Legion pair set to face off in singles final showdown

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The race to become the 2014 Clitheroe Sovereign Snooker Services small tables singles champion has reached the grand final.

In the quarter finals, two of the pre-tournament favourites met in Legion clubmates Mark Riley and the 2012 champion Steve Almond, and Riley showed his class in quickly disposing of Almond 3-0 in quick time and leaving him unable to add another title.

The Social Club’s top player Eric Barnes then hit form in beating the Legion’s Ste Ollie Almond 3-0, who just didnt hit the form he usually performs to.

The Legion’s club captain Dean Walmsley knocked out the Low Moor’s top player Gav McQuade 3-0, with McQuade somewhat out of sorts, but Walmsley showed why he shouldn’t be taken lightly and played very well.

The last tie saw the two youngest players left in the tournament, in the Legion duo of Mark Hitchen and the promising young star in Liam Sutcliffe, Hichen winning 3-1, but the match was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests and Sutcliffe is one to watch in the future.

In the semi-final ties, the Social’s Barnes was drawn against his good friend Riley from the Legion in what promised to be a very tight game, but Barnes’ recent form deserted him and Riley took the chances given him to take it 4-1 and put him in the final.

Legion team mates Walmsley and Hitchen then played one of the best matches of the tournament. Both players missed crucial chances, but Walmsley showed his grit and determination to take it 4-2 in a very close game.

The best of nine final between Walmsley and Riley is to be played at the Clitheroe Royal British Legion at 7 p.m. tomorrow night, with free entry, and will include a raffle for charity in what should be a good night’s snooker and well attended.

It is too close to call the favourite as both are very good all round players, and it could well go to the deciding frame.