Phil Mumford adds two titles to his collection

Phil Mumford finished off his season in style at the English finals weekend in Sheffield, adding two national titles to his collection.

Mumford, the current Suffolk Snooker Champion who hails from Bury St Edmunds and plays from the Pot Black Sports Bar, was victorious in both the English National Billiards Championship and the English Combined Cue-Sports Championship, which is a mix of both billiards and snooker.

In the four-hour billiards final he faced ex-professional Robin Wilson from Middleborough, who already had the highest break in the competition of 280 in his semi final.

Despite a highest break of only 97 in the first session, Mumford built up a lead of over 400 points at the break.

The second session started as the first had finished, but with an hour to go Robin Wilson kicked in to gear, and with a succession of good breaks including 127, the highest of the match, he closed the gap to 100 points.

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A few nervous exchanges later however and it was all over, the final score 1203-1052.

Following the final, Mumford was presented with the John Roberts trophy (which was first played for in 1870 and is believed to be the oldest trophy in existence for the national championship of any sport.

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This win cements his place in the World Billiards Championship which is played in Leeds during October.

The Combined Cue-Sports final consisted of six games of snooker and two games of 200up billiards, the result being determined by total aggregate score over the eight games.

This is a fairly new event on the national calendar having been played for the first time last season. Mumford’s opponent in the final was Alex Dunkley from Southampton.

The first three games were all snooker, and were all won narrowly by Mumford who went in to the billiards games with a slim lead of 50 points.

The first billiards game proved a more comfortable win. The second was a different matter however, Mumford finally running out with a break of 58 to win it 200-198.

The following snooker game turned out to be a draw, but having won the penultimate game by some margin his opponent conceded the match 648-504 with one game un-played.

This has capped off a successful season for the ex professional snooker player, having already featured in the semi final of the World Billiards Championship and narrowly failing to regain the European Championship title he last won in 2008, going down by 16 points in the final.

He also ended the season as English number one in the over 40’s snooker category, an achievement which sees him nominated to the European Masters Championship in Latvia next week, and also in to the World Masters Championship in Egypt during November.

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