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Liam Dunster put the disappointments of two previous Supreme Pool Series final defeats behind him as he claimed the season concluding Home Leisure Direct Grand Final title last weekend. In the process, he took home a record-breaking cheque for £51,000 – the largest tournament prize ever awarded in English 8-Ball Pool.

After a quartet of events throughout the year, 124 players were eligible for the highly anticipated final chapter of this inaugural SPS. During the three days at the Players Pool and Snooker Lounge, Dunster went undefeated; matching Scott Gillespie’s feat at September’s Classic as the only two players on the circuit to have lifted a trophy without a loss.

Coming into the tournament as the third seed, Scotland’s Dunster received a bye before defeating David McNamara (11-7), Toby Bolt (11-6) and Karl O’Donoghue (11-5) to qualify for the Last 16 single elimination phase.

​On Finals Day he eliminated Northern Irish legend Ronan McCarthy 11-8 and followed it up by getting the better of IPA professional number 1 Marc Farnsworth, 11-5 in Last 8.

The Semi-Finals threw up a box office clash with fellow in-form countryman Gillespie. Winner of the Jason Owen Open and the before mentioned Classic earlier in this campaign, Gillespie had recently succeeded Dunster as the reigning B.I. World Champion.

​Gillespie’s hat-trick attempt was going according to plan as he controlled the first half of the match – holding a 6-2 lead at one stage. However, a crucial miss when he looked like going 8-6 up appeared to be a catalyst for Dunster, as he chalked up five in a row to win 11-7, thus gaining some measure of revenge for his loss in the JOO final back in May.

Return of The Apple

Liam’s opponent in the final was a resurgent Darren Appleton.

​A BCA Hall of Fame inductee, Appleton was one of several stars from the previous decade and beyond who returned to their smaller table roots after being tempted by the prestige and riches of this innovative series.

Despite having been away from the sport for so long – around ten years, in fact, the 2012 World 9-Ball Champion showed he can still mix it with the current crop of hardened match-players.

‘Dynamite’ did it the hard way, though. Defeating Darren McVicar (11-7) first up, he was then pushed to the Losers’ Side after a bitter 11-10 loss to Farnsworth – an encounter that saw him miss match ball black in the decider.​ To his credit, Appleton re-grouped. Culminating with a victory against former Mosconi Cup winning teammate Chris Melling, he won five straight matches to haul himself into the Last 16.

His reward was a romantic showdown with number 1 seed Phil Harrison, the other two-time winner on the Supreme Pool Series with the Strachan Cup and Supreme Masters titles already in his pocket. But just like Gillespie, Harrison’s bid for an unprecedented trio of trophies was denied when Appleton came through in a deciding frame.

Appleton held his nerve again when ousting Karl Boyes (another colleague he shared Mosconi Cup glory with) by the same scoreline in the Quarter-Finals, and then advanced to the championship climax with an 11-8 win over local star and former WEPF World Champion Adam Davis.

Determined Dunster – History Maker

In many ways, the final showcased all that’s good with the Supreme Pool Series. It was a clash that encompassed different eras, generations and styles, between two players who have played opposite rules sets for the majority of their careers.

After losing the opener, Appleton went 4-1 up, although Dunster responded to draw level at 4-4. The Englishman re-asserted his lead with the next two, but his opponent halved the deficit by taking Frame 11.

Then came a crucial moment towards the end of Frame 12, which appeared to change the course of the tie. Clearing up to restore a two-frame cushion, Appleton missed a routine black into the left middle pocket. There was talk of a kick, but regardless, Dunster gleefully took the unexpected gift to square it up at 6-6.

​Perhaps spurred on by his final defeats here to Gillespie and Harrsion, Dunster, who admitted he has improved his fitness with trips to the gym since, was strong in the latter stages. Aided by another pivotal, unexplained missed black into the same middle pocket by his rival in Frame 16, Dunster came through an 11-9 victor to claim the most lucrative tournament prize in the sport’s history.

One of the hottest properties in English 8 Ball Pool right now, it capped an amazing year for the talented 25-year-old who also lifted trophies on the IPA circuit via the Champions Cup and Masters. Dunster also finishes the year as the Supreme Pool Series number 1 ranked player.

