Mansfield – 25.05.2018


Ronnie was in Mansfield yesterday evening, with Willie Thorne as a host and Brendan Moore as the referee on duty. Also there were my good friends, snooker and pool players Deb Burchell  and Rachel Tucker. Going by reactions on twitter it was a great night, and here is Deb’s account on Facebook:

It was great.. slow start from the rocket.. once settled in.. got a century in about frame 2 or 3. then in frame 6 went for a 147… but missed a red at about 80 points. Guy at the end nearly beat ronnie.. was a pink battle. Ronnie played safe and the guy left him on. Great night though. Hugs xx

Here are a few images thanks to Deb and Jason Francis

as well as those two short videos shared on Facebook (live) by Jason

Lincoln – 11.02.2018

The second night of exhibition in Lincoln, on Sunday, was similar in its organisation to the first one: a welcome reception for the VIPs, followed by John Virgo’s trick shots, then Ronnie playing eight frames against local players, with a break after four frames. Ronnie won all matches easily, had 3 tons in the first four frames, but no 147 this time. Ronnie was  clearly impressed by WDBS player Joe Hardstaff, his last opponent.

There was something special to conclude the week-end though: Jason Francis was to conduct a Q&A session with John Virgo and Ronnie, after the matches finished, and VIPs were invited to write down their questions for both John and Ronnie whilst enjoying the VIP buffet. They could ask absolutely anything and, as you would expect, there were so many questions that Jason had to go through a very “harsh” selection process and eventually was only able to keep about one in 5! The very first question that was asked to Ronnie, and was answered,  was “Will you play in the World Championship?”. That question was always going to come out … and the answer it got was “Yes”. Which prompted a big cheer from the crowd.

Here are the images of the night:

A very big thank you and well done to Nigel and Ali Coton for this fantastic week-end: it was awesome, and you were awesome! 

Lincoln – 10.02.2018

It was another great event yesterday at the Drill Hall in Lincoln. Organised by Nigel and Ali Coton in collaboration with Snooker Legends, the exhibition aimed at gathering some money for two good causes as well as to provide a great night of entertainment. It was a success on both accounts.

Ahead of the action proper, there was un buffet for players and VIPs, with Nigel taking the opportunity to explain the evening program, as well as the nature and goals of the causes that were to benefit from the success of this exhibition

It was a packed house at the Drill Hall

With two lucky bastards being treated with very special reserved seats! Thanks Nigel!

The evening started with a few trick shots by John Virgo

The action proper came next with Ronnie taking 9 local players over one frame. Ronnie won all nine frames, quite comfortably, scoring three centuries: a 110, a 140 and a 147. The previous time Ronnie was in Lincoln, he had 7 centuries, including a 147. It was always going to be difficult to better that, but Ali Coton had been quite clear that she hoped for another 147. Ronnie obliged … and it was Nigel Coton on the receiving end!

Here are the action pictures. Yes, it’s mainly Ronnie, he didn’t give the opposition too many opportunities nor too much table time. The highest break against him was … 7!

There was an interval after the first four frames, during which


Chris Kirkwood from the Drill Hall was presented with a cheque of £500

Learn more about the Drill Hall Charity


Simon Berisford from WDBS and Matt Huart from WPBSA were presented with a cheque of £3000

And tonight we go again!

English Open 2017 – Day 4

Day 4 in Barnsley was even more eventful than the previous ones. We had some very surprising results indeed.

Last 32:

Yan Bingtao beat Liang Wenbo, the defending champion by 4-0. The match was actually very close judging by the frames scores but for Liang who yesterday hit a 147, not to win a single frame was a bit unexpected. Unless of course he celebrated the 147, and the £40000 coming with it a bit too much … (just joking here).

Mark Williams was outplayed by Jack Lisowski, who had 4 breaks over 50 in beating Mark by 4-2. Didn’t see that coming the way “Willo” was playing recently. Mark was full of praise for Jack afterwards.

Michael White beat Ben Wollaston by 4-0 with four breaks over 50. Again it’s more the manner than the result itself that’s surprising here!

James Wattana and Alexander Ursenbacker both progressed: those two are at opposite “ends” of their career. There is still some strenghts in the Thaiphoon!

