This Sunday sees the next 16 player event in Leeds which will decide who the 7th player will be to qualify for this year’s Grand Finals of the Snookerbacker Classic. The winner will join Oliver Lines, Kyren Wilson, Adam Wicheard, Jamie Clarke, Andrew Norman, Ant Parsons and the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ qualifier from Gloucester next month back in Leeds on the 22nd February to battle it out for the big prizes.
As with the first event, Apollobet have decided to price up this one with an outright market and you can view their prices on the winner of the event by clicking here.
As I am the tournament director it would not be appropriate for me to do a betting preview on this but if anyone wants to have a bet on it I thought a short form guide would not go amiss.
If you are around the Leeds area on Sunday please come along to the Northern Snooker Centre to watch, everyone is welcome and Mrs SB will be bringing her usual plethora of cakes to mark the occasion. The field is a very decent one and we can be assured some top class amateur snooker. There is also a £100 highest break prize for this event alone which has been kindly donated by the guys at Essential Life Advice (ELA) and let’s face it, we could all do with some of that sometimes.
The event gets underway at 10.15am on Sunday and by following the Twitter hashtag #sbc13 you can keep up to date with the latest scores and results.
View the full drawsheet for the event here.
Russell Morgan v Elliot Slessor
Chris Keogan v Jack Orrell
Ryan Bailey v Sean Hopkin
Sanderson Lam v Damian Wilks
Russell Morgan is a young player from Bradford who has acquired the tag of the ‘Penguin Protege’ thanks to a generous sponsor who has taken him under his wing for this event. Russell is the current Yorkshire Under-16 champion and was narrowly beaten by eventual Heat 4 winner Ant Parsons in the last event here. Russell faces a stiff task again, this time in the shape of Newcastle’s Elliot Slessor who was beaten by Allan Taylor in a Qualifying Final here last season. Elliot is another young player who is improving fast and has PTC wins over the likes of Ryan Day and Craig Steadman on his CV, he also took Ding to a final frame on the live stream in a Gloucester PTC last November and is a player very much on the up. Chris Keogan was beaten in a decider in Heat 3 at Gloucester by Jamie Clarke, Chris is a Sheffield lad who has been coached by Terry Griffiths, he’s a great competitor who takes a lot of beating and was only a ball or two off making the Finals. He faces Leeds player Jack Orrell, one of two first time entrants to the Classic in this field. Ryan Bailey enters his third event of the season and indeed faces the man who knocked him out in the first round of the last event Sean Hopkin who won their last tie 4-2, Ryan will be looking for revenge here. Sean from Nottingham went on to reach the final that day and was beaten by Ant Parsons, but is back to try again, you may remember him as being the young player sponsored through event one by Shaun Murphy. Finally, Leeds local and birthday boy Sanderson Lam is back to try and join his mate Oli Lines in Finals Day, Sandi was beaten in the Quarter Final of the first Leeds event hitting the highest break of the day there, but missed the last one as he was busy playing Mark Allen in the Scottish PTC, he faces Damian Wilks who was narrowly beaten in the last event in the quarter finals and is back to try and go one or hopefully two better this time, he has been flagged by finalist Ant Parsons as the possible dark horse in this.
Ben Harrison v Phil O’Kane
Sydney Wilson v Darren Bond
William Lemons v Martin Ball
John Whitty v Joe Roberts
Tournament favourite and last year’s Pamper Hamper winner Ben Harrison will be hoping it’s third time lucky for him on Sunday. He has twice been a heat finalist and lost last season to eventual champion Martin O’Donnell and this season to many people’s idea of the champion elect Kyren Wilson in a high quality encounter in Gloucester, so he has plenty of SB Classic pedigree. Ben faces Phil O’Kane who makes his first appearance in the Classic this season after competing in Gloucester last year, he is an experienced player who more than holds his own at this level so Ben may not have this one all his own way. It’s then the turn of Sydney Wilson who attempts to become the first player ever to make two consecutive Grand Finals days after losing in the quarter finals last season to The MO’D, he faces Classic debutant Darren Bond whose results in the PTC’s to date suggest he’s in with a real chance of making an impact on the day. Next up are William Lemons and Martin Ball, Will entered his first Classic in Leeds last time and after a good first round win eventually fell to the winner Parsons in Round 2, he’s back to try again against Ball, the ‘last minute entrant’ who nabbed the final place after a late withdrawal on Sunday afternoon, Martin is another who has been a regular in the PTC’s and will want to make amends for his first event showing when he was beaten in Round 1 by Sanderson. Finally, my fellow Liverpudlian and former pro John Whitty is back for more, he put up a strong showing in the first event and was beaten narrowly by Oli Lines and he’s still a very tough match player who calls on his years of experience at this level, John faces local lad Joe Roberts who is another that will be looking to make amends for a first round defeat in his only SB Classic to date.
So that’s the field for Sunday, remember that there are still places available for the Last Chance Saloon event at the South West Snooker Academy on Sunday 17th February when the last finalist will be decided. It’s £40 per entry and all fees must be paid by 10th February to get into the draw (READ MORE HERE). There is a Paypal link on the top right hand side of the blog to pay fees via bank transfer, you do not need a Paypal account to do this.