Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sam Effort by Craigie; Starlet Shines at Prestatyn

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Sam Effort by Craigie; Starlet Shines at Prestatyn

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SAM CRAIGIE produced one of the best performances of his fledgling career at the third Pontins International Open Series event at Prestatyn.

The teenager from Walkergate battled through the 141-strong field to reach the semi-finals.

The former England under-11 and under-14 champion and reigning under-16 title holder had sailed past Stuart Watson 4-1 in a preliminary match to reach the first round proper.

The 15-year-old cueman then progressed to the last 64 by outscoring Mike King 4-2. After seeing off the challenges of Jak Jones (4-1), Lee Shanker (4-0) and Scottish international Anthony McGill (4-1), Craigie edged past former WSA professional Kuldesh Johal 5-4 to claim a place in the last four, where he faced the vastly-improved Kyren Wilson.

Despite being frozen out and losing the opening frame 70 (50)-8 to a dead halfcentury, Craigie bounced back to level the scores by taking the second 124-0 with a well-compiled 107.

After clinching the next two frames 71-1, 57-39, the first win with a 69, the youngster was leading 3-1. Wilson hit back to take the fifth 81-14, but it was Craigie's frame-winning 64 which sealed the next 92-1 to make the score 4-2. With only three frames left to play and having lost both the seventh 23-71 and the eighth 18-77 to late breaks of 53-57, Craigie still looked to be the strong favourite to win the match after building up an early 57 lead in the decider.

However, it was again Wilson's late 60 clearance which stole the frame 60-57 - and the match 5-4. In the other half of the draw, Craigie's elder brother Stephen just failed to reach the same stages after losing a close quarterfinal contest 5-3 to Kurl Maflin. Craigie's impressive display to reach the last eight started with a confident 4-0 demolition job on Jake Nicholson.

He then took out Neil Jones 4-1 before going on to edge past Ian Brumby and Wayne Brown 4-3. David Craggs began his campaign by beating Lucky Valnani 4-3 with a series of high-scoring breaks which included runs of 74, 77 and 91. …

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