Brookshaw climbs up to 33rd in World Billiards rankings
PLYMOUTH'S Steve Brookshaw is on target to rack up another memorable campaign after rising to 33rd in this season's World Billiards Order of Merit.
Devon champion Brookshaw's high ranking came after his superb showing at the World Billiards Championships in Leeds.
The city's own baize maestro held his own to qualify through the group stages, reaching the last-32 in both formats at the Northern Snooker Centre event.
In the group matches, Brookshaw scored wins over England's Arthur Winn and Jersey's Guy Heys, with a top break of 141.
Brookshaw finished second in his group, topped by billiards star Mike Russell, but went out in the knock-out stages at the hands of event winner and India number two Rupesh Shah.
Shah went on to win his second world title in the 150-up event, in which Brookshaw had victories over Ireland's Wayne Doyle 3-0 and Manish Jain of India 3-1.
Brookshaw was adjudged unlucky to lose 3-2 to Arun Agrawal, whose fellow countryman Ashok Shandilya, one of the most experienced players from India, met Brookshaw in the last-32.
The Devonian took the first game, but the former world title holder proved too strong in taking the last four with breaks of 85, 63, 66 and 54, with Brookshaw putting together a run of 68.
He rounded off a fine performance at the Festival of Billiards when reaching the quarter-finals of the Jim Williamson Memorial Open Plate.
Brookshaw, who is also coach for the West of England Billiards and Snooker Foundation (WEBSF), lost by three points to Hartlepool's John Hartley 148-145.