Local snooker players hope to progress

snooker player hitting a ball, shallow depth of field
snooker player hitting a ball, shallow depth of field

The 2013 10 Reds snooker competition is upon us, and Clitheroe now boasts four teams in this year’s draw.

2011 winners and 2012 quarter finalists Low Moor have again entered, with a young Chris Hayton captaining the village side, assisted by veteran and star player Marc Holmes.

They have a changed side from last year, but have replaced the players who have left with more than capable, experienced players.

They have been drawn at home against the 2008 winners and East Lancashire neighbours Feniscowles SC from Blackburn, to be played tomorrow night at the Low Moor Club, from 7-30 p.m.

Last year’s semi-finalists, in their first year in the competition, Clitheroe Social Club, have been drawn away against the 2010 runners-up, the Waterloo Club from Blackpool, in what looks a tough draw.

But Social will be hoping to have another good run in the competition.

They have kept the vast majority of last year’s team and will again have the well-known and highly-respected veterans in Chatburn’s Paul Clark and Whalley’s Steve Horsefield in their ranks.

They also play tomorrow night in Blackpool, also at 7-30 p.m.

Clitheroe Social have also entered a second team made up of almost entirely young players from several teams within the Clitheroe league, in what must surely be the youngest team in this year’s competition.

Their team also includes the 2012 Clitheroe Summer League singles runner-up Simon Briggs and the talented Lancashire Ladies pool star Linzi Lloyd.

They have also been drawn away against another good Blackpool side in the Hotel and Apartments Club to be played on Sunday at 7-30 p.m.

Last but by no means least, four-times winners and five-times finalists Clitheroe Royal British Legion face arguably the toughest tie of the Clitheroe teams in being drawn at home in the preliminary round to the 2011 runners-up Excelsior 2, who were narrowly beaten by Low Moor in the 2011 final.

Captain Matt Garner has assembled a relatively young squad, but with some good experienced players that include the 2012 Clitheroe Summer League singles winner and former pool professional Steve Almond, and also the much sought after promising young prospect Liam Sutcliff.

The Legion play at home on Sunday, February 24th at 7 p.m.

All the teams hope to progress into the next round, and all teams would like to invite anybody interested in snooker to come and watch and support, with free admission to all the venues.