January on the Ladder

January on the Ladder

I removed six players from Ladder who had been inactive for a considerable length of time and who were not intending to play again this season. One player withdrew from the Ladder due to a long term injury but one new player signed up, bringing the total number of competitors to 69. Of these, six players were inactive at the month end. A total of 88 matches were played during the month, which is 14 more than were played in December.

Challengers performed slightly better than Defenders during January, with Defenders winning 43 matches and Challengers winning 45.

The average number of days between challenges being made and matches being played (lead time average) was 8, which is 1 day more than the previous month (7). Only 1 player had an LTA of 15 days or more at the end of the month, whereas 34 players had an excellent LTA of 7 days or less and 34 had an acceptable LTA of 8-14 days. A reminder that financial penalties may be imposed on any player who finishes the season with an LTA of 15 days or more.

I am regularly asked what date the Ladder finishes on. The end of season procedure is detailed in the Ladder rules as follows:

End of season

  • The final date for submission of Challenge Forms shall be 20 February 2023. These final forms will be processed on 21 February 2023.
  • Ideally, any matches pending on 21 February 2023 shall be played by 28 February 2023.
  • In any event, all matches must be played by 14 March 2023 at the latest.
  • The TD may impose financial penalties on any player(s) whose matches are not played on or before 14 March 2023.

Steve Butler
Nottingham Snooker Tournament Director

November Statistics

Matches played: 88

Challenges won: 45

Defences won: 43

Highest climber: Mark Hayman (+23)

Most matches played: Andy Wright & Dan Moll (6)

Most days at the top: Patrick Ashurst (23)

Highest break: Ben Monk (78)

Lead Time Average across all players: 8 days

How the Ladder looked at the end of January 2023

Results January 2023

Player Statistics as at 31 January 2023

Provisional Prize Money Allocation


MPM = Main prize money

CB = Club bonus

LBB = Lucky boy’s bonus

AB = Age bonus

QSB = Q School bonus


Terms and conditions apply and some of the prize money shown in the above table may not be paid out at the end of the season if certain criteria are not met.

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