"I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so." Horatio Nelson

Joe Beattie wins again!

Irish star Joe Beattie added the SMPT World Masters title to the English Masters title he won in February with another superb performance at Belfast IBC. He beat Mark Beattie 10-5 in the final after a narrow 8-7 win against Cheshire’s Stephen Proctor in the semi-finals. Proctor had been the last Englishman left standing in the event which as expected was dominated by Irish players. In the other semi-final Mark Beattie had won by 10-7 against Gary McNabb. The Plate Final saw P.J Gallagher beat Stephen McMahon 10-7 while in the Shield Final Andrew Jones of Wales beat John Devine 8-4. Jack Pye of Wymondham was the only Norfolk based player to enter the event and made a good start beating Justin Rafferty 15-2 in his first Group 29 game. A disappointing 11-5 defeat against Stuart McSorley followed and when he lost his third game 7-6 to Belgium’s Sibe Laureys Pye’s progress looked in grave doubt. A blistering 15-3 win in his next match against Ireland’s Adam Rankin would prove vital for Jack Pye and he followed that with a thumping 17-2 win against Ireland’s George Duddy. These shots earned Pye the runner-up spot in the group ahead of Rankin on shots and he faced Damian McAllister in the first knock-out round. McAllister then brought Pye’s involvement in the World Masters to an abrupt end as he defeated the Norfolk player 8-4. The results leave Dimitri Payne of Belgium top of the SMPT World Rankings with Mark Beattie in second place. Another Belgian, Jonathan Payne sits in third place ahead of Jack Pye who is England’s highest ranked player at number four. Jack Pye has now qualified for the England team that will compete in the SMPT World Cup with Stephen Proctor, James Trott & Paul Seaman, this will take place at the Falcon Bowling Club in Chelmsford on Friday 18th August. Currently Pye is ranked at number six in the Norfolk County Points table behind Jamie Forster, Kerry Greenacre, Keith Cooke, Chris Mann & Jason Woods. JPye2