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Snooker: Ricky Walden wins General Cup International

FLINTSHIRE star Ricky Walden’s love affair with the Far East has continued.

The world number 20 beat Chinese rising star Liang Wenbo 6-2 in the final of the inaugural General Cup International after losing to the world number 27 in the group stages of the Hong Kong event.

Bagillt-based Walden, who won the first ranking title of his career at the Shanghai Masters in October, recovered from that opening-match defeat to beat Chan Wai Kei 4-3 and then Tian Pengfei 5-1 in the semi-finals.

Walden has now jetted out to Taiwan to represent Great Britain at the World Games in Kaohsiung.

On his return from his three-week Asian tour, the 26-year-old former Flint High School student will take on Jimmy White in a challenge match at The Q Bar in Chester on Friday, August 7.

The legendary Whirlwind, who knocked-out defending champion Walden on his way to winning the SangSom 6-Red Snooker Grand Prix in Thailand earlier this month, will also play four frames against local players, who will be chosen via a raffle and an auction.

There are 140 tickets available, costing £20 each, and to book yours call 01244 316161.

Walden is one of the owners of newly-opened Q Bar, which is based on Volunteer Street and was formerly known as the Chester Snooker Centre.