Fareham ace James Budd beats snooker world number nine Joe Perry

James Budd, left, beat Joe Perry. Picture: Tim Dunkley
James Budd, left, beat Joe Perry. Picture: Tim Dunkley
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Fareham teenager James Budd capped a momentous week by collecting a first winner’s trophy on the Cuestars circuit and beating a top-16 snooker professional in an exhibition frame.

Budd admitted he was ‘shaking like a leaf’ when he faced Joe Perry at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.

I can’t believe I just beat the world number nine

James Budd

The 19-year-old was the only one of 16 players to record a victory over the 2015 Players Championship winner during the Cuestars finals day.

‘I can’t believe I just beat the world number nine,’ said Budd, who compiled breaks of 48 and 25.

‘I got every single shot right. I knew I was in front but I was shaking like a leaf, I really was.’

A few hours later, the classy left-hander clinched the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour Championship with a 3-2 victory over his EASB Regional Junior Tour South rival Ronnie Blake.

Londoner Blake may consider himself slightly unfortunate after clawing back a deficit to level on the colours in the decider and laying a snooker on the yellow.

But it was the last shot he played.

Budd came off the side cushion, hit the yellow, fluked it into a corner pocket and cleared to the black.

‘What a day!’ he added.

It came eight days after he compiled his highest matchplay break of 86 en route to reaching his fourth final of the season on the EASB Regional Junior Tour South which virtually confirms promotion to the EASB Premier Junior Tour.