Teen talent Stan Moody won his first televised match, beating Lu Ning in the first round of the BetVictor Shoot Out in Leicester.
Moody is just 15 but is already known as one of England’s best junior talents, having won the national under-14 title last year. He was handed a wild card for this event and the pint-sized potter was unfazed by the TV cameras on his debut in a big arena.
An opening break of 26 gave him control of the frame against China’s Lu, and he later added a run of 16 as he booked a place in the second round of this unique event in which all matches are played over a maximum of ten minutes.
“I was a bit nervous to start with but once I had potted a few balls I felt composed, I kept my nerve,” said Moody, whose school in Yorkshire has given him two days each week away from the classroom in order to play snooker. “I’m very happy. It was my first time on TV which added a bit of pressure but it was good experience. It surprised me, how bright the TV lights were. The table was amazing, quicker than what I am used it. The crowd was good. I don’t mind who I draw next, I am just buzzing to do that in my first TV match and I can’t wait for my next match on Saturday.”
Article by WST.