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    LAST season’s double champion Oliver Sykes “played amazing stuff” to end his quiet start to the Cuestars Under-21 Gold Tour campaign in Swindon.

    The talented 13-year-old from Chandler’s Ford failed to progress to the knockout in the opening leg in Salisbury and made a quarter-final exit in Waterlooville last month.

    And he only scraped through the group stages as one of the two best thirds at Jesters Snooker Club.

    But Sykes stepped up a gear in the knockout.

    Last-season’s rankings and championship play-off winner beat Chandlers Ford clubmate Steven Hughes 3-1, posted the day’s highest break of 75 in a 3-1 victory over Aidan Murphy (Bristol) and collected ?100 prize money following a 3-1 success over new rankings leader Jamie Wilson (Havant).

    Fellow England international Wilson said Sykes “played amazing stuff” in the final of the event sponsored by trophy and sportswear supplier Don Rogers Sports Swindon and Jesters SC.

    Sykes climbed to second in the rankings - eight points adrift of Wilson, who has now finished runner-up in all three opening legs.

    Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford) was knocked out 3-1 by Wilson in the semis. Steven Hughes and Dan Sykes, both also from Chandler’s Ford, won their respective groups but both lost in the last-eight.

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    Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, hosts the fourth leg of ten on Sunday, December 1.


    Oliver Sykes: 75, 63.
    Steven Hughes: 63.
    Ronnie Sullivan: 59, 59, 49, 47.
    Aidan Murphy: 58, 48.
    Mickey Joyce: 49.


    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Jamie Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 2nd, Aidan Murphy (Brislington & St Annes Cons Club, Bristol); 3rd, Lewis Parnham (SWSA, Gloucester); 4th, O’Shay Scott (Chandlers Ford SC).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Steven Hughes (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, Ryan Hughes (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Mickey Joyce (Academy, Basingstoke); 4th, Chloe White (Waterlooville Sports Bar).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Dan Sykes (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, Ronnie Sullivan (Frames, Coulsdon); 3rd, Oliver Sykes (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Shane Kearns (Jesters, Swindon).

    QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): R Hughes 3-2 Sullivan, S Hughes 1-3 O Sykes, Wilson 3-1 Joyce, D Sykes 0-3 Murphy.

    SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Wilson 3-1 R Hughes, O Sykes 3-1 Murphy.

    FINAL (?100/?25, 25/18 points): O Sykes 3-1 Wilson.

    O’Callaghan back with a bang

    DORSET snooker amateur David O’Callaghan enjoyed a successful first Cuestars outing for the best part of two years.

    The 20-year-old from Bournemouth collected the winner’s trophy in the third leg of the Under-21 Silver Tour at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.

    O’Callaghan ended Londoner Lee Whaley’s hopes of a hat-trick of tournament wins, overcoming the rankings leader 2-1 in the final.

    Playing in his first Cuestars tournament since January, 2018 on home tables at Greenbaize Snooker Club, O’Callaghan was beaten by Owen Jenkins (Havant) and Mason Wilson (Basingstoke) in his five-man round-robin group.

    After securing a knockout spot as one of the two best thirds, he edged last season’s Bronze Tour championship play-off winner John Donovan (London) 2-1 and last season’s Silver Tour championship play-off winner Samuel Laxton (Portsmouth) 2-0.

    Three milestones were passed in the group stages of the event sponsored by trophy and sportswear supplier Don Rogers Sports Swindon and Jesters SC.

    Whaley fired in his highest competitive break of 57. Donovan posted a personal best 41. And Connor Wollen (Yate) recorded his highest Cuestars break of 30.

    O’Callaghan, in his final season on the junior circuit, goes straight in at number 11 in the rankings. Whaley has a 20-point lead over Johnson. Wilson and Laxton are six points further back in joint third.

    For more information about the event sponsors, visit and

    Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, hosts the fourth leg of ten on Sunday, December 1.


    Lee Whaley: 57, 48, 46, 46, 35.
    John Donovan: 41.
    Mason Wilson: 37, 36, 30.
    David O'Callaghan: 31.
    Connor Wollen: 30.


    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Lee Whaley (Hurricane Room, Kings Cross); 2nd, Samuel Laxton (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 3rd, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Lucas Fidow (Jesters, Swindon).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, John Donovan (Hurricane Room, Kings Cross); 2nd, Elliott Johnson (Hurricane Room, Kings Cross); 3rd, Callum White (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 4th, Riley Ellis (Chandlers Ford SC).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Owen Jenkins (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 2nd, Mason Wilson (Academy, Basingstoke); 3rd, David O’Callaghan (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Connor Wollen (Jesters, Swindon); 5th, Thomas Sharp (Waterlooville Sports Bar).

    QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): Whaley 2-0 White, Laxton 2-0 Jenkins, O’Callaghan 2-1 Donovan, Johnson 2-0 Wilson.

    SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Whaley 2-0 Johnson, O’Callaghan 2-0 Laxton.

    FINAL (25/18 points): O’Callaghan 2-1 Whaley.

    Magic weekend for Harry the Potter

    HARRY Wyatt wrapped up a remarkable weekend with a second successive winner’s trophy on the Cuestars Under-21 Bronze Tour.

    The nine-year-old from Ferndown described the two days as an “amazing high” and “awesome”.

    It all began with a new high break of 35 in the Eastleigh & District Under-13 League the previous morning at Chandlers Ford SC.

