Now it seems though, it's older maiden title winners that are like buses that are coming along thick and faster last season's first time winners.

Ryan Day has claimed his first ranking title after he defeated Scotland's Stephen Maguire in the final of the Riga Masters 2017 5 - 2 to join an elite number of players who have just one ranking title to their name.

And the 37-year-old now ticks himself off the list as a player regarded as one of the best players never to have won a ranking title.

That problem now rests with someone else.

Not only that, but the Welshman is now back in the top 16 at 15th, and has booked a place in the elite Champion of Champions tournament later on this year.

The match

It was a great start to the first ranking event of the new season as Day sprang out of the blocks and sped into a 4 - 0 lead against Maguire in the final, who was a little below par, but managed a great 119 after the interval to claw back to 4 - 2, but Day held his nerve in the seventh frame and managed to clamber over the line to win his first ranking title.

Day joked after, "Maybe I'll eat more bananas in future," referring to the number of bananas he ordered prior to his final match - 4 in total.

Maguire was graceful in defeat and told Eurosport after he should have won one years ago.

Day's first appearance in a ranking final came back in 2007 at the Malta Cup, but 10 years on, he appeared last season in the World Grand Prix where he lost to Barry Hawkins, 10 - 7.

Dynamite Day

On route to his first title, Dynamite Day, as he is nicknamed, overcame the only top 16 player left in the event, his fellow countryman Mark Williams, who was also after his 19th ranking title and his first since 2011, but it was Day who managed to win the decider in the semi-finals.

Other maiden winners

Last season, Anthony Hamilton and Mark King both entered the winning enclosure as first time ranking event winners as German Masters and Northern Ireland Champions.

Other first timers include the Pinner potter Martin Gould, and Kettering's Kyren Wilson, German Masters and Shanghai winners.

26 players in total have just one ranking event title to their name.

He becomes the first Welshman to win a ranking event since Michael White won the 2015 Indian Open, as Mark Williams last won in the 2011 German Masters.

The Welsh potting machine, now 42, came close last season to winning the China Open before the World Championship and is still in the top 16 in 16th position.

Some of the top players did not make it to Riga - as Neil Robertson fell early on to Germany's first professional Lukas Kleckers.