A NINE-year-old from Ferndown ended a marathon 12-hour day at Waterlooville Sports Bar clutching his first Cuestars winner’s trophy of the season.
It was 10.30pm when Harry ‘The Potter’ Wyatt finally broke the resistance of first-time finalist Will Kempson to claim the second leg of the Under-21 Bronze Tour.
Wyatt was forced to dig deep into his reserves after his ten-year-old opponent from Salisbury deservedly took the opening frame of the best-of-three clash.
Fortified by a cup of hot chocolate (“it keeps me going”), he won the next two.
A beaten semi-finalist in the first leg in Salisbury last month, Wyatt, who is based at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club, now leads the rankings.
Admitting tiredness was a factor in the final, he said: “It’s difficult. I played – not my best – but as good as I could.”
But he added it had been a “good” day.
You have to take your hat off to a nine-year-old and a ten-year-old still battling hard and performing well 12 hours after the draw was made.
Earlier, Wyatt won all five of his round-robin matches and then defeated home players George Laxton 2-1 and Ryan Kneller 2-0 in the knockout.
Kneller had qualified from his round-robin group for the first time.
Two new high breaks were recorded in the group stages. Thomas McEvoy (Warminster) made a 28 against Ryan Wilson (Waterlooville) and Freddie Turner (Andover) compiled a 24 against Aaron Wilson (Waterlooville).
The Gold, Silver and Bronze events sponsored by Waterlooville-based snooker accessory supplier snookercrazy.com and Waterlooville Sports Bar attracted a massive and unexpected field of 55 to the nine-table club.
Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon, hosts the third legs of ten on Sunday, November 3.
Thomas McEvoy: 28.
Harry Wyatt: 24, 22, 22, 21.
Freddie Turner: 24.
William Thomson: 22.
Will Kempson: 22.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Tyler Mack (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 2nd, George Laxton (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 3rd, Katie Griffin (Jesters, Swindon); 4th, Zain Jeraj (Hurricane Room, Kings Cross); 5th, Thomas Devine (Chandlers Ford SC).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Eddie Mason (Salisbury SC); 2nd, Jaydon Elliott (147, Swindon); joint 3rd, Caden Read (Chandlers Ford SC) & Jake Sharp (Waterlooville Sports Bar) & Franklin Powell (Waterlooville Sports Bar).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, Harry Wyatt (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, Will Kempson (Salisbury SC); 3rd, Freddie Turner (Salisbury SC); 4th, Aaron Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 5th, Lennon Savage (Chandlers Ford SC); 6th, Sam Walter (Mayfair, Gosport).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP D: 1st, Daniel Walter (Mayfair, Gosport); 2nd, Ryan Kneller (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 3rd, Mason Coveney (Newbury); 4th, William Thomson (Chandlers Ford SC); 5th, Thomas McEvoy (Salisbury SC); 6th, Ryan Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar).
QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): Kempson 2-1 Mack, Elliott 2-0 D Walter, Kneller 2-0 Mason, Wyatt 2-1 Laxton.
SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Kempson 2-1 Elliott, Wyatt 2-0 Kneller.
FINAL (25/18 points): Wyatt 2-1 Kempson.
Picture by Tim Dunkley
From left, Will Kempson, Steve Wilson from Waterlooville Sports Bar, Harry Wyatt
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)