Julien Leclercq
Amateur Snooker

Julien Leclercq Wins Q Tour Playoff

Belgium will have another representative on the Main Tour next season after Julien Leclercq won the Q Tour Playoff.

A total of 16 players participated in the Playoff competition at the Q House Snooker Academy in Darlington.

The knockout tournament saw Leclercq produce some of the best snooker of his fledgling career so far.

The 19 year-old thrashed Alfie Lee – son of former world number five Stephen Lee – in the first round with an incredible contribution of three century breaks.

Further impressive victories over Michael Georgiou and Harvey Chandler ensured that the teenager advanced to the final.

Alex Crenshaw emerged from the other side of the draw with triumphs over Brandon Sargeant, Ryan Davies, and Liam Davies – fighting back from 3-0 down in the semi-finals to prevail in a decider.

It then looked good for the 20 year-old in the final when he took the opening two frames of the contest.

But Leclercq battled back strongly and won the remaining five frames for a 5-2 glory.

A former European under-18 and under-21 runner-up, Leclercq will receive a potentially lucrative two-year tour card to compete on the professional circuit during the 2022/23 and 2023/24 campaigns.

Leclercq, who won a match in World Championship qualifying last year, will have the opportunity to compete for huge sums of money.

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Leclercq will join fellow Belgian Luca Brecel, who has been plying his trade for a decade and triumphed at the Scottish Open last term.

Meanwhile, the automatic Main Tour spot awarded from the amateur Q Tour went to Sean O’Sullivan.

The Englishman finished second in the rankings overall, but as top-ranked Si Jiahui had already received a pro ticket via another route, O’Sullivan was able to benefit.

More places for next season on the circuit will be up for grabs soon with various Q School competitions taking place.

A dozen players will graduate from events scheduled for later this month in Sheffield, with four more available through a new Q School in Thailand in June.

Q Tour Playoff Results

Round 1
Robbie McGuigan 4-0 Mark Lloyd
Harvey Chandler 4-3 Daniel Wells
Julien Leclercq 4-0 Alfie Lee
Michael Georgiou 4-3 Simon Bedford
Michael Collumb 4-2 Hamim Hussain
Liam Davies 4-0 Alex Millington
Alex Crenshaw 4-3 Brandon Sargeant
Ryan Davies 4-1 Ben Mertens

Quarter-Finals
Harvey Chandler 4-3 Robbie McGuigan
Julien Leclercq 4-3 Michael Georgiou
Liam Davies 4-1 Michael Collumb
Alex Crenshaw 4-0 Ryan Davies

Semi-Finals
Julien Leclercq 4-1 Harvey Chandler
Alex Crenshaw 4-3 Liam Davies

Final
Julien Leclercq 5-2 Alex Crenshaw

Featured photo credit: WPBSA

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