Snooker: Jamie Green racks up fourth century
MANY amateur snooker players would be elated at making one century – hot shot Jamie Green has racked up the historic feat of four tons in as many successive Roy Ling Mutual Grimsby Snooker Singles League matches.
In the Grimsby & District Billiards & Snooker League's centenary season, the region's top cuemen have marked the occasion in style with some stylish break-building on the baize.
Last November, Grimsby's Stuart Carrington became the first player to make centuries in back-to-back Singles League frames.
Green has now continued the century surge, chalking up four centuries across eight Singles League frames.
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The Webbonet cueman said: "I don't know what the secret to making these centuries is – snooker players search for it all the time! You never really know it. I guess I've just been lucky.
"I actually only realised I'd done three centuries from a conversation I had with Alan Edmonds. There was some banter from the lads and one said, 'you better get your head down and get a fourth, as no-one will beat that'.
"And I was delighted to do it."
Green notched up breaks of 106, 112 and 105 before his knock of 103 last Monday.
He said: "The fourth is my favourite. My team's captain, Nige Emmerson, was refereeing my game. When I potted the black and reached 60, he shouted the score that little bit louder to shut everyone up who was sat down.
"That put a bit of pressure on, but it was good fun. I could have made a 137 if I'd cleared up but I lost my concentration after reaching 100!"
Green is back in singles action when Webbonet take on Blossom Way B on Monday.
He said: "It'd be great to make it five! I'm quite happy with four, so the pressure is off – you never know I might get another!"
Green is happy to enjoy his century spree on the local scene, but hasn't ruled out a return to Players Tour Championship action against national rivals.
"I've never gone for the Players Tour Championship events that much," he said.
"Work doesn't really fit around them that well, and I guess in my heart I've never felt I'm good enough. But you never know.
"I'm not practising a lot, but I'm doing enough. I'm just enjoying this run of form while it lasts!"
Meanwhile, Ronnie O'Sullivan announced his return from retirement this week – the 'Rocket' will defend his title at the World Championships next month.
Green said: "I pleased at the news. He's been missed in snooker, particularly the big events on the television.
"I don't think the standard has been great in the game since he's been out and his return might lift it.
"Ronnie's return might lift the pressure off Judd Trump. The expectation on him to step up and win all the time hasn't helped him.
"He has a chance to win the World Championship without a doubt. He's the most naturally-gifted player of all time.
"His scoring power is such that he can make frame-winning breaks from anywhere, even when nothing appears to be on.
"And that's why so many people love watching him."