Laxton regains Waterlooville junior title

SAMUEL Laxton reckons regaining the Wednesday Junior Snooker League title at Waterlooville Sports Bar was “more challenging” than winning it the first time around.

The 13-year-old from Portsmouth ended a remarkably successive season 14 points clear of Dean Russell at the top of Division 1.

Laxton acknowledged how much the overall standard has risen over the past 20 weeks.

“Everyone’s coming on and the numbers are starting to grow, which is good,” he said.

“Everyone’s pushing each other.

“It was a lot more challenging than the first one.”

In his debut season on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour, the teenager, who has increased his highest break to 41, finished third in the rankings and won the Championship play-off in Swindon.

Meanwhile, Billy Reid won the Division 2 title for the second time and Tyler Mack took the honours in Division 3 in his first season.

Russell was undefeated in the top group on his 17th birthday. Cake was devoured and the lads and lass sang happy birthday to him.

Henry Martin equalled his highest break of 22 against Owen Jenkins.

Russell, Jenkins and Reid were the only ever-present players in Season 4.

Keira Hiscock had her first outing which took the number of players to have competed in this season to a record 25.

A new 20-week season starts next Wednesday.

World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley runs snooker sessions for under-19s from 4.30-6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday and junior pool sessions from 4.30-6.30pm every Thursday at Waterlooville Sports Bar.

Picture by Tim Dunkley

Samuel Laxton (front and centre) and members of the Wednesday Junior League.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)