Gosport cueist Gillon achieves superb double before getting ‘slapped’ by snooker star Joe Perry

Matt Gillon, left, with Joe Perry

Matt Gillon, left, with Joe Perry

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Matt Gillon was brought down to earth with a bump after clinching a unique double on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Silver Tour.

The Gosport teenager ended the eight-leg circuit top of the rankings and then won the last-16 championship play-off at Jesters Snooker Club, Swindon.

But he was crushed by special guest Joe Perry, the world number nine, in an exhibition frame.

Gillon accounted for Q School entrant Reece King (Bournemouth) 3-0 in the final.

‘I stormed it,’ said the 17-year-old.

‘I was really happy with how I played. It was probably one of the best matches I’ve ever played.

‘I had a good run of the balls against Reece. I just wouldn’t let him in.

‘I don’t want to say there was no pressure on me, because there was. But there wasn’t as much pressure as I thought because I knew I was coming out with a trophy.

‘As long as I knew I’d won the rankings, I wasn’t really bothered if I lost in the play-off. Having no pressure on me helped.’

But as one of 16 players selected to take on Perry, Gillon was restricted to two shots and no points as the 2015 Players Championship winner knocked in a 135 break.

Gillon said: ‘I got absolutely slapped. It was a really good break. I told him it was a really good break.’

The Gosport cueist is the first player to complete the double since the new format was introduced in 2009/10.

He’s only the second to win it outright across all three categories.

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