Baize Watch: Episode 4

Vahedi Victorius at World Amateur Championship

Photograph courtesy of the IBSF

Photograph courtesy of the IBSF

Iran’s Soheil Vahedi won the 2016 IBSF World Amateur Championship with an emphatic 8-1 victory against Welshman Andrew Pagett in Qatar.

Having previously defeated Germany’s Lukas Kleckers, former pro Michael Judge and Declan Brennan in the knock-out stages, two of those matches in deciding frames, Vahedi raced into an early 3-0 lead in the final against Pagett.

Although Pagett, who qualified to play at the Crucible Theatre back in 2011, was able to claim the fourth frame with a run of 69, it was 27-year-old Vahedi who from there won the next five frames to secure a comfortable win against the ex-professional.

Vahedi follows in the footsteps of compatriot and current professional Hossein Vafaei Ayouri, himself a winner of the IBSF competition back in 2011 and will be nominated to receive a two-year tour card for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. He also becomes the seventh consecutive player from Asia to the win snooker’s biggest amateur title.

The Masters and Women’s events were won by Dharminder Lilly and Wendy Jans respectively.