GO WEST: Barry targets world snooker title

SNOOKER LOOPY: Sprotbrough's Barry West. Picture: Liz Mockler D2625LM.
SNOOKER LOOPY: Sprotbrough's Barry West. Picture: Liz Mockler D2625LM.

TOP potter Barry West will go head to head with some of the biggest stars in snooker history as he lines up a shot at the Seniors World Championship.

The Sprotbrough player heads to Portsmouth this weekend after qualifying for the last 16 stage without dropping a frame.

West will share the table with the likes of Dennis Taylor, Nigel Bond, Steve Davis and Jimmy White at the Mountbatten Centre.

Despite the daunting field, West is determined to go all the way.

“I’m going there to win it, no question,” he told the Free Press.

“I’m very confident that I can go there and do the business.

“Practice has been going very well and I’m very determined.”

The 54-year-old swept through qualifying at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport, beating Ashley Beal, David Roe and Ian Brumby with 2-0 margins in each game.

West will now meet New Zealand player Dene O’Kane on Saturday afternoon.

He said: “I can only remember one time when I’ve played Dene – he beat me in the Rothmans Grand Prix in the early 90s.

“Hopefully I’ll be getting some revenge this weekend.”

West became a professional snooker player in 1985.

He reached the World Championships at the Crucible in 1987 and 1988, losing to Ray Reardon and Doug Mountjoy.

He said: “I reached the top 32 in the world in my first year as a professional and I’m the only person to ever do that.

“I stayed in the top 32 for eight years and peaked at number 14.”

The Seniors World Championship will be screened live on Sky Sports.