Snooker ace Charlton unfazed by thought of double double

Jon Charlton is lined up for more Cuestars honours
Jon Charlton is lined up for more Cuestars honours

SELSEY snooker star Jon Charlton says he’ll try not to think about the double double on the Cuestars South of England Championship Tour.

Charlton, who won the rankings title and the championship play-off last season, is again top of the pile following the sixth and final leg at Fareham Snooker Club.

The 34-year-old, pictured with his 2012 trophies, heads into next month’s play-off in Newbury as the No1 seed.

“I’m really pleased to win the Cuestars Championship Tour again after leading from the second event,” said Charlton, who won one leg and was runner-up twice this season.

“I didn’t want to lose the title at the end after I had put myself into a good position in the table.

“It has been a tough season and there were some key moments when I managed to get some good results when struggling to find my form. But making three finals out of the six events put me in a very good position in the rankings table.

“I knew it would be a very tough challenge to retain the title and that was an added pressure to try and do it again.”

Charlton, based at Selsey Royal British Legion but living in Haslemere, added: “As for trying to do the double again, I will try not to think about it as I know it will be very difficult. I will just have to do my best and see how far that takes me on the day. But winning the Championship Tour was my main aim this season.”

Charlton beat Billy Castle (Cue T’s, Marchwood) 2-1 in the round-robin group stage but lost 3-1 when the pair met in the final.

In the final frame, Charlton potted a red but it bounced off the back of a middle pocket and back onto the table.

“Billy, as he had been doing most of the day, took this chance to clear up and win the match,” explained the newly-crowned champion. “It was a good final.”