Elliot Slessor
Elliot Slessor, Alex Davies, Lee Page and Hammad Miah were the four winners from Q School event one, each earning a two-year card for the World Snooker Tour.

 

The quartet will take their place on the professional circuit for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, starting with the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open qualifiers later this month. Each had to win five matches at Q School in Sheffield over the past few days to book a spot on the main tour, with the chance to compete against the best players in the world for millions of pounds in prize money.

 

Slessor (pictured), an 18-year-old from Gateshead who has never been on the tour before, beat Chris Wakelin 4-0 in the final round with a top break of 53. He first started playing snooker at the age of eight when his grandfather bought him a table for Christmas.

 

"Ever since then I have dreamed of being a professional," said Slessor, who reached the quarter-finals of the European Under-21 Championship this year. "I just want to make snooker my job and show people that I can play the game. My main goal over the next two years will be to gain experience and keep my place on the tour. The new structure for most of the ranking events is great because you only need to win a couple of matches to earn good money and ranking points. I knew I had a chance in Q School and I have played solid snooker and scrapped my way through matches when I have needed to."

 

Last season, Slessor showed his potential with some impressive results in PTC events. He beat Ryan Day 4-2 in Bulgaria and ran Ding Junhui and Marcus Campbell close, losing 4-3 to both. "I learned a lot from those games," he added. "I practise a bit with Marcus and I that has helped me realise the standard I have to get to."

 

Miah, age 19 from Hertford, will be another tour rookie thanks to a 4-1 win over Kishan Hirani which featured breaks of 72 and 53. "It feels amazing to be on the tour," said Miah, a semi-finalist at last year's World Under-21 Championship who has also reached the final of the English under-21s this year. "I have put in a lot of hard work for this. A few players were saying this week they thought I would get through, but I just had to avoid distractions and try to win matches. There were a few nerves today but I am mentally strong.

 

"I know it's going to be really tough on the tour and I have seen other players struggle. But I want to do something, I won't be there just to make the numbers up." Miah, whose family is from Bangladesh though he was born in England, once beat Jimmy White in an exhibition and now hopes to practise with the Whirlwind during the coming season.

 

Page, a 25-year-old from Kidderminster who once captained the England junior team and has been on the tour twice before, beat Gareth Green 4-0 with top breaks of 69 and 55.

 

Davies, age 25 from Holland-on-Sea in Essex, saw off Mitchell Travis 4-1 with a top run of 96. He was the youngest ever winner of the English Amateur Championship in 2003 and played one season on the pro tour in 2007/08.

 

Event two starts tomorrow with four more places up for grabs.