Brilliant Bonney racks up another world title

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three-ball wizard Emma Bonney conjured up a perfect 10 shot en route to clinching her eighth women’s world billiards championship.

Bonney accounted for India’s Revanna Umadevi, who won the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association (WLBSA) title in 2012, in a tight two-hour final at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds.

The 37-year-old Portsmouth cueist recorded an impressive 226-209 victory.

She admitted it was a tough battle in the final.

It would have made difficult viewing for her supporters – including her partner Nigel Ward, who also plays in the Portsmouth & District League.

Bonney said: ‘The final was very close and tense.

‘Revanna is a very good player but I managed to keep my patience even when the run of the ball was going against me and during the several bouts of safety play.

‘I was pleased to win for the eighth time.

‘Sometimes I think watching can be harder than playing, if it is a very close game.

‘It was nice to have my partner, Nigel Ward, supporting me as he always has great confidence in me.’

Earlier, in her group match against Eva Palmius, Bonney had recorded her first ever 10 shot.

Her cue-ball hit the red and then her opponent’s cue-ball for a cannon before all three balls entered pockets.

Bonney, who also won the WLBSA title in 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013, added: ‘The event was well run, the club is a good venue and the tables were very fast.

‘I even had a 10 shot in one of the matches which was a first for me.

‘Overall it was a very enjoyable day.’

Last year Bonney had vowed to continue her dominance of the event, after securing her seventh title.

The Craneswater potter set her sights set on reaching 10 titles before she hits the age of 40.

Now one of those is in the bag, with two more to get.

She has certainly proved again that she remains the undisputed world’s best in the three-ball game.

Bonney’s victory brought the curtain down on the six-day Eden Resources Festival of Snooker (and Billiards) in Association with Northern Snooker Centre.

On the previous day, Reanne Evans had claimed her 10th successive snooker world championship.

Bonney saw her challenge ended at the quarter-final stage by eventual runner-up Ng On Yee.