Lloyd relishes England debut

Mark Lloyd

Mark Lloyd

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Mark Lloyd helped England dominate the Home Internationals and then declared playing for his country was a ‘quality experience’.

The 15-year-old Stoke Snooker Club talent made his Three Lions debut in the under-16s competition at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds.

The national under-16s champion helped the hosts to an emphatic success with wins over Northern Ireland (10-2), Belgium (10-2), Wales (9-3), the Republic of Ireland (8-4) and Scotland (10-2).

Lloyd said: ‘It was special to wear the waistcoat, knowing you are representing your country and making every frame count.

‘We were lucky enough to have a squad of a decent quality and played well enough to win.

‘It was a decent event and worth travelling to play there.

‘It was a quality experience.’

Meanwhile, in the Portsmouth League, Copnor A beat Copnor B 7-2 to finally leapfrog Craneswater A and claim the division one title with a game to spare.

Ant Lacey, Jon Sunderland and Lee Egan all hit doubles.

Portchester X killed off the hopes of Craneswater with a 5-4 win at Castle Street.

Matt James – with a 41 break – Neil Turp and Ashley Bendall wrapped up proceedings with fine play.

Matt Beardsworth fought a losing battle as Bellair A lost 6-3 at Craneswater Z.

Nigel Ward, Mark Jones and skipper Ian Carter all did well for the home side

Jamie Farrow returned for Post Office and hit a splendid 60 break as they beat Copnor D 5-4 in division two. Graham Waller bagged a brace.

Bellair B came from behind to pip Alexandra 5-4.

Tony May and Richard Pitman both won after early racks from Matt Sheath, Ian Cotton, Paul Taylor and Tony Best.

Mark Richmond was on target for North End Bowls before Bill Parsons and Rich Burnett inspired a Leigh Park comeback for a 6-3 win.

Copnor Cuestars ace Chloe White gave division three leaders Topspot problems with two wins before the Havant gang sneaked a 5-4 success thanks to Steve Wilson and Colin Johnson.

Cowplain B beat Cowplain C 7-2. Gary Curtis, Richard Williams and Pete Gorvin took no pity on their club-mates to move closer to second-placed Pompey Royals.

The Royals scraped a 5-4 win over Copnor F as Chad Wainwright and Paul Chivers pocketed two frames.

– TIM DUNKLEY & GRAHAM SIMPER

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