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World pool champ stars at Lowestoft exhibition

PUBLISHED: 12:03 18 March 2011

Pot Black owners Aidan Owens and Fran Calvert with international pool player Mick Hill

Pot Black owners Aidan Owens and Fran Calvert with international pool player Mick Hill

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LAST Saturday, at the newly refurbished Pot Black Snooker club, a first-ever pool exhibition was held showcasing the talent of the current world champion Mick Hill.

A respectable turnout saw Mick agree to play everybody that wanted to play him, consistently showing the regulars how the game should be played.

At first it looked like no-one was going to take a frame off the cueist until a good performance from Dave Sutton took the first one and from then on the nerves settled and a few more frames were stolen during the night.

It was good to see the turnout was not limited to just the pool players of the town, having as many snooker players turning their hand to the smaller table and giving Mick a run for his money.

During the evening one of the regular snooker players Mark Denny set the ball rolling by offering to pay to play Mick and the money was to go to the charity of Mick’s choice being the Cancer Care charity.

After this the floodgates opened and Glen High of the Ole Frank requested that Mick Hill and one of the new Pot Black owners, Aidan Owens, played a best of nine match for the named charity, which Mick very kindly agreed to.

This was a close run match as both players have met on a regular basis and the scoreline can always depend on who can break the best on the night. Saturday was no exception with both players showing why they have achieved professional status in both their pool careers and displaying for the majority of the time how the game should be played. With the score standing at 4 – 3 to Mick, Aidan had the break, unfortunately with the force of his shot the cue ball left the table leaving Mick and easy clearance of the table to win. All was going to plan until he took his final shot on the black and the cue ball went into the opposite pocket, giving Aidan a lifeline which he took.

It all came down to the final frame to see who would come out on top, with Mick having the break the odds looked to be stacked in his favour, until he made the mistake of letting Aidan to the table. In the manner that both players had shown during the match Aidan was not intending to let Mick back to the table and cleared up in a clinical style to win the final frame and the match.

Amongst the challengers to Mick were Karl Sutton, Kingsley Peck and Fran Calvert - all of whom have played for England - and also the two times ladies European champion and current Irish International Kim O’ Brien.

The whole evening was played in good spirit and Mick was given a warm reception, with just enough heckling to keep him on his toes and as a result everyone gave generously on both contributions and the raffle that £316 was raised for charity.

Due to the interest that was shown in this exhibition, Pot Black expressed an interest in holding another exhibition - but this time based on the snooker side of the game.

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