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"Robin Hood," the London sporting correspondent of the " Australasian," has the following m the issue of the 11th ult, : — " Kobßrts is at last oomiog out m his true colors, and doing wbat I always said he could do, viz,, give anyone living half the gam?, Bpot-barred. For the past ten days he haß been playing Mitchell giving him the terrifio start of 10,030 out of 20,000. At first h» seemed out of It, and when half the game had been Stayed he had not picked up anything ka half his points, bat he scored with terrifio rapidity at last, making breaks of 200 and 300 like ' ehelling peas,' and ultimately with an unfinished 223 break ran out, a winner by 124 points, the score being— Roberts 20,000, and Mitchell 19,876, During the last night's play Roberta made consecutive breaks of 182, 146, 181. 102, sod 351, and altogether soored 1512 points agaiost 433 by Mitchell, so that it will be seen that even up to the very last day's play. Mitchell had bad the best of it on the handicap ; but I begin to think tfoberts only stops scoring when be feels tired. One thing 1 feel certain of is that as Boon aa a big prise is offered for a 1000 break, Bpotbarred, Mr John Roberts, Jan., will ( annex ' it. His best break foe a long time was 603, but when one of the big billiard table manafaoturers offered him £100 to beat it, out he oame a fortnight ago with a 690 break. He, of course, holds all the records at spot-barred billiards, as ha has also made 108 con* seootive cannons, Peall'B greatest break, m a match for money, and, indeed, the reoord • all-in ' break, is 2413. It would be interesting to know what fioberts oould do if he only would go" m for the spot stroke. It is said he has not patience enough, and that the monotony makes him oareless. This may be bo, but as he is 50 per oent ahead of everyone else at all Other strokes on a billiard table, it is hard to believe he would not be so at this if he gave his mind thereto."

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BILLIARDS EXTRAORDINARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889

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BILLIARDS EXTRAORDINARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2141, 3 June 1889