World’s best billiards players come to Edinburgh

Peter Gilchrist in action, and also below. Pictures: Getty
Peter Gilchrist in action, and also below. Pictures: Getty
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Some of the world’s top billiards players will be competing this weekend at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange.

The Scottish Open starts on Saturday morning and the current top two world ranked players, David Causier (England) and Peter Gilchrist (Singapore), will lead the field of players bidding for the title.

Jim Burke, director of World Billiards, said: “It is the first time we have brought a world-ranking event to Edinburgh and it should be a great event. The Bert Demarco Matchroom is a fantastic arena and it will be terrific venue for some of the top players in the game to showcase their talents.

“We are planning to play a lot of the top matches in the Matchroom and beam coverage through to the bar so it should be a great atmosphere.”

He added: “Causier is a fantastic talent and is explosive around the table. He is the billiards equivalent of Ronnie O’Sullivan and is a joy to watch when in full flow.

“Gilchrist is much more measured but cues the ball beautifully and it could be a fantastic contest in the final if they can both make it through.”

Capital trio Jamie Jenkins, Kenny Baird and Hugh Eldon will also compete this weekend for a share of the £2100 prize fund. However, Baird admits that the gulf of quality between them and the world’s top players will just be too much.

Baird said: “It’s not very often you get the chance to play against the world’s best, so it will be a great experience for us. While we will give it our best shot, these guys are in a different league and hugely talented.”

He added: “It is fantastic that World Billiards have brought the Scottish Open to the Corn Exchange. It’s a huge boost that there is going to be such a high quality field.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to come along and watch some quality billiards being played.”

The event kicks off with the group phase taking place over 60-minute matches on Saturday morning. The knockout stages are on Sunday with matches extended to 90 minutes. The final will take place at 4.30pm on Sunday in the Bert Demarco Matchroom and spectators are welcome to come along and support.