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England’s 16-year-old Shane Castle stormed to his second MIUS Cup under-18’s victory in four years by beating England’s Haydon Pinhey 4-2 in the final.

Pic: Castle receives the trophy from Paul Mount

The annual under-18’s event, held at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester and sponsored by Mount International Ultrasound Services Ltd (MIUS), attracted 50 players from countries including Hong Kong, Belgium and Malta.

Southampton’s talented Castle actually arrived late for his first group match and therefore lost it 3-0. But he bounced back to win his remaining group matches to qualify for the knock-out stage, before seeing off Sybren Sokolowski 3-0, Joshua Baddeley 3-2, Chang Min Tung 4-1 and Brian Cini 4-1. He then came from 1-0 down to beat Pinhey in the final.

The plate Event was won by Ben Rowland, who won a close final over Oliver Hillbourne 2-1.

The Highest Break Trophy went to Sam Betts, with a excellent 108.