Si Jiahui won the second event on the new WPBSA Q Tour on Sunday to move into pole position for a Main Tour berth in the rankings.
The young Chinese competitor went one better than his runner-up spot at the first event last month by edging out Michael White 5-4 in Llanelli.
Si almost squandered a 4-0 advantage as White, a two-time former ranking event winner, charged from behind to force a deciding frame.
However, the 19 year-old steadied himself to prevail and capture the trophy in the ninth frame, and more importantly to accept the £2,500 top prize.
Added to the £1,200 that Si pocketed from event one in Brighton, his total of £3,700 is enough to see him place in first in the provisional Q Tour rankings.
The number one competitor after four events on the second-tier amateur tour will gain an invitation to compete on the professional circuit next season.
Si, who made headlines recently by beating Shaun Murphy in the first round of the UK Championship, is certainly the favourite to grab that potentially lucrative ticket from here, with two further tournaments to take place in Leicester and Leeds early next year.
But it’s still all to play for, especially a little further down the Q Tour rankings as the players from second through to 17th on the list will contest a play-off competition for an additional Main Tour card.
David Lilley, who triumphed in event one at Si’s expense, is currently second with £2,650 with Welshman White in third on £1,200.
Alex Millington, Daniel Wells, Ben Mertens, Sean O’Sullivan, Simon Bedford, and Sydney Wilson are also within the top ten in the standings.
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