Monday 29th July-10th August 1929 :
W. Smith 22,037 C. McConachy 20,861 at the YMCA Hall, Sydney.
Monday 29th July.—After four consecutive weeks' billiards against Walter Lindrum, Willie Smith was again in action to-day, his opponent this time being Clark McConachy, the brilliant New Zealander, who rivals Walter Lindrum in scoring capacity. Smith is meeting McConachy on the same terms as he met Walter Lindrum—a match of no definite figure, but consisting of two two-hour sessions daily for twelve playing days. [The Scotsman - Tuesday, 30th July 1929, page 13] [The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 30 July 1929 p.16]
Saturday 3rd August.—At this afternoon's session of his time-limit billiards match with Clark McConachy, Willie Smith carried his overnight unfinished break to 2,001, and he was still in play when time was reached. During the session Smith scored 1516 points, his break having stood at 485 overnight. Fine all-round play marked his continuation of the run to-day, and he received a great ovation on one occasion when he brought off a brilliant five-cushion, cannon with the red in baulk. Smith was rarely in difficulties, except when his score stood at 1,900, when the balls ran badly for seven shots. The scores at the end of the session were:—Smith (in play), 10,161; McConachy, 9227. Smith's break came to an end soon after the start of the evening session, as he added only 29 points. His full break of 2,030 creates a new Australian record. It was compiled in two hours six minutes. Thus in one innings he cleared off McConachy's lead of 583, and finished 962 points ahead. McConachy after this was cautious in his play, but developed a brilliant streak when he made a run o£ 626 in 34 minutes. The New Zealander had another run of 117, and was in play at the close with 101 (unfinished.) Smith's other breaks were 130, 226, and 250. The closing scores were:—W. Smith, 10,992; Clark McConachy (in play) 10,284. [The Scotsman - Monday, 5th August 1929, page 10]
Willie Smith also made breaks of, 1,030 against Clark McConachy Australia 1929, 2,743 against
Tom Newman Manchester 1928 (no nursery's), 7 breaks of over a thousand in a week against Sidney Smith Manchester 1932, at the age of 63 scored 1,754 to 490 averaging 79 playing John Barrie in the Pro Billiard Championship 1950.
Made 466 cannons against Joe Davis in 1932, all along the top cushion travelling 13 times between the pockets.
He was the first player to make 1,000 breaks in successive visits. He made a break of 1,927 V W Lindrum in Australia in 1934, his record is 1,943 against Joe Davis at Thurston's in 1932.
In his first two visits to England Walter Lindrum made 134 thousand-breaks.
He made 11 breaks of 1,000 and over in one match against Willie Smith, London 1930.
In Southampton in 1930 he made five breaks of 1,000 and over in five consecutive sessions.
The highest average for one sessions play by any player is 2,664 made by Walter Lindrum in London, 1930 against Tom Newman.
Walter Lindrum in London 1930 averaged 262 in a two week match.
A break of 4,137 was made by Walter Lindrum on the 19th and 20th January, 1932against Joe Davis. It occupied 2 hours 55 minutes over 3 sessions, including 1,295 nursery cannons.
In 1933 he made a run of 529 close cannons taking the balls two and a half times round the table.
In 1940 in a game of 1,000 up Walter Lindrum made an unfinished break of 1,002 with his first visit. His opponent did not score.
In Sydney, 1941, Walter Lindrum scored 100 in 46 seconds.
1,011 in 30 minutes in Manchester 1930.
663 in 15 minutes, London 1930
and 346 in 8 minutes, Melbourne 1934.
Walter Lindrum, in two consecutive visits made breaks of 3,737 and 3,753 in Melbourne in 1944 under the then baulk line rule and in 1941 breaks of 3,735 and 3,360.
In 1923 Tom Newman made breaks of 542, 705, 850, 0 (a miss) and 529 in succession, a session average of 668.
(those figures don't add up but you get the idea)
Tom Newman's break of 1,370 is the record outside of repetition strokes for ivory balls.
