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Padiham snooker player wins big time in large table final
SHARP-shooter Jonathan Clark fired his way into the Foster’s Golden Cue Grand Final with another power-packed show.
The Padiham Social Club ace overcame Andy Dibb 4-2, representing Ighten Leigh Social Club.
With the Large Table final staged at Ighten Leigh, there was strong support for Dibb who took charge early on, racing into a 1-0 lead for the best of five frames match.
But Clark, a seasoned campaigner and a most popular player on the local circuit, then stepped up a gear to finish off his opponent in some style.
Clark was soon level, before reeling off two more games on the bounce – including slick breaks of 39 and 57 to wrap up the contest and the high break prize.
Golden Cue event organiser Neil McGovern said: “It was a fantastic game, and although Jonathan got the run of the green at times, he was the strongest player on the day and deserved to win.
“Jonathan’s a hugely experienced potter and some of his snooker was very good, so the big crowd really enjoyed it.” Clark did not have it all his own way in his semi, though, edging past Lee Bannister 3-2, with the Colne Snooker Club player giving his all in a fascinating contest.
Dibb made quick work of Burnley’s Social Club’s Ben Hindle in his semi, racing to a 3-0 win, but found Clark a far tougher opponent in the final.
Past champion Russell Large ran the rule over the action and McGovern added: “Russell won the Golden Cue in 1992 and had the record break for the competition (54) this year, so he saw Jonathan go past his score.”
Clark now goes on to meet the winner of Sunday’s Small Table Final between Darren Cregg (St Andrews) and Brian Collinge (Briercliffe) in next month’s Grand Final.
“Darren and Brian are really good friends, but they are also very talented snooker players and we are anticipating a fantastic shoot-out on Sunday for the best of seven frames,” added McGovern.
The action starts at Ighten Leigh at 1.30pm. There is a dress code for the final and players are asked not to wear trainers or T shirts.
A date for the Grand Final and the 2013 presentation will be announced shortly.
For further information on the Grand Final contact Andy Dibb, on 07904 265681.
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