Former snooker pro hits record-breaking frame

Former snooker pro hits record-breaking frame

Former professional snooker player Jason Prince has hit the first-ever 147 break at the Birstall Irish Democratic League Club.

The former pro was playing a game against his son, Ryan Prince, when he shot the perfect frame. 

Prince, 47, originally hails from Derry in Northern Ireland but has lived in Birstall for the past 21 years. 

Prince has been retired from professional snooker since 2004 and never thought it possible that he would make another 147 break. 

“I was in the Irish club in Birstall and they have never had a big break, so when I hit the 147 everyone was over the moon,” said Prince. 

“I was the first professional from Derry and I moved to England in 1987 to try and turn pro, I turned professional in 1990 and then moved to Birstall a few years later.

“I only live 300 yards from the Nash club and I am really happy to get my first 147, since retiring, in the Nash. 

“I never thought I would get another 147, I was playing my oldest son and that made the moment all the nicer.”

A 147 break is the maximum break achievable in a game of snooker and it requires a player to pot all 15 reds with 15 blacks for 120 points, followed by potting all six colours in order for a further 27 points.

The Northern Irishman also hit a 147 break while playing in the 1999 British Open. Prince says he is still able to hit plenty of 100 breaks despite retiring over 12 years ago.

His perfect break in the Birstall Nash was recorded on the CCTV in the club and Jason is glad he will always be able to look back on his 147 frame. 

He added: “ I have seen the footage myself, it is nice to have.”

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