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Richard Bakes (Manager) Mark Slater, Wayne Cooper, Kevin Firth (cpt)
Bradford lift Yorkshire snooker team title in style
Bradford’s No 1 (pictured) snooker side secured the Yorkshire Inter-District League Division One title with a game to spare after a comprehensive 5-1 victory over Barnsley at Undercliffe Cricket Club.
Wayne Cooper got the side off to the perfect start, maintaining an incredible 100 per cent record, with two hard-fought frame wins against the highly-talented Brett Miller.
A scrappy opener ended with a 25 clearance from Cooper to win 71-28 and then a 35 clearance in the second gave him a 75-13 success.
Captain Kevin Firth edged the team closer to the win with a 93-15 victory which included a break of 57 and he then extended the advantage by taking the fourth frame 61-10 against Paul Dunn.
Mark Slater looked to be heading for victory in his first frame but opponent Mike Henson came back strongly and took it 72-41 before normal service resumed after Slater opened up a 30-point lead which he never lost to win 69-28.
The victory puts Bradford 12 points clear with a game to go, and although second placed Castleford No 1 have two to play and could mathematically catch the leaders if Bradford lose their final match 6-0, Bradford have beaten and drawn with their rivals so those results would ensure the trophy returns to the district once again.