Hossein Vafaei beat Stuart Bingham on the last black in a decider. Hossein had been 3-0 up only for Stuart to peg him back to 3-3. Hossein probably thought he had blown it and his roar of delight when potting the winning black told how much it mattered to him.

Xiao Guodong beat Mark Selby by 4-1, a comprehensive score. Selby’s form hasn’t really be there this season (yet), and they were on an outside table, but still a surprising scoreline.

Last 16:

Jack Lisowski, Hossein Vafaei, Alexander Ursenbacker and Michael White all confirmed their good form by progressing the QF. In the process Alexander beat Shaun Murphy very comprehensively, by 4-1. Jack beat his good mate Judd Trump, in a deciding frame. Jack in fact leads Judd in the head-to-head.

With Kyren Wilson and Anthony McGill also progressing, that’s 6 players born in the 90th in the QF. Good to see!

All detailed results are on Cuetracker

Interviews with Jack Lisowki, Hossein Vafaei, Michael White and more can be found on this youtube channel

About Ronnie’s wins and the floor invasion incident, read here.


Ronnie returns to Lincoln next February


And once again, he will support WDBS, World Disability Billiard and Snooker as you can read in the local press.

Ronnie O’Sullivan to return to Lincoln – how you can see the ‘The Rocket’ in action

The five-time world champion hit a 147 during his previous appearance in the city


Nigel Coton is a – very good  disabled player himself and a regular at WDBS events.

Circumstances permitting, I will be there taking pictures both days.

World Open 2017 – Ding is your champion!


Ding Junhui won his 13th ranking title beating Kyren Wilson by 10-3 in a surprisingly one-sided match.

Read  here the report by Worlsnooker

Ding Junhui stormed to a 10-3 victory over Kyren Wilson to win the Yushan World Open and claim his 13th ranking title.

The win comes 12 years on from Ding’s maiden tournament victory, which he secured by beating Stephen Hendry as a teenager at the 2005 China Open. He has now won 13 of 18 appearances in ranking finals.

Victory in Yushan carries great significance for China’s top star, seeing him move to number two in the world rankings after claiming the £150,000 top prize. Ding has also now progressed to sixth on the all-time list of ranking titles won. In the process he has overtaken Mark Selby and Neil Robertson, who both have 12 to their name.

Wilson’s third ranking final didn’t go the way he would have hoped. His first and only win to date came at the 2015 Shanghai Masters, where he defeated Judd Trump in a 10-9 thriller. Today’s encounter proved to be a more one sided affair.

It was the opening part of the first session where Ding seized the initiative and did much of the damage. The 30-year-old went on a five frame blitz to move into a 6-1 lead. However, Wilson did respond by compiling runs of 104 and 66 to make it 6-3 and give himself hope going into the evening.

The Warrior failed to carry his momentum into the final session. Ding snatched back control of the game, displaying his break building power with consecutive runs of 67, 69, 71 and 54 to move to the verge of victory. The 12th frame came down to the final pink, which Ding eventually deposited to get over the line and claim the title.

Following the victory Ding, who has now won six ranking events in China, admitted it is extra special to claim victory in front of his fans.

Ding said: “The home crowd always supports me in the same way as it does with Ronnie O’Sullivan in the UK. That makes a big difference. You can see that some players don’t like it, but you have to learn how to deal with it. I found it difficult in the first few years in the UK, but it is about learning.

“I’ve been playing well all week. I’ve really been focused in this event. I’m happy to have played the way I did. I felt good coming into the last session. I won the first three, it got a bit twitchy in the last frame but I came through. The score was a bit misleading, but I didn’t feel too much pressure. I just played my game.”

Wilson praised his opponent for capitalising from his slow start and stamping his authority on the tie.

“Throughout the match, anything I did seemed to backfire and go wrong. I was just playing catch up from the word go. Ding being the class act he is took advantage of that and was very hard to stop,” said the 25-year-old. “At 6-1 down you think it is a hell of a long way back, but to win those two good frames meant I was back in the game at 6-3. I just didn’t get off to a good enough start in the evening and he took full advantage.”

Congratulations to Ding!

As for Kyren, I’m certain he will bounce back and win more titles in the future. He’s too good not to.