Gibbs grabs silver success

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Olly Gibbs recorded his first tournament win in the second tier of the Cuestars South of England Under-21 structure.

The 11-year-old, from Gosport, beat his club-mate Matt Gillon 2-1 in the final of the silver tour sixth leg at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.

The Stoke Snooker Club duo battled out a hard-fought contest, with Gibbs holding his nerve in the decider.

‘I played well at the start but he (Gillon) was just too good in the second frame,’ said Gibbs.

Reflecting on stepping up a level, Gibbs added: ‘It’s harder because, obviously, the players are better. They’ve got more experience.

‘I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen but I’m happy with how I’m doing.’

Gosport’s James Budd, 19, went down 3-1 in the gold tour final.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth’s former snooker professional Mike Talmondt survived three key slices of bad luck to clinch his first tournament win on the Cuestars South of England Seniors (40+) Tour.

Talmondt took the first frame on the blue, however he was left unamused when Wayne Muddiman squared the match after making a 32 break from a fluked red and then embarking on a nine-ball run of 19 that included a fluked yellow.

And his patience was tested in the decider.

Muddiman, trailing by 33 points, managed to leave the cue-ball in the jaws of a middle pocket so his opponent was snookered on the two remaining reds.

Talmondt hit a red but left an easy starter.

Muddiman potted red, black, red but missed a second black off its spot and Talmondt cleared yellow to pink to win.

‘I was thinking “it wasn’t meant to be” but luckily I scraped over the line,’ said Talmondt.

The Portsmouth cueist is second in the rankings, 17 points adrift of Andover’s John Hunter, with two legs left.

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