Champions Hawkhill are right on cue with Otley Snooker League title challenge

First published in Other Sport

A disastrous evening for Hollygarth A was compounded by a triumphant night for reigning champions Hawkhill at the top of the Otley League Division One.

Hollygarth, leading their nearest rivals Grovehill A by just two points, needed a good win as, crucially, they have a bye next week.

Taking on Burley Social A their superb form throughout the season suddenly deserted them and they crashed to an 8-2 loss.

Hawkhill on the other hand were taking on second-placed Grovehill A in a potential title decider.

The Guiseley side really focused on a target of taking maximum points which they did with a fine display of controlled match play snooker.

Hawkhill have not been top of the table all season and it seems they may have chosen just the right time to state their intentions to retake their crown.

The 10-0 win takes Hawkhill level with Hollygarth at the top and four points clear of Grovehill so, whilst they are in the driving seat, as this week has proved, anything can happen and their title defence is very much alive.

There were some fine perform- ances last week especially from Otley Social who recovered from their previous week’s 10-0 mauling by Fairfax to dish out their own 10-0 whitewash of Ilkley Cons.

If the Otley side could only find some consistency they would surely be out of the relegation zone.

In Division Two, Guiseley Bowls, lead by 24 points and can certainly rest easy.

They can also start to prepare for next season in the top flight but the battle is on for the remaining two promotion places.

Six teams are in contention to win a place in the top flight.

When any player scores a break over 30 the chances are that they have done enough to win their match.

Dave Smith of Burley Social B made a wonderfully constructed 38 break to leave him well ahead with 22 points left on the table against Doug Richardson of High Royds but still lost. Richardson made four superb pots to clear the table and stole the frame leaving Smith no doubt spitting feathers.

The fine break will of course take Smith onto the league’s high break table, but that is little consolation for his defeat.

Richard Darfield of Fairfax also added his name to the high break table with a nice 31 in his match at Grovehill B.

At the bottom of the table, High Royds A team had a surprising 10-0 win over Menstone D and the Menston clubs A team staked their promotion claim with a fine 8-away win at Yeadon Cons A.

Otley Cons A team have had a disappointing season and an 8-2 loss to Hollygarth B leaves them rooted to the bottom.

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