The EPSB had its busiest weekend of the 2022/23 season so far, with seven events taking place at four venues.
Under-21 PD Tour
On the Under-21 Premier Development Tour, there were event victories for Liam Pullen and Ryan Davies at the Waterlooville Sports Bar.
Pullen – one of the in-form players this season – triumphed in Saturday’s Event 3. The 17-year-old was in serious scoring form on his way to reaching the final, making two centuries including what would be the day’s highest – a 122.
The Yorkshire cueist dropped just three frames in five matches, registering breaks of 69 and 73 as he defeated Paul Deaville 4-1 in the final.
In Sunday’s Event 4, Ryan Davies claimed his second event title of the campaign.
The 20-year-old – who has also enjoyed incredible success on the EPSB Open Series – relinquished only two frames all day. He overcame losing the opening frame of the final to Bradley Cowdroy, emerging a 4-1 winner.
There were bumper fields for both Seniors Tour events that took place at the Tamworth Sports Bar.
Former English amateur champion and last season’s seniors championship runner-up Jamie Bodle had a remarkable weekend, nearly achieving an event double.
Derby cueist Bodle ran the Event 3 gauntlet on Saturday, recording several impressive results on his way to the final where he faced Lee Stephens – runner-up at the World Snooker Federation Championship earlier this year. The title contest went to a deciding frame which Bodle won with the aid of a 59 break.
After that post-midnight finish, Bodle returned a few hours later for Event 4. He would extend his winning streak to nine matches in making another final. This time he came up against Dave Allender, winner of Event 1 back in September.
Allender survived a black ball deciding frame win over Gary Milne in the semi-finals, and would be the player to stop the rampant Bodle in the final, 3-1, to collect his second title on the Tour and move to the top of the provisional rankings.
Chandlers Ford Snooker Club hosted its PowerGlide Cues English Under-14 Championship club qualifier which saw Ryan Spratt and William Thomson both progress to the next phase of the national championship.
The duo reached the final of the event, with Spratt coming back from losing the opening frame to win 2-1, making a 39 break in the deciding frame – the highest break of the day.
In a contest between the losing semi-finalists, Asten Sahota defeated Christopher Woodward 2-0 in the third/fourth place play-off.
This season’s EPSB Open Series continues to gather pace as two more events were held at Breakers Snooker Club in Leicester and the Stratford Sports Snooker Club in Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend.
Chae Ross won his third career Open Series title – all coming at this venue – when he denied previous event winner this season Matthew Roberts 3-1 in the final.
Winner of the venue’s opening event last month, Hamim Hussain was once again successful in Stratford-upon-Avon, defeating Richard Wykes 3-1 in the final to claim the top prize and maximum ranking points.
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The EPSB would like to thank all the players, officials and venues that participated last weekend!