Snooker - Wakelin snaps up tour place in bizarre fashion

England’s Chris Wakelin earned a place on the World Snooker Tour in bizarre circumstances when his opponent Adam Wicheard conceded their Q School event three clash quarter-final after snapping his cue.

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Wakelin had come from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 and was 23-0 up and at the table when Wicheard leaned on his cue hard enough to snap it. Although Wicheard may have been allowed to continue with another cue if there was one available, he shook Wakelin’s hand and conceded the match.

"I potted a long red and finished on one of the baulk colours," explained Wakelin afterwards.

"Adam was standing near the table leaning on his cue, when suddenly it snapped. He just came over the shook my hand. I suppose he could have gone to borrow another cue but perhaps he felt he couldn't win after that.

 "It has been a lifetime dream to turn pro," added Wakelin. "I haven't had a chance to think about what it means yet or what my targets might be for next season.

"It's surreal to think that I will be playing in the Wuxi Classic qualifiers in a few days and before long I could be playing my heroes like Ronnie O'Sullivan."

In other results, Ireland’s Davis Morris regained a place on the tour by beating Gareth Green 4-1, England’s Lee Spick also booked a return to the tour with a 4-2 win over Duane Jones and Fraser Patrick defeated Ashley Carty in a final frame decider.

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