Snooker: Top class shows for the second week running

George Holden won

George Holden won

First published in Sport

The second week of the Blackburn and Darwen Individual Snooker League produced some more top class matches.

Monday started off with Bob Mawman taking on Alan Heaton.

In an often scrappy affair Mawman capitalised on Heaton’s mistakes to record his first victory in the tournament, running out a 3-2 winner.

Next up was Nigel Holmes making his tournament debut against John Barnes and what a thriller. It was nip and tuck all the way with Barnes eventually pinching it 3-2.

Third match up was another five frame battle between George Holden and namesake Matt.

The spectators were treated to a great display of attacking snooker but it was George who came out the winner by the odd frame.

The final match of the evening was a trip down memory lane as the crowd were treated to a re-match of the 1982 CIU Singles Final between Neil Payton and Bernard Clough.

It was Payton who won that final 3-2 and the result was the same, albeit a little easier this time as Payton took it 3-1.

Wednesday saw Tommy Hannan taking on his friend and former practice partner Andy Lancaster.

Hannon won the first two frames easily before Lancaster woke up. In a superb display of gutsy snooker he pulled backed the deficit and took the last to inflict a first defeat on Tommy.

Next up was young Ed Holgate against veteran Bernard Clough and it was Holgate who took the win, dropping just one frame.

Having seen a rematch of a CIU final on Monday it was a preview next as this year’s finalists Alf Bellusci and Ricky Hardman took to the table.

Neither player hit the heights in this one but it was Bellusci who took it 3-2. Alf’s brother Elmo was last on against John Lynn and it was a toughie. With neither player willing to take risks it was close all the way Elmo taking it by the narrowest of margins, another 3-2.

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