Burns scalded the Whirlwind

Snooker Professional Ian Burns of Croston
Snooker Professional Ian Burns of Croston

Croston’s Ian Burns may have failed in reaching the televised stages of the World Championships – but the snooker ace will remember the qualifying stages after recording a memorable victory.

Burns defeated legend Jimmy White 10-4 in the second qualifying round of the competition.

The world No.66 dominated White throughout to claim a notable win.

He ran in breaks of 131 and 121 while reeling off eight of the last nine frames.

However, the 2013 rookie of the year was then knocked out by Finland’s Robin Hull in the third qualifying round, losing 10-4.

Had Burns defeated Hull, he would have taken on 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon.

After his loss, Burns took to social networking site Twitter to express his

disappointment.

He said: “It’s always gutting to lose.

“But it hurts a little more in the World Champs.

“Season over, but looking forward to the next two years now.”

In the first qualifying round played at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, Burns defeated Fraser Patrick from Glasgow 10-6.

Burns has just finished his second year as a professional and the highlight of this latest year was pushing world No.2 Mark Selby all the way in a thrilling encounter in the Australian Goldfields Open.

Burns had led Selby 3-0 before the former levelled the at 3-3.

Burns then took the lead once again but Selby ran out a 5-4 winner.