Quality and Quantity

A series that has brought together some of the best from both rules sets – past and present, the final sixteen in the Home Leisure Direct Grand Final featured no less than nine adult world champions from various disciplines.

Pre-tournament favourite and current five-time WEPF World Champion Mick Hill worked hard getting back on track after an opening match loss to Chris Day, but his hopes were dashed by the impressive Craig Waddingham (11-9) in the Last 16.

​It exemplifies how tough the Supreme Pool Series is when Hill – one of the sport’s greatest ever exponents, reached one final in four attempts.

Players representing the UK, Ireland, mainland/continental Europe, Africa, Asia and even Australia have participated. Fans have also witnessed dream inter-promotional match-ups that they have often missed out on in recent years.

During the final, whilst commentating on the live stream, tournament organiser Lee Kendall declared that the series will be making a return in 2019. Watch this space.​

2018 Supreme Pool Series – Home Leisure Direct Grand Final

Results (from the Last 16 onwards) – undefeated players on the left

Phil Harrison 10-11 Darren Appleton

Gareth Hibbott 5-11 Karl Boyes

Declan Brennan 7-11 Adam Davis

​Craig Waddingham 11-9 Mick Hill

Liam Dunster 11-8 Ronan McCarthy

Tom Cousins 5-11 Marc Farnsworth

Richard Twomey 4-11 Scott Gillespie

Craig Lakin 11-9 Andrew McKie


Appleton 11-10 Boyes

Davis 11-6 Waddingham

Dunster 11-5 Farnsworth

Gillespie 11-6 Lakin


Appleton 11-8 Davis

Dunster 11-7 Gillespie


​Appleton 9-11 Dunster

2018 Supreme Pool Series Rankings – Top 10

Liam Dunster 890

Phil Harrison 860

Scott Gillespie 840

Marc Farnsworth 740

Mick Hill / Tom Cousins 700

Ronan McCarthy 670

Adam Davis 610

Gareth Hibbott 600

Shaun Storry 570

Source: – Michael Day – 4th December 2018


​Scott Gillespie returned to winning ways on the Supreme Pool Series with victory at the 2018 Classic last weekend.

​The talented Scottish cueist won the season opening Jason Owen Open in May, but after early exits in the following two competitions on the SPS circuit, Gillespie has quickly reminded the English 8-Ball world why he is one of the best around.

Gillespie qualified unscathed for the knockouts after coming through an ultra tough section of the draw. In a blockbuster first round tie he got the better of Phil Harrison 11-6; the only other player to have triumphed on the series so far.

He then ousted 2016 IPA World Champion Gareth Hibbott via a deciding frame, 11-10, and saw off two-times former WEPF World Junior Champion Jordan Church, 11-7. Securing his berth in the Last 16, the World Cup of Pool selection defeated Northern Irish rising star Declan Brennan, 11-7.

The random draw for the KOs drew Gillespie and Brennan together again – it was the former who would repeat the prescription, but with a different dose of 11-8.

​Enjoying his best run in the series so far, the dangerous Craig Waddingham was eliminated 11-7 in the Quarter-Finals, whilst fellow countryman and the winner of multiple titles in recent years, Mark Boyle, was comprehensively dispatched 11-3 in the Semis.

Gillespie’s opponent in the final was England’s Shaun Storry, who had produced a string of impressive results on route.

Just like his rival in the final, Storry had advanced through the long weekend undefeated – it would be the first time on the series this year that both finalists came from the winners’ section. Among those who lost to Storry included Hibbott (11-9) in the Last 16 and pre-tournament favourite Mick Hill (11-7) in the Last 8, a result that Storry described as the biggest win of his life on Social Media.

Despite having been priced up as 40/1 before a ball was struck, Storry had already been a champion at the Players Pool and Snooker Lounge venue when he claimed the Players Amateur Challenge in the spring of 2017.

However, his memorable run and ambition of a second title there was denied by Gillespie, who won the final 11-7 to become the 2018 Classic Champion, taking the trophy and £5,000 home as rewards.

Elsewhere in the 128 player entry event, winner of the Strachan Cup and Supreme Masters over the summer, Harrison’s bid for an unprecedented hat-trick was closed early. After his opening round loss to Gillespie, the former World Champion was unable to re-create the heroics he produced during August and succumbed via the earliest avenue on the losers’ side when he lost to Lee Clough in a decider.

