Crump claims first win after year out

BEN Crump declared he was “just happy to be back” after claiming his first tournament win on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour.

The 17-year-old from Gosport cruised to victory without dropping a frame all day in the seventh leg hosted and sponsored by Fareham Snooker Club.

Competing in his first event for nearly a year, Crump, who has been concentrating on his studies at St Vincent College, won all four of his round-robin matches to qualify top of his group.

First time finalist Thomas Saunders

He then overcame Chloe White (Havant), Will Forster (Gosport) and pictured first-time finalist Thomas Saunders (Braintree) all by 2-0 scorelines.

“It’s a shock,” he said. “I didn’t expect to get this far and win the competition.

“Some of the players have come on really well since the last time I played.

“I’m just happy to be back. Hopefully, I can win some more in the future.”

Crump had kept his hand in by turning out for his home club, Stoke SC, in the Gosport & Fareham Snooker League.

Meanwhile, rankings leader Riley Ellis (Wootton Bassett) extended his advantage to 12 points over Shane Kearns (Swindon) by beating his title rival 2-0 in the last-eight. The 12-year-old then went out 2-1 to Saunders, ten, in the semi-finals.

Remarkably, Ellis’ break of 36 in the group stages was the highest recorded in both the Bronze and Silver events.

And Forster topped his round-robin group to qualify for the knockout for the first time. The young potter then beat newcomer Riccardo Drayton (Chandler’s Ford) 2-1 before going out to Crump.

The eighth leg of ten is at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon, on Sunday, March 19.

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Riley Ellis: 36, 23.
Ben Crump: 26.
Ronnie Sullivan: 22.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Ben Crump (Stoke SC, Gosport); 2nd, Ronnie Sullivan (Frames, Coulsdon); 3rd, Riccardo Drayton (Chandler’s Ford SC); 4th, Callum White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 5th, Arnie Petty (Salisbury SC).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Will Forster (Mayfair, Gosport); 2nd, Shane Kearns (Jesters, Swindon); 3rd, Chloe White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 4th, Harry Joyce (Chandler’s Ford SC).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Riley Ellis (Jesters, Swindon); 2nd, Thomas Saunders (Stepfield SC, Witham, Essex); 3rd, O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford SC); 4th, Harry Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar).

QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): Crump 2 Chloe White 0, Forster 2 Drayton 1, Ellis 2 Kearns 0, Saunders 2 Sullivan 0.

SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Crump 2 Forster 0, Saunders 2 Ellis 1.

FINAL (25/18 points): Crump 2 Saunders 0.

Pictures by Tim Dunkley

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)