It was once written in a newspaper that Barry Pinches spends his time “lording it round the snooker clubs of Norwich.”
There have been a lot of odd things written over the years but this will take some beating.
Anyone who knows Barry knows that ‘lording it’ is not something he would ever do, in Norwich or anywhere else.
Most people seem to assume he will be easily beaten by Stephen Hendry at the Bahrain Championship today.
I would offer a note of caution to Hendry fans.
You don’t need a particularly long memory to recall their match in the second round of the 2004 World Championship, which went to a deciding frame before Hendry won 13-12.
The seven times Crucible champion has also won their other two meetings but Pinches, who wears a distinctive waistcoast in his beloved Norwich City’s colours, is one of those players who can cause all sorts of problems for players not on their game.
He’s been a pro for 19 years now and although he has never quite risen above journeyman status he has a maximum to his name and is closing in on 100 centuries (currently on 92).
He has already had two tons in Manama this week and will exploit any errors coming from the cue of Hendry.
Barry’s in the position of having nothing to lose, really. Hendry, on the other hand, is desperate for a good run and so will be the one under pressure.
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