Clark and Gillon secure Cuestars wins

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OLLY CLARK recorded his maiden Cuestars South of England silver tour victory.

And the Gosport talent was joined on the winning rostrum by Matt Gillon – from the same neck of the woods – who lifted the bronze crown.

Clark, 14, took out Bournemouth’s Stewart Ball in the final at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester.

His breaks of 25 and 29 left his rival with no way back.

‘I knew that with it being one frame, I had to take any chance I got,’ said Clark.

The Gosport ace had earlier seen off Gosport-based Stoke club talent James Budd on the black in the last eight and then Daniel Carr – also on the black, after coming from 40 points down – in the semi-finals.

Clark is now focusing on English Championship glory.

He added: ‘My sights are on the English Under-14 Championship in May.

‘If I can keep this form and confidence up, I think I can really go for it in Leeds.’

Gosport’s Stoke SC ace Mark Lloyd regained the overall rankings lead.

He progressed to the quarter-finals, while main rival Daniel Knox failed to get out of his group.

Meanwhile, Gillon crowned a successful run for Gosport cueists as he lifted the bronze trophy.

It was a first win in only his third event.

The 15-year-old Stoke club star beat rankings leader Conor Flanagan 1-0 in the final.

‘My aim was to win one of my first five events,’ said Gillon.

‘I was so under pressure during all my games but I just had to grin and bear it.

‘The final went well. I played some very nice shots. I’m very proud of myself overall.’

Gillon put his success down to the hard work with his coaches Dave Norman and Mat Richards from his home club.

He added: ‘I couldn’t have done it without the great exercises our coaches give us.

‘Doing the line-up (practice routine) everyday has most improved my gameplay.’

The venue for the seventh of the eight legs on Sunday, April 7, is Jesters Snooker Hall, Swindon.