Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CHAMPION SHOW; Tees Youngsters Dominate Championships

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

CHAMPION SHOW; Tees Youngsters Dominate Championships

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Byline: JOHN HARTLEY

TEESSIDE'S super young players have again dominated the National under-19 and under-16 billiards championships.

All four finalists at the Northern snooker centre in Leeds came from this area.

Darren Cook beat Johnathon Buglass in the under-19 final, while Aaron Hatton overcame Ben Wanley to take the under-16 crown.

Unfortunately, some of the players who had qualified from the southern areas failed to arrive for the finals, but this did not diminish the overall achievements of the Teesside contingent.

The under-16 quarter-finals were first up, and Ormesby player Hatton made a solid start to the day, winning his one-hour match against Hartlepool's Keith Kinnersley 194-157, with a break of 30.

This was the only quarter-final which could be played because of non-arrivals, so Ben Wanley and Liam Clark (Hartlepool) both received a bye into the semi-finals, along with Ross Durrant (Swaffham, Norfolk).

In the under-19 quarter-finals, two-time under-16 champion Cook made a good start, beating Kings Lynn's Bruce Welham 304-185, including a break of 61.

Defending champion Ryan Clark beat his Hartlepool team-mate Michael Williams 241-197, despite the highest break of the game being a 36 from Williams.

The fourth Hartlepool player in the event, Buglass, made a break of 52 in beating Newmarket's Finlay Laing 246-176, a win that saw him straight into the final, as he was drawn to play the winner of two players who both failed to arrive.

In the under-16 semi-finals, Hatton had no trouble disposing of Ross Durrant 228-80, without ever needing to break into a sweat.

Liam Clark raced into an 80-point lead in his game with Ben Wanley after just 10 minutes, but he couldn't maintain that momentum and Wanley came back to win the game 260-202.

In the under-19 semi-finals, arguably the best two junior players in the country, Ryan Clark and Darren Cook clashed, and not for the first time this season, the game didn't live up to the standard that it should.

Without a single break of 30 being made, Cook won the game 236-198 to set up an all Hartlepool final with Buglass.

Both finals were played concurrently, and over the extended time of 90 minutes duration. …

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