Pot Black misses out after a tournament switch

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THE World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association’s World Championships returns today, but not to Bury St Edmunds’ Pot Black Snooker and Pool club.

That is because the association have moved the competition away from the town and instead it will be hosted by Cambridge’s Snooker Centre.

Pot Black’s owner Andy Goodridge revealed he had not had any indication from the association as to why the decision had been made to move the tournament, but believes it may be down to increased sponsorship in order to host the event, something he was unwilling to accept.

“They haven’t told me anything about the reason to take the competition from Bury to Cambridge if I’m being honest,” he said.

“I believe it may be down to money and sponsorship around the competition.

“It was nice to have the kudos of hosting the tournament here at Pot Black, but the real value of the competition isn’t worth us having to pay more.”

n Seven-time champion Reanne Evans will be bidding to claim her eighth successive world title in Cambridge, but faces stiff competition from number one ranked Maria Catalano who ended Evans’ 90-match winning streak in the Northern Championship back in September.