Richard Lillie shines to take big billiards title

York Press: Acomb’s Richard Lillie, left, beat club-mate Tim Lister, right, in the York Conservative Clubs’ Hair Flicks Hylton Foster Billiards Championship Acomb’s Richard Lillie, left, beat club-mate Tim Lister, right, in the York Conservative Clubs’ Hair Flicks Hylton Foster Billiards Championship

ACOMB’S Richard Lillie claimed the York Conservative Clubs’ Hair Flicks Hylton Foster Billiards Championship when he beat club-mate Tim Lister in the final at Fulford.

Playing off a plus-50 handicap, Lillie quickly reached 100 points while two-time former winner Lister, off a handicap of minus-ten, had only managed to reach 34.

However, Lister fought back with a break of 35, comprising a potted white plus 11 reds, to trail by only six points at 110-104.

Lillie responded to go 129-104 in front and, although Lister replied to lead 132-129, he then led 154-132.

Lister levelled at 154-154, but he missed his chance to take the crown and Lillie eventually ran out with three reds, including the final ball along the top cushion, to win 165-154.

In the semi-finals, Lillie had a comfortable 165-73 win against Bootham’s Tim Fillingham (plus 15 handicap).

Lister made a 25 break to lead 82-69 in his semi-final against Bootham’s Colin Robinson (plus 15 handicap). Robinson fought back to lead 121-119 and they were level at 132-132, but Lister then forged ahead and finished with a 16 break to win 165-144.

Ken Taylor, Alan Reed and Fillingham refereed, while the trophy and awards were presented by David Appleby, the sponsor and owner of Hair Flicks.

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