The official WDBS rankings have been updated for the first time this season following last weekend’s Stockport 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 Humber Classic (Groups 1-6 only) and 2019 UK Disability Snooker Championship (Groups 1-8), were replaced by those earned at the Stockport Open.
NOTE: The points totals of Mohammed Faisal Butt have been temporarily frozen, pending confirmation of whether he will remain in Group 6A or move to Group 6B permanently.
There is a new number one ranked player in three of the eight classification groups following a fascinating weekend of action at the Hazel Grove Snooker Club.
Long-time WDBS player Kal Mattu has moved into top spot in Group 3 for the first time following his maiden victory against Kit Kennedy. He displaces four-time champion Nigel Coton, who did not compete in Stockport.
Also taking top spot for the first time is Scotland’s Alan Reynolds, who rises two places in Group 6A after his 3-1 success against Mike Busst in Sunday’s final. Victory crowns a meteoric rise for the 33-year-old, who has now won three of his opening four WDBS tournaments since he joined a year ago.
There is also a new number one in Group 7, with Hull’s Mike Gillespie having reached the summit following his third WDBS triumph, this time courtesy of a 3-1 success against David Baker – who climbs five places to 7th – in the Stockport final.
Elsewhere, our latest Group 1+2 champion Gary Swift is a new entry at third in the wheelchair classification group, behind only Tony Southern and Shahab Siddiqui who remain the top two.
In Group 4, new event winner Carl Gibson is up six places to number five, while the lead at the top for Daniel Blunn has also been significantly reduced after the 14-time champion fell at the semi-final stages, with a maximum 20,000 points coming off from his 2019 victories in Hull and Northampton.
Mickey Chambers, Leroy Williams and Shabir Ahmed continue to lead the way in groups 5, 6B and 8 respectively.
The WDBS Tour continues with the first staging of the British Open in January 2023. Further news including how to enter will be published shortly.