ROBERT READ made the first visit of his ‘annual pilgrimage’ to Newsome WMC and with his trusty partner Andy Boothroyd scooped the Leonard Oldham Pairs title for the fifth time.
Boothroyd and Read took the opening frame 62-4, the latter having modest breaks of 28 and 25 with opponents Trevor Liversidge and Mick Stocks struggling to make their mark.
And the second frame followed a similar pattern, Read again stamping his authority with a 52 break, leaving their opponents to concede at 82-4 down.
But the tables were turned in frame three when Stocks finally had an opportunity to get into the game and netted a break of 45, and although Boothroyd responded with a 20-odd break it was not enough to prevent Liversidge and Stocks getting their first frame on the board.
The fourth frame was the highlight of the final, however, with Liversidge making 22 before missing a red off the rest, Read replying with 20 and Stocks making 25, which looked like levelling the match with a 39-point lead and only two reds left on the table.
However Read had other ideas, and took two difficult reds followed by two pinks, getting perfect position off the second one to leave himself perfectly placed for the yellow with all the other colours on their spots.
After yellow and green he had to produce a super positional shot between brown and blue, but then ran out of position on the pink.
However, he duly potted it and made a tremendous ‘travel’ round the table to get on the black perfectly, to take the fourth frame 61-59 and yet another title.
Ryan Bodsworth won the Junior Snooker Championship when he defeated Marsh Liberal Club’s Patrick Madigan 3-2 in the final.
Bodsworth, from Lockwood Con, twice had to come from behind as Madigan took the opening black ball game 49-37, his opponent hitting back in the second to win 67-8.
Madigan again pulled out an early lead in the third to win it 56-21, only for Bodsworth to level again in the fourth after a re-rack.
The Lockwood player then made a determined 23 break at the start of the decider and pressed home his advantage to win 59-24 and take the title.
Meltham Liberal Club D beat Bradley & Colne B team 3-1 in the John Needham Plate final with wins from Chris Keogh, Martyn Hellewell and Aaron Stott, while Lindley Lib B defeated Deighton WMC A 2-0 in the final of the Three Player Team Knockout.