James is on cue to follow uncle’s lead

Potter: James Cahill has a promising future in snooker
Potter: James Cahill has a promising future in snooker
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Young snooker star James Cahill is following in some pretty tough footsteps as he looks to forge a career in the game.

The 14-year-old youngster, who attends Highfield School, in Blackpool, is the nephew of arguably the greatest snooker player that ever lived – seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry.

And Cahill’s mum, Marie, the sister of Hendry’s wife Mandy, is a former top ladies’ player.

The young potter has recently become the Under 16s North West champion where he won all of his six matches without dropping a frame. He has also qualified for the last eight in the English Association of Snooker and Billiards school championship at Sheffield.

His proud mum, who, along with her husband Patrick, owns the Stephen Hendry Snooker Club, in Brook Street, Preston said: “He started playing pool when he was four and he used to stand on crates so he could reach the table and he started playing snooker when he was 10.”

Cahill practices for six hours every day at his family’s snooker club and also gets plenty of tips and advice when he stays at his famous uncle’s house in Fife, Scotland, where he plays with Hendry’s son Blaine.

His mum added: “He’s obsessed with it. It’s difficult to make it as a snooker player but hopefully he will do okay.”

Cahill has already recorded five century breaks and is gunning for his first 147.