Shane Thompson recorded one of 8-ball pool’s greatest ever feats as he claimed back-to-back Ultimate Pool Professional Series titles in the space of one weekend.
Less than 24 hours on from sweeping aside Chris Melling 7-1 to win Pro Event 3, Thompson was getting the better of another all-time great in a final – this time by seeing off Phil Harrison 6-2 – to win Pro Event 4 and complete an astonishing double.
Thompson’s victory on Saturday night was his maiden major televised title - the biggest accolade of his career so far – so to secure another professional tournament the following day is the stuff that dreams are made of. The triumphs see him bank a cool £14,000 and also put him to the top of the Pro Series rankings and into the prestigious Champion of Champions Shootout later this year.
The Bristolian’s event 4 campaign began on Saturday afternoon as he ousted fellow Westcountry cueist Greg Batten 6-5 in round one.
It wasn’t until after he defeated Melling that Thompson resumed in the event in the last 16 on Sunday morning. Despite buzzing from his heroics the night before, ‘The Safecracker’ managed to settle himself down and refocus on the task in hand, eliminating former European champion Oly Bale 6-1 in the last 16 and former World Champion Shaun Chipperfield 6-3 in the quarter-finals.
Back under the live television lights for Sunday evening’s final session, the 31-year-old won the final three frames to end the run of Craig Lakin 6-3 in the last four.
In the other semi-final tie, recent Ultimate Pool Masters winner Harrison – who had incredibly lost in the opening round of all three previous pro events – got past Pro Event 1 winner Declan Brennan 6-3.
However, Harrison would be yet another former World Champion to feel the force of Thompson that weekend as the player of the moment broke free from 2-2 – crucially taking a tactical fifth frame – and reached the allotted target of six with a few seconds remaining on the 45-minute match-clock.
An accomplishment that will be extremely difficult to replicate, Thompson won 10 matches throughout the weekend in Newcastle-under-Lyme to become the first player to have collected multiple Ultimate Pool titles.
Even more remarkable is that Thompson also made the final of Pro Event 2 back in August. He will be looking to further this sensational sequence during Pro Series Events 5 and 6 between the 22nd-24th October at the Players Pool and Snooker Lounge.
2021 Ultimate Pool Professional Series Event 4 Results (from the quarter-finals onwards)
Shaun Chipperfield 3-6 Shane Thompson
Carl Morris 3-6 Craig Lakin
Aaron Davies 3-6 Phil Harrison
Declan Brennan 6-4 Jordan Church
Thompson 6-3 Lakin
Harrison 6-3 Brennan
Thompson 6-2 Harrison