AN 11-YEAR-OLD Bronze Tour player who made his competitive snooker debut only four months ago has won his first title.
Riccardo Drayton said he was “really proud” after clinching the nine-day Easter Cup at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club.
Drayton ended the 36 hours of competition 22 points clear of his eight-year-old cousin O’Shay Scott
“I’m really proud of it,” he said. “I’ve been working hard and trying to play my best in every game.”
The young potter beat his highest break twice over the holiday period. He followed up a 23 with a 25 against Scott in the first week’s action of the new Eastleigh & District Under-13 League.
Cuestars Under-21 Bronze Tour rankings winner Riley Ellis was third.
Charlie Pringle recorded a 54, the highest break of the school holiday competition, on the final day.
Charlie Aspinall became the third player to beat his highest break over the two-week period when the ten-year-old knocked in a nine. The other was Lewis Panni who compiled an 11.
The next school holiday competition with World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley is the Ken Jones May Half-Term Cup. Activities include billiards, pool, cricket (on a snooker table) and snooker.
Picture by Tim Dunkley. From left: Third-placed Riley Ellis, champion Riccardo Drayton, runner-up O’Shay Scott.
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)