Pool tour player David Compton has won the prestigious Tyne-Wear Charity Challenge.
The 27-year-old warehouseman, from West Harton, who works for JML at the Port of Tyne, beat County Durham’s Michael Oliver 25-22 in a best of 49 frames showdown.
This is a massive boost for my confidence, I feel I can go on from here to achieve great things in the game.David Compton
The atmosphere at a packed Buzzers Sports Bar in South Shields was in keeping with a football match as both sets of supporters roared their man on throughout a five-hour marathon.
Compton clinched victory with an impressive double to set up the final black and said: “It was the biggest win of my career and the electric atmosphere in Buzzers really spurred me on. It was fantastic.
“This is a massive boost for my confidence, I feel I can go on from here to achieve great things in the game.”
A week earlier, Compton, playing only his second IPA Tour event in Bradford, reached the final before losing 6-5 to IPA world champion Jack Whelan.
Against Oliver, Compton went 2-0 down but after quickly turning the match round to lead 5-3 did not allow his opponent to draw level again.
The ethos of the sport shone through when Oliver, trailing 14-13 and on the verge of drawing level , called a foul shot on himself that was not visible to the referee.
Compton said: “The cue ball spun back against the tip of his cue with the faintest of touches but Michael immediately called it which was very sporting of him, but then pool is like that.”
What could have been 14-14 went 15-13 to Compton and then 16-13 as Oliver pocketed the cue ball in the next frame and extended his lead until he needed Conly one more frame at 24-20.
Oliver battled back to claim two in a row, and Compton buried his face in his towel as the balls were being set up for the 47th frame but stable manager Brian “Buzzer” Halcrow briefly sat alongside Compton and gave him a pep talk.
As Compton put it: “I was OK after that – Brian knew just what to say!”
Compton is part of an in-form Buzzers stable which includes Halcrow and Michael Peel – who have won through to the World Eight Ball Championship in Blackpool in June.