First Cuestars silver final for Laxton

From left: Cuestars Waterlooville players Thomas Sharp, Owen Jenkins, Callum White, Samuel Laxton, George Laxton and Zak Truscott. Picture: Tim Dunkley
From left: Cuestars Waterlooville players Thomas Sharp, Owen Jenkins, Callum White, Samuel Laxton, George Laxton and Zak Truscott. Picture: Tim Dunkley
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Portsmouth potter Samuel Laxton has reached his first final on the Cuestars under-21 silver tour.

Last season’s bronze tour championship play-off winner went down 2-0 to home player Shane Kearns at Jesters Snooker Club.

The 13-year-old beat the Essex-based rankings leader Louie Leighton 2-1 in the semi-finals and Waterlooville Sports Bar club-mate Zak Truscott 2-0 in the last-eight.

It was the first time Truscott had qualified for the silver knockout.

Callum White progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time this season but was knocked out 2-0 by Fordingbridge teenager Kaine Petty.

Joint fourth-placed Jamie Wilson and Elliott Weston continued their runs of qualifying for the gold knockout at every event this season.

Wilson, 14, was defeated 2-0 in the last-eight by the eventual tournament winner and rankings leader Bradley Cowdroy.

And Weston, who is based at Top Spot Snooker Club, Havant, lost 2-1 to Ryan Hughes at the same stage.

Owen Jenkins retains the lead in the bronze tour rankings.

The 10-year-old, who won the opening two legs, lost 2-1 to club-mate Thomas Sharp in the last-eight.

For the third event running, Sharp went out 2-0 in the semi-finals to Dylan Smith, from Tunbridge Wells.

He is now joint third in the rankings with tournament winner Harry Wyatt, an eight-year-old from Ferndown, whom he beat in the round-robin group stages.

And George Laxton, 11, had some close games on his debut to prove he can compete at this level.

Three days later, 14-year-old Sharp recorded his highest break of 30 against Jenkins in the Wednesday Junior Snooker League at Waterlooville Sports Bar.

But he still lost all four matches.  

Defending champion Laxton was undefeated in the week-18 fixtures and took over top spot in division one by four points from Wilson.

Fourth-placed Harry Wilson edged closer to the top three in the Monday Junior Snooker League by winning the top group.

Meanwhile, six-year-old Jayden Hickley didn’t take long to get used to his new cue in the Junior Pool League.

The division two leader kicked off the week-nine action by beating the top two in division one, Keira Hiscock and Jayden Brookes.

Archie Crump won five of his six matches to win the round-robin group and move up one place to fifth.

World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley runs snooker sessions for under-19s from 4.30pm to 6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday and junior pool sessions from 4.30pm to 6.30pm every Thursday.