Shabir Ahmed won the inaugural Disability Tour Championship at the Crucible Theatre following victories against Nick Neale and Daniel Blunn on Sunday afternoon.
The all-new event saw four of the most successful players on the World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) circuit since its inception in 2015 invited to compete in a special showcase of disability snooker at the spiritual home of the sport.
The first semi-final of the day saw record nine-time WDBS champion Daniel Blunn take on Preston’s Mickey Chambers, who came into the event undefeated having won each of his previous three competitions.
It was Blunn, who has cerebral palsy, who edged a tense opening frame before Chambers dominated the second to force a black ball re-spot. Both having had chances to come out victorious, it was Blunn who sunk the black with an impressive long pot to book his place in the final.
There he would face Blackburn’s Shabir Ahmed, a six-time winner of events for deaf players, who also came through a black ball respot against fellow sensory champion Nick Neale to progress to the title match.
As with the Women’s Tour Championship staged a day previously, the final was contested as a one-frame shoot out and it was Ahmed who quickly took control on his way to becoming champion.
The tournament was held as part of this year’s ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship, which saw 20 of the world’s best over-40 players compete in Sheffield with live coverage in the UK and Ireland broadcast by Freesports TV.
The 360Fizz WDBS Tour returns next month with the 360Fizz UK Disability Snooker Championship to be held at Barratts Snooker Club in Northampton. More details HERE: