The official WDBS rankings have been updated for the second time this season following last weekend’s British Open.
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 (excluding the 2020/21 season which did not take place), with points earned during 2019/20 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision points earned at the 2019 Hull Open (Groups 7-8 only) and 2020 Stockport Open (Groups 1-6 only), were replaced by those earned at the 2023 British Open.
There were relatively few significant changes to the standings following the action in Woking, with the top two positions in each group remaining unchanged following a fantastic weekend of snooker.
However, there are players who have set themselves up to potentially advance up the ranking list over the coming months, following strong recent performances. Most obviously, William Thomson in Group 4 has claimed two of the last three ranking titles and has closed to within 5,800 points of top placed Daniel Blunn. Crucially, Thomson will be defending just 5,400 points over the next 12 months, compared to 30,000 for Blunn from his titles in Belgium, Stockport and Northampton, meaning that there could soon be a change at the top.
Elsewhere, Tony Southern and Mickey Chambers have consolidated their strong positions at the top of Groups 1/2 and Group 5 respectively, while second placed Faisal Butt, Dylan Rees and Lewis Knowles did likewise with title wins in Groups 6A, 7 and 8.
Clive Brunton is a new entry in fourth place in Group 3 following his deciding frame victory over Kit Kennedy, who climbs to third, while Matthew Haslam rises two places to third in Group 6B following his breakthrough success.