Winner Dean makes it third time lucky

Dean Russell. Picture: Tim Dunkley
Dean Russell. Picture: Tim Dunkley
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DEAN RUSSELL made it third time lucky in his bid to claim the Wednesday Junior Snooker League title at Waterlooville Sports Bar.

The 16-year-old from Copnor, twice a runner-up, ended the third season six points clear of defending champion Samuel Laxton.

Russell said: ‘It’s a great achievement considering I’ve come runner-up twice in a row. And it’s a higher standard. Everyone’s beating everyone now.

‘I’m glad I got a lot of points at the start of the season.’

Reflecting on the new 20-week season that starts next Wednesday, he said: ‘If I could defend the title, it’ll be fantastic because it’s never been done before.’

Russell, who is at Highbury College, had never played competitive snooker before joining the league a little over a year ago.

World Snooker coach Tim Dunkley said: ‘I’m delighted for Dean.

‘He’s had a fantastic year. He’s suffered some disappointments. And now he’s proved he’s a winner.’

Meanwhile, Laxton booked automatic promotion to the Cuestars silver tour.

The 12-year-old compiled a 41, using only pinks and blues, in his first match against the new champion.

Vinnie Rix won the second round-robin group and secured the division two title by one point.

Henry Martin won division three from George Laxton.

In the Monday Junior League, Owen Jenkins made a 20 break using reds and colours before his debut on the Cuestars bronze tour at Top Spot SC, Havant, on Sunday.

The nine-year-old proved he is ready by making a personal best 25 and a 23.

Dunkley runs sessions for under-19s from 4.30-6.30pm every Monday and Wednesday.