Competitors ready for last 16

The competition is now down to the final 16
The competition is now down to the final 16

The race to be crowned the 2014 Sovereign Snooker Services’ Clitheroe small tables singles champion has now reached the last 16 after the group stages were completed.

Now down to the last 16, the draw has thrown up some cracking ties, with the Clitheroe’s Royal British Legion (RBL) young starlet and group winner in Liam Sutcliffe and also the youngest player left in the competition, facing the Clitheroe Social club’s Roger Hope, who recently made the competitions highest break to date with a 72 clearance in a group game.

Sutcliffe’s clubmate Mark Hitchen has been paired with the Social’s Dave Moore, with Moore facing another group winner and a player on very good form who won nine out of 10 of his group games and Hitchen having home advantage as well.

Social’s star player Eric Barnes and another group winner, faces the Legion veteran in Gary James, who will have to be on top of his game against the Social man also on form and who also has home advantage on the tight Social tables.

Group winner in Social’s Robbie Grant faces the Legions Steve Ollie Almond in what should be a good game between two very capable players on their day.

Legion star man Dean Walmsley faces the Social’s Simon Briggs in what should be a good game with both players having very different snooker styles but both very capable players.

One of the pre-tournament favourites in the Legion’s Mark Riley, sees him play last years runner up in Social’s Gary Simkin, and Riley with be after revenge after being knocked out in last year’s semi final by the Social man.

Low Moors Gav McQuade has been drawn at home against the Legion’s Steve Winckley, with the two veterans both more than capable of making it through to the last eight and beyond but home advantage will give McQuade the advantage.

The last tie sees the young Low Moor man of Chris Hayton paired at home with another pre-tournament favourite in the Legion’s star man Ste Almond, who was also the runner up in the 2014 Golden Cue competition. Hayton will be hoping Almond doesn’t bring his A game to the table.