Snooker: Lancaster remains unbeaten to stay top

Snooker: Lancaster remains unbeaten to stay top

Snooker: Lancaster remains unbeaten to stay top

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With just a few weeks left of the qualifying phase of the Blackburn and Darwen Individual Snooker Championship it is Alf Bellusci and Andy Lancaster who top the table – both unbeaten after six games.

Lancaster (below) started the week with a 3-1 win over Frank Jex but it was nip and tuck all the way, Andy just enjoying the better run.

Nigel Holmes and Jonny Wignall put on a five frame thriller, Wignall twice coming from behind to pinch it 3-2.

John Lynn raced into a 2-0 lead against Jonny Hannan and should have taken it 3-0 but he missed the simplest of blacks in the third frame.

Hannan has matured wonderfully over the course of this tournament and dug deep to pull out an amazing 3-2 victory, despite trailing by 40 points in the decider.

Elmo Bellusci kept his qualification hopes alive with an easy 3-0 win over Bob Mawman but must win his last three matches to be in with a shout. Mark Slattery put last week’s defeat against Alf Bellusci behind him as he got back to winning ways against George Holden.

Slattery was full value for his 3-1 win and looks sure to take one of the eight qualifying slots.

Jimmy Brookens moved into the top eight with a 3-0 win over John Barnes, highlight here a nice 68 from Brookens in the opener.

Alf Bellusci maintained his unbeaten run with a classy 3-1 disposal of Neil Payton. Neil contributed wonderfully to a high quality match but Alf was just too strong for him.

Frank Jex forgot all about Monday night’s loss as he turned in his best performance to date to beat Nigel Holmes 3-2. Frank won the first easily but Nigel came back strongly in frame 2 quickly establishing a 50 point lead.

Jex ran in a superb break of 64 to pinch it and looked to heading for a 3-0 victory before Holmes showed his fighting qualities to battle back to 2-2. An edgy decider saw both players have their chances but it was Jex who finally came out on top 3-2.

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