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Bradford get good start but can’t cash in
Right on Cue
Bradford’s billiards team opened the new Yorkshire Inter-District League season with a 5-2 defeat to Harrogate at Great Horton Cricket Club.
John McEachran of the host club opened up a lead of 40 but at the halfway stage there was little in it.
He pulled away again as the match wore on but Tom Halliday then made a telling break of 39 for Harrogate and eventually won 200-164.
An early break of 40 got Paul Devitt off to a good start and the Bradford player remained in front of opponent Stephen Crosland to the halfway stage.
But Crosland, a several-times Yorkshire champion, made a key break of 48 on the way to a 200-124 win for Harrogate.
The final game was a scrappy affair but a break of 35 early in the contest and an unfinished run of 39 at the end saw Bradford captain Stephen Kershaw record a 200-109 victory over Tim Godolphin.
Bradford’s next match is away to Huddersfield’s second team on Sunday, November 10 at Mold Green Liberal Club.
Meanwhile, Kershaw is in action this Sunday in the regional qualifying rounds for the English Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds. Fellow Bradfordian Steve Wilman is also involved.
The Bradford No 1 snooker team are back in action on Sunday in a rearranged match at Ossett in Division One of the Yorkshire Inter-District League.
Before they set off, the draws for the Bradford Snooker Championship singles and pairs events will be made at Undercliffe Cricket Club at 5.30pm. Anyone wishing to watch the draw are more than welcome to attend.
The draw for the Hey’s Trophy is in the process of being made, with first-round matches taking place on successive Thursdays, November 14 and 21.
Details of this, together with handicaps, will be sent to all clubs by tournament director Eddie Ratcliffe.