Well done to Peter Lines, who has qualified for the final stages of a ranking tournament for the first time in seven years following his 9-6 defeat of Nigel Bond in the Pukka Pies UK Championship.

His last appearance at a main tour final venue was at Telford for the 2002 British Open and he is heading back to the town's International Centre to face Marco Fu in a week's time.

Peter was recognised as a terrific talent when he turned professional in 1991.

This was when the game was open and there were over 600 professionals, so it was tough to make progress but Lines enjoyed early wins over the likes of Martin Clark, Mike Hallett and Willie Thorne.

On his only Crucible appearance in 1998, he lost to John Parrott but made a 141 total clearance.

Lines beat John Higgins in the 1999 China Open in Shanghai and reached his only ranking event quarter-final, where he was beaten 5-4 by Brian Morgan.

His highest ranking was 42nd in the 1999/00 season.

Lines declined in recent seasons but showed excellent form in the UK qualifiers, making two centuries in his first match and three in the last four frames of his second.

In recent times he received coaching and advice from Steve Prest, who sadly died earlier this year.

And Peter's son, Oliver, has also shown evidence of his potential during junior tournaments.

It's good to see a player regarded as a journeyman clawing his way out of the qualifiers to be part of a tournament, although he will likely have to raise another gear to go any further in the event.


jamie brannon said...

A winnable opener for Lines against Fu, who I think has not yet won this season, but is certainly out of form. Some tasty first round ties in prospect at Telford, Ronnie v Stevens looking the pick. Matthew still needs two frames, if he gets them he could turn Ronnie over as he is still struggling from range and didnt even bag his customary Premier League title. Walden v Higgins, Davis v Hendry are also possibles. Out of the definite draws Williams v Dott has some appeal.

Anonymous said...

suggestion dave

put a pic of players like this in your blog instead of folk like higgins when theres one about him....."everyone" knows what higgins looks like....

just a suggestion

Anonymous said...

Google images?

just a suggestion

Anonymous said...

Great win for Peter Lines! Congrats!

Nothing about the Premier League? I know, O'Sullivan fan.....lol

Anonymous said...

I am gutted Docherty lost today but thrilled that Davis is through.