Anglers Mail recently voted Alan Scotthorne as Britain’s best ever match angler; however an Italian table published this week places Drennan England’s relative newcomer Steve Hemingray at the summit of the world’s matchmen.

The study compiled results in World Championship matches over the last five years, which has seen Steve score an average section result of just 2.83 over the six times he’s fished, remembering that it’s a two-day event and anglers don’t always fish both days.

That puts him ahead of France’s Stephane Pottelet in second (3.11) and two anglers from the Czech Republic; Ondrej Pokorny (3.17) and Ladislav Konopasek (3.4).

When you look only at anglers who have fished every day over the last five years, Konopasek is surprisingly the top angler, followed by Hungary’s stalwart Tamas Walter (3.67) and another Czech angler Peter Klasek (4.7), indicating that the Czech’s really are a coming force in the world of match fishing.

In the overall table led by Hemingray, three other Brits make the top 25 – Alan Scotthorne in 10th overall (4.38); Will Raison 13th (4.8) and Sean Ashby in 19th (5.25).

See the full table below:

The world’s top 25 match anglers 2017 based on section scores over the last five years.