IN a packed Low Moor club, the reigning 10 reds champions Low Moor lost their first game for almost two years to the hands of neighbours the Clitheroe Social Club.
First up for Low Moor was Carl Drinkwater against the Social’s Eric Barnes. After a cagey start and both players making unforced errors, Barnes eventually got ahead of his opponent and slowly saw out the frame against an unlucky Drinkwater.
The second game was somewhat a bit controversial between Low Moor’s Andy Riley and Social’s Paul Clark. With the game still relatively young and only a couple of points in it, Riley was put in a very difficult snooker, and in his attempt to get out of it missed the reds five times – every one deemed a ‘miss’ by the professional referee.
Clarke took full advantage of the lead and comfortably put the game to bed.
Low Moor’s star man Pete Mercer then played Sam Punchard, and the former just oozed class in quickly winning the frame giving the gracious Punchard no chance, and showing exactly why he’s in the forthcoming final of the East Lancs Golden Cue singles final. Man-of-the-match performance again from Mercer.
Social’s veteran Steve Horsefield then took on the youngest player on the night in Low Moor’s Ste Tandy.
After another cagey game which was close throughout, some bad luck for Tandy allowed Horsefield to roll back the years and clear up the colours to make it 3-1 to the Social and put them on the verge of an upset.
Low Moor’s own veteran in Marc Holmes then played the Social’s Simon Duckworth, and the latter having an off night allowing Holmes to play with confidence and he put in a faultless performance and was a joy to watch as he made no mistakes and left Duckworth no chances, a close contender for man-of-the-match.
Next up was the Low Moor’s Gavin McQuade in a frame Low Moor had to win, against the Social’s captain Gary Simkin. McQuade quickly found his feet and raced into a well deserved 30 lead. Simkin digged deep and clawed his way back slowly, and with only the last three balls on the table he only needed just the blue and pink. After potting a long blue, he then missed a good chance on the pink but was fortunate to leave it safe. McQuade was then unfortunate in leaving the pink over the pocket, and Simkin held his nerve to a Social win.
The Social play the much fancied St Andrew’s from Burnley in the second semi final at the Claremont Club in Blackpool on Tues, May 8th, hoping to make the final on Thursday, May 10th.