Potts puts on an ‘unbelievable’ display

World champion: Gareth Potts in action at Bridlington Snooker Centre in Promenade on Saturday evening. Picture by Matt Traves.

World champion: Gareth Potts in action at Bridlington Snooker Centre in Promenade on Saturday evening. Picture by Matt Traves.

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Special guest Gareth Potts showed why he is the world champion when he visited Bridlington Snooker Centre on Saturday evening.

Just a week after he claimed the IPA Blackball World Championship at the Lakeside Club in Surrey, he came to East Yorkshire for an exhibition night.

Snooker Centre manager Andrew Ritchie said: “Watching him close up, he was unbelievable. And off the table he was a really nice guy and easy to talk to.

“We ran a number of competitions in the club, with flyers and in the Free Press and the winners all got to play Gareth.

“The winner of the second season of our big Individuals League, Dan Connell, also took him on in a best of three frames and I think most people who were in the club got to play a frame against him.”

Ritchie admitted the timing of Potts’ visit, so soon after he had claimed his fourth world title, couldn’t have been better planned.

“It’s the equivalent of booking Ronnie O’Sullivan the week after he had won The Masters,” he added.

“We hadn’t organised an event like this before, but it was really well supported. We wanted it to be a success and knew that everyone there was representing Bridlington, and it went really well.

“We tried to give as many people as possible the chance as possible to play the world champion.

“I don’t know how many times we will have the chance to say we had a world champion and a world finalist in our centre at the same time.”

The world finalist was local player Chris Patrick, who was a runner-up in the doubles at the IPA event and is working to promote the Snooker Centre.

“This event has raised our profile. We already have the biggest competition in East Yorkshire, and now the world champion has been down here,” said Ritchie.