Sunday 20th October 2019
The draws for this seasons competitions have been released. Click on the link below, the dates the ties are to be played by and who to contact with the result are at the bottom of the page.
Sunday 10th November 2019
Four points separate top three after week 8
Report by Andy Ellison
In the Hastings Bar Billiards League this week Nags Head B regained top spot after claiming their first whitewash of the season when they entertained Jenny Lind B. Fred Pope was back to form for Nags A and took the first with 4830 having recovered from a 2000 deficit as he took on Ian Hicks. Son Alec outscored him in the second with 5370 in his successful outing and skipper Colin Southouse drove home the advantage for Nags B with two 4000 breaks in his total of 10900, the best of the night by far. Another slow start saw Peter Payne trailing but he pulled it back to win with 4630 and Fred Pope returned to round off a successful evening for Nags B with a score of 6060 enough to ensure the 5-0 win.
At Jenny Lind A captain Ray Norton was pitted against visiting Ashburnham Arms skipper Sandy Harmer. After an encouraging opening Ray's performance tailed off as he lost a 1000 break whilst Sandy forged ahead with two substantial breaks and finished with 6600, the highest overall score of the match. In the second frame Denis Cole met Dave Pearce, in their now regular encounter. Denis built a score through a number of small breaks and held on to win comfortably. In the frame before the break, Mick Osborne took on Andrew Lipscombe, and Mick had clearly upset the bar billiards gods as his first few visits to the table resulted in plenty of scoring followed by a fallen peg or foul leaving him a good 2000 behind a consistently scoring Andrew. When Mick did manage to get into the frame it was too late to catch up. The second half of the evening saw Ray Norton against Mick Osborne, who overcame his earlier demons and opened with the highest break of the day of 4200, which saw him an easy winner of the frame. The final frame between Andrew Lipscombe and Dave Pearce saw the scores ebb and flow with each player taking a small lead in turn until Andrew managed to get ahead by 300 as the bar fell, and Dave was unable to catch up, so giving Jenny A a 3-2 victory and a blow to Ash's hopes of holding on to their title.
Old King John retained their interest in the outcome of the League thanks to a hard-fought victory over visitors Nags Head A. Andy Eldridge won a low scoring opening encounter with Chris Haynes where both players conceded more points than they retained. Skipper Andy Ellison did better in winning the next for OKJ with a 3000 break in his season's personal best of 6170. Opposing captain Jamie Minihane responded for Nags A in the third frame with his 5590 proving too much for in-form Nigel Doe. However Chris Lamb sealed the match for OKJ with his 4950 putting the hosts into a 3-1 lead. Gareth Dell dug in for Nags A with a final frame win that kept the margin of victory to 3-2 to OKJ.
These results mean that Nags Head B lead the League by 2 points from Old King John with a game in hand. Ashburnham Arms remain the leading challengers, 4 points down on Nags A but having played the same number of games. Now a blank week in the schedule allows for postponed games to be played.
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Nags B lose unbeaten start
Report by Andy Ellison
In the Hastings Bar Billiards League Ashburnham Arms ended the Nags Head B's unbeaten run and went top of the table with a 3-2 win in a very tight encounter. The highlight of the night was provided by Colin Southouse who recorded a season's new highest away break of 10060. The night started well for the home side as captain Sandy Harmer hit a 4000 break to beat Fred Pope, but the visitors got on the board as Peter Payne saw off a determined Dave Pearce. Peter got an early 3000 break, Dave fought back but his efforts were thwarted as Peter kept on scoring and a late 1000 break made sure of the win. Mick Osborne came back from an opening 3000 break from Alex Pope to win in the tightest game of the night, Mick chased the opening break down with two 1000 breaks and then a 3000 break to put the Ash 2-1 ahead. Colin Southouse started slowly against Dave White but Colin put in a sublime performance with his 10060 break to draw the game level. Dave Pearce and Fred Pope played the last game of the night in the decider. Fred got an early lead but Dave managed two 1000 breaks to take a good lead to win the final game of the night and the 3-2 overall success for Ash was the outcome.
