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Snooker: Duane lands spoils with ranking win.

DUANE Jones from Mountain Ash won the Welsh under-16 ranking event at Rileys in Cardiff.

He defeated Jak Jones from Cross Keys 3-1 in the final.

This was his second successive under-16 win of the season, but he was given a fright in the semi-final by the improving Edward Topham (Cardiff), who took the first frame and could have won 2-0.

But Duane Jones is a steady performer under pressure and he eventually won 2-1.

Runner-up Jak Jones reached the final with a 2-0 win over Thomas Vedmore (Barry), who had beaten junior international Jamie Clarke (Llanelli) in the quarter-finals.

Thomas Rees (Swansea) looks to be one to watch for the future and he took a good scalp in defeating another junior international, Nathan Davenport fromCorwen.

In the final. Duane Jones started like an express train, racing into a 2-0 lead aided by breaks of 49 and 45, but Jak retaliated with a break of 32.

The next frame was close, but just as it looked like Jak would level the scores at 2-2 he played a loose safety shot on the pink which allowed Duane to take pink and black for a 3-1 win.

Welsh under-14 No 1 Rhys Thomas (Trethomas) won the plate defeating Kieran Elliot (Llanelli) 2-0 in the final.

Quarter-finals: Duane Jones 2, Callum Lloyd 0; Edward Topham 2, Darren Rood 0; Jak Jones 2, Jerry Conners 1; Thomas Vedmore2, Jamie Clarke 0.

Semi-Finals: Duane Jones 2, Edwaed Topham 1; Jak Jones 2, Thomas Vedmore 0.

Final: Duane Jones 3, Jak Jones 1.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Dec 17, 2008
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