THE search to find the undisputed Blackburn and Darwen Individual Snooker Champion got under way at Longshaw Sports & Social Club last week.

It was Alf Bellusci who kicked things off with 3-1 victory over Matt Holden.

Bellusci was in sparkling form as he strolled to victory with breaks of 44, 53 and a 71 clearance in the last.

Alf’s brother Elmo was next up taking on John Barnes. It was close all the way but with Barnes unable to find his potting boots it was Elmo who snatched a narrow 3-2 win.

George Holden was solid as a rock as he quickly dismissed Eddie Holgate 3-0 before Andy Lancaster was made to fight all the way for his 3-2 win over John Lynn.

Wednesday’s matches were kicked off by tournament organiser Tommy Hannan and he was in devastating form as he whitewashed Bob Mawman, setting a new high break of 73 in the process.

Mark Slattery ran out a convincing winner, 3-1 against Jimmy Brookens and John Lynn went down to his second 3-2 defeat, this time at the hands of Frank Jex.

The evenings action ended with a dynamic display from Jonny Wignall who beat Joe Hanlon 3-0.

Friday saw Hannan taken all the way by Ricky Hardman. Hannan ran out a 3-2 winner after knocking in a well taken 74 in frame four.

The second match was a hard fought affair between Tom’s son Jonny Hannan and the highly regarded Mark Slattery.

It was tough match play snooker all the way with Slattery holding his nerve in the final frame to record his second victory of the week.

The final match of the evening saw Lee Whittle make his entrance to the tournament with an easy 3-0 victory over Bob Mawman.

With nine players unbeaten after week one it looks as though we are in for a treat over the coming weeks.

Next week sees the likes of Neil Payton and Nigel Holmes making their entry into the fray but the match everyone is waiting for is master versus pupil when Tommy Hannan takes on son Jonny.

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