Ali's Chelmsford pals rooting for him

Essex's Ali Carter has firmly announced himself on world snooker's biggest stage and accordingly to his friends and colleagues at Chelmsford Snooker Club it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Essex's Ali Carter has firmly announced himself on world snooker's biggest stage and accordingly to his friends and colleagues at Chelmsford Snooker Club it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Over the past week, the 28 year-old has booked his place in the final of the World Snooker Championships against Ronnie O'Sullivan, beating two former world champions along the way and recording a maximum 147 break at the renowned Crucible.

Originally from Tiptree, Carter moved to Chelmsford and became owner of the town's snooker club three years ago. Manager of the club Mike Blower has known Carter for eight years. He said: “I personally have always thought that he could get to a final and I think he stands a good chance of winning it.

“He is one of the most down-to-earth people you are likely to meet. Even though he has continued rising up the ranks he still insists on working behind the bar here. He spends time helping members with their game too, we really couldn't ask more from him.”


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Speaking after his 17-15 semi-final win over qualifier Joe Perry, Carter - currently No.14 in the world, said: “I was just trying to take one ball at a time - it was a really tough match, and to get over the line was extra special.

“It means everything to me. My two nans passed away in quick succession a few weeks ago and they would have loved to have seen this - but I've got two angels on my shoulders this week.

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“I'm mentally tired but I'm sure Ronnie is too. I'll just keep punching and if I'm there in the final session we'll see what happens.”

The qualified pilot added: “If someone had told me I would defeat two former champions, make a 147 and reach a final, I probably wouldn't have believed them.

“But I've played some good stuff these couple of weeks and I'm delighted to get to the final.”

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