Byfleet & District
Billiards & Snooker League

   
 
 

The Byfleet & District Billiards & Snooker League was founded in 1946 and has developed into a highly competitive league for players of all standards. We currently run 4 divisions of 8 teams for Snooker and 3 divisions of 8 teams for Billiards with over 300 players registered throughout.

The Snooker season runs from September through to February, with a number of knockout competitions running throughout. Billiards starts immediately after the Snooker has finished and runs until June.

We hope you can find what you're looking for in our website, whether you're a new player looking for a local league in which to play, a current player checking out the league tables, or just generally interested in Snooker. You are more than welcome to browse our site and if you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Latest News

thumbWOKING CONS TEMPORARY HOME - RIPLEY BRISTISH LEGION
March 10, 2019
All Division One billiard teams please note that Woking Conservative 'A' will be playing their home matches at RIPLEY BRITISH LEGION CLUB, 27 ROSE LANE, RIPLEY GU23 6NE whilst their billiard room roof and other damage is being repaired. This is effective as from today March 10th.
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thumbSNOOKER HANDICAP & PAIRS FINALS REPORT
March 7, 2019
HANDICAP FINAL Steven Williams deservedly won the Snooker Handicap title after a typically fluent performance in the final against a pugnacious Stephen Kerr. Kerr had a 14 start and most of the first frame was fairly even and considered until Williams broke clear with a tidy 30 break to move 25 clear with three reds left. He was starting to find the rhythm that makes him one of the easiest players to watch in the entire Byfleet League and quickly followed up with a 33 clearance that began with an excellent mid-range straight red stunned into the yellow pocket. Leading by 50, Williams was immediately in the balls again at the start of the second frame. Another break of 28 gave a 78 lead and realistically put the match out of Kerr’s grasp. However, he didn’t lose heart and showed excellent temperament to make a neat 31 with the pressure really on. In fact, this seemed to help Kerr’s game and he reduced his arrears to 35 with two reds left. The penultimate one was despatched smoothly into the top corner but Kerr was unlucky not to get position on a colour in a congested baulk area. Williams potted the final red and rolled up behind the black. Kerr missed the yellow from the resulting snooker and conceded immediately. Both played well and Steve Williams will obviously be chuffed to add this title to his collection. Earlier, in the semi-finals: the turning point in the first frame between Williams and Danny Hocking came when Danny, who had a 14 start, was very unlucky to go in-off a red and leave it up while on a break of 22. This handed Steven the initiative and he went on to make a break of 39 in the decider. Stephen Kerr gave James Cullen a 21 start and finished 28 behind after a lengthy opener in which the reds ran awkwardly. A considered break of 42 at just the right time gave Stephen a narrow lead early on in the decider. It was still anyone’s match with the reds in open play. James fluked an extraordinary snooker in baulk between yellow and brown and must have thought it was his night when Steven first hit the pink and then left all the reds up. But James later rattled a black and Steven made 23 from the chance to lead by 22 on the green. James took this from distance, following up with brown but just finished short of good position on the blue. He still needed all the balls but unfortunately missed the blue into the green pocket and left it up over the yellow pocket. Steven made no mistake. PAIRS Chris Rigby and Andy Darken are champions after one of the finest breaks you’re likely to see – and what a time to make it. A trademark long red drilled into the top corner set the tone for a magical 90 by Chris in which his positional play around the black spot was flawless. He played a couple of excellent cannons and took two blacks into the corners from tight on the rail. If Chris was nervous, he certainly didn’t look it as the prospect of a remarkable century break loomed. A wonderful dead-straight long pot on the yellow from the opposite side cushion was the shot of the night. Unfortunately, the green thwarted Chris, but even so – to produce a break like this, let alone on such an occasion, will live long in the memory. It clearly knocked the stuffing out of Tom and Luke who were immediately frozen out as the decider became a formality. Chris and Andy reached the final after another convincing semi-final win over John Monckton and Dalton Lawrence. Chris set the tone almost immediately with some crisp potting and Andy also looked very confident in the balls. John crucially cleared blue to black at the end of the first frame to reduce the deficit to 38 going into the decider. Dalton had a rotten bit of luck – potting the third last-red and simultaneously going in-off. This left him and John needing snookers. The task was too great despite a valiant effort. In the other semi-final, Martin Court hit the ground running with a break of 31. However, Tom Howick’s excellent 34 clearance gave him and Luke the narrowest of leads. Martin was again potting well, but rattled the final red with the colours in good positions for a clearance. Luke played an excellent snooker on the yellow, leaving it in open play with the white behind the blue. Martin and Andy missed twice, handing Tom and Luke the lead. Although Tom cleared to the brown, they were only 12 ahead on the blue. Martin attempted a shrewd snooker off the top cushion to rest behind the black, but the white just popped out into the open and Luke sank a half-ball blue into the middle. Thanks to Mark Court for refereeing, Bob Mason and Woking Snooker Centre for hosting these finals and his contiuned and long term support. Also thanks to Phil Vowels for this excellent report on a great evenings snooker. Chris Rigby - take a bow, great break, very well played. KJ
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thumbBILLIARDS COMPETITIONS DETAILS - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
March 1, 2019
