VETERAN St Neots potter Jan Hughes is one of the green-baize queens from around the globe descending on Bury St Edmunds this week for the Greene King World Ladies Snooker Championship.

VETERAN St Neots potter Jan Hughes is one of the green-baize queens from around the globe descending on Bury St Edmunds this week for the Greene King World Ladies Snooker Championship.

It is the first time that the Suffolk market town has hosted the World Ladies Billiards and Snooker Association’s (WLBSA) season finale – and will be staged at the Pot Black Sports Bar.

Hughes, who is currently ranked 21st in the world, will need to be at her best while red-hot favourite Reanne Evans is bidding for a record seventh straight world title.

The world number one and top seed is also looking to extend her record 84-match unbeaten run on the WLBSA circuit.

Attempting to de-throne the undisputed champion are world number two Maria Catalano – who is Ronnie O’Sullivan’s 29-year-old cousin – as well as Portsmouth’s Emma Bonney, who is also seeking a fourth successive billiards title; and Kent’s Katie Henrick, who is ranked fourth.

The round-robin stage of the main competition starts at 10am on Saturday with the final scheduled for noon on Wednesday.

The eventual champion will pocket £1,000 and the runner-up £500. Prize money will also be paid down to the last 16.

Hughes has had some relatively recent success, winning the Plate event at the WLBSA East Anglian Snooker Championships held in Cambridge back in late October.