Bournemouth snooker star Bradley Cowdroy claims £1,000 jackpot

A TEENAGE snooker star from Bournemouth believes he has regained the confidence to have a shot at turning professional after scooping a whopping £1,000 jackpot.

Bradley Cowdroy has won the Pro-Am series at Waterlooville Sports Bar, the day after returning from the World Federation Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

The 19-year-old, who had reached the last 64 of what is effectively the World Amateur Championship, has regained the mental toughness that has always made him famous.

He said: “I was really happy with the way I competed in Sheffield earlier in the week and to continue that in this event and to win my first Pro-Am is amazing.

“I can’t quite put my finger on why, but since the new year I feel like I’m back to the ‘Bradley of old’.

“Before the pandemic, I was playing with a lot more authority and confidence. I was a contender to win every tournament I played.

“That mindset is crucial against players like Connor (Benzey) and Jamie (Wilson) these days. If you don’t have that inner belief and they notice it, you might as well start the car and drive away. .

“So that was a very important mental breakthrough which should be very useful for the rest of the season and at Q School.”

However, it looked like an early shower for Cowdroy at Waterlooville at 3-2 and 60 against Steve Nevett (Bournemouth) in the first round, but he pulled off a 70 clearance on the black to force a decider and it seemed to act. as a catalyst for the rest of the day.

The talented southpaw went on to defeat James Height (Shepton Mallet) 4-1, Benzey (Eastleigh) 4-3 from 3-1 down, Christian Chislett (Southampton) 4-2 and world number 97 Wilson (Havant) 4- 3 on colors in the decider in the endgame.

The victory over Benzey included the tournament’s highest break of 116, which earned Cowdroy an additional £50.

Four centuries and another 35 breaks of 50 or more have been recorded by the high quality field.

Cowdroy – who is sponsored by the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and is based at Greenbaize Snooker Club, Wallisdown Road – is now targeting Q School, an end-of-season tournament series run by World Snooker which offers a two-year professional tour. cards for the semi-finalists.

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