“Awesome” Jordan comes of age

JORDAN Winbourne came of age in an “unbelievable” quarter-final match in the European Junior Open Championship in Gloucester.

The 15-year-old Cuestars Gold Tour star enthralled spectators at the South West Snooker Academy with a 45-minute 4-0 annihilation of Welsh international Callum Lloyd.
In fact, Lloyd scored no points in the first two frames as Winbourne ran amok with breaks of 66 and 100.
Watching his son’s “awesome” display was a stunned Chris Winbourne, who declared: “He played the two best frames that I’ve ever seen him play.
“The other lad must have been shell-shocked because he didn’t get a look in. Jordan was absolutely flying.”
The Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club-based teenager, who admitted he “played well”, took the third with a run of 39 and booked a semi-final spot with a 67 clearance to the black after trailing by 46 points.
“It was unbelievable,” said his dad. “He was absolutely awesome.”
Winbourne lost a scrappy last-four match 5-3 to Welsh under-19 champion Jamie Clarke, 16, the eventual tournament winner.
Summing up the performance, Chris said: “For me, I saw Jordan coming of age. In the semi-final, unfortunately, he didn’t play anywhere near the standard of the quarter-final. (But) he battled all the way, which is all you can ask for.”
In the last-16, Winbourne eased past Travis Furnish (Cardiff) 4-0. Fellow Gold Tour player and Chandler’s Ford SC clubmate Shane Castle saw off south coast rival and former Cuestars member Adam Bobat (Fareham) 4-2 before losing 4-1 to Clarke.
The European Billiards & Snooker Association’s under-18 event attracted youngsters from as far away as Hong Kong.
Jordan Winbourne: Jonathan Fung (Hong Kong) 3-1, 3-0, 3-0; Hannah Jones (Derby) 3-0, 3-1, 3-1. Breaks: 87, 60, 60.
Shane Castle: Nansen Sin Man Wan (Hong Kong) 3-1, 3-2; Rhydian Stringer (Barry, Wales) 3-0, 3-1; Michael Rogers (Taunton) 3-0, 3-0. Breaks: 90, 87, 71, 58.
Adam Bobat: Adam Stefanów (Poland) 1-3, 2-3, 0-3; Greg Midwinter (Stroud) 3-0, 3-0, 3-0. Breaks: 53, 50, 46, 45, 40, 40.
Picture by Janie Watkins (On Q Promotions)