Havant snooker starlet Jamie Wilson proving winning can become a habit

JAMIE Wilson proved winning can become a habit by regaining top spot on the Cuestars Under-21 Gold Tour.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 12:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 1:00 pm
Jamie Wilson. Picture by Tim Dunkley

The 16-year-old from Havant beat Londoner Aristos Pampouris 2-0 in the final of the sixth leg

He pocketed £100 prize money after recording the day’s highest break of 95 against O’Shay Scott in the round-robin group stage.

It followed his maiden Cuestars tournament win in Coulsdon in December after an eight-year wait.

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Wilson reckons he is playing much better since he broke his duck.

He said: ‘I’m getting used to (winning) now. I didn’t feel as much pressure in the final as I did in the other finals.’

Wilson defeated defending rankings champion Oliver Sykes 2-0 in the last-eight after qualifying from his round-robin group.

He then compiled a 65 break to wrap up a 2-0 last-four victory over the 2017/18 champion Bradley Cowdroy.

And he made a 56 from 35 points down to secure the second frame against Pampouris.

There was a welcome smile on the face of Aaron Wilson (no relation) at the end of a momentous day.

The 12-year-old beat his Waterlooville Sports Bar clubmate Jake Sharp to progress past the quarter-finals for the first time.

He then knocked in a new high break of 25 in the third-frame decider of his last-four victory over Londoner Zain Jeraj.

He eventually lost 2-0 in the final to rankings champion-elect Harry Wyatt, from Ferndown.

Wilson is now joint sixth in the ranking.

Sharp had beaten Wyatt en route to topping his group.

There were group-stage exits for Tyler Mack, Ryan Wilson, Ryan Kneller, Sam Walter, Daniel Walter and second-placed George Laxton (via a three-way play-off).

Samuel Laxton was undefeated in the Silver group stages but lost 2-0 in the last-eight to Wiltshire’s Riley Ellis.

Thomas Sharp missed out on qualification on frames difference. Will Forster was knocked out in the groups.

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SECOND-placed Harrison Heath kept the pressure on Division 1 leader Rhys Pearce by winning the top group in the Junior Pool League at Waterlooville Sports Bar.

Heath took the honours from his title rival on the head-to head rule.

He lost only to debutant Matthew Curtis and Tyler Rodgers.

Archie Crump heads Division 2.

Division 1 leader Jamie Wilson knocked in the highest break of 80 in the Monday Junior Snooker League.

But second-placed Owen Jenkins won the top group to cut the deficit to one point.

Second-group winner Ryan Wilson climbed to third.

Samuel Laxton will secure a record fifth Wednesday Junior Snooker League title in three weeks’ time.

The 14-year-old won the top group despite losing his first match to Jenkins on the black after needing umpteen snookers.

And he extended his Division 1 lead to 16 points.