Burrows beats Jobling to win Phyllis Bell Trophy
The prestigious Phyllis Bell Trophy attracted 10 entries and players were split into two equal groups. Every competitor played at least 9 frames and the top 4 players in each group progressed to the quarter-finals.
The tournament was played at Phoenix Cue Sports in Eastwood, a terrific venue which received excellent feedback from the players.
Dave Jobling (Newark) easily topped group A with four wins from four. Mick Kirk (Anstey) and Steve Butler (Gotham) also progressed to the knockout stage with 2 wins. Karl Jones (Hucknall) joined them with William Byard (Whatstandwell) missing out.
Nav Hussain (West Bridgford) eased through with four wins and breaks of 54 and 58, which was the highest break of the day. Steve Burrows (Kegworth) finished a close second, only losing to Hussain by the odd frame. Callum Hodgman (Hucknall) finished third with two wins and Glenn Price (Gedling) fourth with one win. Audie Miller (Arnold) missed out having failed to win a match.
Steve Burrows and Glenn Price, both playing in their first tournaments for a very long time, eased through to the semi-finals with 2-0 wins. Nav Hussain was given a tough time by Mick Kirk but the ever-present West Bridgford potting machine still managed to reach yet another semi-final. Fifteen-year-old Callum Hodgman continues to impress, with his smooth cue action and positive attitude to the game, and he only just lost out by the odd frame to Mr Consistent, Dave Jobling.
Price’s fine run came to an end in the semi-finals, defeated by Jobling who had a nice 52 break. Burrows set himself up nicely for the final, with an excellent 2-1 victory over Hussain.
The final saw some quality snooker by Burrows, runs of 20 and 24 enough to take a 1-0 lead. Jobling hit back, taking the second frame despite a high break of only 16. Burrows opened up a 64 point lead in the deciding frame, thanks to a 22 break at the outset. Jobling did his best to reduce the deficit but he was always up against it, Burrows securing the title with ease.
It was a fitting victory for Burrows and a brilliant tribute to his late Grandma, Phyllis Bell, who would have been so proud to see him lifting that lovely trophy.
Burrows generously donated his £20 gift voucher to Callum Hodgman so that the Hucknall youngster can treat himself to something snooker related for Christmas.
Winner £40 + £20 gift voucher
Runner-up £20 + £10 gift voucher
Losing semi-finalists £10
Highest Break £5
Nav Hussain 58