If results are anything to go by then the route to the final for both Ben Flack and Ryan Bodsworth seemed fairly straightforward! Neither player dropped more than 2 frames in any match on their way to the final. That alone is some achievement considering the high standard of opponents that they faced. For Bodsworth, however, this is an especially tough feat as it is the young Huddersfield players first year on the tour. Results such as a 5-1 victory over former World Champion John Roe in the semi-final indicate that Ryan could well be a player to watch for the future!
Ben Flack on the other hand is well versed in making the final stages of tournaments having been a previous World Masters Champion and World Champion with the England Men’s Team. Flack is renowned for his slow and solid style and he again showed his class and consistency as he took the final 6-2 and along with it the title and the £1000 prize money.
|FINAL||BEN FLACK ||RYAN BODSWORTH |
|SEMIS||Pat Ward [5-2]||John Roe [5-1]|
|QUARTERS||Carl Hough [5-2]||Andy O’Hara [5-0]|
|LAST 16||Kieran Lennon [5-2]||Lewis Calcutt [5-2]|
|LAST 32||Andy Barker [5-2]||Sam Bircher [5-2]|
|LAST 64||Michael Davies [5-2]||Rich Lowther [5-2]|
|LAST 128||Matt Brannan [4-0]||Ray Dean [4-0]|
Adam Davis' resounding 8-1 victory over in form player Rob Wharne in the final of tour 4 has sent out a clear warning that the former World Champion is on fine form and one of the players to watch on the tour. Davis, who currently sits on top of the Premier League table, ended Tom Cousins' run of 3 successive tour wins by taking the fourth title at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.
Both players had tough routes to the final, with each making their way through a deciding frame along the way. Wharne could easily have been out in the last 64 to qualifier Chris Dyson who clawed back an early deficit and then missed a chance in the decider before Wharne managed to get over the line. After this Wharne made light work of the rest of the field until he ran into former World Champion and past tour winner, Adam Davis, who played a solid final taking out chances with relentless consistency.
Davis cruised into the last 32 with two convincing victories before encountering tour 2 finalist Dylan Leary who gave him a tougher ride. Davis edged this 7-5 and followed with a similar result against Pat Ward, who had a good weekend also making the semi-final of the Challenge event, eventually losing out to Challenge winner Ben Flack. A delayed quarter final saw Davis pitted against Neil Davey, running out a 7-3 winner and getting a well-deserved break due to the staggered start times for the semi-final to allow for the streaming of both matches. The break was much required as a long and draining semi-final awaited where he eventually ran out an 8-7 victor against D’Imperio.
|FINAL||ADAM DAVIS ||ROB WHARNE |
|SEMIS||Giueseppe D’Imperio [8-7]||Max Nosko [8-3]|
|QUARTERS||Neil Davey [7-3]||Phil Harrison [7-0]|
|LAST 16||Pat Ward [7-5]||Harjeet Singh [7-4]|
|LAST 32||Dylan Leary [7-5]||Ben Bennett [7-1]|
|LAST 64||Michael Cromwell [7-1]||Chris Dyson [7-6]|
|LAST 128||Scott Yardley [7-3]||Nigel Hilton [7-0]|
UK POOL TOUR 4 - HILTON METROPOLE, BIRMINGHAM (1st - 3rd September)
The long Summer break between tours 3 and 4 has nearly passed and it’s almost time to see if Tom Cousins can continue his unprecedented winning streak and take down his fourth UK Tour title on the spin.
The gap between the two tours was filled by the most prestigious event of the year, the World Championships, held in Blackpool at the end of June. Here, Cousins was regarded by most as the favourite to take the title and he came very close to doing so, losing out in the semi-final 10-6 to eventual winner, and previous UK Tour competitor, Mick Hill.
The tour was, however, well represented in the Worlds and provided two of the main singles winners, Amy Beauchamp took the ladies singles title with an emphatic 8-1 defeat of Kerry Griffiths and added to this the ladies’ masters title with a 6-5 win against Lorraine Fivey. Up and coming talent Josh Kane added another title to his collection, picking up the Men’s Masters with an impressive display in the final, defeating England captain Lee Kendal 10-5.
