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No pot luck for Craigie; Steven so close to title glory SNOOKER.

STEPHEN Craigie saw his chance of winning the Lumley Moor SC Premier League title outright disappear in his final match against Tow Law's David Craggs.

The Newcastle teenager needed to triumph 7-1 to be crowned champion, but instead could only manage a 6-2 victory.

Craigie opened up with runs of 31 and 28 - only to see Craggs reply with a decent late break and then pot the final black to steal the frame 62-60.

Having bounced back with a late 47 to clinch the second 66-41, Craigie then fired in an early 29 in the next.

However, he failed to pot another ball - allowing Craggs to take the frame 67-29 without making a run of more than 20.

With the honours now out of reach, teenager Craigie battled on to claim the four remaining frames 73-28, 67 (48)-18, 71 (25-28)-27, 65 (42-22)-29 and the match 6-2 to finish joint top with David Lilley and Mike Dunn.

With all three on 39 points, Lilley was awarded the trophy and the winner's pounds 1,000 cheque, having beating Dunn (pounds 700) 6-2 in their clash.

Craigie, with less wins than the other two, claimed the pounds 450 third prize.

Lilley and Championship League winner Paul McHugh received their prize money and awards from Canada's 1980 world champion Cliff Thorburn.

THERE was little or no success for the region's five challengers in the eighth in the series of WSA Players' Tour Championship events at the Killarney Convention Centre in Ireland.

Stephen Craigie had an impressive run to reach the last 64 before going down 4-0 to Andrew Higginson. Gary Wilson moved into the first round proper with a 4-1 defeat of Karl Fitzpatrick.

However, he then suffered a 4-1 defeat to former world champion Neil Robertson.

Sam Craigie lost a closefought contest 4-3 in the decider to Gerard Greene.

Martin Ball took a frame off Zhang Anda, while Mike Dunn bowed out after losing in four straight frames to Mark Allen.

Gary Wilson heads the region's players in 70th place.

Sam Craigie is 71st, Dunn 73rd, Stephen Craigie 81st, Anthony Parsons 118th and Ball 134th.

CLAYTON A's (35) 6-0 demolition on Guidepost A puts them five points clear at the top of the Ashington Chisholm and Scottish Breweries League from their B team.

IN the Newcastle and Gateshead League, Labour A's 4-1 defeat by third placed Westfield B drops them to second - two points behind the new leaders Gateshead SC (37).

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POCKETING THE TOP PRIZES Premier League winner David Lilley receives his cheque and trophy from Cliff Thorburn and Lumley Moor sponsor Patrick Cavanagh (above left) and (above right) Paul McHugh receives the Champions League trophy from Thorburn
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2011
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