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I Billiards. I 48.âCROSS CANNONS. I By RISO LEVI (Copyright). Diagram 638 illustrates one of these short cross-cannons. The position with slight variations is a constantly occurring one amd should not present any difficulty to very moderate players. With the object balls to the measurements given under the diagram the cannon is a half-ball stroke with a little rumind-n,g-kde--that is, with the side which will 'be running side off the side cushion. Very good after-positiop can be obtained as the result of this cannon, but in order to ensure this the stroke should be played in a different way when the object bail near the cushion is the white from what is neces- sary when the red lies there. When the oannon is played quite slowly, the ball near the cushion is dribbled' up to the corner pocket. This stroke is Ishown on Diagram 638, and when the red is the first object ball it is a good enough stroke to play, for pro- vided the red comes to rest quite olose to the pocket either a pot or an in-off will be on for the next stroke. If, however, the red should enter the pocket the result of the cannon the after-position m&Y or may not be good, as it will depend upon how the cue ball has taken the object white. Conse- quently, when playing to dribble the red up I to the pocket care must be taken that it does not fall in,. In strokes of this nature, Dt?am M8.âA oaMMn, dribbin? the red up to ctlhoe se l??kteh ? st pd Ta sySh:Fit? riai.m?ide. Red ball close to the side cushion and 43 inches fiom the top cushion. Object white 11 inches from the side cushion and 37 inches from the top cushion. very many good amateurs are quite con- tent to take the risK of the red entering the pocket. On the face of it. it certainly looks a very slight risk to take, for it would be long odds against the red going down if a,ny ordinary player played for nothing else than the pot. It is, however, remarkable how often a ball will enter a' pooket when in positions of this nature no attempt is made to keep it out. In fact, even when the player has ia-ayed to prevent it fro-m entering the pocket it will often still go in. Just the same thing occurs in top-of-the-table pla.y. The position may be such that a cannon has to be played off the red, but the red must be kept out of the pocket for the sake of the after-position. The pot by itself may not be an easy stroke, yet the player playing to keep the red out often gets the five shot. Even great players .like Stevenson and Dawson occasionally get a five shot at the top of the table when playing to avoid the pot. A pot with the object ball a considerable distance from the pocket and with the cue ball at an angle with the object ball and the pocket is a difficult stroke, focr the reason that unless the object ball is hit on one particular spot it must fail. When, however, a cannon is of such a nature tha-t the object ball must be hit somewhere near what may be called the potting spot, it -is easy to understand how a slight error in judgment or in aim may otuuse the object ball to be hit exactly on this potting spot, with the reeult that it enters the pocket. When playing to dribble the red to the pocket, as shown on Diagram 638, drag øbGukl be used in order to render & slow stroke a safe one. â Hr. Last's articles %ppmr enrety Saturday in the Ewnta? ,EI:pA!Ia:. :1,1 Qt Jtbia. atnw

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