But while Wilson was smiling all the way home to Portsmouth, Joyce was left to reflect on the bizarre turn of events that he may laugh about - in ten years’ time.
“Mickey’s done really well and he was really unlucky,” said the newly-crowned champion. “He just didn’t have the run of the balls.”
Indeed. The pair were level on points going into the final, tension-packed round of matches at Chandler’s Ford Snooker Club.
Joyce, with an inferior frames difference, interrupted a family holiday in Bognor Regis and drew first blood by edging Wilson in a must-win game on the final black.
Remarkably, the Basingstoke lad lost his next two frames – again on the final blacks – to Connor Benzey and third-placed Luke Beebe.
And Wilson, who first won the trophy at the age of eight, beat Beebe and Benzey.
Week-16 group winners: Jamie Wilson, Coby Mumford, Billy Naismith, Liam Thomson.
Breaks: Naismith 22.
League 42 divisional champions: Jamie Wilson (Premier), Steven Hughes (Div 1), Billy Naismith (Div 2).
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