Tom Newman in season 1930-31 made 30 breaks of over 1,000.
Joe Davis made a break of 2,052 in the Professional Billiard Championship in 1930, the highest break since direct cannons were limited to 35.
Joe Davis made 87 thousand breaks at billiards.
Joe, going to the table following Walter Lindrum's 4,137 in 1932 made a break of 1,247.
He was World Champion 4 times and UK Champion 7 times.
In the Empire Amateur Billiards Championship in 1938 had an average for one session of 109.64, beaten by Leslie Driffield's 109.9 in 1958, the record for this event.
Also in the Empire Championship Marshall in 1938 made a break of 335 in 15 minutes and 40 seconds.
Robert Marshall made a break of 702 V Tom Cleary in the final of the Australian Championship on Sept 17th, 1953.
Also a break of 688 in the Australian Championship in 1961.
Robert Marshall made breaks of 417 and 423 in the World Amateur Championship in London 1951.
In 1955 had a then record session average of 103.3 in the English Championship, also in 1955 was a finalist in both the Billiard and Snooker Championships.
He won both events, 1964 billiards and 1950 snooker.
Leslie Driffield made 6 century breaks in a session twice and a break of 499(personal championship record)
in the World Championship in Indis in 1958.
He has won the English Championship 8 times equalling the then record of Sydney Fry and has made 15 breaks of over 300 in the event.
Driffield made a break of 1,013 on Dec 24th, 1964, 1,014 on May 10th, 1966 and 1,011 on Jan 3rd, 1967 at the Smith and Nelson rooms Leeds.
Tom Cleary made a break of 682 in the 1954 World Championship in Sydney.
In his tour of England in 1910-11 George Gray (Australia) red ball expert made 23 thousand breaks the highest being 2,196 unfinished.
In a break of 1340 at Cardiff on 28/1/11 Gray made 289 consecutive middle pocket losers
Norman Dagley, playing Les Kitchen (Portsmouth) in the CIU Billiard Championship Feb 19 1966 made a break of 349 unfinished after his opponent has broken off by giving a miss (1 away), thus winning 350-0.
4 hours 38.0 Norman Dagley 20/03/84
In the quarter-finals of the English Amateur Championship, Norman Dagley had a four-hour average of 38.0 in defeating Martin Goodwill 1,861-680. Dagley made breaks of 349 and 274 during the first session of this match were he averaged 58.0.
Jack Karnehm has won the London Section of the Amateur Championship 9 times and 7 of these were in succession, (1959-65).
Jack made a break of 392 in 16 minutes in the 1964 World Amateur Championship in New Zealand
against Minoo Mavalvala.
Jack made a break of 1,128 on March 6th 1968 at Palmers Green London.
Made a break of 629 in the World Championship Victoria Halls London in 1969 against Jack Karnehm. A then world record under the prevailing rules.
Horace Lindrum made three breaks in the 1934 Australian Professional Billiard Championship at the Match Hall,
Bourke Street, Melbourne- 1,129, 1,086, and 1,431.
National (published) Rules: From 1st January 1983
The rules of Billiards were changed to provide for the red to be placed on the middle spot after being potted twice in succession from its own spot. A standard penalty of two points for all misses and fouls, was also introduced, instead of a penalty of one for a miss and three for a coup.
In 1983, in the final of the Victorian Championship, Robby made a break of 615 - a world record at the time.
In 1986 he became the youngest player to win the World Professional Billiards championship. In 1991 he became the first non-British player to win the UK championship in it's very long history. In 1997 he won the World Matchplay championship, and in 1998 won the Walter Lindrum IBSF world championship. In 2011, after not having competed for many years, he made a 512 unf. in a 1 hour match in the Adelaide Invitational Billiards, playing against Joe Minici.
