Dan’s the man in Plate final

DAN Sykes won the Plate trophy after making a group-stage exit on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour in Salisbury.

The 19-year-old from Chandler’s Ford defeated Gold Tour rankings leader Bradley Cowdroy (Bournemouth) 2-1 in the final.

Three Cuestars Bronze Tour debutants featured in the competition for non-qualifiers.

Thomas McEvoy (Warminster) beat Eddie Mason (Salisbury) in the first round but lost to last season’s Bronze Tour rankings winner Riley Ellis (Clyffe Pypard, North Wilts), who had knocked out Taylor Elliott (Swindon), his clubmate from the 147 SC.

And Will Kempson (Salisbury) lost to Callum White (Havant), last season’s Bronze Tour championship play-off winner.

The event was sponsored by Attic Life and TopCue

The ninth leg of ten is at the 147 Snooker Club, Swindon, on Sunday, April 22.

For more information about loft conversion specialists Attic Life, go to www.atticlife.co.uk. To visit Salisbury-based TopCue, which supplies snooker and pool cues and a range of accessories, go to www.topcue.co.uk.


PRELIMS: Riley Ellis (147 SC, Swindon) beat Taylor Elliott (147 SC, Swindon), Thomas McEvoy (Salisbury SC) beat Eddie Mason (Salisbury SC).

QUARTER-FINALS: Ellis beat McEvoy, Bradley Cowdroy (Greenbaize, Bournemouth) beat O’Shay Scott (Chandlers Ford SC), Dan Sykes (Chandlers Ford SC) beat Louie Leighton (Rileys, Benfleet), Callum White (Waterlooville Sports Bar) beat Will Kempton (Salisbury SC).

SEMI-FINALS: Cowdroy beat Ellis, Sykes beat White.

FINAL: Sykes 2-1 Cowdroy.

Picture by Tim Dunkley. Bradley Cowdroy (left) and Dan Sykes.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)