BILLIARDS: West Norfolk players excelled on home turf in the National Junior Billiards Championship.
They were hosted by King’s Lynn Maltings Q Club for the third successive year.
West Lynn’s Nathan Boughen retained his u19s title, defeating Harley Dyson (North Walsham) in the final for the second year running.
Boughen won 205-158 in a tight game, where neither player played to their normal standard.
It was Boughen’s third national junior billiards championship title after winning the u19s in 2018 and the u16s in 2016 to show what ability the West Lynn man has at the three-ball game.
Narborough’s Hannah Greeno, 14 also retained her title, beating her sister Lexie, 10, 83-74 in the Girls National final. Lexie started the game in great form, recording two breaks of 11 in successive visits to the table.
But Hannah’s greater experience told in the end as she clinched a close win.
The u16s Plate was won by Lewis Bunting, of Lynn, 165-151, defeating another Lynn player Max Smith.
Earlier Lewis had beaten Gabriel Fox (Northamptonshire) 150-113 in the semi-final, while Smith defeated Norwich’s Tyler Curtis 181-106.
Bunting and Smith are two more players who have moved into making 20 breaks in competition this season and they will be aiming to improve again before next season’s competitions begin.
Finley Brown (13, Catfield) won the national u16s title for the second time, defeating 10-year-old William Chambers of Mepal, Cambridgeshire
247-107, in great style.
Earlier Brown had beaten Alec Chalmers (15, Great Bircham) 171-145 in a close competitive semi-final.
Chalmers has improved a lot in a short time, and the county association have agreed to work with him over the summer to increase his break-building from the mid 30s into 40-50 break territory.
William Chambers defeated Danny Overson, of Great Massingham, 182-113 in the other semi-final. This was the first time Overson had qualified to reach this stage,.
Like Chalmers, Overson has seen his level of play improve steadily over the year.
Thanks were expressed to the Maltings Q Club, for hosting the finals and who have been a huge supporter of junior billiards and snooker in the county for almost 20 years.