THE draw has been made for the preliminary and first rounds of the Observer Snooker Cup.
The entry of 69 was similar to last year when the competition was a huge success after being revived after a lapse of three years.
Holder Colin Morton has been drawn at home to the winner of the preliminary round tie between Neil Payton and Phil Lord.
Another standout tie is between Jonathan Clark of Oswaldtwistle Conservative Club and Dave O'Meara of Burnley Road Bowling Club.
A whopping £1,000 prize money is at stake - with the winner receiving £400, the runner-up £200, the semi-finalists £50 each and the quarter-finalists £200 each.
And ex-champion Chris Henry will again donate a fabulous cue, case and extension for the player achieving the highest break.
The tournament is sponsored by the North Lancs Training Group and BPJ Building Contractors.
The closing date for the preliminary round is Sunday 10 December and for the first round, Sunday 7 January. Games are to be played over five frames.
Results must be forwarded to the Accrington Observer office within two days of games being played. They must be signed by the winner and referee and must also include the highest break.
It is up to the home player to contact his opponent to arrange the game. He must give 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.
This year's final will be held at the Brooks Club, Accrington, on Saturday 14 April during a fabulous weekend of snooker organised by the NLTG.
- FOR full details of the draw see this week's Observer.