Jan 18 2018

Bradford stay among Yorkshire District League billiards leaders

Former winner Paul Devitt is sure to be among the leading contenders for the Yorkshire Sports Trophy in the Bradford Billiards Championship

BRADFORD’S billiards team won 8-5 at Doncaster in the Yorkshire Inter-District League and remain among the front-runners at the halfway point of the season.

Steve Wilman got the Bradford team off to a flying start with breaks of 27 and 41 to lead 78-3.

Peter Snell was never able to interrupt his flow for very long and two more runs into the 20s completed a speedy 200-73 victory to give Bradford a 3-0 lead

With an early break of 31, Paul Devitt looked as if he might continue in similar vain but Rick Harrison hit back to level at 110 and then led throughout the second half to secure Doncaster’s first points with a 200-172 victory, although Bradford still led 5-3.

Bradford captain Stephen Kershaw was also off to a good start and runs of 31 and 30 helped him lead 103-34. Rob Harrison fought back but Kershaw was strong enough to hold out for a 200-160 victory.

Next up for Bradford are Harrogate at home on Saturday, February 10.

The Bradford Billiards Championship has been provisionally booked for Saturday, February 24 at Cue Gardens and further details will be announced in due course.

Bradford No 2’s snooker players shared the spoils with opponents Sheffield No 3 at Cue Gardens in Division Two, with all three home players taking a frame each.

Peter Hamilton lost the opener 48-34 to Dave Whitby but redeemed himself with a 59-40 success.

Boover Singh lost out to Dan Bagley 61-33 but a break of 69 levelled things up with a frame win of 86-33.

Captain Hanif Rafiq also made a break in the sixties, a 68 helping the Bradford player to a 105-10 win, but he fell in the last as opponent Paul Bannister took a 71-39 victory and ensured the sides finished at 3-3.

Division One leaders Bradford No 1 were due to be in action this weekend at home to third-placed Leeds. But with the latter side’s players involved in the English Masters competition that day at Clacton, the match has been postponed and will be rearranged soon.

Entry forms are now in circulation for the Yorkshire Snooker Championships and can be downloaded from HERE or obtained from Yorkshire secretary Richard Bakes via bradfordsnooker[AT]hotmail.com.

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