JAMES BUDD reached the quarter-finals for the first time in only his second event on the English Association of Snooker & Billiards Premier Junior Tour.
The result at Frames Sports Bar, Coulsdon, took the 19-year-old, from Fareham, up to 12th place in the rankings for the country’s top-48 under-21 players.
Budd beat Leicester’s Kieran Phillips 3-2 and James Pearson, from Leeds, 3-1, but lost 3-1 to Dudley’s Richard Haney in the group stages.
In a tough last-16 contest, Budd saw off his practice partner and good friend Jordan Winbourne, from Hedge End, 4-2 in the last 16.
Winbourne, the 2009-10 Cuestars Gold Tour champion, kicked off with a 55 break.
In the crucial fifth frame and trailing by 40 points at one stage, Budd produced a 32 clearance, with most of the colours at the baulk end of the table, to take a 3-2 lead.
Returning to south London the following day for the quarter-finals, Budd was beaten 4-0 by the eventual tournament winner, Joe O’Connor, from Leicester.
‘He didn’t miss much,’ said Budd.
‘It was hard for me to get back into the match because he was playing so well.
‘I’m pleased to reach the quarters in my second event and hopefully I can perform well in the event in Derby in December.
‘Also, I want to say thanks for the support from those who have wished me luck.’
Gosport’s Mark Lloyd lost in the last 16.
– TIM DUNKLEY