Lee Takes BWPPA Shootout to retain Top Spot

Dan Lee and Fred Dinsmore
Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley. Hosted the penultimate event on the 2017 BWPPA calendar the Kamui 9-ball Shootout. There was a star-studded field as this weekend was a double header with the inaugural Nation Continental Cup team event running alongside it. Belgium’s Kurt Deklerck, Norwegian Kim Ronny Nygård, Finland’s Jouni Tahti and current wheelchair World 9-ball champion Sweden’s Henrik Larsson were among the entrants. 
As expected there was some close matches in the early stages of the competition, among them Deklerck’s 7-5 win over Nygård, Roy Kimberley’s 7-5 win over Dave Beaumont and Larsson beating Aslam Abubaker 7-4.
Daniel Lee began his campaign strongly with a 7-3 win over Adam Pearson, he followed that up with an impressive 7-2 win over Ireland’s Dinsmore. Alexander Prokopiev from Yakutsk in Russia returned to England for his second BWPPA event of the year. Prokopiev had a tough opening match losing 7-1 to Tahti. In the one loss side of the draw Prokopiev went onto beat Matt Lester 5-1 before running into Dinsmore, who beat the Russian 7-0.
The quarter-final line up could have graced any European or World Championship; in the first quarter-final it was Lee who beat Kimberley 7-4 to advance through to the semis. Leicester’s Aslam Abubaker came through a 7-5 winner over Deklerck. Dinsmore booked his place in the last 4 with a 7-0 win over Tony Southern. Tahti completed the quartet with a 7-4 win over Larsson.
We had contrasting semi-finals; Lee beat Abubaker 7-2 to go through to his third BWPPA main event final of the season. In the other semi Dinsmore edged a hill-hill classic Jouni Tahti, Dinsmore the victor with a 7-6 score line.
In the latest chapter of the Lee v Dinsmore rivalry that we’ve seen on the BWPPA tour in recent years it was Lee who came through a 3-1 winner to confirm his place as the no.1 British wheelchair pool player for another season.  The final was curtailed to best of 5 with both players agreement to start the final NCC session.
In the challenge event Beaumont beat Nygård and Craig Welsh before beating Prokopiev 5-3 after overcoming Prokopiev’s 2 racks race start. Beaumont now leads the way in the Challenge Cup rankings sponsored by World Pool Series with just the BWPPA Predator British 9-ball Championship remaining.
Due to the issues around NCC timing, the final was not filmed in full; a partial video of the main event final is available to watch here.
Pictures of the event can be found here in the BWPPA gallery.  
The latest BWPPA ranking list can be found here.
The BWPPA would like to thank all of our sponsors:
World Pool Series, Gentlemen’s Night Out, Simonis cloth, Aramith billiard balls, Kamui, Predator Cues, Talisman Billiards, Escape Pool Bar in Barnsley, Tiger Cues of Warrington, Cheqio, Ultimate Team Gear, A.B Wallace Trophies, Gosport Pool Arena and Fred Dinsmore Billiards 
We also are always looking to expand the sponsorship side of the tour, so if you or your company would like to become one of our sponsors, please visit our contact us page.
You too can be a part of the world’s largest wheelchair pool tour; please keep checking on http://www.bwppa.com and http://www.pro9.co.uk for further information.  In addition to our national tour stops there is also the possibility of representing Great Britain in international tournaments such as the EPBF European Championship and WPA World 9-ball Championship for wheelchair players.  
See you all at the final event of the year, the Predator British Wheelchair 9 Ball Championships 2017 at the BWPPA/BWCSA Wheelchair Cuesports Academy from 4-5th November 2017.
From the 9-11 November, a GB team consisting of Lee, Southern, Kimberley and Matt Duffy will be competing in Tampere, Finland at the World Wheelchair 9-Ball Championships.  Good luck from all at BWPPA.