Top stars in Barrett's sights
A FORMER world champion, a renowned crowd favourite, and the number one-ranked professional are the tantalising opponents in sight for two of the area's top snooker amateurs.
Jamie Barrett, of Cleethorpes, and Grimsby cueman Stuart Carrington are aiming to face some of the sport's biggest names in Gloucester at the UK Players Tour Championship Event Four, which breaks off tomorrow.
Ken Doherty, the world champion in 1997, and six-time runner-up Jimmy White lie in wait if the players can chalk up victories against amateur opposition in the qualification stages.
And if Barrett does face 'The Whirlwind' on the baize, he will compete for a second-round clash against Judd Trump – provided the world number one wins his first round.
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Carrington – fresh from becoming only the second player in Grimsby & District Snooker Singles League history to rack up back-to-back centuries – needs to win two qualifiers to face Irishman Doherty, the only player to have landed a title triple of World Amateur, World Under-21 and World Championship crowns.
But first up for the 22-year-old former England junior is Robert Tickner.
Barrett, 28, gets his PTC season up-and- running tomorrow after receiving a bye to the second qualifying round – one victory away from meeting White, who beat Carrington in the German Masters qualification stages last year.
Barrett said: "If I win tomorrow in my qualifier then I would go through to play Jimmy White which is an amazing incentive.
"He is a legend of the game so it would be amazing to be able to take him on. But If I was to get through though, I'd just look at it as any other snooker match. But first I just have to focus on my qualifier and on getting through that."