Mar 30 2017

Lewis Walsh still on track for Bradford Snooker Championship title double

Lewis Walsh still has a chance of landing both singles and pairs titles in the Bradford Snooker Championships

ENGLAND Masters international Lewis Walsh remains on course for both Bradford Snooker Championship titles after a 4-0 victory over 2014 winner John Wellham in the singles quarter-finals.

The Bradford No 1 and Eccleshill Victoria Cons player also made it through to a second consecutive pairs final with partner Howard Mawson.

They came through 3-0 in their last-four clash with Wellham and his dad Chris, with Walsh making a 39 break and Mawson wrapping things up with a 51 in the last.

The duo are set to meet three-time champions Gareth and Anthony Green, who came through an epic semi-final 3-2 against five-times winners Wayne Cooper and Kevin Firth.

Cooper, and Anthony Green especially, were in good form, with Cooper making breaks of 66 and 69 while Green knocked in a 40 and the competition’s highest of 91.

The final takes place on Saturday, April 8 at Great Horton Conservative Club with an 8pm start for the best-of-five-frames match.

Mawson, the 2004 Bradford champion, is himself also on course for both titles after knocking out four-time singles champion Gareth Green 4-2, having come from 2-0 down.

Mark Ball, another Eccleshill Victoria Conservative player, is through to the last four as well after beating Russell Morgan 4-2 in their tie. Ball still holds the competition’s highest break of 131, which he made in the first round against Stefan Risidi.

Defending ten-time champion Cooper takes on Bradford team-mate Firth in the remaining quarter-final tie at Undercliffe Cricket Club tonight (7pm).

* THE semi-finals of the Hey’s Trophy and Hopkinson Plate get underway tonight.

First-leg matches in the Hey’s feature Lilycroft WMC A v East Ward B and East Ward A v Salthorn WMC, while in the Hopkinson it is Owlett Hall v Baildon Woodbottom and Fields A v Leicester Street.

Second legs are next Thursday, with the final of the Hey’s fixed for May 4 at Eccleshill Victoria Cons and the Hopkinson final a week later on May 11 at East Ward.

Bradford no1 snooker side travel to Harrogate conservative club on Sunday 2nd April for their inter league Div 1 clash 19:30

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