National duty may scupper Mark Lloyd’s chance of clinching the Cuestars South of England Under-21 gold tour rankings title.
The 15-year-old, based at Stoke Snooker Club, Gosport, regained the lead after accounting for his number-one rival Brad Chappell 2-0 in the final of the fifth leg at Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon.
But Lloyd misses the next event because he will be in Leeds for the last 16 of the English Under-16 Championship.
Meanwhile, Matt Gillon claimed a first tournament win on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 silver tour.
The Gosport potter, 17, came into the event off the back of a personal-best 54 break on the eve of the trip to Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon.
He recorded a 2-1 success against Reece King, from Bournemouth, in the final.
Gillon said: ‘I went into the tournament feeling confident as I knew I had played a lot of great snooker during the week.’
Gillon climbed to second, three points behind rankings leader Callum McDonald (Salisbury SC).
His club-mate Joe Kitchen is third.
The sixth leg of eight is at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club on Sunday, March 1.
– TIM DUNKLEY