Jamie Clarke (snooker player)


Jamie Clarke (born 5 October 1994) is a Welsh professional snooker player.

Jamie Clarke
Born (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 26)
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire
Sport country Wales
Nickname2nd Best Golfer
Professional2018–
Highest ranking76 (August–September 2020)
Current ranking 80 (as of 4 May 2021)
Career winnings£87,450
Highest break136:
2020 World Championship
Century breaks22
Best ranking finishSemi-finals (2019 Snooker Shoot Out)

Career


Clarke drew attention in 2014 when he defeated former world number 8 Darren Morgan in 6–0 whitewash in the semi-finals of the Welsh Amateur Championship before going on to defeat Lee Walker to capture the highest ranking and most prestigious amateur event in Wales.[1][2] In 2015 Clarke entered several events in an attempt to qualify for the World Snooker Tour and narrowly missed out by losing in the final of tournaments on 3 occasions. In April, Clarke lost 3–4 in a final-frame decider to Martin O'Donnell in the final round of the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-off. Clarke would go on to enter Q School in May 2015, but would be unable to advance further than the third round. In June 2015, Clarke qualified for the knockout stage of EBSA European Snooker Championship as the 19th seed where he lost 4–7 to Michael Wild in the final.[3][4]

The following month at the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship Clarke once again reached the tournament final before losing 7–8 in the deciding frame to Boonyarit Keattikun. In February 2016, Clarke once again reached the final of the EBSA European Snooker Championship as the number 1 seed, however he was once again defeated 4–7 losing to fellow countryman Jak Jones.[5] Two months later Clarke again lost a final-frame decider 3–4 to Elliot Slessor in the final round of the EBSA Qualifying Tour Play-off. This was Clarke's fifth defeat in the final round of a World Snooker Tour. Clarke was finally able to gain professional status at the sixth attempt, in the EBSA Tour Qualifying Play-offs, thanks to victories over former World Championship semi-finalist Andy Hicks and English amateur George Pragnall.[6]

He qualified for the first time for the 2020 World Snooker Championship, defeating Mark Allen 10–8 in the first round despite Allen scoring 5 centuries. Clarke was involved in a controversial incident during his second round match against Anthony McGill. Clarke was leading 7–2 when McGill complained to him directly that he had stood in his eyeline on several different occasions during the match while he was getting down on a shot. Referee Jan Verhaas intervened but it seemed to unsettle Clarke after he won the frame. During the interval he tweeted 'You want to dance, let's dance.' McGill won the remaining five frames of the session to trail 7–8.[7] Ultimately the match went to a decider; Clarke was in first during the deciding frame before failing to escape from a snooker, and leaving a free ball. This was enough for McGill to win the match and see Clarke lose 12–13.[8]

Clarke's campaign at the 2021 World Snooker Championship ended in a similar fashion. In the last qualifying round, he led Mark Davis 7-2 after the first session before Davis won seven frames on a spin in the second session, with Clarke eventually losing 8-10.

Performance and rankings timeline


Tournament 2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
2020/
21
Ranking[9][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 84 [nb 4]
Ranking tournaments
European Masters Tournament Not Held A 1R LQ LQ 3R
English Open Tournament Not Held A A 1R 1R 3R
Championship League Non-Ranking Event 2R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held A 1R 1R 1R 1R
UK Championship A A A A A 1R 1R 2R
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held A A 1R 1R 2R
World Grand Prix[nb 5] NH NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
German Masters A LQ A A LQ LQ 1R LQ
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event A A SF 4R 1R
Welsh Open A 1R A A A 1R 1R 1R
Players Championship[nb 6] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Not Held MR 1R 3R 3R 2R 4R
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held RR
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship A LQ LQ A A LQ 2R LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Championship League A A A A A A RR A
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship A 2R 1R A A A A NH
Former ranking tournaments
Australian Goldfields Open LQ A A Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic A LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters A LQ A A A Non-Rank. NH
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event LQ 1R 1R NR NH
Indian Open A LQ NH A LQ LQ Not Held
China Open A LQ A A A 1R Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 7] NH Minor-Rank. A LQ LQ LQ NH
International Championship A A A A A LQ LQ NH
China Championship Minor-Ranking Event NR A LQ LQ NH
World Open[nb 8] A Not Held A A LQ LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Haining Open NH Minor-Rank. 2R A A A NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. He was an amateur.
  3. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. Players who qualified via a World Championship Wildcard start without ranking points.
  5. The event was called the Haikou World Open (2013/2014)
  6. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  7. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  8. The event was called the Haikou World Open (2013/2014)

Career finals


Amateur finals: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2010 Junior Pot Black Tom Rees 1–0
Winner 2. 2014 Welsh Amateur Championship Lee Walker 8–6
Runner-up 1. 2015 European Snooker Championship Michael Wild 4–7
Runner-up 2. 2015 World Under-21 Snooker Championship Boonyarit Keattikun 7–8
Runner-up 3. 2016 European Snooker Championship Jak Jones 4–7

Team finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2014 World Mixed Doubles Championship Wendy Jans Ben Woollaston
Yana Shut
0–3[10]

References


  1. "Jamie Clarke crowned Welsh Amateur Champion 2014". welshsnooker.com. 26 July 2015. Archived from the original on 25 August 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  2. "Llanelli's Jamie Clarke crowned amateur snooker champ". Llanelli Star. 4 May 2014. Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015.
  3. "Wild Champion of Europe". easb.co.uk. 26 July 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  4. "PRAGUE'S GONE WILD". European Billiards & Snooker Association. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. "JAK JONES IS THE NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION". European Billiards & Snooker Association. 21 February 2016. Archived from the original on 6 July 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 26 July 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2020. Retrieved 22 August 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. "McGill Beats Clarke In Crucible Epic". World Snooker. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  9. "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 14 May 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  10. "Northern Snooker Centre Eden World Ladies Snooker and Billiards Championships 2014". wlbsa.com. World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association. 18 April 2014. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014.