All in all, it was a good event for UK Tour players as the England men’s team, consisting largely of UKPT players, took the title with a convincing performance against Ireland in the final, running out 8-4 victors.
Now on to the next event! The draw has been done and as always has thrown out some interesting early games. Scotland’s Matt Brannan will have to be at his best if he wants to make it past the first round as he is up against World Championship runner-up Phil Harrison. An all-out attack match looks likely with England’s Mike King taking on 2016 World semi-finalist Richard King and a local affair in Harjeet Singh against Josh Corkett is surely going to be a good one to watch.
Beard Productions will be streaming from Friday afternoon until close of play on Saturday night. If you can’t make it down to the fabulous Hilton Metropole in Birmingham, where entry to watch all the action is free, then make sure you catch the action on the stream. The link will be posted on this site and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ukpooltour/
The draws for both the tour and the challenge events can be viewed below:
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Since its introduction in 2012 the UK Pool Tour has continued to go from strength to strength. The introduction of live streaming in 2016 was greatly received and this was further expanded in 2017 to provide coverage of more games. 2018 will again see the tour streamed and no doubt with new ideas being implemented to further enhance the image of the tour as the premier place to compete on the pool scene! The prize money for 2018 will be well in excess of £100,000 and as always, any winnings will be available to collect on the weekend.
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It is intended that we will be having over 160 players on the 2018 tour of which around 120 will be from the existing members of the tour. This will give 40+ new entrants the opportunity to enter next years’ UK Pool Tour.
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The tour consists of 5 weekends of pool played out at fantastic hotels across the UK. At each weekend there are at least two tournaments on offer. There is the tour itself, which is one of the most coveted titles in the pool world. Here you will be competing against the very best of players from around the UK and beyond. In addition to this there is the Challenge Event. This is only available to non-Premier League players and therefore levels the playing field a little.
For those who do exceptionally well there is the chance to play in the Premier League. This is where the elite do battle for a share of a substantial prize fund.
In addition to the 5 weekend event tours you will be able to enter into the World Qualifiers held at Tour Two, where the last 16 player go forward to the 2017 World Championship Finals.
All UK Tour Members can also enter directly into the World Masters (subject to entry fee), which has a prize fund of £18,000. This event is held during the World Championships.
If all that isn’t enough then Tour Two also includes the Festival of Pool Team Classic. The 3 person Team Classic is open to tour members and the draw is random meaning that you could potentially be drawn in the same team as the World Champion.
The Ladies Premier League has been a continued success and will be continued in the 2018 season.
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This year sees the 2017 Nations Cup being hosted by one of our recent new members - Morocco.
The event which will be held from 21st to 24th September is already well supported by 10 member countries who have entered the event.
If your country would like to enter, or for further details, please contact George Harwood or Alan Benton.
When you only drop 4 frames getting to the final of an event such as the UK Tour Challenge, you know you’ve played well! England International Rob Wharne did just that in the third Challenge event of the season in Telford. After reaching the last 32 of the tour event, bowing out to eventual semi-finalist Kris Hampson, Wharne was clearly in a determined mood. He notched up a convincing 4-0 win over Carl Clack and then sealed his place for the Sunday morning session with a 5-2 victory over Ashley Hardcastle. Some players aren’t keen on the early morning session but Wharne must not be one of them as he dropped only 2 frames out of the next 22 to seal his place in the final.
