Bradford No 1 move joint-top of Yorkshire Inter-District League

Josh Walker wrapped up overall victory for Bradford No 1 against Sheffield No 2

BRADFORD No 1 continued the season in fine form with an excellent 5-1 victory against Sheffield No 2 at Undercliffe Cricket Club and now share top spot in Division One of the Yorkshire Inter-District League with Leeds.

Wayne Wootton started well for Sheffield, taking the first frame 66-22, but Anthony Green composed himself well and levelled with a 72-33 success.

Gareth Green then put Bradford 3-1 up with two solid frames against Dave Ford, winning the first 71-16 and the second 82-17, which included a break of 66.

Josh Walker faced Peter Bardsley in the last match and was in fine form, a break of 38 being the highlight in taking the first frame 108-34.

He then set off well in the next with a break of 32 and although Bardsley struck straight back with a run of 35, Walker cleared with a 32 to win 66-51 and wrap up an excellent victory for the Bradford team.

Billiards league action saw Bradford start the season with an 8-6 victory away to last season’s runners-up Harrogate.

Steve Wilman set off well against former Yorkshire champion Steve Crosland, a 31 break putting the Bradford player in front before his opponent fired off breaks of 33 and 48 to lead 132-99.

A break of 44 from Wilman edged him back in front but Crosland got over the line for a 200-177 victory and a 3-2 lead for the home side.

Bradford captain Stephen Kershaw saw breaks of 39 and 33 give him a resounding 200-102 win over Tom Halliday and a 5-4 lead for his side.

Then, despite Harrogate player Dave Atkinson making a break of 37, Paul Devitt completed a 200-163 success to ensure overall victory for the Bradford team.

* THE Bradford Snooker Handicap semi-finals took place at Eccleshill Victoria Conservative Club.

Sonny Sandhu (Undercliffe Cricket Club, handicap eight) beat Sam Ratcliffe (East Ward, 20) 3-1 and Chris Davies (Tong Libs, eight) defeated Chris Simmonds (Salthorn WMC, 17) 3-2.

The final between Sandhu and Davies will take place on Saturday at 8pm, again at Eccleshill Victoria Cons.

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