Leroy Joy in Preston

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Leroy Jay Williams won his first World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) competition on Friday at the J&S Trading Northern Classic in Preston.

Competing in the Group 6 classification for people with learning disabilities, Williams came through a strong field to eventual claim the title by defeating Ryan Ryding in the final.

Having finished as runner-up in his group at competitions in Wolverhampton and Hull in late 2017, it was third time lucky for the the Liverpool-based player who appropriately becomes the sixth different player from his classification to lift a title.

There was also a first semi-final appearance for 29-year-old Alexandra Mendham, who has been described by onlookers at the event as one of the most improved WDBS players so far. Having started to play snooker just six months ago, ‘Alex’ was competing in only her third event and enjoys both the opportunity to compete and meet new people.

The J&S trading Northern Classic is being played at the Elite Snooker Centre, owned by former professional snooker players Chris Norbury and Shokat Ali.

The action continues during the weekend with three competitions for players competing in classification groups 1-5.

View updated scores and draws via MySnookerStats from Saturday morning.