On the other side of the draw, it was a case of déjà vu for Karl Sutton, also an England International and last year’s runner up in the World Championships, as he found himself dropping two frames in every game leading to the semi-finals. Here he met Wigan’s Glenn Cahir, tough opposition for any player, and found himself scraping over the line 5-4 to set up a final with his England teammate Wharne. On this occasion, Sutton found himself on the wrong side of a final frame, losing out 6-5 to Wharne who took the title and the £1000 prize money.
|FINAL||ROBERT WHARNE ||KARL SUTTON |
|SEMIS||Paul Carr [5-0]||Glenn Cahir [5-4]|
|QUARTERS||Cameron Dunlop [5-0]||Jock Irvine [5-2]|
|LAST 16||Craig Wilson [5-0]||Ian Duffy [5-2]|
|LAST 32||Ben Swinnerton [5-2]||Scott Carpenter [5-2]|
|LAST 64||Ashley Hardcastle [5-2]||Pat Ward [5-2]|
|LAST 128||Carl Clack [4-0]||Carl Hough [4-2]|
The first two tours of the 2017 season have seen Tom Cousins defeating Steve Petty 8 frames to 5 in Blackpool, swiftly followed by a victory over Dylan Leary in Daventry, winning 8 frames to 2. Winning back to back UK tours is an impressive feat, something few players have ever achieved, but the question on everyone’s lips was could Cousin’s make tour history by winning three successive tours? The answer was a resounding yes as he made a tough draw look very easy as he dropped only 8 frames in 3 matches against 3 current and former England players in Neil Davey, Luke Bowry and Giuseppe D’Imperio. His form continued with further resounding wins over Matthew Sellers, who had beat former World Champion Adam Davis in a marathon, deciding match the round before, and then against Kris Hampson, who saw a 2-0 lead evaporate after a couple of missed chances and then never got back into the match.
On the other side of the draw, Harjeet Singh was making his way through a very tough section, which saw him initially pitted against England player Shane Thompson. Such are the fine lines at this game that this was almost his first and last match as he let a couple of good match winning chances slip and saw a 6-2 lead diminish to find himself in a nail biting deciding frame. Shane had a good opportunity to take control of the final frame but elected for an attacking shot that was to be his last as Harjeet took out a great finish that would set him on his path to the final. His opposition along the way was of the highest quality as he dispatched of a former National Amateur champion, Gavin Lomax, followed by Reece Townsend, who on the previous night had taken out England’s Karl Sutton. Next up was Tour 1 finalist Steve Petty who took Singh to another decider. It got no easier as he found himself facing former World Champion John Roe in the quarters, running out a 7-4 victor. Steve Martin looked almost certain to see an end to Singh’s run in the semis, racing off to a 7-4 lead before letting a couple of decent chances slip, giving Singh the chance he needed to get back into the match, eventually taking it 8-7.
On to the final, expectations were high for an open, attacking final with little missed but as can often happen, the breaks dictated a different game. Neither player found a break that worked particularly well, quite possibly new territory for Cousins who is renowned for having one of the best breaks in the game. This led to some tight frames and uncharacteristic misses which just added to the tension. Cousins eventually found himself with a 7-4 lead but let a chance to take the match slip. Harjeet took this frame to take it to 7-5 and, after another mistake from Cousins, looked certain to take it to 7-6, but after a mistake with two shots, Cousins was able to get over the line and set a record that will be difficult for any player to beat, taking three successive UK Tour titles. The question now is, can anyone stop Tom at tour 4?
|FINAL||TOM COUSINS ||HARJEET SINGH |
|SEMIS||Kris Hampson [8-2]||Steve Martin [8-7]|
|QUARTERS||Matthew Sellers [7-3]||John Roe [7-4]|
|LAST 16||Giuseppe D’Imperio [7-1]||Steve Petty [7-6]|
|LAST 32||Luke Bowry [7-4]||Reece Townsend [7-1]|
|LAST 64||Neil Davey [7-3]||Gavin Lomax [7-4]|
|LAST 128||John Chapman [7-0]||Shane Thompson [7-6]|
UK POOL TOUR 3 - PARK INN, TELFORD (2nd - 4th June)
The third tour of the season is only a couple of weeks away and the question is, can anyone beat Tom Cousins?
Cousins has taken both of the first two tours of the 2017 season and looks to be in imperious form. Could he make it three? Standing in his way are an array of top players who will be eager to notch up their first win of the season.
