THERE promises to be some sparkling snooker at Lindley WMC on Sunday evening, when the home side entertain Stockton-based Buff WMC in the last 16 of the National CIU Knockout.

What makes this clash particularly interesting is that all six players from both sides have had spells playing on the Professional Challenge Tour.

Naeem, Robert Read and Jonny Gallagher are the Lindley trio aiming to make the last eight when the match gets under way at 6.30pm on Sunday.

And should the match be completed early enough, then Read will endeavour to get through to the last eight of the Individual event when he is due to play against one of Buff’s members, Michael Rhodes.

“It could be the best night’s snooker we have ever had at Lindley,” said Huddersfield Open champion Read.

The surnames suggested it would be a classic and so it proved as John Higgins made a maximum break, but still bowed out of the UK Championship to Mark Davis.

The 40-year-old Hastings journeyman Davis has been a professional since 1991, but could not think of any win in the last 21 years that has brought him more satisfaction than his 6-5 victory at York’s Barbican Centre.

He even compared the climax to the famous finish to the 1985 Crucible final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor.

Davis said: “I was going for doubles and all sorts in the end. It was like the 1985 World Championship final.”