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COME BACK KING INGRAM TAKES THE CROWN.
The 2014 Bar Billiards World Champion is David Ingram of West Sussex. In the tournament final, played at the Merton Hotel on Sunday evening, he overcame a massive half time deficit of over 14,000 points to snatch victory from multiple former champion Kevin Tunstall of Worthing.
The individual championship started on Saturday morning with the 132 entrants playing in groups of four on a 'round robin' basis. Ingram coasted through his group, winning all three of his matches to make it to the last 64, as far as he had reached in any of his previous appearances.
Tunstall also enjoyed a trouble free ride into the draw for the knockout stages of the competition from where both of the eventual finalists eased into a last 16 which consisted predominantly of U.K. based players. Two Jersey players - James Jeanne of the Trinity Arms and Devonshire Inns' Alan Le Blond also made it through, as did previous champion Trevor Gallienne of Guernsey, but none of the three Channel Islanders were to reach the quarter finals.
Ingram went through following a close tussle with Tony Jenner of Littlehampton whilst in the other half of the draw Tunstall was enjoying an ominously easy journey towards the final.
And what a final it turned out to be, not a 'nip and tuck' encounter but definitely a match of two halves.
Tunstall chose to take the opening first leg break and there was a shock for all as he missed an up the table recovery shot and came off the table with just 500 points scored.
Ingram, certainly the under dog in most peoples eyes, now had a great chance to upset the odds. He soon achieved the break back but then slipped up in a similar way to his opponent with his reply at just 980 points.
Tunstall very rarely gives his opponents a second chance and his next visit to the table saw him run in a substantial 15,030 break to open up a more than useful halfway lead of 15,530 to 980.
Then came one of the biggest turn rounds ever seen in the 33 year history of the tournament. Ingram now had the advantage of the break in the second leg, and from the outset realised that the fast scoring but sometimes risky 'split' shot would be the only tactic to use to get him anywhere near the required total.
And use it he did, to great effect. Scoring at around 1,000 points a minute and under the most intense pressure, Ingram began closing in on the target he had been set whilst knowing that one serious mistake would end his chances. The break was not without one or two nervy excursions to the top of the table but as the bar dropped inside the table trapping the balls, Ingram was all but home. After one or two simple pots the magnificent 15,820 break was logged and the victory was then assured with Tunstall conceding in sporting style.
The weekends' activity had begun with the opening rounds of the Doubles Championship on Friday evening. The final stages took place on Saturday evening and local duo Nigel Ryall and Graham Bisson of the Trinity Arms made it through to the last four where they went out to eventual runners up Mark Trafford and Keith Hollis from Oxfordshire.
The 2014 Doubles Champions are the 'hybrid' pairing of Brightons 'Jim Millward and Trevor Gallienne of Guernsey. With both being former individual world champions they proved to be something of a dream team enjoying a serene path to the final where they strolled to victory by15,220 points to 970.
The individual Plate competition, for first round losers, was won by Nigel Senior of Brighton, an England International, who had been fancied by many as a contender for the World title. He muscled his way through to the Plate final knocking in a phenomenal 35,700 double game total on the way. In the final he overcame Robert Hall of Sussex by 15,910 to 11,660.
Jersey enjoyed some success in the Junior Championship which was won by Joshua Gardner who finished with maximum points in the 'round robin' format, just ahead of local girl Tia Hopwood.
The presentations were carried out by joint organisers Sean Le Beuvant and Graeme Le Monnier, and an emotional 2014 World Champion said, in a short speech, how proud he felt getting his name on to the trophy and that he was looking forward to defending his title in the 2015 Championships which have been confirmed for early November at the Merton Hotel.
written by Nigel Bisson
COME BACK KING INGRAM TAKES THE CROWN. The 2014 Bar Billiards World Champion is David Ingram of West Sussex. In the tournament final, played at...