Bradford clinch Yorkshire Inter-District snooker title

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Kevin Firth clinched the all-important third frame for Bradford's No 1 snooker team Kevin Firth clinched the all-important third frame for Bradford's No 1 snooker team

Bradford No 1 secured the Yorkshire Inter-District Snooker League Division One title at the weekend with a 4-2 victory over Sheffield No 3 at Undercliffe Cricket Club.

Wayne Cooper won the opening frames 70-28 and 72-43 against Ashley Carty, and captain Kevin Firth won the all-important third frame, beating Yorkshire quarter-finalist Wayne Wootton 59-32 to ensure the team retained the trophy they won last season.

Firth could do little in the next as Wootton made a 76 break to win 76-4, and Mark Slater shared frames with Carl Whitby, winning their first 78-30 with the Sheffield player taking the last 48-27.

Bradford No 1 travel to Castleford No 2 on Sunday to complete their fixtures.

In Division Two, Bradford No 2 took pole position in the league following a 4-2 success at Brighouse.

Boover Singh was in a commanding position, but lost the first frame after an unusual sequence of 14 misses allowed his Brighouse opponent the victory.

However, Singh levelled the tie with a comfortable second-frame win. Gareth Green, whose last frame for the side in their last match resulted in the league's highest break of 137, cleared with a break of 100 in the first frame and soon put the visitors 3-1 up before captain Hanif Rafiq guaranteed victory by taking his first frame, only for hais opponent to clear in the last.

At least a draw in the last match against Castleford No 3 at the end of the month will guarantee promotion, but victory will secure the divisional title.

The quarter-finals of the Bradford Snooker Championship have been completed, with 2004 champion Howard Mawson (Eccleshill Vic Cons) overturning a 3-0 deficit to Mark Slater (Clayton Libs) to win 4-3.

Last year's runner-up John Wellham (Allerton Cons) won 4-0 against Wayne Downey (Undercliffe Cricket), Anthony Green (Harold Club) beat Chris Tolson (Cue Gardens) 4-0 and Kevin Firth (Undercliffe Cricket) triumphed 4-1 against Lewis Walsh (Eccleshill Vic Cons).

One of the semi-finals will be a repeat of last year, Wellham taking on Firth.

Wellham was successful by 4-3 on that occasion and fell to four-times champion Gareth Green in the final.

The other tie is Mawson verses Gareth's brother Anthony, with both matches expected to be played towards the end of the month.

The semi-finals of the Hey's Trophy and Hopkinson Plate get underway tomorrow night, with the second legs a week tomorrow.

 

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