The official WDBS rankings have been updated following last weekend’s UK Disability Snooker Championship.
Announced last April, the new WDBS rankings include 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 2018/19 to be removed during the course of this season. At this revision points earned at the 2019 Northern Classic (Groups 1-6 only), 2019 Belgian Open (Groups 1-5) and 2019 Swindon Open (Groups 6-8 only), were replaced by those earned at the 2022 UK Championship.
Group 1 victor Shahab Siddiqui climbs to second position in the Group 1-2 rankings after he claimed his maiden WDBS title in Northampton, with beaten finalist Gavin Gormley also rising two positions to number four.
There is also a change in second position in Group 3, with Kal Mattu having leapfrogged John Teasdale into second place, while Poland’s Adam Wilk is a new entry at number four following his triumph against top-ranked Nigel Coton.
Daniel Blunn and Andy Johnson continue to lead the way in Group 4, with William Thomson rising one position to number three following his run to the semi-finals at Barratts. He overtakes runner-up David Church, who was defending 7,200 points heading into the event, compared to just 3,600 for Thomson, who did not compete in Belgium back in 2019.
Groups 5, 6A and 6B remain stable at the top, with Mickey Chambers and Mohammed Faisal Butt adding to their respective title hauls last weekend. Dean Simmons improves to third position in Group 5, as does Scotland’s Alan Reynolds in Group 6A after both reached finals in Northampton. Adam Noonan is a new entry in 6B, debuting in fifth position after he defeated Peter Geronimo to claim gold.
The only group to see a change of position in top spot is Group 7 as three-time champion Dylan Rees rises to number one, with the absent Nick Neale falling three positions to number four. The Irishman leads Mike Gillespie by just 800 points, with Gary Gallacher hot on his heels also.
Finally, Shabir Ahmed has extended his lead at the head of the Group 8 rankings following his 11th WDBS triumph, with his points total remaining unchanged as the points from his latest victory replace those removed from the 2019 Southern Classic.
Runner-up Luke Drennan improves seven places to number seven in the list following his first two WDBS appearances.
The remaining 2022 WDBS Calendar of Events will be announced in due course.