NPO Heathcote edges Miles in five frame Newport Pool Open thriller


For immediate release
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011


NEWPORT (Shropshire): Former Newport Pool Open champion Antony Heathcote overcame his inner demons and immense pressure from Andy Miles to win his first round match of the 2011 Carling Newport Pool Open in a tie-break fifth frame.

Heathcote edged into a 1-0 lead and had a black for a seven-ball clearance in rack two to make it 2-0. But he missed the pot and Miles duly cleared the table to level the match. The next three frames were nip and tuck with Heathcote managing to hold his nerve at the death to seal a place in the second round.

His brother Greg Heathcote overcame an out-of-sorts Mike Jones in straight frames in their first round clash at the NRBL and Luke Jones survived a bout of jitters against Mark Hodskinson to proceed to round two. Open organiser Neil Perkins dropped the second frame in a tight four-rack tussle with Russ Goodchild at the King’s Head.

Ed Keenan made light work of Neil Haseley to reach round two in three frames, but defending champion Mick Collins stumbled past Stu Morrey in four frames, after his opponent had twice squandered golden opportunities to seal frames and fouled in the process.

Fireman Dave Marshall had all guns blazing to oust Tom Sayce in three frames, while Tavern landlord Ian Roberts lost a 2-1 lead to Stafford’s Will Edge and succumbed in the tie-break frame.

Jack Jones blamed a Shrewsbury hangover for his play in the opening two racks against a recovering Kim Rigby. But Jones managed to sweat his way through the next three frames to seal a nervous victory in five racks. A dejected Ben Clews threatened retirement from the sport after losing 2-3 to Stafford’s Chris Broomhall and snooker player Jason Taphouse was too much for an out-of-sorts Graham Tigwell in a 0-3 win at the King’s Head.

Mick Beech glided into a 1-0 lead against Ben Longstaff on Monday night, but Longstaff hit back with a useful clearance in frame two to level the scores and Beech’s own demons got the better of him from then on, with his opponent benefiting from two slack shots to take the next two frames.

Ian Roberts and Steve Morrey wasted no time in getting the better of Lyn Day and Chris Perry in their first round Worthington’s Doubles Open match and Neil ‘Hurricane’ Haseley and Dave Price squandered a couple of chances to get back into a match they eventually lost in straight frames to the Wheatsheaf’s Mark Hodskinson and Nigel Sandbrook.

Andy Miles and Will Dorsett were made to work hard for a 3-1 victory over Trevor Smith and Paul Burton. The LSC players found themselves in a 2-0 lead, but Burton hit back with a useful clearance to pull a frame out of the bag, only for a cruel in-off to cost him a chance of levelling the match in frame four.

Graham Tigwell and Ross Goodchild potted all five blacks in their 3-2 victory over Andy Lycett and Jack Jones at the Shakespeare. The first two cost the pair both frames, because they were foul shots, but the King’s Head duo struck back to win the next three and secure the match.

Results should be sent by text message to 07831 123153 with the names of both players and the score clearly stated. Second round matches must be played by Tuesday, August 30th.

2011 Carling Newport Singles’ Open

1st round results
Mike Jones (Wheatsheaf) lost to Greg Heathcote (Tavern), 0-3
Ross Goodchild (King’s Head) lost to Neil Perkins (King’s Head), 1-3
Luke Jones (Wheatsheaf) beat Mark Hodskinson (Wheatsheaf), 3-1
Neil Haseley (Tavern) lost to Ed Keenan (King’s Head), 0-3
Stu Morrey (Tavern) lost to Mick Collins (King’s Head), 1-3
Tom Sayce (Wheatsheaf) lost to Dave Marshall (Shake), 0-3
Ian Roberts (Tavern) lost to Will Edge (Stafford), 2-3
Andy Miles (Tavern) lost to Ant Heathcote (Tavern), 2-3
Jack Jones (Wheatsheaf) beat Kim Rigby (Shake), 3-2
Ben Clews (Shake) lost to Chris Broomfield (Stafford), 2-3
Graham Tigwell (King’s Head) lost to Jason Taphouse (Tavern), 0-3
Ben Longstaff (Tavern) beat Mick Beech (NRBL), 3-1

2nd round draw
Keith Rogers (Cannock) v Mick Collins (King’s Head)
Neil Dale (Stafford) v Chris Broomfield (Stafford)
Jason Taphouse (Tavern) v Colin Pink (Hinstock)
Irene Whittington (King’s Head) v Cyril Evans (Whitchurch)
Russ Woodhouse (Tavern) v Ben Longstaff (Tavern)
Matt Mansell (Sutherland) v Ed Keenan (King’s Head)
Trevor Smith (King’s Head) v Wayne Dodd (Sutherland Arms)
Luke Jones (Wheatsheaf) v Jack Jones (Wheatsheaf)

Ian Perry (King’s Head) or Dave Price (Tavern), Dave Marshall (Shake), Ben Holmes (Shake), Greg Heathcote (Tavern), Neil Perkins (King’s Head), Antony Heathcote (Tavern), Bob Perry (King’s Head) and Will Edge (Stafford).

2011 Worthington’s Newport Doubles Open

1st round results
Lyn Day/Chris Perry (King’s Head) lost to Ian Roberts/Steve Morrey (Tavern), 0-3
Neil Haseley/Dave Price (Tavern) lost to Nigel Sandbrook/Mark Hodskinson (Sheaf), 0-3
Andy Miles/Will Dorsett (Tavern) beat Trev Smith/Paul Burton (King’s Head), 3-1
Jack Jones/Andy Lycett (NRBL) lost to Ross Goodchild/Graham Tigwell (King’s Head), 2-3

2nd round draw
Irene Whittington/Phil Emery (King’s Head) v Mike Jones/Luke Jones (Wheatsheaf)

Mick Manning/Colin Pink (Market Drayton) v Neil Perkins/Ashley Vaughan (King’s Head)

Tom Fisken/Warren Lewis (Sutherland Arms) v v Wayne Dodd/Matt Mansell (Sutherland Arms)

Ian Roberts/Steve Morrey (Tavern) v v Mick Collins/Ed Keenan (King’s Head)

Chris Broomfield/Will Edge (Stafford) or Ian Perry/Rob Perry (King’s Head) v Kim Rigby/Lauren Heathcote (Shake) or Al Harvey/Paul Skitt (Wheatsheaf)

Paul Trevor/John Williams (NRBL) or Mick Beech/Ant Heathcote (NRBL) v Nigel Sandbrook/Mark Hodskinson (Sheaf)

Andy Potter/Dave Marshall (Shake) or Louise Anyon/Lorna McPhee (King’s Head) v Andy Miles/Will Dorsett (Tavern)

Tom Sayce/Liam Matthews (Wheatsheaf) or Luke Hayward/Charlie Hayward (Telford) v Ross Goodchild/Graham Tigwell (King’s Head)

2011 Newport Women’s Open

Quarter-final draw

Laura Brennan (Shake) v Sam Frost (Shake)

Lucy Hennessey (King’s Head) v Louise Anyon (King’s Head) or Lorna McPhee (King’s Head)

Irene Whittington (King’s Head) v Hannah Evans (Shake) or Vicki Hipkins (Plough Woodseaves)

Kim Rigby (Shake) or Vicki Winter (Plough Woodseaves) v Lauren Heathcote (Shake)


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Neil Perkins, NDP Publicity Services, Tel: 07831 123153

Facebook group: 2010-2011 Newport Pool League and Newport Pool Open


Date issued: 03/08/2011

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