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A SNOOKER-LOOPY 10-year-old from Basingstoke has compiled a half-century break in competition.

A year ago, Winklebury youngster Mickey Joyce recorded a 51 in a practise match, but now the ace potter has done it for real.

Joyce, who practises at The Academy, travelled south and became the second youngest member in the 22-year history of Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club to reach the major milestone of a 50 plus break.

He made a personal best 54 against Jeremy Chislett in the Eastleigh and District Under-18 League.

The youngster’s snooker coach Tim Dunkley said: “Mickey may only be 10 but he has been threatening to do this for a year.

“His dad Eamon and I watched the end of the break. I don’t know who was more delighted.

“If he works hard, Mickey can be as good as he wants to be.”

Joyce, who attends Winklebury Junior School, is sponsored by Surrey-based Falcon Pools.

He was crowned Cuestars South of England Under-21 Bronze Tour Champion in 2013 and is currently fifth on the Silver Tour rankings.

In November he became the youngest ever double champion in the Eastleigh and District Under-18 League, claiming both the under-13 and under-18 titles in the same season.