The new format Premier League, with each match being a small cash game and leading to a grand final, has proved to be a great success and generated a lot of interest both for the players involved and those watching. Steve Petty currently tops the table notching up 4 wins and a draw out of his first 6 matches, meaning he’s also the biggest earner so far with £900 picked up in the first two tours. He’s followed closely by Harrison, D’Imperio and Lewis who are all joint second on 7 points. All are aiming for the top 8 position after close of play on the fourth tour, giving them the chance to play for the £3000 prize fund in the final tour.
As always, all the action will be available to watch free at the venue or via our top quality stream, which will be available from Friday afternoon.
The draws are now available and can be downloaded below.
The second challenge of the 2017 season saw a host of top players competing for a coveted title and the £1000 winner’s prize. The winner on this occasion was a relative dark horse in terms of previous tour wins. Chris Day, an England international, has struggled to notch up any significant wins on the tour to date but showed at the weekend that a combination of ability and determination can reap rewards.
Day was in emphatic form notching up 5 dominating wins en route to the semi-final. Here he met Dom Cooney, who had notched up a last 16 tour appearance on the previous day. Cooney gave Day his toughest challenge to this point with Day coming out a narrow 5-4 victor. This set up a final with former Champion of Champions winner Gavin Lomax, who was clearly in fine form after notching up back to back wins against England internationals Lee Kendal and Jack Pople, but it was to be Day’s time to shine and he ran out a convincing 6-3 winner to take the title.
|FINAL||CHRIS DAY ||GAVIN LOMAX |
|SEMIS||Dom Cooney [5-4]||Lee Kendal [5-3]|
|QUARTERS||Josh Corkett [5-1]||Jack Pople [5-4]|
|LAST 16||Neil Wren [5-2]||Ben Swinnerton [5-4]|
|LAST 32||Glenn Cahir [5-1]||Chris Dyson [5-0]|
|LAST 64||Steve Oxley [5-1]||Andrew Marsden [5-0]|
|LAST 128||Avtar Singh [4-1]||Ryan Michie [4-1]|
The second tour of the 2017 season saw a fantastic display of top quality pool at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel and it was Tom Cousins, back in the form that saw him lift two world titles, who again took the spoils.
His route to the final on this occasion was a little bumpier as he almost faltered at the second hurdle, in his last 64 match against Mike King. At 5-2 down, and with King clearing for 6-2, it looked like an early exit was on the cards for Cousins. However, a careless positional shot on the black saw the frame slip away from Cousins who then hit top gear taking the next 3 off the break to lead 6-5. The drama was not yet over as in the penultimate frame Cousins potted the winning black only to see the white ball drop into the corner pocket off two cushions. The decider saw the first chance fall to King, but a missed double let Cousins in and he sealed King’s fate with a 7-6 victory. Normal service was then resumed, with an 8-4 semifinal being the closest anyone else got to him.
Dylan Leary was seeking his first tour final appearance but his route to this would prove difficult with a grueling 7-6 victory over former U23 World Champion Guiseppe D’Imperio leading to a delayed start against former European Champion Jack Pople. Leary managed to come out the 7-4 victor to set up a semifinal meeting with Premier League player Matt Brierley. Leary showed his class, trailing for the full match he hung in to set up a deciding frame in which he broke and cleared to take an 8-7 victory.
The final was a one-sided affair. Chances presented themselves to both players as the mental fatigue kicked in, but it was Cousins, a man used to such long days and the pressures of a final, that proved strongest and ran out an 8-2 victor and took home the £2400 first prize.
|FINAL||TOM COUSINS ||DYLAN LEARY |
|SEMIS||Neil Davey [8-4]||Matt Brierley [8-7]|
|QUARTERS||Richard King [7-2]||Jack Pople [7-4]|
|LAST 16||Dom Cooney [7-3]||Guiseppe D’Imperio [7-6]|
|LAST 32||Neil Wren [7-0]||Matthew Sellers [7-4]|
|LAST 64||Mike King [7-6]||Matt Brannan [7-3]|
|LAST 128||Ouadi Redouane [7-2]||Danny Moffatt [7-0]|