Hatfield snooker ace Alfie Burden nails maximum 147 break

PUBLISHED: 14:21 28 May 2009 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

Hatfield snooker player Alfie Burden

Hatfield snooker player Alfie Burden

HATFIELD snooker star Alfie Burden cued his way to a sensational 147 maximum break on his way to winning the final EASB Pro Ticket Tour event of the season. Whilst delighted at clearing the table in a single visit for the first time in an official competi

Alfie Burden

HATFIELD snooker star Alfie Burden cued his way to a sensational 147 maximum break on his way to winning the final EASB Pro Ticket Tour event of the season.

Whilst delighted at clearing the table in a single visit for the first time in an official competition, the 32-year-old wished he had managed the feat at a certain Sheffield venue.

Speaking to the WHT Burden said: "In my last tournament I managed to get a 147, I've had loads in practise but it's the first official one in a competition.

"It was a shame it was not at the Crucible as you win £157,000 for doing it there."

The father of two pocketed prize money for his maximum in the event at Woking Snooker Centre, although not quite a six figure sum.

"As it was I won £100 for the 147 and £850 for winning the tournament."

He claimed a 5-4 triumph over Leicester's Ben Woollaston to claim the winner's trophy.

Burden, who has been a professional player for 14 years, is on a mission to get back in the snooker big time.

After playing the world's best players in the top competitions around the world Burden is at the moment playing on a secondary circuit.

Last term he dropped off the main snooker tour, which is home to the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins and Stephen Hendry.

The Hatfield professional potter, who has been ranked as high as number 29 in the world, needs to win one of his next two competitions to get back to that level.

He regularly plays a few frames with snooker legend Jimmy White and even played an exhibition game with the whirlwind in a prison.

Burden competes in the English play-offs this weekend (May 30 and 31) and then will represent England in the European Championship in Belgium next month.

"It's a big couple of weeks for me as the plan is to get myself back on the tour."

Alfie currently trains at the Fairview Snooker Club in Wembley, although is looking for a new playing space in Times Territory.

"I'm still full-time and practise four to five hours a day at a club in Wembley, but I'm looking for a base nearer to where I live in Hatfield," he added.

If you're able to help Alfie in his search please contact the WHT sports desk on 01707 384192.


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