Jersey in frame for future participation

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At Prestatyn, the Islanders won matches against Scotland (12-6), France (10-8) and Guernsey (11-7) while drawing nine-all with Northern Ireland and Qatar to finish fifth in the Home International and sixth in the International Cup.

Jersey Billiards and Snooker Association secretary Robert Sutherland said: ‘It was a great week and the lads can be extremely proud of their performances.

It was a great learning curve for everybody and a success too.

‘Everyone enjoyed it immensely and they can’t wait to do it again next year.

‘There were some quality players on show, the England team were excellent and all of their team are turning professional next year.

Yes, they defeated us 18-0 but we did get close in three games, only losing on the black ball.

‘England’s captain made a super 140 break against Gary Britton, that just shows the quality we were up against.

Our top break was a 78 by Ray Kilmartin while Gary had a 73.

‘Personally I think we did better than expected.

The win against Scotland was excellent and they could not believe they had been beaten by a team from such a small island! ‘We are of a similar standard to Guernsey and they did not win a match so that’s proof of how well we performed.’ Jersey cueist Chris Alexander said: ‘We should have done better really because we should have won both the matches that finished in draws.

‘But it was tough going, the tables were really tight – you could not get a finger either side of a ball in the pockets! ‘It was a brilliant experience and we’re all keen to build on the experience and take it a bit further next time.’ Jersey cueists, who were supported by a host of Island companies and Jersey Tourism and ESC, won 65 of 162 frames played.

Referees Gary Truscott and Adrian Murphy were also kept busy during the week-long event.

Ray Kilmartin and Gary Britton both won 12 frames and Karl Le Fèvre 11.

Aaron Canavan won ten, Dave Snell eight, Chris Alexander seven and Karl Softly five.

Sutherland confirmed that Jersey will be represented by a team of three in the European Championships in Glasgow next April.

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