At Nags Head A the home side took an early 2-0 lead against visitors Jenny Lind A. Chris Haynes started with a 4500 break and built up to a total of 6030 in claiming the first whilst landlord Clive Minihane bettered that score with a winning 7030 in the second. Nick Speight pulled a frame back for Jenny B against the luckless Liz Wilkinson and Liz was matched against Denis Cole in her second visit so facing Jenny's two most experienced players. Denis prevailed but Chris Haynes returned for Nags A to record 5640 and claim his second win and provide for the 3-2 victory for Nags A.
As in so many games this season the meeting of Jenny B and Old King John ended in the same 3-2 scoreline. Garry Tomlin was on the ball again with a win in the first for OKJ. Hosts Jenny B replied immediately as Alex Reardon claimed a victory with a solid-scoring performance and Jez Horsler built on this for his team with 3920 in the third frame to give Jenny B a 2-1 interval lead. Ian Hicks was very unlucky in the next, almost matching the high score for his team but coming up against in-form Nigel Doe who put OKJ level with a 4880 total. Ian showed up well in his second game too but met another strong performance from an OKJ player, this time it was Chris Lamb who posted 5360 as the best total of the night to turn the game in favour of OKJ by 3-2.
Saturday 2nd November 2019
Hastings lose in Interleague
Hastings' losing start to the interleague campaign continued last week as they went down 5-2 away to a strong Brighton C team. Chris Haynes and Fred Pope were the winners for the visitors with Fred top scoring with 4300 against the break. The Jenny Lind B duo Steve Astley and Alex Reardon put in strong performances that were unfortunate to not produce a win.
Sunday 27th October 2019
Nags B remain unbeaten in week 6
Report by Andy Ellison
Unbeaten Nags Head B held on to their record after the tightest of battles with visitors Old King John in the Hastings Bar Billiards League this week. The home side's position looked under threat as first of all Mark Bailey and then Andy Ellison stepped up to put OKJ into a 2-0 lead with similar steady scoring in both games on the away table. The third frame proved crucial as Garry Tomlin took an early lead for OKJ but Alec Pope settled into his game in the mid-frame period and recorded a good 2000 break putting him just out of reach of Garry's late flourish. Skipper Colin Southouse produced his usual dominant performance in claiming the fourth frame for Nags B with a total of 6940. However even he seemed influenced by the tense atmosphere and was unable to construct a meaningful break. With the scores balanced at 2-2 Alec Pope returned to the table for Nags B to settle the nerves for his side with a winning total of 4270 completing the comeback and preserving the unbeaten record.
The Ashburnham Arms continued their good form as they saw off the Nags Head A 4-1. Sean Croft came in to the Nags Head lineup and put in a good performance against Dave White, but unfortunately for Sean, despite maintaining parity in the first half of the game' Dave got a 1000 break to secure the win. Two of the highest scorers in the league met in the second game as Sandy Harmer played Jamie Minihane, but it wasn't the high scoring game many expected instead it was a game riddled with mistakes. Sandy kept a small lead throughout the game to put the home side 2-0 ahead. Chris Haynes was the shining light of the evening as he won the third frame for the Nags Head A with a superb 8920 opening break to give Mick Osborne no chance of winning. Dave Pearce secured the win for the home side as he won the fourth and fifth games of the night. Firstly he easily beat Jamie Minihane with three separate 1000 breaks then he went on to beat Sean Croft in the fifth game to give the Ashburnham Arms a 4-1 win.
The internal derby at Jenny Lind was resolved in favour of Jenny Lind A by a 4-1 margin. Denis Cole was the outstanding performer for Jenny A as he topped and tailed the evening with clear wins in the first and final games. Andrew Lipscombe had given Jenny A a 2-0 lead in the second frame whilst Nick Speight took the closest contest of the night with his 4240 giving him a narrow victory over Alex Reardon. It was left to Ian Hicks to claim the consolation win for Jenny B so avoiding a whitewash.
