Brave Dave reaches the Golden Cue final

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LAST sunday saw the second semi-final of the 2011 Moorhouse’s Golden Cue decided.

Dave Howe of Ighten Leigh was up against Simon Lawless of Burnley Snooker Club, and what promised to be a great match did not dissapoint.

The first frame of this all-large table affair got off to a slow start, with 10 minutes of safety play before Simon strode into a commanding lead.

Dave clawed back in front on the pink, but then followed the black to go 1-0 down.

He made amends in frame two as he took the frame on the pink to go level.

The third frame was a close affair again, with Dave edging it to go 2-1 up.

Simon took an early lead in frame four, but the determined Howe cleared the table with a superb break of 73 to make it to the final.

As Dave now has to undergo surgery for a kidney transplant, as reported in last week’s Burnley Express, the final will have to be put off for a few weeks to allow him to recover.

There he will face Padiham’s Farak Adjaib, who beat Green Street’s Jamie Southern in the other semi.

Pictured are Simon Lawless (left), with referee Mark Nuttall (centre) and Dave Howe (s).

On a sad note, Evan Gildert - at 73 years old, the longest serving snooker player in the Burnley League - has passed away.

Evan was a very well known sportsman in the town, and will be sadly missed.

He played for several clubs over the years including St Andrew’s, British Rail, Trinity Conservative Club and Ighten Leigh.

He played in the league for over 50 years and was still active this season with Ighten Leigh.

Evan also played football for several clubs in his younger days, including Trinity and Padiham West End.

His funeral is on Monday at 10-40 a.m. at Burnley Crematorium.