12 qualifiers for national championships

CUESTARS members have filled a dozen of the places in the last-16s of the four national junior championships.

Most of the lads progressed through the southern qualifiers at Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, south London.

Former national under-18 champion Mark Lloyd recorded two centuries en route to qualifying for the final stages of the English Under-21 Championship.

The 19-year-old Cuestars Championship Tour leader made a 100 in a 4-2 victory over Lennard Cripps (London) and a 104 in a 4-1 win against Connor Benzey (Eastleigh).

Lloyd will be joined at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, in April, by Steven Hughes, who earned a spot for the second year running.

The previous day, Benzey and Jamie Wilson qualified for the under-18 event.

In November, Oliver Sykes, Mickey Joyce, Ronnie Sullivan (from the southern section) and Aidan Murphy (from the Midlands section) made it through in the under-16s.

And Sykes, John Donovan, Samuel Laxton and Riccardo Drayton are in the mix for the under-14 title.

The under-14s and under-16s travel to Leeds in May.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)