The draw for both billiards competitions have now been made and are on the website. The closing dates differ due to an extra round to be played in the billiards handicap. These closing dates must be adhered to so please arrange your matches quickly. The finals will be played on the dates shown and the venues will be published shortly. CONTACT RULES - THE FIRST NAMED PLAYERS HAVE 14 DAYS FROM THE START OF THE ROUND TO CONTACT THE SECOND NAMED AND ARRANGE THE MATCH. IF NO CONTACT HAS BEEN RECEIVED AFTER THE 14 DAYS THE SECOND NAMED IS TO THEN BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING CONTACT AND CAN PLAY THE MATCH AT THEIR HOME CLUB. IF NO CONTACT IS MADE BY THE CLOSING DATE FROM EITHER PLAYER, BOTH WILL BE ELIMINATED. BILLIARDS CHAMPIONSHIP - The matches are first to 200 up to and including the semi finals with the final over 90 minutes play. BILLIARDS HANDICAP - The trophy will be named and engraved in memory of George Harris. The handicaps are based on 200 points, on an owe and receive basis. For example, if a player Owes then he has to score 200 plus the amount he owes before the other player reaches his designated amount. If a player Receives then he has to score 200 less the amount he receives. If in the case of the tie between Ryan Mears and John Chiverton in Round Two, the handicap is Ryan Owes 60 and John receives 80 therefore Ryan has to score 260 points before John scores 120 to win the match. HANDICAPS - With quite a few 'new to billiards' entries this season the handicapper has had to assess some handicaps on very little criteria. If you have a query on a handicap then please contact me by text on 07767796102 and briefly give your reason why a match handicap should be reviewed. The aim is to make the matches as fair as possible and with your help we will do our utmost to succeed. All results by email to: andrewrockingham@hotmail.com or by text to me on 07767796102. Good luck. KJ
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thumbSNOOKER HANDICAP & PAIRS FINALS REPORT
March 1, 2019
HANDICAP FINAL Steven Williams deservedly won the Snooker Handicap title after a typically fluent performance in the final against a pugnacious Stephen Kerr. Kerr had a 14 start and most of the first frame was fairly even and considered until Williams broke clear with a tidy 30 break to move 25 clear with three reds left. He was starting to find the rhythm that makes him one of the easiest players to watch in the entire Byfleet League and quickly followed up with a 33 clearance that began with an excellent mid-range straight red stunned into the yellow pocket. Leading by 50, Williams was immediately in the balls again at the start of the second frame. Another break of 28 gave a 78 lead and realistically put the match out of Kerr’s grasp. However, he didn’t lose heart and showed excellent temperament to make a neat 31 with the pressure really on. In fact, this seemed to help Kerr’s game and he reduced his arrears to 35 with two reds left. The penultimate one was despatched smoothly into the top corner but Kerr was unlucky not to get position on a colour in a congested baulk area. Williams potted the final red and rolled up behind the black. Kerr missed the yellow from the resulting snooker and conceded immediately. Both played well and Steve Williams will obviously be chuffed to add this title to his collection. Earlier, in the semi-finals: the turning point in the first frame between Williams and Danny Hocking came when Danny, who had a 14 start, was very unlucky to go in-off a red and leave it up while on a break of 22. This handed Steven the initiative and he went on to make a break of 39 in the decider. Stephen Kerr gave James Cullen a 21 start and finished 28 behind after a lengthy opener in which the reds ran awkwardly. A considered break of 42 at just the right time gave Stephen a narrow lead early on in the decider. It was still anyone’s match with the reds in open play. James fluked an extraordinary snooker in baulk between yellow and brown and must have thought it was his night when Steven first hit the pink and then left all the reds up. But James later rattled a black and Steven made 23 from the chance to lead by 22 on the green. James took this from distance, following up with brown but just finished short of good position on the blue. He still needed all the balls but unfortunately missed the blue into the green pocket and left it up over the yellow pocket. Steven made no mistake. PAIRS Chris Rigby and Andy Darken are champions after one of the finest breaks you’re likely to see – and what a time to make it. A trademark long red drilled into the top corner set the tone for a magical 90 by Chris in which his positional play around the black spot was flawless. He played a couple of excellent cannons and took two blacks into the corners from tight on the rail. If Chris was nervous, he certainly didn’t look it as the prospect of a remarkable century break loomed. A wonderful dead-straight long pot on the yellow from the opposite side cushion was the shot of the night. Unfortunately, the green thwarted Chris, but even so – to produce a break like this, let alone on such an occasion, will live long in the memory. It clearly knocked the stuffing out of Tom and Luke who were immediately frozen out as the decider became a formality. Chris and Andy reached the final after another convincing semi-final win over John Monckton and Dalton Lawrence. Chris set the tone almost immediately with some crisp potting and Andy also looked very confident in the balls. John crucially cleared blue to black at the end of the first frame to reduce the deficit to 38 going into the decider. Dalton had a rotten bit of luck – potting the third last-red and simultaneously going in-off. This left him and John needing snookers. The task was too great despite a valiant effort. In the other semi-final, Martin Court hit the ground running with a break of 31. However, Tom Howick’s excellent 34 clearance gave him and Luke the narrowest of leads. Martin was again potting well, but rattled the final red with the colours in good positions for a clearance. Luke played an excellent snooker on the yellow, leaving it in open play with the white behind the blue. Martin and Andy missed twice, handing Tom and Luke the lead. Although Tom cleared to the brown, they were only 12 ahead on the blue. Martin attempted a shrewd snooker off the top cushion to rest behind the black, but the white just popped out into the open and Luke sank a half-ball blue into the middle. Thanks to Bob Mason for use of the tables at Woking Snooker Centre and his continued support and to Mark Court for refereeing. Also thank you to Phil Vowels for this excellent report.
