Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sam's Treble Bid

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sam's Treble Bid

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WHILE most players would have been more than happy to have held a national title in their careers, not so Walkerville's talented Sam Craigie.

Craigie, who with the under-11 and under-14 titles already under his belt, will be targeting a hattrick of successes when he takes on London's Danny Douane in the final of the Under-16s Championship at the World Snooker Association (WSA) Academy Sheffield on the EASB finals weekend of May 17-18.

Having qualified for the last-16 shootouts, young Sam travelled down to the sponsors' venue, the Leeds Northern Snooker Centre, where he got off to a cracking start by whitewashing Joel Walker 3-0 with runs of 47-73.

The next match wasn't so easy and Sam had to come from 2-1 down before edging out George Marten 3-2 with the help of a well-compiled 80 in the fourth.

With the semi-final matches the best of seven, Sam lost the closefought opener but then went on to rattle off four in a row to book his place in the final with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Ryan Clark.

The final of this season's Northumberland CIU Five-Man Team Championship will be a repeat of last year's event featuring defending champions Throckley UJ and runners-up High Howdon SC.

After two frames at Newcastle Labour Club, Ian Kirkup and Chris Gill had put Coxlodge SC one set away from victory after Kirkup had beaten Russell Powell 69(37)-15, and Gill had overwhelmed Bob McDonald 79-1 with the top break of the match, a nice 71.

The winning frame for Coxlodge never came, and it was Throckley who went through after captain Gerry Dodd had started a fight-back by beating Alec Brown 88-57.

Tony James and Dekka Carroll followed it up with close-fought blackball wins over their opponents Carl Hands (56-51) and Jimmy Gibbons (64-59) to make the score 3-2.

Howdon's 3-0 winning scoreline against Chirton SC at King St SC was a lot closer than the result would suggest. …

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