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King achieves dream 20 years on.

SNOOKER IT was a dream 20 years in the making for Richard King as he finally got the chance to represent Wales at snooker.

King, from Penrhynside near Llandudno, earned the right as a 17-year-old to represent Wales under-18s in the Home Internationals.

However, the Welsh Association was unable to field a team in the competition that year, denying King his moment in the limelight.

Now the former Ysgol John Bright pupil has finally realised his ambition of putting on the red waistcoat, having represented his country in the men's competition the Home Internationals in Leeds.

"It's been a long wait, but I have done it now, I can finally relax," joked King, who was part of the Wales 'B' team which picked up wins over England and Guernsey.

King, 37, as well as fellow North Walian Mike Dorey, were partnered alongside South Wales counterparts Jamie Clarke and Tom Rees in the B side, while North Walians Alex Taubman of Halkyn and Deeside's Jack Bradford made up the A team with Andrew Pagett and Rhydian Richards.

The B team started slowly and suffered a 9-3 loss to eventual champions Scotland in their opening game, before going down 10-2 in their second clash with the Republic of Ireland.

In the all-Wales clash the A side ran out 8-4 winners, before the B team finished on a positive note with a 7-5 win over England - in which King won both his frames.

They then enjoyed a 7-5 win over Guernsey.

King said: "I loved it, I've been trying to get the chance to play for Wales since I took up snooker again seven years ago.

He added: "Now I've had a taste of it, I want more, and we start all over again for the new season in a month's time, so we'll soon be back at it."

Elsewhere, the Wales Masters side (over-40s) won their competition thanks to the help of North Wales' Elfed Evans (twice Welsh Amateur champion) and Steve Thomas, while the under-16s were also crowned champions, with North Walian Brad Ferguson in their ranks.


The Wales B snooker team for the Home Internationals (from left): Mike Dorey, Jamie Clarke, Tom Rees and Richard King

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Date:Aug 23, 2016
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