Patrick makes pool world doubles final

Chris Patrick
Chris Patrick

Chris Patrick believes he has made history as the first East Yorkshire cueman to make the final of a world championships event.

The 25-year-old was a runner-up in the IPA Blackball World Championships on Sunday, despite only meeting his doubles partner at the start of the event.

Patrick, who moved to Bridlington last year, teamed up with Lloyd Freeman from Leeds at the competition which had a total of £22,000 prize money up for grabs and attracted players from around the globe.

But on their way to the final at the famous Lakeside Club in Surrey, the duo beat another pairing from Bridlington, Mark Shepherd and Daniel Connell, 7-2 in the quarter finals.

Describing his week as ‘unreal’, Patrick said: “We only met for the first time last Monday. We had never played together or even seen each other play.

“In the last 32 we beat the team who knocked out world number one Gareth Hibbott and his partner.

“In the last 16 we beat world number 10 Jason Rimmington and his partner and in the semis we beat world number three Craig Marsh and his partner.

“It was an amazing experience and brilliant to test myself against the best players in the world and beat a fair few along the way.

“I have had a really tough seven months with my grandad, who I was really close to, dying and I hope this has made him proud.”

Sunday afternoon’s final, which saw Patrick and Freeman beaten 7-4 by Paul Coldrick and Yannick Beaufils, was recorded live for satellite TV station Premier Sports, channel 428 on Sky, and will be shown in the next few weeks.

It also received publicity in national newspapers.

Patrick said: “In the doubles, there were 256 players from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Morocco, South Africa, France and Malta.

“This must be the best achievement by anyone in East Yorkshire within cue sports.

“I am now desperate to get on to the professional tour to continue my career.”

For now, Patrick, who has his own clothing range, is returning to his day job, promoting tournaments for Bridlington Snooker Centre, which sponsored him at the World Championships.

This Saturday sees Gareth Potts, who was crowned singles champion at the Lakeside, visit the centre in Promenade for an exhibition event.

“The sport is growing massively and will be shown regularly onSky TV over the next year.

“Hopefully being a world championship finalist and the hour slot on Sky TV will help attract sponsors,” added Patrick.

“Thank you to my family for all their help, to Rob and Mick Drury and also Bridlington Snooker Centre for sponsoring me.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Patrick at future events can email him at ChrisPatrickIPApool@live.co.uk.