RICKY Dewdney is celebrating a call up to the England squad.
The 33-year-old, who plays for the Stout House in the Horsham & District Bar Billiards League, impressed the selection panel with a series of fine performances for the Sussex B team, and he was rewarded with a call up to face Jersey in a double header in February and next October.
“It would be nice to pull on and England shirt,” Ricky, from Broadbridge Heath, said. “I am well happy. To be honest it was completely unexpected, I was hoping to get into the Sussex A side, but because I have been playing so well it was the England squad.
“It’s one of those things you can say you have achieved.”
Although bar billiards is a specialised sport the England selectors do spread their net across the sport’s heartland around the south of England, so to have made the squad is a huge honour.
An average score of around 8,000 caught the eye as Dewdney competed in the Inter Counties Tournament this year. He won all five of his matches in the tournament. “I was delighted with how I had played,” he said. “I had a higher average than some of the Sussex A players.”
The Horsham district has produced a number of notable achievements on the national stage. Mike Hinton and Tony Franks were crowned All-England Singles Champions, while Dewdney became the 2008 All-England Mens Pairs Champion, alongside Kevin Tunstall.