Imran Majid Creates Total9ball History
Saturday 27th May history was created as Imran Majid became the first player to ever win an event off the -5 rack handicap. A full field of 48 players were in attendance at T9B’s Dynamic Billard Open Series Event 4, played at the Raging Ball in St Albans.
The first matches began at 09.30 with players playing through a double elimination system until 32 players remained. From there the event changes to straight Knockout until we have a winner. T9B this season are rotating events between 9 and 10 ball and each event uses our handicapping system. Players are playing for Prize Money, Ranking points and spaces in the End Of Season Champion Of Champions Main Event. With such a strong field in attendance it was hard to imagine Imran could defy the -5 handicap but that he did as he quietly cruised through the field making very few mistakes and taking the outs when the were available.
In the first round 10 of the 16 matches ended 7v5 or 7v6 showing the handicap system used is very accurate. Alan Bell the T9B recommended coach won through 7v6 against Leslaw Lukaszewicz of Poland, Ed Fee gained I believe his first T9B match win 7v5 over Mark Lester Inting while Richard Fulwell enjoyed a close 7v6 victory against Chris Parker. Paul Taylor defeated Phil Wildman 7 racks to 4 and Imran day began with a good 7v4 win against always solid Mark Foster.
Imran Majid followed his first round win with another 7v4 result this time against Nick Hampton. This result booked Imran into the final 32. Laszlo Zsom played a brilliant set to become the first player to defeat the brilliant Rico Dics in a T9B event, Other qualifiers included Daniel Wells, Kevin Smith and Steve Della.
The matches in the losers side were advance or time to go home. Mark Parker got the better of Steve Davison 7v5, Wayne Rooke ended Edward Fee’s event 7v5, Micheal Beeston defeated Tyler Trew 7v2 but result of the round went to Morray Dolan who recorded an impressive 7v2 win over Tony Burton.
So 32 players remained and it was at this point that Imran Majid looked in full swing. A brilliant 7v4 result against Jaspal Bamotra moved Majid into the final 16. Chris Seville got through by the skin of his teeth 7v6 over Steve Della, Rich Fulwell seemed in great form as he produced another good win this time over Bob Harris 7v5. Tom Staveley showed pure grit and determination as he battled back from the death, Tom trailed Shakz Islam 6v-1 before winning 6v7. What a comeback especially on the alternate break format.
The 1 rack shoot out and the 9th player to get a champion of champions place was James Topliff, beating Jaspal Bamotra in the final and no one won the break dish as that rolls over to the next event.
The last 16 results are below (handicaps in brackets)
Daniel Well (1) 4v7 (3) Sirbu Sergiu
Filip Krawczyk (0) 5v7 (0) Kevin Smith
Imran Majid (-5) 7v3 (-3) Tom Staveley
Wayne Rooke (0) 6v7 (-5) Craig Osborne
Rich Fulwell (3) 7v6 (0) Micheal Beeston
Mark Parker (-1) 2v7 (2) Elvis Mladinescu
Alan Bell (1) 7v5 (-1) Ant Ginn
Chris Seville (-1) 7v6 (-5) Rico Dics
So on to the Quarter Finals and still picking a winner was very difficult. (T9B should defiantly start taking bets) Kevin Smith looked cool under pressure as he outted Sirbu Sergiu 7v6, Elvis Mladinescu was showing his best form as he ended Rich Fulwell’s event 7v2. ‘On The Hill’ Chris Seville was looking like a potential event winner beating ‘The Coach’ Alan Bell 7v5. The final match in this round was a huge heavyweight tussle as Craig Osborne did battle with Imran Majid. It was defiantly Imran’s day on this occasion as he turned Craig over 7v3.
Four left and a strong lineup for the Semi Final’s it was. Imran Majid ended Kevin Smith’s good run 7v3 while Chris Seville reached the Final winning 7v4 over Elvis Mladinescu.
Majid Vs Seville and what a final we had in prospect. One of the best players this country has to offer against an on fire Chris Seville. Who would lift the trophy? Could Imran become the first player to win off -5? Yes he could Majid was crowned the Champion winning 7v4 in the final.
This is a magnificent achievement from Imran Majid and shows he Is in tip top form heading into the Matchroom WCOP event in a few weeks.
Commiserations Chris Seville but another solid performance and a worthy runner up.
The Next T9B event will be held at Raging Ball St Albans on Saturday 9th July. This event is again capped at 48 players. Its now full however some players haven’t yet paid so if you want to play just get your payments to Mark Parker and you will be added straight to the paid list.
Thanks to our sponsors Dynamic Billard, Aramith Balls, Raging Ball, County Engraving.
Thanks also to Raging Ball for again playing great hosts and sponsoring us a days use of there equipment. This is huge to T9B and our excellent prize pots.