Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lilley Tops North East Eight with Fine Show in Leeds; SNOOKER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lilley Tops North East Eight with Fine Show in Leeds; SNOOKER

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THERE were several good results by the region's eight challengers who made the trip down to Leeds Northern Snooker Centre for the second in the series of EASB Pro Ticket events.

The best performance on the day came from the former three times English Amateur champion David Lilley who produced a spectacular string of 17 consecutive winning frames to pocket the winners first prize.

Having received a bye into the last 32, Lilley found himself trailing 2-1 in his opening match, but fought back to beat Lee Shanker 4-3. From then on it was all oneway traffic as the confident Lilley went on to take the honours with 4-0 wins over James Silverwood, James Welsh, Anthony Parsons and Kuldesh Johal in the final, with the help of an 88.

After taking out the first event winner David Craggs 4-2 in the opening round, Stephen Craigie then had to rattle off breaks of 100-84-54 and a 81 in the decider before coming out top 4-3 in a cracking match against the in-form David Grace.

Having sailed through the last 16, 4-1 at the expense of the noted Robbie Williams, Craigie's good run was brought to an end in the quarters after being stopped dead in his tracks in four straight sets by the eventual Johal.

Craigie's younger brother Sam fired in a nice 98 in his first-round 4-3 victory over Justin Astley, only to lose out by the same score line in his second match to Ian Glover. HAVING made the long trip over to Hydekabad in India for last week's International Billiards and Snookers Federations (IBSF) World Amateur Championships, Tow Law's England representative David Craggs dished up a series of excellent wins in the round robin play-offs to finish second in Group G and qualify for the fast 64 knockout stages.

LAST Monday's Planet Snooker Premier League match brought saw High Howdon SC's Mark Livingstone edge past club mate Paul McHugh 4-3 after a see-saw game.

At the same venue, the following night's clash featured two of the leagues big guns when David Lilley and Gary Wilson went head-to-head. …

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