Thrilling Snooker Showdown Unfolds at Landywood Snooker Club

Steven-Hallworth: (Picture: EPSB)

The esteemed five-event campaign unites past professionals, seasoned amateur players, and budding talents from various corners of the country. The players who secure the top rankings by the end of the season will receive invitations to compete in the EBSA European Amateur Championships, where a coveted World Snooker Tour card awaits, and represent England at the HIBSF Home Internationals.

This season’s inaugural event unfolded at the Landywood Snooker Club in the West Midlands, boasting a substantial field of 77 participants. Hallworth embarked on his journey in the last 64, dazzling with breaks of 82, 54, and 129, as he decisively defeated the reigning English under-14 champion, Shaun Liu, with a score of 4-0. The former professional and Shoot Out quarter-finalist then overcame Gary Milne, a Seniors Tour and Open Series event winner from the previous season, by a margin of 4-1, despite Milne crafting a remarkable 112 break.

Advancing to Sunday, Hallworth continued his impressive run by eliminating the 2022 English under-14 champion, Vladislav Gradinari, with a score of 4-2, featuring breaks of 56 and 76. He followed this success by defeating the 2022 English under-21 champion, Callum Beresford, 4-1 in the last 16 and quarter-finals, respectively.

In the semi-finals, the 27-year-old made a remarkable comeback, rallying from behind twice to defeat Phil O’Kane 4-2 and secure a spot in the title match.

On the opposite side of the bracket, Davies, who had previously achieved a career grand slam of national junior titles by winning the under-21 championship in the prior season, continued to impress. The former Open Series Order of Merit winner dropped just one frame in his first two rounds and went on to conquer three former professionals consecutively: Craig Steadman (4-3 in the last 16), Peter Devlin (a remarkable 4-3 comeback from 3-1 down in the quarter-finals), and Farakh Ajaib (4-1 in the semi-finals).

While Hallworth secured the first frame of the final, Davies, with the help of runs of 81 and 53, claimed three consecutive frames, establishing a commanding 3-1 lead and inching closer to victory. Nevertheless, Hallworth refused to concede defeat, leveling the score by winning frames five and six, and ultimately clinching the title with a composed effort of 57 in the decisive frame.

Throughout the weekend, an impressive total of nine different players achieved century breaks. Sydney Wilson, who had finished as the Tour’s number one player in the 2021/22 season, stood out with the top two breaks of the competition, recording scores of 132 and 131.

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