O’Callaghan races ahead in Silver

A DOREST teenage is in pole position to earn promotion after collecting a second winner’s trophy in three events on a regional snooker circuit.

David O’Callaghan has a 19-point lead at the top of the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour rankings.

The 18-year-old from Wallisdown beat first-time finalist Riley Ellis 2-1 to clinch the third leg at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.

He said: “In general, the day was scrappy. I had moments of really good play such as the 41 break at the start of the day which should have been more.

“But the final was more of the same. I dominated the first frame. Riley pinched the second on the black and the third was fairly comfortable.

“Riley did pot some nice balls but I felt I played the better.”

O’Callaghan, who won the first leg in Waterlooville and was runner-up in Salisbury, had lost 2-1 to 13-year-old Ellis (Clyffe Pypard, Wilts) in the group stages.

Winnings the rankings, in his third season on the Silver Tour, would earn him a place on the Gold Tour next season.

Fourth-placed Ellis, last season’s Bronze Tour rankings winner, overcame leg-two winner Brett Wallace (Gosport) 2-1 in the semi-finals of the event sponsored by Cube Property Holdings.

He said: “I had some tough games and I was really relieved to get through the group stages for the first time this season.”

O’Callaghan overcame third-placed Kaine Petty (Fordingbridge) 2-1 in the last-four.

The fourth leg of ten is at Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, on Sunday, December 3.

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David O’Callaghan: 41.


ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Brett Wallace (Fareham SC); 2nd, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC); 3rd, Ally Pollard (Salisbury SC); 4th, Shane Kearns (Jesters, Swindon); 5th, Keegan Reed (Salisbury SC).

ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, David O’Callaghan (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 2nd, Riley Ellis (147 SC, Swindon); 3rd, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Callum White (Waterlooville Sports Bar).

SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Ellis 2-1 Wallace, O’Callaghan 2-1 Petty.

FINAL (25/18 points): O’Callaghan 2-1 Ellis.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)