Highest Break 1,137 Mike Russell 28/08/10
Made in the final of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Pune, India. Russell also made breaks of 735, 439, 420, and 324 in this match. Mike holds almost all the records and leading aggregates and averages under the professional baulk-line rule (see further down in article).
Oct 6th, 2007
NZ Open Billiards at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club – Peter Gilchrist scores 1346 world billiards break!
History was created at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club when Peter Gilchrist, from Singapore scored a World record break of 1346 in the New Zealand Open Billiards Championships. The previous world record was 1276. Gilchrist also created another world record with only four visits to the table for an average per visit of 426, against the previous best of 243. In spite of getting out of position a few times Gilchrist showed true world class in regaining his form. He seemed to have the balls on a string and could place them wherever he wanted.
The very large crowd was spellbound by the mastery shown by Gilchrist, who is the two times world professional champion.
Gilchrist was elated with the break, saying that his previous highest break was 917. He said that he was a bit worried getting close to the one thousand but relaxed after he had passed the mark.
Gilchrist also holds the world record break in the 150-up format - 157 unf. made in Carlow, Ireland, in August 2011.
February 16th,2014 WBL Irish Open Carlow.
Peter Gilchrist compiled a 1,000 break in his quarter final match with Christian Kirk.
This follows Michael Ferreira (1149), Geet Sethi (1276), Mike Russell (1137) and Peter himself (1346) mentioned above.
Robert Marshall (Cornwall)
Robert Marshall during his win over Mike Russell in the group stage of the 2010 World Professional Billiards Championship (Leeds) made his highest match break ( to that date ) of 306. We think that he is the only person ever to beat Russell in the group stages. He was an amateur entry.
In February 2014 Rob Hall had a massive breakthrough in a league match, playing off -800 in a 200 up league match he made breaks of 261, 498 and 241 unfinished for an average of 500.
In February 2016 Rob Hall has broken the ABC Plate Competition all time high break twice at Nuneaton with a 310unf and a 339unf
Dave Causier made a break of 731 in defeating Martin Goodwill 836 - 331 in the final of the WBL Bradford Open.
Goodwill responded well with 102, 102, 94.
In 2015 Causier won all three events at the WBL world championships - he first player to have done so.
In 2011 Matthew made a break of 831 in the semi-final of the IBSF World Billiards in Carlow, Ireland.
In 2014 he made an Australian Championship record break of 736 at the Yarraville Club, Melbourne.
In 2014 in the second session of the semi final of the Oceania championships, Albury NSW, Matthew averaged 233 for the session, with 6 visits including breaks of 681, 300+, 200+ and two other centuries, scoring over 1400 in 90 minutes.
He holds the Australian record 2 hour session aggregate (current rules), 1676 scored in 2014 at the Yarraville Club.
Aggregate score (Session/Match)
30 minutes 507 Chris Shutt 20/01/96
Chris Shutt aged 18 set a record for a 30 minute game when, playing in the Teesside Boys Billiards League, he scored a total of 507 points including breaks of 211, 220 and 57. His opponent scored 5.
60 minutes 1,003 Chris Shutt 31/01/03
Playing in the Sheringham Charity Challenge at Pinewood Park, Upper Sheringham, Norfolk. (31st January-1st February 2003) Chris Shutt made a one-hour aggregate of 1,003 which included breaks of 192, 147, 108 and 397 unfinished.
[all Junior events] 636 Dominic Mulhall [/b]14/10/06
Made at Cambridge SC in the third round of the EABA Junior Ranking Tournament.
[English U-19 Championship] 635 Dominic Mulhall 24/02/07
At Potters Snooker Bar, Coalville during the intermediate stage of the 2006-07 Championship.
90 minutes, 1400 +, Matthew Bolton playing against Joe MInici in the second session of the Oceania semi-final (6 visits), at Albury.
90 minutes 1,382 Chris Shutt 28/01/07
On Saturday 27th January 2007 playing in the EBOS tournament at the Newmarket Snooker & Bowl, Newmarket. Chris Shutt set a new world record aggregate score for a 90 minute match with an incredible total of 1,382 which included breaks of 446, 305, 189 and 155. No average was taken.
