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Double delight for Peck

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT pool sensation Kingsley Peck has won yet another major national pool title, his second title triumph within the space of seven days.

Following his success in winning the national championships, the young Suffolk County pool star was looking forward with confidence to the English Pool Association National Youth Grand Prix Pool Championships that were held last weekend at the Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth.

LOWESTOFT pool sensation Kingsley Peck has won yet another major national pool title, his second title triumph within the space of seven days.

Following his success in winning the national championships, the young Suffolk County pool star was looking forward with confidence to the English Pool Association National Youth Grand Prix Pool Championships that were held last weekend at the Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth.

With Peck and the rest of the countries top young pool talent previously qualifying from their regional knockout programs to get the chance to compete in this tournament, expectations were high for some top quality pool.

Play started on Saturday morning and with Peck continually battling it out on the green baize, by the end of the day's play he had come through the group stages to safely book his place in Sunday's quarter final draw.

Sunday's draw paired Peck up with Peter Hazel from Brighton, and in an excellent match after eight frames, the scores were level, Peck then won a superb final frame to get into the semi finals.

In the semi-final, Peck trailed top Wolverhampton pool prospect Jaz Bhandal 2-0, but then showed his extra class, proving too strong for his opponent and emerging a deserved 5-3 winner.

The talented 15-year-old Kirkley High School pupil was now in his second national final and with the play already being of a standard you would normally only expect from senior players the final was eagerly awaited by the watching crowd.

His opponent in the best of nine frames grand final was 16 year old pool wizard Reece Townsend from Leicester. Things could not have started any worse for Peck with the Midlands player turning on the style with two clearances from the break as he won the first four frames to become hot favourite to lift the cup.

But Peck had other ideas and with some brilliant play of his own, he levelled the match at 4-4.

The nerve-tingling final frame was a real treat for the spectators, but with Peck showing no signs of any pressure and with some excellent controlled play, the Lowestoft youngster finally clinched it to become a worthy champion, and lift his second national title.

Peck was presented with an engraved trophy, cash vouchers and the National Cup as well as further praise from the England pool manager.

He can now look forward to the possibility of getting an England Youth team trial within the near future, and is hoping for the prospect of a sponsorship to help him further his pool career.

The Lowestoft teenager said: “I really enjoyed winning this tournament.

“I was pleased with the way I played throughout it, but especially turning things around in the final by coming back from 4-0 down, when it looked like it was not going to be my day.

“All the hours of practice I put in playing both pool and snooker are now paying off, and will hopefully help me be the best player I can possibly be,” Peck added after his victory.

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