Year 3 of 4-pin activity…………….
FIRST ENGLAND CHALLENGE MATCH……….
On Saturday 25th July 2015, an England Select team of eight including 3 of our league players Clive Thompson, Colin Southouse and Phil Osborne, responded to a request for a friendly 4-Pin challenge match and journeyed to the Bay Horse in Sudbury.(Suffolk)
Despite England using players with the cumulative best performances in the first 3 East Anglian Opens, the Bay Horse ran out triumphant winners by 11-5.
Aside from the embarrassing defeat, a good day was enjoyed by all with the pub offering excellent hospitality – and it is hoped that this will now become a regular annual fixture. - CT 27/07/2015
Scores (home team first):
Group 1 Results Bay Horse 6 v 2 England
1. Dave Lillie 620 v 2190 Colin Southouse
2. Jeremy Fry 2800 v 2470 Mal Spier
3. Alisdaire Carnegie 2880 v 1290 Michelle Baden
4. Brenden Hoare 1210 v 1280 Phil Osborne
5. Chris Drake 1890 v 1740 Nigel Senior
6. Steve Hale 2080 v 1520 Curt Driver
7. Colin Norlage 1760 v 1750 Simon Coleman
8. Jason Lawrence 2970 v 1240 Clive Thompson
Group 2 Results Bay Horse 5 v 3 England
(Lowest previous scores from each side played then the next lowest and so on...)
9. Dave Lillie 2320 v 2290 Clive Thompson
10. Brenden Hoare 1530 v 1550 Phil Osborne
11. Colin Norlage BP(x4) v 1370 Michelle Baden
12. Chris Drake 2110 v 1240 Curt Driver
13. Steve Hale 3970 v 250 Nigel Senior
14. Jeremy Fry 3850 v BP Simon Coleman
15. Alisdaire Carnegie 3080 v 2100 Colin Southouse
16. Jason Lawrence 1410 v 2320 Mal Spier
The players’ reactions………………..
“Plenty of games going to the last Ball (Games 4,5,7,9 &10.) Well done to the Bay Horse team, who were a lot stronger than last year vs Ashburnham Arms, nice to see some progress. The visitors struggled to score on the break leaving the hosts to capitalise on some easy starts too often
Thanks to Chris Drake for looking after us so well and to all The Bay Horse team who made the day an enjoyable one, I think we might give them more to think about next time round.
Well done to Dave Lillie and Curt for making the match happen” - Colin Southouse
“A great day, well worth making the effort: road layout improvement west of Colchester meaning journey only took 2 hours. We were looked after very well, a sumptuous breakfast greeted our arrival, and a great hot chilli for lunch. Many thanks for such great hospitality.
Well, England Select got a good old-fashioned spanking on the narrow table.....but well done to the Bay Horse, the increase in confidence (and competence !) of their players over the last year was great to witness: some of them may well be short odds for next year's Open.
All the Bay Horse players played like demons, all looked like they were capable of 3k each game. I was well impressed with the 'bottle' displayed by Colin Norlage in his comeback in the first game, and Dave Lillee's 1350 break against me in the second game, which included 3 consecutive shots into the 200 hole !
Most importantly, we were amongst friends and long may that continue.” - Clive Thompson
“A very enjoyable day of billiards in Sudbury yesterday. Well done to the Bay Horse team that really showed us how to play 4- pin on a narrow table. Hopefully we can visit again next year to have another go ? Well done to Phil Osborne who won both games for us” - Curt Driver (capt.).
“Good match, thanks to Curt and Dave for organising it. The narrow table certainly played its part in the match, I never really got to grips with a decent break shot which I think could be said for most the England team.
Hopefully this could be an annual fixture I am sure we could give the Bay Horse a better run for our money next time.” - Nigel Senior
“Great day, great fun, great hospitality....and some bar billiards too. Many thanks to our hosts from the Bay Horse, and to the organisers (from both sides) - I echo others in saying it would be good to make this an annual fixture.“ - Mal Spier
“It was a great day at the Bay and I really do hope it was enjoyed by all. While this was just a bit of fun and the result never really mattered it was of course nice to win.
The table certainly played it's part and us 4 pinners felt things had been reversed. At our Open we play on tables that most of us only see once a year while the three pinners play on them regularly, this time we were playing on a table we knew, it really is such shame we can’t get 8 narrow tables for our Open.
I'm sure next year will be different, although I'm not too sure where you will find another narrow table to practise on, but at the end of the day it is only a bit of fun. I think the day was topped off by the food that Kayla and Charlie put out for everyone
Once again a big thank you to all the England players, see you all next year.” - Dave Lillie, Sudbury BB League
Eastbourne 4-Pin Summer League, run in lieu of Crawley 4-Pin League for Summer 2015
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The Sussex Summer 4-Pin League, now in its third year, was staged this time around by Eastbourne and included for the first time a team from Brighton (the Hollingbury): All in all it was a huge success once more.
The plan for expansion to anything up to 12 teams (with the formation of extra divisions) remains on the back burner but this will only come about if teams are found to take part within the two extremities of Horsham and Hastings. Sponsorship has been secured for the next two years to raise the profile and hopefully attract more interest.
The season finished with the traditional 7-a-side Inter-League challenge, this time staged at the Windmill (Crawley). Given below is the match scorecard and a write-up:
4-PIN INTER-LEAGUE CHALLENGE MATCH @ Windmill
*Even breaks all games.
Another fun night of 4 pin. Notable breaks:
1590 Phil Osborne
1070 Chris Haynes
1070 Stewart Chant
1070 Stewart Chant
2000 brk lost by Peter Payne; More points lost than kept Joe Oakley, though Joe is well on the way to being a good 4 pin player.
The "away" home table proved decisive tonight with the Hollingbury boys struggling to keep scores. But still a great version to be mastered, nice to hear sponsorship secured for the next 2 years…… hopefully some of those following this will put their names down to play next year. - Colin Southouse
A fair assessment from Colin, and a pleasant evening enjoyed by all. The Crawley contingent were a bit depleted (Tony unable to make it) and yours truly was as much use to the team as a chocolate teapot !
A hat-trick of wins now for Eastbourne, but many thanks to the Brighton boys for giving their all and helping us to improve on last year's result.
The joy about having a one-off annual Interleague challenge is that we can reach our own compromise on the format ! Breaks 1-4-7 and 2-3-5-6 is in the tradition of Sussex Interleague, with the addition of 'balls back for 2nd player' which both of us have championed in the past. Whilst reverting back to the 'good old days' of having a random draw rather than captains’ nominations. - Clive T
I thought Tuesday’s match was best evening so far, looking forward to seeing you all again next year for more fun and frolics - and of course more 4 pin ! - Chris Haynes