Mason ends six-year wait for winner’s trophy

AN EMOTIONAL Mason Wilson ended his six-year wait for a first Cuestars snooker tournament win and immediately dedicated the achievement to his late great-nan.

The 18-year-old from Basingstoke had been runner-up four times in his previous 46 ranking events on the junior circuit.

But success finally came in the opening leg of the Under-21 Silver Tour at Salisbury Snooker Club.

Wilson dug deep from 1-0 down to defeat William Hurley (Rayleigh, Essex) 2-1 in the final.

Asked how he felt, the teenager said: “Very emotional, very emotional indeed.

“This is mainly dedicated to my great nan. She passed away a year ago. Unfortunately, she never got to see me win a tournament.

“I did think another final, 1-0 down, it’s not my day again.

“In my head, I went all over the place. But I managed to group it all together again.”

He thanked his family, sponsors and home club – the Academy, Basingstoke – for all their help.

Hurley, who earned promotion from the Bronze Tour at the end of last season, can be pleased with his debut performance.

The 13-year-old was beaten only by Wilson in the round-robin group stages and then defeated Daniel Walter (Portsmouth) 2-0 in the last-four.

In the second semi, Wilson overcame Donnie Gola (Islington), last season’s Bronze rankings winner, 2-0.

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Donnie Gola: 44.
William Hurley: 35, 33.
Lennon Savage: 33.
Caden Read: 30.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Mason Wilson (Academy, Basingstoke); 2nd, William Hurley (Lanes Sports Bar, Rayleigh); 3rd, Tom McEvoy (Salisbury SC); 4th, Lennon Savage (Salisbury SC); 5th, Christopher Woodward (Chandlers Ford SC).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Donnie Gola (Mildmay Club, Islington); 2nd, Daniel Walter (Copnor SC, Gosport); 3rd, Dylan Beer (Salisbury SC); 4th, Tyler Beer (Salisbury SC); 5th, Caden Read (Chandlers Ford SC).

SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Wilson 2-0 Walter, Hurley 2-0 Gola.

FINAL (25/18 points): Wilson 2-1 Hurley.