Jamie’s ‘brilliant’ break pockets Tour spot

Jamie Wilson. Picture: Steve Reid (123879-630)
Jamie Wilson. Picture: Steve Reid (123879-630)
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Jamie Wilson booked a place on the Cuestars South of England Under-21 Gold Tour with his monster 71 break.

The 10-year-old surpassed his previous best of 59 in a Portsmouth Snooker League match at Copnor Snooker Club this week.

His coach Pascal Richard described the break as ‘brilliant stuff’.

It came against 80-year-old Norman Bradfield in a division three derby fixture as the youngsters from Copnor Cuestars A entertained the veterans from Copnor E.

Wilson, who turns 11 in November, potted mainly pinks but was forced to negotiate two tricky reds along the rail.

He then cleared the colours to the pink.

Richard revealed that tightening up the youngster’s technique after the school holidays, coupled with hours of hard work on the practice table, was the key to the remarkable performance.

‘It’s a big-time reward for some serious hard work in the last week by Jamie after a dodgy evening the previous week,’ said Richard.

‘We talked a lot about technique recently because after the summer break things weren’t quite right.

‘We filmed some of Jamie’s practice time and he was honest enough to admit there were some things he needed to fix when he watched the footage.

‘To his great credit, Jamie then spent many, many hours really practising hard to fix those issues – and got everything he deserved for that hard work.’

A delighted Richard added: ‘I couldn’t be more pleased for him.

‘It’s just a shame he ran out of balls to pot on the table or he might well have kept going.’

Wilson is also in his third season on the EASB Regional Junior Tour and has reached the last-16 of the English Under-14 Championship in the past two years.

On Saturdays, he can be found strutting his stuff in the Eastleigh & District League at under-13 and under-18 level and the afternoon Open Series at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.