90 minutes 1,208 Phil Mumford 18/11/07
On Sunday 18th November 2007 Phil Mumford made an aggregate score of 1,208 in a 90 minute match against Felix Knoll (Austria) in a four nations International tournament held at Newmarket Snooker & Bowl. The score included breaks of 299, 172, 131, and 67.
90 minutes 1,204 Peter Gilchrist 06/11/08
On Thursday 6th November 2007 Peter Gilchrist made an aggregate score of 1,208 in a 90 minute match against Gerald Fotjik (Austria) in an EBOS tournament held at Köö 5 Billardcafe, Vienna, Austria. The score included breaks of 265, 112, 105 (twice), 102, 95, 89, 84, and 57. Fotjik made perhaps an all-time low 90 minute aggregate of 45.
2 hours 1,477 Norman Dagley 24/03/84
Norman Dagley set up a 2 hour session record of 1,477 during the final of the 1984 English Amateur Championship at Widnes S.C. This included breaks of 472, 401, and 280 unfinished. His opponent, Bob Close scored only 75 points.
2 hours 1624, Peter Gilchrist made a two hour aggregate of 1,624 in the semi-final of the European Billiards Championship at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow, Ireland in 2007.
2 hours 1676, Matthew Bolton in 2014 in the round robin section of the Australian Championships at the Yarraville Club.
3 hours 1,713 Chris Shutt 20/04/96
Playing in the final of the CIU National Championship at the Grassmoor WMC, Chesterfield, Chris Shutt scored a record aggregate of 1,713 to defeat Jack Hedley, who totalled 572. Shutt made breaks of 207, 183, 152, 152, 100, 99 with an average of 29.5.
3 hours 1,701 Mike Russell 28/08/11
In the quarter finals of the IBSF Championship at Carlow, Ireland, Mike Russell totalled 1,701 in a three hour match against Thanh Binh Nguyen (Vietnam). His breaks included runs of 212, 277, 269, 196, 143.
4 hours 2,258 Dave Edwards Mar.1988
Playing in the quarter-final of the English Amateur Championship, Dave Edwards defeated John O'Neill 2,258-861 at the Widnes S.C. He had breaks of 218, 208, 182, 115, 109, 108, 106 and 104 with a match average of 29.0.
5 hours 3,001 Mike Russell 1st September 2011
In the final of the IBSF Billiards Championship at Carlow, Ireland, Mike Russell totalled 3,001 points with breaks of 88, 257, 566, 506, 249, 340, 588, 126unf. Due to a fault in the electronic scoreboard the match actually finished about 12 minutes before time, his opponent Matthew Bolton, conceding the match.
60 minutes 101.8 Mike Russell 15/11/98
Mike Russell had an average of 101.8 in a one hour heat of the Darley Dale Invitation Tournament. He defeated Chris Shutt 509-227 and had breaks of 383 and 71.
90 minutes, 233, Matthew Bolton 2014, Oceania Championship semi-final second session. His 6 visits included 682, 300+, 200+ and two other centuries.
90 minutes 89.1 Lee Lagan 17/02/02 Playing in the last 32 qualifying group of the EABA Championship at Bradford, Lagan beat Paul Dunning 980-159 with a match average of 89.1 This included breaks of 507 (32 minutes) and 301 (23 minutes). [†]
2 hours 323.4 Mike Russell 28/08/10
PUNE. INDIA—In the final of IBSF World Billiards Championship Russell averaged 113.2, 323.4, and 123.7 respectively in each of the three two-hour session which made up the six-hour match. His match average was 158.5.
