Ormskirk & District Amateur Snooker League
Dennis Taylor Exhibition Night
Aughton Institute hosted a special evening of snooker on Saturday 26th January 2013, as the legendary Dennis Taylor came to the club to provide a superb night of snooker and wit, and with it, the hope of raising money for the Claire House Hospice, an excellent charity for very ill children. Our MC for proceedings was the one and only Dune FM’s Dave ‘the mighty’ Quinn who provided his superb wit and humour and aided by Trevor Ford who was responsible for such fantastic music entertainment.
The evening got under way with Dennis playing seven frames of snooker, which included an auction and raffle frame, in the first part of proceedings, Dave was on the ‘mike’, referees John Hardisty & Eric Favager were at the ready will John refereeing the first four frames and Eric officiating for the final three encounters and markers Dave Wright and Billy Cropper all took their positions as one of the Ormskirk League’s finest players, Will Jerram, took to the stage to challenge Dennis, Will was very quick out the blocks and with his rock steady potting and accurate positional play together with some fine safety play, build up a substantial lead but then Dennis began to find his touch and came right back at Will and with only pink and black remaining he lay only a few points behind but Will held his nerve and potted the pink into a centre pocket to seal proceedings in the opening frame of the night.
The second frame saw another fine Ormskirk League in Paddy Tyndall take to the baize and this frame saw Dennis begin to really find his form as he compiled a nice break of 43 to put his first frame on the board.
Next to the table was, once again, another excellent Ormskirk League player in John Wade and after a slow start from both players, John found overdrive and with some superb trademark pots and precise positional play he sealed the frame 75-2 to put the challengers 2-1 up.
The fourth player to play Dennis was Sotland’s Scott Gillespie, the current Scottish Pool Champion, and he also found his rhythm early in the frame and with a small advantage, Scott produced a superb break of 68 with some fantastic pots within his fine contribution.
The next player on the table was, yet again, another very fine Ormskirk League player in Paul Williams. Paul wasn’t expecting to play and as a result he had to borrow Paddy Tyndall’s cue but this did not hinder Paul in anyway as he was soon in that free flowing rhythm that is a trademark of his game and he managed to defeat Dennis quite comfortably.
The sixth player to play Dennis was to be the raffle winner and this saw Mike ‘Spike’ Ashley drawn out the hat to have the thrill of playing Dennis and after a few nice pots from Mike the frame saw Dennis engineer a superb break of 75 to easily take the frame.
The seventh and final frame saw the auction frame and Scotland’s Mark Johnson very generously bid £100 to win the auction and have the honour of playing Dennis but unfortunately Mark didn’t get much table time as Dennis compiled a fabulous break of 102 to bring the snooker to a marvellous end.
With the opportunity for people to fill their glasses, the refreshments for the evening were ready with a superb chicken curry or beef hot-pot to chose from. With the raffle prizes awarded and some tokens given to people who made this night possible, everyone was asked to return to the snooker room as Dennis was ready to perform his long awaited trick shot session and this fantastic evening of entertainment continued, the trick shots went down a huge treat as Dennis performed some brilliant trick shots, especially the cannonball shot, and took some very funny stories and jokes as he went about it, fantastic entertainment !!
With the snooker completed for the evening, Dennis mingled with the generous people who had attended and he kindly stayed to the end of the night to sign autographs, have photographs taken and generally chat with the audience. With thanks again to Dave ‘the mighty’ Quinn and Trevor Ford for their massive input and to Barry Adlington & Martin O Looney, the Aughton Institute steward, for their very hard work to make the evening possible and big success it turned to be.