Bradford No 2 back in county snooker’s top flight

Captain Hanif Rafiq's side secures Division 2 title and promotion.

Captain Hanif Rafiq’s side secures Division 2 Title and promotion to top flight Division

BRADFORD No 2 came away from their Yorkshire Inter-District League match at Selby with a 3-3 draw, which was not only enough to secure the visitors promotion back to the top-flight but also give them the title.

The city second string team needed just one point to guarantee promotion, but two points would confirm them as champions, and this was achieved in the first match as a solid Peter Hamilton display gave him a 74-38, 70-30 victory against Harry Hall.

Boover Singh couldn’t get into his stride and went down 63-27 and 58-28 to J Barker, while captain Hanif Rafiq made a 59 clearance in winning 81-21, but opponent Darren Hawkins had the final say of a great season for Bradford with a 64-42 victory.

Bradford No 2, who are more than capable of challenging at the top end of the table, will be hoping for better fortune than the last time they were among the elite, and will be seeking a good early start.

Bradford No1’s title hopes are hanging by a thread after a crucial 5-1 defeat at Sheffield No 1, who are now only three points behind with a game in hand.

On Sunday, Bradford entertain Castleford No 1 at Undercliffe Cricket Club (7.30pm), hoping for a good result and that other fixtures go their way.

Wayne Cooper could do little in his first frame as Sheffield’s Brett Miller made a 103 break for a 103-21 success, after which, despite Cooper leading by over 40 points, Miller edged the second on the black 64-51.

Kevin Firth pulled a frame back at 60-16 with a 39 break, but Martin Finnigan stretched the home team’s lead again with a 33 break for an 85-31 win.

Lewis Walsh struggled on the night, but opponent James Dabbell was steady to record back-to-back wins by 63-21 and 48-27.

The final of the Bradford Billiards Championship is to be played on Monday (7.30pm) at Great Horton Conservative Club, where 2002 champion Paul Devitt faces 2008 winner Trevor Kershaw.

The match will be played over two one-hour sessions, with an interval between.

Also at Great Horton Conservative Club on Saturday (7.45pm), are the two semi-finals of the Bradford Snooker Championship, with nine-time champion and holder Wayne Cooper facing last season’s runner-up Mark Slater, and four-time winner Gareth Green facing his brother Anthony Green.

Alo in action this weekend is Lewis Walsh and Kevin Firth playing in the sixth Masters tour at northern snooker center Leeds on Saturday morning 10:20am

The first round draw od the Bradford Handicap can be see online HERE

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