Kissing cousins?

IT WAS the third time in two days the cousins had met in competition.

Shane Castle defeated his practice partner Billy Castle in the third-leg final of the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour at Copnor Snooker Club, Portsmouth.

Shane, who accounted for his Chandler’s Ford club-mate Jordan Winbourne 3-0 in the last-four, won 3-2.

Earlier, Billy, who is based at Cue T’s in Marchwood, had gone on a scoring spree to reach the final.

Runs of 70, 71, 50 and 65 helped the 18-year-old dispose of Winbourne 2-1, Bradley Chappell (Bournemouth) 2-0, Liam Burnet (Eastleigh) 2-0, Lee Carlton (High Wycombe) 2-0, Daniel Woods (Chandler’s Ford) 2-0 and Lee Bell (Eastleigh) 3-1 in the semis.

The previous day in Fareham, Shane progressed through to the last-16 of the English Under-19 Championship at the expense of Billy.

However, that afternoon, Billy exacted revenge in the semi-finals of the Chandler’s Ford Open Series.

Winbourne, 14, the defending champion, leads Welsh raider Chris Richards by two points at the top of the rankings.

The fourth leg of the eight-tournament series is at the Greenbaize Snooker Club, Bournemouth, on January 9.


Shane Castle: 84.
Billy Castle: 71, 70, 65, 50.
Chris Richards: 52.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Shane Castle (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Lee Bell (The Academy, Eastleigh); 3rd, Ollie Kendrick (Whitmore Reans Conservative Club, Wolverhampton); 4th, James Facey (Roath Labour Club, Cardiff) 5th, Chris Richards (Roath Labour Club, Cardiff); unplaced, Kevin Impett (Chandler’s Ford SC).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Billy Castle (Cue T’s, Marchwood); 2nd, Jordan Winbourne (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, Bradley Chappell (Green Baize, Bournemouth).Lee Warner (Stoke SC, Gosport). Joint 4th, Daniel Woods (Chandler’s Ford) & Lee Carlton (Liberal Club, High Wycombe); 6th, Liam Burnet (The Academy, Eastleigh).

SEMI-FINALS (12 points): B Castle beat Bell 3-1, S Castle beat Winbourne 3-0.

FINAL (25/18 points): S Castle beat B Castle 3-2.

Ryan’s revenge

HIGH Wycombe’s young snooker star Ryan Gavin exacted revenge over Daniel Winfield to claim the honours at the third leg of the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour.

In a reverse of the event-one final in Salisbury in October, Gavin, who is based at the town’s Liberal Club, defeated Winfield 2-1 at Copnor Snooker Club, Portsmouth.

Last season’s Bronze Tour champion topped his round-robin group and saw off Dean Matthews 2-1 in the last-four.

Gavin climbed to second in the rankings, just four points behind Winfield, who is based at Player’s, Westbury.

In the second semi, Winfield beat Rob Henley, from The Academy, Eastleigh, 2-0.

The fourth leg of the eight-tournament series is at the Greenbaize Snooker Club, Bournemouth, on January 9.


Ryan Gavin: 39.
Gary Wilkins: 37 (new personal best).


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Daniel Winfield (Player’s, Westbury); 2nd, Dean Matthews (Ivy Leaf Club); 3rd, Brad Hatch (The Academy, Eastleigh); 4th, Oliver Parsons (Jesters, Swindon); unplaced, Carl Sidey (The Academy, Basingstoke).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Ryan Gavin (Liberal Club, High Wycombe); 2nd, Rob Henley (The Academy, Eastleigh); 3rd, Gary Wilkins (Player’s, Westbury); 4th, Mark Lloyd (Stoke SC, Gosport); 5th, Thomas Lancastle (Keynsham SC).

SEMI-FINALS (12 points): Winfield beat Henley 2-0, Gavin beat Matthews 2-1.

FINAL (25/18 points): Gavin beat Winfield 2-1.

