Bradford Snooker Championship Final – Saturday 8th June 2019
A new name will appear on the Bradford Snooker Championship Trophy, as Kevin Firth (Undercliffe Cricket Club) will take on Stefan Risidi (Owlett Hall Social Club ) in this season’s Final, after both players enjoyed reasonably comfortable wins in the semi finals.
Both Semi Finals were played at Great Horton Conservative Club, where Firth took on 2004 champion Howard Mawson (Eccleshill Victoria Cons) in the first semi final and Risidi played against Peter Hamilton (Cue Gardens). Both matches were expected to be tight contests and the 4-0 score lines were a little harsh on Mawson and Hamilton, with neither player really getting into their usual stride.
That said, nothing can be taken away from Firth and Risidi who both deserved their victories, both known for their fast attacking play and quick scoring, who both took their chances well and played the better percentage shots.
A 58 break from Firth in the first should have been higher, but was enough to see him take the frame 64-20 and this was backed up with a 78-40 success in the second which was aided by a break of 36. The pattern of the match continued with Mawson missing opportunities, which didn’t help with a touch of bad running at times and with Firth making a break of 39 and a 58-17 third frame success it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Eccleshill player. The fourth frame was much tighter with some excellent safety from both players and Mawson looking good to chalk his first frame on the board. But again luck deserted him at crucial times and Firth was clinical to finish the match off with a 74-46 win and book his place in the final.
The second semi final took a similar path, with Risidi starting well with a break of 47 which should have been more, only for Hamilton, playing in his first Bradford Semi Final, to ease those nerves and play some fine safety shots, picking off points at every opportunity to put the pressure on his opponent. After some excellent lengthy exchanges, Risidi finally got over the line with a 61-30 frame win.
If the first frame highlighted some fine safety play, the second frame showed Risidi at his attacking best, breaks of 52 and 46 in quick time giving him a 98-6 score line for a 2-0 lead. The third and fourth frames were much tighter, Hamilton having settled well and playing some good snooker appeared to be taking the next frame, but was unfortunate with a couple of shots late on and Risidi stole in for a 59-55 win. Again in the fourth Hamilton kept Risidi at arms length but was unable to win that elusive frame and Risidi took the match with a final frame 61-38 score line.
The Final will be held on Saturday 8th June at Great Horton Conservative Club, with the match starting at 7.30pm. Spectators are welcome to attend with the club opening from 7.00pm.