Finalist at events 1 and 2, Liam Dunster’s stay in Newcastle-under-Lyme was also brought to a close by Clough in a deciding frame during the Losers’ Round 3.

Reigning World Masters Champion Callum Singleton make his mark on the series by reaching the Last 4 before going out to Storry. In the previous round he pipped former back-to-back WEPF World Champion Tom Cousins, 11-10.

Ronan McCarthy and Marc Farnsworth, two of the sport’s most consistent performers, both qualified for the single elimination portion again. They lost in the Last 16 to Singleton (11-7) and Hill (11-10), respectively.

Attention on the Supreme Pool Series now turns to the climax of the season; the record-breaking Home Leisure Direct Grand Finals. Taking place between the 30th November to the 2nd December, the event boasts a top prize of £51,000 – the largest amount in English 8-Ball tournament history.

2018 Supreme Pool Series – Event 4, the Classic

Results (from the Last 16 onwards)

​Shaun Storry 11-9 Gareth Hibbott

Marc Farnsworth 10-11 Mick Hill

Ronan McCarthy 7-11 Callum Singleton

Tom Cousins 11-5 Dan Davy

Mark Boyle 11-10 Carl Morris

Jordan Shepherd 11-1 Shane Thompson

​Josh Kane 10-11 Craig Waddingham

Scott Gillespie 11-8 Declan Brennan

Losers each received £375


​Storry 11-7 Hill

Singleton 11-10 Cousins

​Boyle 11-8 Shepherd

Waddingham 7-11 Gillespie

Losers each received £1,000


Storry 11-5 Singleton

Boyle 3-11 Gillespie

Losers each received £2,000


Storry 7-11 Gillespie

Runner-Up received £3,000 / Winner received £5,000

Source: – Michael Day – 2nd October 2018

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Phil Harrison recorded one of the greatest tournament victories in the history of English 8 Ball Pool when he became the 2018 Supreme Masters Champion last weekend.

Contested at the renowned Players Pool and Snooker Lounge, the tournament was the third leg of this year’s ground-breaking Supreme Pool Series which sees competitors from both rule sets, and the UK and beyond, crossing cues for a £152,250 total prize fund.

Already regarded as one of the sport’s all-time legends, Harrison added another significant entry to his illustrious bio and boosted his popularity once again with the quiet and classy way he went about his business throughout.

Fresh from claiming last month’s Strachan Cup, an exceptional brace of consecutive victories on the series looked like a forlorn ambition for Harrison when Darrell Whitworth caused an upset by defeating him 11-6 in the First Round.

Despite this early setback that pushed him to the very start of the Losers’ Section, the former WEPF World Champion embarked on tackling a gauntlet of high profile names in order to get back on track. 44-year-old Harrison eliminated Tony Halpin, Ronan McCarthy, Zak Shepherd, Darren Appleton, Chris Melling and then Clint I’Anson just to qualify for the Last 16 Knock-Outs where the competition was effectively re-set.

Now back on a level footing with everyone else remaining, the Cambridgeshire cueist defeated current IPA Premier League leader Neil Raybone 11-6 and then IPA professional Drew Hughes 11-5 to reach the Last 4.

Max Nosko was enjoying a memorable run in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and had already secured the additional ‘Best Non-Elite’ prize after walloping 2015 IPA World Champion Jack Whelan 11-1 in the Quarters. The Bristolian’s hopes were extinguished, though, by the eventual champion, 11-6.

Harrison’s opponent in the final was none other than the reigning and five-times WEPF World Champion Mick Hill, who was once again the pre-tournament favourite.

Despite suffering from a neck injury which was clearly visible during his opening fixture on the main arena table, Hill won four straight matches to serenely qualify for the Last 16 undefeated.

During the Knock-Outs Craig Lakin held Hill at 8-8 before the latter pulled away with the last three frames. Further big name rivals in the form of Shaun Chipperfield and Marc Farnsworth would await Hill in the Quarters and Semis, but respective 11-6 and 11-5 scorelines saw off the danger.

