YORK RI ‘C’ lead the way in division one at the half way stage of the York CIU Snooker League.

The Queen Street outfit, who comprise Steve Burdett, Kevin Gall and Jason Milner, have won 24 of the 33 frames they played in the first half of the season - giving them a two-point lead over Burnholme ‘B’.

RI ‘C’s sparkling run saw them take nine aggregate points, which leaves them in great position when the campaign resumes on January 15.

At the bottom of the table, Burton Lane ‘A’ have plenty of work to do having picked up just eight points. It leaves them three points adrift of Huntington ‘A’ and eight behind third bottom Burton Lane ‘C’ Gall is in the running to be the division’s most valuable player. His eight wins from ten frames sees him tied at the top of the standings.

Dan Potter, the former York City Knights skipper who plays for third placed South Bank ‘B’, leads the four players who have recorded an octet of victories on points difference.

He has racked up 719 points, the most of any player in the league, and enjoys a points difference of plus 336 - nearly 100 better than G Clements of Thirsk.

Paul Holmes, of RI ‘B’, is the other to have recorded eight wins and just two defeats.

St Clement’s ‘A’ and Fulfordgate ‘A’ are battling it out for supremacy in division two.

The two teams are locked together at the top of the table on 32 points and boast an identical record of 23 frames won from 33 played. The duo also both have nine aggregate points as they prepare for an epic second half to the campaign.

Huntington ‘D’, comprising of Tim Fillingham, Jeff Brown, Colin Robinson and Rob Barron, are in third - six points off the pace.

Fillingham has his eye on the division two most valuable player honours, having recorded ten victories from his 11 games so far this season.

But both he and Gary Penrose, of Fulfordgate ‘A’, are chasing Billy Francis, of St Clement’s, who has won every one of his ten matches.

Four teams are fighting for survival in division two. Haxby ‘C’ are at the foot of the table with ten points, while only one and a half points separates Acomb ‘A’, Clarence ‘A’ and Tadcaster Social Club.

New York Club are running away with division three. The newly-formed outfit have lost just four frames all season as they have established a formidable 11-and-a-half point lead at the summit.

Tang Hall are their nearest challengers but their chase for the title seems forlorn unless the Blossom Street team collapse in the second half.

A promotion spot is still up for grabs, however, and Acomb ‘B’, two points behind Tang Hall on 22.5, will not give up the fight lightly.

South Bank ‘C’ and Huntington ‘C’ are both trying to avoid the wooden spoon.

Stuart Wood has been the mainstay of New York’s success. He boasts a 100 per cent record with ten wins from ten games and leads the most valuable player standings in division three.

Gareth Evans, of Acomb ‘B’, is also enjoying a fine season with eight wins from his ten matches.

Mick Borg, of South Bank ‘B’, has the season’s highest break in the CIU competitions.

He knocked in a 65 in the team knockout competition in October.