Race hots up for Clitheroe snooker title

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The race to become 2014 Sovereign Snooker Services’ Clitheroe small table singles champion has stepped up after reaching the last 16 stage.

And the draw has thrown up some cracking ties, with the Clitheroe Royal British Legion’s young starlet Liam Sutcliffe - the youngest player left in the competition - facing Clitheroe Social Club’s Roger Hope, who recently made the competition’s 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.

Social’s star player Eric Barnes faces the Legion veteran Gary James, and Social’s Robbie Grant faces the Legion’s Steve Ollie Almond in what should be a good game between two very capable players.

Legion star man Dean Walmsley faces the Social’s Simon Briggs, while one of the pre-tournament favourites, Legion’s Mark Riley, is up against last year’s runner up - Social’s Gary Simkin in a repeat of last year’s semi-final.

Low Moors Gav McQuade has been drawn at home against Legion’s Steve Winckley, and the last tie sees the young Low Moor man Chris Hayton paired at home with another pre-tournament favourite in the Legion’s star man Ste Almond.