Arguably the top two English 8 Ball players in the world today, the finalists would write another thrilling chapter into their ongoing saga. In recent head-to-heads Hill had denied Harrison in the 2017 and 2018 World Finals, but on his way to the Strachan Cup last month Harrison put on a clinic when he stopped Hill in the Semi-Finals.

In front of a live stream audience of thousands, predictably, the final was very high on quality with few unforced errors. The lead changed hands on several occasions and there was never more than two frames between them, but ultimately the pair found themselves locked at 10-10 and staring down a deciding frame with a difference of £8,000 in prize money and one of the most prestigious titles in the sport up for grabs.

​Having won the lag around an hour and forty minutes earlier, Harrison split the pack well and crucially made balls off the break. He then proceeded by coolly holding his nerves together and converting a finish in the same one visit for a memorable victory.​​

Harrison was presented the beautiful trophy by tournament and series sponsor Laura Martin from Supreme Pool. He also banked a handsome £13,000 cheque, the largest amount, so far, to be awarded in English 8 Ball Pool this year.

When you regard Harrison’s early disappointment on the Friday afternoon, the amount of, and standard of the players he faced subsequently, this is a remarkable achievement. You would be hard pushed to find a tougher and more grueling path to glory within the sport.

The 2018 Supreme Masters grabbed the imagination of the viewing public with live streaming of up to four tables on multiple platforms across the three days. On Facebook alone there have been a million reaches so far.

There are now just two more events of the campaign remaining – the Classic (28th-30th September) and the Home Leisure Direct Grand Finals (30th November – 2nd December) which holds a record-breaking £51,000 top prize.

Source: – Michael Day – 21st August 2018


Phil Harrison drew upon his extensive palette of experience to claim the 2018 Strachan Cup; event 2 of the newfangled Supreme Pool Series.

128 of English 8 Ball’s top talents traveled to the Players Pool and Snooker Lounge in Stoke-On-Trent for this unique three-day tournament. A strong contingent from UK and Ireland was joined by entries from Europe, Africa and even Australia – another example of the significant progress this series has made in trying to unify and grow the profile of the sport for competitors and fans alike.

Harrison began his campaign with comfortable 11-2 wins over Matt Brierley and Richard King before dismantling global Cuesports star Chris Melling 11-4. The composure of Harrison’s game was then shown as he ousted former IPA World Champion Gareth Hibbott 11-10 in the next round.

The 2009 WEPF World Champion’s route to the title wasn’t without troubles, though, as he was pushed to the Losers Section following an 11-9 defeat to Jordan Church. However, Harrison re-grouped by seeing off Lee Clough 8-6 to qualify for the single elimination Quarter-Finals, where the competition was effectively re-set.

​There was a stellar line-up for the Last 8, but inevitably there were big names who still missed out.

Melling lost two games in a row and was eliminated by double World Champion Tom Cousins, who himself was denied in the subsequent round by Shaun Storry. IPA World Champion Ben Davies was also one of Storry’s other victims.

US Open 9 Ball Champion Jayson Shaw won a trio of matches in total but his bid was eventually ended by IPA World Number 1 Marc Farnsworth via a deciding frame. Farnsworth would exit the event to Stephen Dempsey during his next outing.

Scott Gillespie, champion of the season-opening Jason Owen Open in May, suffered the earliest possible avenue of elimination when he lost to Melling and then Matthew Schofield straight off.

BCA Hall of Fame member Darren Appleton navigated his first fixture but sadly had to withdraw from the tournament due to personal reasons.

The Quarter-Finals onwards

Harrison chalked up five consecutive frames to turn a 9-6 deficit into an 11-9 victory against Harjeet Singh. Singh, who represents India, had already won the best ‘non-elite player prize’ with an impressive run of results throughout the long weekend.

Recently crowned the WEPF World Champion for a record-extending fifth time, pre-tournament favourite Mick Hill was living up to expectations on debut having qualified undefeated, although he did have to survive final frame finishes against Craig Lakin and Yannick Beaufils. A more straight-forward 11-4 win over Church put him into the Last 4.

Joining Harrison and Hill in the Semi-Finals were Liam Dunster and Jon McAllister. Dunster stopped Karl O’Donoghue’s tracks, 11-5, whilst McAllister came out on the right side of an absolute thriller with Northern Irish legend Ronan McCarthy, 11-10.

