The 2020 North West Amateur Snooker Championship

The Pontins Cup

At long last we can get the 2020 event played!

Although we will have to miss out on 2021, at least this event can now be bought to a conclusion.

The finals will be played at The George Scott Snooker Club in Liverpool on Sunday 5 December starting at 10:00am.

Lancaster Qualifiers

1. Anthony Wall
2. James Silverwood
3. Ian Martin
4. Josh Corless
5. Mark Ainscough
6. Dave Holcroft
7. Kevin Harris
8. Steve Scott

Merseyside Qualifiers

1. Mark Richardson
2. John Welsh
3. Jamie Jones
4. Eddie Lott
5. Andrew Pennington
6. Brian Robertson
7. Adam Brown
8. Mikey Roberts

Please Note: The draw will be done on the day. Any player that arrives after 10am will be docked one frame and another frame for every subsequent 10 minutes.

Dress Code: Smart

The Prize Breakdown will be announced on the day.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the current situation there seems little or no point in even trying to predict when we might be able to hold events.

We are, however, committed to completing the 2020 North West Amateur Snooker Championship. But until we are sure it is safe, we won’t be announcing any dates.

Coronavirus Update


Unfortunately we have taken the decision that it would be unwise to continue with the Grand Final on 5 April.

The event will be held at a future date, possibly the end of May after Q School.


Due to Coronavirus we will have to monitor the situation in regards to North West Open Grand Finals on 5 April.

We have a duty of care to the players and we will make announcements as soon as possible if we need to postpone.

Lancaster Qualifier – Report

The Pontins Cup
The Pontins Cup

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.

Tournament director Eddie Fielding.

Draw for the Lancaster Qualifier

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.

Prelim Round

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

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

Carlisle Qualifier Cancelled

Due to the lack of entries, the qualifier due to be held in Carlisle has been cancelled.

Those who chose to do so have been transferred to Lancaster.

Simon Blackwell is the North West Open Amateur Snooker Champion 2019

Simon Blackwell receiving the Pontins Cup from Eddie Fielding
Simon Blackwell receiving the Pontins Cup from Eddie Fielding

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 with the finalists

John Twist refereed the final stages and received a commemorative medal.

Report submitted by Eddie Fielding. 

The 2019 North West Open Amateur Snooker Championship Final

The Pontins Cup

The final of this event will take place on Sunday 7 April at the George Scott Snooker Club in Liverpool, starting at 10:30 am

The draw will take place at 10:15 and all 8 matches will start at 10:30

Dress Code is a collared shirt, trousers and shoes.
No jeans, t-shirts or trainers.
Anyone not adhering to the dress code will not be allowed to play.

Format is best of 5 frames up to the final which will be the best of 7 frames.

Winner: £500

Runner up: £250
Semi-finalists: £100 each
Quarter-finalists: £50 each
Last 16: £25 each

High break: £50

Tournament Director: Eddie Fielding 01524 67199

Marshall Retains Title

John Twist presenting the trophy to Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall has retained the title of North West Billiards Champion after defeating Chris Achilles in the final on Sunday.

The Strachan Challenge Cup

16 billiards players from across the region took part in the event at Mill Brow Sports Club, Widnes, playing for the Strachan Challenge Cup.

Four groups of four players were whittled down to eight for the knockout stage

Lancaster qualifier hailed as a great success!

45 players entered from as far afield as Widnes, Carlisle, Blackpool and Burnley to play in the northern section of the competition in Lancaster.

The 8 qualifiers were –

  • Mark Salmon
  • Leo Fernandez
  • Jason Tart
  • Danny Hicks
  • Andy Milliard
  • Mike Nixon
  • Paul Deaville
  • Robert Marshall

Ex-pros Marshall, Nixon, Milliard and Fernandez all had fairly easy passages to the final stages. Fernandez was particularly impressive, with several breaks over 50.

The performance of the tournament was by Robert Marshall who made breaks of 100, 119 and 62 in a first-round win over Mike Cousins.

Among the other qualifiers, Jason Tart was impressive with two 3-0 wins. Junior player Paul Deaville qualified from the Lancaster event for the second year running. Mark Salmon, a newcomer, did well to qualify and keeping up local interest was Lancaster’s Danny Hicks.

Other centuries were made by two local players; former winner Trevor Lamb made a 102 clearance and James Silverwood had a run of 112.

The live results reporting by Michael Waring went down very well with the players and spectators.

Everyone is now looking forward to a high quality finals day in Liverpool on 7 April. Spectators are more than welcome