DIVISION 1 TOP 8 REPORT
Despite not initially qualifying for the tournament, Minesh Pitamber served notice of his credentials to win it with a blistering start in his first game against Ollie Horswell, 10-0 up before giving away a point. Unsurprisingly he took a hat-trick to win his group. Runner-up was Andy Smith with Russell Penn failing to win a group stage match for the 3rd year running.
Meanwhile in the other half of the draw, top seed Alan Bolding was going out, a perfect illustration of just how open this year’s competition was going to be without the peerless Biao Wang involved. After the first 2 rounds all players had lost once, which meant the winners of the 3rd round matches would be going through. Here Ricky Taiwo triumphed over Alan and Pete Tillotson got the better of me.