Jonathan Clark and Brian Collinge in snooker showdown at Foster’s Golden Cue Grand Final (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Jonathan Clark and Brian Collinge in snooker showdown at Foster’s Golden Cue Grand Final
SHARP-SHOOTERS Jonathan Clark and Brian Collinge will lock horns in the Foster’s Golden Cue Grand Final at Ighten Leigh social club on Sunday week.
Best friends Collinge and Darren Cregg fought out a classic contest in last Sunday’s Small Table final, watched by a record crowd for the competition.
Golden Cue event organiser Neil McGovern said: “It was a brilliant final and the place was packed to the rafters.
“It was lovely because the lads are such good mates and they brought their kids and family too.
“At the end of the game they both gave each other a big hug and Darren wished his pal all the best in the Grand Final.”
It was nip and tuck all the way as the first two frames were shared - before Cregg took hold of the match.
Racing into a 3-1 lead following the mid-session break, he delighted the audience with solid potting and pin-point safety play.
But Collinge used all his experience and guile, forcing his way back into the contest with some excellent tactical snooker.
He won the fifth round comfortably before taking the next frame on the black ball after both men had performed brilliant safety shots on the final ball.
Level at 3-3, the practice partners served up a wonderful exhibition as the final reached a nerve-shredding climax.
Collinge was first on the board, with two blacks and reds, before Cregg pounced to take a hold of the decider, eventually clearing up right to the black to book his place in next month’s final.
“It was a wonderful spectacle, real edge of the seat snooker, and they could both be proud of their efforts,” added McGovern.
“They are very popular lads and it was great to see Nathan Bridges, who plays on the International Professional Tour, and Duncan McNally, a former Golden Cue winner at the final.
“It is fantastic to see so much interest in the competition and brilliant for local snooker.”
The final will be staged at Ighten Leigh on September 8 (1.30pm) followed by the prize giving presentation.
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