Winbourne shines on world stage

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Jordan Winbourne took on some of the world’s top up-and-coming young snooker players.

And the Gosport & Fareham League potter showed he could match them all the way.

The talented 17-year-old reached the quarter-finals of the World Under-21 Snooker Championships held in China this week.

The likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ken Doherty and Peter Ebdon have all won the tournament previously.

Winbourne was in great form but came unstuck against fellow English talent, Ollie Lines, the son of former professional Peter Lines, who won 6-1.

But the teenager, who plays in the Portsmouth Snooker League, showed he has the star quality to one day turn professional.

Winbourne’s dad, Chris, said: ‘I am extremely proud of what Jordan has achieved, and also by the general way he acts on and around the snooker table.

‘I’m sure anyone who has played Jord would agree that – whether it is a practice game, local, league or national, or international tournament, the respect for the game and his opponent are second to none and an example to all.

‘This has been Jordan’s first tournament abroad.

‘Qualifying as one of five representatives for a snooker-strong country like England is no small feat on its own.

‘But to have world under-21 quarter-finalist on your CV is amazing.

‘To represent your country in a world championship and to compete against the best from all over the globe and to get to the final eight is something very few can say.’

Winbourne finished in fourth place in his group.

That meant he qualified to the knockout stage where he beat 20-year-old Austrian Andreas Ploner 4-3 in the last 64.

He then demolished 19-year-old Polish player Adam Stefanow 5-2 to make it through to the last 16.

There, he edged through 5-4 against another Polish potter, Kamil Zubryzcki.

Winbourne – who made breaks of 81, 75, 58, 55, 54, and two 50s in the tournament – took the first frame of the quarter-final but Lines won the next six.