Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cue Starlets in a Leed-Ing Role

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cue Starlets in a Leed-Ing Role

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Two top-potting starlets shone at the EASB National Championships' two-day event at Leeds' Northern Snooker Centre.

Walkerville's former under-11 champion Sam Craigie reached the final of the under-14 competition on the Saturday, while Gateshead's John Astley made the same stages of the under-19 event on the following day.

Not quite at his best, Sam struggled in his opening match to hold the talented Kurtis Weaver ( but eventually came home a 3-2 winner after running away with the decider.

With the notable scalp of Weaver under his belt, the confident Sam continued to make head way with a comfortable 3-1 defeat of Sanderson Lam which took him into the semi-finals, where he faced Gateshead's promising 12-year-old Elliot Slessor.

Considering he was playing in only his second national event, young Elliott had competed well to reach the last four with wins over both Hetton's Martin Ball, who had beaten Gateshead's Glen Bowman in the first round, and Darryl Hill.

A hugely-entertaining final, which had a mixture of good potting and high-quality safety play, went to the more experienced Sam 3-0.

Sam is also the present holder of the competition's highest break with a run of 77.

John started his campaign in the best possible way by beating Matthew Jelly in four straight sets before going on to claim a place in the semis with a 4-1 victory over Kris Vincent.

With the scores level at 3-3, John's small runs of 37 and 24 in the decider were enough to give him the match 4-3 against Harrogate's Gyles Behboob and his first ever place in a national final.

Later in the season, both winners will travel to the WPBSA's new snooker academy in Sheffield for the EASB's grand finals weekend, when their respective opponents will be Telford's Tom Maxfield and London's Michael Georgiou.

The last in the series of one-day ranking events prior to next month's pounds 1,000 Invitation Play-Offs saw former world under-21 champion Gary Wilson pocket the January winner's pounds 100 first prize and the Dickinson Trophy.

Wilson scraped past Walkergate's Paul McHugh 3-2 in the final.

After Wilson had taken the low-scoring first frame 64-37 and fired in a 36 in the next, it was McHugh who went 2-1 ahead after clinching the second 73-48 and third 56-46 with small runs to add to his 18-points-a-frame start. …

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