English Billiards - 2017 LITEtask British Open
2nd & 3rd December / Q Gardens, Bradford, England
CHAMPION CAUSIER CARRIES ON...
David Causier followed up his World Championship victories from October & November with success at last weekend's LITEtask British Open - defending the title once again.
In the first World Billiards event since the sport's biggest festival six weeks ago, Causier produced a number of powerful performances throughout in what was the last tournament of 2017.
A healthy starting entry of 42 began in Bradford; as always, the players were split into Round Robin groups with Knock-Out action the order of the day for those who qualified.
Causier had no issues topping Group A, winning all four matches and with none of his opponents able to reach three figures. He registered 2 centuries, 3 double-centuries, 1 triple-century and a 572 which ended up being the highest of the competition.
In the Last 16 the Englishman destroyed Gary Norman 1058-118 (breaks of 378, 265, 162), although his Quarter and Semi-Final wins over Robert Hall and Robert Marshall were far more competitive. Against Hall he top scored with 330, whilst 259 was his best v Marshall.
His opponent in the final would be Peter Gilchrist; the player he defeated for the World Championship Long Format title recently.
The outcome here would be similar to the one then (this time even more impressive), as Causier won by a huge margin in a 1240-114 result. It featured brutal runs of 135, 231, 411, 103 and 330 unfinished.
It is apparently the eighth consecutive tournament that Causier was won at the Q Gardens venue.
Gilchrist - who represents Singapore, also went through to the final undefeated. He enjoyed a thrilling and dramatic Last 4 victory over Martin Goodwill. Gilchrist took, and held onto the lead just before the time expired. He fashioned an unfinished break of 100 to progress by just 12 points.
In the Challenge event newcomer Barry Russell defeated fellow Plymouthian Chris Coumbe for the title.
For more information and a link to the full results,please visit the World Billiards website here.
Image above is courtesy of World Billiards
Written and published by Michael Day on the 4th December 2017