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Snooker world champion hails young star from Gwersyllt

Published date: 03 June 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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WORLD snooker champion Mark Selby has hailed a Wrexham teenager as the best potting prospect he has seen in years.

Liam Roberts, 13, of Gwersyllt, potted a chance to shine when he came up against newly-crowned world champion Selby.

He made a huge impression on the ‘Jester from Leicester’ when the duo took part in a friendly match as part of the Wrexham Snooker League exhibition and presentation evening held in Llay.

Liam’s mum Becky Griffiths said: “Mark Selby said Liam was the best young player he had seen in the last three to four years.

“He encouraged Liam to keep practising and in the future they could be meeting each other on the professional circuit.”

Both players put on a display of exciting snooker as Liam won the light hearted game 61-51, much to the delight of the enthusiastic crowd.

During the course of the clash Selby lent Liam his cue. It was the same cue Selby had used to become world champion just weeks earlier.

Selby had defeated defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan 18-14 to claim his first world championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Liam enjoyed the opportunity to play against Selby as he was representing junior snooker in Wrexham.

A pupil at Ysgol Bryn Alyn, Gwersyllt, Liam is so good he has even played a couple of games for the Gwersyllt A senior and won both of them.

He has also represented Wales at under-18 level.

Speaking about the evening with Selby, Miss Griffiths said:”Liam was over the moon about it, he was jumping for joy.

“One lady from the crowd asked him for his autograph.

“Mark Selby was so friendly and very down to earth.

“He was having a laugh with everyone, stayed all night and was buying people drinks.”

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