William Chambers and Riley Ellis finished joint-top of the 2022/23 EPSB Taylors of Boston English Junior Billiards Tour rankings after each winning both events in their respective regions.
Created to provide competitive opportunities and introduce more youngsters to the three-ball sport, the Tour – sponsored by Taylors of Boston – was open to any player under the age of 21 at the end of 2022 and featured north and south regions with two events played in each. Events were hosted by the Maltings Q Club, King’s Lynn in the North and the Chandlers Ford Snooker Club, Eastleigh in the South.
A total of 34 players took part this season, the highest number of entrants since the 2008/09 campaign.
Having both won event 1 in their areas last year, Chambers and Ellis did the double with title triumphs last weekend. Once again collecting maximum points from each event, they share first place on the combined national ranking list.
Chambers – a 12-year-old from Mepal in Cambridgeshire – made a string of contributions as he went on to win at Maltings. In a repeat of the Event 1 final there in November, Chambers (top picture, left) defeated Jamie High (Norwich – second picture, right) 117-47 in the final.
In the south, Ellis also made it two wins from two at the end of a quality day’s play near the coast, which featured 13 players from three different counties – a record number for a junior billiards event there.
An 18-year-old who represented England in this discipline at the Home Internationals last year, Ellis (top picture, right) compiled a 57 break – his highest in billiards – on his way to the title. Like in the north, the south final was a repeat of the opening event with Ellis denying William Thomson (picture below, left) 208-99.
Ten-year-old Thompson enjoyed a memorable day, not only reaching another final but also crafting a superb break of 50 during one of his round robin matches – his new personal best.
Rankings and International Selection
Both Chambers and Ellis finish joint top of the national rankings on 300 points each.
With their runs to the finals, High and Thomson end the campaign in joint-third on 250 points each.
All four players are set to represent England and the EPSB at the 2023 HIBSF Home Internationals (dates TBA) with a junior team in the main English Billiards Championship.
The EPSB would like to say huge thanks to Tour Director and Tournament Director North Phillip Welham and Tournament Director South Tim Dunkley, both host venues and to all the players and supporters, who made the Tour a success.