Yorkshire Inter-District League double-header brings back memories

Former champion Howard Mawson is through to the quarter-finals of the Bradford Snooker Championships

BILLIARDS and snooker turns the clock back on Saturday night with a double-header in the Yorkshire Inter-District League.

Both of the senior Bradford teams are in action at Great Horton Conservative Club (7.30), with the billiards side facing title hopefuls Huddersfield No 1 and Bradford No 1’s snooker team meeting Leeds No 2.

Double-headers were a regular occurrence until a number of years ago, with this one taking place because players from both sides are involved in an English Masters snooker event on Sunday at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, causing a change of venue.

Quality snooker and billiards will be on offer at Great Horton, with Bradford’s snooker side featuring city champion Wayne Cooper as well as England Masters internationals Kevin Firth and Lewis Walsh.

The billiards team will include former Bradford champions Stephen Kershaw and Paul Devitt, plus former Bradford finalist Steve Wilman.

Also playing on Saturday night are Bradford’s No 2 snooker side, aiming to bounce back from their recent defeat to Bradford No 1 as they face Leeds No 1 at the Northern Snooker Centre.

* IN THE Bradford Snooker Championships, 2004 champion Howard Mawson (Eccleshill Victoria) progressed to the quarter-finals with a 4-1 victory over Chris Tolson (Cue Gardens), while Kevin Firth (Undercliffe Cricket) came through a tricky tie 4-2 against 1987 champion Mark Hirst (Wibsey Libs).

Mark Ball (Eccleshill Victoria) also made it into the quarter-finals after a 4-0 success against Simon Jackson (Eccleshill Victoria).

* FIRST legs in the second round of the Hey’s Trophy and the first round of the Hopkinson Plate get underway next Thursday.

Hey’s Trophy: Clayton Libs B v Cullingworth Cons A, Lilycroft WMC A v Great Horton Cons, East Ward B v Wibsey Libs A, Undercliffe CC A v Laisterdyke WMC B, Eccleshill Victoria v Upper Bolton Cons, Wibsey Libs B v East Ward A, Laisterdyke WMC A v Clayton Libs A, Cullingworth Cons B v Salthorn WMC.

Hopkinson Plate: Eccleshill WMC B v Queensbury Cons, Owlett Hall v Undercliffe CC B, Tong Libs B v Cue Gardens, Baildon Woodbottom v Buttershaw Lane, Shipley Social v Tong Libs A, Fields A v Eccleshill WMC A, Windhill Cons B v Windhill Cons A, Leicester St v Lilycroft WMC B.

The return legs in these competitions are on Thursday, February 16.

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