Sunday 20th October 2019
Week 5 Report
Report by Andy Ellison
In the Hastings Bar Billiards League Ashburnham Arms beat Jenny Lind B 4-1. The home side went in to an early 3-0 lead with lady luck playing a part. Dave White took the first leg for the home side beating Ian Hicks. With the scores level Ian lost a 1400 break which would've seen him with a commanding lead. Dave managed to clear after the bar to win by 290 points. Home captain Sandy Harmer put the home side in a 2-0 lead with a 6000 and a 4000 break to defeat Jez Horsler. Mick Osborne ensured the win for the home side as he squeezed past Steve Astley, yet again the visitors didn't have the luck as Steve Astley lost his opening break of 2200 which would have been a winning score. Mick managed to stay ahead of Steve to win with 1990. The visitors won their first game of the night as Alex Reardon kept ahead of Dave Pearce throughout the game and a 680 break at the death ensured the victory for the visitors. Mick Osborne won the final game of the night coming from behind to beat Andy Horsler to win the best game of the night and ensure a 4-1 victory for Ash.
Unbeaten Nags Head B shaded the Nags Head derby as skipper Colin Southouse laid down a marker a with an opening score of 9470 as opponent Chris Haynes lost an early break. Peter Payne followed up with a strong performance for Nags B and Fred Pope ensured the overall result in the closest game of the night with 4700 giving him a narrow margin of victory over Jamie Minihane. Nags A fought back after the break though as Gareth Dell posted a winning total on his seasonal debut and Chris Haynes returned to the table to record 8960 in the final frame and claim the win that kept the Nags A's winning margin to 3-2.
Another tight encounter occurred at Jenny Lind A where visitors Old King John took an early lead thanks to in-form Garry Tomlin but the hosts fought back as Nick Speight edged out Chris Lamb in the best contest of the night. Denis Cole followed this for Jenny A with another win that saw his side lead 2-1 at the break. On his extended visit Phil Lambourne made a good start in the next but was hauled in by Andy Ellison's persistence and the scores were level going into the final frame. Nigel Doe kept all of his good form of recent weeks and recorded 5520 as the best total of the night in claiming the decider and giving OKJ the 3-2 win. Next week the teams begin the reverse fixtures as halfway point has been reached. Postponed games have to be played so the League leadership is unclear but things are tight at the top.
Tuesday 15th October 2019
Week 4 Report
Report by Andy Ellison
With leaders Nags Head B having to postpone their scheduled fixture, champions Ashburnham Arms laid down a marker for the defence of their title in the Hastings Bar Billiards League with a second successive win on their visit to Old King John. The hosts gave notice that they were up for the challenge with Chris Lamb claiming the first frame with a solid performance but in the next Sandy Harmer put in a captain's effort for Ash to put his side level as Andy Ellison lost a key break around the mid-point in the frame. Nigel Doe maintained his good run of form for OKJ, recording 5210 as the best total of the night in claiming the third game, giving the home side a 2-1 lead. After the break Dave White showed his skills and experience to put Ash on level terms again with 4470 proving his side's best of the night. As in many matches in the League this year, all depended on the final frame. Garry Tomlin built a steady lead for OKJ and looked favourite to win, however Mick Osborne fought hard to stay in touch. It came to a final ball challenge and both players took three shots before Mick deposited the red ball in the 200 hole to claim the game and a 3-2 win for Ash.
Nags Head A could only field two players on their visit to Jenny Lind B. Ian Hicks put the home side into an early lead but Clive Minihane claimed one win for Nags A whilst son Jamie managed the two victories that put his side into a 3-1 lead with a high of 9060 in his second win. Andy Horsler pulled one back for Jenny B to leave yet another 3-2 scoreline with Nags A claiming the spoils.
