ESSEX teenager Louie Leighton praised his opponent’s sportsmanship after claiming the first leg of the Cuestars Under-21 Silver Tour on his debut.
The newly-promoted 14-year-old fought back from 1-0 down to defeat Swindon’s Shane Kearns 2-1 in the final in Salisbury.
“He called a few fouls (on himself) so it was sportsmanship,” acknowledged Leighton, who is based at Basildon Snooker Club.
“But then I took advantage of it.
“In the first frame, I felt like I just rushed it and was too attacking. Then I started a bit more safety play and when I got in among the balls, I was quite clinical.”
Reflecting on his fruitful 260-mile round trip, he added: “It was quite a long journey but worth it in the end
“It is hard but I played well and made a few nice breaks.”
Leighton was undefeated in his four-man round-robin group at Salisbury Snooker Club.
He dispatched his practice partner and clubmate Richard Hillgrove 2-1 in the last-eight and then denied Silver Tour stalwart Keegan Reed a first ever final appearance with a 2-0 victory in the semis.
O’Shay Scott also won his group on his Silver debut.
The nine-year-old from Eastleigh lost 2-1 to Kearns in the last-four after missing the final black on 46 for his first half-century to wrap up a 2-1 quarter-final victory over Brett Wallace (Gosport).
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O’Shay Scott: 46, 33.
Louie Leighton: 39.
Nat Kidner: 33.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Harry Wilson (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 2nd, Brett Wallace (Fareham SC); 3rd, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC); 4th, Callum White (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 5th, Oliver Cooper (Frames, Coulsdon).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Shane Kearns (Jesters, Swindon); 2nd, Richard Hillgrove (Basildon SC); 3rd, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Riley Ellis (147 SC, Swindon).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: 1st, O’Shay Scott (Chandlers Ford SC); 2nd, Keegan Reed (Salisbury SC); 3rd, Will Forster (Mayfair, Gosport); 4th, Dean Russell (Waterlooville Sports Bar).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP D: 1st, Louie Leighton (Basildon SC); 2nd, Samuel Laxton (Waterlooville Sports Bar); 3rd, Mason Wilson (Academy, Basingstoke); 4th, Zak Truscott (Waterlooville Sports Bar).
QUARTER-FINALS (12 points): Reed 2-1 H Wilson, Leighton 2-1 Hillgrove, Kearns 2-1 Laxton, Scott 2-1 Wallace.
SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Leighton 2-0 Reed, Kearns 2-1 Scott.
FINAL (25/18 points): Leighton 2-1 Kearns.
Picture by Tim Dunkley
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)