VIDEO: Record-breaker James enjoys first international trip

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The city’s rising snooker star has had an eventful few days in Belgium.

On his first international trip, James Silverwood not only reached round five on the Antwerp Open but also broke a world record on four separate occasions.

Snooker player James Silverwood.

Snooker player James Silverwood.

The Squires Snooker Club player cleared the six colours in a new fastest time as part of a special attraction at the Players Tour Championship 
event.

The 22-year-old said: “There was a cue zone where anyone, players or fans, could have a go at potting the six colours.

“The record was 23.09 and I did, 23.06, 22.47, 21.98 and then 21.94. The trip was a really good experience and, I had a good laugh with the lads and I’m looking forward to the next one.”

The former Ripley St Thomas pupil then went onto break the record again in practice - clearing yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black in 20.90 seconds.

As for the tournament itself, Silverwood won through three matches before a 4-0 defeat to India’s leading pro Pankaj Advani on Saturday.

It represented a decent performance for the Lancaster potter but one he hopes to build on.

Silverwood said: “The fifth round is okay but I can do better.

“He (Advani) did well in the first three frames and knocked in a 126 and a 50-odd but I should have won the fourth but missed a pink.

“If I’d taken that one you never know what can happen with pressure and momentum.

“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season now.”

Silverwood is back in action with two events in Leeds this weekend.

He takes part in the Malcolm Thorne Memorial English Open on Saturday before the Six Reds World Champions Qualifiers on Sunday.

He said: “I’m keeping busy and enjoying it.

“I couldn’t have done it without my dad (Duncan). He’s backed me right from the start and always supported my snooker.”

Check out our video, above, of James going under 21 seconds clearing the colours at Squires in Lancaster.