Snooker ace hits thrilling form

O'SULLIVAN'S and Q-Ball snooker star Jimmy Robertson has had a busy few weeks since his return from the Challenge Tour in North Wales.

The 18-year-old reached the final of the Essex & Herts ranking event 2 at Wickford where he finished runner-up after being overcome 3-1 by North London's Lin Tieu, conceding 14 points a frame.

On his way to the final he dropped just four frames all day in his five wins against the experienced Darren Limburg who was seen off 3-2 with breaks of 105, 78 and 40, and Gregg Tugby, who was beaten by the same score, with the help of runs of 67, 50 and a highest break of the day of 107.

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The following week Robertson went one better to win the Golden Waistcoat at Haverhill. After qualifying from the group stages with some outstanding break-building which featured runs of 108, 121 and again the highest break of a the day, a terrific 135.

The teenager went on to beat Daniel O'Brien, Oliver Hoblyn and Alex Davies, all 3-0, before winning 4-1 in the final against new Chinese sensation Liang Wenbo.

Robertson then joined 80 of the world's top players at Pontins in Pestatyn for the second event of six in the under-21 series. After again qualifying comfortably from the group stages, winning seven out of nine matches, the O'Sullivan's cueist met Welshman Aled Brothers who was edged out 3-2 to set up a meeting with Irish champion Mark Allen.

Robertson stormed into a 2-0 lead with one frame being settled by a new personal highest break and tournament high break of 142 only for Allen to level. But a run of 74 in the decider saw the Bexhill ace clinch a 3-2 triumph.

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Lewis Roberts was put to the sword 3-1 in the quarter-finals which set up a last four clash against friend Alex Davies, a former youngest ever English Amateur champion whom Robertson disposed of 3-0 the previous week.

This time Davies had other ideas and after Robertson had levelled the match at 2-2 the Clacton player ran out the winner 3-2 before losing by the same score in the final against tournament favourite Jamie Cope.