This coming weekend sees the conclusion of the EASB Premier Junior Tour.
This is a six event, season long tour in which 40 of the countries best under 21s compete for places in international events such as the EBSA and IBSF Under 21 and Under 18 Championships.
After the event is concluded, places on next season’s Tour will be allocated to winners in the Regional Junior Tour. The top ranked players in each region, based upon a proportional number of total entries in each region, will be eligible for automatic promotion to compete on the 2017/18 Premier Junior Tour, whilst additional players from each region will be invited to enter the Junior Play-Offs, depending how many places are available.
Congratulations to Gerard Greene and Peter Lines who won their pro status back yesterday. Both Lines and Greene dropped off the tour last year but thanks to their top eight position in the EBSA Order of Merit and their success at Ponds Forge, they both make an immediate return.
Ian Glover 2-4 Gerard Greene
George Pragnall 2-4 Steven Hallworth
Gerard Green 4-1 Steven Hallworth
Peter Lines 4-2 Ben Jones
Zack Richardson 4-3 Brandon Sargeant
Peter Lines 4-0 Zack Richardson
Despite heroic efforts by both Peter Lines and Reanne Evans, neither could make it through to judgement day.
Peter Lines was 6-5 up on Gary Wilson but Wilson hit three tons in the next four frames to go 9-6 ahead. Lines took another frame but couldn’t do any more and Wilson ran out the winner 10-7
Reanne Evans began the final session 6-1 down but started off showing she meant business by taking the first frame. Despite trading frames with Lee Walker and moving to only 3 frames behind, Evans finally bowed out at 10-6.
Peter Lines will be back in action at Pond Forge in the EBSA play offs tomorrow where he will be trying to regain his pro status.
Alexander Ursenbacher completed a fantastic win over Scot Donaldson [world ranked 66]. Ursenbacher raced into a 5-0 lead only to be pegged back and eventually go behind for the first time at 9-8. A break of 114 forced a decider before Ursenbacher booked his place in the third round where he now faces teenager Yan Bingtao in Wednesday’s “Judgement Day” for a place at The Crucible.
Peter Lines will finish his match against Gary Wilson  this afternoon. Expect another close one here as they are currently tied at 4-4.
Reanne Evans is finding it tough going against Lee Walker  but managed to win the last frame of the session to go into this afternoon at 6-1 down.
No further winners from the amateur field yesterday but we’re looking forward to this afternoon when Reanne Evans, Peter Lines and Alexander Ursenbacher start their second round matches.
Reanne Evans plays Lee Walker [world ranked 89] and the match is scheduled for the Eurosport Player at 2:30pm.
Peter Lines plays Gary Wilson  who made a 147 in his round 1 match.
Alexander Ursenbacher plays Scotland’s Scot Donaldson starting this morning and concluding this evening.
Yesterday results –
Andres Petrov lost 10-2 to Liam Highfield 
Chris Totten lost 10-4 to Ben Woollaston 
Gerard Green couldn’t add much to his overnight lead and lost 10-6 to Ireland’s Fergal O’Brien 
Xu Si could also add only one to his overnight score and lost 10-5 to Rod Lawler 
Alexander Ursenbacher, from Switzerland, who regained his tour card after winning the European Under 21 Championship recently, was the only amateur to complete his first round match yesterday. And what a result it was! He beat the world ranked 31 Robert Milkins 10-6 after Milkins took the first frame with a century break.
Xu Si of China continues his match Against Rod Lawler  this afternoon with a 4-2 lead.
Gerard Greene will also be in action and has a 5-4 lead over Ireland’s Fergal O’Brien 
Andres Petrov of Estonia starts his campaign against Liam Highfield  this morning and Scotland’s Chris Totten also plays this morning against Ben Woollaston .
18 year old Totten will be starting his professional career next season after winning the European Championship last month.
Numbers in the square brackets [ ] are world rankings – not ages!
Peter Lines became the second amateur to move into the 2nd round with a 10-9 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh [world ranking 38]
Ng on Yee, current women’s world champion, couldn’t match the success of Reanne Evans and went out 10-2 to Nigel Bond 
Ross Valance of Scotland lost out by the same scoreline to Sam Baird 
Zack Richardson couldn’t keep up with Joe Perry  and lost out 10-3
Wayne Townsend lost 10-1 to Rhys Clark 
Jordan Brown of Northern Ireland lost 10-3 to Mark Joyce 
Adam Stefanow of Poland lost 10-7 to Daniel Wells 
Jackson Page, the youngster from Wales, lost on the decider to Martin O’Donnell 
What a win for Reanne Evans! A 10-8 defeat of Robin Hull [world ranking 57] takes her to just two wins away from an appearance at The Crucible. Next up for Reanne is Lee Walker  starting on Sunday
No luck for English Amateur Champion Jamie Bodle. He went down 10-2 to Tom Ford 
Andy Hicks was beaten 10-6 by Mike Dunn 
Tyler Rees lost 10-2 to Xiao Guodong  who included a 137 break in his win