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Barry Pinches

NameDate of Birth Country
Barry Pinches13-07-1970England

Career

 

He won the English Amateur Championship in 1988, enabling him to turn professional in 1989. He is coached by Stephen Feeney.

After a largely unsuccessful start to his career, he hit good form for a while in the 2000s.He defeated Jimmy White 10–8 in the 2004 World Championship, in a match which overran and had to be completed after other matches,then led Stephen Hendry 11–9 before losing 12–13 and has lost in the first round twice more – the 13-year gap between his first two Crucible appearances (1991–2004) is an all-time record. In his first appearance at the Crucible, in 1991 he lost 3–10 to Terry Griffiths. His best ranking tournament run to date, was in the 2003 UK Championship, where he reached the quarter-finals with victories over Marco Fu, Graeme Dott and Stephen Lee, before Stephen Hendry ended his run.

In the 2011/2012 season Pinches narrowly missed out on a maximum 147 break at Event 2 of the Players Tour Championship in Gloucester, making it to the final black.He would later finish the season ranked world number 64, grabbing the final spot on offer through the world rankings to play in the 2012/2013 season. He fell 23 places in the rankings during the season – the most of anyone on the snooker tour.

Pinches had a very poor 2015/2016 season as he only won two matches all year, both of these coming at the Haining Open. He was involved in two frames of note during the season. At the Ruhr Open, Pinches and Alan McManus set the record for the longest official snooker frame at 100 minutes and 24 seconds.The record stood until April 2017. In the final frame of his 4–1 defeat of Pinches in the first round of the Welsh Open, Ronnie O'Sullivan learned that the prize for making a 147 was £10,000 and decided after potting the 14th red to pot a pink and make a 146 instead as the prize money was not enough.Pinches dropped off the tour at the end of the season and he failed to regain his place on the main tour through Q School.He qualified for the 2016 Paul Hunter Classic, but lost 4–3 to Cao Yupeng in the first round.

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