A NINE-year-old has secured a hat-trick of junior titles at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club and now has his sights set on Oliver Sykes’ record.
Harry ‘The Potter’ Wyatt was crowned Eastleigh & District Under-13 Premier League champion for the third successive season with a week to spare.
Wyatt, who is sponsored by Dorset-based underfloor heating specialist UFHN Ltd, takes an unassailable seven-point lead over Caden Read into next Saturday’s final round of matches.
He said: “I really wanted to win because it was for the hat-trick. Now I want to beat Oliver’s record of five.
“It was a tough league due to missing weeks for my holiday and my friends who keep improving but I dug deep and kept in there.
“I would like to win it for a fourth time but I’ll have to make sure I continue to practise hard.”
Wyatt became the youngest tournament winner in the nine-year history of the Cuestars Under-21 Bronze Tour when he won the leg in Swindon last November.
Meanwhile, William Thomson is the youngest winner of a weekly trophy in the Rotary Summer Cup at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club.
The pint-sized potter, who turned seven in June, held off the threat of defending champion O’Shay Scott to claim the silverware.
Thomson, defending a four-point lead going into the final day, handed Scott a lifeline by going in-off the break on a re-spotted black against Fiona Cunningham.
And he nearly threw away his crunch match against Scott after lunch.
He slammed in the frame-ball green down the rail with the rest and held on despite fouling twice.
England international Sykes posted the highest break of the week. Conceding a 103-point handicap start, the 13-year-old beat Lennon Savage with a 107 clearance. It was his sixth century.
The junior competition with World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley runs from 11am-3pm on every weekday over the school holiday.
Picture by Tim Dunkley
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)