A TOTAL of 69 names went into the hat for the Observer Cup snooker competition, revived after a lapse of three years.
The current holder Colin Morton faces newcomer Peter van der Schans of Accrington Snooker Club while another former winner, Dale Clark of Poplar, will have to battle through a preliminary round against Adam Nightingale of the Winchester Club, Hapton.
A standout tie is Dave O'Meara of Burnley Road Bowling Club against Jonathan Clark of Oswaldtwistle Conservative Club.
Preliminary round results must be sent in writing to the Observer offices at 103 Blackburn Road, Accrington (we cannot take them over the phone) by first post on Tuesday 6 December and first round results by first post on Friday 30 December.
Competitors are reminded that it is up to the home player to contact his opponent to arrange a mutually convenient date. He must give his opponent a choice of three dates, not more than two in the same week and not more than two on the same day of the week. Failure to arrange a game could result in the disqualification of one player or both.
Games are played over five frames and the players are asked to agree on a referee.
Results, signed by the winner and referee, must also include the highest break.
Some terrific prizes are on offer thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, the North Lancs Training Group, and ex-champion Chris Henry. The winner will receive a cash prize of £400 while the runner-up will receive £200, the semi-finalists £50 each and the quarter finalists £25 each.
In addition Chris Henry, now living in Belgium, has donated a fabulous cue, case and extension worth £270 for the player achieving the highest break.