    In the afternoon, he won his first Open Series tournament.

    Buoyed by that success, Wyatt travelled to Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon, and dropped only one frame all day in the third leg of the regional circuit.

    And that was on a re-spotted black to Jake Sharp (Portsmouth) in the group stages.

    When the pair met again in the final, Wyatt prevailed 2-0 to extend his rankings lead to 16 points over George Laxton (Portsmouth).

    Paying tribute to Sharp, Wyatt said: “Jake was a tough opponent in the final.

    “He beat me in the group stages on a re-spot so I knew he was playing well and I would need to up my game against him.

    And reflecting on the two days, Wyatt added: “This weekend has been an amazing high for me.

    “To beat my highest match break and win an adult Open Series event as well as my second Cuestars winner’s trophy of the season all in the space of two days is awesome.

    “I have been practising hard and it’s paying off in matches.

    “I know I can continue to improve if I put in the hours and work on all parts of my game.”

    First-time finalist Sharp defeated his Waterlooville Sports Bar clubmate Tyler ‘Magic’ Mack 2-1 in the semis.

    It was the furthest that Mack had ever progressed.

    Five new high breaks were recorded by Bronze players in the Wiltshire event sponsored by trophy and sportswear supplier Don Rogers Sports Swindon and Jesters SC.

    Mack posted a 23 in the group stages and then surpassed that with a 25 in the deciding frame of his 2-1 last-eight victory over leg-one winner Laxton.

    Franklin Powell (Havant) cleared the last four colours for a 22 against home player Katie Griffin.

    Freddie Turner (Andover) made a 32 in the group stages.

    And Sharp, competing in only his fourth event, knocked in a 27 against Bradley Brewer (Salisbury).

    Thomas Devine (Chandler’s Ford) progressed to the knockout for the first time. The ten-year-old won all four group games and then lost 2-0 to Daniel Walter (Portsmouth) in the last-eight.

    Walter is ranked fourth following a 2-0 defeat by Wyatt.

    It was the consistent Mayfair SC-based youngster’s second semi-final exit of the season.

    And his brother Samuel progressed to the knockout for the first time in his tenth outing before going out 2-0 to Sharp.

    For more information about the event sponsors, visit and

    Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, hosts the fourth leg of ten on Sunday, December 1.


    Freddie Turner: 32.
    Jake Sharp: 27, 21.
    Tyler Mack: 25, 23.
    Harry Wyatt: 22, 22.
    Thomas Devine: 22.
    Franklin Powell: 22.


    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Jake Sharp (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 2nd, Harry Wyatt (Chandlers Ford SC); 3rd, Thomas McEvoy (Salisbury SC); 4th, Bradley Brewer (Salisbury SC); 5th, Ryan Kneller (Waterlooville Sports Bar).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Thomas Devine (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, George Laxton (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 3rd, Aaron Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 4th, Franklin Powell (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 5th, Katie Griffin (Jesters, Swindon).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Jaydon Elliott (147, Swindon); 2nd, Sam Walter (Mayfair, Gosport); 3rd, Jason Larcome (Crucible, Newbury); 4th, Raphael Rowland (Jesters, Swindon); 5th, William Thomson (Chandlers Ford SC); 6th, Eddie Mason (Salisbury SC).

    ROUND-ROBIN GROUP D: 1st, Tyler Mack (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 2nd, Daniel Walter (Mayfair, Gosport); 3rd, Will Kempson (Salisbury SC); 4th, Freddie Turner (Salisbury SC); 5th, Caden Read (Chandlers Ford SC); 6th, Ryan Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar).

    QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): Sharp 2-0 S Walter, Mack 2-1 Laxton, D Walter 2-0 Devine, Wyatt 2-0 Elliott.

    SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Sharp 2-1 Mack, Wyatt 2-0 D Walter.

    FINAL (25/18 points): Wyatt 2-0 Sharp.

    Chloe swats Angry Wasp in Plate

    WOMEN’S world number 24 Chloe White claimed the Plate trophy during the third legs of the Cuestars Under-21 Tours at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.

    The 18-year-old former Silver Tour champion made a group-stage exit in Gold but prevailed in the competition for non-qualifiers.

    White overcame ten-year-old whizzkid O’Shay ‘The Angry Wasp’ Scott in the final.
    The events sponsored by trophy and sportswear supplier Don Rogers Sports Swindon and Jesters SC attracted a field of 47.

    For more information about the event sponsors, visit and

    Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, hosts the fourth legs of ten on Sunday, December 1.


    LAST-16: Chloe White (Waterlooville Sports Bar) beat Ryan Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar), Ryan Kneller (Waterlooville Sports Bar) beat Bradley Brewer (Salisbury SC), William Thomson (Chandlers Ford SC) beat Katie Griffin (Jesters, Swindon), O’Shay Scott (Chandlers Ford SC) beat Thomas Sharp (Waterlooville Sports Bar), Caden Read (Chandlers Ford SC) beat Franklin Powell (Waterlooville Sports Bar), Thomas McEvoy (Salisbury SC) beat Raphael Rowland (Jesters, Swindon). Byes: Will Kempson (Salisbury SC), Eddie Mason (Salisbury SC).

    QUARTER-FINALS: White beat Kempson, Kneller beat Mason, Scott beat Thompson, McEvoy beat Read.

    SEMI-FINALS: White beat Kneller, Scott beat McEvoy.

    FINAL: White beat Scott.

    Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)