HUDDERSFIELD’S No1 billiards team have opened the Yorkshire League season with three straight marvellous maximums!
The top trio, comprising Matthew and David Peaker and Steve Whiteley started with a 7-0 at Thorne, where Matthew Peaker had two half-century breaks, and had plenty to spare in beating Dave Palmer, while Whiteley finished off the redoubtable Brian Hoole with an unfinished 54 break.
Second up was Bradford’s second team, and they barely put up a struggle as Matthew hammered Trevor Kershaw 200-46, Whiteley defeated Steve Kershaw 200-111 and David Peaker eased home 200-103 against Brian Watson.
The third match was against Huddersfield’s second team, and once again there was plenty of daylight in all three games.
The senior Peaker, David, had the closest game against Jeremy Ford before winning 200-161, Frank Griffin made 39 but still trailed Whiteley 200-123, while the younger Peaker had a 65 break in beating John Ingleby 200-133.
Earlier, both Matthew Peaker and John Ingleby entered the Yorkshire Billiards EBOS Open Classic at Cue Gardens in Bradford, which was a warm-up for the World Championships.
Both Huddersfield players were paired in the same group (there were eight groups of four players) which also included some of the world’s top players.
Peaker finished top of the group with Ingleby second and both qualified for the last 16, leaving the other two in their group, new professional Ben French from Boston and former English Under 16 and 19 champion Ryan Clarke from Middlesbrough to fight it out in the Plate section.
In the last 16, matches were over 1½ hours and Peaker was unluckily drawn against current world champion Mike Russell, who ran out the winner 789-199, having made breaks of 257, 73, 72, 71, 66 and 54.
Peaker did have three useful breaks of 56, 45 and 40 himself, but could little against the nine-times world champion, who went on to win the event.
Ingleby meanwhile was pitched against Indian star Devender Joshi and the outcome was pretty much the same as Peaker’s, with Joshi making breaks of 138, 121, 103 and 65 to win 630-258.
The day’s highest break came from Peterborough’s Roxton Chapman, who knocked in 435 in the quarter-final, while eventual winner Russell came close with 423 in the final where he defeated Dhruv Sitwala.
After recording a 6-0 win over Brighouse, Huddersfield’s snooker team came back down to earth with a bump after losing 5-1 at home to Sheffield.
Jason McMahon was the only home winner at Crosland Moor Con, taking the first frame off Kishan Kotecha 61-35, but elsewhere it was one-way traffic.
Kotecha had a break of 41 to win the second frame, while Colin Hawkins fell foul of the dreaded ‘miss’ rule which cost him 28 points and the second frame against Chris Keogan, while Paul Barber took on 13-year-old Will Lemons, who proceeded to win 2-0 helped by a break of 42.
Huddersfield are next in action at Crosland Moor, on Sunday, December 6, when they entertain Selby No2.