WDBS Rankings | Belgian Open 2024 Update

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The official WDBS rankings have been updated for the second time in 2024 following the staging of the Belgian Open in Bruges last weekend.

The WDBS ranking system includes individual ranking lists for each of the main classification groups, with players earning points from based upon their finishing position at designated ranking tournaments.

The rankings operate on a rolling two-year basis, with points earned during 2021/22 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision points earned at the 2022 UK Championship were removed and those earned at the 2024 Belgian Open were added.

Dave Bolton plays snooker shot

Bolton Takes Top Spot

For the first time since the inception of the WDBS rankings there is a change at the top of Group 5 as long-time number one Mickey Chambers has been usurped by Belgian winner Dave Bolton.

With Bolton having now earned 40,000 points having won four consecutive tournaments since his debut last autumn, he climbs three places to top spot, ahead of two-time event winner Dalton Lawrence, reigning Champion of Champions Dean Simmons and Hull Open champion Gerdy Dupont.

Chambers drops to number five, with the removal of his points earned at the 2022 UK Championship combined with him not having competed since last season’s British Open, seeing him overtaken.

Dave Beaumont plays snooker shot

Key Movers

While there are no new number ones across the remaining seven groups, there are nevertheless a number of notable movements with just one ranking event to be completed this season.

Dave Beaumont rises four places to number four in Groups 1-2 after he claimed his first WDBS title in Bruges. Just above him, Gary Swift also edges ahead of Shahab Siddiqui after the latter saw his points removed from his victory at the 2022 UK Championship in Northampton.

In Group 3, Kit Kennedy improves one position to number three, while Group 4 winner Carl Gibson climbs to second behind William Thomson, following his fourth ranking title success last weekend in Belgium.

Leroy Williams plays snooker shot

There are no significant changes to Group 6A, while in Group 6B Leroy Williams has extended his lead to second placed Matthew Haslam and Christopher Goldsworthy in third, who nudges back above James Hart.

In the sensory classification groups, Mike Gillespie remains at the head of the Group 7 rankings following his run to the final, while Paul Smith and first-time champion Colvin O’Brien gain one position each to rise to third and fifth places respectively.

Finally, Lewis Knowles has retained top spot in Group 8, with Belgian Open champion Luke Drennan rising one position to third place ahead of former number one Shabhir Ahmed.

The WDBS Tour continues with the final ranking event of the season as the Hull Open returns from 17-19 May 2024. Entry for the event will open soon via WPBSA SnookerScores.