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thumbDRAMATIC FINISH TO JERSEY TRIPLES FINAL
February 27, 2019
The Lightwater Village Club trio of STUART CONNOR, JAMES CHIVERTON and JOHN CHIVERTON completed a remarkable comeback to win the Jersey Triples on the final black against TONY CHARLTON, TONY MUNDY and PAUL HARRISON from the New Haw Social Club. The draw pitched Lightwater talisman STUART CONNOR playing TONY CHARLTON in the important opening frame. Both tried to string breaks together but some excellent pots produced little rewards. TONY contained STUART very well and led by 5 points until leaving the pink near a top pocket with black on its spot. STUART duly potted the two remaining colours and with the handicap of a 14 start kicking in New Haw took a 6 points advantage going into frame two. TONY MUNDY got off to a good start and extended his teams advantage with some good potting and astute safety play.JAMES's opportunities were half chances and scraps. Building up a healthy lead TONY looked like he would leave his team a long way in front. At this point JAMES decided to play more attacking and some excellent pots gave him some confidence. Going into the colours JAMES needed the majority to keep his team in the tie. They both battled away a but unluckily for JAMES his attempt at the black resulted in the cue ball in the back of a middle pocket. The decider saw PAUL start with a 27 points advantage against JOHN CHIVERTON. PAUL began well potting two or three good reds but narrowly failing to gain good position on high colours. JOHN had to be patient and wait for his chances. PAUL looked set throughout this frame to put the match out of reach but a few chances went begging and a foul when bridging over a red to pot a ball all conspired to give JOHN hope that he could pull off a unlikely victory. Suddenly balls were over the pocket for him and with just blue, pink and black left on the table he was 1 point in front after good pots on yellow, green and brown. With the pink and black in safe positions it was still wide open. JOHN intentionally knocked the pink into open play to put pressure on PAUL on the blue. To JOHN's dismay PAUL nearly went in off on the blue but then saw the object ball fly round the table and disappear into a top pocket. PAUL needed one of the two remaining balls and some good safety by both followed. JOHN again intentionally pushed the black off the back cushion, in fact very near to a bottom pocket. Only thin cuts on the pink were the options for both players until PAUL left a long half chance that was a do or die as JOHN would have little chance of keeping the pink safe if he missed. BANG, in it went as clean as a whistle, now just the black. Normally it was a 9/10 shot but with the whole match at stake it still had to be potted. JOHN sank it and the match was over Lightwater had won by 9 points. Aggregate scores matches are notoriously difficult to play in as every colour especially the last three are effectively worth twice their value. Defending a lead is sometimes as difficult as chasing one. In my opinion JOHN's decision to develop the pink and black into open play proved to be a masterstroke. He was the hero of the night in a match that was played in great spirit by two very sporting teams. Thanks to Ian Geldard and the West Byfleet Social Club for hosting this and other finals throughout this season. KJ
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thumbSNOOKER DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
February 26, 2019
All four snooker divisional championships were decided at the Woking Snooker Centre last Thursday evening. Premier Division - PAUL BUNYARD defeated IAN ROSE 2- 0 in his semi final 67(31)-37, 57-25 and RYAN MEARS overcame ANDY CHAUHAN 2 - 0 in the other semi 70-33, 83(32,33)-0. The final - This was a repeat from last season with the same outcome. PAUL took the title for the 5th time in the past 8 years but not without a battle. RYAN got off to a good start and led until a fiendish snooker left the cue ball tight behind the brown with three reds remaining changing the frame. Several close attempts were judged as fouls and misses and when the escape was finally achieved the reds were left on. PAUL held on to take this frame and clinched the match in the next. 72-47, 60-17. Division One - Just one semi was played on the night with MARTIN COURT winning 2 - 0 against JAIMIE HUCHINSON. JOHN MONCKTON had won his semi final a few days before, beating TOM HOWICK. TOM being committed to competing in a pool tournament on finals night. The final - It went to the black ball in the deciding frame with JOHN holding his nerve to pot the winning ball into the green pocket after MARTIN had came back strongly after JOHN had led by 20 or so for most of the frame 54-71,48-21, 48-44. Division Two - Both semi finals went the distance with ALEX JONES coming from 1 down to win 28-52, 55-38. 