Perry’s bright start

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Chatteris snooker ace Joe Perry started the new snooker season in blistering style by reaching the final of the first tournament on the calendar in the new Players’ Tour Championship event in Sheffield.

He came through six matches and had four century breaks before his fine run was ended in the showpiece when he went down 4-0 at the hands of ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Perry’s run began with a 4-0 third round whitewash of Sanderson Lam and he then eased past Mark Joyce 4-2. He beat Tom Ford in the fifth round by 4-3 before blitzing James Wattana 4-0 in the last eight.

Former world champion Graeme Dott was Perry’s fifth victim by 4-2 win in the semi-final stage but he couldn’t go all the way to glory.

Perry returns to Sheffield this week to compete in a qualifier for the Australian Goldfields Open - the first ranking tournament to be staged Down Under.Perry said:

“Qualifying for Australia is very important for me as well. There are a lot of new places on the calendar this year and the prospect of going to places like Australia and Brazil is really exciting. I want to play in as many different countries as I can.”

And the 36-year-old is keen to improve on last year’s efforts and his burning ambition remains to win a tournament.

“The first half of last season was prety much a write-off for me and I don’t want that to happen again. I’m hoping it can be a good season and I can start climbing back up the rankings. I know I’m capable of reaching the top 16 again but the one thing I’d really like to do is to win a tournament.

“There are plenty of opportunities these days and hopefully I can have a run in one event.”