Laxton and Mack get their big breaks

Samuel Lxton and Tyler Mack Picture: Tim Dunkley
Samuel Lxton and Tyler Mack Picture: Tim Dunkley

TWO 13-year-olds had their patience rewarded at Waterlooville Sports Bar this week.

Samuel Laxton had been stuck on a high break of 41 for nearly nine months, while Tyler Mack made his personal best of 15 in June.

However, division one leader Laxton edged closer to a first half-century with a 43 in his final match against Zak Truscott in the Wednesday Junior Snooker League.

And there was double delight for Mack, who chalked up a 16 against Jake Martin on Monday and an 18 against Antony Terroni two days later.

Meanwhile, Keira Hiscock won the top group in the Junior Pool League and now has a two-point lead over defending champion Jayden Brookes in division one.

Six-year-old Jayden Hickley extended his lead in division two with four wins out of six.

Elsewhere, Jamie Wilson pocketed £55 prize money for reaching the semi-finals (second leg) of the Cuestars Championship Tour at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club.

The 14-year was denied a first-ever final appearance by Mark Vincent – the eventual tournament winner from Portishead, near Bristol – who collected £250.

Wilson, who reached the final of the Open Series at the same club the previous day, had actually beaten Vincent 2-1 in the group stages but the score was reversed when the pair met again in the knockout rounds.

Former English Under-18 champion Mark Lloyd, who recently complied his third maximum 147 break in a practice match, fired in a 102 against home player Stu Barter.

In the last-16, Pascal Richard lost 2-0 to Lloyd, who was then knocked out 2-0 by Vincent in the quarter-finals.

The 46-strong field from the event, sponsored by Ahmad Tea, produced 31 breaks of 50 or more, including two centuries.

Fareham Snooker Club hosts the second leg of the Cuestars Seniors (40+) Tour on Sunday.

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