Both match-ups in the Semis were repeats of the latest WEPF and B.I. World Championship Finals.

Harrison was peerless and efficient as he crossed cues with long time adversary Hill, capitalising on his fellow Englishman’s dry breaks to record a resounding 11-3 outcome in his favour. The result would go someway to serving revenge on an opponent who had denied him another world title in each of the past two years.

Reigning B.I. World Champion Liam Dunster was once again proving why he is one of the sport’s hottest properties. The consistent Scottish youngster, who only a few weeks ago claimed the IPA Champions Cup title, sealed back-to-back final appearances on the Supreme Pool Series with a gut-wrenching 11-10 triumph against McAllister.

An intriguing final developed between two players with very similar styles – both on and off the table. However, possibly because of the occasion and the grueling nature of the event throughout, there were uncharacteristic early mistakes on both sides.

Harrison managed to open up a lead, though, an advantage that he always maintained. Well past the midnight hour he eventually confirmed an 11-8 victory to earn himself £5,000 and another highlight onto his illustrious CV within in the sport.​

While Dunster will be disappointed to finish as runner-up on the series again, he will buoyed by the fact that both of these competitions were played to World Rules, which isn’t his primary rule-set. He will be even more comfortable and dangerous for the next two stops on the series which are both played to Blackball Rules, his preferred discipline.

The stakes are raised for the Supreme Pool Masters which takes place 17th-19th August at the same venue, where the champion will walk away with £13,000 and one of the most prestigious titles in English 8 Ball Pool.

Following the Classic in late September, the series reaches boiling point in December with the Home Leisure Direct Grand Finals which boasts a record-breaking £51,000 first prize – the biggest in the sport’s tournament history.

For the full results of the 2018 Jason Owen Open, please visit Cuescore by copying and pasting the links below.
Early Rounds:
Quarter Finals onwards:

Source: – Michael Day – 17th July 2018



Scott Gillespie became the first ever winner of an event on the historic Supreme Pool Series after he came from behind in an-all Scottish final to win the Jason Owen Open; the curtain raiser to an eagerly anticipated season of tournaments.

Bringing together top players from both sides of the English 8 Ball Pool divide – which includes the return of some of the sport’s greats, this five event series boasts over £150,000 in prize money across the year, including a record-breaking £51,000 to the winner of the Grand Finals at the conclusion of the campaign. To find out more on the series as a whole, please visit here.

The multi-talented Gillespie, a former Nations Cup Blackball Champion, went into the tournament with positive memories of the Players Pool Lounge venue having reached the final of the Supreme Masters which was staged there last year. He began his long journey to the title on Friday dropping just six frames in total when defeating Mark Astbury and Mason Penny.

Returning on Saturday he continued his brutal assault with an 11-3 success over a former World Champion in John Roe and then an 11-4 win over last year’s Challenge Winner Shaun Storry.

His undefeated run was halted in the Winners Qualification Round when he went down 11-4 to IPA Number 1 ranked player Marc Farnsworth. However, Gillespie re-grouped on the Losers Side to see off the evergreen Phil Harrison 8-5, another one of the hot favourites (and another former World Champion) going into the weekend.

The Last 8 of the event was randomly drawn and effectively re-set with all players now facing a straight Knock-Out. Gillespie was able to extract instant revenge on the previously undefeated Farnsworth – eliminating him 11-5, he then secured a berth in the final with spare change again when beating Northern Irish legend Ronan McCarthy 11-6 in the Last 4.

Fellow Scot Liam Dunster, the reigning B.I. World Champion, had an identical route when qualifying from the Double Elimination phase. On his way to the Winners Qualification Round he upended Rob Wharne and Greg Batten – both winners of major events at the venue in 2017. Former World Masters winner Neil Raybone pushed him to the B Side, but Dunster managed to get the better of ex-World Champion Adam Davis, 8-5, to make the final octet.

There Dunster recorded a brace of massive victories over current US Open 9 Ball Champion and fellow countryman Jayson Shaw (11-4) and then pre-tournament favourite Tom Cousins (11-10) in the Quarters and Semis respectively. Against two-time WEPF World Champion Cousins, Dunster recovered from 10-6 down.