59-21 against MICHAEL DOHERTY and in an all Lightwater tie JAMES CHIVERTON overcame NEIL GRANT 53-8, 21-63, 55-28 to reach the final. The final - ALEX JONES completed a championship treble having won the Division Three title for the last two seasons by way of a 2 -0 win against James 49-28. 71-38. His excellent potting at crucial stages aided this victory. Division Three - TONY DAVIS got to the final with a 2-0 win over ADRIAN SMALL 55-19, 60 -34 but had to wait a while to see who his opponent in the final would be. LIAM CONNAUGHTON and GARY HYNDS were battling it out over the full three frames for the honour. GARY is a previous champion and his renowned battling qualities were needed to the full after losing a close opening frame. He took the last two frames narrowly to make the final 35-46, 48-30, 62-47. The final - A war of attrition best sums this one up and inevitably went to the deciding frame. Both were determined to make opportunities scarce for each other. Tony went one up,GARY levelled and eventually at nearly midnight TONY quadrupled the blue to put the frame beyond doubt after GARY required blue, pink and black. This capped a fine season for TONY having helped his team become division winners. 64-26, 21-52, 53-27. Thanks to Phil Vowels, Ben Dodds, Liam Connaughton, John Chiverton and Martin Perry for refereeing or scoring and to Bob Mason of Woking Snooker Centre for use of so many tables for the evening. Once again it was a great night of snooker with a big crowd of supporters and spectators. Congratulations to all the players who reached these competitions finals night. KJ
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thumbSNOOKER SEASON'S ROUNDUP
February 1, 2019
The snooker season finished on Thursday with a remarkable 9 out of the 14 matches played ending in draws despite much at stake. In the PREMIER Division SUNNINGHILL COMRADES 'B' finished the season unbeaten and retain their title by a staggering 19 points. Last season's promoted STAINES CONS 'A' had a great season finishing runners up. MATT FORD'S 119 was the highest of 5 centuries to take the high break prize. 88 was the lowest break to get in the top ten!!!! PAUL BUNYARD and RYAN MEARS shared the most number of breaks over 25 with 33 each, SEAN HARVEY was breathing down their necks with 31 despite playing fewer frames. DIVISION One - WALTON COMRADES 'A' continuing their rapid rise to the top having won Division Three and Division Two in previous seasons took the Division One title. A fantastic achievement and they will be in the Premier next season. CAMPHILL finished runners up and are promoted back to the Premier which they contested in the 2016/2017 season. Highest break of 72 was made on the penultimate week of the season by STUART CONNOR pipping CHRIS RIGBY's 70 break from September. STUART with 21 breaks of over 25 was the leading break maker. DIVISION Two - you can be forgiven thinking that these were the only fixtures being played with all of the social media hype surrounding it but in a Titanic season long battle NEW HAW SOCIAL 'B' came out on top on most wins having finished on equal points with WEST BYFLEET SOCIAL 'C'. These two teams dominated the division throughout the season and after finishing third last season NEW HAW reaped the benefit of their consistent play to gain promotion to Division One. Despite many weeks of drama it was absorbing watching this division play out. Congratulations to both teams on an epic battle. ALEX JONES took individual honours with a highest break of 53 and 7 breaks over 25. DIVISION Three - WALTON COMRADES 'B' completed a superb double for the club taking the title with STAINES CONS 'C' climbing out of the division after many, many seasons finishing as runners up. LIAM CONNAUGHTON taking individual break honours with a highest of 30 and 4 over 25. OTTTERSHAW 'A's ANDY JACKSON gets a special mention having lost just twice in the season. Congratulations to all teams and players mentioned on your achievements. It has been a great season of snooker. Well done and thank you to all players and clubs on making Thursday match nights so enjoyable and something to look forward to. KJ
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thumbLEAGUE'S RECORD BREAKS
January 17, 2019
A summary of the highest breaks in the Byfleet Billiards and Snooker League follow:
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