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SEVEN-time world champion Emma Bonney does it again
LACK of practice did not prevent seven-time world champion Emma Bonney stamping her authority on the International Ladies Billiards Championship.
Bonney broke the resistance of her teenager opponent Hannah Jones with a run of 50 halfway through the hour-long final at Cambridge Snooker Centre.
The 37-year-old from Portsmouth pocketed £200 prize money donated by an anonymous sponsor.
“It was close after the first half hour and then I made a 50,” said Bonney. “That changed the game. I got away in the second half.”
Bonney, who notched up a 108 break in her local league over the summer, added: “I’ve made a few breaks in the league but I’ve not had time to practise.”
“It’s very nice to have another event, as well as the World Championship.”
In the semi-finals, 17-year-old Jones (Derby) pipped Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs) by just three points while Bonney accounted for Kim O’Brien (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk).
Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts) claimed the Plate title.
The World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association event saw the debut of Norfolk teenagers Rochelle Woods, 15, and Josie Wright, 13.
Bonney said: “It’s good that young players are coming up.”
And WLBSA chairman Mandy Fisher added: “Rochelle and Josie were both immaculately turned out. They’re lovely youngsters.
“They certainly could be forces to be contended with in the future. I’m hoping to see them at more events.”
Fisher thanked Cambridge Snooker Centre for hosting the tournament and added that it was “wonderful” the sponsor has agreed to back next year’s event.
Round robin Group A: Emma Bonney (Portsmouth) 249-94 Gaye Jones (Melksham, Wilts), Bonney 242-156 Hannah Jones (Derby), Bonney 322-53 Trudy Lambert (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk), H Jones 266-63 G Jones, H Jones 189-67 Lambert, G Jones 121-76 Lambert.
Breaks: Bonney: 52, 43, 38, 35, 30.
Round robin Group B: Eva Palmius (Isleham, Cambs) 246-103 Rochelle Woods (Kings Lynn, Norfolk), Palmius 216-85 Josie Wright (Thetford, Norfolk), Palmius 226-57 Kim O’Brien (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk), Woods 148-101 Wright, O’Brien 124-96 Wright, O’Brien 127-108 Woods.
Breaks: Palmius: 45, 30.
Semi-finals (£50): Bonney 363 (32, 33, 37, 43)-96 O’Brien, H Jones174-171 Palmius.
Final (£200/£100): Bonney 259(50)-160 H Jones.
Plate semi-finals (£10): Woods 118-116 Lambert, G Jones 105-96 Wright.
Plate final (£40/£20): G Jones 119-97 Woods.
Pictures by Mandy Fisher
Champion Emma Bonney
Finalists Hannah Jones (left) and Emma Bonney
Plate winner Gaye Jones