Wayne Cotterill of Pendle Kitchens Burnley and District Snooker League team St Andrew’s Bowling Club recently achieved the holy grail - a 147 break!
His maximum came not in a competitive match, but while playing straight after league game in which he lost!
Wayne playing snooker when he was six, when father Jeff him a small chip board table for Christmas.
After a few months of playing, Jeff thought Wayne might have an eye for the game and decided to enquire about the possibility of him being coached.
He ended up joining the Junior Snooker School at Top Break and received coaching from Glenn Stevenson, Harry Gillespie and Mick Kirkby.
Wayne said: “If it wasn’t for the continued support and patience of my dad, as well as all the miles in the car travelling all over the UK for junior competitions, I would never have achieved any of the things I have in the game of snooker – two East Lancashire 10 Reds knockout wins, one Nelson Semi-Snooker League title, two high breaks in all competitions - one of which was a 129 total clearance, a Nelson Semi-Snooker individual title, two order of merit titles and four team knockout titles – all while playing for St Andrew’s.”
As regards his break, he added: “I was playing doubles with Olly Clack as my partner against Chris Catlow and Terry Windle. I potted a long red and finished perfect on the black to go into the pack, and after that the break was pretty straight forward.
“It soon became clear there was a chance for the 147. The only difficult red was the final one.
“The adrenaline had kicked in and I played it a little bit too hard and finished about two inches away from the red to the left, so I had to dig down and play with screw and right hand side to come off two cushions for the black, but again hit it too hard and the cue ball cannoned into the 15th black, but luckily it bounced off the bottom and side cushion to leave me a thin cut back into the corner pocket.
“After that the colours were pretty straight forward and it was just a case of holding myself together and trusting my technique.”