JOHN HIGGINS joined Steve Davis in second place on the all time list of ranking tournament winners with victory in the International Championship on Sunday.Read More
DAVE GILBERT once supplemented his meagre snooker earnings by working for his father’s farming business so even a defeat to John Higgins in the International Championship final in Daqing on Sunday is preferable to long hours out in the field.Read More
DAVE Gilbert was well beaten by Barry Hawkins in the first round at the Crucible, and his run of eight losing frames had given him some extra cause for concern.
The 32-year-old Gilbert, arguably one of the tour’s underachievers and by his own admission guilty of poor attitude and discipline in the past, is one of a minority of top professionals not to practise on a Star table as used in tournaments everywhere.
At a rough estimate perhaps 80 per cent of players do have regular access to Star tables, either through using hubs such as the Romford, Gloucester or Sheffield Academies or in their own homes or clubs. A select few have been given them for various achievements or sponsorship deals, and others have the option to buy new or second-hand through advantageous rates set up by World Snooker or the WPBSA.
Gilbert still uses a Riley table in Tamworth, and suggested after his loss that extra difficulty adjusting to the table was beginning to cost him when it matters.
SHORTER formats used in the Players Tour Championship should in theory give the outsiders more of a chance - but is that actually what we are seeing?Read More
MARK Selby was trounced by David Gilbert on Wednesday at the Players Tour Championship Finals – meaning the world’s top four have fallen at the first hurdle.Read More