Copnor glory for Browne

VICTORY in Portsmouth took Callum Browne to within two points of top spot on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour.

Browne, who is based at Player’s in Westbury, defeated Worcester’s Joshua Hughes 2-0 in the final of the third leg at Copnor Snooker Club.

There was a major shock earlier in the day. Rankings leader Connor Probets (Jesters, Swindon), winner of the first two events, finished fourth in his round-robin group and failed to qualify for the knockout.

Phenomenal ten-year-old Jasmine Bolsover, who is ranked 20th on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association circuit, lost 2-1 to Hughes in the last-four.
Earlier, Bolsover beat first-time quarter-finalist Mike Trigg (Chandler’s Ford SC) 2-1.

Browne accounted for Karl Eggar (Stoke SC, Gosport) and Group C winner Robert Harding (Sovereign SC, Farnborough) to reach his second successive final.

Both qualifiers from Group B – David Edwards (Liberal Club, High Wycombe) and Brad Lane (Copnor SC) – suffered last-eight exits.

The fourth leg of the eight-tournament series is at the Greenbaize Snooker Club, Bournemouth, on January 9.


Oliver Clark: 22.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Mike Trigg (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Karl Eggar (Stoke SC, Gosport); 3rd, Nathan Farmer (Stoke SC, Gosport), 4th, Connor Probets (Jesters, Swindon); 5th, Daniel Compton (Copnor SC, Portsmouth).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, David Edwards (Liberal Club, High Wycombe); 2nd, Brad Lane (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 3rd, Ashley Smith (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 4th, Andy Dyer (Player’s, Westbury); 5th, Ben Tillison (Copnor SC, Portsmouth).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Robert Harding (Sovereign SC, Farnborough); 2nd, Joshua Hughes (Suzy Q’s, Worcester); 3rd, Sam Storey (Thatcham SC); 4th, Luke Dixon (Copnor SC, Portsmouth); 5th, Ketan Dixon(Copnor SC, Portsmouth).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP D: 1st, Callum Browne (Player’s, Westbury); 2nd, Jasmine Bolsover (Woking SC); 3rd, Cameron Holt (Liberal Club, High Wycombe); 4th, Oliver Clark (Stoke SC, Gosport); 5th, Rio Smith (Copnor SC, Portsmouth).

QUARTER-FINALS (8 points): Bolsover beat Trigg 2-1, Hughes beat Edwards 2-0, Harding beat Lane 2-0, Browne beat Eggar 2-0.

SEMI-FINALS (12 points): Hughes beat Bolsover 2-1, Browne beat Harding 2-1.

FINAL (25/18 points): Browne beat Hughes 2-0.

Richards cleans up in the Plate

AFTER finishing fifth in his round-robin group in the Gold Event, Chris Richards (Roath Labour Club, Cardiff) went on to clinch the Plate competition.

Richards defeated Gosport’s Mark Lloyd in the final.

The Plate competition is for those who failed to qualify for the Gold, Silver and Bronze knockouts.


LAST-32: Nathan Farmer beat Ketan Dixon, Cameron Holt beat Luke Dixon, Oliver Parsons beat Brad Hatch.

LAST-16: James Facey beat Farmer, Mark Lloyd beat Oliver Clark, Daniel Compton beat Gary Wilkins, Holt beat Rio Smith, Lee Carlton beat Thomas Lancastle, Andy Dyer beat Liam Burnet, Chris Richards beat Ashley Smith, Connor Probets beat Parsons.

QUARTER-FINALS: Lloyd beat Facey, Holt beat Compton, Carlton beat Dyer, Richards beat Probets.

SEMI-FINALS: Lloyd beat Holt, Richards beat Carlton.

FINAL: Richards beat Lloyd.

Special note:

Kevin Impett (Gold) and Carl Sidey (Silver) have been banned from all Cuestars Sunday competitions until February, 2011, for failing to complete all their group matches at the event in Copnor.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)