Phil earns double joy

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It proved a memorable week for Phil Mumford as he won the English Billiards National final by overcoming Chris Taylor in Leeds.

Mumford, who hails from Sudbury, secured breaks of 216, 106 and two of over 70 in a four-hour contest to clinch the title which dates back to 1871 and remains in a museum allowed out for presentation only.

He completed his successful weekend by also securing the combined cue sports champion title, which consists of three frames of snooker followed by two sessions of 200 up billiards and three more frames of snooker.

Again it was Taylor he overcame, who conceded the match with two frames of snooker left to play.

The event concluded a successful season in which Mumford, who is ranked fifth in the world billiards rankings, has contested all three national billiards titles, only missing out in the English Amateur Billiards Championship in which he lost the final to Rob Hall of Lincoln.