English Billiards - 2016 LITEtask Scottish Open
30th & 31st January 2016 / Edinburgh Corn Exchange, Scotland
CHAMPION CAUSIER CONTINUES STREAK
David Causier's current stranglehold on World Billiards events shows no sign of loosening, as he claimed another major honour with the 2016 LITEtask Scottish Open.
35 players representing five different countries competed in the Scottish capital. They were all vying for the 'Elden Cup', in honour of Hugh Elden, a Scottish national champion and international player who sadly passed away in 2015.
Causier made relatively light work of his four person round robin in advancing to the Last 16 knockouts.
There he dispatched fellow Englishman Brian Harvey 869-300 with the aid of a 256 break.
He amassed the biggest total of the weekend in his crushing victory over Peter Shelley (1196-138) in the Quarter-Finals, registering runs of 308, 259, 198, 156 and 128.
In the Last 4 he faced familiar rival and defending champion Peter Gilchrist. The pair had clashed in October's World Championship Long Up and November's British Open Finals - both of which Causier won.
And he would repeat the outcome again, coming through 624-472, thus gaining revenge for his final defeat to Gilchrist last year.
In this final he would meet Phil Mumford, who survived keenly contested match-ups against Robert Hall and Steve Brookshaw in the quarters and semis respectively.
But Causier wouldn't be denied the £640 winner's purse, though, as he succeeded 615-343 with a brace of centuries.
It is remarkably his fifth consecutive title on the World Billiards circuit. He achieved the treble at the World Championships in Leeds (first time it had ever been done) and followed it up with the British Open.
In the Plate competition, Phil Davis narrowly ousted Chris Coumbe 125-114 in the final.
For further information and full results, please visit the World Billiards website here. We also thank them for the use of the above photograph!
Written and published by Michael Day on the 3rd February 2016