Mumford marks season with two national titles

TROPHY SUCCESS: Phil Mumford with his trophies won at the English billiards and snooker finals, held in Sheffield
TROPHY SUCCESS: Phil Mumford with his trophies won at the English billiards and snooker finals, held in Sheffield
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SUFFOLK billiards and snooker player Phil Mumford has finished his season in style at the English finals weekend held in Sheffield, adding two national titles to his collection.

Mumford, the current Suffolk Snooker Champion, who hails from Bury St Edmunds and plays from the Pot Black Sports Bar, won both the English National Billiards Championship and the English Combined Cue-Sports Championship, which is a mix of billiards and snooker.

In the four-hour billiards final, he faced ex-professional Robin Wilson from Middlesbrough, who already had the highest break in the competition of 280 in his semi-final.

Despite a highest break of only 97 in the first session, Mumford built a lead of more than 400 points at the interval.

The second session started as the first had finished, but with an hour to play, Robin Wilson had a succession of good breaks including 127, the highest of the match, and closed the gap to 100 points.

A few nervous exchanges later and it was all over, the final score 1203-1052.

Following the final, Mumford was presented with the John Roberts Trophy which was first played for in 1870.

This win cements his place in the World Billiards Championship, which is played in Leeds during October.

The Combined Cue-Sports final consisted of six games of snooker and two games of 200-up billiards, the result being determined by total aggregate score over the eight games.

This is a new event on the national calendar, having been played for the first time last season.

Mumford’s opponent in the final was Alex Dunkley from Southampton.

The first three games were all snooker, and were all won narrowly by Mumford, who went into the billiards games with a slim lead of 50 points.

The first billiards game proved a more comfortable win, the second was a different matter, Mumford finally running out with a break of 58 to win it 200-198.

The following snooker game turned out to be a draw, but having won the penultimate game by some margin, his opponent conceded the match 648-504 with one game unplayed.