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Lowestoft pair top of the pots

PUBLISHED: 11:13 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 06 July 2010

A PAIR of sharp-shooting pool sensations have proved to be top of the pots after securing a “unique” feat.

Hot potters Karl Sutton and Kingsley Peck made it a superb one-two for Lowestoft as the pair returned to town with respective regional pool titles earlier this month.

A PAIR of sharp-shooting pool sensations have proved to be top of the pots after securing a “unique” feat.

Hot potters Karl Sutton and Kingsley Peck made it a superb one-two for Lowestoft as the pair returned to town with respective regional pool titles earlier this month.

Sutton was part of the successful Men's County team that took the title, while Peck followed it up by being part of the Junior County team that took the crown.

The annual inter-county eight-ball pool program concluded recently when Suffolk's Senior and Junior pool squads travelled to Essex to complete their final regional matches.

With regional county teams from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex Norfolk and Suffolk all battling it out through the regional fixture list since February, and all teams playing each other twice both home and away, it was a long season for all of the county players with each match consisting of 44 frames.

But it was Suffolk who eventually excelled and emerged victorious by winning both the men's and junior county titles - with Lowestoft-based Sutton and Peck both playing “very significant roles” in helping their teams to land both titles.

With the town's dynamic duo playing 100pc of all their matches, it is a great credit to them both by finishing individually top of the whole region in both sections, which in itself is a fantastic achievement when you consider you have to be consistent throughout the whole year to finish number one out of hundreds of players that play county pool throughout the region.

Following these two great victories, Suffolk will now go into the national inter-county finals that will be held next year at The Vauxhall Holiday Park in Great Yarmouth where Sutton and Peck will be playing for their respective Suffolk teams and will be competing against all of the other county winners in England.

It was also pleasing for Suffolk junior team manager Dave Sutton, who is also from Lowestoft, as his hard work and efforts with the Suffolk junior pool squad contributed towards the team's success.

Junior player Peck, who plays local pool for the Ole Frank in both the Monday and Thursday leagues, said: “I am proud to finish top of the region, I am very pleased with my form this year and my personal achievements.

“I have only been playing top level pool for a short while and I have already held two major national individual junior championship titles and I recently won the U16 Warwickshire two-day open tournament in Coventry, where I beat the current 8 ball world BAPTO champion John McAllister 5-1 in the semis, and top west midlands county player Ian Smith 6-2 in the final.

The Kirkley High School youngster continued to say it is especially pleasing to play against the top players in England, and this has given him confidence for the future.

Sutton, who has also had a very successful year in helping the England under 21 team win both World and European titles, is now in his third year on the UK professional tour and has achieved personal success in finishing in the top 50.

He plays local pool for the Lake Lothing and said: “I feel pleased with the way I have played over the whole season and have had wins over current World Champion Phil Harrison and European Champion Adam Davis, as well as winning a club open title earlier in the year.”

Both of the Lowestoft players can now look forward to next year when they will be helping Suffolk try and win both of the National Inter-County Pool Championships.

And pool enthusiast Keith Peck told The Journal “This is unique to get two Lowestoft players winning the whole year's region county pool titles - and it may never happen again!”


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