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Snooker: Battle for silverware is finely poised
2:24pm Tuesday 11th March 2014 in Sport
It was a case of almost there in the quarter finals of the Danny Hogan Memorial Cup as three teams go into the second leg with a massive 7-1 lead and the other a 6-2 advantage.
It was all one way traffic up at the Borough where Division 1 leaders Greenfield outclassed the home team. With breaks of 49 from George Holden and 48 for Gary Hampson it was all too easy for the visitors.
It was the last frame off the night before Borough worried the scorer, Danny Smith saving the whitewash. It was a similar story up at the Park where the B team played host to second division title challengers VIP A.
The VIP boys got off to a flier, Jake Fuller taking the first before young Dion Holcroft showed how far he has come on with a brilliant 84 clearance to take frame two.
The visitors were 4-0 up before Bernard Flaherty put one on the board for Park. It was one way traffic after that with young pool sensation Murad Iqbal taking the last with a delightful run of 48 to put his side in the semis. Over at Rishton Golf Club it was a promising start as visitors Stanhill shared the opening two frames.
After that it was a Stanhill snooker master class as the Ossy outfit tore into their hosts. A series of breaks including a 67 and a 55 from Dave O'Shaughnessy (above) and a 58 from Nathan Bridges racked up frame after frame to give the visitors one and a half feet in the semis.
The final match was an all division two clash between leaders Longshaw B at Feniscowles. The visitors took a 2-0 lead through Andy Riley and Dylan Ince before Fenny skipper Ami Dippolito and partner Brian White took the first doubles. It was all to easy for Longshaw after that with wins for Chris Rolfe, Frank Jex and skipper Lee Whittle gave them the victory. It was a different story in the John Greenhalgh Trophy with all four matches finely poised. Big shock at the Orchard where the division 2 team overcame division 1 contenders Park A 6-2. next week in the return.
First division Blackburn Golf A lead second division strugglers Hole Ith Wall 5-3 First division strugglers Mill Hill take the same advantage against second division outfit VIP B. in to the second leg. Cherry Tree also beat Hoddlesden Con Club 5-3.
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