Poomjaeng Hits Maiden Max

Just four days after Mark Selby made the 100th maximum break in professional snooker at the UK Championship, today saw Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng follow suit with 147 number 101 in Barnsley.

Playing in the German Masters qualifiers against amateur Zak Surety today, Dechawat made his first career 147 break during the fourth frame, to take a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval.

Poomjaeng’s effort earns him a bonus of £2,500, while he also went on to claim a 5-3 victory to book his place at the venue stages in Berlin.

The referee was also the first officiated by referee Greg Coniglio, who joins the list of referees to have presided over a maximum in professional snooker.

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Picture Perfect: World Games 2013

While it was an event which for the majority of snooker fans will likely have flown somewhat under the radar, the 2013 World Games event won by India’s Aditya Mehta in Cali, Colombia, was an event of some importance for snooker and the WPBSA’s continued efforts to strengthen snooker’s hand on the world stage.

One man behind this push in particular is WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson and when I caught up with him at the recent Bluebell Wood Open tournament in Doncaster, he was kind enough to provide me with a selection of his photos from the event for PSB.

Click below for a flavour of the event…

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Mehta Strikes Gold In Colombia

Congratulations to India’s Aditya Mehta, who tonight defeated Liang Wenbo to win the men’s singles event at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

Having previously seen off Dechawat Poomjaeng, Joe Perry and Luis Lemus to guarantee himself a medal at the tournament, Aditya raced into a 2-0 lead against the Chinese number two Liang in the final, before completing victory with a break of 117 in the final match.

Succeeding Nigel Bond as champion, Aditya will be hoping that victory in the event will spur him on to even greater things on the main tour, not least at the upcoming inaugural Indian Open, a tournament which no doubt owes a lot to the success of both Aditya and countryman Pankaj Advani last season.

The bronze medal in Colombia went to Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng, who defeated Brazilian Igor Figueiredo to win the third place play-off match.

World Snooker Rankings 2013/14: Seedings Revision One Round-Up

Last week’s ET2 event marked not only a return to the winners circle for Mark Williams, but also the first mid-season seedings revision of 2013/14. As it happens, Williams is one of the losers at this cut-off as he drops outside of the world’s top 16, while Neil Robertson replaces Mark Selby at the top of the rankings, following his strong start to the new campaign.

This list has now been used to determine the seedings for the upcoming Shanghai Masters tournaments, one of three events this season that will not be staged with a new, flatter draw structure.

Click below for a round-up of all of the changes to the seeding list and the usual handy links…

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