8 players from the Preston qualifiers will join the 8 from Liverpool at the Stephen Hendry Snooker Club in Preston on Saturday 29 April.
Andy Williams, Emre Eves, Michael Wrigley, Marc Daugherty, Andy Rae, Dave Holcroft, Gaz Edwards and Jason Lawrence qualified from Preston.
Reigning champion John Whitty, who is aiming to win the title for a record fifth time, Simon Blackwell, Alex Millington, Ian Brumby, John Welsh, Josh Thomond, Mick McKeever and Bob McCune all qualified from the qualifying event at George Scotts in Liverpool.
Alex Millington’s break of 115 is the current highest break of the tournament.
The Lancashire area qualifiers for this years North West Open will take place at the Stephen Hendry Snooker Club in Preston on Saturday 5 March.
The Liverpool area qualifiers will take place at George Scott’s on Sunday 3 April.
The last four players remaining from each qualifying event will go forward to the Grand Finals which will also be at George Scotts on Sunday 8 May.
All matches will be on a KO basis with all matches being Best of Five frames.
The draws will take place the weekend before each event.
All players will be notified of the draw and their scheduled match time as soon as possible after the draw.
There will be NO cash payments accepted on the day of the competition.
All entries should be received before the closing dates –
Lancashire: Friday 25 February at 9pm
Liverpool: Friday 25 March at 9pm
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL PLAYERS MUST BE OF AMATEUR STATUS AND BE RESIDENT IN THE NORTH WEST OF ENGLAND.
DRESS CODE: Smart Casual (No jeans /T-shirts/ trainers allowed.
Entry fee is £20
To enter: Please send Tony Cook a message via WhatsApp or SMS to 07850030916 – saying which event you would like to enter.
Please don’t call. Tony is likely to still be in America and either performing, travelling or sleeping!
Tony will contact you to advise you of the bank details
You may only enter one of the events!
***FUTURE COMPETITIONS NEWS***
We will be announcing details of an exciting new competition starting in September which will be called the North West Snooker Masters. We will also be bringing back the North West Junior Championship in June this year which will be for the Bob Tonge Trophy.
In spite of atrocious weather conditions, 40 players turned up in Lancaster to contest the northern section of this tournament.
The tie of the preliminary round saw James Silverwood beat Farakh Ajaib 3-2. James had an 89 clearance, 88, 48 and 45, and Farakh breaks of 42 and 34 in the frames he won.
Other impressive performances came from Ian Martin who made a 56 break in the first frame of his 3-1 victory over David Stephenson, and Danny McDonald who beat experienced Gary Knowles 3-0 aided by a 54 break.
The next round of matches again saw Silverwood rise to the challenge, defeating the holder Simon Blackwood 3-1, with breaks of 51, 48 and 46. Other notable performances were by Kevin Harris who beat Richard Alston 3-1 with 4 breaks over 40.
Other good breaks in the first two rounds were made by Jack Cullingan, 84 and 56, Steve Scott, an 80 clearance, a 69 from Michael Cousins and 50’s from Mike Nixon and Josh Mulholland.
The qualifying round saw young newcomer Anthony Wall narrowly defeating Tyler Whittaker on the final pink. Silverwood struggled against Alan Pearson who led 2-0 but hit back to take the next 3 with a top break of 53. Jack Culligan hit the highest break of the day, a 90, in the first frame of his match against Ian Martin, however Ian took the next 3 to qualify. Josh Corless was particularly impressive in beating Mike Nixon 3-0 with breaks of 67, 47 and 45.
The other qualifyers with consistent performances were Mark Ainscough, Dave Holcroft, Kevin Harris and Steve Scott. A special mention should be made. Josh Naylor, a local lad with cerebral palsy, playing in his first tournament outside league play acquitted himself very well in spite of losing his match 3-0.
