Chris Wakelin
Chris Wakelin earned a place on the World Snooker Tour in bizarre circumstances after his opponent's cue snapped in the sixth frame of their Q School event three clash.

 

Rugby-based 21-year-old Wakelin had come from 2-0 down to lead Adam Wicheard 3-2 and was 23-0 up in the next frame. "I potted a long red and finished on one of the baulk colours," he explains. "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," said Wakelin, who first played snooker at the age of six. "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."

 

Wakelin's success is remarkable given the difficulties he has faced on and off the table in recent months. He suffered from depression, caused by family issues, from last October until March, and that led to problems with his game.

 

"I developed the 'yips' and it got so bad that I couldn't deliver the cue," he said. "At one point if I had a straight black off the spot I would have to play it with the rest because otherwise I had no chance. Then as I got better I decided to go to the English under-21 qualifiers in Leeds and I got through that (he will face Hammad Miah in the final next month).

 

"That gave me some of my belief back and I decided to enter Q School. Three months ago I would have said it was impossible for me to qualify for the tour but now here I am. Before coming to Sheffield I had three days of solid practice with my coach Gary Morris and he gave me the confidence I needed. I have not been at my best this week but I have played some good matchplay snooker," added Wakelin, who practises with Ben Woollaston.

 

Davis Morris regained his place on the tour by beating Gareth Green 4-1 with top breaks of 64 and 111. Ireland's 24-year-old Morris was on the tour from 2006 to 2012 - keeping his place by coming through Q School in 2011. He dropped off at the end of the 2011/12 season but the Kilkenny cueman, who has reached the last 48 of several ranking events including the World Championship, hopes to fulfil his potential this time.

 

Mansfield's 33-year-old Lee Spick - another player who has reached the last 48 of the World Championship - regained his pro status by beating Duane Jones 4-2 with top breaks of 78, 65 and 53. 

 


The 12th and final two-year tour card from Q School 2013 went to Glasgow's 27-year-old Fraser Patrick, who played in most ranking events last season having finished high on the Q School ranking list. Today he edged out Ashley Carty 4-3, making a break of 50 in the deciding frame.