SOMERSET cueman James Height has won his first Cuestars tournament just over a year since reaching a final on his debut.
Height pocketed £100 prize money after breaking his duck in the fourth leg of the Seniors (40+) Tour at Waterlooville Sports Bar.
The potter from Shepton Mallet beat defending rankings champion John Hunter (Andover) 2-1 in the final.
Height finished runner-up on his Cuestars debut on the Championship Tour in Swindon in September last year but hadn’t appeared in a final in his subsequent 13 events across both tours.
Reflecting on that journey, he said: “I’ve not been on the Cuestars scene for that long and after losing in the final of my first event just over a year ago, I’m delighted to get the win.
“I’ve put a lot of work into my game of late and it seems to be paying off.”
Height climbed two places to second in the rankings, 12 points adrift of front-runner Hunter.
Both losing semi-finalists progressed from the same round-robin group. Dan Hammond (Winchester) finished top and eventually went out 2-0 to Hunter while Ashton (Salisbury) beat Masters (55+) rankings leader Raj Puri (Rochester) in the last-eight before going down 2-0 to Height.
Phil Morgan (Salisbury) knocked in the day’s highest break of 60 against Stephen Hills (Northfleet) in the group stages.
The event sponsored by Kara Accountants attracted 22 entries.
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Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon, hosts the fifth leg of eight on Sunday, January 19.
Phil Morgan: 60, 44.
Dan Hammond: 54. 50.
James Height: 48, 47.
John Hunter: 46.
Andrew Darken: 40.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP POSITIONS
GROUP A: 1st, John Hunter (Salisbury SC); 2nd, John Monckton (Woking SC); 3rd, Neil Herd (Salisbury SC); 4th, Andrew Darken (Chertsey SSNR Club); 5th, Graham Leech (Crucible, Newbury).
GROUP B: 1st, Raj Puri (Hartley Country Club); 2nd, Jean-Marc Bancilhon (Camphill Social Club); 3rd, Phil Morgan (Chandlers Ford SC); 4th, Cath Bailey (147, Swindon); 5th, Stephen Hills (Northfleet Traders Club).
GROUP C: 1st, James Height (SWSA, Gloucester); 2nd, Paul Lawrence (Park Gate RBL); 3rd, Wayne Muddiman (Chandlers Ford Central); 4th, Neil Carroll (Chandlers Ford SC); 5th, Jeff Payne (West Byfleet Social Club); 6th, Adrian Gee (147 SC, Swindon).
GROUP D: 1st, Dan Hammond (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, Steve Ashton (Salisbury SC); 3rd, Carl Davies (St James Institute, Bournemouth); 4th, Alan Harvey (Chertsey Social Club); 5th, Phil Vowels (West Byfleet Social Club); 6th, James Trump (SWSA, Gloucester).
QUARTER-FINALS (12 pts): Hunter 2-1 Lawrence, Hammond 2-1 Bancilhon, Ashton 2-0 Puri, Height 2-1 Monckton.
SEMI-FINALS (15 pts, £30): Hunter 2-0 Hammond, Height 2-0 Ashton.
FINAL (25/18 pts, £100/£60): Height 2-1 Hunter.
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