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Great start for Bradford cue teams
Two of Bradford's sides got off to a fantastic start in the first round of Yorkshire Inter-District League fixtures at the weekend.
The billiards team had a superb 5-2 victory against a very good Harrogate side at Great Horton Conservative Club.
Stephen Kershaw built up a substantial lead initially against Tim Godolphin but the Harrogate player pulled back to only trail 157-152 before Kershaw made a timely 37 break and run out a 200-152 winner.
Bradford's Paul Devitt then took on one of Yorkshire's most successful players in Stephen Crosland, and the pair exchanged breaks in the mid-30s to leave the scores fairly close as the halfway stage approached.
Crosland then took complete control and made breaks of 60 and 36 unfinished, winning comfortably 200-111.
In the final match, John McEachran took on Tom Halliday and was consistent without being spectacular but had done enough to secure a 200-126 victory, taking the aggregate point along with it.
Bradford's No 1 snooker side weren't in action, their match at Sheffield No 3 having to be rearranged, but the No 2 team travelled to Selby and came away with a deserved 4-2 win.
Bradford champion Gareth Green won both his frames, the first 71-0 and the second 45-38 against C Jackson, while Tanveer Mohammed lost a black-ball opener to Kev Hawksworth but recovered well to win 65-7 and put the visitors 3-1 ahead.
Captain Hanif Rafiq lost 67-35 to Daz Hawkins, but took the final frame of the night 65-33 to wrap up the victory.
The next round of fixtures is scheduled for the weekend of October 27-28, when the billiards side travel to Huddersfield No 2, Bradford No 1 entertain Castleford No 1 and Bradford No 2 host Wakefield No 1.
The deadline for entries into the Hey's Trophy team snooker competition has now passed and the draw has been made.
Full details of this, together with dates, will appear in next week's column but all the information will be sent out to all clubs by tournament director Eddie Ratcliffe, in due course.
Players wishing to enter the Bradford Snooker Singles and Pairs have until to register their place.
Anyone wanting to register must contact either tournament director Richard Hagerty (07740- 145777) or Bradford Association chairman Richard Bakes (07940-651850).