Snooker: Dylan holds nerve to beat ‘Whirlwind’

Pam Mills

YOUNG tyro of the baize Dylan Smith pitted his burgeoning talents against the mighty Jimmy White when the whirlwind blew into town at the Tenterden Snooker Club for a charity evening organised by the Hurst Green Snooker & Billiards League.

Jimmy agreed to play nine frames, which were introduced by the evening’s MC Jonny Barren, a presenter with BBC 5 Live radio and the Sky walk-on girl Jade Slusarczyk.

One of them was against 10-year-old Dylan from Tunbridge Wells, son of the league Chairman Lee Smith. Dylan, who is hoping to become a professional, has received coaching from World Tour player Leo Fernandez and practises with Ben Sizer, five-times Kent Under-21 champion.

COOL HAND Dylan Smith potted the final black into the middle pocket to win the game PHOTOS: Lucy Shaw

Dylan was given a 75-point lead and eventually won 91-89 by calmly potting the final difficult black into the middle pocket.

The league’s most consistent performer Anthony Buss also beat the six-time World Championship finalist. He produced a break of 45 to win 62-39.

The night was dedicated to the memory of Vic Barnes and raised more than £200 for Prostrate Cancer UK. Jimmy donated a cue signed by stars of the game, to be put up for auction.

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