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    ENGLAND Under-18 snooker champion Mark Lloyd used his vast experience of competing nationally and internationally to extend his lead on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour.

    The 17-year-old from Gosport collected his third winner’s trophy of the season after beating Bradley Cowdroy 2-0 in the final of the sixth leg at Top Spot Snooker Club, Havant.

    Lloyd took the first frame with breaks of 35, 32 and 35 and left Cowdroy needing snookers on the colours in the second.

    Hard matchplay coupled with fine break building carried the teenager through the event sponsored by Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services.

    Lloyd, who extracts every ounce from every safety shot in an attempt to create a scoring opportunity, said: “Brad played well all day and I just had to try to find something.

    “When you play in the bigger events, you’ve got to sharpen up otherwise you’re going to get punished.

    “You have to dig deep when you can because you get players who can actually play.”

    Lloyd leads 13-year-old Mickey Joyce (Basingstoke) by 29 points. Beaten semi-finalist Callum Browne climbed one place to third.

    Jordan Winbourne (Hedge End), who completed the Gold Tour rankings and championship double in 2009/10, made his first appearance on the junior circuit for more than five years.

    But a week before his 21st birthday, there were no happy returns as he went down 2-1 in the last-eight despite his opponent, Connor Benzey (Eastleigh), going in-off the final black in the first frame.

    Benzey topped his group by beating Lloyd 2-0 but lost 2-1 from 1-0 up when the pair met again in the semi-finals.

    Paying tribute to the 14-year-old, Lloyd said: “Connor literally had me on the ropes. Credit goes to him most of all today.”

    Anthony Rice (Fordingbridge) recorded the day’s highest break of 74 in his first group-stage match against Arron Smith (Chichester).

    There was play-off drama in the group stages. Oliver Sykes (Chandler’s Ford) won a three-way tiebreak against Browne (Trowbridge) and Mike Trigg (East Wellow) to take the second qualifying spot in his group. Browne then beat Jamie Wilson (Havant) in a tiebreak for the second of the two best third places.

    For more information about Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services, visit www.sanderspooltables.co.uk/.

    The seventh leg of ten is at Fareham Snooker Club on Sunday, February 26.

    BREAKS

    Anthony Rice: 74, 52.
    Mark Lloyd: 58, 55.
    Connor Benzey: 50, 46.
    Bradley Cowdroy: 54.
    Jamie Wilson: 50.
    Oliver Sykes: 49.

    GOLD RESULTS

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Bradley Cowdroy (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 2nd, Oliver Sykes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, Callum Browne (Player’s, Westbury); 4th, Mike Trigg (Chandler’s Ford SC); 5th, Olly Gibbs (Chandler’s Ford SC).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Mickey Joyce (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Jordan Winbourne (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, Steven Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 4th, Anthony Rice (Salisbury SC); 5th, Arron Smith (Selsey RBL, Chichester).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Connor Benzey (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Mark Lloyd (Stoke SC, Gosport); 3rd, Jamie Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 4th, Cameron Holt (Liberal Club, High Wycombe).

    QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): Browne 2 Joyce 0, Cowdroy 2 Hughes 1, Benzey 2 Winbourne 1, Lloyd 2 Sykes 0.

    SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Cowdroy 2 Browne 0, Lloyd 2 Benzey 1.

    FINAL (£70/£35, 25/18 points): Lloyd 2 Cowdroy 0.
    REFEREE: Steve Toms.
    SCORER: Will Forster.

    Team Plummer claim first win

    COULSDON teenager Evan Plummer reckons psychology lessons from his mum helped to make it third time lucky on a regional snooker circuit.


    The 13-year-old had lost his previous two finals on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour but stepped over the winning line at Top Spot Snooker Club, Havant.

    Plummer dropped only one frame, to Keegan Reed (Salisbury), out of nine in the round-robin group stages and beat Drew Hampshire (Swindon) 2-1 in the last-four from 1-0 down.

