VIP victory earns cup final spot

VIP’s Craig Steele

VIP’s Craig Steele

First published in Sport

VIP A are celebrating after becoming the first team to reach the Danny Hogan Memorial Cup Final in the Blackburn and Darwen Snooker League.

In a fabulous display of attacking snooker they stormed to a resounding 7-1 win against first division Stanhill.

It was one way traffic from the start with a series of breaks stopping Stanhill in their tracks.

First on the breaks board was Jake Fuller who slotted in a delightful 50. Ibby Khan followed that with a solid 46 break against veteran Pete Drane and after Stanhill won the second doubles youngster Murad Iqbal got in on the act with a well taken 42 against Darren Wareing.

Not to be outdone Chris Alker took the final frame of the night knocking in a 43 against Stanhill skipper Ian Pickles.

Stanhill have conceded the second leg leaving VIP waiting to see who they will face in the final.

The highly anticipated match between Division One leaders Greenfield and runaway Division 2 leaders Longshaw B was a bit of an anti climax, Greenfield winning 6-2.

Chris Lawson took the opener with a 63 clearance before Craig Steele was at his stubborn best as he barely gave Frank Jex a shot.

Lawson/Steele took a cagey doubles clash against Jex and the highly regarded Johnny Hannan and George Holden made it 4-0.

It was up Jonny Hannan to to stop the rot for the visitorsbut Alan Heaton took full advantage of some fortuitous running to take the frame 62-24 to make it 5-0.

Longshaw skipper Lee Whittle hit a truly brilliant run of 77 to make it 5-1.

The next frame saw a rejuvenated Dave Houghton beat Tom Whittle to put the home side 6-1 up before Whittle did the business again, seeing off Gary Hampson to reduce the deficit to 4 going into next week’s second leg.

In the John Greenhalgh Trophy semi finals, Park A hold a slender 5-3 lead over Blackburn Golf Club after the first leg – Danny Haworth taking the last frame – and Mill Hill came from 3-2 down to lead Cherry Tree 5-3 at the half way stage.

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