A WEE COUNTY pool player wants to thank everyone who voted to secure his place at a top tournament in South Africa later this year.

Billy Snaddon secured a place at The Best vs The Best competition at Lake Umuzi this December.

While there, he will represent his country in the men's category.

The 51-year-old Fishcross resident secured his slot at the competition after racking up a hefty number of votes online.

A former professional, Billy has been playing pool and snooker for the past 38 years.

In that time, he has won a plethora of titles, including the World Team Senior Championships twice while playing for Scotland, and the World Senior Singles Championships in 2016.

He also won various Scottish titles with the Clackmannanshire Pool League, and recently won the County Singles tournament for the seventh time.

Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with Myeloma – a form of cancer affecting the blood – in 2018.

That led to him taking nine months off from playing, but having picked up the cue again, his skills are just as sharp as ever.

Not long after he started playing again, he competed with the Scottish Seniors A Team and won the European Championships last May.

Speaking about his upcoming competition later this year, he said: "It's an honour to represent Clackmannanshire and Scotland in this tournament.

"I would just like to thank everyone for all their time and efforts to vote for me in the South African Best vs The Best event.

"Friends locally, and from all parts of the UK, Ireland and overseas as well as some strangers – it's all greatly appreciated.

"[And] I'd like to thank all my sponsors for their continued support – The Cairn in Alva, Legends Pool Hall, [and] Springfield Properties.

"Lastly, I couldn't have done any of this without the amazing support of my wife, Marie."