Snooker ace Jimmy claims great win

WHAT started out as a promising season could turn into one of the best ever for snooker star Jimmy Robertson.

The 20-year-old hot-potter is in line for a return to the main professional world tour for the 2007-08 season.

O'Sullivan's Snooker Club-based Robertson heads the English Senior Pro-Ticket Tour - and by virtue of that holds the one world tour qualification spot - with two events remaining.

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Father Brian said: "With a lull in his form over the past two seasons, he has put in more work than ever and come out fighting to show his true colours."

Such a golden opportunity knocks for Robertson largely as a result of winning the third of the campaign's four competitions at Jesters Snooker Club in Swindon.

He eased past Alex Davies 4-1 (with breaks of 53, 69, 79 and 82), Ryan Wood 4-0 (breaks of 52, 80 and 100) and Jamie Croxton (one break of 80) in qualifying on Saturday.

The number four seed returned the following day to dispose of Kendal-based number three seed Leo Fernandez 4-2 in the quarter-finals helped by breaks of 45, 74, 84 and 106.

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Next came a fighting performance to outgun number one seed Michael Rhodes, from Tudhoe near Darlington, by the same margin in the last four, recording runs of 49, 53, 59, 92 and 118 along the way.

Robertson then prevailed 5-4 in a long and tiring, but terrific final against seventh-placed Michael Wild, from Oldham.

The Bexhill cueist shot into a 3-1 lead only to lose the next three frames before bagging the last two thanks to breaks of 50 plus and 64.

Robertson, who reached a final and quarter-final in the previous two events on the circuit, will hope to consolidate his position with decent results in the English Amateur Championship and the concluding tour competition.

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What's more, Robertson is also lying in pole position in the English Under-21 Grand Prix rankings after winning the latest tournament the previous weekend.

He topped his group courtesy of three more centuries, one of which was a magnificent 136 and another of 122 when he missed out on his first ever competitive 147 by failing to pot the final green.

Robertson scraped through 4-3 against Liverpool's Daniel McCann with breaks of 50, 60 and 70 plus in the first knockout round before runs of 40, 79, 82 and 101 saw him east past last eight opponent John Astley (Gateshead) 4-1.

He was very close to losing the semi-final with Darren Bond, but pulled through 4-3 as a result of breaks of 51, 52, 58 and 67.

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The Bexhillian then compiled breaks of 50, 60 plus, 68 and 82 to see off Knaresborough's Gyles Behbood in the final.

The winner and runner-up in this series earn the chance to represent England in the World Under-21 Championship which will be staged in Mauritius during August.

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