    And the left-hander picked up his first winner’s trophy following a 2-0 victory over new rankings leader Charlie Pringle in the sixth leg sponsored by Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services.

    However, Plummer insisted it was a team effort and paid tribute to coach Terry Burke, club owner Tony Thompson for weekly practice matches at Frames Sports Bar and mum, Helen.

    “It was really good,” he said. “I was quite consistent all day. The semi-final against Drew Hampshire was quite close.

    “(In the final) I tried to stay composed and just let him make the mistakes but he played well

    “My mum’s been doing a bit of psychology with me. It’s something I’ve been working on for a few weeks.”

    Plummer, whose highest competitive break is 68, is in his second season on the Silver Tour and lost in the finals in Salisbury, last October, and at his home club, in December. He also competes on the EASB Regional Junior Tour – South East.

    Pringle won ten straight frames and recorded five breaks of more than 30 to top his group before overcoming first-time semi-finalist Kaine Petty (Fordingbridge) 2-1.

    And the 15-year-old had the consolation prize of taking over the rankings lead by two points from Chandler’s Ford clubmate Ryan Hughes, who missed out on qualifying for the knockout by one frame. Plummer is third, 32 points off the lead.

    For more information about Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services, visit www.sanderspooltables.co.uk/.

    The seventh leg of ten is at Fareham Snooker Club on Sunday, February 26.

    BREAKS

    Charlie Pringle: 46, 46, 40, 39, 35.
    Ryan Hughes: 36.

    SILVER RESULTS

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Charlie Pringle (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Drew Hampshire (147, Swindon); 3rd, Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 4th, Harry Jones (Frames, Coulsdon); 5th, Brett Wallace (Fareham SC); 6th, Bowen Zhu (Chandler’s Ford SC).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Evan Plummer (Frames, Coulsdon); 2nd, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC); 3rd, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Ally Pollard (Salisbury SC); 5th, Keegan Reed (Salisbury SC).

    SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Pringle 2 Petty 1, Plummer 2 Hampshire 1.

    FINAL (25/18 points): Plummer 2 Pringle 0.

    Havant winner Ellis leads Bronze

    BACK-to-back snooker tournament wins have taken Wiltshire potter Riley Ellis to first place on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour.


    The 12-year-old from Lyneham followed up last month’s success in Bournemouth with victory in the sixth leg at Top Spot Snooker Club, Havant.

    Ellis overcame first-time finalist Ronnie Sullivan 2-0 to collect his second successive winner’s trophy in the event sponsored by Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services.

    “It was definitely important to win today,” said Ellis, who replaces group-stage casualty Shane Kearns, his clubmate from Jesters SC, Swindon, at the top of the rankings.

    “I took elements from the last tournament and brought them into this one, like potting different balls and playing much better safety.”

    Sullivan (Coulsdon) topped his group to qualify for the knockout for the first time and defeated women’s world number 44 Chloe White (Havant) 2-0 in the last-four.

    Competing in his ninth Bronze Tour event, 12-year-old Harry Joyce (Eastleigh) beat Kearns to qualify for the knockout for the first time and led Ellis 1-0 in the semis before losing 2-1.

    Ellis admitted: “I didn’t think I’d get as far as I did because Harry is a really good potter but he gave me a few chances.”

    And on his Cuestars debut, eight-year-old O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford) beat Ellis, made a 20 break in his victory over William Forster (Gosport) and only missed out on the semis on the head-to-head rule.

    For more information about Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services, visit www.sanderspooltables.co.uk/.

    The seventh leg of ten is at Fareham Snooker Club on Sunday, February 26.

    BREAKS

    Riley Ellis: 21, 20.
    O’Shay Scott: 20.

    BRONZE RESULTS

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Riley Ellis (Jesters, Swindon); 2nd, Chloe White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 3rd, Callum White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 4th, O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford SC); 5th, Will Forster (Mayfair, Gosport).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Ronnie Sullivan (Frames, Coulsdon); 2nd, Harry Joyce (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, Shane Kearns (Jesters, Swindon); 4th, Thomas Saunders (Stepfield SC, Witham, Essex); 5th, Arnie Petty (Salisbury SC).

    SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Ellis 2 Joyce 1, Sullivan 2 Chloe White 0.

    FINAL (25/18 points): Ellis 2 Sullivan 0.

    Gibbs wins all-Gosport Plate final

    TWO friends from Gosport battled out the Plate final in the sixth legs of the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold, Silver and Bronze Tours at Top Spot Snooker Club, Havant.


    English Under-14 Championship finalist Olly Gibbs prevailed 2-1 against Brett Wallace.

    Gibbs, 13, had missed out on qualifying for the knockout from his Gold Tour group while 16-year-old Wallace, on his Silver Tour debut, had beaten the then rankings leader Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford).

    For more information about event sponsor Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services, visit www.sanderspooltables.co.uk/.

    The seventh leg of ten is at Fareham Snooker Club on Sunday, February 26.

    BREAKS

    Olly Gibbs: 37.
    Nat Kidner: 30.

    PLATE RESULTS (ONE-FRAME MATCHES)

    PRELIMS: Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth) beat Arron Smith (Selsey RBL, Chichester), Olly Gibbs (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford SC), Thomas Saunders (Stepfield SC, Witham, Essex) beat Cameron Holt (Liberal Club, High Wycombe), Will Forster (Mayfair, Gosport) beat Arnie Petty (Salisbury SC).

    QUARTER-FINALS: Gibbs beat Kidner, Shane Kearns (Jesters, Swindon) beat Callum White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth), Saunders beat Keegan Reed (Salisbury SC), Brett Wallace (Fareham SC) beat Forster.

    SEMI-FINALS: Gibbs beat Kearns, Wallace beat Saunders.

    FINAL: Gibbs 2 Wallace 1.

    Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)
    http://www.snooker-coach.co.uk

  • #2
    Great write up as per usual .

    A little update on Evan Plummer who looks like he is turning into a fantastic prospect .

    He plays down at Frames where i play , i was in there on Wednesday night and he had a 54 in a League match .

    The next night he was having a few practice frames against another up and coming youngster [ Harry Jones ] and he had a 109 clearance [ His first century ] . Then a 56 in the next frame !!

    Amazing stuff and hopefully these 2 will be able to spur each other on in the future .
    Neil

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    • #3
      Originally posted by snookerdad View Post
      ENGLAND Under-18 snooker champion Mark Lloyd used his vast experience of competing nationally and internationally to extend his lead on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour.

      The 17-year-old from Gosport collected his third winner’s trophy of the season after beating Bradley Cowdroy 2-0 in the final of the sixth leg at Top Spot Snooker Club, Havant.

      Lloyd took the first frame with breaks of 35, 32 and 35 and left Cowdroy needing snookers on the colours in the second.

      Hard matchplay coupled with fine break building carried the teenager through the event sponsored by Trevor Sanders Snooker & Pool Table Services.

      Lloyd, who extracts every ounce from every safety shot in an attempt to create a scoring opportunity, said: “Brad played well all day and I just had to try to find something.

      “When you play in the bigger events, you’ve got to sharpen up otherwise you’re going to get punished.

      “You have to dig deep when you can because you get players who can actually play.”
      Jeez - I never thought I'd see my home town (Gosport) mentioned on this forum!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by crocodile View Post
        Jeez - I never thought I'd see my home town (Gosport) mentioned on this forum!
        You can see a lot of the players on the cuestars website - click here

        Gosport, when I worked over there, it was called Turk Town!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shockerz View Post
          You can see a lot of the players on the cuestars website - click here

          Gosport, when I worked over there, it was called Turk Town!
          Still is sometimes!

          Just as a matter of interest - do you happen to know which snooker clubs are still in existence in Gosport? There used to be one at the end of the High Street near the ferry and also I believe in Stoke Road, but that's going back a bit ....
          Last edited by crocodile; 10th February 2017, 05:59 PM.

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