Billiards: Jonathan Marwood set for next international assignment

From left, Steve Crossland, Billy Bousfield, Jonathan Marwood, Rob Hall, Chris Taylor, Darren Kell, Paul Snowden and Jim McCann

From left, Steve Crossland, Billy Bousfield, Jonathan Marwood, Rob Hall, Chris Taylor, Darren Kell, Paul Snowden and Jim McCann

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EASINGWOLD cueman is Jonathan Marwood is steadying himself for his next taste of international action after making his England debut on the green baize.

The 41-year-old, who is head of PE at Easingwold School, represented his country at billiards in last month’s four nations encounter in Dublin involving the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Austria.

The next international assignment for Marwood – who plays club billiards for the Harrogate Conservative Club in the Harrogate League and for his native Harome in the Ryedale League – is against Northern Ireland in Derby in January.

He got the England call after becoming one of the top eight players in the country, having made his mark in nationwide ranking tournaments.

The four nations competition was a round-robin event, with points earned in each match aggregated into final tallies. England were easy winners, taking 64 points out of a possible 72, with Northern Ireland (36) second, Ireland (30) third and Austria (14) fourth.

Players earned one point for winning a first-to-150 short-form game, and two for winning a timed game in which whoever led after 90 minutes was the victor.

Marwood won a timed game 306- 238 against an Austrian opponent as well as two short-form games 150-8 – with breaks of 58 and 50 – and 150- 93.

Against Northern Ireland he won a short-form game 150-123 and lost one 150-74, and he lost both games against the home nation, 150-77 and 150-79.

His England side, though, won all three of their matches overall.

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