CHANDLER’S Ford teenager Charlie Pringle has secured his first major title at the end of a trophy-laden season on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour.
The 15-year-old defeated Harry Jones (South Croydon) 2-0 in the final of the championship play-off at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.
Pringle, who had lost 2-1 to Jones in the group stages, said: “I played okay in the groups but towards the end of the day I seemed to hit a little bit of form.”
It was his eighth trophy of the season. He reached the final in seven of the ten legs, winning two, and finished runner-up to clubmate Ryan Hughes.
Reflected on the 2016/17 campaign, he said: “It was a lot tougher than I was expecting. Ryan really improved and then got better and better as the season went on.”
And he added that he faces plenty of “hard work during the summer” to prepare for his debut on the Gold Tour in September.
Jones had knocked our Hughes 2-1 in the last four. Pringle overcame Evan Plummer (Coulsdon) 2-1 in the second semi.
Group stage casualty Nat Kidner (Ferndown), who went on to win the Six-Reds Championship, knocked in his highest break of 46 against Greenbaize clubmate David O’Callaghan (Bournemouth).
The event was sponsored by the home club. For more information about Jesters, visit www.jesterssnooker.co.uk.
Nat Kidner: 46.
Evan Plummer: 39, 35.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Evan Plummer (Frames, Coulsdon); 3rd, Ally Pollard (Salisbury SC); 4th, Brett Wallace (Fareham SC); 5th, Bowen Zhu (Chandler’s Ford SC).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Charlie Pringle (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Harry Jones (Frames, Coulsdon); 3rd, David O’Callaghan (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 5th, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC).
SEMI-FINALS: Pringle 2 Plummer 1, Jones 2 Hughes 1.
FINAL: Pringle 2 Jones 0.
Pictures by Tim Dunkley.
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)