Oliver retains Sightsavers Spectacle title

CUESTARS Gold Tour player Oliver Sykes has won tickets to the Welsh Open for the second year running.

The 14-year-old beat his brother, Dan, 2-1 in the final of the Sightsavers Spectacle at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club.

Dan took the first frame on the black. Oliver squared the match with a break of 55 and cleared up in the decider following a decidedly unlucky in-off on a pink.

(Straight after the final, 21-year-old Dan played Steve Boterhoek in his first match of the Roll-Up – and recorded his first competitive century of 105.)

Riccardo Drayton beat Paul Naismith in the Plate final. Earlier, Paul recorded the day’s highest break of 78 in his semi-final victory over tournament promoter David Stewart.

A record 20 entries for the third running of the annual charity tournament raised £347 for Sightsavers. And that makes a grand total of £787.18 raised by the club this year.

To find out more about Sightsavers, which works to eliminate avoidable blindness and promotes the rights of people with disabilities, go to www.sightsavers.org.

The Welsh Open tickets are being donated by former Saturday morning junior and now snooker professional Billy Castle.


Paul Naismith: 78, 44, 44, 33.
Oliver Sykes: 68, 62, 55, 55, 34.
Steven Hughes: 46, 36, 35.
Dan Sykes: 45, 44, 42, 32.
Mark Benzey: 43, 37.
Neil Carroll: 39, 38, 32, 31.
Chris Moulsdale: 34, 33.
O’Shay Scott: 33, 31.
David Stewart: 31.
Thomas Devine: 30.


Group A: Mark Benzey, O’Shay Scott, Dave Moore, William Thomson, Sam Jones.

Group B: Oliver Sykes, Steven Hughes, Dan Hammond, Chris Wyatt, Thomas Devine.

Group C: Neil Carroll, Harry Wyatt, Steve Wheatland, Riccardo Drayton, Dave Thomson.

Group D: Chris Moulsdale, Dan Sykes, Connor Benzey, Paul Naismith, David Stewart.


Quarter-finals: Chris Moulsdale 2-0 Harry Wyatt, Oliver Sykes 2-0 O’Shay Scott, Steven Hughes 2-0 Mark Benzey, Dan Sykes 2-1 Neil Carroll.

Semi-finals: Oliver Sykes 2-1 Chris Moulsdale, Dan Sykes 2-0 Steven Hughes.

Final: Oliver Sykes 2-1 Dan Sykes.

Plate final: Riccardo Drayton beat Paul Naismith.

Picture by Tim Dunkley

Dan Sykes (left) and Oliver Sykes

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