Mike Russell defeated Dave Causier 2224-1115 to win the 2016 LITEtask World Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds today.
Having lost out to 2015 champion Causier at the semi-final stage of the short format event last week, Russell turned the tables during the course of their five-hour timed format final to claim his twelfth world title, and his first since 2011.
Russell collects his 12th title
“I’m very happy,” said Russell. “I’ve had a few problems over the last few years and didn’t think that I would be back playing. It has taken me at least two years to get back to something like the form I used to show so obviously I’m delighted.
“I think that I am the only player to have won the title over four different decades [he won his first back in 1989], so it’s good. I enjoy the game and I love to play. It’s always special, but this is probably the most special because it has been a long time since I have won. I am very happy that I came back and played nearly my A-game.”
Although he opened up an early advantage, Russell did not have it all his own way in this final as defending champion Causier closed a gap of over 400 points to just 13 with three hours remaining. As the 47-year-old explained after the final however, he was not unduly shaken by the comeback and went on to dominate the second 150 minute session to secure victory, making a tournament high break of 585 in the final hour.
“You expect that [a fightback] from Dave and he is a class player, he just scores from everywhere,” continued Russell. “I wasn’t too bothered actually, I know if I play David that I can end the first half level, or a little bit in front it’s a bonus! When I’ve played him in the past I’m normally behind and I have had to come back in the second session.
“But it’s a long match. Five hours takes a long time so you know that you are going to get a lot of chances.”
Russell also had words of praise for tournament sponsor LITEtask and their owner Mark Pears, who have built up a strong association with World Billiards in recent years.
“I can’t speak highly enough for what they have done for the billiards,” added Russell. “Now we are streamed on YouTube, they have a dedicated channel and we couldn’t have dreamed of that a few years ago. Now Mark has come in and he just seems to love the game, it’s terrific.”
You can read more information about World Billiards and more about the tournament at the following links:
To watch the final see the World Billiards YouTube Channel.
View match details.
View a summary of all results.
View high breaks.