3 hours 29.5 Chris Shutt 20/04/96
[Reference link for 3 hr aggregate]
6 hours 158.5 Mike Russell 28/08/10
Russell's match average in the final of the IBSF World Championship (see record 2hr average above)
Professional (Baulk-line) Rules: From 1st September 1997
For the 1997-98 season the rules governing WPBSA tournaments were changed to require a baulkline crossing between 80-99 in every 100 points in a break. Previously, this could be made at any stage in every 100 points.
Highest Break 957 Russell 26/11/98
In the four-hour final of the UK Championship held at the Hospitality Inn, Harrogate (23rd-26th November 1998) Mike Russell set four records in defeating Geet Sethi 2,204-807. He made the highest break under current rules with 957, had a second session average of 148.0 which was a two-hour record, a match average of 95.8 which was a four-hour record, and his match aggregate of 2,402 was also a record. In this game Russell also made breaks of 386, 328, 126, 116, and 101 and Sethi contributed a run of 224.
Aggregate score (Session/Match)
90 minutes 1,116 Mike Russell 11/03/99
[Same link as for 3 hr aggregate]
2 hours 1,526 Mike Russell 08/03/05
In the group stages of the 2005 World Professional Billiards Championship at Pontin's Snooker Centre, Prestatyn, Mike Russell beat Sushrut Pandia (India) 1,526-63. Russell made breaks of 200, 221, 277, 467 unfinished, and had a match average of 101.7.
2.5 hrs 1,446 Dave Causier 28/02/02
David Causier set a record aggregate for a match of 2.5 hours duration with a 1,446-409 win over Peter Sheehan in the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay Championship at The Centurion Hotel, Midsomer Norton, Radstock (26th February - 2nd March 2002).
3 hrs 2,195 Mike Russell 11/03/99
Mike Russell set a number of records in the three-hour final of the British Open Championship, played at the Liverpool Billiards & Snooker Club (8th-11th March 1999). In defeating Chris Shutt 2,195-335 he set a three-hour aggregate record, his second session score of 1,116 being a 90 minute record. His averages for this session (269.8) and the match (146.3) were also records.
4 hours 2,402 Mike Russell 26/11/98
[Same link as High Break]
90 minutes 269.8 Mike Russell 11/03/99
2 hours 148.0 Mike Russell 26/11/98
3 hrs 146.3 Mike Russell 11/03/99
4 hours 95.8 Mike Russell 26/11/98
In the Huntingdon Mini-Prix tournament on 14th January 1990 Mike Russell scored 4,319 points from six consecutive one-hour games. His breaks included 523, 442, 287, 230, 186, 179, 176, 163, 148, 137, 131, 129, 125, and dozens of 50s and 60s.
On Sunday 30th March 1997 at the Erimus Quoit and Rifle Club, Middlesbrough, Robin Wilson, aged 13 years 4 months, established a new competition record by becoming the youngest English Under-19 billiards champion. He also achieved the unique feat of winning both this title and the English Under-16 championship on the same day.
On 7th March 1998 Chris Shutt had an average of 120.6 when defeating Roxton Chapman in a match of 75 minutes duration in the Sheringham Charity Challenge billiards tournament. The match score was 844-209 with Shutt making a break of 546 and Chapman one of 183.
On 14th November 1999 Peter Gilchrist made a break of 707 unfinished in a 50 minute game in the Darley Dale Invitation billiards tournament. His average for the match was 354.5. After the game he continued the break to 917.
Since first entering the English Amateur Championship in the 1945-46 season, Alf Nolan competed in every event for the remainder of the century, a total of 54 consecutive appearances in this annual event. Although entering the 2000-01 event, he was unable to appear for his first round match due to illness.
On 17th February 2002, playing in a qualifying group of the EABA championship at Bradford, Lee Lagan made breaks of 507 and 508 in consecutive 90 minute heats. His averages for these games were 89.1 and 76.1 respectively, the former being a record. [†]
[*] On Sunday 16th March 2003, Tony James, who would be seventy-one in October of that year, became the oldest player in the history of the English Championship to win the title, defeating twenty year-old Matthew Sutton in the four-hour final at the Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale.