West Acre cueman Welham loses English final to reigning champion Hall

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West Acre’s Phillip Welham reached his fourth English Championship final last weekend before losing to reigning and three-times champion Rob Hall of Lincoln.

Hall won 1480-813 in the four-hour final which was held at the Whitworth Instiute, Darley Dale, Derbyshire.

Welham, twice national champion, had defeated Mark Hatton (Middlesbrough) in a very close semi-final the previous day 1005-905 to reach his first final since 2005.

The West Acre man had been 486-375 behind at the half-way break. But he came back strongly in the second two-hour session recording breaks of 85, 52, 64 and 76 in a 30-minute spell to secure the win.

Hall defeated Winchester’s John Mullane to reach his fifth National Final.

The four-hour final saw Welham take an early lead after recording a 106 break on his fifth visit to the table.

The World No 3 Hall, however, then found form and recorded breaks of 125,132,143 and 147 to build a 300-point lead at the halfway break.

The West Acre cue-man (pictured) kept within 300 points of Hall up until the last hour of the final.

This was a deficit which with 60 minutes left was within his ability to pull back, but Hall showed why he is considered ‘a world champion in waiting’, by producing breaks of 121 and 211 to claim his fourth national championship.