Bolton Beats Record Break

14 Jun 2014

Matthew Bolton has beaten the Australian National Billiards Championship highest break record with a 736 at the Yarraville Club. The previous record of 702 was set by Bob Marshall in 1953, and while Matthew had previously scored higher breaks, with 831 at the World Championship in 2011 and 765 in the WA State Championship in 2012, this is the first time he has surpassed the record in the Australian Championship.

“This is a very special achievement for me,” Bolton said after the match. “I had been chasing Bob Marshall’s record break for a number of years, and despite making higher breaks at other tournaments, I had yet to break the record at the Australian Championship.”

For the record, the final score in the two hour match was 1448-84 over his opponent, Dale Mackay, with the referee Neil Brown. Bolton also scored breaks of 275, 118, 104, 78, 66, and 59 in the match.

Matthew Bolton is seeking to add to his tally of 11 Australian Championship victories this year, still chasing another record – Marshall won the title a total of 21 times. Bolton also holds the record for the most consecutive victories – a run of eight that was unfortunately broken in 2012 when he was unable to compete due to injury. The previous holder of the most consecutive wins was George Ganim Jnr with six in a row.

“It’s an honour to break the Australian Championship record of such a legend of the sport and someone who also helped me with my game as a young player,” Bolton said. In an ominous sign, he added “My next goal is to make a 1000 break.”

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