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Billiards - 09. October 2007.

Katie clinches East Anglian Championship


Runner-up in Derbyshire last month, Henrick went one better to beat June Banks 3-1 in the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association East Anglian Championship final.

The 27-year-old from Bickley, Kent, pocketed £180 and is now provisionally ranked world number two.
“I’m really, really pleased,” said Henrick. “It was something I wanted to do this season and it took me up to number two as well, so that’s even more of a bonus.”

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photo Kevin Legg



The former England international is a snooker professional at the RAC in Pall Mall and has played on the circuit for ten years.

She lost to world number one Reanne Evans in the UK Championship final, the first event of the season.
Henrick added: “I’m really pleased to finally win one because I’ve had a couple of finals and not quite managed it, so to actually win today is such a boost.”

Banks was on course for a first tournament win since this event in 2005 after compiling breaks of 56, 41, 42 and 49 in the early rounds and taking a 1-0 lead in the final.

But the 38-year-old from Orpington, Kent, who picked up £80, said: “I ran out of steam in the end.”
World number one Evans, 21, was in action on the English Association of Snooker and Billiards Pro-Ticket Tour in Leeds.

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photo Kevin Legg



Vicky Ashby, 24, from Hemel Hempstead, beat Hannah Jones from Derby, 2-0 in the Plate final.
England international Jones, 11, who is due to fly out to Thailand next month for the IBSF World Amateur Championships, reached a first final despite having had only four hours’ sleep the previous night.

 
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Katie Henrick
 And WLBSA chairman Mandy Fisher/photo Mark Jones



Results:

Last 32

Emma Bonney (Portsmouth) 3-0 Charlotte Holloway (Ashbourne, Derbyshire)

Last 16

June Banks (Orpington, Kent) (56) 3-0 Bonney

Eva Palmius (Royston, Herts) 3-0 Mary Hawkes (Eaton Bray, Beds)

Chris Sharpe (Chelmsford) 3-0 Hannah Jones (Derby)

Suzie Opacic (Brambridge, Hants) 3-0 Joanne Davies (Derby)

Martina Lumsden (Eastbourne) 3-0 Georgina Holloway (Ashbourne, Derbyshire)

Marianne Williams (Smallfield, Surrey) 3-1 Vicky Ashby (Hemel Hempstead)

Katie Henrick (Bickley, Kent) 3-0 Jan Hughes (St Neots, Cambs)

Jenny Poulter (Maidstone) 3-0 Pam Wood (Newcastle)

Quarter-finals

Banks (41, 42) 3-1 Palmius

Sharpe 3-1 Opacic

Lumsden 3-1 Williams

Henrick 3-1 Poulter

Semi-finals

Banks (49) 3-0 Sharpe

Henrick 3-0 Lumsden

Final – winner £180, runner-up £80

Henrick 3-1 Banks

Plate

Quarter-finals

Jones 2-0 Charlotte Holloway

Davies 2-1 Hughes

Ashby 2-1 Wood

Hawkes 2-0 Georgina Holloway

Semi-finals

Jones (22) 2-0 Davies

Ashby 2-1 Hawkes

Final

Ashby 2-0 Jones


Next tournament is the British Open in Rushden on November 10.

Katie Henrick pictures by Kevin Legg

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