The Lancaster Qualifier for the NWBSA Open Amateur Snooker Championship 2020 will take place on Sunday 16 February at Squires Snooker Centre in Lancaster.
All Matches Best of 5 **Smart Dress Code**
Players in the Prelim Round matches M1 to M9 should be at the venue in time to start at 10:30am. Matches M10 to M14 can start as soon as a table becomes available.
10.30am Start M1. J Tart v A Pearson M2. J Silverwood v F Ajaib M3. D Stephenson v I Martin M4. P Govan v S Croft M5. M Wilcock v J Snape M6. M Nixon v W/O M7. M Simm v D Hicks M8. R Alston v W/O M9. G Knowles v D McDonald
11.30am M10. M Ainscough v J Simpson M11. A Stackhouse v D Holcroft M12. P Burns v N Morris M13. A Jeffers v W/O M14. T Arnott v V Gemson
Round of 32 (approx Midday roll on/roll off )
Winner M1 v T Lamb Winner M2 v S Blackwell Winner M3 v M Cousins Winner M4 v J Culligan Winner M5 v J Corless Mike Nixon v J Cassidy Winner M7 v J Wibberley R Alson v K Harris Winner M9 v D Taylor Winner M10 v J Purcell Winner M11 v A Veitch Winner M12 v J Mulholland A Jeffers v Z McClelland Winner M14 v D Wilcock A Wall v M Salmon T Whittaker v J Naylor
Players who reach the LAST EIGHT, will qualify for the Grand Finals on Sun 5th April in Liverpool
On Sunday the 7 April 2019 the last 16 of the North West Open Amateur Snooker Championship was played at the George Scott Snooker Club in Liverpool
The first round began with Alex Taubman in fine form beating Tony Kinsella 3-1 with breaks of 52, 90 and 76.
Robert Marshall could not repeat his fine form from the Lancaster event losing easily 0-3 to Leo Fernandez. Leo made breaks of 39, 44 and 49.
Clayton Humphries had a comfortable 3-1 win over Jack Bradford, finishing off with a 73 break.
Junior player Paul Deaville continues to improve, winning the first frame against Mark Salmon on the black, then recording an 80 break in the next frame before wrapping up the match 3-0.
Andy Milliard had a titanic battle with David Holcroft. David made an 86 break to level the match at 2-2. However, Andy replied in the decider with 82.
In the remaining matches, Simon Blackwell beat Jamie Jones 3-0, Sean Maddocks beat Jason Tart 3-1 and Mike Nixon received a walk-over with the non-attendance of Danny Hicks.
The first quarter-final was a cat and mouse affair, with Alex Taubman taking the opening frame. Leo Fernandez levelled with 33 and 36. Alex again took the lead, aided by a 48 break. Leo dominated the fourth frame with a top break of 38. Alex at last produced his best form and took the decider with a 68 break.
Paul Deaville continued his fine form, defeating Clayton Humphries 3-1. Paul had a top break of 55, while in the only frame Clayton won, he made an 80 break.
Andy Milliard started off well against Simon Blackwell, winning the first frame with a 50. From then on, it was downhill as Simon won the next three.
Sean Maddocks played out a marathon match against Mike Nixon. Sean established a 2-1 lead before Mike hit back with a 56 break. The decider was a very tense affair with Sean trailing for most of the frame before snookering Mike on the blue and eventually potting the pink for the game.
The semi-final produced straight forward wins for Taubnan over Deaville, three nil and Blackwell over Maddocks, three one.
The final started with Taubman taking the first frame with the aid of a thirty nine break. There then followed an exhibition of consistent power potting by Blackwell who reeled off the next four frames in style to take the magnificent silver trophy, on loan from Thurston’s museum, a replica trophy and the five hundred pound winners cheque.
Alex received a cheque for two hundred and fifty pounds and a trophy.
Robert Marshall had the highest break of one hundred and nineteen, worth fifty pounds.
John Twist refereed the final stages and received a commemorative medal.