Monday 7th October 2019
Week 3 Report
Report by Andy Ellison
In the Hastings Bar Billiards League Ashburnham Arms made an amazing comeback to snatch a home win over Jenny Lind A. Visiting captain Ray Norton led by example, winning the first against Mick Osborne. Denis Cole continued the superb start for the visitors with a win over Sandy Harmer. Sandy held the early lead but Denis came back with a 3400 break which was good enough to claim the game. Phil Lambourne put in an appearance for Jenny A but came up against Dave White who kept the home side in the match with a win. Home Skipper Sandy Harmer returned to record two 3000 breaks and level the scores at 2-2 and Mick Osborne completed the comeback for Ash, building a 3500 lead which proved too much for Nick Speight to pull back at the end.
Jenny Lind B were hosts to Nags Head B, with Andy Horsler putting the home team in the lead with an easy win over Alec Pope as Alec failed to deal with an unusual left hand roll, Alex Reardon looked good for another win for Jenny B in the second with Colin Southouse also struggling, but a small break near the end secured a point for the Nags Head skipper to even things up. In the third frame Fred Pope found the mark with a strong opening break for Nags B and continued his good form throughout to take the win in a tight match against Steve Astley, The fourth saw Jenny B even the scores with a good win for Ian Hicks in another tight one with Ian top scoring on the night for the home side with 3240, The overall spoils went to the Nags Head B by 3-2 thanks to Colin Southouse winning the last with 6000 and 3000 breaks to amass the night's top score of 11480 and help maintain the side's early season lead in the table.
At Nags Head A new players Liz and Kell Wilkinson put in brave and unlucky performances against Old King John's Mark Bailey and Garry Tomlin but steady play from the experienced visitors saw OKJ into a 2-0 lead. Things changed as Jamie Minihane took to the table and he compiled the season's highest break of 11000 and amassed a total of 14890 in winning the third frame and bringing the score back to 2-1. The next two frames were much more competitive as Chris Haynes built a lead for Nags A in the fourth but Nigel Doe showed his powers of recovery for the second successive week to win with 4410 and put OKJ ahead 3-1. The final frame was even more remarkable with Chris Lamb building a good lead on his return to competitive play. However he was caught on the final ball by Nags landlord Clive Minihane who hit a 2850 break to almost pull level and then took the frame with a last ball 200 shot and a total of 4680 meaning a 100 point victory.
Monday 30th September 2019
Hastings lose interleague opener
The Hastings interleague side went down 5-2 away to Mid Sussex in their first game of the season. The home side had a great start and found themselves 2-0 ahead, Andy Farmer-Wright scored the highest break of the night with 5330 to see off Alex Reardon and Geoff Fairs battled well to beat Jamie Minihane who struggled to clear with all the balls up the back of the table. Sandy Harmer top scored for the visitors as he made the score 2-1 with a win over Ian Giffin. Derek Taylor scored the highest score of the night with 8460 to beat luckless Fred Pope. Chris Haynes gave the visitors hope with a strong performance to beat Paul Moyes-Robb but Paul Jobbins made sure the visitors went home with nothing as he came back from over 3k down to beat Clive Minihane which included a 1300 break at the death to snatch the win. Ros Appleby completed a disappointing night for the visitors by making the score 5-2 with a win over Dave Pearce in the final game of the night.
Saturday 28th September 2019
Nags B remain unbeaten
Report by Andy Ellison
The second week of the new season in the Hastings Bar Billiards League saw Nags Head A visit Jenny Lind A. Clive Minihane opened the evening for the Nags A with a win in a close game, his 2500 break was enough to counter Andrew Lipscombe's early 1200 break, and some consistent scoring saw Clive over the winning line. Jenny A captain Ray Norton opened the next frame with a 1200 break and followed this with a lost 1300 break when he potted the balls in the break shot 4 times, and later when in a commanding position black pegged, and Peter Crabtree romped to an easy win. The 3rd frame was an epic between Jamie Minihane and Nick Speight each player matching other with similar breaks but towards the end of the frame Nick built a lead, and when the bar fell Jamie was on the table and attempting to catch up. The final ball needed to be dropped into the 200 hole, but Jamie black pegged and the frame was Nick's. Denis Cole was drawn in the final two frames for Jenny A and was able to beat both the Nags A new players Kel and Liz, a couple who put on a brave show but had no luck between them, and their scores did not reflect their efforts. So an enjoyable game ended in the result of Jenny A 3 Nags A 2.
