Welshman Jones Wins European Championship

Welshman Jak Jones beat countryman Jamie Clarke to win the EBSA European Championship in Poland on Saturday.

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Jak Jones with the trophy – photo courtesy of

The 22 year-old won the last four frames to come from behind and conquer his compatriot 7-4.

Jones will be offered a two-year card onto the professional Main Tour for his victory in the prestigious international amateur event.

It’ll be the third time that Jones will try his hand in the pro ranks after two previously unsuccessful stints on the circuit.

The youngster, who reached the final qualifying round of last year’s World Championship, joins the likes of Mark Allen, Luca Brecel and Robin Hull who have won the European Championship.

For Clarke, it marks the third time in less than a year that he has endured an agonising final defeat in a major amateur tournament.

The 21 year-old was runner-up to Michael Wild in the 2015 edition as well as being the beaten finalist in the World Under-21 Championship later that same year.

Ireland’s last interest ended in the last 16 with Brendan O’Donoghue and Michael Judge going down to Jones and Rhydian Richards respectively.

Judge, though, did manage to scoop the high break prize with a 133 in his defeat to Richards.

But congratulations to Jones, who will be hoping it’ll be third time lucky in his attempt at making the big-time.

Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.