CHARLIE Pringle reckons three aspects of his game helped secure his second winner’s trophy on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour.
The 15-year-old from Chandler’s Ford moved to within seven points of top spot after beating rankings leader Ryan Hughes 2-1 from 1-0 down in the final of the fifth leg.
Pringle leveled on the black and produced a 34 clearance to counter his 14-year-old clubmate’s 30 break in the decider at Greenbaize Snooker Club, Bournemouth.
He admitted it was a “difficult” contest but added: “It felt good to beat him because I’ve lost to him in the past in the final.
“I’m taking the positives out of it: clearances, being able to battle from behind and consistency throughout the day.”
Pringle, who increased his high break to 68 in the English Under-16 Championship qualifier in Clacton last November, had lost 2-1 to Hughes in the group stages but still qualified for the knockout in first place.
“I had a tough group but managed to come out on top,” he said.
The top two have now won all five tournaments this season. Hughes prevailed in Woking, Salisbury and Coulsdon while Pringle added the Bell’s Decor-sponsored event in Bournemouth to his success in Swindon in October.
Bowen Zhu, also from Chandler’s Ford, topped the second group and went out 2-1 to Hughes in the last-four. Pringle beat Drew Hampshire (Swindon) 2-0 in the second semi.
The sixth leg of ten is at Top Spot Snooker Club, Havant, on Sunday, February 5.
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Ryan Hughes: 40, 30.
Charlie Pringle: 34, 30.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: 1st, Charlie Pringle (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Ryan Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC); 3rd, David O’Callaghan (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Ally Pollard (Salisbury SC); 5th, Evan Plummer (Frames, Coulsdon).
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: 1st, Bowen Zhu (Chandler’s Ford SC); 2nd, Drew Hampshire (147, Swindon); 3rd, Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth); 4th, Keegan Reed (Salisbury SC); 5th, Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC).
SEMI-FINALS (15 points): Pringle 2 Hampshire 0, Hughes 2 Zhu 1.
FINAL (25/18 points): Pringle 2 Hughes 1.
Pictures by Tim Dunkley
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)