New high for Lloyd

Mark Lloyd with his godfather Les Barstow, left, and John Hunter, second right
Mark Lloyd with his godfather Les Barstow, left, and John Hunter, second right
Ryan Mears, left, and Mike Talmondt. Picture: Tim Dunkley

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ENGLISH under-18 snooker champion Mark Lloyd chalked up his highest break en route to a first ever semi-final on the English Association of Snooker & Billiards premier junior tour.

The 16-year-old, from Gosport, produced his best national under-21 competition result so far in the second leg at Cueball Derby.

After progressing through the group stages as one of the best third-placed players, Lloyd cleared the table for a personal best 113 to wrap up a 4-2 last-16 victory over Stoke’s Brandon Sargeant.

He then defeated Thomas Lancastle, from Oldbury, 4-3, before losing 4-2 to eventual tournament winner Lewis Gillen, from Leeds.

Lloyd, who leads the Cuestars south of England under-21 gold tour, said: ‘I had a new tip on at the start of the week and had limited practice due to college work so I’m pleased with the results.’

– TIM DUNKLEY