Sonny wrote:World Snooker have just got back to me with the following:
The final play-off are on April 28 at WS Academy. The 12 players are Patrick Einsle, Gary Wilson, John Astley, Jak Jones, Stuart Carrington, Oliver Lines, Lee Page, Jeff Cundy, Ben Harrison, Christopher Keogan, Elliot Slessor and Ian Glover.
Gary Wilson and John Astley have already qualified for the main tour through the PTC order of merit though so I guess those names will be revised with the next 2 down the list once they sort it out.
The draw is now out and it appears that Wilson and Astley are still down to play. Players drawn into 3 knockout groups of 4 players, with the victor from each getting a tour place. The draw:
Patrick Einsle v Ian Glover
Christopher Keogan v Ben Harrison
Gary Wilson v Oliver Lines
Jak Jones v Elliot Slessor
Jeff Cundy v Stuart Carrington
John Astley v Lee Page
To be played at at the World Snooker Academy in Sheffield on Sunday 28th April, the 3 'finals' will be at 4 pm (pity they can't put them on in the Crucible!).
Wish the matches were longer than best of 7.
4 possibilities with the player line up
- this is correct and Wilson and Astley will simply 'no show'
- World Snooker will eventually get round to replacing them in the draw with the next players on EBSA ranking list who aren't already qualified for the Pro Tour
- one or both of Wilson and Astley will play and if one or both go through from this, the vacated Pro Tour spot will be taken by the next player(s) on the Order of Merit (Michael Wild then Stuart Carrington)
- one or both of Wilson and Astley will play and if one or both go through from this, the vacated Pro Tour spot will be filled in some other way.
Anyone care to guess?