Nicholson becomes Six Reds champion

Snooker player Jake Nicholson pictured at The Victoria Club, Flamborough.

Snooker player Jake Nicholson pictured at The Victoria Club, Flamborough.

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Could 2014 be the breakthrough year for Flamborough snooker player Jake Nicholson.

He is already facing the prospect of playing some of the sport’s biggest names in his first season on the WorldTour.

And on Saturday he became the English Six Reds Champion, with a 6-2 win over Darren Cook.

As the name suggests, six reds snooker, is played with six reds instead of 15, and with the usual six colours - and Jimmy White and Mark Selby have been previous world champions.

Nicholson said: “Six reds is a brand new brand of snooker. It is played with the same rules, but it is a quicker game.

“It is nice to play a different format. With all the snooker that goes on these days, it is difficult to play the same game all the time.

“This is a prestigious tournament so it was nice to win it.

He eased past Hartlepool’s Cook 6-2 in Leeds at the weekend, but it was his semi-final against Russell Morgan, where Nicholson really hit the heights.

He scored 200 points without reply as he won five games in a row, including two maximum breaks of 75.

In the longer format of the game, he is still waiting for his first 147 in a competition. but has rattled off five maximums in practice.

Nicholson, who is still just 21, is now a full-time professional, and practises at the Victoria Club in Flamborough for six hours a day, seven days a week.

He also travels to the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds and the Star Academy in Sheffield regularly.

He stopped playing in local leagues a couple of years ago when he was giving away a 100-point start to opponents and still winning games.

“It’s going well,” he said. My next big tournament is in Latvia and this season I will be playing six tournaments in Europe as well as going to China and Thailand early next year.

“I play with all the topmplayers and have beaten a good few of them in practice.

“Now I am hoping to start to play them more regularly in competitions.”

He has already been to China earlier this year for the World Under 21 Championships, where he reached the last 16.

“I would love to qualify for the television stages for the European Players Tour Championships, because I want to get on TV as much as possible.

“This is what I have been working towards since I was 13. It has been a long old road but I feel like I am getting there.

“I have got a new coach and a sports psychologist, and since Christmas things have been unbelievable.”

His success has only been possible thanks to the on-going support of parents Kim and Jake, and staff at the Vic Club, including stewardJohn Mills and Dave Brown, who enable him to get plenty of crucial practice time.

Any businesses wanting to sponsor Nicholson can contact him at the Vic Club on 850520.