ENGLAND international Jordan Winbourne has been installed as early favourite for the Cuestars Under-21 Gold Tour after clinching the inaugural tournament at Salisbury Snooker Club.
In an all Southampton final, the 13-year-old defeated Kevin Impett, 18, 2-1 from 1-0 down.
Winbourne edged out Chandler’s Ford club-mate and Group A winner Jordan Sainsbury 3-2 in the last four.
Impett, based at Rileys in Shirley, dropped just one of seven frames to take top spot in Group B.
He came back from 2-0 down to beat Mark Green (Salisbury) 3-2 in the second semi.
Sainsbury, 16, posted a new high break of 66.
Mark Green: 75, 59.
Jordan Sainsbury: 66, 48, 44.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: Mark Green (Salisbury) 2-0 Daniel Tallentire (Trowbridge), Green 2-1 Jordan Sainsbury (C/Ford), Green 0-2 James Bolton (Salisbury), Green 2-0 Lee Roling (The Academy, Eastleigh), Tallentire 1-2 Sainsbury, Tallentire 2-0 Bolton, Tallentire 0-2 Roling, Sainsbury 2-0 Bolton, Sainsbury 2-1 Roling, Bolton 1-2 Roling.
Winner: Sainsbury, runner-up: Green.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: Jordan Winbourne (C/Ford) 2-1 Daniel Woods (C/Ford), Winbourne 2-0 Ben Tanner (The Academy, Eastleigh), Winbourne 0-2 Kevin Impett (C/Ford), Woods 2-0 Tanner, Woods 0-2 Impett, Tanner 1-2 Impett.
Winner: Impett, runner-up: Winbourne.
SEMI-FINALS: Winbourne 3-2 Sainsbury, Impett 3-2 Green.
FINAL: Winbourne 2-1 Impett.
Bell on song
SOUTHAMPTON teenager Lee Bell struck the first blow in his bid to claim the Cuestars Under-21 Silver Tour title at Salisbury Snooker Club.
The 15-year-old, based at The Academy in Eastleigh, emerged victorious from the final with a 2-1 victory over Thyas Evans (Trowbridge).
A spirited performance by Evans, who finished fifth in the under-12s last season, forced a decider.
Bell, undefeated all day, cleared from the green with Evans needing snookers.
“He’s a good little player for his age,” admitted Bell.
The early favourite sees Bradley Chappell (Green Baize, Bournemouth), Lee Warner (Stoke SC, Gosport) and club-mate Liam Burnet as his main rivals for the title.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: Lee Bell (The Academy, Eastleigh) 2-1 Sam Jefferson (Jesters, Swindon), Bell 2-0 Ben Courcha (C/Ford), Jefferson 2-0 Courcha.
Winner: Bell, runner-up: Jefferson.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: Lee Warner (Stoke SC, Gosport) 2-0 Josh Brooker (Liberal Club, High Wycombe), Warner 2-1 Matt Geer (The Academy, Eastleigh), Warner 2-1 Bradley Chappell (Green Baize, Bournemouth), Brooker 2-0 Geer, Brooker 0-2 Chappell, Geer 1-2 Chappell.
Winner: Warner, runner-up: Chappell.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: Carl Sidey (The Academy, Basingstoke) 1-2 Dean Matthews (Rileys, Reading), Sidey 2-0 Paul Ives (Liberal Club, High Wycombe), Sidey 2-0 Thyas Evans (Trowbridge), Matthews 2-0 Ives, Matthews 0-2 Evans, Ives 0-2 Evans.
Winner: Sidey, runner-up: Evans.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP D: Jamie Perry (Jesters, Swindon) 2-1 Liam Burnet (The Academy, Eastleigh), Perry 1-2 Daniel Winfield (Players, Westbury), Burnet 2-0 Winfield.
Winner: Perry, runner-up: Burnet.
QUARTER-FINALS: Bell 2-1 Chappell, Sidey 2-0 Burnet, Jefferson 2-1 Warner, Evans 2-0 Perry.
SEMI-FINALS: Bell 2-0 Sidey, Evans 2-0 Jefferson.
