Nathan Walton from Lower Hopton wins Huddersfield Junior Snooker Championship

Champion of last two years beaten in showpiece

Huddersfield Junior Snooker final - Ryan Bodsworth, referee Paul Schofield, winner Nathan Walton
Huddersfield Junior Snooker final - Ryan Bodsworth, referee Paul Schofield, winner Nathan Walton

Nathan Walton from Lower Hopton won the Huddersfield Junior Snooker championship at PPG Canalside against Ryan Bodsworth from Lockwood Conservative club, who has won the trophy for the past two years.

Walton set off in fine style, winning the first frame 94-25 with breaks of 24, 26 and 37 – including some fine potting and positional play.

The second game was a far more even affair but, with the scores at 42-25 in Walton’s favour, he made a 20 break leaving Bodsworth requiring a snooker.

This he managed to get and was then in a position to win, but with his next shot he had the misfortune to go in off and Walton took the required colours to win the frame.

In what turned out to be the final frame of the match, Walton was leading 48-28 when Bodsworth potted the final red with a black and, with the colours all available, he missed a yellow which he would normally have potted to leave the Lower Hopton man in to take the yellow to pink to win by 68-36.

At 18 years of age, Walton has improved tremendously over the past 12 months after he won the most promising player of the season last year.

On Wednesday he takes on Chris Heywood from Lockwood Con in the Snooker Handicap final and, the day after, he represents Lower Hopton in the John Needham plate final to cap a very successful season.

Tonight (7.30) it’s the Leonard Oldham Pairs final at Canalside when Robert Armitage and Tony Clegg of Marsh Lib take on clubmates Michael Whaley and Chris Thorpe.

It’s the best of five frames and the referee is Steve Whiteley.

Tomorrow night it’s snooker’s three-player Team Knockout final, when Hillhouse & Birkby take on Deighton WMC and the referee is Syd Cogger.

The major final of the week is on Friday, again at 7.30pm, when it’s the best of seven frames in the Snooker Championship. Multi-champion Robert Read of Lindley WMC takes on Martyn Beck of Marsh Lib for the title and the referee is Steve Whiteley.

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