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Snooker: A first defeat is so Hard to take for Holden

Lancashire Telegraph: Snooker: A first defeat is so Hard to take for Holden Snooker: A first defeat is so Hard to take for Holden

GEORGE Holden lost his unbeaten record in the Blackburn and Darwen Individual Snooker League, falling to defeat at the hands of in-form Ricky Hardman.

Hardman produced a splendid attacking performance, inflicting a 3-1 defeat on man of the moment Holden.

Alf Bellusci defeated Tommy Hannan by the same scoreline.

Andy Lancaster continued to impress, beating Elmo Bellusci 3-1 and knocking in a run of 55 in the process.

Matt Holden was also in the groove, beating out of form Bernard Clough 3-0. Nigel Holmes posted his first win, a 3-2 victory over John Lynn.

Mark Slattery and Edward Holgate treated an enthusiastic crowd to a thrilling five framer, Slattery taking the decider thanks to a 63 break.

Joe Hanlon ended the day with another victory, this time 3-0 over Bob Mawman.

Jimmy Brookens was also in red hot form, taking the opener 3-1 against Neil Payton.

Alan Heaton got his first win on the board too, overpowering Frank Jex 3-1. Jex was left to rue a host of missed opportunities as Heaton made him pay a heavy price.

Heaton will be sure to take heart from this win and should now settle into the competition.

The final game was a cracker between Lee Whittle and youngster Jonny Hannan.

It was Hannan who nicked the first frame on the colours after a loose safety shot from his opponent.

Whittle hit back with a wonderful run of 65 that could have been more for a missed pink.

The last two frames both went to Hannan - giving him the match 3-1.

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