August 9, 2010

It's Fiesta Time as Ford Scoops Title

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:57 am


Tom Ford: Biggest Win of Career

Leicester’s Tom Ford scooped the biggest win of his professional career yesterday by overpowering surprise finalist Jack Lisowski 4-0 to win the Players Tour Championship Event 3 in Sheffield.

After a tricky opener against Marcus Campbell, Tommy boy never looked back. Jack on the other hand had to come from 3-1 down against favourite Mark Selby to win 4-3 in the semi-final, the final two frames being won in one visit.

Jack was flagged up in last season’s Willie Awards as ‘One to Watch’ and almost pulled off this unlikely win at a very early stage in his career. In all the earlier events this season he had not even won a match which made yesterday’s achievement all the more notable.

A commenter on here yesterday asked what price young Jack might be to lift the World title in the next 5 years. As a few of the odds compilers post on here I’d be interested to hear your assessment.

But congratulations to Tom, who must be on cloud nine this morning.

Finally, this event was characterised by two things, firstly it had more shocks than the two previous events and secondly it suffered through the combined facts that World Snooker seem incapable of embracing technology, even in the interim when the legendary scoreboard is down they fail to update those keen to know the scores and the fact that Janie Watkins has either left or is in the process of leaving Global Snooker.

The state of the World Snooker website has been flagged up so often on here and other websites that I’m not going to pile yet more manure onto the compost heap. But in terms of Global Snooker, Janie Watkins will be a hard act to follow, but follow her they must, I don’t know how big the operation is but I assume from all the advertising on there that they rely on this for revenue. If this is to continue they must keep up the quality service, this weekend was a golden opportunity to steal a march on World Snooker and I’m afraid they missed it. I think a few would-be snooker fans will have been turned off the PTC events as a result of this weekend.

The bookies have indicated that live updates on these events may make them viable betting market propositions in the future, including some matches ‘in-running’. While I know a lot of traditionalists scoff at the need to attract bookies to snooker, particularly in light of some of the high profile media cases in recent years and months, I would argue that this is essential in raising the profile of the sport. Much in the same way as it is with Darts, the two are I’m afraid inextricably linked.

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