FINAL: Bell 2-1 Evans.
HIGH Wycombe potter Ryan Gavin triumphed on the Cuestars Under-21 Bronze Tour at Salisbury Snooker Club.
He edged out Gary Wilkins (Trowbridge) 2-1 in the final.
Gavin, based at the town’s Liberal Club, was certainly not in a generous mood – knocking in breaks of 23, 25 and 29 and losing only one of his seven matches.
Bradley Hatch (The Academy, Eastleigh) was the only player to record a victory in the group stages over the eventual champion.
In the semi-finals, Gavin disposed of Swindon’s Jodie Symes who is ranked 22nd on the World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association circuit.
Cuestars director John Hunter was delighted with the way the first event went.
“It couldn’t have gone better, he said. “It has been a long time since I got from a competition start to its end without any hassle! And like the players appeared to do, I enjoyed the event immensely.”
Ryan Gavin: 29, 25, 23
Joe Moon: 30
Jodie Symes: 25
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP A: Rob Henley (The Academy, Eastleigh) 1-0 Reece Harcombe (Stoke SC, Gosport), Henley 1-0 Joshua Hughes (Suzy Q’s, Worcester), Henley 0-1 Charlie Gray (C/Ford), Henley 1-0 Scott Danson (C/Ford), Henley 1-0 Matt Ireland (C/Ford), Harcombe 1-0 Hughes, Harcombe 1-0 Gray, Harcombe 0-1 Danson, Harcombe 1-0 Ireland, Hughes 1-0 Gray, Hughes 0-1 Danson, Hughes 1-0 Ireland, Gray 0-1 Danson, Gray 1-0 Ireland, Danson 1-0 Ireland.
Winner: Henley, runner-up: Danson.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP B: Ryan Gavin (Liberal Club, High Wycombe) 1-0 Elliot Wright, Gavin 0-1 Bradley Hatch (The Academy, Eastleigh), Gavin 1-0 Gary Wilkins (Trowbridge), Gavin 1-0 Mark Lloyd (Stoke SC, Gosport), Wright 0-1 Hatch, Wright 0-1 Wilkins, Wright 0-1 Lloyd, Hatch 0-1 Wilkins, Hatch 0-1 Lloyd, Wilkins 1-0 Lloyd.
Winner: Gavin, runner-up: Wilkins.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP C: Joshua Lee (Jesters, Swindon) 1-0 Nathan Farmer (Stoke SC, Gosport), Lee 0-1 Oliver Parsons (Jesters, Swindon), Lee 0-1 Joe Moon (Jesters, Swindon), Lee 1-0 Corrie Tallentire (Trowbridge), Farmer 0-1 Parsons, Farmer 0-1 Moon, Farmer 0-1 Tallentire, Parsons 1-0 Moon, Parsons 0-1 Tallentire, Moon 1-0 Tallentire.
Winner: Parsons, runner-up: Moon.
ROUND-ROBIN GROUP D: Jake White (Trowbridge) 1-0 Oliver Clark (Stoke SC, Gosport), White 1-0 Cameron Holt (Rileys, Reading), White 1-0 Kane Bellows (C/Ford), White 0-1 Jodie Symes (Jesters, Swindon), Clark 1-0 Holt, Clark 1-0 Bellows, Clark 0-1 Symes, Holt 0-1 Bellows, Holt 0-1 Symes, Bellows 0-1 Symes.
Winner: Symes, runner-up: White.
QUARTER-FINALS: Wilkins 2-0 Henley, White 2-0 Parsons, Gavin 2-0 Danson, Symes 2-1 Moon.
SEMI-FINALS: Wilkins 2-1 White, Gavin 2-0 Symes.
FINAL: Gavin 2-1 Wilkins.
Pictures by John Hunter
Gold finalists: Kevin Impett (left) and Jordan Winbourne
Silver finalists: Lee Bell (left) and Thyas Evans.
Bronze finalists: Gary Wilkins (left) and Ryan Gavin
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Tim Dunkley (World Snooker Association coach)