Ryan Hallworth Clinches Historic Victory as the 103rd Winner of the Landywood Snooker Club Tournament

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The latest triumph marks the pinnacle of Hallworth’s career thus far, placing the 28-year-old in the esteemed company of past winners such as Ray Reardon, John Spencer, Terry Griffiths, Jimmy White, and Stuart Bingham, dating back to 1916. The Landywood Snooker Club, serving as the title sponsor for the second consecutive year, hosted the final weekend of the prestigious tournament. Sixteen players, who had qualified through regional tournaments in October, competed for the coveted title.

Former professional Hallworth faced a challenging journey to the finals, surviving a nail-biting final frame against Sean Maddocks in the qualifiers. His successful campaign leading up to the event included two victories on the English Amateur Tour. In the last 16, he encountered former English Under-14s champion Vladislav Gradinari, overcoming a 0-3 deficit to secure a dramatic 4-3 victory.

The quarter-finals saw Hallworth staging another comeback from 2-4 down against Craig Steadman, showcasing impressive breaks of 65, 70, and 60 in the final three frames to secure a spot in Sunday’s matches. A convincing 5-0 whitewash against Nathan Jones in the semi-finals propelled him to the title match.

His opponent in the final, compatriot Callum Downing, made a significant return to the sport after a hiatus. Downing’s journey included defeating the 2023 winner Paul Deaville in the Midlands qualifiers and overcoming strong opponents like Lewis Ullah and Nigel Bond in the semis.

The closely contested final began with Hallworth taking a 2-0 lead, followed by Downing leveling the score with breaks of 51 and 79 at the mid-session interval. The next four frames were evenly shared, with Hallworth securing crucial clearances in the fifth and seventh frames to stay in the match. From a 4-4 tie, Hallworth’s experience came to the forefront as he took control, winning the final two frames to secure a 6-4 victory and become the 103rd winner of the world’s oldest recognized snooker competition.

Reflecting on his achievement, Hallworth expressed his joy at lifting the prestigious title, emphasizing the significance of his name joining the illustrious list of winners. Despite initial concerns about his game before the event, he credited his fresh approach and hard-fought performance over the weekend. Looking ahead, his focus shifted to the WPBSA Q Tour Global Playoffs in Bosnia, expressing confidence in his abilities and potential tour card acquisition. Hallworth also extended gratitude to his sponsors, recognizing their unwavering support that makes such moments possible for snooker players.

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