Thrilling nights of snooker in Clitheroe

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All three Clitheroe teams have made it through to the quarter-finals of the East Lancashire 10 Reds Knockout competition after three thrilling nights of snooker.

Clitheroe Royal British Legion were convincing winners against one of the favourites, the Layton club from Blackpool, 4-1 at the Legion.

A Blackpool player stated his intentions as soon as he walked in, offering a £100 bet that his team would win by at least 4-1! He was soon left somewhat embarrassed as Legion raced into a 2-0 lead with wins for Paul Blackburn and James Whitwell.

Blackpool managed to win the next frame, before Legion’s Simon Thompson made it 3-1 with some sublime cueing action against the player who offered the bet!

Steve Almond won Legion’s fourth frame to seal victory.

Then Low Moor Club played a good Ighten Leigh team from Burnley at home, winning a very close game 4-3.

Low Moor were up against it at 3-2 down, before veteran Marc Holmes produced an effortless frame to take it to a decider.

Then Gavin McQuade, produced one of the frames of the night, in total control throughout his game, to send home happy the large crowd of spectators by winning the decider.

There were also good wins from Pete Mercer, and Andy Riley.

Next up were Clitheroe Social club at home to another favourite to win the competition, the Stanhill Club from down the road in Oswaldtwistle.

With the game finely balanced at 2-2, Socials star man Chris Lawson then produced a fantastic frame of snooker, making a 63 break in the process, putting the Social Boys one win away from the quarter finals.

Steve Horsefield was then tasked with taking the team through, but unfortunately he played Stanhills’ star man T. Haworth, who produced an effortless 53 break, taking the match to the decider.

Simon Duckworth was the anchor man, and he quickly raced into a healthy lead, and by the time only the six colours were left, his opponent needed a snooker.

With only the pink and black on the table, Stanhill’s Johnny Dean put Duckworth in two fantastic snookers, and he missed the second, meaning Dean could win.

With the large crown on the edge of their seats, Dean missed potting the pink and Social’s Duckworth produced one of the shots of the night and potted a long pink to win the match 4-3 and send the large home crowd into raptures.

There were also good wins for Paul Clark and debutant Sam Punchard.

Special mention to the respective club stewards in hosting three fantastic nights of snooker.

All three teams would ideally like to see each other in the semi-finals, but want, more importantly, a home draw in what would be more nights of snooker to look forward to.