Nags Head B beat Ashburnham Arms 3-2 on an eventful night .Colin Southouse started in emphatic style for Nags B with a thumping win over Sandy Harmer. Sandy couldn't get to grips with the table and Colin took full advantage with breaks of 4980, 4920 and 2800 with an ensuing total of 15050. Fred Pope continued the run of form for the home team with a win over Dave Pearce. After a tight opening Fred edged ahead but Dave fought back to near equality but Fred notched a 2070 break to continue his good run of form and run out a comfortable winner. Mick Osborne put Ash on the scoreboard with a win in a close game with Alec Pope. A break of 1500 proved decisive for Mick as the balls became lodged at the top of the table and Mick kept his lead to secure the win. Alec bounced back however to claim the fourth as he overcame the challenge of Dave White. Dave built an early lead but uncharacteristically hit the black peg. Alec took advantage but Dave fought back with two 1000 breaks. However Alec's reply of 1800 was enough to see him home by 180. Dave made amends in the final game of the night as he beat Fred Pope. His total of 4400 was best of the night for Ash and saw him home comfortably.
Old King John entertained Jenny Lind B and were put on track thanks to a blistering start from Garry Tomlin who included a break of 2120 in a new personal best of 5030, leaving Ian Hicks trailing somewhat. Jez Horsler looked good for Jenny B in the next but Nigel Doe shrugged off a shaky start to total 3750 and double the lead for OKJ. Steve Astley put a halt to their progress in the third frame though with his side's best of the night. His total of 3380 proved too good for Andy Eldridge. The fourth was always likely to be pivotal and so it proved as a cagey tactical battle was resolved in favour of Mark Bailey for OKJ with Andy Horsler unable to mount a real challenge. Scores continued to tumble into the final frame where OKJ skipper Andy Ellison secured the 4-1 result with a win a very ordinary encounter.
Tuesday 24th September 2019
B sides start season with wins
The new season has started with the friendly rivalry between the A and B team at the Jenny Lind.
Opening match saw Jenny A captain Ray Norton lose his break early, and Jez Horsler knocked in an impressive 2,400 break on the way to taking the first leg.
Denis Cole in his 3rd successive "last" season, took the second to level the score with steady scoring to record a high score on the night of 6400.
Third up was Andy Horsler, the Jenny B captain, who took a much closer frame to edge the B's into the lead.
Nick Speight levelled the frame score with a 3500 break and a 5,500 overall total, but the frame would have been much closer had Alex Reardon lnot ost a late 2k break.
The final frame was tense match between Ray Norton and Ian Hicks, both players with late breaks to keep the very score close, until Ian potted the last 2 balls to win by 110 points.
Final score Jenny B 3 - Jenny A 2.
Old King John entertained long-time rivals Nags Head B and another close match ensued. Andy Eldridge was first out of the blocks for OKJ with the first 3000 break of the season and a total of 5900 in a much- cherished success over Nags B skipper Colin Southouse. Fred Pope replied immediately for Nags B with a win in the second but Andy Ellison completed a double for the Andys with 4680 in the third to give OKJ the interval lead. Alec Pope posted 4450 to win the fourth for Nags B and outscore his Dad! Nigel Doe was the unlucky victim here as he was close to levelling the scores but played the break shot four times to concede his score. The irrepressible Colin Southouse stepped up to make amends for his earlier defeat with 6310 in the final frame to edge his side home for a crucial 3-2 away success. The game between Nags Head A and Ashburnham Arms was postponed through player unavailability.
