Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cue Kid Has a Big Break to Celebrate

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cue Kid Has a Big Break to Celebrate

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Rising snooker starlet Stephen Craigie has been given his biggest break yet ( courtesy of Pontins in Prestatyn, North Wales.

The 15-year-old from Walkerville, Newcastle, is one of 10 budding cuemen nationwide to be offered four-year sponsorship deals to help them turn professional.

Under the deal, Craigie will receive help from Pontins in all aspects of the game, including the cost of travelling and accommodation, in return for playing in promotion and exhibition matches.

The youngster celebrated his sponsorship boost by reaching the final of an under-16 event in Leicester with two century breaks and eight more of over 50 before losing 3-1 to Liam Highfield.

He followed up by winning the under-21 event, defeating former England junior captain Gyles Behbood 3-0, a result which takes him to second place in the rankings.

Breaks of 46 and 36 enabled Craigie to take the first fame 113-8 and he then extended his lead with his third century of the weekend, 107, to clinch the second.

The Geordie completed his well-deserved win by sealing the third frame 66-24.

Labour Club's ex-professional Andy Craig booked a place in the final of the Newcastle and Gateshead League singles event after seeing off Prudhoe SC's Dave Hoey.

A late run of 42 saw Craig come from behind to sew up the first frame 67-42. Hoey fought back as best he could in the next but it was Craig who won the frame 58-22 with a small run of 29 before firing in a 32 to clinch the third 72-27 and the match 3-0.

Craig now faces Coxlodge and Gosforth's lan Kirkup in the final.

Kirkup and team-mate Chris Gill won a place in the final of the league's Doubles Championship after running out 3-1 winners over Westfield B's Eddie Amos and Graham Galvert.

Gill put together a 28 break in the opener but it was the Westfield twosome who battled on to take the frame 57-38.

After winning the scrappy second 56-16, Gill's run of 40 in the next was backed up by a 28 from Kirkup which sealed the third 77-8.

The Westfield duo looked to be getting back in the match when Amos rattled in a nice 29 ( but it was Kirkup's breaks of 24 and 34 which claimed the frame 60-29 and the match. …

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