As excuses for missing school go, playing in the third round of a ranking tournament against the world’s fourth best snooker player is a pretty good one.

On Thursday afternoon, Jackson Page was meant to be taking part in a physical education lesson at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community in Blaenau Gwent.

Instead, the 15-year-old from Ebbw Vale found himself in front of the television cameras at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, playing former world number one Judd Trump for a place in the last 16 of the Welsh Open.

Having beaten Jason Weston and John Astley in the first and second rounds, Page attracted a big crowd; the locals curious to see if this improbably bearded schoolboy could continue his improbable run.

However, his match against Trump – the winner of six ranking titles – proved a bridge too far for the Welsh teenager.

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