Olly Gibbs has reached the final of the English Under-14 Championship.
The Gosport starlet beat Havant’s Jamie Wilson 4-3 in the southern final at Pot Black Clacton.
Gibbs, who fought back from 1-0 down, will now face the northern champion for the national title in Gloucester next year.
It was a nervous start for the left-hander, who only turned 13 this week.
He lost his first group match 2-1 to Evan Plummer, from London.
And only scraped through 2-1 on the final black in his next against Jackson Song, who also hails from the capital.
But a 3-0 victory over Nat Kidner, of Ferndown, put him into the southern semi-finals where he overcame Chandler’s Ford’s Oliver Sykes 3-0.
Gibbs said: ‘I was nervous because I got knocked out in the groups last year.
‘But once I got through I was more relaxed and I began to play well.’
Gibbs’ mum, Louise, added: ‘We are all really proud.
‘He kept his focus at a slow and steady pace frame by frame.
‘It was a much-needed boost as we lost a dear family member this year and he too would have been extremely proud.’
Last season’s runner-up Wilson, 12, who is based at and sponsored by Waterlooville Sports Bar, dispatched Plummer in the other last-four match.
In the English Under-16 Championship, Wilson went out to Reggie Edwards, from Norwich, in the southern semi-finals.
He had earlier beaten Basingstoke’s Mickey Joyce in the last-eight.