Two out of three reasons for Kidner to be cheerful

IT WAS an up and down and up sort of day for a Ferndown teenager at the Cuestars end-of-season finale.

Nat Kidner recorded his highest break and won the Six-Reds Championship at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.

The 13-year-old was unlucky to be drawn in the same round-robin group as both finalists in the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour championship play-off.

He knocked in his highest break of 46 in a 2-1 victory over his clubmate David O’Callaghan from Greenbaize SC, Bournemouth, and beat Kaine Petty (Fordingbridge) by the same scoreline.

But he lost 2-0 to the eventual champion Charlie Pringle (Chandler’s Ford) and to runner-up Harry Jones (Coulsdon). That meant he was one win short of qualifying for the knockout

Into the Six-Reds Championship and Kidner won through three rounds before overcoming Ally Pollard (Alderholt) in the final. He received his trophy from world number 37 Mark Davis.

Kidner made his Cuestars debut in March, 2013, and spent just over a year on the Bronze Tour. He finished his third season in Silver ranked seventh. His best performance was reaching the semi-finals in Fareham in February this year.

The event was sponsored by the home club. For more information about Jesters, visit


PRELIMS: Oliver Sykes (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat Adam Stacey (Legends, Leytonstone), Dan Sykes (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat Arron Smith (Selsey RBL, Chichester), Nat Kidner (Greenbaize, Bournemouth) beat Adam Cowdroy (Greenbaize, Bournemouth), Riccardo Drayton (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat Kaine Petty (Salisbury SC), Steven Hughes (Chandler’s Ford SC) beat Will Forster (Mayfair, Gosport), Ally Pollard (Salisbury SC) beat O’Shay Scott (Chandler’s Ford SC).

QUARTER-FINALS: O Sykes beat D Sykes, Kidner beat Drayton, Pollard beat Hughes, Kyle Carter (Jesters, Swindon) beat Arnie Petty (Salisbury SC).

SEMI-FINALS: Kidner beat O Sykes, Pollard beat Carter.

FINAL: Kidner beat Pollard.

Pictures by Tim Dunkley.

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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker coach)