Robertson right on cue in pro-am

Jimmy Robertson, professional snooker player from Bexhill
Jimmy Robertson, professional snooker player from Bexhill

Jimmy Robertson enjoyed a useful warm-up for the 2011-12 World Snooker season with a fine display in Gloucester last weekend.

The Bexhill talent reached the semi-finals of the Pink Ribbon Pro-Am at the South West Snooker Academy and could well have made it through to the decider.

Robertson began his campaign in the last 128 with a 4-0 win over Phil O’Kane. The world no.53 then cruised past another amateur Sanderson Lam by the same score and saw off 50th-ranked Peter Lines 4-2 in the last 32.

The former English Amateur Champion outgunned Shane Castle 4-1 in the last 16 and was taken the distance by Sam Harvey in the quarter-finals despite leading 3-1 at one stage.

Robertson’s run eventually came to an end with a 4-3 defeat against Michael Holt after losing the final two frames. Holt, the defending champion, lost 4-0 in the final to Mark Joyce.

Fellow O’Sullivan’s Snooker Club player Leo Fernandez continued the sparkling recent form which has earned three titles in recent weeks, including the English Amateur Championship, by reaching the last 16.

Fernandez chalked up a notable 4-2 success over world no.38 Mike Dunn in the last 64 before getting the better of a fellow former professional Craig Steadman by the same score in the last 32.

But the Ireland-born Fernandez went down 4-0 at the hands of world no.28 Ryan Day in the last 16. Hastings-based Rob Tickner won two matches in the qualifying rounds before losing 4-0 to Michael White.

Further details will appear in Friday’s Observers.