Stacey collects second Plate trophy

A POPLAR snooker player has collected his second Plate trophy of the season on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Tours.

Adam Stacey failed to qualify from a tough round-robin group in the Gold section in the event sponsored by Attic Life at Salisbury Snooker Club.

The 16-year-old beat Steven Hughes (Chandler’s Ford) 2-1 but lost 2-0 to English Under-18 Champion Mark Lloyd (Gosport) and 2-0 to Connor Benzey (Eastleigh), who finished the ten-leg series ranked third.

Stacey, who is based at Legends Snooker Club, Leytonstone, then followed up his success in Swindon in March by overcoming Hughes, again, in the final of the competition for non-qualifiers.

The top-16 players on each tour will be invited to the championship play-off on finals day on Sunday, May 14, at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon. World number 34 Mark Davis will present the trophies and play exhibition frames against all the champions.

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PRELIMS: Adam Stacey (Legends, Leytonstone) beat Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth), Steven Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat James Woodley (Nailsea SC), O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat Olly Gibbs.

SEMI-FINALS: Stacey beat Chloe White (Copnor SC, Portsmouth), Hughes beat Scott.

FINAL: Stacey beat Hughes.

Picture by Tim Dunkley. Steven Hughes (left) and Adam Stacey

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)