We had six players for the event at the CBSA World Snooker Academy, in the Dong Cheng District, Beijing China. We had Mark Lloyd, Riley Parsons, and Jed Mann competing in the U18s; and we had Peter Devlin, Josh Thomond, Mathew Glasby, and Jed Mann competing in the U21s.
U18s: Despite winning frames against some very good players, our man Jed Mann failed to win a match in the group stage, finishing bottom of his group, this was Jed's first international tournament, for which the learning curve can be quite steep. Notwithstanding an excellent 3-0 win against Russia's Kirill Petrov, Mark Lloyd finished third in his group and also failed to reach the knockout stage. Thus the national hopes, after the group stage rested with the talented Riley Parsons. The 17 year old Riley finished second in his group behind Israel's Amir Nardeia and advanced to the round of 32 (officially the last 24). Sadly though, England's hopes of a trophy were dashed at this stage by the hugely talented Tyler Rees from Wales.
The final of the U18s (which I had the pleasure of refereeing) was contested by Pakistan's 16 year old Muhammad Naseem Akhtar and China's 14 year old Peifan Lei; with Muhammad winning the match 5 frames to 3.
U21s: I am pleased to report that we faired a little better in the U21s with three of our four players progressing through their groups into the round of 32; with Southend's Matthew Glasby the one to miss out. After winning all of his group games, England's 2016 U21 champion Peter Devlin topped his group and advanced to play India's Shrikrishna Suryanarayanan in the knockout stage, sadly Peter's tournament was abruptly ended by Shrikrishna by a 5-0 scoreline.
Jed Mann's U21 story had a similar ring to it, Jed topped his group unbeaten only to fall in the round of 32 at the hands of Ireland's Noel Landers by a 5-0 margin.
England's hopes then, in the knockout stage were in the hands of Josh Thomond, who after finishing first in his group, played India's Asutosh Padhy in the round of 32. After dispatching with Asutosh by 5 frames to 4, Josh met with the extremely talented Luo Honghao from China in the round of 16, and 'that's all she wrote'. Josh lost 5-2 to Luo Honghao, who went on to lose in the tournament final to countryman and academy team mate Fan Zhengyi.
Report compiled by Glen Sullivan-Bissett