DEAN RUSSELL responded to a mauling in his first match in the Wednesday Junior Snooker League at Waterlooville Sports Bar with a new high break an hour later.
The 16-year-old league leader, from Copnor, was beaten by 49 points by Hampshire pool youth team member Zak Truscott, who moved up to second place.
But in his third match against Lewis Wilson, Russell recorded a personal best break of 29 – and jawed a pink for a 35.
Lennox Anderson, who equalled his highest break of 12, is joint second with Owen Jenkins behind Jamie Wilson in division two.
Third group winner Vinnie Rix climbed to fourth in division two.
Billy Reid leads division three on frames difference from Henry Martin.
Seven-year-old Jake Martin knocked in his highest break of eight against Samuel Laxton in the Monday Junior League.
Jamie Wilson has a four-point lead over his twin brothers Lewis and Harry who have identical records.
Elsewhere, Portsmouth champion Mike Talmondt’s bid for a fourth successive title on the Cuestars south of England seniors (40 plus) tour has suffered another setback.
He was beaten 2-1 from 1-0 up in the quarter-finals of the third leg at the 147 SC, Swindon, by the eventual tournament winner, Wayne Muddiman.
Talmondt did climb one place to third but the gap to Bracknell-based rankings leader Matt Ford has grown to 13 points.
And in the three-ball game, Havant teenager Jamie Wilson reached the semi-finals of the second leg of the EASB Junior Billiards Tour at Chandlers Ford Snooker Club.
The 14-year-old won all three 30-minute round-robin matches but lost 198-191 to Steven Hughes, from the home club, in the 45-minute last-four clash.