More than pot luck for Jack

Jack Orrell (15) from Hutton Mulgrave who is a brillinat snooker player.''w100911

Jack Orrell (15) from Hutton Mulgrave who is a brillinat snooker player.''w100911

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IT’S not just pot luck that has seen a teenager from the Whitby area qualify for a national snooker tour.

Jack Orrell, from Lythe, set himself a target to qualify for the under 21s National Premier Tour and then set about putting the hours in.

He already plays in the northern under 18s Regional Snooker Tour which showcases the best young talent from not only Yorkshire and the Humber but also the North east and west.

In order to make the grade for the Premier tour Jack had to finish in the top nine by the end of the season which he did.

That saw him reach the play offs for the National Premier Tour which took place in Chesterfield in April.

He had to finish in the top 11 to qualify and despite being up against the best young players in the country, Jack, who is totally self taught, came third.

Jack will now travel around the country on the tour representing the north of England.

Mum Nikki said: “Jack has worked very hard spending many many hours practising. He is very determined and is single minded about going all the way to the top.

“Jack is delighted with his achievement is looking forward to the challenge of the new season.”

Jack plays for the Sandsend team in the Whitby and District Snooker League and won the player of the season and got the highest break of the season scoring 59.