Wilson on cue for national glory

Jamie Wilson in action. Picture: Steve Toms

Jamie Wilson in action. Picture: Steve Toms

Rook checks the progress of A team

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Jamie Wilson is already racking up the achievements in his fledgling snooker career.

The Copnor Cue Stars ace booked his place in the finals of the English Association for Snooker & Billiards Under-14s Championship after progressing through the southern regional qualifier.

It’s the latest in a long line of successes for the eight-year-old.

He won the under-13s title at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club and remarkably finished second in the under-18s.

Wilson, who first picked up a cue at the age of six, also has plenty of friendly family rivalry to contend with on the local circuits.

He was edged into the runners-up spot by his cousin Brad Lane, 13, in the Leigh Park adult league series, as the youngsters outshone their older rivals on the baize.

And on Tuesday night, Wilson lined up for Copnor Cue Stars in the Portsmouth Summer League against his dad Steve, who features for Top Spot.

‘Jamie lives and breathes snooker,’ said mum Suzanne.

‘He loves the competition.’

The talented youngster has been boosted by his success in the southern region event in Surrey, where he sealed one of the three qualifying positions to earn in his place among the top 16 in the country.

He will head to Leeds for the finals next year.

Meanwhile, Wilson’s Cue Stars team-mate Daniel Compton banked his first winner’s trophy on the Cuestars South of England under-21 bronze tour.

Coach Pascal Richard, who heads Copnor Cue Stars, has been working with Compton to sharpen his tactical play.

‘We’ve been focusing heavily on in-game tactics, shot selection and mental approach – more than worrying too much about technical stuff – as Daniel cues straight pretty much all the time,’ said Richard.

Compton had earlier seen off Lane in the quarter-final, while Wilson also reached the last eight, showing the depth of talent in the Copnor ranks.

Their exploits in Portsmouth’s adult league have been crucial.

Richard added: ‘A great deal of thanks goes to them (the league) for their backing.’

– DAVID BRAWN

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