Saturday 31st August 2019
2019/20 Fixtures released
The fixtures for the coming season have been released.
Saturday 31st August 2019
All the minutes, accounts and reports from this years AGM can now be viewed via the link below.
Tuesday 5th August 2019
NAGS HEAD B TAKE 4 PIN TITLE
Report by Colin Southouse
The final match of the Hastings and District Bar Blliards League season took place on 31st, the season consisted of the normal 3 pin league followed by a 3 pin handicap league topped off with the new 4 pin version, there will now be a short break to recharge the batteries before the league restarts toward the end of September 19.
The Nags Head B played their stable mates the A's, The 1st game saw skippers Colin Southouse and Jamie Minihane lock horns Colin opened with a break of 3370 but though Jamie had plenty of chances thereafter failed to make inroads to the deficit & Colin finished on 4920,. In the 2nd Fred Pope continued in the same vain for the B's with a steady total of 2870 including 3 breaks, the highest being 1030, the 3rd saw Jamie of the B's charging ahead with another 4 pin master class and his 2nd onslaught on the 1st ever 10k 4 pin score for this version of 4 pin coming up just short on 9600, the total included 2x2k breaks and 3x1k breaks. The 4th saw Nags Head landlord Clive Minihane even things up with a score of 2950 thanks to 3 breaks the highest being 1010, the 5th was a friendly game with 2 1st timers paying each other Jack Pope pipping his pal Byron Lear to the finish line with a total of 670 The 6th and final game of the match saw Fred Pope B,s come out on top with his 12 win of the season finishing with a new PB of 4260 leaving the final score 4-2 in favour of the B's.
The Jenny Lind A were hosts to the Asburnahm lads, in the 1st Dave Pearce for the Ash finish on a creditable 1810 with 1 break over 500, the 2nd saw Dave White just pip his opponent by 20 points to take the win with a final score of 1570. The 3rd saw Ash skipper Sandy Harmer make in 3 -0 with a total of 1780 thanks to 2 breaks over 500. the 4th saw Jenny skipper Ray Norton fight back with a winning total of 1510, the 5th saw Sandy Harmer win his 2nd of the night with the highest total of the night of 2810 including a break of 1120, The 6th and final game of the night went to Jenny A's Andrew Lipscombe with a strong 2nd half of the season he finished on 1590 leaving the Ashburnham winning 4-2, however neither result made an impact on the final league positions with the Nags Head B's remaining undeafeated all season... Though there is all to play for next season with the newcomers all improving their scores and techniques in what was a very enjoyable and refreshing format of the game.
Important Dates for October 19 / November 19
Jenny Lind B 2-3 Nags Head B
Nags Head A 2-3 Old King John
Ashburnham 3-2 Jenny Lind A
Nags Head B P-P Jenny Lind A
Old King John 2-3 Ashburnham
Jenny Lind B 2-3 Nags Head A
Nags Head A 2-3 Nags Head B
Ashburnham 4-1 Jenny Lind B
Jenny Lind A 2-3 Old King John
Nags Head B 3-2 Old King John
Jenny Lind A 4-1 Jenny Lind B
Ashburnham 4-1 Nags Head A
Sussex Interleague Division Three
Brighton C 5-2 Hastings
Ashburnham 3-2 Nags Head B
Nags Head A 3-2 Jenny Lind A
Jenny Lind B 2-3 Old King John
Nags Head B 5-0 Jenny Lind B
Old King John 3-2 Nags Head A
Jenny Lind A 3-2 Ashburnham
Nags Head A v Ashburnham
Sussex Interleague Division Three
Horsham v Hastings
Jenny Lind A v Nags Head B
Ashburnham v Old King John
Nags Head A v Jenny Lind B
Nags Head B v Nags Head A
Jenny Lind B v Ashburnham
Old King John v Jenny Lind A