Snooker: Silverwood progresses at English Amateur Championships

Snooker player James Silverwood.
Snooker player James Silverwood.

A Lancaster snooker player is into the last 32 of the English Amateur Championships.

Promising professional James Silverwood won through three rounds at the Elite Snooker Club in Preston on Sunday to qualify for the last 16 of the northern area of the competition in Leeds on the weekend of April 26 and April 27.

The Squires Snooker Club based player recorded 4-3. 4-0 and 4-1 victories as the field was whittled down from the original 155 players.

He now moves onto the next stage to decide the north’s winner with the victor gong up against the winner from the south competition to decide the English Amateur Champion in May in a best of 19 frames contest.

Silverwood was pleased with his display having made his first trip to sports psychologist before the event in a bid to improve his consistency week in, week out.

He said: “Sometimes I struggle to find my A game and he gave me a few things to think about.

“When I’m sat in my chair I just need to try and refocus and it seemed to work on Sunday.

“I never felt in danger throughout the day and wasn’t really on top of my game.

“But I managed to find a B game rather than disintegrating.

“I played pretty consistently and won most of my frames with 60, 70 or 80 breaks.”