With the odds unable to split them before the final, the opening eight frames were shared, but Dunster pressed on the accelerator to go 7-4 up.

However, Gillespie went on to claim 7 of the next 9 frames to record an 11-9 win and take the magnificent Jason Owen Open trophy, a cool £5,000 payday and become the first title winner on the Supreme Pool Series roll of honour. 128 players entered the event which started on Friday morning. Come the early hours of Monday morning, Gillespie was the last one standing.

The early stages of the competition produced significant drama and evidence of how tough this series is going to be with the much fancied Clint I’Anson and Mark Boyle both exiting the competition at the earliest avenue, as too did the reigning World Masters Champion Josh Kane.

Karl Boyes’ hopes perished in the third Losers Round, whilst fellow multiple time Mosconi Cup winner Chris Melling looked promising early on before suffering back-to-back defeats to Farnsworth and Callum Singleton.

It didn’t take long for multi-discipline World Champion Darren Appleton to find his stroke back in the big time on the smaller table, although he was agonisingly denied a place in the final stages twice. The American Pool Hall of Fame member won four straight matches (including defeat of I’Anson) but lost out 11-10 to Shaw in the Winners Qualifying Round and then 8-7 to Tom Cousins in the Losers Qualifying Round.

Raybone, Farnsworth, Shaw and the returning Carl Morris – another player with an individual World Championship to his name, all progressed to the Last 8 unscathed. However, all four lost to the quartet of players who emerged from the Losers Side, of which Cousins went the longest route.

Each leg of the Supreme Pool Series offers an additional bonus to the best performing ‘Non-Elite’ player. This time that particular accolade went to Stefan Risidi, who chalked up several impressive victories on his way to finishing a very credible joint ninth position and just two frames away from the final 8.

The second instalment of the Supreme Pool Series will be the Strachan Cup which will run from the 13th-15th July.

For the full results of the 2018 Jason Owen Open, please visit Cuescore by copying and pasting the links below.
Early Rounds:”The+Jason+Owen+Open”/1738775
Quarter Finals onwards:”The+Jason+Owen+Open”+-+Final+Stages/2079996

Source: – Michael Day – 7th May 2018


Important News

2018 Supreme Pool Series Choose Strachan & Aramith

2018 will see the new Supreme Pool Series offering the biggest ever prize money in English Pool. The newly expanded series organised by Lee Kendall has total prize money of £152,250 and the Series Grand Final winner will bank a remarkable £51,000 first prize.

The new series, sponsored by Supreme Pool Tables, will be held at the Players Pool & Snooker Lounge in Newcastle Under Lyme over 5 events throughout 2018. The very best players from World and Blackball rules will be battling it out for the title and the £51k prize. The big money has pulled in big names from across the various branches of English pool and the 9-ball world including Darren Appleton, Jayson Shaw, Chris Melling, Phil Harrison and Tom Cousins.

The event’s creator, Lee Kendall said: “It gives me the great pleasure to announce that the world’s leading woolen pool cloth manufacturer Strachan and the world’s best ball manufacturer, Aramith, will be the sole and exclusive equipment partners for the Supreme Pool Series.

We will be playing on a new Strachan napped, woolen, cloth throughout the Supreme Pool Series which will give our series its own identity and is designed to give the very best speed, response and control. It is the Players choice! We need the very best conditions for the very best players.”

Stuart Gardiner (UK & Ireland Sales Manager for Strachan, Aramith and Simonis) talking about the new Supreme Events said: “Strachan Cloth is a long-term supporter of English Pool at all levels and the new Supreme Players Pool Events is an exciting new series of tournaments. Big prize money and some exciting new rules will breathe new life into the sport. Credit to Lee Kendall for trying to take the game to the next level and also for delivering prize money that will really get the players from all pool backgrounds excited”.

He added: “Working with Lee as an advisor, Strachan have introduced a new lighter, faster and more responsive 6811 Tournament cloth, in a new colour, that offers the modern player the ultimate in speed, control and response. The new cloth will really give the series its own identity. Lee and his team have some great new ideas and I am sure that the new Supreme Tournaments will be a huge success going forward”.