Challenge Tour 9 Preview

Challenge Tour 9 takes place over the weekend of 15/16 February at the Terry Griffiths Matchroom in Llanelli.

Although this is CT9, there are still another 2 events to play after this due to CT5 being abandoned because of a plumbing problem at the Castle Snooker and Sports Bar in Brighton. During the first round there was water coming onto the tables and effectively ‘rain stopped play’.

The event was due to be replayed in its entirety but World Snooker decided, after some players voiced their concerns, to change their original decision. They have now decided that the results of any completed matches will stand and the event should continue.

You can see the current state of play here

The event will now be played out at The Winchester in Leicester and immediately following that will be event 10, at the same venue, which could be the decider for the tour card and will sort out the places for the playoffs later in March.

Can anyone catch Pagett?

Is there any chance of anyone catching Andrew Pagett? Mathematically of course anyone could with £6k still to play for. For CT9 Andrew has a bye into Round 2 whereas Lukas Kleckers, who is hot on his heels, plays Ben Hancorn in Round 1. Hancorn secured his place in the 100th English Amateur Championship recently but has only played in CT2 and CT5 up to now.

Dean Young is fourth in the rankings and, like many others, will be looking to at least get into the play offs. There are over 20 players who have serious ambitions of making those playoffs.

Ashley Hugill is carrying on with the Challenge Tour by the look of it. I don’t blame him as it’s a good opportunity for him to earn a bit more prize money before he takes up his WST professional tour card again.

There are only 52 entries this time but it is a top quality field and it really is a serious competition.

The event overlaps slightly with the WST Welsh Open which starts on the 10 February, just down the road in Cardiff, and finishes the same weekend.