defeat.

Del.JPG Derek Taylor Masters Winner

It was a happy night, though, for Windmill’s Jim Greensted, who this year returned to Mid Sussex - his last full season being back in 1994/95: He added the Mens Singles title to the Senior Singles (won on 30th May) and the Mens Highest Away Break and Score of 19,310 (made on 11th Jan): Third time lucky for Jim who had recently been runner-up in both the Horsham and the Worthing Singles.

A more comprehensive write-up on Finals Night 2017 is available to see by accessing “Hall of Fame”                                             – Clive T