Nish is the master

Preston Masters champion Nish Barot
Preston Masters champion Nish Barot
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Pool ace Nish Barot has added another title to his growing list of successes on the baize.

At the weekend, Barot was crowned the QED Preston Masters champion.

The 24-year-old, who plays for the Gamull Club in the Preston League, overcame the best players in the city to lift the prestigious trophy, and also pocket the £800 first prize.

The competition is contested by the top 32 players in Preston and played over eight weeks at Hendry’s Snooker Club in Brook Street.

After an initial knockout stage featuring eight groups of four, the top two from each section go through to a straight knockout.

Barot eventually came face to face with Leighton Whittle (Ingol Labour Club) in the final, and was victorious 10-6 in the best-of-19 contest.

It was only two months ago that Barot became Preston Snooker League’s Individual Handicap champion, making him the first player to hold the top individual titles in pool and snooker at the same time.

But there is no time to rest on his laurels as Barot is now back on the practice table ahead of the World Masters being contested in Blackpool later this month.

He will be playing in all three competitions – the Masters singles (which is by invitation only), the world singles (which is an open event) and the team trophy, where Barot will compete for India, who are one of the
pre-tournament favourites.

Barot said: “I am cueing really well at the moment and can’t wait for the World Masters to begin.

“It is fantastic to win the Preston Masters, and I must thank Kenny Bond and the team at the Gamull Club for the support they have given me.”