Play-off needed to decide last Bradford billiards semi-finalist

Mark Hirst, is seeking a ninth Bradford Billiards Championship title

THREE of the four semi-finalists have been confirmed for the Bradford Billiards Championship.

They are eight-times winner Mark Hirst and Bradford captain Stephen Kershaw, who both won all four of their qualifying matches, and Richard Bowes, who won three.

The remaining semi-finalist will come via a play-off between Steve Wilman, Paul Devitt and Mick Cockroft, who each had two wins.

Hirst had the highest score of the qualifiers, twice totalling 398.

He beat Trevor Kershaw 398-85, including a 77 break, and Wilman 398-82, making breaks of 191, 76 and 67.

Hirst also had totals of 308 and 269, while Stephen Kershaw’s best was 242 against Bill Oates.

That was bettered three times, however, by Bowes, who had totals of 313, 302 and 289.

Bradford Billiards Championship qualifiers: P Devitt 168 J Devanney 123, S Kershaw 171 P Devitt 156, S Kershaw 163 J Devanney 163, H Hirst 269 (56) J Devanney 126, J Devanney 163 T Kershaw 126, M Hirst 398 T Kershaw 85, R Bowes 302 (53) T Kershaw 118, R Bowes 313 M Cockroft 156, M Cockroft 252 T Kershaw 135, S Kershaw 242 W Oates 101, S Kershaw 220 M Cockroft 165, M Cockroft 254 W Oates 104, M Hirst 398 (191, 76, 67) S Wilman 82, M Hirst 308 (90, 68) W Oates 107, S Wilman 176 W Oates 148, S Wilman 190 P Devitt 151, P Devitt 201 R Bowes 159, R Bowes 289 (108, 52) S Wilman 186.

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